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Robb Report

September 2020

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:
CurtCo Robb Media, LLC
Frequency:
Monthly
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2 min.
contributors

Jason H. Harper Harper concerns himself with all methods of motion for Robb Report as a writer splitting himself between automotive and luxury travel, and his assignments have taken him from the Gobi Desert to the Bhutanese Himalayas. For this issue, in “Porsche’s Best-Kept Secret” (p. 98), he examined the automaker’s little-known Exclusive Manufaktur program, in which a few customers a year can work with an in-house design team to create uniquely customized cars. “What I found most interesting was the high level of excitement,” says Harper. “Porsche can often seem secretive, but I got a glimpse at the passion and fun that surround a special build like the ones for Jorge Carnicero.” Kareem Rashed A regular freelance contributor to Robb Report, Rashed joined the magazine full-time as style editor in the same…

3 min.
editor’s letter

Welcome, all, to the fall style issue. We view style as a broad church here at Robb Report: Sure, how you dress contributes greatly to your overall sense of style and, of course, how you’re viewed by others, but it’s just one among many weapons in the stylish man’s artillery. We’ll get to the more stealth flexes in a minute, but in sartorial terms, while there’s lots to love about summer—breezy linens, camp-collar shirts, attempting to look like you’ve just stepped out of a Slim Aarons photograph—it’s a happy fact that, as fall approaches, one’s wardrobe options multiply. There’s a certain pleasure to be had in bringing out from storage the flannel trousers, heavy overcoats, cashmere sweaters and sturdy boots that make dressing in a cool(er) climate so enjoyable. After the…

3 min.
the uncertain future of fine dining

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 earlier this spring, Seattle fine-dining institution Canlis has scrambled to reinvent itself about a half-dozen times. First there were to-go meals, a breakfast bagel shed and the drive-through burger concept, which became a victim of its own success when it began causing traffic jams in the neighborhood and had to be scrapped. Then came a drive-in movie theater. Then an outdoor crab shack. Chicago’s Alinea followed suit, nimbly shifting to producing hundreds of gourmet meal kits per night and opening a rooftop pop-up called Alinea in Residence (AIR for short). Pivots like these have offset the current chaos, for now. But even from some of the most influential trailblazers in American fine dining, questions about the future are met with genuine uncertainty. “I no longer have a…

1 min.
high-end vending machines

The scourge of Covid makes any contactless transaction a smart choice, but a vending machine that dispenses butcher-quality meats on demand? Like the recent proliferation of pushbutton Champagne dispensaries, that’s a brilliant idea anytime. Some may bliss out seeing chocolates arrayed before them, but I’m like a kid in a candy store at the Applestone Meat Company, the amazing butcher shop in Stone Ridge, N.Y., with its nature morte of whole chickens, steaks, pork butts and ground lamb that’s perfect for burgers. And I buy all of it by pushing buttons and watching racks circle around like at an old-time Automat. Applestone sells mostly through its refrigerated vending machines (there’s another in the city of Hudson, N.Y., too), which are stocked several times a day with local, hormone-free and humanely raised…

3 min.
developing liquid

“I AM A MAN of aesthetics,” says Distillery 291 founder Michael Myers over the phone from his home in Colorado Springs. It’s not the type of proclamation one expects from a whiskey distiller, but if anything it’s an understatement: Before making a name for himself in the spirits world, Myers was an in-demand photographer in New York City, doing fashion and editorial work for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., David Yurman, Estée Lauder and many more. Not bad for a kid who grew up on a dirt-road farm in rural Georgia. Watching the Twin Towers collapse from his living-room window on September 11, 2001, caused Myers to rethink his dharma. He began commuting between NYC and Colorado; soon after, with his heart firmly in the Rockies, he decided…

4 min.
jacket not required

By late July, lockdown restrictions where I am in London had noticeably eased. Today, there are more people on the trains, more bankers in the financial district and more hedge-funders in Mayfair. Everyone, it seems, is back to business, with masks and socially distanced meetings now considered business as usual. But there is one notable change among the city’s purposeful men: Few are wearing suits. When quarantine made work-from-home the new nine-to-five, the usual office uniform was put on hiatus. Now men are emerging with a more relaxed approach to suiting up. Sartorial historians will note there has already been a steady easing of menswear codes over the past century, including for the clothes considered acceptable for doing business. From frock coats to power suits to polo shirts, the stiffness has…