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Town & Country Summer 2021

Town & Country features the latest in luxury, from beautiful homes, sumptuous dining to exotic locations. In 11 gorgeous annual issues, Town & Country covers the arts, fashion and culture, bringing the best of everything to America's trendsetters

United States
10 Issues

in this issue

1 min
t&c history

2014 JOHN BALDESSARI IN L.A. Seven years ago we devoted our entire September issue to the creative world of Los Angeles, covering—with the help of guest editor Liz Goldwyn—the eclectic community of upstarts, geniuses, and icons turning this metropolis into “the new capital of cool.” Among them, of course, was the artist John Baldessari, photographed for T&C by Max Vadukul. With a vibrant and witty style, Baldessari defied conventional boundaries and helped usher in a new era for the city’s contemporary art scene. In June, L.A.’s Sprüth Magers Gallery will honor the late artist (he died in January 2020 at the age of 88) with an exhibition of his final series of 30 paintings.…

1 min
a good reminder

Things change. So do cover shoot dates, takeoff times, health ordinances, and the availability of Look 39. What never does: the steadfast commitment, calm, and kindness of the team that put together our eighth annual philanthropy issue. Thank you, Darrick Harris, for overseeing four cover shoots in three cities, and for not telling me the half of it. Thank you to our fashion team—Dania Lucero Ortiz, MaryKate Boylan, Cassandra Hogan—for shifting entire concepts and DHL delivery dates with the utmost cool. Thank you, Kristin Fitzpatrick, for the gorgeous layouts, and Ashleigh Macdonald-Bennett, for letting us navigate every twist with only the gentlest reminder of deadlines. Thank you, Special Projects and Danielle Stein Chizzik and Adam Rathe, for another inspiring year of T&C Philanthropy. Thank you to the production companies on…

2 min
conscious uncoupling?

In May, when news of Bill and Melinda Gates’s divorce hit, speculation in the nonprofit world reached a fever pitch. Town & Country checked in with Benjamin Soskis, senior research associate at the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy. (Note: The institute’s work has been supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.) How do you expect the Gates Foundation to change as a result of the divorce? BS: It’s worth pointing out that at the foundation there had already been, for several years now, a differentiation of focuses between Bill and Melinda. The foundation has been able to absorb a form of decoupling already, so it’s quite possible it could continue to do so. What are those different priorities? BS: Bill has focused on global health for decades and, more recently, on…

1 min
got wicker?

WHAT’S #VERYTANDC HERE? The history: Renzo Mongiardino was so prolific an interior designer for Europe’s aristo class that his client roster—which included Agnellis, Brandolinis, Radziwills, Safras, and Rothschilds—was often dubbed “a kidnapper’s wish list.” He was famous for his trompe l’oeil flourishes and theatrical juxtapositions, and thanks to his extensive collaboration with Italian wicker furniture company Bonacina, discerning doyennes from Milan to Villefranche-sur-Mer enjoyed summer villas perpetually furnished with premium rattan. The fans: Marella Agnelli, who made wicker her signature with custom Bonacina and once quipped of an American socialite’s ornate apartment: “It will take her another lifetime to understand wicker.” Also, Princess Irene Galitzine, inventor of palazzo pajamas. The news: The 132-year-old Bonacina has rendered its Radiant chair, designed by Mongiardino, in a more resilient outdoor-friendly model. So go ahead, throw that…

11 min
how to name-drop

Sarah Arison could have engraved her name on almost anything she wanted at a new 40,000-square-foot nonprofit arts complex in New Haven, Connecticut—but she turned down every offer. Arison wanted to help raise $15 million for NXTHVN (pronounced “Next Haven”), a creative incubator in the shadow of Yale’s steeples, because she believed in its mission to foster the careers of artists and curators of color. However, when she pledged $600,000 to fund a 60-seat black box theater over three years, she suggested the organization offer the naming rights to someone else. “I was happy to give the organization the opportunity to use those naming rights for continued fundraising with another donor who might be motivated by that,” says Arison, an heir to the Carnival Cruise Line fortune, president of the $422 million…

1 min
pop quiz

WHAT DO YOU GET THE GUY WHO IS EVERYTHING? Introducing the Canfield Speedway—the ultimate Father’s Day gift. Shinola’s first-ever automatic chronograph features a tachymeter, a scale on the bezel that converts time elapsed into speed traveled. This limited-edition watch puts both style and performance on the fast track. GIFT IN THE FAST LANE AT SHINOLA.COM the strap premium perforated leather Smooth and supple, the Canfield Speedway’s leather strap evokes the sporty style of a fine pair of racing gloves. the case polished stainless steel The 44 mm case features a heavy coin edge, anodized aluminum pusher collars, and an exhibition caseback that offers a full view of the engine at work. the dial tachymeter speed scale Reminiscent of a car odometer, the Canfield Speedway’s dial showcases a bold, tricolor tachymeter, which easily measures the speed of a vehicle over a known…