Fly­ing high

Michael Jor­dan has per­fectly Made the tran­si­tion from su­per­star bas­ket­ball player to busi­ness-minded afi­cionado

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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.

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