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Robb Report December 2020 - January 2021

Luxury Without Compromise. Every issue of Robb Report transports you into the world of luxury as never before! Delve beneath the surface to explore the thoughts and inspirations of the engineers, artisans and entrepreneurs behind the most sought after products, luxury escapes and services the world over. With in-depth looks at the next generation luxury automobiles…to world-class travel adventures..wines, spirits, collectibles and some much more.

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12 min
king of the realm

Escaping to your own private island is perhaps the ultimate default fantasy. The dream of a Neverland where quotidian rules dissolve in the tropical sun has long held universal appeal, even before the Covid-19 pandemic instilled a fear of human proximity. It’s an almost primal yearning, one that has infiltrated high culture and low, from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to reality TV’s Temptation Island. Until recently, the possession of one’s very own sea-fringed pseudo-kingdom remained, for most of us, a pipe dream. But now that isolation has taken on the urgency of a government mandate, and the bonds that tie us to physical workplaces are disintegrating, more and more people are considering whether owning an idyllic rock somewhere is less fantastical and more fundamental. The word “isolation,” after all, comes from the…

7 min
for your consideration

The mass cancellation of annual galas and other fundraising events, alongside the moratoriums on live music, theater and sports, has deprived nonprofits of the donations and ticket-sales revenue that keep them afloat, leaving thousands unemployed. And with donations flowing into emergency Covid relief, charities that provide essential services to the vulnerable are left struggling with increased demand at a time of decreased funding. “The damage to nonprofits has been unimaginable—they have already lost 1 million jobs—and it only projects to get worse,” says Rick Cohen, chief operating officer at the National Council of Nonprofits. “Every type of organization has been hurt.” The long-term prospect is no better, according to Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), because while services will eventually restart, future government funding will most likely be…

10 min
is the safety net broken?

SHOCK WAVES REVERBERATED THROUGH philanthropy circles this past June when the renowned Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles announced it was shutting down. Well-known benefactor Wallis Annenberg, who, as the name suggests, had financed the exhibition space since its debut in 2009, had pulled the plug, deciding to redirect her family foundation’s considerable resources toward Covid-19 and social-justice issues. Word soon spread that quixotic billionaire Larry Ellison was following suit, closing his London-based foundation to refocus his charitable efforts on Covid-19. Once a metric for visual clarity, 2020 has taken on new meaning as a meme for the relentless disaster and fright besetting us this year. Engulfed by pandemic-fueled soul searching and turmoil, donors large and small have stepped up to pour billions of dollars into coronavirus relief efforts and…

3 min
big in texas

The largest state in the continental US, Texas offers everything from desert landscapes and rolling hills to several thriving metropolises. The mild winter season is perfect for exploring newly opened restaurants, relaxing in luxurious new hotels and, of course, shopping for the country’s finest cowboy boots. In Austin, the just-opened Commodore Perry Estate, a restored 1920s mansion, transports guests back to the Jazz Age with its Great Gatsby vibe, including a crackling old record player, a library full of leather-bound classics, Prohibition-era art and some of the property’s original tile flooring. The only reason to tear yourself away is to grab a taco (Austin remains a taco mecca), especially because LA chef Christopher Haydostian has transported California-Mexican cuisine to the Tex-Mex stronghold with the new Reunión 19, which slings Cal-Mex with…

2 min
are you experienced?

IN ADVANCE of its December 22 debut in Miami, Superblue has assembled a roster of more than 20 artists and collectives who explore multidisciplinary and multisensory realms (think light, sound, movement, touch) to create so-called experiential works. For its inaugural show, Every Wall Is a Door, CEO Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst says the team decided to focus on “the history of experiential art and how we got there” with these three opening acts, which will remain on display through 2022. JAMES TURRELL A giant of experiential art, Turrell has spent more than five decades making work about perception. As Dent-Brocklehurst puts it, “James Turrell is obviously where it all came from.” Using light as his medium—not just his subject—Turrell has created a body of work that includes “Skyspaces” (chambers with openings to the heavens)…

1 min
a need for tweed

For a fashion house that built its empire by continually reinterpreting tweed, it’s surprising that this year marks the first time Chanel has used the Scottish wool fabric as inspiration for an entire high-jewelry collection. Each piece is inspired by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s favorite threads; a highlight of the collection, the $677,900 Tweed d’Or necklace, features interwoven stones set in lattices of platinum, white gold and yellow gold. It appears to curve around the neck like a gem-set cuff of fabric fastened by a 20.4-carat, oval-cut imperial topaz “button”—a clever nod to the Parisian house’s most iconic design. Coco Chanel’s long affair with the material began in the 1920s, when she became enamored of the fishing and hunting jackets worn by her lover, the Duke of Westminster. Her tweed creations hit…