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J. Mueser

Tailoring news to use: J. Mueser—the purveyor of bespoke and ready-made men’s wear that has been outfitting the stylish gentlemen of Lower Manhattan since it opened, on Christopher Street in 2008—is expanding. A new outpost at Rockefeller Center is not only spinning vinyl and mixing cocktails but also offering a smart mix of sport coats, suits, shirts, ties, pocket squares, and suspenders. Custom offerings, such as handmade Neapolitan suits and shirts that require 11 elaborate steps to construct, can be arranged. An important note: while the talented tailors at J. Mueser are known for their work with the gents, they will also rustle up a few things for ladies who ask nicely (and have a deep interest in cloth selection). If you’ve been living without a double-breasted linen jacket and simply hating yourself for it, it’s time to correct the matter. ( —Ashley Baker


Merit Beauty

In 2015, I discovered the highly technical name of my everyday makeup look: no-makeup makeup. Seven years later, my go-to brand to achieve it is Merit Beauty. Started in 2021 by Katherine Power, co-founder of Who What Wear, the company offers a small selection of cruelty-free beauty products. They also swap harmful ingredients for beneficial ones, such as plant-based squalane and vitamin B5. With their products, a full face of makeup can be completed in less than five minutes. To start, I recommend buying the Sunday Morning Set, Shade Slick, and Signature Lip. The latter two are among the best lip products I have ever used. (Starting at $26, —Gracie Wiener



Bailey Meredith and Anna Fahey spent decades working in fashion and interior design before they pivoted to towels. Founded in 2019 and based in Melbourne, their company, Baina, offers a range of well-designed organic-cotton towels. The selection is heavy on pastels—sage green with white lines, pale blue with a single coral stripe, and checkerboard print in cedar and sand. Every design comes in four sizes; if you so choose, you can get matching bath, pool, hand, and face towels. ( —Jensen Davis


The Baby

The first two minutes of The Baby, an eight-episode series co-produced by HBO and Sky, features a mother’s gruesome swan dive off the edge of a cliff. The body count steadily rises for the rest of the season. Part horror, part comedy, the show centers on Natasha (played by Michelle De Swarte), a 38-year-old woman set against motherhood. In the first episode, a baby—possibly satanic—literally falls into her arms. The people whom Natasha tries to pawn the infant off on die with a baroque flourish. The violence is impressively unflinching, yet the show remains charming and whimsical. ( —Jensen Davis


Bettina Ceramica

Lighting is everything. The right lights can open up a room or make a dinner date more intimate. It’s not just the hue or the wattage of a bulb—the perfect base and lampshade can lift your spirits and elevate an otherwise forgettable space. Italian-born, London-based former fashion publicist Natalie Sytner understood that when starting her brand, Bettina Ceramica (named after her mother), in 2019. Working with generations-old traditional ceramists but modernizing the designs and colors, Sytner has assembled a bold storefront of lamp bases, candleholders, and tableware. Each one of a kind, the lamp bases in particular delight with their rich chalky textures and handmade idiosyncrasies. (Lamps starting at $287, —Bridget Arsenault



Just in time for summer—and the water-centric activities it entails—Giorgio Armani has released its latest Mare collection, which is full of striped knits, colorful beachwear, and woven accessories that make an idyllic Mediterranean-inspired wardrobe. It’s available online, and will be sold at three pop-up shops in Portofino (including one inside the restaurant La Gritta) as well as inside Nammos restaurant, in Mykonos, and at the Hotel Cala di Volpe, in Porto Cervo. The latter opens imminently, on May 31. Given that the 15th annual Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Superyacht Regatta is happening there at the same time, it justifies a drop-in. (jacket, $2,195; shorts, $1,295; —Ashley Baker

Issue No. 150
May 28, 2022
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Issue No. 150
May 28, 2022