Print Is Not Dead: Peering into ‘Fabulous Private Spaces, Personal Style’ with Coveteur

Long before there were “influencers” and Instagram became a lens via which to peer into their respective personal spaces, Coveteur.com was capturing unfiltered, behind-the-scenes glimpses into fashion-industry personalities around the world, many of them unknown (and often unrecognized) at the time – stylists, makeup artists and designers – all tastemakers in their own right.

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LAUT: A Taste of Malaysia in Manhattan

Hailed as one of the original Malaysian restaurants to receive a Michelin Star in New York City, LAUT prides itself on a reasonable price-point, authentic flavors and preserving the integrity of the cuisines it serves. With a focus on bringing the best recipes, dishes and flavors from South East Asia ranging from Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Peranakan, each plate is recreated from scratch with regionally authentic spices and the freshest ingredients. We caught up with Salil Mehta, owner of the outpost to learn more about the beginnings of the establishment and his recommendations for first-timers.


What was your vision for LAUT when the restaurant first opened?

Salil Mehta: LAUT opened right after my first son was born in 2010 June. A very memorable time for me for obvious reasons.

Can you share a few of LAUT’s signature dishes that you would recommend to a first-time visitor?

Salil Mehta: Our first signature dish is our Roti. The Rotis are a must try for a first time visitor and it’s hand made fresh for every order. Dip it into our homemade curry sauce and munch! Another would be our version of the famous Singapore chili crab. Our interpretation is that we have made the dish with soft shell crabs and the crab absorbs more of the chilli gravy as well.

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LAUT features a flavor palette of spicy and tart, yet powerfully savory notes native to South Asian food, what specific cuisine(s) do you pull inspiration from?

Salil Mehta: Malaysian food is as diverse as South East Asia and the destination is a melting-pot of ethnicities. Cultures ranging from Chinese, Indian, Malay, Peranakan (Straits Chinese community) to Eurasian/Portuguese influences are evident in Malaysian cuisine and at Laut we take inspiration from local ingredients as well try to “localize” the cuisine

What do you think is so unique about Malaysian cuisine?

Salil Mehta: The amalgamation of so many flavors – subtle and robust at the same time. Many settlers and immigrants left their mark in Malaysian cuisine and the use of various ingredients makes it a very special type of food culture and cuisine.

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What are a few of the more adventurous dishes at LAUT that are you would recommend to the experiential eater?

Salil Mehta: For a new experience try the Penang Asam Laksa. It hits every flavor from sweet, sour, savory,spicy and umami all in one bowl of natural goodness of a sardine broth and no oil. For the Assam Laksa, all ingredients, are put in a pot and brewed overnight.


Visit LAUT at 15 East 17th Street, New York NY 10003 (b/n 5th and Broadway; map); 212-206-8989; lautnyc.com.

Behind The Scenes with Eleanor Langston of Paintbox Manicures

Located in SoHo New York, the critically acclaimed nail studio Paintbox has caught the attention of many notable stars and bloggers. After a decade in the fashion and beauty industry as an editor, founder Eleanor Langston ventured out and created her own business. Paintbox has been featured in top tier magazines gaining the likes of Cosmopolitan, Elle and Harpers Bazaar. With over 50k in Instagram followers Paint-box continues to grow their fan base and clientele with high quality content. From it girls like Dakota Fanning to Style Bubbles own Susanne Lau, their modern yet sophisticated aesthetic appeals to just about anyone. With over 20 nail art designs inspired by runway trends Paintbox has opened the door of creativity and making there mark in the beauty industry. We caught up with Susanne to learn more about the blossoming brand below:


After years in the beauty and fashion industry what inspired you to venture out and start your own business?

After more than a decade in beauty and editorial, I was inspired to venture out and start my own business because I’m passionate about helping women navigate nail trends. My job as an editor was to take runway and celebrity trends in hair, makeup, hair, skin, nails, and fragrance and make them approachable and easy to follow for my readers. We’re doing the same thing at Paintbox–making nail art fashion-forward but not intimidating through our look-book and lack of polish wall.
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Since starting Paintbox, the brand’s social media accounts have grown rapidly, and you just recently hit over 50k on your Instagram– how do you best interact with your clients/ future clients?

We’re very proud of our consistent, modern, and sophisticated aesthetic that we weave through our website and all social media. Paintbox’s imagery has many sides to the brand–glam, modern/graphic, feminine, and classic, and we try to appeal to all sides of our incredibly stylish and savvy clients. They’re inspiring us constantly–whether it’s with interesting color combinations or head-turning accessories and rings. We take pride in our top-notch photography.

What separates Paintbox from other competitors?

At Paintbox, we have a curated menu of about 20 nail designs that mirror the fashion seasons–Fall/Winter + Spring/Summer. We also have interesting capsule collections for holiday, summer, and resort (for the first time this year!). Our pricing is very easy to follow (all nail art designs are the same), and we specialize in manicures only. We have a curated selection of vetted polishes (no polish wall here!), and our artists are trustworthy tastemakers in the industry, helping guide you through the process and leave with a look you love. We also have a major celebrity and social media following from clients like Hailee Steinfield, Dakota Fanning, Emma Roberts, Susie Lau (Style Bubble), Emily Weiss (ITG), Eva Chen, and Blair Eadie (Atlantic Pacific)–to name a few.

What has been your biggest challenges and accomplishments since starting your own company?

Our biggest challenge is shooting our level of imagery at an ambitious fast pace with a lean team. We’re all hands on deck, and we shoot incredible amounts of content in a short time frame with a tight budget. Our biggest accomplishments are working with incredible brands like Nike, Glossier, Aether, Lyst, Maiyet, etc on important collaborations and growing a team of top-notch manicurists that inspire me daily. Also, positive client feedback is always so rewarding and flattering!

What are some of your favorite nail designs thus far?

My top three of all time would be: In Great Shape (graphic shapes with negative space), Shade Shifter (classic red ombre), and Heat Index (oil slick foil atop a neutral color).

How would you describe Paintbox in three words to someone who wasn’t familiar with your brand?

Modern, curated, high-design.

Do you plan on expanding in the near future?

We want to be very strategic about our growth and aim to place as few and as meaningful of bets as possible.

ASTR: ’90s Wild Child

The ’90s were a time of upbeat, party-ready hip-hop and R&B the likes of which the world had never seen. Tapping into that era of music, with a spin of modern-day electronic dance music is New York’s very own singer and producer duo, ASTR. Fresh off the release of their latest EP Homecoming, Zoe Silverman (singer) and Adam Pallin (producer) have made an imprint on the scene with their pulsating eerie-sexy hits like Activate Me and the more recent single Bleeding Love.” Peep our quickie Q&A below with the guy and gal twosome on their journey to trip-hop history.

Why as a band is ASTR drawn towards the dark, noir-esque aspects of music?

We draw a lot of inspiration from the dark times in our lives; those are the times you can be the most vulnerable.

What is it specifically about ’90s-era dance music, or ’90s music in general, that speaks to ASTR?

We grew up in that time so that’s the music we soaked up. Both of our roots are dance music and R&B.

Adam, what’s your favorite film score from the ’60s or ’70s? 

Profondo Rosso (Dario Argento) by Goblin 

Zoe, what was the most memorable moment you had when traveling the world?

On the last day of the Misfit Toy Tour, we went with an incredible fan to a tattoo shop to watch her get an ASTR tat. It was super special and meaningful to see the music have an impact on others.

 

The Best Asian Inspired Eats In New York

In a city where you can find Ethiopian, Mexican, Chinese and Thai all on the same block, there is no shortage of incredible cuisine waiting to be discovered. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, we have compiled a list of our favorite Asian-inspired meals steeped in authentic flavors that won’t break the bank.

Chomp Chomp7 Cornelia Street, NY | Tucked away in the far north, lies Chomp Chomp food centre which is highly regarded as the best hawker centre in Singapore. Drawing inspiration from ‘hawker street food,’ Chef Simpson Wong brings his ode to the food vendors from his homeland into his new restaurant. From traditional Sarawak Laska with prawns, chicken, tofu puffs, eggs and noodles in spicy coconut broth to Hah Zheung Gai featuring shrimp chicken wings, celery and crispy garlic, his concoctions do not disappoint. Learn more at chompchompnyctest.com.

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Baohaus238 East 14th St, NY | Brought to prominence following a feature on Anthony Bourdain’s show “The Layover” in 2011, Baohaus has now become a staple of the East Village. Its infamous Chairman Bao pork bun with braised all natural Berkshire pork belly served with relish, crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar, and cilantro runs for $4.05 and trust us, you won’t be able to order just one! We also highly recommend trying the Birdhaus Bao bun with all natural fried chicken brined 24 hours, served with salt, lemon-garlic aioli, crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar, and cilantro if you are inclined. Learn more about their catering and delivery options at baohausnyc.com.

baohausYakiniku Futago37 West 17th Street, NY | First established in Tokyo in 2010, this Japanese style BBQ restaurant offers a selection of the best quality meats including high-end Wagyu beef imported straight from its motherland. The menu is completed by a selection of delicious Japanese shochus served straight up or in cocktails, wines, and sparkling sakes. The New York restaurant is the flagship of North America with thirty locations worldwide in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Hawaii. Book your reservation now to experience Futago at opentable.com.

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Pok Pok117 Columbia St, Brooklyn| Now a household name, Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok offers a seal of authenticity and taste in Northern Thai cooking. This no-frills, no-reservations waterfront restaurant located in Red Hook, Brooklyn is worth the trek for its Vietnamese fish sauce wings and Cha Cha “La Vong,” a Vietnamese catfish marinated in turmeric with sour sticky rice, scallions and dill. View the full menu at pokpokny.com.

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Casey Weldon

Casey Weldon’s work has meme-level appeal without sacrificing substance. Even after repeated encounters with his pieces you will find yourself noticing something new each time. Whether it’s an element you overlooked or a more nuanced interpretation of “what it all means,” you will never walk away empty handed. He aims to channel the infinitely “reeseable” quality of Wes Anderson’s movies by emulating his devotion to detail. Casey strives to invite his viewers into an active experience rather than a passive reception of his art by making it inherently immersive instead of just something pretty and appealing to hang on the wall.

Casey’s talent for combining meaning with mass intrigue is truly impressive. Even behind his now famous feline portraits, (think: cats with a few more eyes than you’re used to) there are comments to be made and questions to be asked and pondered. Perhaps, for example: “When did cats begin ruling the internet?” or “What is it about the web that triggers this sort of obsession in the first place?” After all, just as these are not your run of the mill cat pictures, Casey Weldon is not your run of the mill artist. Read on to see for yourself why you need to keep an eye on this one.

What is your favorite aspect of illustration and being an illustrator?

It’s been a while since I’ve done any real editorial illustration, but my favorite part was coming up with the idea. It’s a challenge to create imagery that illustrates the story, but doesn’t just merely depict each word for word. It has to be unique and separate, but yet share the point of view and work cohesively with the article. It can be very difficult!

Your work has been described as nostalgic. Do you feel a longing for earlier days?

I used to. Nostalgia is such a conflicted feeling. You can feel a real love for a certain moment in time and a great sadness that it no longer exists. You heart aches for something that was never going to last, essentially because it never could have lasted. Lately I’ve been trying to focus on making memories to cry about in the future.

Within your body of work, cats often claim the spotlight. What’s the story behind them?

Ha! Well it kind of just happened. I have painted all kinds of wildlife, but for some reason cats elicit the most response. At some point I started to enjoy capitalizing on their adorable irony and using it to either make a point about our obsession with them as “awww” fodder, or our obsession with internet culture as a whole. Also sometimes, they are just fun to paint.

Who or what are some of your inspirations from beyond the world of fine art?

Music for sure. I close my eyes and listen to whatever song I can’t get out of my head and visualize how I would direct the video for it. It’s childish, but some good ideas come out of nowhere that way. Movies and television also have quite an influence on my compositional sensibilities. Lately I’ve been actively trying to pay more attention to how a great cinematographer frames a shot. I want to invite the viewer into the scene more, and not just present it to them. A good looking movie will suck you right in, even if the script is terrible.

How has Wes Anderson’s work influenced you?

It’s hard to get a prettier movie than a Wes Anderson movie. His attention to every little detail is inspiring. It really encourages you to keep building the imagery past the normal standard. I see something new every time I watch one of his movies and that keeps every viewing exciting. I can only hope to create work that retains a similar level of ‘reseeability.’

What can we expect from you, artistically, in the next few years?

Hopefully more layered compositions in a more candid perspective, telling stories universal enough to interest every kind of viewer, but ambiguous enough to let everyone come to their own conclusion as to their meanings. And probably more cats.
Learn more about Casey Weldon and stay up to date at caseyweldon.com.