Why Rich People Love to Surf

2018-10-19T21:31:53+00:00March 19th, 2015|

Every surfer looks the same in the water but head to a beach right now in Malibu or Southampton, and that Sesame Street song "One of These Things (Is Not Like the Others)" might pop into your head. There's a guy rolling up to his lesson in an impossible-to-find $90,000 vintage Land Rover Defender. And there are post-surf Missoni cover-ups, hints of Rolex Daytonas gleaming in the sunlight, and flip-flops with a discreet but telltale Gucci red and green ribbon. Once the status symbols that tend to define us on land are shed, these surfers could be any of the other [...]

An All-in-One Addition That Comes Prefabricated

2018-10-19T21:34:19+00:00March 9th, 2015|

Cocoon9’s prefab cabin makes the most of its petite imprint. Devised as a compact but extremely flexible all-in-one addition, Cocoon9’s prefab cabin illustrates how to make the most out of very little square-footage. The international firm specializes in prefab design and construction. Every model incorporates elements that open up and fold away to increase flexibility and functionality. The models are not only beautiful--they’re also environmentally friendly, employing sustainable materials like FSC certified bamboo, cerused oak and low-e insulated glass with thermally broken aluminum frames to minimize the need for artificial heating and cooling. Read more

New Hotels in Asia for Surf and Sand

2018-10-19T21:35:19+00:00February 13th, 2015|

Whether your idea of going coastal involves surf spray intensity, paddleboard calm or some gently lapping middle ground, this new crop of Asian hotels and resorts celebrates the sea in a range of moods. Room styles vary too, from dwelling above coral heads to fronting an industrial wharf. (Dollars are accepted at these properties unless otherwise noted.) Read More

Clothing Donation Site Secures Funding

2018-10-19T21:36:30+00:00January 28th, 2015|

Fashion Project, a clothing donation Web site whose tag line is “Fashion as a Force for Good,” has secured $7.2 million in Series A funding from a group of private investors including Second Time Around, Simon Venture Group, Burch Creative Capital, Robert Hall of Vera Bradley, RiverPark Ventures, Schooner Capital and Abundance Partners. The funding, which represents the two-year-old start-up’s largest investment yet, is earmarked for growing its workforce, expanding its facilities and increasing its charitable partner network. Read More

Wildness, Curated

2018-10-19T21:37:32+00:00January 15th, 2015|

Nihiwatu lies secreted in a tranquil corner of Indonesia. Amongst palm trees and surf, the conventions of luxury travel are being reinvigorated. Read More

Sumba: The Next Bali?

2018-10-19T21:38:32+00:00January 1st, 2015|

On Indonesia's Sumba Island, the former surfer's retreat is being reborn as something wholly original: A world-class beach resort with an unmistakably local soul. Read More

Indonesia’s Next Wave

2018-10-19T21:39:33+00:00November 24th, 2014|

"It's like Bali 30 years ago, maybe 100," said my seatmate on the Garuda ATR as we circled Sumba, a green, hilly island twice the size and 250 miles southeast of its more famous neighbor. For years surfers were the only ones journeying here to test themselves on its famous left-breaking, 20-foot waves at the island's one resort, Nihiwatu (nihiwatu.com), on the southwest coast. But ever since fashion billionaire Chris Burch bought the property in 2012 and began a major upgrade--a $30 million investment whose first results were unveiled this spring--it's been attracting upscale travelers from all over the world, even [...]

Staying Within the Lines, Sister Style

2018-10-19T21:41:34+00:00October 21st, 2014|

LAST WEEK in these pages, the reporter John Ortved described a new generation of post-Brooks brothers starting fashion companies. “Wait, what about the sisters?” I wondered, whipping myself into a 2014-appropriate feminist froth. Read More

Poppin’s ‘Work Happy’ Slogan Starts With Its Own Employees

2018-10-19T21:44:25+00:00October 20th, 2014|

Office design can have a real impact on workplace happiness and productivity. Everything from plants and pets to open work spaces can make a difference in how we work -– and in how we feel about our work. Knowing this, the office supply company Poppin has distinguished itself by giving boring old utilities like notebooks, staplers and file cabinets an extreme makeover, with modern designs and vibrant colors. Read More