My hair is very curly, and I wish I could find someone in New York to deal with it but I usually end up letting it grow and then treating it when I go to Tel Aviv. I think I’ve bought 25 different products to try and get the best curl but I haven’t found one that I love yet. On my face in the mornings I use Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths and then Pep Up Collagen Boost Face & Neck Treatment from ColoreScience. And in the evenings I also use the latter brand’s Total Eye Firm & Repair Cream; I have a tendency to get dark circles under my eyes and this cream has been life changing. Most days, I like to apply a little of Tom Ford’s Mandarino Di Amalfi perfume to the back of my ears and wrists. I hardly use makeup, but if I do need concealer I like MAC’s Prep + Prime Essential Oils mixed with Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation tapped under my eyes, and if I go out at night I’ll put on ColoreScience’s Lip Shine SPF 35, which makes your lips nice and shiny. I also like clear brow gel, mascara and Shiseido’s MicroLiner Ink eyeliner. And then every week I have my nails done at home with clear polish by Kayo Higuchi, who I met when she would do manicures on set for my brand’s shoots. She is so caring and the treatment is so luxurious; she introduced me to using a combination of Kai Body Butter with Virgin Marula Oil from Drunk Elephant to moisturize my body. I always interview the makeup artists and hair stylists on set — it’s my favorite thing to do.
Kit Kemp, the founder and creative director of both the Firmdale Hotels group (which includes the Covent Garden Hotel in London and the Crosby Street Hotel in New York) and her own eponymous interior design studio, has teamed up with retail heavyweight Annie Selke on a colorful collaboration of domestic pieces based on their favorite destinations: New York, London and Barbados. The collection features more than 50 indoor-outdoor rugs hand-woven by expert artisans in India and made from polyester fibers derived from recycled water bottles, as well as bedding in Kemp’s signature cheerful rickrack, reversible coverlets in jolly stripes and florals and upholstered ottomans to place at the end of your bed. “A room has to satisfy all the senses,” says Kemp. “We always say, ‘Think of the five C’s: color, comfort, craft, character and curation.” The Kit Kemp Collection for Annie Selke launches on March 7 at annieselke.com.
Glass Growing in the Desert
The glass artist Dale Chihuly has said that his intention is “always to create unexpected experiences” and, with “Chihuly in the Desert,” an exhibition with installations in two iconic Sonoran Desert locations — the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Ariz., and Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and school in Scottsdale — he’s done just that. The latter location is particularly noteworthy because Chihuly, who grew up in Tacoma, Wash., and now lives in Seattle, has cited Frank Lloyd Wright’s work as an important influence on his own. Among the six three-dimensional glass pieces at Taliesin West are “Red Reeds & Niijima Floats” (2021), which largely consists of dozens of slender fiery red pieces that rise from the surface of a pond on the grounds, and from the adjacent patch of lawn, and “Alabaster and Amber Spire Towers” (2018), a grouping of spiky, cactus-like forms that seem to have sprung up organically. Over at the Desert Botanical Garden, you’ll find lavender “reeds” interspersed with actual cactuses, as well as freestanding sculptures of intricately coiled glass tubes that are thought to be the artist’s most challenging works to date, and his lesser-known works on paper, for which he uses acrylic, watercolor and charcoal. Tickets are available for day and night viewings through June 19,
A Jewelry Designer’s First Handbags
The New York-based jewelry designer Alexis Bittar, who made his name with artistic costume jewelry in the ’90s and early 2000s before selling his eponymous brand in 2015, made a comeback last September, when he reacquired his business. Since then, he’s shifted the company’s focus away from wholesale and toward direct-to-consumer sales, opening six experiential stores in New York and San Francisco designed by the set designer Scott Pask. This month, Bittar will also introduce handbags for the first time. “Expanding into that world is something I’ve wanted to do for a while,” he says. “The complementary relationship between jewelry and bags seems like such an obvious one to me.” The collection will include seven styles that are all made of leather and include a clutch with an angular trapezoid flap inspired by the futuristic style of the ’80s and ’90s and a roomy everyday tote bag. Each design will feature whimsical hardware that evokes Bittar’s beloved jewelry — a sculptural gold twisted scroll, for example, or a surrealist hand-shaped charm. The collection launches Feb. 15 and will be available at Saks, Alexis Bittar stores and alexisbittar.com. From $245.
When Mohcyn Bousfiha, an interior architect from Marrakesh, and Mouad Mohsine, an engineer and entrepreneur from Casablanca, bought a small farm near the Moroccan beach town of Essaouira about six years ago, the partners gained a women’s cooperative producing argon and prickly pear oils as a neighbor. And so they decided to launch a skin-and-hair-care line that is made with those ingredients and hews to traditional recipes, and named it The Moroccans as a tribute to the women. “We want to put the skills of the people of this country front and center,” says Bousfiha. In 2017, he and Mohsine opened a beauty shop next to Marrakesh’s Le Jardin Majorelle that evolved into a full-fledged concept store. And, in 2019, they took over a former hotel around the corner from there and transformed it into a multipurpose space that includes a second store — one with a 22-foot-high ceiling made of Smar, or reed — a cafe with a garden terrace, a yoga studio, a weaving atelier, an embroidery studio and six overnight guest suites. In all of the spaces, they’ve privileged work by local makers, whether with the feminine dresses by the Marrakesh label Tshamir on offer in the store or the Serghini ceramic tableware used in the cafe. In the suite bathrooms, you’ll find their own body products. Rooms from about $140, moromarrakech.com
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