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Robb Report June/July 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penske Media Corporation
Frequency:
Monthly
$28.35
$140.68
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
contributors

Cheriss May A portrait photographer, May is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and an adjunct professor at Howard University, her alma mater. She shot chef Erik Bruner-Yang for the dining section of Best of the Best at his restaurant Maketto, in Washington, D.C. (p. 182). “Maketto feels like a haven for the community, a unique meeting place for creatives,” she says. “A beautiful mix of restaurant, café and retail, and the chai tea was on point!” Her work is featured in In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity, a permanent exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Jason O’Bryan O’Bryan has been managing cocktail bars for 12 years, first in Boston and now in San Diego, and has contributed a weekly cocktail column for Robb Report’s website since 2020.…

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3 min
editor’s letter

That’s something I pondered while we were compiling the list of winners for this, the 33rd annual Best of the Best issue. But then another thought occurred: Within the luxury world, so many products, experiences and people are world-class. At the finest end of the spectrum, exceptional quality is a given. Many luxury brands have a right to call themselves “the best.” What makes something stand out are often the smallest details, executed perfectly. It might be how the light catches the razor-sharp finishing on the hands of a watch, or the beautifully engineered yet subtle thunk of a car door closing. It could be the way flavors reveal themselves on the palate as the wine leaves your tongue, or how jewels can seemingly float on a finger, their casing…

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20 min
a call for coachbuilders

Ancient king Solomon wrote, “What has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Granted, coachbuilding probably wasn’t top of mind when he wrote it, but it applies. The art of custom bodywork on wheels, dating back to the chariot and nearly lost by the end of the 20th century, appears to be on a comeback. “The auto industry has failed the consumer for many years,” says Scott Wallace, cofounder of Florida-based E.C.D. Automotive Design, which builds reimagined and individually tailored Land Rovers. “Personalization of almost everything in life is part of expectations now, but I had more custom choices for my iPhone cover. The surge in coachbuilding is because of a consumer who’s bored.” In response, a number of storied ateliers have been resurrected—Touring Superleggera,…

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19 min
back to basics

The events of the past 12 months have made us all reappraise our definition of “essential.” In the earliest days of lockdown, we were pressed to consider what we truly needed and what we could live without. Cocktail hour? Hard yes. Double-breasted suit? Not so much. In times of crisis, fashion often seems, understandably, inconsequential. But then again, getting dressed is essential. It may not have been the time for daring sartorial statements, but style is still fundamental. Despite the shifts in how we shop and dress, the appeal of beautifully made classics is stronger than ever. Rather than answering with austerity, this year’s best menswear homed in on items that are as essential to one’s wardrobe as salt and flour to a well-stocked pantry. That’s not to say that getting…

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1 min
aldo maria camillo

After more than a decade of working at Zegna, Valentino, Cerruti and Berluti, Aldo Maria Camillo got an unexpected phone call in 2018. It was Pitti Uomo, menswear’s most important trade show, with a proposition for the Paris-based designer: Would he present his own collection at Pitti’s next edition? “At that moment, I didn’t have a collection. In fact, I didn’t have a brand,” Camillo recalls. What he did have was a vision and a Rolodex. Camillo cherry-picked a dream team of makers he’d worked with previously, and within six months his brand debuted. Coming at it with maturity, both professionally and personally, Camillo knew he wanted to make a wardrobe for real life rather than statements for the runway. “There is a man that is a bit lost today,” he…

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20 min
sustainability

The Swiss watch industry has, traditionally, not been quick to adopt modern ideas. Even e-commerce is a relatively new development for some brands. It’s been even slower to embrace sustainability efforts. In fairness, this is an industry that prides itself on building a product that can (often) last, with servicing or restoration, for many decades—in some cases even centuries. But with younger generations demanding the brands they patronize place increasing focus, and resources, on environmental efforts, watchmakers are finally tuning in to the cause. In the last three years, early tangible efforts were mostly relegated to straps. In 2018, Breitling partnered with surfer Kelly Slater on a line of Superocean dive watches outfitted with straps made from Econyl, constructed from discarded fishing nets and other repurposed nylons. They’re now available for…

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