Culture Cooler.: Men at a Table in London, Singapore’s Fest, An Oddisee in Williamsburg, June 13

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Singapore

sold out in Singapore

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@sgcoffeefest, instagram

A sold out inaugural Singapore Coffee Festival gave the Singaporean specialty coffee community a reason to celebrate. The four-day festival – a first – held from June 9-12 took an estimated 20,000 lovers of coffee and culture from Signature players that one can expect at any coffee festival also accompanied Singapore’s –  people, coffee,  roasters, baristas and coffee shops – more than 100 of them. The demand was surprisingly overwhelming yet indicative of a definitive audience. The young and mature came,  cold brew sold out, and tickets were limited at doors to accommodate demand. 

Sounds like the culture will be seeing more of Singapore next year. Until then, all eyes on its scene, through Instagram.

TWO

T is for tea.

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@llvne, instagram, Several Co, London Collections Mens, SS17

London, UK

T is for toast

London Collections Men, joined the pre-summer roster of fashion shows and resort collection presentations over the weekend with its #SS17 shows. As men, jaw bone forward, a few of the men capturing their style weighed in with their opinions  for Best Cafe’s to Hit Before Shows – which included everything from cafes, chains and hotels.  Happy to see that the Scandinavian Nordic Bakery and boutique chain Ace Hotel made the list. The men actually at the table for an early morning in the cafe However, one of the men’s shows brought the culture into sartorial perspective – Several.co’s – with a presentation of collared shirts,  light pantone jackets and basic-not-basic pants which are now trending in this culture’s style wish list. With tea and toast for breakfast in a cafe complete with live music by Womans Hour Band, this culture’s heart couldn’t be more complete.

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Oddisee, Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn, NY

where we going?

Life is all about the journey and if Oddisee is lyricizing about that journey, it will include only what he drinks out of, a mug and which happens to also cover the front of his latest release ‘The Odd Tape.”

Taking the stage at Brooklyn Bowl during NorthSide Fest, the stage held him, but it couldn’t hold him. His energy rapid, his verses, fire and his connection, as authentic and full bodied as an audience member would want. Coming off a Ramadan fast, going through half a dozen bottles of water his history of his life, the life of a black entrepreneur, black male in America, was riveting was fist pump inducing, “somebody get coffee, black, single origin like our ancestors.” The consciousness of his lyrics, heard in person this evening as well as documenting them just one week before for Twitter and Snapchat at Sweatshop made this a coffee-and-music full circle moment.  The groove was slow, slow enough for us to catch on and run away with him. That’s an odyssey.

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