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The Russian Banker

Meet Sergei Leontiev, the banker who had dreams of becoming a Russian Warren Buffett—until he was persecuted by Moscow for his connections to opposition leader Alexei Navalny and forced to flee. The United States granted him asylum, but now, in a three-part podcast series for the Financial Times, reporters Courtney Weaver and Stefania Palma ask whether Leontiev’s story holds up. The pair uncover a shocking story that both highlights the dynamics of today’s Russia and questions the Western narrative of good and evil. ( —Clara Molot



Sofia Coppola is certainly having a renaissance as we all eagerly await the October premiere of Priscilla, her antidote to last year’s migraine-inducing Elvis biopic. If, like me, you simply can’t get enough of her dreamy, feminine aesthetics, run to pick up a copy of Archive. The newly published diary-esque art book traces her entire filmography, from The Virgin Suicides (1991) through Priscilla, with rarely seen archival treasures, such as her personal on-set photography, annotated scripts, behind-the-scenes notes, and even mood boards. An interview conducted by Lynn Hirschberg rounds off the perfectly pink, 488-page gem. If you’re a true super-fan, you may even want to splurge on one of the 300 special-edition hardcovers now available for pre-order. ($65 for Archive, $500 for Archive Special Edition) —Lucy Horowitz



The Eritrean-born, New York–based designer Áwet Woldegebriel started his eponymous line two years ago. Since the brand’s conception, the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections have felt invariably like him; simple yet elegant color-blocked blazers and oversize shirts are modeled on his cool friends. Now Woldegebriel is opening a store at 57 Bond Street, in NoHo, where minimalist lines and gray floors feel like the natural extension of his clothes. Yes, we love the esoteric furniture, nude photographs, and large-scale paintings, but the best part of the flagship is the dressing rooms, which are larger than your apartment’s living room. If you drop in, you’ll buy something you didn’t know you wanted but that you definitely need. ( —Elena Clavarino



In typical New York fashion, my oven doubles as a closet, my cupboards hold everything but food, and I wouldn’t dare allow a microwave to take up inexistent space. My stovetop, however, remains ready for use. Not only is that to avoid a kitchen fire, but also so I can use my Bialetti espresso-maker. It works just like a mocha machine (all you need is water and ground coffee beans) and delivers my morning brew piping hot into two very cute, red aluminum cups. I think it tastes better than Nespresso, and I feel good about the fact that it avoids the environmental impact of pods. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to clean, requiring only a rinse in hot water. Did I mention it’s really cute? ($55, —Clara Molot


Ralph Lauren: A Way of Living

The clothes have almost always been secondary at Ralph Lauren. Synonymous with American style, it’s as much a brand as it is a lifestyle—a fact confirmed by a new coffee-table book from Rizzoli, Ralph Lauren: A Way of Living. Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the company’s home collection, the book includes a visual time line of its countless innovations as well as a detailed look at all the places from which Lauren gains inspiration, including his own homes. Also included is a collection of personal essays, written by the designer himself, and quotes from Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and architecture critic Paul Goldberger. ($75, —Bridget Arsenault


Lisa Edelstein: The Den

During the pandemic, some of us made sourdough; others aimed higher. The award-winning actress Lisa Edelstein—of The West Wing, House, and, most recently, The Kominsky Method—didn’t waste any time. She turned her attentions to drawing, first in pencil and then in marker; ultimately, she turned her formidable talents to watercolor. Using old family photographs as starting points, she created large-scale works that are moody and evocative, and which act as the entry points into a story from another, simpler time. Edelstein has no formal training, yet she is able to achieve a remarkable level of detail and panache in this notoriously technical medium. Her second solo art exhibition is on now at the Anat Ebgi Gallery, in Los Angeles. ( —Ashley Baker

Issue No. 219
September 23, 2023
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Issue No. 219
September 23, 2023