Cynthia Rowley: How This Fashion Icon Remains Ever-Relevant

Acclaimed for her flirtatious, whimsical, statement-making attire, it’s no surprise fashion designer Cynthia Rowley greets us on a chilly winter afternoon in paisley-checked pants and an asymmetrical Cali-York pullover. “It’s such a catchy phrase,” she comments with a smile as we immediately dive into the designs of her spring 2018 collection displayed throughout her West…

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Into the Heart of Borneo: Home of The World’s Largest Wild Orangutan Population

Beyond the reach of Bali’s scooter-choked streets and spiritual journeymen and women, and far outside the earthly calls of the Gili Islands and Lombok, lies Borneo, the famed jungle on Indonesia’s Kalimantan Island. Borneo is a vast and complex web of depleting tropical rainforest, ever-growing palm oil plantations, and illegal logging and gold mining. Yet…

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From Modernity to Mysticism: In Search of Shangri-La

The utopia of Shangri-La, a highland idyll perched among the peaks of Tibet, originated in James Hilton’s 1933 novel, Lost Horizon. In an attempt to capitalize on a booming domestic tourism industry, Chinese authorities changed the name of Zhongdian to Shangri-La in 2001 because of the resemblances it bore to Hilton’s wonderland. However, much of…

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Japanese Roots with NYC Flavor: Maiko Kyogoku and Emily Yuen’s Culinary Home of Bessou

Tucked away on a discreet street in Lower Manhattan lies a contemporary, cozy refuge with culinary comforts simply awaiting discovery. Beso in Japanese translates to “home away from home” or “holiday village” and it is this concept that lies at the heart of Bessou; the sleek NoHo fusion restaurant specializing in fresh takes on Japanese…

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