These personalised polos have your name all over them

The Rodd and Gunn polo shirt is a classic, a foolproof style long-embraced by gents across the country. One of those ‘timeless’ tops that will hang faithfully in the wardrobe for decades to come, it has recently received a modern update with a fresh monogram service.

Allowing online shoppers to have their initials stitched into the hem, sleeve or chest of the shirt, the polos come in a range of colours, with one to suit every sir. With the same service afforded to the signature Rodd and Gunn cap, the personalised pieces make for an ideal gift… or gift to oneself.

Rodd and Gunn

www.roddandgunn.com

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Lil Uzi Vert — Luv Is Rage 2
He’s the Philidelphia-based rapper of the moment who is now almost certain to take over 2017 thanks to the surprise release of his debut album. After teasing us for what feels like forever, ranking in as the ‘Most Followed Artist on SoundCloud in 2016,’ and taking over radio waves with his triple-platinum single, ‘XO TOUR Llif3,’, the 16-track record is now available. Anticipate cameos from The Weeknd, Pharrell and production from Maaly Raw alongside various others. Listen here.

Action Bronson — Blue Chips 7000
While many might have been getting their Bronson fix via his Vice TV series, F*ck, That’s Delicious: An Annotated Guide to Eating Well, in recent times, the final instalment in his legendary Blue Chips series has landed. Kicking things off with his new track and video ‘The Chairman’s Intent’, featuring himself as a mysterious assassin who is not afraid to take down a corrupt Chinese Mob Boss and his crew of gangsters, other tracks tie into his travels, some documented on the show such as his jaunt to the Motherland, Jamaica. Listen here.

Queens Of The Stone Age — Villains
Hundreds of shows, memory lapses, unexplained injuries, a year-long detour with Iggy Pop and multiple Grammy nominations later, Queens Of The Stone Age reemerge from the desert with what Pitchfork has described as the band’s ‘most accessible album in decades’. Produced by the can-do-no-wrong Mark Ronson, we’re falling back in love with QOTSA founder Josh Homme, via the team’s seventh LP is and first full album offering since 2013’s …Like Clockwork. We have much appreciation. Listen here.

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Lei Cafe is bringing a slice of Polynesian flair to Ponsonby

The brother sister duo are putting a taste of the islands back into Ponsonby

Living in a city full of bars, restaurants and eateries, you could say we’re pretty lucky. Even luckier when one such venture promises to deliver some tasty fare with an injection of Polynesian culture. Here to take Ponsonby back to its roots is new opening Lei Cafe.

Perched beside an office building lobby near the Ponsonby Road end of Williamson Ave, the eatery is owned by brother sister duo Saione Greer and Natasha Finau. The labour of love has seen the large concrete interior transform into a colourful, light-filled cafe. With a high stud, vintage chairs and wooden tables that are seamlessly balanced against the fuschia pink booth seating running the width of the eatery, it’s spacious and inviting at the same time. A floral mural by Flox covers one wall, while a lei covers the other. A special part of Polynesian culture, presenting someone with a lei is a way to greet them, welcome them with open arms, which is exactly what the duo aim to do. For Finau, it also represents a lost loved one, something she wanted to incorporate in the creation of the cafe.

We were warmly invited to indulge in the ‘Poly-French toast’, a hearty serving of brioche bread, bacon, creamy mascarpone, raspberry coulis and crushed walnuts. We only wish we hadn’t eaten lunch prior — it was divine. There’s a full breakfast and lunch menu, hot cups of Allpress coffee, a cabinet brimming with bacon and egg baps and wraps, salads, brownies, slices and other sweet treats.

So if it’s a series of new flavours you’re hankering for, or perhaps you’re an adventurous denizen of the Ponsonby-Grey Lynn area, Lei is worth checking out — even if just for a coffee and a chat with the friendly team.

Opening hours:
Monday – Saturday: 7am – 3pm

Lei Cafe

4 Williamson Ave
Grey Lynn
Auckland

(09) 217 4052

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We go on tour with one of New Zealand’s most progressive luxury labels

Renowned for an unwavering dedication to sourcing the world’s finest fabrics and craftsmanship, Dadelszen is a label synonymous with quality. Now, allowing us a rare glimpse into the atelier’s inner workings, inspirations and processes, Creative Director Edward von Dadelszen has captured his latest international travels through the lens of the team at Inmotion and with the support of ASB. Visiting some of the most esteemed manufacturers and craftspeople in the luxury realm, the video makes clear that the respect he has for these artisans is one that extends both ways. An international escapade that took the team from Paris to Los Angeles and many places in between, watch on as we follow Dadelszen and his partner Constance Cummings on their travels.

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Harbour Eats — Auckland gears up to welcome an impressive new food space

The result promises varied eating spaces with a grand outlook across the Waitematā Harbour.

When we look to some of our favourite examples of food halls around the world, New York’s Smorgasberg market, Copenhagen’s Paper Island and even Sydney’s David Jones come to mind — places where casual dining merges with market stalls, proffered by skilled chefs and enjoyed in a bustling environment. The beauty of it all? The ability to browse an array of tantalising street food eats and regional delicacies until just the right thing takes your fancy.

The hotly anticipated downtown development, Commercial Bay, is set to introduce this varied style of communal dining to Auckland in 2019. Inside the multi-level edifice, located at the crossroads of Queen and Customs Streets, will be Harbour Eats, a space dedicated to providing a melting pot of boutique food offerings on the scale not seen before on these shores.

Precinct Properties (the company responsible for Commercial Bay’s fruition) has brought on board one of the world’s most respected names in hospitality design, New York-based AvroKO. The adept team — charged with projects across America, Europe and Asia — will bring the dynamic, 700-seat space to life by capitalising on the lofty 10-metre stud and open air atriums, as well as introducing plenty of natural greenery and foliage. The result promises varied eating spaces and an ambient bar area that evolves from morning to night, catering to solo diners and large groups alike.

Poised to lure in some of the most famed names on the local street food and food truck scene, who will peddle their delectable offerings alongside more established restaurant names, diners can expect everything from poké pitstops to haute pâtisseries and much more while many operators will swap out or evolve their offering from day to night. With plans to install what AvroKO are dubbing a ‘wall of fire’ — a zone dedicated to all things ‘barbecue’ — amongst other attractions, there’s no denying that Harbour Eats is going to be an action-packed destination for all of Auckland’s gastronomic whims.

To learn more, click here.

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The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture opens at Melbourne’s NGV

Celebrating the symbolic work and rich history embodied by one of today’s most illustrious fashion houses.

Once upon a time, a young man by the name of Christian Dior sold sketches on the streets of Paris for pocket money. His parents had hoped that one day, he might become a diplomat, but his artistic tendencies were too strong and early adulthood saw the creative trading works by friends such as Pablo Picasso out of a gallery his father had purchased for him. Little did he know that his creative prowess would one day etch a mark so deep upon the sartorial realm, that it would still be felt, just as acutely, almost a century later.

After various stints in the fashion industry both before and after serving in WWII, Maison Christian Dior was officially founded in 1946 and the standalone designer quickly garnered a reputation for introducing some game-changing styles to womenswear. Starting with the iconic ‘New Look’ silhouette that revolutionised women’s fashion in the 50s and the spate of seductive ball gowns and evening dresses that came with it, Christian Dior became the brand that exuded elegance and femininity in its most esteemed form.

While Dior’s physical tenure at the top of the luxury womenswear realm was short-lived — the founding father died suddenly in 1957, aged just 52 — his name and essence lives on, largely thanks to the succession of talent that has taken its turn at the creative helm. From Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Bohan (responsible for Dior’s new-age Slim Look silhouette) to the incredibly capable (albeit disgraced) John Galliano, the visionary Raf Simons, and now, the notably female Maria Grazia Chiuri, each name has brought its own paradigmatic designs to the table, even if the job demands no less. These significant examples of enduring couture are currently on show at The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, an exhibition at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria.

Showcasing an exceptional curation of material from the House of Dior archives in the French capital, the exhibition — a celebration of the Maison’s 70th anniversary — is considered to be the first complete Dior collection ever to be shown outside of Paris. Aficionados of the couturier’s signature ball gowns can revel in the display which spans everything from its beloved mid-century gowns to its coveted contemporary aesthetic; and while visitors might go for the clothes, they’ll come away having absorbed the rich history embodied by each of Dior’s collections, designers, and over-arching fashion movements.

‘The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture’ will be showing the NCV International in Melbourne from 27th August to 7th November 2017.
If you’re planning a visit, check out our Melbourne Navigator for more hot tips.

National Gallery of Victoria

180 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne

www.ngv.vic.gov.au

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New Windsor’s Hare and the Turtle is doing the best cinnamon scrolls in town

For a relaxed breakfast or lunch, this New Windsor cafe has you covered.

There are a few things a cafe needs to get it ‘right’. Tasty fare, attentive staff and a sense of atmosphere are imperative. And, just because we’re fussy, trendy graphics and branding don’t hurt either. Stopping by New Windsor’s just-opened Hare and the Turtle, it quickly became evident that the relaxed eatery delivers on all fronts.

The breakfast side of the menu is succinct but completely satisfying with three options on offer: muesli, eggs on sourdough and pancakes. Each excellent, made with quality ingredients and attention to detail (the pancakes, for instance, come with grilled banana, mascarpone, and candied nuts), they seamlessly cover your sweet and savoury bases. Far from your only option though, there’s also an eight-strong sandwich selection on offer from opening ’til close.

Whether you’re after something cheesy, meaty, fishy or veggie, there’s a sandwich to suit. The classic ‘G.C’ (grilled cheese) is an easy choice, as is the baloney sarnie which sees traditional Italian Mortadella meat smothered in hot and sticky provolone cheese and tucked inside a house made bun. The more adventurous would do well to give the white fish and remoulade slathered sourdough ‘Smokey Joe’ a go, but really, you can’t go wrong. A stellar menu all round, it has to be said that the real star of the show is shaping up to be the cinnamon buns. Loosely based on the classic American Cinnabon recipe, the sweet wee scrolls have been consistently selling out since the team opened its doors.

The whole thing is just plain cool. From the decor to the owners, the food, the fit out and even the vintage tunes playing over the speakers, Hare and the Turtle gets it rightWith the added bonus of plenty of parking (the type that only comes with being a suburban cafe), it’s super relaxed, and definitely, one to add to your weekend repertoire.

Opening hours:
7am-3pm, Tuesday-Friday

8am-3pm, Saturday-Sunday

Hare and the Turtle

1/63 New Windsor Road
New Windsor
Auckland

(09) 828 2344

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Shelf respect — 20 literary titles every person should own

you could argue that no other personal accoutrement is as revealing...

They say not to judge a book by its cover, but to judge a person by his/her books, well that’s perfectly acceptable. On display for all and sundry to see, you could persuasively argue that no other personal accoutrement is as revealing as the literary titles that reside on your shelves.

Irrespective of how dusty they might be, one would hope to find your worldly perspective reflected in a well-rounded literary assemblage. There are some titles whose presence is simply obligatory; never mind if their spine hasn’t once been broken. The following are some bona fide masterpieces that will help demarcate an astute taste in books.

1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Lee Harper

3. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

4.  The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

5. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

6. Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

8. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

9. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

10. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

11. 1984 by George Orwell

12. The Human Stain by Philip Roth

13. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

14. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

15. The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger

16. Papillon by Henri Charrière

17, The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

18. A short history of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

19. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare

20. The Penguin History of New Zealand by Michael King

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Be Happy — Denizen’s spring issue has landed!

The pursuit of happiness is a fickle one, riddled with answers that range from the easily attainable to the ever elusive. Exploring the theme in our latest issue, The Happy Issue, we take a sweeping approach to the quest for contentment, touching on conventional strategies, such as that of how to achieve workplace bliss and ‘The Art of Now’, to more off-beat and existential sources of satisfaction.

Balanced with in-depth travel guides to Byron Bay, Reykjavik and Miami, as well as a look at some of Auckland’s most exciting new developments, our hefty new release naturally covers all the bases. From the hottest exhibitions to the fashion world’s latest musings and all that’s noteworthy in the world of wellbeing, you can count on this issue of Denizen to well and truly put a spring in your step.

The Spring 2017 issue of Denizen is on sale now. Pick up your copy from any good newsagent today.

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A defunct railroad turned lush tropical strip serves as the backdrop of this contemporary home in Singapore. Located in one of the city’s well-heeled enclaves, the KAP-House by ONG&ONG Pte Ltd resides on land that was once the sprawling garden of a classic colonial bungalow.

The home was imagined as a paradigm of modern tropical living, sitting quietly behind wild grassland that grows from the remains of the old Malayan Railway.

Seeking to capitalise on the dwelling’s evergreen surroundings, the design team honed in on the Japanese principle of Shakkei, or ‘borrowed scenery’, with the intention of creating a home that is resplendent in the likeness of nature.

The dining area features Porro’s Synapsis dining table, Gentle chair and Voyage dining chairs, available locally from Studio Italia

Simplicity, clean lines, an attunement to materials used and the constant incorporation of living greenery throughout give this residence a particular sense of serenity.

Living Divani’s Frog armchairs and Knoll’s Saarinen side tables adorn the central living space.

The pool area is furnished with out Paola Lenti’s Otto poofs and armchair, available locally from ECC.

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