Michael Jordan has perfectly Made the transition from superstar basketball player to business-minded aficionado
In 2015, former basketball superstar michael Jordan became the first nba player to reach the status of billionaire. It’s a credit to his flair for business that he continues to lead the high life, despite having played his last game in 2003. and it’s an even greater credit to its larger-than-life personality that he has become such a household name around the world, despite the fact that basketball is, by and large, a sport with a mainly american following.
Indeed, Jordan took his first steps into the business world in 1985, just a year after he began playing for the Chicago bulls in the nba. In partnership with nike, he launched the air Jordan line of sneakers, which are still popular to this day. and as Jordan’s playing career reached ever more stratospheric heights, so too his line-up of brand endorsement partners. Jordan himself had become a brand, and by the time he quit basketball for good, ‘brand Jordan’ was worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Despite the fame and fortune, however, Jordan has always enjoyed a reputation of staying level-headed, and he’s never taken himself too seriously. His starring role in the Warner brothers cartoon-live-action movie, space Jam, is evidence of that. In the film, much was made of his apparently ill-advised decision to become a pro golfer after hanging up his basketball boots—in the film, he was awful at golf, despite the fact that, in real life, he’s become something of a keen player, striking up friendships with pros like tiger Woods. What’s more, unlike many of his contemporaries, Jordan had an appreciation for the finer things in life long before he became a multi-millionaire.
this may have something to do with his upbringing. He may have been born in brooklyn, new York (known for being a rough neighbourhood at the time), but he was part of a decidedly middle-class family. His mother worked in banking while his father was an equipment supervisor. Certainly, the family faced the standard trials and tribulations of supporting itself in america, but on the whole, Jordan’s childhood was hardly fraught with worry, which might have allowed him to indulge on the odd occasion.
Certainly, Jordan allowed himself to indulge a little during his years as a pro basketball player. He smoked his first cigar in 1991, when the bulls won their first championship. by 1993, he had worked cigars into a pre-game ritual.
“We had to be at the stadium at 6 o’clock for home games, and traffic was so bad it would take us an hour and 15 or an hour and 30 minutes to drive. so now I’m sitting in a car for almost an hour and a half, and I’m very tense. I’m worried about the traffic. so I started smoking a cigar going to the games,” he once said in an interview when asked about his cigarsmoking career.
He began with the Hoyo de monterrey Double Corona, however, he eventually began sampling the very best of Cuban sticks. In 2005, he said that his favourite cigar was the Partagas lusitanias, however, he also admitted to being partial to the likes of the Cohiba siglo II, the Partagas serie D, and the montecristo no. 2.
add Jordan’s high-brow cigar taste to his affinity for fine wines, and you have the perfect package of successful sports star turned business-minded aficionado. Certainly, Jordan will fit into the billionaires’ club nicely.
Mrporter.com has collaborated with Beams to present a curation of six exclusive collections, a series created entirely by Japanbased brands.
Each designer has applied their unique house style to limited capsules ranging from workwear through to tailoring, underpinned by a signature fusion of the contemporary and the traditional.
“Japanese brands have always performed incredibly well for us and we have worked with BEAMS since the launch of Mr Porter. We certainly find that the Japanese approach to design has global appeal and resonates well with the Mr Porter customer and we continue to bolster our roster of Japanese talent on a seasonal basis. We already had a strong working relationship with BEAMS, however this partnership marks a new era in contemporary menswear; a true recognition of the ever-increasing desire in western markets for Japanese apparel,” explained Toby Bateman, buying and sales director at Mr Porter.
Keishi Endo, vice president at Beams, added: “We’re pleased to be partnering with Mr Porter, it’s an opportunity to introduce exciting Japanese brands, brands whose craftsmanship and artisan approach in design and manufacturing reflect the ethos of the Beams mantra. This initiative wouldn’t have been realised without our mutual respect and appreciation in what both companies do and represent.”
The collections include Aloye, founded by three graphic designers; Teatora, which has travel at the heart of its philosophy; Marvy Jamoke, which literally translates as ‘nice, bad guy’; Kics Document, which is all about Japanese craftsmanship; Sasquatchfabrix, which takes on customary Japanese styles; and orslow, a primarily denim-led collection.
All brands launched on Mr Porter on 12 January.
Acqua di Parma’s has updated its iconic Colonia line of men’s perfumes with the Colonia Ambra.
The new cologne features a number of various scents, one of which is ambergris. An extremely rare ingredient and an essential component of the most exquisite fragrances, ambergris is characterised by peculiar marine notes, originating from the action of the ocean and of the wind, together lulling it for many years before it is deposited on remote beaches.
Colonia Ambra is a new interpretation of this essence, combined with the typical fresh citrus notes of Colonia. The company describes it as a fragrance that tells a fascinating story with a modern sensory approach, a unique trademark of style for a man who is passionate about travel and the exploration of culture, tied to the past yet projected into modern times.
The top promptly unveils the unique freshness of Colonia deriving from a well-balanced combination of orange oil, bergamot, and petit grain. There follows a warm heart of notes that come from remote lands. The woody accents of nagarmotha and cedar wood are blended with the delicate, yet vibrant notes of rosewood.
The heart closes on the earthy and musky notes of patchouli that perfectly announce the main ingredient of the fragrance—ambergris. Here it develops into a surprising base, a true first, with the introduction of ambergris tincture, a rare ingredient with intense sensual notes, enhanced by sandalwood and warmed up by soft vanilla accents.
Aesop has unveiled a new range of cleansing products for men. Available on Net-a-porter, the new Parsley Seed range of products offers everything required for the modern man’s cleansing routine.
The range starts with the Aesop Skin Parsley Cleansing Oil, a gentle, water-soluble cleanser suitable for all skin types—even dry and sensitive—and for use throughout the year, in all climates. It has two primary functions—cleansing and calming the skin. The formula offers generous doses of emollients, anti-oxidants and vitamins that act to calm and replenish—including macadamia seed oil and ingredients rich in Vitamin E and Vitamin A.
The brand has also launched a Skin Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser. While its primary purpose is to scrupulously cleanse the skin, it also offers mild exfoliation from lactic acid and skin-balancing benefits from jojoba oil. Formulated for everyday use, the richly foaming cleanser is a gentle alternative to mechanical exfoliants and thoroughly removes surface impurities to leave skin clarified and refreshed, making it ideal for use in polluted urban environments.
Finally, Aesop has also launched the Skin Parsley Cleansing Masque. Ideal for frequent use, this refreshing masque employs fine, non-drying clays to remove impurities that can clog pores, while also providing protection against the effects of pollution, lack of sleep, and other stressors through the inclusion of parsley seed and rosehip seed extracts, which are rich in anti-oxidants. It is suitable for most skin types, particularly sensitive and dry skin.
Santoni Shoes has launched its fall/winter 2016-2017 collection of high-quality shoes, which, the brand says, bring together tradition and innovation in styles that are both classic and rugged.
The look is one with the expression of a progressive crafts- manship. The shapes are classic: archetypes of the masculine repertoire, from Oxford lace-up ankles to double-buckle sneakers.
The vintage look of luxury materials and futuristic designs blend in new proportions. There are opanka soles, twin islands of boots and brogues, and interrupted Norwegian seams. The reductionist allure continues in the collection’s bags—mat python backpacks and professional briefcases.
The chromatic notes, deep and timeless with an unmistakable imprint of Santoni, range from burnt brown to burgundy, paired with the likes of blues and grays, while the new solid colour solid Petch creates nocturnal density. The materials are solid and precious—brushed calfskin, crocodile leather, ostrich, and python mat.
The collection continies Santoni’s collaborative, imaginative journey that it began a few seasons ago with filmmaker Ruth Hogben, a pioneer of fashion films and contributor to the longrunning Showstudio.com platform. For this collection, Hogben says that he played with the spirit of the constructivist, futurevintage Santoni, using craftsmanship and design to indulge in purely visual storytelling.
Versace Watches has unveiled a new bracelet for its V-RAY chronograph, with the intent of driving home the powerful aesthetic of the timepiece.
Compact and embracing, with profiled central links that re-elaborate the V-shape, the bracelet reinforces the watch’s sporty spirit and enhances its overt virility.
The oversize case retains its powerful presence and the usual construction features. Featured on the timepiece are a tachymeter scale on the bezel for speed computation, luminescent hands and indexes for easy reading even in the dark, water resistance to five atmospheres and the Swiss-made quartz chro- nograph movement, the Ronda 5040D, which offers continuous seconds and a date at 4 o’clock. The dial is blue with Greek key and a logo at 12 o’clock.
The watch’s visual impact is accentuated by unexpected colour contrasts. The three silver counters are accompanied by numerous fuchsia details on the dial and case middle—the central seconds hand, the chrono indexes, the rehaut profile, the pump button tops and the crown gasket.
Fashioned entirely from the strongest of metals, the new V-RAY is available in two variants: IP yellow gold, with a more metropolitan mood, or all-steel with black bezel, essential and more understated, but with an equally strong personality.
Calvin Klein has released a new fragrance called Eternity Now, which comes with both a women’s and a men’s scent. The men’s scent has been described by the brand as exhilarating, exotic and masculine.
Calvin Klein says that the scent is an exploration of freshness with undeniable masculine appeal. The fragrance opens with unexpected spicy ginger, refreshing coconut water, and star anise. The heart comes to life with addictive notes of crisp star fruit, cedar leaf, and the fresh intensity of patchouli. The drydown is a warm sensual embrace of Moroccan cedar wood, tonka bean, and Madagascar vanilla, which awakens the senses and captures the infinite abundance of woods.
The bottle reinterprets the iconic Eternity by Calvin Klein bottle design by showing off the classic shape in a fresh and contemporary way. The clear glass bottle has an added side dimension with a heavier base, creating a more luxurious feel. The definitive connection between a man and a woman is expressed through the harmonious silhouettes of the bottles, which offer subtle cues to the classic Eternity shapes. The romantic juice shades of pink for women and gray for men infuse the design with warmth and energy.
The outer carton, inspired by clean architectural lines, is a colour-blocked design that features a fresh pink on matte white for women’s and cool gray on matte white for men’s.
Rolls-royce Motor Cars has launched a limited edition Cocktail Hamper, conceived to meet the needs of customers who wish to relax and enjoy something a little beyond the traditional glass of Champagne.
The Hamper is meticulously handcrafted over a period of eight weeks from American Walnut Wood and the finest Natural Grain Leather that adorn the interior of some Rolls-royce motor cars.
On opening the Navy Blue leatherbound lid, the customer is presented with every necessary accoutrement required to create and enjoy the perfect cocktail. Each implement is a bespoke, hand-made creation designed to combine beautiful aesthetics with practicality, ensuring effortless use. Indeed, the notions of effortlessness and supreme luxury inform everything about the design. The paring knife, for example, is magnetically housed in a recess hewn into the American Walnut structure thereby ensuring it is stored and transported in safety and without disturbance. On opening, an automatic integrated light illuminates the Hamper in a warm glow, in turn reflecting from the mirrored surfaces to evoke the aesthetic of a luxurious cocktail bar.
Should the user wish to present their guests with canapés, two dishes find their place in the lower portion of the hamper, either side of an ice bucket, whilst discreet drawers hold recipe cards and fine cotton napkins. The upper tier of the Hamper, containing tumblers, decanters and a shaker, is adorned in a Golden Sand-coloured leather, selected for its vibrancy, offset with polished aluminium.
Smaller utensils including a muddler finished in American Walnut and a strainer engraved with the ‘RR’ monogram are securely stored on a specially developed moveable rack that can be locked when not in use and moved via a hinge to ensure effortless access when required.
The glasses take one month to complete owing to the utilisation of a timehonoured technique that sees the glass blown into beech wood moulds, guaranteeing an exceptionally smooth surface. As an exclusive flourish, designed to express the delicacy of the glasses themselves, the rims are finished in platinum.