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The Best Events in the World of Luxury this August
Our Luxury Calendar provides a comprehensive overview of the top events unfolding around the world every month. Some are micro-luxuries (like a really good book) and others are on a grand, epic scale. Personally, if schedules and money were no object, and we could do anything we'd like, here are our top picks for the best luxury events and experiences in the world in August 2020. Consider it your luxury calendar of the can't-miss events in fashion, art, music, sports, travel and culinary arts in this month of August.
The Top New Luxury Tennis Apparel Right Now
In the heat of summer and the height of outdoor tennis season, there are several new (and sensational) luxury tennis apparel collections dropping. Just when we need it most! Yay! What are the top new luxury tennis apparel brands and collections right now? Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of our top picks of the best tennis clothing and tennis tote bag brands right now.
The Best Luxury Layer Cakes to Order by Mail Right Now
Sending a birthday cake or a gorgeous layer cake for the holidays can be a fantastic luxury gift. Or even just an excellent micro-luxury for you to arrange for your own delight. If you're all in on this idea, what are the best luxury layer cakes to order by mail? Our ace correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of the 10 best gourmet mail-order layer cakes to order online right now for birthdays, holidays and parties. Forks in the air!
Everything You Need to Know About Baseball’s 2020 Season
Sure, Opening Day turned out to be Opening Night. And yes, there will be only 60 games. But baseball season is finally here! Take that, coronavirus! Our correspondents Vincent and Michael Thomas, a father-son team of avid and knowledgeable baseball fans, are sharing their annual preview of the Major League Baseball (MLB) season. Here's what you need to know on 10 key 2020 topics so that you can join the baseball conversation (even if it's on Zoom instead of at the water cooler). Our annual guide to how to talk Major League Baseball (MLB) like an expert this 2020 season, which is going to be like none other. Batter up!
What’s the Best Luxury Camper Van for a Cool Road Trip?
In a summer when lots of people are uncomfortable with the idea of commercial air travel, and lots of countries are off-limits for American tourists, it's no surprise that the road trip is the new European Grand Tour. It may be like this for a while, and this New Normal demands a re-think of our go-to modes of transportation. If you're ready to hit the road, renting an RV is certainly an option. However, a more photogenic choice would be buying or renting a camper van, the smaller and more adorable cousin of the luxury recreational vehicle. If you're considering buying or renting a new or vintage camper van, microbus, or "weekender" for your summer vacation, what's the best luxury camper van for a cool road trip right now?
What are the Best New Summer Thrillers to Read Right Now?
Summer is the perfect time for books that allow us to escape to another place and time. And sometimes - like a roller coaster - what we really want is a thrill ride. In this summer of COVID-19 in particular, we've been devouring thrillers because they make us feel that our own situation is actually not so bad. If you're similarly inclined, our ace correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of the 15 best new summer thrillers right now - our recommended books for your next great read.
The New Luxury: Why Sneakers are Like Rare Works of Art
Low is the new high in the world of modern luxury, and much of the thanks (or derision) for this phenomenon goes to the humble sneaker. The sports and leisure shoe has morphed from a utilitarian and affordable item of footwear into a prized collectible worthy of the attention of a high-end auction house. Why are vintage sneakers now being treated like prized works in the contemporary art market? High auction houses like Sotheby's and Christie's are holding vintage Air Jordan luxury sneaker sales this summer, as athletic shoes are quickly becoming the hot new collectible item. Luxury sneaker as collectible art? Watch your back, watches. They're coming for you.
What are the Best Luxury Sunscreens Right Now?
Before venturing out on our sunny day adventures, we have to talk sunscreen, dear reader. We all need it, all year 'round. The only question open for debate? Which luxury sun protection brand is going to give you the best experience possible? Meaning not greasy, or chalky, or with excessive fragrance. And which luxury sunscreen gives the best protection for those sweet precious days in the sun? Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of the best luxury sunscreen brands to buy right now for every age.
Black Girl Luxury Magic: The Top Names You Need to Know
A small consolation arising from the global anguish and protests against brutality and violence by law enforcement officers, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the heightened conversation about racism in America is the spotlight currently shining on talented black people in every field of endeavor. We're celebrating that long-overdue trend with a look at some of the under-appreciated black designers, founders and retailers in the world of luxury fashion.  And while there are several black men at the helm of designer brands, as black women we want to highlight the top black woman-led luxury fashion brands to know right now. We love you, brothers, but it's girls-only for this particular list. Here are some of the top names to know in the realm of luxury fashion brands founded and run by black women designers. If you didn't know them before, prepare to be amazed. Black Girl Luxury Magic is real.
The Best Luxury Globes Now for Sophisticated Home Décor
A universal symbol of adventure and curiosity, and potentially of human connection, we love artisanal luxury globes as an essential element of office or home décor. They make wonderful gifts, especially to mark a significant life event or the conclusion of a marvelous trip. Here's our curated list of the best brands of luxury globes in the world right now that double as sophisticated home or office décor,  including desk, floor and bespoke hand-crafted models. Let's go!
The Best Luxury Summer Slides and Sandals
Now that there are a few more opportunities to leave your home, the topic of footwear is newly relevant. No more sock feet 24/7! Happily, there are some seriously chic sandals and slides available right now - although they will require you to resolve the pedicure issue, once you're past that, it's gonna be pure fun. Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of the best luxury summer slides sandals to buy right now.
The Best Ways to Book a Private Jet for Your Next Big Trip
Getting from point A to point B right now is more complicated than ever. With local and national travel restrictions in a constant state of flux, COVID-19 flare-ups in many parts of America, and severely reduced commercial air capacity worldwide, the complexity of planning an important business trip or a safe family vacation is seriously daunting. Some of our friends have managed to take to the sky, though. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has assessed the state of private aviation, and she has the answer to this pressing question: What are the best ways to book a private jet for your next big trip and which companies are best? Here's everything you need to know about the private aviation market right now, including charters, jet cards, memberships, and fractional ownership.
What are the Best Cookbooks from Black Chefs Right Now?
Looking for ideas, inspiration and techniques from some of the best chefs and home cooks in the world? Lots of them are black, and we're shining a light on some of their best work. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of 10 of the best cookbooks to guide your kitchen journey with fantastic recipes whose authors are exceptional professional black chefs and home cooks.
The Luxury Gift Guide: The Best in Metallic Colors
When you really want to bring the party, go for the gold. Or the silver, copper, titanium or rose gold. Metallics are instantly fun and festive - so why not give one of the best chic luxury gifts in a metallic color? Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has compiled our luxury holiday gift guide with the best presents in metallic colors right now, including gold, silver, copper and platinum. Shine on!
What is the Best Playlist of Protest Music and Songs?
With the ongoing protests and marches for social justice unfolding across America and the world, we got to talking with our older relatives and our youthful friends and a lively debate ensued: what is the best playlist of protest music and songs? Music was integral to the civil rights movement and the anti-war protests of the 1960's. What is the soundtrack of the current Black Lives Matter moment and movement? Our resident DJ Julie Chang Murphy has curated our list of the most popular protest songs from the civil rights era to the current day to fuel us and inspire us as we raise our voices and speak our truth. 
What are The Best Luxury Scented Candles of the Summer?
Scent is one of the most powerful triggers of memory, and surrounding ourselves with the fragrance of our beloved summer vacation destinations is one way to transport ourselves there, coronavirus or not. Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of the best luxury scented candles with the fragrance of our beloved summer vacation destinations, including the beach, the mountains, a chic city or even summer camp.

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