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Stylist and TV personality Robert Verdi met the New Orleans–based artist Dan Tague at Art Basel, a few years after Hurricane Katrina wrought despair on the Gulf Coast. Verdi bought one of Tague’s pieces, from a body of work he’d started during the hurricane’s aftermath. The piece was inspired by a particular moment; while Tague was waiting for rescue crews on the roof of his house, he rummaged around in his pocket and fished out a dollar bill, which he began to fold playfully, creating an impromptu work. Nearly 18 years later, Verdi has started an e-commerce site, called Barrier to Entry, where Tague is selling his limited-edition prints. His latest portfolio, Cash Couture, is for sale. It features 15 images of folded currency that spells out names of fashion houses—Louis Vuitton, Prada, Givenchy, Dior, the works. They’re fun and thought-provoking. (​​$10,000; —Elena Clavarino


Georgina Brandolini

It’s not especially difficult to find a good-looking evening dress, but a sweater that would look right at home in a fine-dining establishment is another matter entirely. Georgina Brandolini, who has long been known for her sense of style and her collaborations with the houses of Valentino and Balmain, has tackled this problem. Her eponymous collection of luxurious knits is just the ticket for an outdoor terrace or excessively climate-controlled restaurant, whatever the time of year. Our favorite: the Black Cariaggi Jaipur sweater, which elevates the basic crewneck to a thing of beauty, thanks to a touch of transparency and subtle embellishment. ($743, —Ashley Baker


La Botte Gardiane

All too often, leather sandals are flimsy, floppy affairs that barely last one summer before succumbing to the wear and tear accumulated by a few days at the beach. Not the case with La Botte Gardiane, a purveyor of sandals and boots that makes each pair by hand from a workshop in Aigues-Vives, a small French town southwest of Nîmes. Only 12,000 pairs are made each year, and environmentally conscious, quality-centric manufacturing processes ensure that the shoes are built to last. Importantly, they also look great, and if you’re struggling to choose between a fisherman’s style and a more classic two-strap affair, fret not—a friendly price means that maybe, just maybe, it’s O.K. to get both. ($194, —Ashley Baker



Founded in Florence in 1860, Panerai shape-shifted from a small atelier to a watchmaking school, to the watch supplier for the Italian Navy. For years, divers have used Panerai’s specialist designs —though, until 30 years ago, those styles, such as the Luminor and Radiomir, were kept confidential. Thankfully, times have changed; stop by the new boutique, aptly named Casa Panerai, on Madison Avenue, to see the historic watches on sale. If you get tired, head upstairs to the second floor for a coffee. No one’s keeping time there. (The Luminor starts at $5,600; —Elena Clavarino


Sacher x Georg Baselitz

At some point or other in your life, you’ve probably come across a Sacher torte. The chocolate sponge cake, filled with apricot jam and glazed with dark chocolate, was invented by Franz Sacher in 1832, as a gift for the Austrian prince Klemens von Metternich. If you’re lucky, you may have even tried one from the authentic pâtisserie at Vienna’s Hotel Sacher. If you haven’t, this is your chance. This year, the hotel has enlisted Georg Baselitz (the German painter and sculptor known for exhibiting his work upside down) to design a limited number of the cake boxes. It’s a great memento for friends and family alike. Our advice is to grab one before they sell out. ($72.25, —Elena Clavarino



“It’s in the low 70s,” but don’t worry, the cult Twitter account New York Metro Weather declares, “the vibes are alright!” Run by John Homenuk, @nymetrowx offers daily assessments of New York City’s weather, including a vibe read and a rating out of 10. It’s less formal than watching the news or checking your phone’s boring weather app. Imagine your roommate smoking a cigarette on the fire escape and announcing that it’s kind of nice outside. I don’t want to know which way the wind is blowing or the visibility; I want to know the energy of the temperature. Is it the type of day where I can sit outside with a spritz or should I stay indoors despite what the sunshine suggests? Can I wear a skirt or should I put on pants? Meteorology may be a science, but it’s also a vibe. ( —Nicolaia Rips

Issue No. 204
June 10, 2023
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Issue No. 204
June 10, 2023