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July 29 2014

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Giles & Brother Gets Minty Fresh

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Last night, Giles & Brother’s kinfolk duo, Philip and Courtney Crangi, unveiled their latest project—a collaboration produced for e-tailer JewelMint—at the still-going-strong Nolita haunt, ACME. Normally reserved for the sort of night-owl revelry nonconductive to accessory display, the restaurant’s downstairs was transformed into a mellow, intimate catacomb—a fitting setting for the Crangis to debut their new Kunstkammer-worthy creations.

“There’s a little tribal influence, and there’s an artisanal finish, mixed with a bit of an equestrian reference,” Philip, Giles & Brother’s creative lead, told Style.com (Courtney runs the management side of the business). Indeed, the designer’s motley mix of inspirations came across in hammered serpentine-spike cuffs, metal-cast horse-bit bracelets, and arrowhead-dripped necklaces—an example of which was spotted yesterday evening on Jenna Lyons, who paired it with pearls. “I stole it from Courtney,” said Lyons, “I’m not giving it back.”

JewelMint is an e-commerce site that provides its members with monthly jewelry picks tailored to their specific tastes. The Giles & Brother partnership marks the kickoff of the company’s “Studio Series,” conceived to mix accessible prices with fashion’s top-tier names. “They have an amazing ability to bring jewelry to a really broad audience,” said Phillip. The collection launched yesterday, and prices range from $30 to $90.

Photo: Courtesy of Giles & Brother

A Hotel Life: The Jet Set’s Online Destination

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“Acme is cool again!” said one guest last night at the Noho restaurant. Fitting insider knowledge, considering the occasion was a launch party for A Hotel Life, Ben Pundole’s new online guide to what’s hot and what’s not in the boutique lifestyle and hotel industry. “I love the digital world—it’s the future. I want A Hotel Life to help you on your journeys,” said Pundole of his inaugural media venture.

The site is a mix of hotel reviews written by jet-setters in the know (“Musicians, actors, writers, chefs—creative people who travel all the time,” explained Pundole) and editorial content, like profiles on the industry’s more interesting players. The party, which welcomed the likes of Dree Hemingway, Chelsea Leyland (who deejayed), and David Schwimmer and his wife, Zoe Buckman, also marked the launch of a contest A Hotel Life is running with Krug. The Instagramer who best portrays “rough luxury,” using the tag #krughotellife, wins a trip to his or her choice of Miami, New York, Los Angeles, or Palm Springs. But don’t expect it to be all R&R: The winner will need to contribute a review of their hotel to the site.

Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com