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Culture and Connection

How we connect with one another in this fast-paced world is a fascinating topic. In this issue we explore connection and reinvention in art and culture, global influence on design, and rituals of the table.


Plastic Fantastic

The work of Turkish artist and architect Gülnur Özdağlar illustrates the adage that “One man’s garbage is another man’s gold.” Her fantastical flowers and other sculptural creations, crafted from discarded plastic bottles, help us consider the possibilities for reinvention that can be found all around us in everyday objects.

Contemporary  Art Venues

Some of today’s most innovative art scenes are thriving in places you may not expect. Be sure these eight cities—including Buenos Aires, Guangzhou, Mumbai and Istanbul—are on your must-visit list.

A Celebration of Lebanese Meze

The festive culinary—and social—tradition of meze is central to Lebanese culture. Chef Choueiri Ramzi and other experts share their perspective on meze from Beirut and beyond.

Fashion: On Exhibition

The Brooklyn Museum is the backdrop to showcase cutting-edge fashions from Limi Feu, Prada, Tsumori Chisato, Marc Jacobs and more.

The Front

Genuine Care

Chairman’s Letter


Making Connections

Editor’s Letter

World of Style

Pump Culture

Christian Louboutin’s Pigalle crystal-encrusted golden stilettos are at once dazzling and dangerous.

Seeing Spots

Make a statement with a handbag, belt or boots in bold calf hair.

Give Me Cover

To the elbow and beyond . . . the elegant opera glove makes a comeback.

The New Noir

With these intriguing accessories, black is anything but basic.

Going With the Grain

Designer Kara Ross is known for using gemstone accents in her wares. Her latest fine jewellery line features another natural material: Many of the pieces —surprisingly—are crafted from rare wood.

Wrist Action

Cufflinks designed to draw a smile.

Boot Force

Six top designers draw inspiration from a shoe originally made for desert warfare.

In the Trenches

The history of this iconic outerwear—and modern versions that up the style quotient of any cool-weather uniform.

Shopping Tokyo

Washi paper. Ceramic rice bowls. Tenugui cloths. Bamboo baskets. Focus your shopping time in Tokyo on items that are authentically and artfully Japanese.

Falling in Line

Taking an indirect path into the fashion world, Bangkok-born, Nebraska-bred Thakoon Panichgul brought out his first collection in 2005, and he’s been winning fans such as Sarah Jessica Parker ever since.

In a Lather

It makes scents: bath and shower gels that nourish the skin and the senses.

Suit Yourself

Make a splash in the season’s boldest and brightest swimwear.

Tangerine Dreams

Shades of orange add a playful air to haute jewels.

Style at a Glance

New This Season

World at a Glance

Tea Time

Tea has been with us for millennia. Along the way it has accumulated a fascinating blend of history and lore.

Taking Time for Tea

Where do the rituals and heritage surrounding the world’s second-most-popular beverage fit in today’s world?

» Web Exclusive: Take part in tea rituals at Four Seasons around the world.

A Better Balance

Luminaries in the worlds of fashion, film, the arts and others share how they ensure that their busy schedules include more than just work.

Reinventing Appeal

Sleek fashions. Sparkling chandeliers. Delicate jewellery. It all sounds lovely, but not particularly innovative—until you realise these items are upcycled from little-valued materials like plastic bottles. Here are six designers who transform trash into treasure.

» Web Exclusive: Get tips for recycling, refreshing and upcycling your own garments.

Virtual Museums

The question has been argued for years, with no firm answer but with many interesting interpretations: What is the role of the Internet when it comes to experiencing art?

Full of Character

Four Seasons sommelier Fabio Masi brings deep knowledge and youthful enthusiasm to his role as ambassador for Swiss wines and other noteworthy vintages from around the world.

Help for the Hermitage

How does St. Petersburg maintain—not to mention expand—one of the world’s largest and oldest museums? With a little help from friends, both near and far.

The World at a Glance

The World of Four Seasons

Taste the Possibilities

Chef’s Delight

The joy of Four Seasons cooking schools.

» Web Exclusive: Recipes from Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village that are oh so good and good for you.

On Safari

Experience Africa, Four Seasons style.

A Perfect Day of Discovery

A Four Seasons veteran of 35 years, Chef Concierge Liloo Alim is proud to welcome guests to the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, located in the chic Yorkville neighbourhood. Her itinerary shows off the city’s capacity for creative reinvention.

Santa Fe Holiday

From ceremonial dances at Indian Pueblos to the Winter Spanish Market to a Christmas Eve procession complete with bonfires and carollers, Santa Fe takes a multicultural approach to celebrating the holidays.

Vital Links

The architects of Four Seasons golf.

Quick Takes

A guide to handcraftsmanship in Florence, sustainable wine in Costa Rica, Japanese pub–style dining in Baltimore, a new cultural centre in Marrakech and a photographic excursion in Langkawi.


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