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Robb Report April 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.

United States
Penske Media Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min

Carlo Giambarresi Giambarresi is an illustrator based on the island of Sardinia in Italy. His work is conceptual and uses shadows and pastel tones to create bold, striking images. He sketched a pleasing assortment of spirits for the April issue (“The Rise and Rise of Top-Shelf American Whiskey,” p. 34). “I tried to represent a cloudy atmosphere, to give a peaceful and warm feeling, which is exactly what I feel when I sip a very nice whiskey,” he says. Giambarresi’s work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Buzzfeed and others. Victoria Gomelsky Gomelsky is editor in chief of the jewelry trade publication JCK. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, her work has appeared in Afar, Travel & Leisure and other publications. This month, she wrote about how…

3 min
editor’s letter

Talk to yacht owners and people who spend time on the water and you’ll hear many reasons why they do. They like the community. They like the sports. They like the freedom. Those in the big boats might even admit they like the attention. And anyone who has set foot aboard anything approaching a superyacht will know how easy it is to like the lifestyle. But for many, there’s also a sense of adventure and romance. It doesn’t matter how vast your ship might be: Out there on the ocean it’s tiny, and ultimately, you’re not the one in control. For this marine issue, we look into many aspects of the life aquatic. As ever, our primary obsession is with the highest expressions of excellence and with the extraordinary craftspeople who…

3 min
new york, new korean

My first of seven courses at Jua is a burst of smoke and texture, a seaweed-wrapped bite of prawn, uni, smoked trout roe, rice and pickled cucumber which dances somewhere between Western and Korean. It’s both luxurious and familiar, not just an introduction to chef Hoyoung Kim’s wood-fire-centered cooking but a concise illustration of Korean cuisine’s evolution in New York City. Korean restaurants have long been part of the fabric of New York dining, but the shift from traditional concepts, à la K-town barbecue, to chef-driven restaurants began about a decade ago. Though David Chang wasn’t cooking Korean food, his success with Momofuku Ko convinced Hooni Kim, who had worked at the critically acclaimed Daniel and Masa, that he could make serious, ingredient-driven Korean food without the trappings of fine dining. “When…

3 min
the rise and rise of top-shelf american whiskey

PERHAPS YOU’VE seen the headlines. A bottle of the Macallan distilled in 1926 sells for $1.9 million, shattering auction records. The English lad who sold the haul of scotch his dad had been gifting him since birth and bought a house with the bounty. Or how single malts’ valuation has been outperforming the S&P 500, gold bullion, Bitcoin—basically everything but the works of Picasso’s Blue Period. Certainly, American distilleries have taken note. Even casual whiskey enthusiasts will have noticed a dearth in supply from the most renowned names in bourbon (meaning almost anything from the myriad brands under the auspices of Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill) at local liquor stores, as well as the explosion of new expressions with exorbitant aging statements and the price tags to match. Last fall, Bob…

1 min
one-note wonders

CONCRETE JUNGLE It’s not about matching. Actually, it’s better when you don’t. A medley of gray-scale shades, with a printed scarf and striped trousers in the mix, proves that monotone can really sing. BLUES, BROTHER Monochromatic dressing means more focus on texture. Suede, oxford cloth, silk twill and denim add up to a richly layered look, like this modern riff on preppy classics. CREAM OF THE CROP Sometimes “beige” means boring, but when worn head to toe it’s quietly, quintessentially cool. Keep things light with a knit shirt (worn like a jacket) and unlined loafers with all the ease of socks.…

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tod's new driver

EVER SINCE THE late 1970s, when Fiat magnate and international style icon Gianni Agnelli was seen strolling in a pair of Tod’s thin, pebble-soled driving mocs, Gommino loafers have been a fixture of the affluent uniform alongside Louis Vuitton duffle bags and Loro Piana cashmere sweaters. The design’s popularity transformed a modest, family-owned Italian cobbler into a global juggernaut. Shoes have always been the staple, but with a new creative director at the helm, Tod’s is now applying its kid-glove touch to the entire wardrobe. This marks the first time that one person will be responsible for men’s and women’s fashion as well as leather goods. Instead of a boldfaced name, Diego Della Valle, Tod’s CEO and the grandson of the founder, chose relatively unknown industry vet Walter Chiapponi to take…