Tiffany’s Revamped Flagship Opens in New York, and Other News

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Tiffany’s Revamped Flagship Opens in New York

For the past four years, the jeweler’s iconic Fifth Avenue facade has been under wraps. A sweeping renovation by Peter Marino and OMA New York’s Shohei Shigematsu has finally come to an end, and with it, the scaffolding has come off and The Landmark—the building’s new moniker—has thrown open its doors. Among the highlights: an extensive art program featuring works by the likes of Rashid Johnson, Anna Weyant, and other heavy-hitters, along with a haute salon for the house’s high jewelry collection and Patek Philippe timepieces. Guests of Daniel Boulud’s Blue Box Café, which serves high tea, pâtisserie, and, naturally, breakfast. We hear the powder rooms are getting rave reviews, too. —Jenna Adrian-Diaz

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After last year’s recall, The Laundress has returned with a revamped core collection.

After recalling their products last year due to bacterial concerns, The Laundress is making a comeback with a revamped core collection. The brand’s popular fragrances are now available in higher-concentration formulations produced in a facility with enhanced safety measures. The brand prioritized safety, conducted thorough research and development, and focused on transparency in their formulas and manufacturing processes. While the relaunch is limited in offerings, popular scents have returned, and improvements have been made to address customer feedback, such as making the detergent less viscous for easier dosing. 

More of André Leon Talley’s belongings will head to the auction block in September.

Fashion journalist André Leon Talley’s belongings, including clothing, art, and furniture, will be auctioned off once again by Stair Galleries. After last year’s successful sale at Christie’s, the upcoming auction, set for September 21 in Hudson, New York, will feature around 300 lots. Proceeds from the sale will largely benefit the churches Talley attended. The diverse range of items available for auction reflect Talley’s appreciation for both luxury and simple pleasures. Standout items include a custom Chado Ralph Rucci black kimono, a Todd Oldham patchwork robe, Fendi furs, and Manolo Blahnik crocodile shoes.

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Hopkins Architects serves up a new tennis facility in Wimbledon inspired by rackets. 

Hopkins Architects has constructed an indoor tennis center at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon. The new building, which replaces an aging concrete dome, houses six indoor courts and features an undulating timber-coated roof inspired by tennis rackets. The British firm’s design includes a members’ bar, changing rooms, and viewing areas, contributing to the overall development and connectivity of the club’s site.

Meta will give outside programmers access to the latest version of its AI technology.

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, announced plans to provide the code for the company’s advanced AI technology to developers and enthusiasts for free. This decision aims to attract developers and compete with companies like Google and Microsoft, who have incorporated generative AI technology into their products. By open-sourcing their AI technology, Meta intends to improve it through collaboration and experimentation while emphasizing responsible use and providing guidelines to developers.

Skims snags a $4 billion valuation after a Series C funding round raises $270 million.

Kim Kardashian’s Skims brand has achieved a valuation of $4 billion after raising $270 million in a Series C funding round led by Wellington Management. The funding will be used to drive product innovation, expand into new categories, establish permanent locations, including an upcoming flagship store in Los Angeles, and maintain partnerships with other brands. Skims has experienced significant growth under Kardashian’s influence and positive reviews, with projected sales of $750 million this year, and has raised a total of $670 million to date.

Sonoran Desert toad. Photography by John Cancalosi/Nature Picture Library

Today’s attractive distractions:

At one British brewery, monks are just as important as barley and hops.

As MDMA sees a rebrand, questions remain about what type of drug it is.

The Sonoran Desert toad is a target for poachers who milk them for DMT.

Entrepreneurs are investing billions in plant-based and lab-grown meats.

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