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Ancient Greek Sandals x Castañer

We’ve tried to resist the fisherman’s-sandal trend, but now it’s proved impossible. The culprit: Ancient Greek Sandals’ new collaboration with Castañer, the Spanish brand known for its high-quality espadrilles. Their Chios sandals combine the best of both worlds and don’t feel too dressed up for a day at the beach. If we had to choose between the natural color or the black, we would go with the latter, simply because sandals that work for evening are in short supply. ($280, —Ashley Baker


Loro Piana at La Réserve à la Plage

It seems impossible to make La Réserve à la Plage—a St. Tropez beach club overlooking the turquoise Pampelonne waters—feel more serene. Even so, the club’s latest collaboration with Loro Piana manages to do just that. The Italian fashion house decorated the club in its signature earthy and sandy tones. (Think neutral umbrellas, sunbeds, and lounge chairs at the beach, restaurant, and bar.) At the club’s boutique, sun-kissed customers will be able to find a curated selection of garments and accessories from Loro Piana’s Resort 2024 Collection. ( —Carolina de Armas


Voices from the Frontline

Some of us live more dangerously than others. On the podcast Voices from the Frontline, journalist (and AIR MAIL contributor) Catherine Fairweather interviews photographers who pursue conflicts that take them to high-risk regions around the world. The series begins with none other than Fairweather’s husband, photographer Don McCullin, the longtime overseas correspondent for The Sunday Times Magazine known for his award-winning coverage of the Vietnam War and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Later episodes will include Hilary Roberts, former director of photography at the Imperial War Museum, in London, and Nikoletta Stoyanova, a 21-year-old photographer currently stationed on the Ukrainian front line. A new hour-long episode drops every two weeks. (​​ —Ashley Baker


Issimo x Métier

For those who find themselves listening to old albums of Pino D’Angiò and Baltimora, here’s your chance to carry a small piece of Italy’s glamorous Italo-disco days with you on even the most pedestrian of outings. A new partnership between Métier—the British luxury-leather-goods company—and ISSIMO, the digital arm of the Italian hospitality group Pellicano Hotels, presents a limited-edition collection of wallets and handbags crafted from shimmering silver and gold leather. Classy yet bold, the collaboration’s design captures the “heyday of chic Italian disco.” We at air mail love the Stowaway metallic calfskin bag in gold. ($1,850; —Paulina Prosnitz


Burning Sky

Coral reefs are bleaching, the Arctic permafrost is thawing, howler monkeys are falling dead from trees in Mexico, while oil giants and governments keep reneging on pledges to reduce the use of fossil fuels. So what lies ahead? That’s the premise of Burning Sky—a new thriller by John Darnton, a Pulitzer Prize–winning former New York Times correspondent. He imagines that, within 20 years, the northern hemisphere is shielded from the sun’s heat beneath a giant dome and dictators commandeer science to forestall nature and conceal terrible blunders. The novel zigzags from 2025 to 2092, and as governments harden, so does the underground resistance determined to restore democracy and the planet. Burning Sky is an ingenious dramatization of an impending climate apocalypse that is all too believable. ($26.99, —Alessandra Stanley


What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

Bill Maher, comedian and host of the eponymous HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher, is out with his wittiest and most incisive book yet, What This Comedian Said Will Shock You. Drawing from more than a decade’s worth of his provocative editorials on-screen, he writes sharp critiques on American life, politics, and culture. From covering free speech and cancel culture to race and religion, Maher manages to dissect the most controversial of topics in a way that is both funny and digestible. ($30, —Carolina de Armas

Issue No. 255
June 1, 2024
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Issue No. 255
June 1, 2024