Fashion News: LVMH Owned Tag Heuer now Accepts Crypto Currency Payments Online.

LVMH‘s Tag Heuer announced that it will now accept Crypto payments on it’s U.S. website via a press release over a week ago. Tag Heuer now accepts 12 cryptocurrencies via BitPay which includes Bitcoin, Dogdecoin, Etherium, Shiba Inu, Stablecoin and others for transactions up to $10,000.

“The press release announcement came after LVMH brands and rival luxury fashion houses at Kering are investing in the Metaverse and Web3, which is the concept for a new stage of the internet relying on blockchain technology.

Balenciaga will soon start accepting Bitcoin and Ethereum as payment at its flagship U.S. stores and online, as reported by Women’s Wear Daily. Earlier this month, Gucci announced it would start accepting crypto as payment in select U.S. stores.”

Digital currency is not accepted in brick and mortar stores of Tag Heuer at the moment, but they did not say that it wont happen in the future.

 

Art’s & Entertainment: Amanda Holley an Octave Above the Rest.

Amanda Holley’s 5 Octave voice is not only captivating, but also calming and soothing while she delivers important and personal messages. With each single/EP, you can see and hear her evolve in “RUNAWAY” and “CODE”, both out now. You can listen to “CODE” on Amazon Music,Spotify, Apple Music, and TIDAL.

This multi-talented bi-racial singer, songwriter, musician, actor (yes actor too!) has captivated audiences of hundreds and thousands, performing at Coachella, NYFW, LAFW, Carnegie Hall, iHeart and MTV. This SONY signed artist has it all it takes to be a mega star, on stage and TV!

AMANDA HOLLEY

Look for Amanda’s EP “The HolleyGraphic”, (to be released soon) in collab with Billboard Charting producer/songwriters Davis Chris & Cecily Wagner, as well as her starring on a new Reality TV show that will be announced in 2022/23.

Ms. Holley recently talked about her new acting role, spirituality, and working with amazing giants in the industry on the Elegant Classy Gentleman Magazine Podcast, which will be on social media in a few days in 2-3 parts (Amanda has much to talk about) in which Amanda will elaborate…on many things!

Amanda Holley

Fashion News: Owners of Karl Lagerfeld Sell Brand for $210 Million to G-lll

The fashion brand owners of Karl Lagerfeld have sold the majority stake to G-lll Apparel Group Ltd. for 200 million euros ($210 Million) paying in cash. G-lll purchased 81% of Karl Lagerfeld’s brand from a group of private and public investors headed by Fred Gehring of Amlon Capital, in addition to the 19% stake brought in 2016 while forming a North American joint venture in 2015. The apparel group also owns Donna Karen.

The buyers anticipate retail sales of the brand could reach over $2 billion. Hun Kim (former Tommy Hilfiger designer) is now head of design, along with Carine Roitfeld and Amber Valletta to create collections. Pricing is considered “Affordable Luxury” with a mid-tier price point.

Included in the deal G-lll will also acquire the 10% stake in it’s China joint venture with global expansion and ramped up licensing deals.

Restaurant Review: Enoteca Harlem

The owners of the Chilean pastry & bakery shop Dulceria, have now opened right next door (literally} the tapas & wine restaurant Enoteca. This small, but charming tapas wine bar has about 30 seats, a back yard patio (as well as a store front patio).

A few tables take up most of the small and narrow space with a large couch in the middle (in lieu of a bar) which is the common seating for diners without a reservation.

As I walked in (late for my 6pm reservation) they were carving a leg of imported Chilean ham and watched in amazement for a minute or two before I was led to my table for dinner by one of the pretty servers.

My Table

Now Enoteca boosts about 40 Chilean Wines, and I wanted to inspect (of course) their selection of Chardonnay’s. I went with the Halclenda San Juan Chardonnay: This “biodynamic” wine from the coastal region of Casablanca in Chilie has a citrus and fruit flavor, with a mild after taste that can be described as refreshing.

Halclenda San Juan Chardonnay

Since this is tapas, I ordered a few things, and the Piquillo: Red Rooster Peppers filled with Cod, and covered in leek cream and Tigre: Mussels boiled in white wine, onion garlic and bechamel seemed like a good place to start.

Piquillo & Tigre

These two tapas dishes were quite tasty, I really enjoyed the complex taste of the Tigre which had a unique flavor and mild seasoning which played upon my pallet quite delightfully.

Next up I was presented with the Lobster the Cava: Alioli of cava and butter lobster’s claw, and the Scallops: Txacoli wine with fresh garlic lime covered with shrimp.

Lobster the Cava & Scallops

These two tapas dishes were so good I was tempted to order another round of the most delicious tapas I have ever tasted! I highly recommend these two. Last but not least I had the Bacalao: Cod onions and the rest is a secret (and indeed it should), as this tapas dish was probably the best of them all! I ate it very slowly to savor the flavor of this exotic dish.

Bacalao

Enoteca is located at: 2220 Frederick Douglass Blvd (917) 993-4459 on the corner of West 120th Street. This is the perfect place for a romantic dinner/intimate evening, after work drinks with friends, or get to meet new people in conversations on the couch over a superior glass of wine!

Restaurant Review: The Fox Harlem.

Lido has done it again. Opening yet another sibling site, the Fox Harlem just a few blocks away from its “sexy little sister” Bixi.

The Fox Harlem

While Bixi is Lido’s sexy little sister, the Fox Harlem is Lido’s sporty little brother. Yes, this stylish gastro pub is just what Harlem was missing on Restaurant Row. Serving up pub grub and comfort food, along with craft cocktails, wine and beer (of course) and a refined yet comfortable atmosphere. Watch your favorite sporting event on flat screens all along the upper perimeter of the restaurant. Which sporting events you say? All of them.

Upon entering, I was cheerfully greeted by the waitress, who told me to sit anywhere I liked, and settled for the table in the far left corner of the restaurant.
The Fox Harlem

Ordering a glass of Chardonnay while perusing the menu, I was told that they were flat out of it and suggested the Sauvignon blanc as an alternative. I declined, as I’ve never had a good Sauvignon blanc in Harlem…ever. I changed my mind and decided to try it, and finally it was one that I liked.

After looking over the menu, I thought to have the Fish & Chips along with Pigs in a Blanket (it’s a gastro pub) as I’m after all in a sports bar/restaurant.
Fish & Chips
Pigs in a Blanket

The Fish & Chips exceeded my expectations (along with the sauces), and the Pigs in a Blanket was not only satiating, but also quite tasty.

The Fox

I held on to the menu to see what else I could fit into my stomach, but these two dishes alone was so filling that I could not finish it all.

A trip to the bathroom at the Fox is also a visual delight.

The Fox Harlem is visually exciting in it’s sophisticated stylish simplicity, and a greet place to chill with friends or with a significant other who shares your love of gastro pubs and sports! The Fox Harlem is located at 2224 Frederick Douglas Blvd at 120th Street. A wonderful place to spend time at!

Fashion: Fashion Trends for 2022.

2022’s Fashion trends are a little more unique than the last couple of years. This years Styles are quite interesting.

Mini skirt dresses:

Mini skirt dress.
Mini skirt dress.
Men’s stylish jackets:
Men’s accessories is a major 2022 trend, which includes jewelry and rig bags.
Men’s jewelry
Men’s Accessories

Another 2022 men’s wear trend is soft suits.

Soft Suits

Fashion News: LVMH Pays 10 Million Euro Settlement in Spy Case.

A Paris judge on December 17th approved a 10 Million Euro (11.27 million) settlement, offered by prosecutors to LVMH owned by Bernard Arnault, the world’s third-richest person according to Forbes magazine that shuts down a criminal probe in the luxury group’s role in a “spying” case which involves the ex-top boss of France’s security services.

“This ruling infuriated François Ruffin, a journalist, filmmaker and leftwing politician who made headlines in 2016 with “Merci Patron!” (Thanks Boss!), a film that skewered Arnault as a heartless tycoon impoverishing the French working class.”

Ruffin filed a lawsuit in 2019 claiming that LVMH contracted the former head of France’s DGSI domestic intelligence agency, Bernard Squarcini, to spy on him for almost three years while filming the movie, that won a Cesar (the French equivalent of the Oscars) as best documentary in 2017. Ruffin had requested the court to refuse the settlement, saying 10 million euros was just 0.02 percent of the nearly 45 billion euros in revenue last year for LVMH.

“Can justice be bought so cheaply? The answer is yes,” Ruffin told journalists after the hearing Friday. It’s a blank check for all future spying operations by multinationals. All LVMH had to do was pay to get out of the proceedings.”

Fashion: The Last Collection of Virgil Abloh.

The founder the luxury brand Off-White, Virgil Abloh and artistic director of Louis Vuitton men’s wear passed away due to cancer at 41 years old. After selling his luxury brand to Louis Vuitton and joining the same in 2018 had his first show in June of the same year began an exciting chapter in fashion history, by bringing streetwear into the luxury fashion industry!

Virgil Abloh

In a statement posted to his Instagram, Virgil’s family wrote: “We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues.”

Virgil Abloh

Virgil privately fought a rare and aggressive type of cancer (cardiac angiosarcoma) for two years, after being diagnosed in 2019, undergoing various treatments while running several companies. Louis Vuitton paid tribute to the creative genius by presenting his Spring/Summer 2022 Collection, on Nov 30th in Miami.

Virgil Abloh

“We are all shocked by this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer and a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom. The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow and we are all thinking of his loved ones on the passing of their husband, father, brother, son and friend.” CEO Bernard Arnault of Louis Vuitton said in a statement.

Fashion: The Dominici Collective: Harlem Upscale Apparel.

On Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, near 125th Street in Harlem there is a very unique upscale clothing store called the Dominici Collective. This creative clothing store opened in 2019 and weathered the storm of the pandemic lockdown…..doing it in style!

The Dominici Collective

The Dominici Collective is run and curated by Dominique Banks, who has created a stylish and cozy brick and mortar shop with a highly eclectic bend (think from street wear to haute contour) that is absolutely amazing.

This apparel and lifestyle brand offers contemporary streetwear as well as eclectic fashion hard to find anywhere in Harlem. In addition to the apparel the Dominici Collective also has barber service’s and is also a mini art gallery with works and pieces to stylishly adorn your home.

The Dominici Collective

This clothing store has literally something for everyone (including a close shave) and is located at: 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd New York, NY.

So stop by and join the Collective!