Take the Show with You

We’re sure you’d be impressed to know that the first projector, named The Magic Lantern, was developed in the 17th century by Christiaan Huygens.


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Become a Rock God

We all know that if there’s any profession that’s going to have you on your back and straddled like a prize-winning racehorse, it’s a rock and roll musician.


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Time for Some Self Love

We know your idea of a detox might be sticking to spritzers during the week or perhaps replacing your martini olives with lemon twists to cut down on sodium, but sometimes we need to take things to the next level, to really flush out the toxins of urban living.


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Keep it In-House

You may not know it but the history of the humble cocktail – the original mind, not frozen drinks topped with a rainforest garnish – is far less illustrious than you might imagine. In 1600s England, under King William of Orange, most people died of water-borne pathogens.


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In-Ear Headphones

With our hectic schedules and long working hours, portable music seems to be the easiest entertainment we can get during our everyday commute, and as such, the quality of sound is of utmost importance. Here’s our pick of the high-performance in-ear headphones every audiophile should be packing.


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Coastal Cruising

There’s just something about summer that draws us to the water, to the coast, to the beach. We love the sand between our feet, the sun in our hair, the lack of clothing worn by the fairer sexy – it all just comes together perfectly.


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Tag It or Lose It

Airlines are making significant headway in the war against that most terrible of travel burdens – the lost suitcase. According to reports, airlines globally mishandled 46.9 million bags in 2007 – the number has since halved and much of that gain can be attributed to better technology.


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The Insider's Guide to Asia

Many of us get that hankering, that subtle but undeniable itch for travel and exploration.


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NecesCity talks with James Sharman, former Noma chef and Tom Aikens protégé about his new semi-nomadic private kitchen concept One Star House Party.


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Service to a Tee

There have always been things that, as we grew up, we were told to take care of.


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Top Six Summer Cocktails

 

Summer Antidotes

It’s that time of the year again to hydrate yourself with loads of liquids. These breezy summer-themed cocktails by some of the acclaimed bars in Hong Kong would be the perfect elixir to get you through the sizzling summer months in vogue.


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Service to a Tee

As a younger gent you probably had a go at tennis from time to time – hell, you might have even been a force to reckon with. However, playing regularly in Hong Kong, with its hectic, demanding lifestyle and space shortage, can be a little tricky. And then there’s golf, the one sport where business talk and a certain level of intoxication is not only tolerated but expected. If you’re looking to brush up or learn either of these notoriously white collar sports from scratch, help is on its way.

The Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy will open in sunny Sai Kung at the end of the year, combining two world-renowned names in the games – the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf, directed by Billy Martin, and the Bruguera Tennis Academy, directly by Bastien Liveriou. In a world first, these two competitive forces will offer players of all ages tailored programs to bring out your true (and sometimes deeply hidden) potential. The golf academy has a total of 75 hitting bays, three coaching studios, a 9-hole putting green and a 6-hole short game (your favourite, right?) as well as swing analysis and some cutting edge tech support, including the FlightScope X-2 Elite radar aid and K-vest 7 + K-Player sensors. If love and deuce is more your thing there’s seven outdoor courts and an International Federation standard indoor course for those T8 sessions, as well as Hong Kong’s first padel tennis court. After a hard match, treat yourself to a spot of sports massage, a dash of nutritional advice, or even a medical consultation if you pursued your return to stardom a little too enthusiastically.

Game on.


 Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy
81 Tai Chung Hau, Sai Kung
www.hkgta.com


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Good Sound, Naturally

Unless you’re living in an apartment that would make Patrick Bateman squeal with ecstasy (and who knows, right?) chances are you like to live somewhere that's a little reprieve from the big concrete jungle outside your door. You might have a houseplant or two (perhaps one you’d prefer the neighbours didn’t know about), some art on the walls, and earthy, soul-soothing tones throughout;  colours and textures that tap into your animal psyche, that say “this is my den, I’m safe”.

We think the Apollo Dual-Driver Bluetooth Speaker by LSTN Sound might slip into that overall homage to nature like a pair of Playboy bunnies into silk sheets. With its ebony wood accents, which not only look sexier than hell but make for outstanding tonal qualities, this sleek speaker unit combines good looks with raw power – kind of like you, right tiger? You’ll get the party started thanks to twin 45mm drivers and dual passive radiators providing hi-fi sound to life’s little soundtracks, and stay connected thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 and an auxiliary-in jack for blessedly easy plug-and-play. You’ll also be able to roam freely within your domain, thanks to 10 hours of battery goodness, and after the fun and games, you’ll sleep well knowing your purchase has helped the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which provides hearing aids for the hearing impaired.

So we can all enjoy the sweet sounds of nature.


 Apollo Dual-Driver Bluetooth Speaker
US$299.99
lstnsound.co


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How Do You Take It?

Coffee; it’s the lifeblood of many a manly lifestyle, but it does so much more than just keep you awake.


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Sexy Has a New Home

We all like to indulge in a little fantasy from time to time. Whether you’re day dreaming about being a pro-motocross rider whilst riding the MTR, or acting out a multi-scene homage to Caligula in your living room, it’s fun to leave the real world behind and let your imagination take you on a journey.


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Variety is the Spice of Life

We all like a bit of variety in life; whether it’s a martini with a twist instead of an olive, a different route home, or the introduction of organic, edible body paints in the bedroom, variety is an essential element of a life well-lived.


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Time to Get Your Tiki Together

So you’ve decided, after many sleepless nights of deep contemplation, that you’re going to drink more rum this summer. In fact, you’ve decided you need to do more than drink it. You need to know it. You’ve decided ignorance is no longer an excuse and that any modern man worth his salt should know his agricole from his spiced, his Dark n Stormy from his Hemmingway Daiquiri. We don’t blame you. Trends are cylindrical, and the Tiki culture pioneered by Southern Californian Don the Beachcomber in the 1930s has made a triumphant return, with bartenders and consumers alike sipping as many rum drinks as they can get their greedy mits around. Now it’s your turn.

Building on the success of the Hong Kong Rum Fest, now in its fourth year, self-confessed rumophile Max Traverse, the smiling mug behind Honi Honi and Mahalo, has created the Rum Run, running May 1-21. During this time aficionados and rum newbies alike will be able to sip on one of three signature rum cocktails (HK$100 a pop) at any of 26 designated bars – everyone from Boujis, Frites and Ham & Sherry, through to My House, On Dining and The Continental – across the city. Each bar has crafted their ultimate rum tipples (they’re all entered in the Rum Fest comp so you’ll be drinking well) and each tall, colourful concoction, encrusted with pineapple wedges and umbrellas, will get you a stamp in your Rum Run Passport. Fill your passport like a drug mule and you’ll go into the draw to win a host of rum-themed prizes. The first 20 to fill their passports will win invitations to an exclusive master class with global rum ambassador Ian Burrell at this year’s Rum Fest. Hosted by Mahalo in Wan Chai, this event promises to exhibit a staggering (literally) 151 rums. Of these 20 initial winners, one will also win HK$2,000 (which is just an Uber to the airport shy of what you paid for your cocktails). There’s a host of other rum-related prizes up for grabs and if you really catch rum fever get along to the May 28 Rum Fest, where you can pick up tips from World Flair champ Nicolas Saint-Jean, and rub shoulders with top mixologists like Georgi Radev, Dre Massi, and Davide Boncimino, while you practice your pirate lingo.


 Hong Kong Rum Run
May 1-27, 2016
Facebook Event Page


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Tenashar Drives Us Mad

Singapore’s Debbie Valerie Long, aka Tenashar, is one of Asia’s most sought-after cover models as well as a ground-breaking DJ who has thrilled clubbing crowds across the globe. The Spanish-Chinese financial broker turned award-wining bombshell shares her music inspirations, thoughts on her latest track, and the hidden treasures in the Lion City.

Did you always know you wanted to be a DJ?

From the age of six when I started as a drummer, I always knew I wanted to make music. The DJ console was just a natural progression from the drum kit.

How much did your early days in Spain and Italy influence your music?

Lots! Electronic music was huge in Ibiza but still very underground in Asia when I first started DJing. I fell in love with how energetic and pumping the music was and brought it back to Asia with me. At that time trance was massive in Ibiza and minimal techno was all the rage. By the time I moved back to Asia, a new genre of electronic dance music - progressive house and electro house - had just taken over. I made it a point to introduce my fans in Asia to a range of EDM that I discovered in Ibiza.

To what extent did your modelling background help your DJ career?

Modelling gave me a lot of exposure and confidence in front of large audiences and crowds. You need a huge amount of confidence when you’re DJing and have to hype a stadium full of 200,000 people; I think modelling helped build my confidence greatly.

Have you always been producing electronic dance music; where did you get the inspiration?

I only started producing in 2012. I get inspired when I'm touring. While I'm on the road I get introduced to a variety of sounds from across the world. It's important to keep my music unique and fresh for my fans.

Where do you want to go next?

The next destination I really want to explore is probably Africa, as it's [one of] the only continents I haven't spun in yet (Editor’s Note: Antarctic’s EDM scene is still grassroots). I'm very open to experiencing new cultures, especially since I love incorporating new sounds and vocals into my original tracks.

Can you tell us more about your latest track?

My latest track, which will be released globally soon, has very melodic vocals. However, just to change things up a bit, the track that I'm working on now is hip hop rap vocals layered over a future house beat. It's sounding huge and I'm well excited about it.

It’s ourfirst time in Singapore; what are the three things that we can’t miss?

Chili crab or Pepper crab! I absolutely love pepper crab and even though it's a messy dish to eat, it's just iconic. You also shouldn’t miss the view of the Singapore skyline from the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands; it’s just breathtaking. Last but not least, you need to visit Clarke Quay from where you can try a smorgasbord of Singapore's nightlife.

Where should I check in to make the most of my stay?

You should definitely check in to one of the villas in Sentosa; you'll be surrounded by incredible sights and some of Singapore's best restaurants.

What are the best places to get authentic Singaporean food?

Definitely head over to Newton Circus hawker centre, or Lau Pa Sat market, or The Satay Club for the best local food. I always go to Jumbo Seafood for their famous Singapore Chili/Pepper crab; I just cannot stress enough how good it is!

It’s already 4am; where can I keep the party going?

If you're really up for partying after 4am in Singapore and don't mind someplace slightly sleazy, head over to Living Room at the Marriott for good music.

Is there any hidden gem that most tourists miss out?

The Kilo Lounge, located at Kampong Bugis’ Ture Building, is a club tucked away from the city not many tourists know of. If you like underground beats, dance the night away there.


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So summer is on the way and that means it’s time for seasonal escapes to tropical hotspots. But to be able to pull off that last-moment-nothing-but-a-leather-duffle-and-a-grin look you’re going to need to be weight conscious, and that includes rethinking how you take those essential, jealous-inducing holiday snaps.

Fortunately the brand spanking new Lumix DMC-GX85 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera weighs nearly half of the typical DSLR camera, yet offers shooters plenty of power and performance thanks to a new 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and a new 5-axis image stabilization system that will take crisp images and video, in all conditions, four beers in. A new Contrast AF system promises super-fast auto focusing, with a host of useful focus functions catering to all sorts of shooting conditions – because you never really know how those summer nights are going to pan out. There’s a widescreen Live View Finder and a three-inch, tilting touchscreen monitor that makes composition a breeze and if you’re looking to make those holiday snaps a little more gritty, a new L.Monochrome mode offers the rich graduation of black and white film – perfect for Instagram. Connect to your smart devices via Wi-Fi, shoot video in 4k, capture low light scenes with a maximum 25,600 ISO, create time lapse symphonies on the go, and even fix focus after the fact thanks to an innovative Post Function focus.

Good things really do come in small packages.


 Lumix DMC-GX85
Available from May for US$799.99, in both silver and black, with a 12-32 kit lens.
www.shop.panasonic.com


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Not All Vodkas Are Created Equally

Despite all the myths and misconceptions there are about the world’s most popular spirit, one thing remains true: there are vodkas, and there are vodkas.


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Time to Stay Close to Home

You’d be forgiven for not knowing the origin of the word ‘staycation’ (even we had to look it up).


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Cuisine with Staying Power

Restaurants, they come and go, especially here in Hong Kong where big names and flush PR budgets ensure you hear about every opening but very few closures.


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Handmade Goodness

You’d have to live in a hole in the ground not to have recognized the global renaissance that artisanal gin is enjoying at the moment. From gin joints to home bars, this complex and historic spirit is captivating palates and imaginations, with traditional gin recipes given a twist of modernity by inspired distillers who are using new methods and botanicals to create homages to great gins of old.

One of those innovative lads is Alan Colton who, with wife Rebecca, has created one of the most elegant gins to come out of the British Isles in a long while. Givinity gin, which will soon be available on our fair shores, is an ultra-luxurious, handcrafted London Dry Gin styled spirit made in the verdant countryside of Cambridgeshire, outside London. Made with a captivating array of botanicals, including tried-and-tested classics like juniper, coriander and angelica, as well as modern upstarts like rose, Szechuan pepper, lime and mandarin zest, Givinity is produced in small batches and bottled at 40% abv in elegant and sleek crystal decanters with gold accents that will look well smart on your home bar. Although it’s as pure as driven snow (snow laced with alcohol) you’ll probably want to mix this luscious drop with a boutique tonic or a dash of elderflower, served tall to herald in the summer months ahead.

Beloved, we join hands here to pray for gin. An aridity defiles us. Our innards thirst for the juice of juniper.” — Wallace Thurman, Infants of the Spring


 

Givinity
Coming to Asia Soon
http://givinitygin.com


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Good Things Come Together

Now, we wouldn’t want to stereotype but we think it’s safe to say most guys can count among their passions two easy picks: burgers and live music. Perhaps it’s the fact that these two entirely different things – food and entertainment – satisfy two of our most primal cravings. Maybe it’s the fact that eating a burger in silence is odd and music makes you peckish. Who knows. What we do know is that great live music goes well with a few cold beers and a spot of comfort food, and visa-blissfully-versa. So Hong Kong’s newest pop-up makes manly sense from the get go.

Beats & Liberty by Beef & Liberty is just such a meeting of worlds; a unique pop-up at Soho’s PMQ that promises live music every Friday and Saturday night from 9-11pm, expect everything from groove and hip hop to reggae, rock and funk played by resident DJs, as well as a simple but palate-pleasing menu of signature Beef & Liberty dishes. There are three core burgers – the Bacon and Cheese, the delicious Notorious P.I.G., and the Pump up the Beet for vegetarians – as well as the likes of beef brisket croquettes with kimchi mayo; crispy carrots dipped in Beef & Liberty’s secret batter; and even a pumpkin and lentil salad for those watching their waistline. You can wash down all this goodness with guests draft and bottled craft beers like Black Kite IPA from Hong Kong; Hitachino Lager from Japan; Brew Dog Pale Ale from Scotland; and Longboard Lager from Hawaii.

There’s a reason food rhymes with mood.


 

Beats & Liberty
Sunday to Thursday 12:00pm-9:00pm; Friday to Saturday 12:00pm-11:00pm;
Block A PMQ 35 Aberdeen Street, Central.
www.beef-liberty.com/hk


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Isn’t it Time for a Staycation?

Hong Kong has a lot going for it, of that we're sure. There's great food, great entertainment, and plenty of convenience.


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The Queen of Sound

Any DJ worth their salt knows how to keep the beats going and the bodies moving, but Manila-based Arra Pascual takes things to the next level with great looks and smooth beats to boot. In the latest of our odes to the Women of NC, we talk with this deck diva about her passion for music, the party scene in Manila, as the best cures for a spot of overindulgence.

 

Why did you change from a singer-songwriter to a DJ? Do you still write your own music? 

Coming from a country where everyone in the street can basically sing, I found DJing a more unique thing to do and it differentiated me from everyone else. I get to perform songs I insanely love without stressing my vocal chords. I still sing off the record, express my emotions and write music; I’m just not earning from it at the moment.

 

Do you arrange a playlist for your set? How much influence can the crowd have 

I get selfish in my sets sometimes. When I like a new song, it gets played no matter what. The crowd always wins though; I’m a pleaser and I always want the crowd to enjoy.

 

Are your good looks adventitious?

I still think I’m the biggest DJ dork you will ever come across but thanks for the compliment. Looks don’t matter much in DJing but they’re definitely a bonus; DJs need to rock a room, not look cute or beautiful. My field is not a beauty pageant or a boob competition. It’s a tough job that’s harder than it looks.

 

You’re the Philippines Brand Ambassador for Pioneer DJ; how dis that affiliation influence your career?

After Pioneer DJ Philippines found me, my bookings exploded. It was a bit overwhelming at first; there were already a few established female DJs in the country and yet they chose me. Credibility wise they really gave me the kick-start that all new DJs would hope for.

 

Manila doesn’t exactly have a clubbing rep, is that fair?

I respect everyone’s opinion of clubbing in Manila but I’ll always be biased towards this place because this is my home, my comfort zone. The clubbing scene here is very laid back; drinks and VIP partying are inexpensive. Simply put, you cannot expect a top-notch service by paying a small amount of money, even when it’s the best that we have. The Philippines is still a developing country but lots of improvements are coming.

 

Where does the city’s beautiful congregate?

The Palace Manila in Taguig; it’s an entertainment complex where you can hop around four

establishments that are right next to each other. You can also head to City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque, where the club and lounge is one floor up from a casino, or The Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City, a cosy area for clubbing or hanging out at a pub for a quiet night.

 

Where should I stay to get close to the action?

Stay in Seda Bonifacio Global City hotel, from which you can explore the newly built side of Manila; it’s close to malls, restaurants and most importantly, clubs.

 

We overindulged last night and now need to recover. What do you suggest?

If “hair of the dog” is your hangover philosophy then you should head over to Skye, the city’s premium roofdeck lounge, or The Palace Pool Club for cocktails. Both places are in The Fort. If you can barely stand, stay in your hotel, order room service and hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate! See if the concierge can get you some Bulalo (Filipino beef broth soup), which can help you recover and get ready for another day of overindulgence.

 

If we’re looking for a relatively quiet spot for a nice beer with new found friends, where should we go?

There are lots of pubs in Manila but most of the venues play heavy club music even if it’s a small bar. I think we Asians in general prefer that. If you want a quiet night, always leave before 10pm as it gets pretty loud after that. You can try The Keg in Makati; The Reserve Liquor Lounge; or the Moonshine Pub in Ortigas. Alternatively there is The Brewery at The Palace; Tipsy Pig; Skye in The Fort; or Cable Car in Quezon City.

 

Where should we go for an authentic taste of local cuisine?

You can go to The Singing Cooks and Waiters on Roxas Boulevard, or Sisig Society in Eastwood City, Quezon City. Try adobo, sisig, kilawin, sinuglaw, bulalo and sinigang, or ask the restaurant for their best seller!


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Time to Play Darwin

Remember when you studied evolution at high school? It all seemed fairly straight forward – animals change to suit their environment, and those most willing to adapt would survive.


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Time for a Great Escape

You may not realize it now, but every modern gent needs an escape destination, a man-centric locale, sans judgement, for those debaucherous nights of ultimate entertainment. Los Angeles has Vegas and New York has the bright lights of Atlantic City, places where normal social norms need not apply, where the champagne flows like water, where the party doesn’t stop till you do, and where lads can enjoy themselves without wondering which of their lady’s gossipy friends they’ll bump into mid-crawl. Here in Hong Kong we’re fortunate enough to have Macau within stone’s throw and the pint-sized casino city rarely fails, especially when it comes to its clubbing scene, which makes up in clout what it lacks in diversity.

That diversity is about to take a step in the right direction with Pacha, the first Asia outpost of the world’s largest nightclub brand, set to open at Studio City recently. Pacha has been helping fellas paint the town red since it opened in the Spanish beach town of Sitges in 1967 and now boasts hotels, yachts, a magazine and its own music festival. As the first ever North American-managed nightclub in the city, as well as its biggest, Pacha Macau will cater to 3,000 revellers across its 1,000sqft dance floor and its expansive patio, bringing a sense of Ibizan style to the Cotai Strip. Expect cutting edge audio visual technology, a truly VIP bottle service, a clientele that boasts the best curves this side of Gangdam, and a roster of the best international DJs winging their way to our very own escape destination.

Start crafting your excuses for a night in the Vegas of the East now.


 

Pacha
Studio City, Macau
www.pachamacau.com


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Time for Sexy Sounds

According to Sir Francis Bacon, “knowledge is power”, and we couldn’t agree more. Today’s gentleman needs to be on his A game at all times, especially when it comes to passions we share with the fairer sex. Whereas once it was enough for a bloke to just rock up, throw out a few twangy 1950s lines, and let slip his ink in order to pull like an overworked angler, today men need to be jacks of all trades, even if they’re masters of none.


You’ll quickly learn a thing or two at The First Floor by Lifestyle Federation, an innovative culinary concept and a first for Hong Kong. Although it sounds like a church for people with bathmophobia – yes, that’s a fear of stairs – it’s actually part private dining club located at the heart of Central, part cooking school, and part he-hideout. The First Floor is centered on the idea of edutainment, blending education on everything from fine wines and craft beers to artesian cheeses, with a contemporary dining experience. You might want to pop in at lunch or dinner for a touch of the restaurant’s contemporary continental cuisine, laced with ingredients imported from the world’s four corners by Lifestyle Federation. Alternatively, set up shop in the cigar lounge, with its extensive boutique whisky list and humidors packed with Cuban beauties; or sign up for one of their culinary events, cooking demonstrations, workshops or tastings, truly the ultimate grazing grounds for men of leisure.

Who knew learning could be so much fun.


 

The First Floor by Lifestyle Federation

1F Baskerville House,
13 Duddell Street,
Central,
Tel: 2840 0032;
www.thefirstfloor.com.hk


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Time for Sexy Sounds

It’s one thing to have a massive sound system, with enough amperage to knock the walls down in a fiberglass instillation factory, but all that power can be space-consuming, not to mention a little redundant in Hong Kong’s tiny shoebox apartments. What you need is a sound system that weighs in with more style than raw speaker power; a sophisticated item that extends your own debonair image to any that might venture into your he-lair.

Manhattan leather lotharios Coach has teamed up with retro sound gurus Tivoli to wrap the company’s iconic Bleeker Bluetooth radio in leather as supple as your first time round second base. As much a collector’s item as it is a bedroom or study essential, the radio is completely mobile, and is as happy perched above your wet bar as it is at a rooftop BBQ. Powerful speakers ensure you’re not compromising on sound quality in the name of style, and there is a sensitive AM/FM analog tuner, as well as auxiliary input and stereo headphone output, 2.5-inch drivers and an environmentally-friendly NiMH battery.

It’s time to have nice things.


 

Coach x Tivoli Bleecker Leather Bluetooth Radio
US$349
uk.coach.com


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