anywhere but home,
A third place. It’s the place in specialty coffee famously and at times romantically known for where one goes outside of work and home to be, to find moments outside of the normal tropes. As spring and summer come, the people of this culture see those places, by pools, rooftop bars, inside well designed ‘cages of culture’ and in nooks the size of New York studio room. Come they will, come we shall.
For the pool, Tommy Hilfiger gave us one, aside to a bar to the literal reggae vibes of Brent Berry ‘Go On.’ This culture went on indeed, imagining this pool was attached to a hotel, perhaps the ones like the Ace Hotel, where class and creative find itself being hospitable strands braided within one rope.
Wigs, lips, color, Barbie! Jeremy Scott used all the pros, accentuated eyes, bigger than life hair and palm spring colors to bring a comic book life of the sixties before our eyes. Caught between a jazz party in a garden and a caper movie gone good, real good, lets just say the action shall remain anywhere but home, we’ll enjoy standing room only, on a milk crate on the cobbled at Melbourne’s Patricia Coffee Brewers.
For the New York studio room Mansur Gavriel made us want to warm a cushion and clutch our Sunkist circle bags forever and ever. To find an afternoon elongated with the talk of society, ideas and trends one wants to buck. And for this, we found ourselves in the space of Sincerely Tommy.
p.s. If a lady can have more than one bag, the addition of Tory Burch’s fringe and Gainda flower inspiration for spring and summer were an exhalation.
For the cage of culture Thom Browne designed schoolrooms with desks included played on a world of lighter pastels, upstanding braids and cultural themes traversing Eastern semiology – we had to look it up so thanks for the history context NY Times – a Crombie coat, Japanese designs and geisha faces replete with lip treatment and school girl socks. For this vibe, a visit to Japan’s first floor Omotesando Koffee, run by one man and his one counter.
Alas, when the day and night is all said and done, Rag and Bone didn’t make going home easy. We’ve crossed our hearts and hope to find an all-nighter where perhaps the menu has more than liquor, maybe even a version of a dirty chai, like a dirty – flats on bottoms up.