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The British tea tradition is getting a macho makeover with the introduction of the gentlemen’s afternoon tea around London. The Swan Brasserie’s manly offerings include fish-finger sandwiches, parkin cake and Cashel blue cheese, accompanied by a bottle of London Pride beer. Other options include the Dean Street Townhouse, Prism London, Bea Vo and the Sanctum Soho Hotel, which started the trend with mini-cheeseburgers, Jack Daniels and a cigar. —Tina Baraga
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The buzzed-about NoMad Hotel in New York opens its rooftop this month with an outdoor restaurant and bar from Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, the culinary wizards behind the thrice-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park. The duo also runs the heavily booked restaurant within the NoMad but has upped the ante with a private table inside the rooftop’s majestic cupola.
Resembling a sci-fi snake, with its intriguing apple-green faceted-glass facade, Les Docks, Cité de la Mode and du Design, a new Seine-side cultural complex in eastern Paris, is shaping up to be the city’s trendiest style magnet. It’s home to the fashion school L’Institut Français de la Mode, the Café Praliné tearoom and Wanderlust, which houses a restaurant, bar and outdoor cinema. Le Baron will open on the site’s rooftop in August. —Katya Foreman
Christian Louboutin’s new Louis Flat Tattoo sneaker in calfskin and suede is adorned with a Japanese-koi embroidery by Jean-Françoise Lesage, son of the famed haute couture embroiderer Françoise Lesage. The $1,995 style is available in Christian Louboutin stores and on us.christianlouboutin.com in July.
Gus Van Sant interviews photographer Ryan McGinley in a new comprehensive monograph, Ryan McGinley: Whistle for the Wind (240 pages; $55), published in June by Rizzoli. The book, with 150 photographs, considers the entirety of McGinley’s career, in which he’s perceptively chronicled the exploits of hedonistic hipsters.
All eyes will be on the London Olympics beginning July 27, and Ralph Lauren has ensured that Team USA will look its best. Athletes will don Lauren’s designs for the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as during their downtime in the Olympic Village. The entire collection—including this polo style sported by swimmer Ryan Lochte—is available in Ralph Lauren stores and on ralphlauren.com.
Carolina Herrera will launch her new CH Sport men’s line this summer at the eight CH Carolina Herrera boutiques spanning New York, Dubai, Saint-Tropez, São Paulo and stylish points in between. The capsule line encompasses 28 pieces—all in bold red, white and blue motifs—inspired by the recently launched CH Sport men’s fragrance.
Travelers can make the most of their next layover at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport by checking out the just-opened concept store from Isetan. The store goes beyond the typical duty-free fare, selling a mixture of high-end apparel, accessories and gift items from names like Molton Brown, Bodco, Luigi Borrelli and Hiroan. There’s also a swanky café, Baccarat-branded bar and special cosmetics counter dedicated to jet-lag recovery. —Kelly Wetherille
Liberty National golf course has christened a new custom-built catamaran this summer that will speed Manhattan linksmen to its Jersey City location in less than 15 minutes. Members such as Rudy Giuliani, Eli Manning, Matt Lauer and Phil Mickelson enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor while playing the recently redesigned championship course.