THE AVANT GARDIST

SHH, IT’S NOT A SCENE

Summer Style by Kevin Alcantara

Summer Style image by Kevin Alcantara featuring:
Shirt by J Crew, Shorts by Club Monaco, Sunglasses by Bottega Veneta, Watch by Mougin & Piquard x J Crew, Shoes by Converse x Commes Des Garcons

People’s travel lifestyles vary just as much as fashion style vacillates from person to person. I have witnessed travelers shop for luggage and outfits that will announce them as they arrive at a hotel lobby. Some of my friends prepare themselves and their attire for pool time at hotels in Los Angeles or Miami. This is the see and be seen crowd that flock to high profile places such as the Hamptons.

When some people travel they want to be as far away from any scene or spotlight as possible. Rest, relaxation, and inspiration are all that they require from a successful vacation. A new niche vacation destination has been a closely guarded secret in Northern Michigan. Top chefs from New York escape to the resorts outside of Traverse City.

Traverse City offers farm fresh produce, amazing golf courses, and natural wonders, like the Great Lakes and the Sleeping Bear Dunes. You will probably not see too much Jimmy Choo or Christian Louboutin in Northern Michigan, but you may bump into Mario Batali or Roger Moore at a micro-brewery or winery in downtown Traverse City. This destination provides the ingredients of tranquility and inspiration for Manhattan’s top chefs. In turn, suits from Tom Ford, Brioni, and Giorgio Armani clamor for a reservation months in advance back at their urban culinary hot spots. Shh, it’s supposed to be a secret.

Feature image: Christian Louboutin Spring/Summer 2014

By Orzie Douglas

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