With summertime wanderlust brewing, we share highlights from a recent Los Angeles-New York City
cross-country road trip.
Frank Lloyd Wright rules the theme during an overnight in Phoenix and Scottsdale, first with a visit to his incomparable Taliesin West, which still operates as an architectural school. The Biltmore Waldorf Astoria in Phoenix, is a rambling property with buildings designed in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, and boasts a storied and rich history.
Drive through the beautiful Tonto National Park en route from Arizona to New Mexico. Once in Albuquerque, check in to Los Poblanos, home to a bucolic lavender farm clustered with charming buildings designed by John Gaw Meem from 1932. Enjoy a rosé champagne before dinner at the chef’s table at their delicious new restaurant Campo, housed in the former milking barns.
A quick stop in Dallas’ sister city Fort Worth is worth it for the impeccable Kimbell Art Museum whose artworks are housed in adjacent buildings designed by Louis Kahn and Renzo Piano. In Dallas, stroll the arts district which is home to the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and Moody Performance Hall, followed by a casual dinner at Americano.
From Dallas, turn your car towards Tennessee stopping first at the iconic Graceland, a well-loved, singular home for a well-loved, singular legend. Further on in Nashville, we recommend dinner at City House before checking into the newly opened Hotel Noelle. The rooms and public spaces alike are exceptionally appointed and the lobby houses a Barista Parlor.
Head northeast through the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. On the outskirts of breathtaking Shenandoah National Park is the tiny town of Little Washington, Virginia established around 1749 by George himself. The Inn at Little Washington, a Relais & Châteaux property, is an exceptional lodging experience with a Michelin-starred restaurant headed by Patrick O’Connell.
From Virginia, hug the coast through the Mid-Atlantic states eventually arriving in New York City. Pictured
above is Forest Hills, a picturesque neighborhood 8 miles from midtown Manhattan. Make a picnic dinner
from the great selection at Mr Vino Cucina before checking out any number of stellar bands lined up to
play at the historic Forest Hills Stadium this summer.
With the holiday season upon us, our thoughts turn to travel. The English countryside is always at the top of our winter destination list, so we thought we’d share some of our favorite places to visit.
Set in the grounds of stately manor Bretton Hall, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an open air art park featuring work from iconic artists including Barbara Hepworth, Antony Gormley, Henry Moore and Ai Weiwei.
Gravetye Manor is the quintessential English country retreat. This charming wood-paneled hotel dates from Elizabethan times and features log fires, tasteful chintz and stunning gardens, created by William Robinson, the father of the English natural garden.
One of the finest historical sites in Northern Europe, The Roman Baths, in the City of Bath, consist of the preserved remains of an original Roman spa. The city’s unique thermal springs rise in the site, flooding the baths with natural hot water.
Charleston, in East Sussex, was the country retreat of the infamous Bloomsbury Group, whose members included Virginia Woolf. Now maintained as a museum, it’s decorated interiors are worth the trip alone.
The Fat Duck is a three star Michelin restaurant run by pioneering British chef Heston Blumenthal. Known for its innovative take on modern British cuisine, book in advance for its fourteen-course tasting menu, which features dishes such as nitro scrambled egg and bacon ice cream.
Set in the beautiful English countryside, Hauser & Wirth brings its world-class gallery to the wilds of Somerset.
We are excited to announce the launch of the Kathleen Whitaker Stone Collection III. Continuing to work with unusual stones and unexpected materials, with this release we unveil a number of new styles using pietersite, vintage glass, tourmaline, chrysoprase, and grey opal. The collection also sees the introduction of vegetable ivory, a sustainable organic material harvested from the nut of a palm tree. The range has also expanded to include bracelets and necklaces for the first time, alongside second and third editions of select, favorite designs. We hope you love it as much as we do.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with designer Ulla Johnson for the second time, creating a bespoke jewelry collection for her Spring 2018 New York Fashion Week show. Featuring pink muscle shell, white and gold mother of pearl shell, and moonstones, all set in sterling silver, the twenty new styles will be available exclusively at the Ulla Johnson store in New York next spring.
“My background in ceramics is where I explored for the first time… how to make something sculpturally compelling but also functionally effective, and how to hone efficient, spare design.” Kathleen talks to Ravelin about her design inspirations and path to making jewelry. Read the full conversation here.
We share some of our favorite places from a recent trip to London.
A beautiful space with wonderful aromas,
Marylebone concept store Perfumer H creates bespoke seasonal fragrances.
In the heart of Saint James, Cafe Murano offers authentic Northern Italian
flavors from Michelin-starred Angela Hartnett.
Londoners are abuzz about the new wing of the Tate Modern, but it’s the Tate Britain, one of the UK’s oldest and most illustrious museums, that resonates most. It’s a quiet classic that never disappoints.
With multiple locations across central London, Fernandez & Wells is the perfect spot for a quick coffee, hearty sandwich or an excellent charcuterie plate.
London has an abundance of beautiful public parks but Saint James is a particular
favorite for its lakes and lush greenery.
With summer on the horizon, our thoughts are turning to vacation destinations. Here we share some of our Paris essentials.
La Cave Du Septime, a wine bar housed in a converted shoe repair shop,
is perfect for small plates and an afternoon glass of wine.
The recently reopened Picasso Museum features over 5000 works of art,
including pieces from Picasso’s own personal collection.
A chateau-turned-hotel in the middle of the city, Saint James Paris boasts everything from stunning interiors to an award-winning restaurant and lush private gardens and spa.
When in Paris, make time to visit Au Passage, which offers beautiful bites and cocktails.
Ask for the Fever Tree Tonic and Maidenii Vermouth with lemon twist.
Spring is here. With cherry blossom season underway, we wanted to share some of our favorite spots in Tokyo.
Yaeca has a number of beautiful lifestyle stores in Tokyo, each worth a visit. Our favorite is the Yaeca Home Store, for its expertly curated mix of furniture and homewares.
Enjoy authentic Kaiseki cuisine at Kuroiwa, a beautiful and tranquil restaurant that offers a welcome respite from the bustle of the city.
Tucked in the backstreets of Ebisu station, Wine Stand Waltz is a must for a relaxed evening drink. A bijou wine bar, it has space for 10 patrons only, and serves natural wines from Europe and Japan in Baccarat glasses.
Situated in Meguro, south of Shibuya, Claska is one of our favorite hotels in Tokyo. A modern, minimal yet comfortable space, each of its 20 rooms is uniquely designed. The hotel also features a restaurant, lifestyle shop and an adjacent art gallery. A popular spot with discerning travelers, booking early is advised.
Ginza West is an old school Japanese tea room established in 1947. With it’s pristine white table cloths and silver service, it’s the perfect place for afternoon tea and cake.
Arts & Science stores are dotted throughout Tokyo, selling a well-edited selection of clothing, accessories and homewares. Highlights include vintage workwear and handcrafted textiles.
We have long admired Maggie Gyllenhaal for her bold acting roles and her activisim. We were honored to see her wearing Kathleen Whitaker jewelry for her recent interview with Apiece Apart, where she discusses balancing
family with work, and how to be an outspoken yet thoughtful advocate for rights that matter.
Maggie wears the Kathleen Whitaker Large Gold Fan Earrings.
To help you plan your next trip to New York, a round-up of some of our favorite spots in the city that never sleeps.
Neue Galerie is a museum that specialises in early 20th century German and Austrian art and design. The building itself is as exquisite as the collection, designed by the same architects as the New York Public Library.
Named after Neue Galerie co-founder Serge Sabarsky, Café Sabarsky evokes Viennese cafés at the turn of the 19th century, from the vintage furniture to the light fixtures.
The Greenwich Hotel is a Tribeca landmark and a modern New York classic.
The Frick Collection houses a distinguished collection of Old Master paintings and European sculpture and decorative arts. It’s also worth visiting for the building, one of New York’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions.
Open in various forms since the 1920s, The Waverly Inn in Greenwich Village is a neighborhood favorite.
The Met’s new contemporary art outpost, The Met Breuer, opened it’s doors in the former Whitney Museum space earlier this year, giving new life to one of New York’s oldest art institutions.
The Carlyle Hotel is a New York classic, and has been charming visitors with its elegant, Art Deco interiors since the 1930s.