LET­TER FROM THE EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF

Ocean Drive - - Contents - JARED SHAPIRO

I re­cently wore all black. it’s some­thing i of­ten do, hav­ing spent most of my ca­reer in New York. i wake up in the morn­ing, look in my closet, and pick out a black shirt, pants, and shoes. on this par­tic­u­lar day, a slow Fri­day (they call them “sum­mer Fri­days” in New York), i was in­vited to check out the brand-new lunch, brunch, and din­ner hot spot Kiki on the river. so i headed over to the mi­ami river to meet up with Kiki’s owner. What a treat: 3 o’clock on a Fri­day af­ter­noon, sit­ting out­side watch­ing boats dock at this new in­ter­na­tional haunt as i tasted the fresh ar­ray of the day’s catch. one prob­lem—it was 85 de­grees out­side and not a cloud in the sky. most peo­ple would not com­plain about that, but wear­ing all black (in­clud­ing socks) and un­com­fort­able dress shoes, i was com­pletely not dressed for the oc­ca­sion. #Les­son­learned. it was a sign: sum­mer is here.

so adios, black, and hello, white, light blues, and vi­brant hues. Be­cause in mi­ami, you never know where the day will take you. Who hasn’t re­ceived that 3 pm text, “hey! We have a ca­bana by the pool at the de­lano, want to join?” or the peren­nial out-of-towner mes­sage, “just landed! stay­ing at the Fon­tainebleau! Come say hi!” in a town where so much is go­ing on (keep an eye out this month for swim Week, el Cla­sico, the ma­jor League Base­ball all-star Game, and so much more), you need to be ready to say yes on a mo­ment’s no­tice.

speak­ing of swim Week, it’s an honor to again present our an­nual swim cover, this year fea­tur­ing su­per­star model Kate Bock, who’s graced the pages of ev­ery­thing from Sports Il­lus­trated to Maxim, and now, Ocean Drive! of course, we’ll be host­ing her at our an­nual swim Week party.

Lastly, over the next sev­eral is­sues you’ll no­tice nods to our past, as Ocean Drive turns 25 years old this jan­uary. We’ll be cel­e­brat­ing by re­liv­ing some of the mag­a­zine’s great­est cov­ers and mo­ments. and while we take a look back at our sto­ried his­tory, we also gaze ahead as Ocean Drive has now be­come part of the mod­ern Lux­ury pub­lish­ing fam­ily. We look for­ward to work­ing with all of our new cities, col­leagues, and ti­tles, both in the United states… and be­yond!

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