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A descendant of the early issues of Andy Warhol’s Interview (1969) and Georges Bataille’s Surrealist Documents (1929), Magma represents a revival of the avant-garde magazine that has all but vanished in the 21st century. The publication positions writers, filmmakers, architects, and artists of all kinds in conversation with each other: François Halard’s photograph of Sicily’s Villa Palagonia is accompanied by German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 18th-century travel account of that very “Villa of Monsters.” Agnès Varda reflects on the French photographer Claude Nori’s 1976 black-and-white Lunettes series. The inaugural issue, which incorporates 18 artists and more than 80 artistic and literary works, functions both as forum and historical archive—most of those featured have never been published before. Partnered with Bottega Veneta and with only 2,000 copies available for its first annual installment, Magma is sure to be an instant collector’s item. ($67, —Paulina Prosnitz


Bonacina x Garage Italia

A good host never expects gifts, always offers a drink upon entry, and, when necessary, provides a courtesy car for the high-heeled and dinner-jacket-wearing guests for the dreaded commute from the parking lot. And while a good host provides any old ride, a great host provides the Fiat 500 SpiagginaGarage Italia’s and Bonacina’s latest collaboration, manufactured specifically for the hospitality and private-event fields. The classic car features bespoke Bonacina interiors, including its signature reed-cane-and-rattan seats. The rechargeable 500 Spiaggina recalls the 1950s collaboration of the same name with Garage Italia. The only difference is that where the first models were produced in the natural shade of rattan, today’s automobile offers customers a choice of virtually any color. Whether the car is Amalfi Coast blue, Aperol orange, or a shade of light pink that evokes memories of creamy-vodka-sauce pasta, guests will arrive at the party feeling like la vita è bella. (Starting at $79,000, —Carolina de Armas


Carissa’s Bakery

If you’ve been summering out East for a while, you’re certainly acquainted with Round Swamp Farm and Loaves & Fishes. The generations-old take-out shops afford guests the privilege of waiting in line for 20 minutes to pay $30 for an unseasoned salad or chicken breast. If you ask anyone with taste buds where to stop in for a quick bite, however, they’ll probably point you to Carissa’s Bakery. Combining the traditional French boulangerie style with Middle Eastern and Asian flavors (not to mention a James Beard–awarded interior), Carissa’s undoubtedly offers the finest breads, sandwiches, and desserts the Hamptons has to offer. Even Ina Garten has declared it the best in town. Head over for a croissant and a coffee at any of Carissa’s three locations—East Hampton, Amagansett, and Sag Harbor—and don’t forget to snag a loaf of pickled rye bread and some hand-spun Turkish-coffee gelato for your next dinner party on the way out. ( —Lucy Horowitz


Ernie in Kovacsland

“His public image is hair-raisingly genuine,” wrote Frederic Morton in his 1958 profile of Ernie Kovacs. The American television comedian would go on to inspire series including Saturday Night Live, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and Mystery Science Theater 3000. Now, 60 years after Kovacs’s death, he gets a career retrospective in the form of a book by his stepson, Josh Mills. Ernie in Kovacsland features rarely seen photos as well as excerpts from his columns, articles, TV scripts, and unfinished novel. The book first discusses what made Kovacs great, then allows him to speak for himself. After a tenured stay in Kovacsland, praise from the likes of Chevy Chase, David Letterman, Johnny Carson, and Jimmy Kimmel seems justified. ($34.99, amazon) —Jack Sullivan



Even the person who has everything does not have the new Case of Delights, from Alfred Dunhill. Produced in a limited edition of 10, it is both a work of art and an object of utility. Made by hand from English bridle leather, it conceals and reveals some of the elements for a pleasure-centric life. Gray-smoked shot glasses, a silver-plated flask, cigar cutter, pipe tamper, and ashtray are only a few of these components; with all of them considered, the attaché case becomes a tool kit that can be brought on travels or simply displayed elegantly in a sitting room. ($32,000; —Ashley Baker



It’s not exactly Hunza G’s fault that everyone under the sun is wearing its 80s-rific suits, all made in that thick, elasticized ruched fabric (that, let’s be real, takes some time to dry). But those seeking an alternative well-priced, well-fitting suit should consider those from Lido. Named after the island in the Venetian lagoon, the suits are produced in Italy from a fast-drying fabric, and the shapes are so spot-on that they work just as well on the streets (with skirts, shorts, sarongs, and what have you) as they do on the beach. Our current favorite is the Sette Rib, which is the swimwear equivalent of the perfect ribbed tank top—but one that doesn’t stretch out. ($233, —Ashley Baker

Issue No. 210
July 22, 2023
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Issue No. 210
July 22, 2023