Archive for August, 2009

08/1/2009

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If you had to pick out the wealthiest couple in Sarasota in the 1920s, you’d probably point to John and Mable Ringling, who were busy building their art collection and their grand Italianate palazzo, Cà d’Zan. But just down the Trail a few miles, on a five-acre bayfront peninsula lined with roses, another wealthy husband […]

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08/1/2009

Celebrations

Making It Yours   Weddings today are more than the joining of two individuals into one couple. They’re the party of a lifetime, and more than ever, the expression of individual personalities and dreams. For many, the perfect wedding means a tropical setting, with balmy weather, a beautiful beach and guests who are in the […]

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08/1/2009

The Swish List

What’s Haute Whether a celebrated piece of modern furniture, a travel adventure orthe latest designs from legendary names like Van Cleef and Arpels or Lamborghini, these aren’t just today’s top trends.Consider them investments that will hold their value and enrich your life for years to come. The Art of Lighting Bold and brilliant, this is […]

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08/1/2009

From The Editor

Ah, sweet luxury. It’s different this year—more precious because every purchase in this fragile economy is so carefully considered. We want authentic luxury now: products that stand the test of time, and experiences that promise to nourish us for a lifetime. The Platinum 2009 edition of Sarasota Magazine celebrates this renaissance of "considerate consumption." Coincidentally, […]

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08/1/2009

Together At Last

Bacon and eggs. Paris and champagne. Gable and Lombard. Some matches are made in heaven, and few perfect unions are more heavenly than the culinary marriage of brilliantly complementary flavors. We asked some of our city’s top chefs to throw their inhibitions to the wind and create the most sensual, sensational combination of different foods […]

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08/1/2009

Custom Everything

What defines luxury today? Not a stratospheric price tag, or even the stamp of a famous designer’s name. The greatest luxury is something that was creatively crafted just for you, to fit your tastes and the way you live. Custom-made goods speak volumes when it comes to quality, but they don’t scream excess. Custom is […]

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08/1/2009

Bold In Black

Sleek and simple, black is making a powerful statement this season. The new black is never somber—it’s strong and sexy, especially in styles with cut-outs that reveal toned shoulders and a flash of décolletage. Look for clean, structured lines and fabrics with a bit of shine or sparkle, and choose simple, graphic accessories. Then go […]

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08/1/2009

A Wind from Africa

The romantic notion of the Dark Continent as expressed through the hauntingly beautiful images of Meryl Streep and Robert Redford’s Out of Africa prompted a 20-year explosion of luxury safaris and camp resorts. Now the siren song of Africa has us swaying to a different beat: that of Precious Ramotswe, owner of Botswana’s No. 1 […]

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08/1/2009

A Star Is Born

Lovers of arts festivals may be accustomed to jetting to Charleston’s Spoleto in May, or crossing the pond to Edinburgh in August. Now cultural connoisseurs will have a new destination, as Sarasota joins the ranks of the world’s eclectic arts celebrations with the Ringling International Arts Festival, Oct. 7-11.   The inaugural festival, the result […]

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08/1/2009

Platinum 100 Luxury Stores

The tenets of luxury shopping are universal—unerring quality, uncompromising service, and impeccable style. That’s what consumers expect in Paris and New York, and that’s precisely what every store on our all-new Platinum100 luxury list delivers. In the quest for Sarasota’s brightest beacons of luxury, we considered everything from product craftsmanship to store ambiance, access to […]

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