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LUNCH WITH WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK AT HOTEL DES GALERIES IN BRUSSELS

In the small restaurant at Hotel des Galeries in Brussels, Belgium – the highly designed space sits awaiting guests for lunch. I stopped-in recently before meeting a friend to have a little fun with the camera. I love the angular and minimalist furniture you see scattered around the space. Designers Fleur Delesalle…

VIDEO: THE WOMAN CHALLENGING COLOMBIA’S POVERTY AND FIGHTING AGAINST TEENAGE PREGNANCY | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND CATALINA ESCOBAR

Never in my life have I met a woman with such determination. Catalina Escobar, one of CNN’s Heroes of 2012, is a Colombia native who founded the Juan Felipe Escobar Foundation in 2000 after the tragic death of her 16-month-old son, Juan Felipe. As a volunteer in Cartagena’s largest and most ill-equipped hospital, Catalina also witnessed the deaths of…

AN EARLY MORNING WITH WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK AT GALERIES ROYALES SAINT-HUBERT IN BRUSSELS

Early one recent and chilly December morning in Brussels I ventured out of my warm hotel to do some early holiday shopping. Of course I had the option of visiting the beautiful Christmas market but I opted for the covered Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert where I could purchase everything from chocolate to handmade lace. I wanted something cozy to wear that was…

VIDEO: THE RINGLEADER BEHIND SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST INSPIRING PUBLIC ART | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND FARIS AL-SHATHIR

Faris Al-Shathir, the young co-founder of New York’s public art rooted non-profit “BOFFO”, has facilitated some of the most interesting collaborations between the worlds of art, fashion and architecture. His idea for BOFFO was born out of a bad economy and a desire to bring together people who could…

VIDEO: AMERICA’S FIRST OPENLY GAY IMAM IN THE ISLAM FAITH | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND IMAM DAAYIEE ABDULLAH

Imam Daayiee Abdullah is America’s first openly gay imam in the Islam faith. Born Sidney Thompson in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan – Daayiee was raised as a Christian and lived with parents who were religious but progressive in their thinking. He describes his upbringing as one where activism was promoted and dialogue encouraged, Daayiee was…

A LUXURIOUSLY SIMPLE CHUNKY KNIT | MARKET-HOPPING WITH ISSEY MIYAKE’S AUTUMN/WINTER 2014

Issey Miyake is a Japanese label with a global sensibility, and Yusuke Takahashi is it’s leader. Infusing an incredibly unique and memorable design aesthetic is what makes each of his shows remembered season after season. His autumn/winter 2014 collection saw a large amount of…

VIDEO: THE ARCHITECT OF NEW YORK’S MODERN MENSWEAR MOVEMENT | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND SIKI IM

Siki Im fell into fashion design, but it was a happy accident. The designer known in New York for his stunning and thought-provoking menswear conceptualized and constructed in the United States, is someone with barrels of talent and passion for his work. His collections are never what they appear, often referencing…

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01.20.15

Destination: Florence, Italy And Pitti Uomo 87

Florence, Italy. Enough said. This Tuscan capital is probably one of the most incredible cities in Italy, if not Europe. The art, natural beauty and history alone can invite any visitor to spend weeks here and still not uncover all that the city has to offer. Now, add a global fashion phenomenon, Pitti Uomo, on top of that – and you have a first class travel and fashion destination. Having just attended Pitti Uomo 87 and making the rounds at the city’s best hotels, restaurants and cultural attractions – we are in a prime position this week to offer you the best from Florence. We will take you on our journey of what’s happening in the world of menswear as well as highlight our “must-experience” places across town. Stay tuned for a week in Florence you’ll never forget.

01.20.15
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My Style | Pitti Uomo 87 Shot #1

Pitti Uomo 87 was quite an event. First, Florence, Italy is the most incredible city. There are places throughout the small streets and green hills that inspire you to live and dream higher – even if only for that moment. I stayed at the incomparable Grand Hotel Villa Cora and was taken by the incredible spaces within the villa walls, including the frescoed grand ball room. I stopped for a moment to think about the spectacular time I was having and…

01.20.15
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Eating Your Way Through Florence | Alle Murate Restaurant

Alle Murate, an incredible restaurant/museum housed in the ancient Palazzo dell’Arte dei Giudici e Notai – once a notary for the city – welcomes guests into its stunning interior with frescos painted on the walls and ceiling, dating back to 1300. Now, that is a healthy dose of history and art with your Michelin-starred cuisine. Giovanna Iorio is the chef and, in the moment you enter, you know you’re…

01.19.15
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Pitti Uomo 87 | Street Style To Remember

Pitti Uomo 87 kicked-off on Tuesday January 13th in Florence, Italy. The location is the historic area of Fortezza da Basso – in the middle of the city. Here, brands from across the world descend to show their latest and greatest wares to a discerning crowd of fashion editors, buyers, bloggers and journalists. It is, in so many words, a scene. Luckily, it’s also a fantastic place to spot inventive and unique style. Here are a few pictures from the first day of Pitti Uomo 87.

01.19.15
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Eating Your Way Through Florence | The Tea Salon At Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella

One of my absolute favorite places to visit, shop and eat at in Florence, Italy is the renowned Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella. This beautiful church/shop/mecca-of-beauty and health was started in 1381 by a group of Dominican monks. They began by selling a special rose water used as a disinfectant. That led to the…

01.19.15
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What To See In Florence | The Basilica Di Santa Maria Del Fiore

It’s probably the most famous structure in all of Florence, Italy – but there’s a reason. The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is immaculate, awe-inspiring and breathtaking. It is the main church of the city and was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style to the design of Arnolfo di Cambioand. It was completed in 1436 with the dome engineered by…

01.16.15
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The Best From London Menswear Autumn/Winter 2015 | Burberry Prorsum

Wild and free – bohemian and smart. These were all themes at Burberry Prorsum’s autumn/winter 2015 menswear show at London’s men’s collections. Christopher Bailey knows what he’s doing. He easily switches, season after season, from color pallets, textures, and so on. This season he planted seeds of what I think looks like…

01.16.15
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Every Man’s International Fashion Week Grooming Necessity | The Clarisonic Smart Profile

Jetting from one fashion week to the next, at a time when menswear shows are stacked back-to-back, can be exhausting. Whether you’re hopping from the London Men’s Collections to Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy, or running through the streets of Milan to catch your flight to Paris – your skin can take a beating. Any gentleman on the go needs something that will keep him looking his…

01.16.15
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Where To Stay In London | The Charlotte Street Hotel

Sometimes you need a quiet, refined hotel. London’s Charlotte Street Hotel’s fresh, welcoming interiors cultivate the charm of its surrounding neighborhood. Located just north of lively, hedonistic Soho, the quiet streets around the hotel exude unpretentious sophistication. A sensual Botero sculpture welcomes visitors, luring guests into Kit Kemp’s world of modern English style that combines…

01.16.15
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The Best Of London’s Buildings | The Battersea Power Station

Who knew the London Power Company could be responsible for building one of the city’s most fascinating buildings? The Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design, providing the well known four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London.

01.15.15
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The Best From London Menswear Autumn/Winter 2015 | Lee Roach

Reversible garments are a trend, no? If not, Lee Roach will be sure they are for autumn/winter 2015. The designer presented a multi-faceted collection supposedly spawned from a travel experience and the synergy between designer, composer and artist. The collection was graphic with subtle color-blocking at times. Trimmed, skinny trousers were paired with…

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