The cult perfume line based in Stockholm called Byredo is now coming to New York. Ben Gorham is here to supervise the opening of his store at 62 Wooster Street. He has made a name for himself with his attention to detail and willingness to pursue whimsical ideas. He founded Byredo in 2006 and wanted to “translate memories into smells.” Mr. Gorham is actually an outsider in the perfume world that is dominated by the French, or at least those trained in France. But he’s used to being different.
Born in Sweden to an Indian mom and Canadian father, he was in love with basketball enough to play professionally in Europe. He quit, however, at 26 to get a degree in fine arts in Stockholm.
Today, he is based in Stockholm where he has a wife and two daughters. The SoHo store will be his second, as his first is a small store in Stockholm. While selling perfume, candles and lotions, it will also have leather-goods and hardware.
If you’re in the business community, it’s always helpful to get advice from others in the same boat. Bruce Shalett of BS Freeman Capital LLC offers business advice on the blog on his website.
Introducing himself and his mission on the blog, Bruce Shalett writes, “My path has been very atypical – – not what one would generally expect from someone with my background; Wharton undergrad and Harvard Business School. I’ve met so many interesting characters along the way, and found myself in so many unusual situations, that I feel uniquely qualified to offer my spin on the “things they never taught you in business school” treatise.”
He then offers advice about business interactions. As he writes, “The most important lesson I’ve learned about business and investing is that its ALL about the people. Whether as a partner, an employee, or a co-investor, the most critical factor for success is the quality of the people involved. What does “quality” really mean? This most certainly doesn’t refer to a person’s educational pedigree; candidly I’ve dealt with many people with impressive credentials that I wouldn’t trust to take care of my neighbor’s dog (and most certainly not my dog, Toby). For me its really about integrity and honesty, a shared sense of commitment, a focused and unwavering work ethic, and an adaptability to change on the fly. Give me a team of people with these characteristics, and I’ll go to war knowing that I’m coming home a winner.”
If you’re hungry and near SoHo, you simply must try out Mamo Le Michelangelo. The five-star restaurant on the French Riviera has now come to SoHo. The SoHo location will be run by Mike Mammoliti, the son of owner Herve Mammoliti. The name will be Mamo.
As Mike Mammoliti, only 33, said “Opening a restaurant in New York City has always been my dream. In some ways, this is more difficult than opening my own restaurant, because I know people will judge every dish and compare it to my father’s.”
Customers should expect to find only the best from Chef Massimo Sola. They can enjoy carciofi e misticanza ($16), rigatoni with meatballs and sausage ($18), and a truffle ravioli in a light cream sauce ($24). Bigger entrees include osso buco on smashed potatoes ($26) and a roasted chicken for two ($46).
There are so many hidden gems in SoHo that it’s certainly hard to get to know all of them. One of them is at the Museum of Chinese in America where the work of Tyrus Wong is displayed. At 104 years of age, he is an artist born in Guangdong province, China who was raised in Sacramento and Los Angeles. Mr. Wong was actually noticed by Walt Disney in the 30s and 40s for his landscape paintings that served as the “visual development” for the animated film “Bambi.”
Visitors to the museum will see many of Wong’s kites which he has been making and flying on the beaches in California for decades.
Now here’s an idea that people may want to take note of. The Trump SoHo New York is offering custom skywriting proposals. Here’s how it works. You arrange with the Trump hotel to stay in one of their suites. Gazing out of the window to the sweeping New York skyline, you’ll then see a customized “Will you marry me?” or “I love you” aerial message written in the sky. If you book the Trump SoHo Sky-High Engagement package you’ll get an overnight stay and a bottle of Trump Winery sparkling wine to toast to each other.
Of course, you can talk to the special event team at the Trump SoHo to see about getting in-room flowers, special treatments at their spa and more. Of course, this is only for those who can fork over the cash when they say “I Love You.” The package starts at $6500. Check it out and say it with style!
New York is always bursting with activities, and one of the most recent ones will be worth a visit for those who enjoy fashion photography. “Richard Prince: Fashion” will open at the Nahmad Contemporary in New York. This is the first time that all nine of the images in Prince’s famous fashion series will be displayed together as one set.
The pictures were taken between 1982 and 1984. Prince’s style is to crop, filter and then redisplay the images which creates a close-up head shot of each woman. Their faces and vision are always partially obscured by sunglasses or bangs or a hat, creating questions about “art and authorship, as well as our complicity in consumerism.”
Read more about the exhibit and go and have a peek.