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Textiles, Pottery and Other Exquisite Home Goods
Before the pandemic made it dangerous to travel, the Los Angeles-based Kneeland Co. founder Joanna Williams was constantly crisscrossing the globe — visiting countries such as India, Mexico, Turkey, France, Italy and the United Kingdom as part of her job running a vintage textile library and consulting service for luxury brands and designers. Earlier this year, inspired by the artisans and makers she met along the way, Williams decided to open a shop called Rarities, which adjoins her showroom in the historic West Adams neighborhood of South L.A. There, you’ll find a myriad of pottery, textiles and other handicrafts, from vintage ceramic Staffordshire dogs to beautiful block-print textiles by Gregory Parkinson to colorful Oaxacan flower candles, each with a story behind it. “I wanted to share that sense of discovery,” she said. When I visited Rarities not too long ago (currently, customers are allowed in by appointment only), Williams told me that she gravitates toward the obscure, showing me a papier-mâché monkey covered in vintage purple fringe, specially made for the shop by the artist Clare Crespo. (If someone wants to buy the ornate primate, Williams will commission another creature to hold court.) And there are many other exclusive finds, such as English artist Claudia Rankin’s eccentric ceramics as well as oversize wicker lampshades from Mestiz Studio in San Miguel de Allende. “It’s about finding something you can cherish,” added Williams. “I like things that leave a lasting impression.” 4767 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, kneelandco.com.
Canali’s Anthology Celebrates Its 85th Anniversary
This year, the Italian luxury men’s wear brand Canali celebrates its 85th anniversary with the release of Anthology, a digital compilation of interviews featuring family members and company staffers. Not only does the project provide fascinating insight into Canali’s meticulous design process (in one video, a seamstress explains how an unlined jacket requires more than 170 individual operations to complete), but it eschews the over-peddled “great man” theory; though individual designers can be beneficial to a brand’s identity, it’s really an army of skilled craftspeople who tirelessly work to create the perfect garment. As honorary president Eugenio Canali suggests: “Never consider yourself great, you’re always a little frog. Aim to run faster than others.” Anthology dives into the grand history of the company, discussing Canali’s early days producing raincoats for a postwar Europe as well as its embrace of the less formal men’s wear codes that dominate today. Its spring 2021 collection is another reminder that the heritage brand understands the here and now: Tailored pieces coexist with pullover knits, technical outerwear and sneakers. Indeed, what sets Canali apart in men’s wear is the exacting nature of its so-called “casual” pieces, which are not outsourced to cheaper production markets but are still made in Italy with the same care lavished on a double-breasted suit. anthology.canali.com.
Carmen Herrera’s New Exhibition in London
Four years ago, at the age of 101, the Cuban-American abstract artist Carmen Herrera had one of her first major solo exhibitions, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. “There’s a saying that you wait for the bus and it will come,” Herrera told T Magazine in 2015. The show brought critical acclaim to the pioneering minimalist whose oeuvre is defined by crisp lines, bold colors and geometric abstraction. Now, at 105, the artist has a new show at the private exhibition space the Perimeter in London. “Carmen Herrera: Colour Me In” features pieces — eight paintings, four works on paper and two wall-based relief sculptures — made between the mid-1980s and the early ’90s, picking up from where the Whitney exhibition left off. While the Whitney focused on Herrera’s development from her time in Paris to her first decades in New York City, where she moved in 1954 and still lives and works, the Perimeter show — as its title suggests — delves into her later experimentation with color, when Herrera shifted from more dissonant palettes to varying shades of blues or yellows layered on top of one another. “Carmen Herrera: Colour Me In” is free with a pre-booked appointment through Jan. 8, 2021, at the Perimeter, 20 Brownlow Mews, London, WC1N 2LE.
Five New Multitasking Serums That Promise Results
An overcomplicated skin-care routine not only takes up valuable bathroom real estate but can also result in irritation when certain ingredients don’t interact well (like retinoids and vitamin C, for example). Luckily, a handful of new serums promise to multitask, ensuring a glowing complexion achieved with just one small bottle. Furtuna Skin, the skin-care brand founded by Kim Wells and Agatha Luczo, offers its Face & Eye Serum, a thin, quickly absorbed gel that, thanks to wild chicory and anchusa azurea flowers sourced from Luczo’s Sicilian farm, both lifts and de-puffs. For troubled skin, The Nue Co., a wellness brand primarily focused on supplements, has debuted The Pill — its second topical product that focuses on exfoliation, hydration and reducing inflammation. Applied once daily, the serum’s plant-derived alpha hydroxy acids gently resurface skin while CBD and caffeine calm and tighten. Meanwhile, Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age La Cure is a luxurious (and luxuriously priced) treatment that is used over the course of a month (the length of a skin-renewal cycle) and consists of four different serums that purport to leave skin energized, smooth and with increased elasticity. Intended to be used just twice a year, the serum focuses on the repair and protection of the skin’s mitochondria, the main source of cellular energy. For a super hydrating serum that doubles as a light moisturizer, Holifrog’s Galilee Antioxidant Dewy Drop contains aloe vera juice and a trio of emollient oils as well as antioxidant ingredients such as coenzyme Q10, squalane and green tea extract. More mature complexions will soak up Augustinus Bader’s The Face Oil, which contains the brand’s patented TFC8 complex — a mix of vitamins, amino acids and synthesized molecules that aid in the skin’s ability to repair itself — in a plush blend of argan, karanja and babassu oils.
Parcelle’s Wine Club and Pop-Up Tasting Bar
Founded by the award-winning sommelier Grant Reynolds, the New York City wine shop Parcelle was created in response to the growing popularity of natural and organic wines. Reynolds’s selection is terrific, and shows a true commitment to sourcing diverse wines from world-class producers. Parcelle also has a new delivery service called Wine Drop, where for $95 a month, three distinct wines tied together by a theme are mailed directly to your home each month. October’s selection features bottles from young vintners who have collaborated with friends or lovers, including Vivanterre’s Red Gamay, a natural wine by the fashion designer Rosie Assoulin, her husband, Max Assoulin, as well as the winemaker duo Patrick Bouju and Justine Loiseau. New York locals curious to try the offerings before committing can visit Parcelle’s West Village outdoor pop-up bar, Parcelle Patio, open through the end of this month. Lovingly decorated with early 20th-century French furniture sourced from upstate vintage shops, the wine bar sells 20 or so wines by the glass with rotating seasonal snacks and other small plates. Reservations require a $5 ticket purchased on Resy, the entirety of which is donated to the Roots Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and financial support to the Black and Indigenous wine community. 632 on Hudson, 632 Hudson St., New York City; parcellewine.com.