First off, a massive shout out goes to our friend Alvin Hall, who has just won a Best History Podcast Ambie award for 'Driving The Green Book', his powerfully told journey through the segregated South, from Detroit to New Orleans. Give this a listen ASAP.
In other news, this week’s sunshine has us dusting off our sunglasses and getting our bodies prepped for shorts weather. Look out, New York, we're coming for you! Welcome to our 10 early summer essentials.
Dry body brushing is proven to help get rid of dead skin cells, revealing smoother, brighter skin. Woohoo! It also stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, so you get multiple bangs for your brushing buck. Use this Made by Yoke bad boy in the morning before showering for a tingly-fresh, tan-ready feeling.
2. ALL WOMAN
Nopalera’s Planta Futura cactus soap is handmade with plant butters and oils that cleanse and leave skin lusciously moisturized, while the subtle scent of lemongrass oil helps calm the mind. The brand, inspired by the beauty and richness of Mexico, is proudly part of our ‘ALL WOMAN’ cycle.
The Modern Gentleman by John McCarthy is an essential hardback book covering everything the modern gentleman needs to know, from how to create the most complex hot sauce and mix the perfect cocktail, to which accessories maketh the man.
A deck containing 199 thoughtful questions for new lovers, because there's still so much to learn about each other. “How do you know when you are in love?” “How do you know when it’s time to let go and move on?” “When was the last time you cried?” Are you ready to go more than Skin Deep? There are five different editions – for couples, for friends, for yourself, and more.
Is there a scent any more evocative of summer than this? Hudson Candles’ Sea Coast, inspired by Maine, is all sea greens and salty nuances, ending with a base of oakmoss and sweet tonka.
Montroi’s sumptuously scented rose water is made in Oman, in the Jebel Akhadar mountain, 3,000 meters high above the sea level, where rose petals are collected annually at the end of April and processed within three hours of harvesting. Use it to hydrate or freshen up – it’s our must-have travel accessory.
A fresh, fruity cocktail from Bon Perfumeur Paris, with notes of juniper, Italian lemon, bergamot, and mandarin. As the scent heats up, nutmeg comes to the fore, then a hint of patchouli, tobacco, tonka bean and white musk. A perky little gin and tonic for the skin.
8. HOME GOODS
Danyelle Weathers is the towering talent behind Elements by DW. Her Flower Bomb serving tray – made with eco-friendly resin, pressed dried flowers, and gold enameled branch handles – screams out for long, hot summer nights on the terrace.
The brighter weather means you’re going to need shades. These supremely stylish Akenberg sunnies – designed in Swedish Lapland and crafted in Greece (where they know about sunshine!) – are the only ones you’ll need this summer. Available in five fun colors.
Jessica Logan is the supernatural talent behind the eponymous flower studio in New York City – and our staggering, 12-foot 'ALL WOMAN' centerpiece, Wrap Me Up In Your Colorful Embrace Part 2. This stand-out monochrome mixed media wall art is no less dramatic (but on a slightly smaller scale), made up of dried bird of paradise leaves, rattlesnake leaves, flamingo leaf, okra pods, palm spears, and moss. Beautiful.
MAISON 10 is open Monday 10am-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-7pm, and Sunday, 12 noon-6pm. You know we love to see your gorgeous faces – come say hello.
Tom Blackie + Henri Myers
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
F Scott Fitzgerald