TURNING OUR BACKS to Old Man Winter leaves us preparing to dance in the rains of April. This time of year is no cliché, and global citizens must sophisticatedly prepare for inclement weather conditions. Integration of technology into your lifestyle can lighten your load, reduce chaos and make your journey more relaxing. This month’s spoils offer a melodic celebration of fashion, style and luxury that intersects with technology.
Grabbing your trench coat is a necessary evil to combat the elements. Do the rain and the world a favor by broadcasting your best interpretation of military-influenced style. This season Reiss makes your selection of this wardrobe essential a bit easier with the Pisa and Almond trench coats. Almond, $500; Pisa, $540.
Brave the whistling winds in the Sandpoint Jacket by Canada Goose. The deep snorkel hood repels the elements while the lightweight yet durable fabrics keep you agile and on the move. $395 and up.
Be the leader of the pack. The women’s Outdry Ex Eco Jacket is the first high-performance, environmentally friendly rain jacket. Waterproof, breathable and fully seam-sealed, it covers all the bases. Increase your globility with the comforts of this gem in your wardrobe arsenal. $199.
The Pasotti parasol will literally have you monkeying around in the rain. Handmade in Italy, the Pasotti collection offers a unique assortment of umbrellas to fit your fancy. Sixty years of bespoke craftsmanship make Pasotti a must-have for your next inclement adventure. Dance in the rain with this gorgeous pinstriped work of art. $239.
LARRY D. THACKER
Drip Galaxy is the title of this work. Celebrate beauty and elements of rain in the confines of your home. A quick jaunt to northern Tennessee reveals the brilliant work of Larry D. Thacker, a native Tennessean who works primarily in paint and assemblage and leans toward abstract. Adorn the walls of your estate with this masterpiece. Art prices vary.
A beast, for sure, the Matador BeastL28 backpack is your perfect daypack. Feather-light at 20 ounces, the Beast boasts a 28-liter capacity (about 1 cubic foot), water-resistant exterior and premium Nifco hardware, all qualities you need to hit the ground running. $89.99.
Don’t let the vibrant colors fool you — this watch is not a game or a toy. Let’s just say you can spoil your wrist during your athleisure. The Casio GST-S110 features the strength and dignity of metal, making it practically indestructible. A new, irregularly shaped solar panel allows more exposure to light regardless of the watch’s hand positions. $130.
RADO WATCH CO.
A trilogy of silicon nitride ceramic, anodized aluminum and hardened titanium work in sync to create the HyperChrome Ultra-Light watch by Rado. Scratches are inevitable on most timepieces. Rest assured your wrist will be evergreen and flawless due to the scratch-resistant ceramic. $2,850.
Supercharge your computing experience with the Xplore XSLATE R12 tablet PC. The two-in-one device gives you all the high-performance capabilities and complete computing functions in a single platform. Xplore tablets are MILSTD- 810G-tested for resistance against a variety of extreme environmental elements, so you can trust this family of mobile rugged tablets to preserve the integrity of your personal files. Finally, a breed that can handle your vigorous movement and demands. $2,695 and up.
For all its cosmopolitan trappings, Singapore remains, at heart, a tropical island. The city planners determinedly preserved gennery and the high groves of concrete and glass, and for a complete escape from urban bustle there still remain patches of the jungle and mangroves that covered the island when Sir Stamford Raffles first established a trading outpost here in 1819.
In this era of 6,500-passenger mega-ships, any cruise vessel conveying fewer than a thousand voyagers is considered a small ship, including high-end luxury liners, deluxe expedition ships and the world’s riverboats. The focus on many small ships is the destination rather than the conveyance, the expert chat rather than the Broadway show, the watersport rather than the casino, the scenery and culture rather than the full-service spa and specialty restaurant. Passengers make a travel style choice, forgoing the options and pleasures of a resort-sized vessel for the deeper, more immersive experience of a yacht-scaled ship.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Air Tahiti Nui resumed service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Papeete (PPT) last week. To welcome travelers back to French Polynesia, Air Tahiti Nui offers fares starting as low as $775 round-trip from Los Angeles, and $789 from San Francisco (SFO). The airline also allows a free date change on all of its tickets.
Turkish Airlines, already flying to more countries than any other airline, announced its 10th U.S. gateway: Newark Liberty International Airport. Service will launch May 21, with four flights per week between EWR and Istanbul (IST). Beginning June 1, the frequency increases to daily.
Magdalena, a Maryland Bistro in The Ivy Hotel partnered with Uncle Nearest premium whiskey to create a Preakness-inspired cocktail ahead of this weekend’s event. The Laws and Lilies libation honors the contributions of Black jockeys in the early days of American horse racing. Emmanuel S. West, Jr., director of food & beverage, The Ivy Hotel, crafted the cocktail using Uncle Nearest’s 1856 Premium Whiskey.