BORN TO BE WILD

BORN TO BE WILD

Want to harken back to the speed of yesteryear? The Janus Halcyon 450cc motorcycle is like a trip down memory lane, with a path to the future, according to our luxe automobile enthusiast, Michael Satterfield of TheGentlemanRacer.com

Photography by Lucas Kepner

Up until now, Janus Motorcycles, for me, have just been a concept. A modern, bespoke, USA-made motorcycle that looks straight out of the 1930s? Sign me up. Since you can’t just walk into a dealership and test-ride one, I have always wondered if it would live up to the hype and the $15,000 price tag. Currently, the only way to purchase a Janus is directly from their Goshen, Indiana headquarters.

It is a big ask for an upstart motorcycle brand to start pricing at $15,000 for a Halcyon 450cc motorcycle when a Royal Enfield Classic 350 is just $4,599, and a Triumph Bonneville starts at $12,000. But unlike the mass-produced bikes, every Janus motorcycle is hand built in Indiana by a small team, and buyers can custom tailor the bike to fit their own vision. I built one using their online build tool, which came out to $17,220 with the optional extras I chose. This is in the price range of a very nice BMW R nineT, Ducati Scrambler, and other high-end motorcycles with much greater power.

The only bike I have ridden that can be compared to the Halcyon 450cc is a 1920s Indian Scout, not in the ride quality or power, but in the way the bike makes you feel, with its squared-off tank, swept-back handlebars, and upright seating position. The 450cc can feel like a bike from the 20s or 30s, but without  the hassle of priming a carburetor, adjusting the spark, and kickstarting. Instead, you get an electric starter, a modern 5-speed transmission, and electronic fuel injection. Stopping is easier, too, so there are no sketchy 100-year-old drum brakes. Instead, Brembo discs can be found on the front and rear.The bike is nimble, thanks mainly to it being lightweight.

At just 345 lbs., it weighs just 29 lbs. more than a Vespa GTS 250 and nearly 200 lbs. less than a Harley Davidson Sportster 883. The seating position is comfortable, with all the switches and buttons where you would expect to find them. The bike always feels incredibly balanced. While it might look 100 years old, the modern suspension makes riding a pure joy, and with a claimed 90mph top speed, the 450 is a bike you can ride anywhere. The engine and exhaust make you feel more connected to the bike and ride. So, there is plenty of power for running around town, and if I had a chance, I would be more than comfortable taking it on a cross-country road trip.

The Halcyon 450 is a major upgrade from the original small displacement bike that started the company back in 2011. In 2015, Janus introduced a 250cc version of the Halcyon, which gave the bike a top speed of 70mph. Janus also would introduce the Phoenix 250, a cafe racer-inspired bike, and the Gryffin 250, a scrambler-style bike. However, the Phoenix will be discontinued this year after just seventy-nine were built. The Gryffin 250 starts at $9,200, and the Halcyon 250 starts at $8,800, making it the least expensive Janus motorcycle you can buy, but the 450cc is the bike to have as it gives you the freedom to ride anywhere.

The Janus Motorcycle Halcyon 450 is certainly something I like having in my garage. It transports you to another era without worrying about the problems that come with riding an antique bike. It looks the part, is amazing to ride, and sadly at some point, it will be picked up by the company and taken back to its owner. For more information or to configure your own Halcyon, visit JanusMotorcycles.com.

For more on the jacket, gloves, and gear I am wearing in this shoot, visit https://www.thegentlemanracer.com/2022/11/2022-holiday-gift-guide.html

PAINT THE TOWN RED

PAINT THE TOWN RED

You’ll be seeing red soon. Everywhere. From Really Red to a deep Bordeaux, the fiery tone will set your wardrobe updates ablaze with unlimited possibilities, according to our style forecasters, The EDIT ADVISORY’S Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason.

The runway looks for this time of year gave us a variety of trends to choose from: Ominously elegant, beaded creations to luxuriously sumptuous crimson velvet ensembles, these looks guarantee that all eyes will be on you. Here, we celebrate red, in all its impassioned shades, from chic celebratory looks to a lingerie-inspired take on power dressing. Whatever statement you want to make this season, make it with the ultimate statement color…red.
THE NIGHT FASHION ALMOST DIDN’T HAPPEN

THE NIGHT FASHION ALMOST DIDN’T HAPPEN

In fashion, anything can happen. And something extraordinary happened in 1969 with fashion in Texas. Couture? A potential airline hijacking? High society? All ripped from the headlines, here, in an exciting excerpt from her book, Grace Jones Of Salado, native Austinite Mary-Margaret Quadlander shares the events of a spectacular Austin evening long ago.

 

Illustrations by Missy Harris

 

Photography courtesy of Mary-Margaret Quadlander, Betty Wiedeman, and Archival

 

RUNWAY READY

Over her forty-year reign as the Queen of Texas Fashion, Grace Jones would stage many of the top designer fashion shows at her iconic store, Grace Jones of Salado, or at a luncheon event, and on occasion, Grace and her husband, retired Lt. Col. and businessman Jack Jones, even hosted showings at their beautiful O’Neil Ford-designed home. In one memorable instance, she even presented a fashion show on a built-for-the-occasion runway in the outdoor field behind her store. And although there would be many runway shows that Grace Jones helmed in her inimitable style, there was one evening that topped all others, and it was definitely a night to remember.

 

In the late 1960s, most fashion shows were held in tea rooms, at luncheons, or one might even be invited to a famous designer’s own showroom, as we remember from films of the collections of Dior, Channel, Balenciaga, or Trigère fashion shows. The models would meander among the guests, giving customers the opportunity to view the fashions more closely. Very little attention was given to the models, as they were mainly viewed as mannequins, unlike today, when models are seen as celebrities. When the Jones’s held fashion shows in their home, as was de rigueur, the models would casually walk among the dinner guests, winding their way through the tables and conversations, attempting to get the attention of a buyer without being obtrusive. It was often uncomfortable for the models as well as the guests. After all, the whole point of the evening was to sell the collections. As a result, an idea occurred to Jones that using her own customers to model the newest collections would be a perfect way to get the attention of the audience, the husbands, as well as pay tribute and showcase her loyal customers.

 

In the spring of 1969 in Austin, Grace Jones was invited to be the main event for a night, hosting a fundraising fashion show to benefit The Mental Health Association of Austin and Travis County. Everyone who was anyone in the elite social and political circles of Texas was invited to the Austin Country Club on the evening of March 20, for a long-awaited fundraising extravaganza, An Evening With Jean Louis. Normally, an event this big would demand a larger arena, such as one in Dallas, Fort Worth, or Houston. Still, on this night, all of Texas high society were gathered in the Austin Country Club’s ballroom, excitedly waiting for the big evening to begin. It had been sold out for months in advance, even though the tickets were $200 per couple (about $2000 in 2022 dollars). The crowd would be top drawer with Governor and Mrs. Preston Smith, who would attend and be involved since Texas First Lady Ima Mae Smith was the honorary chair of the gala. The Governor chose a polka dot bow tie and polka-dot vest to complete his three-piece suit.  

 

Cactus Pryor, a well-known Native Austin son, television host, humorist, ultimate roaster, dinner speaker, and all-around perfect master of ceremonies, was enlisted to welcome the excited guests. And, although a night of laughs with Pryor could be enough to entice the Texas elite to come together for a night of fundraising, he was only there for the introduction…or so he thought. Grace Jones would provide the actual entertainment for the evening, presenting another one of her legendary fashion shows, on a runway built for the occasion. This time she was specifically featuring the latest collection of the well-known French designer, Jean Louis, of Hollywood.                         

 

Having Grace Jones, of Grace Jones of Salado, create the evening’s entertainment of fashion, not to mention seeing the newest collection from Jean Louis, was quite an honor for the Capital City because Louis had been a very important designer since the 1940s. By 1969, when this event occurred, he was a household name. In fact, the designer had been nominated for 14 OscarsÒ in the prior 14 years. He was also an early adopter of fashion sustainability, saying in a pre-event media interview that he believed women should dress according to their lives and wear their clothes for more than one season. Although the key to his success was the simplicity of his elegant gowns, making them as modern today as they were decades ago, his designs were, in fact, quite intricate. In his thirty-year film career during the Golden Age of Hollywood, he worked with some of the most beautiful actresses including Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, Gene Tierney, Marlene Dietrich, Loretta Young, and Marilyn Monroe. When Jones planned this fashion extravaganza, Louis was her obvious choice as the highlight of the evening.

SENSATIONALLY SAVVY STYLE

In the 1950s, in conjunction with films, Louis began designing costumes for television. Between 1953 and 1961, he created fifty-two dresses for Loretta Young to wear on her successful anthology series, The Loretta Young Show. Women would tune in each week just to see what new outfit Young was wearing at the beginning of every show, as she elegantly descended a staircase or swirled through a grand doorway. In the 1960s, Louis went out on his own as an independent designer developing his own line but was still pursued by his loyal clientele in Hollywood.

 

In 2016, Julien’s Auctions sold the Louis-designed gown Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang Happy Birthday to President Kennedy for $4.8 million. It was described as a champagne silk soufflé Illusion gown, with a gauze-like silk underpinning to hold the weight of more than six thousand glass beads and sequins. The jewels were so effervescent they appeared to be sewn onto her bare skin. Bob Mackie, well remembered for his design work on TV for stars like Cher and Carol Burnett, illustrated the gown and Jean Louis translated the drawing into his design and creation of Monroe’s beaded sheath. “That dress was designed around when Marilyn did her last movie at 20th Century Fox that was never released, Something’s Gotta Give,” shared Bob Mackie recently in a conversation about the designer. “Jean Louis was very exacting, He was a couture designer in his head, rather than a fashion designer. He could be very intimidating.”

 

Meanwhile, back in Texas, Grace Jones and Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus reigned alone as the king and queen of fashion icons. This spectacular fashion show focusing on Louis’s designs had taken months to prepare, like all of Jones’s shows. But this time, Jones planned for the fashion show to be the focal point of the evening. The models would not be gliding through the dinner and cocktail settings, as in her previous events. This time the models would be walking a runway, with background music and Jones’s descriptions of the garments, requiring the full attention of the audience. Finding suitable models (who would wear a size 6, the then-sample size in fashion), flying them in from New York   and Dallas for the fittings, designing the stage and lighting, and writing her speech…Jones was obsessive about this show, knowing that the audience was filled with many of her clientele from all over the state, including the Governor’s wife and wives of the entire Board of Regents for The University of Texas, Austin’s hometown university.

 

Once again, Jones would invite customers who had modeled for her previously to fill some of the places. In hiring professional models, Elsa Rosborough, model extraordinaire, was the first on her list to be called. Rosborough had a way of commanding the runway. The moment she hit the runway, she captivated the audience. She would spread her arms to their full wingspan, twirl herself on the stage to show the full detail of her garment, all the while landing each turn at the exact corner of the runway. Then, she would prance to the other end, never losing her penetrating eye contact with a particular audience member. Elsa Rosborough was not only a model, but she was also a performer.

 

Every society couple in the state of Texas was fighting to get a coveted table for the show. There were parties all week leading up to it, and Jones made her appearance at all of them, along with her Salado house guests, Jean Louis and his beautiful wife and a former model, Maggy Louis. This was a very grand event for Austin, a small college town (population 258,000 at the time), and the 400 attendees buzzed with excitement.

 

The evening before the gala, the Jones’s good friends, Dr. D.J. and Jane Sibley hosted a dinner party for the Louis’s at the Sibley’s newly acquired home, a grand Spanish-style mansion resting in grandeur in historic Old Enfield. Jane Sibley, a social force of her own, dedicating herself to philanthropic causes, such as the Texas Historic Preservation and the Austin Symphony Orchestra, had created a truly eclectic and personal homage to Asian, Native American, and Spanish art in her home. And, always easy to spot at any social event in Austin, she habitually wore her signature buzzard feather poised as an afterthought into her tightly coiffed chignon hairstyle. The Sibley’s home was the perfect backdrop for Jean and Maggy Louis to experience the unique cultural identity of Austin,           a town overflowing with intellectual pursuit, political debate, historical significance, and the ambiance of inherited social status.

FLYING HIGH

According to Grace Jones, during the dinner she received a call from Louis’s assistant, Doris Souza in Los Angeles, stating that the fashion collections had left the airport that morning and should be arriving at Austin’s Mueller Airport soon, leaving plenty of time for the transfer to Austin Country Club, where the festivities would occur. There was no need to worry because Jones had planned this event down to the last second. The evening at the Sibley’s was exactly the respite Jones needed from all the details of the upcoming fashion show. The shared evening was fabulous, with great food, sparkling conversation, and wonderful friends. No one thought twice about the imminent arrival of Louis’ fashions, valued at $100,000 (a little over $800,000 in 2022 dollars).

 

In the middle of their dinner, Jones received a second call…this time from her assistant in Austin, who was calling with some troubling news. The cargo had never arrived as planned. At 11:00 p.m., Jones received yet another call but this time, the caller was frantic. It was unbelievable and inconceivable…the collection was rumored to have been hijacked to Cuba. If it had been hijacked, there was no indication where in Cuba it might be heading. And there was certainly no chance of it landing in Austin in time for the show. This was the main event, and there was absolutely nothing to show. Nothing.

 

By midnight, Jones was quickly making one phone call after another, attempting to find the missing collection. But at 1:00 a.m., she surrendered to the inevitable reality that the collection was gone, and she had better start looking for a solution.

 

Grace Jones had been up against more formidable obstacles in her life, honestly, much more formidable with her background as a WWII pilot. True to her nature, she called upon her friends and clients, many of them famous, to help. Anyone who had ever bought Jean Louis collections from her or directly from Jean Louis was now receiving phone calls in the middle of the night. Loretta Young, an avid collector of Jean Louis, received the first call. It was now early morning in Los Angeles, and Young was still asleep. Jones left an urgent message with Young’s household staff, and Loretta immediately returned her call. Of course, she would help and shared, “If you need me, if this is an emergency, I’ll be there myself.”

 

But there were no direct flights from Los Angeles running then. So, Young hired her own private plane, and with gowns in hand, flew to Dallas, and then hired another plane to take her to Austin. Young then called Katherine Crosby, the Texas-born wife of Bing Crosby, who also owned an extensive collection of Jean Louis fashions. Even though Crosby and her family were preparing for a vacation trip to Mexico and could not attend, she would place the clothes on Bing’s private plane to arrive at 5:30 p.m., if Jones would agree to have someone pick them up. Yes. Yes. Thank you.

 

Gene Tierney, another famous Hollywood actress, married to Houston oilman Howard Lee, had a great wardrobe of Jean Louis dresses. Jones called her home in Houston to ask if she might loan some gowns for the fashion show since this was a true emergency. Ironically, Tierney and her husband, were in Austin visiting a relative, so she was more than happy to help and had some of her gowns driven in from Houston.

 

Grace Jones could finally take a breath of relief.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON

That evening, Cactus Pryor was finally informed of the fate of the collection. Could he possibly entertain the audience for longer than he had planned? He took the stage and did what he did best…regaling the audience with one hysterical story after another, giving Jones more time to re-group. The fashion show was rearranged to occur after dinner instead of before.

 

By now, Pryor had easily been holding his own as the event’s master of ceremonies for over two hours. It was now eight o’clock, and there was no sign of the fashion show. At nine o’clock, Cactus sneaked behind the curtain and quickly returned to the stage. “The bar is open!” Pryor called loudly to the audience and then settled into his most comfortable element, telling one hilarious joke after the other. By midnight the audience was happily smashed, but not one person had left, enjoying Cactus but still in anticipation of the evening’s centerpiece event. Suddenly, the lights in the room went dim, and the audience drunkenly returned to their tables, still laughing uproariously at Pryor.

 

A spotlight hit the stage, and out walked Grace Jones, who was about to make caviar out of a bad situation and give her audience a night to remember. She and Young had both been backstage preparing the models. Young herself accessorized the models wearing her clothes, styling them as she would wear the gowns.

 

That night, Jones presented an unimaginable and unforgettable runway show featuring the stunning, albeit acquired, designs of Jean Louis, all worn by Jones’s outstanding models, and loyal clients. How could anyone in the audience complain? But the evening was not over yet…by far. Suddenly, Loretta Young walked out from behind the curtain and walked the runway wearing her own Jean Louis gown. As she approached the staircase up to the higher stage, Jean Louis himself offered his arm and escorted her to the top of the stairs as the room broke out in thunderous surprise and applause. The standing-room-only audience rose to their feet in a roar of appreciation that lasted a full five minutes.

 

For the next forty years, there would be many other world-renowned designers personally showing their collections to Grace Jones’s customers at her salon in Salado, such as Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, Pauline Trigère, Norman Norell, Galanos, Valentino, Oscar  de la Renta, Perris, Adolfo, Christian Lacroix, Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Vollbracht, Adolfo, and Count Sarmi, to name a few. But there would never be another night that ever compared to this night in Austin, conceived by fashion legend Grace Jones, featuring Loretta Young and Jean Louis.

 

Toward the very end of the evening, Cactus Pryor came back on stage for the live auction of a bright silk organza plaid gown with a tucked bodice and high green sash. The bidding was spirited as Gary Morrison won the gown for his wife, plus a Jean Louis men’s suit, for $1,100 (about $9,000 in 2022 dollars). Jean Louis, unruffled backstage through it all, commented in his French accent soon after the event ended, “Texas women are wonderful. I’ve never known people to rise to a challenge and an emergency so well.”

 

As luck would have it, the dresses were indeed found, and after the event ended at midnight, the gowns arrived in their boxes, securely unopened, at 12:30 a.m. The high fashion fun would continue since the Grace Jones of Salado patrons were the first Texans to see the complete summer collection upon its arrival over the next few days at her store. And, as fate would have it, fast forward to 1993, and octogenarians Loretta Young and Jean Louis would marry each other to form a very stylish couple for the rest of their lives.  

 

For more information on the book, Grace Jones of Salado, visit GraceJonesOfSalado.com.

HOME ON THE RANGE

HOME ON THE RANGE

To cost a quarter of a million dollars, a vehicle must be pretty special. The new Range Rover SV Wheelbase Serenity ticks off all the luxury boxes, according to our automotive enthusiast expert, Michael Satterfield, of The Gentleman Racer.com.

Photography by Lucas Kepner

DESIROUS DRIVE

It is hard to think of a situation where anyone really needs a $250,000 luxury SUV, but like many things, the Range Rover SV Long Wheelbase Serenity isn’t built to satisfy a need. It is built to satisfy a desire. Considering that for the price of this one SV, you can buy two base Range Rovers and still have enough left over to pick up a BMW 2 Series convertible for the weekends, that desire must be quite strong.

 

We all know that everyone has a luxury SUV these days, Lexus, BMW, etc. You can even get a Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy with Napa leather, rear window sunshades, remote smart parking, and all the other bells and whistles for just a hair over $50,500. But the Range Rover strives to be more than just another SUV, and for a quarter of a million dollars, it must. Slotted firmly between the Bentley Bentayga V8 and the Rolls Royce Cullinan, the SV offers all the luxury and quality without the ostentatiousness.

While you can drive the SV, it is even better to be driven in it. The four-passenger SUV, when being used correctly, only seats three. At the push of a button, the front passenger seat slides forward and down as a footrest unfolds for the rear passenger. Simultaneously the back passenger side seat reclines. The push of another button reveals the table hidden in the center console, perfect for your road trip charcuterie. A large screen displays all manners of information from the Range Rover, or you can stream all forms of entertainment, all the while enjoying the noise-canceling headphones.

LUXE LIVING

After all that imported cheese and cured meat, you will be thirsty, so this is where the onboard champagne chiller comes in handy. Don’t worry…the cup holders are designed to accommodate the chilled champagne flutes as well. Handy, isn’t it? Riding in the back of a vehicle, even to the grocery store to pick up a few things, feels like you should be rounding the corner on Av. de Monte-Carlo about to stop at the casino where a white-gloved valet awaits to make sure you never face the indignity of opening your own door. This, of course, is how the SV is supposed to make you feel when you are in it, but since the Texas Riviera is not quite Monaco, I opted to take the SV for a drive through the wine country.

 

Washington County, the county seat of Brenham, is home to not just a developing wine industry but also one of the best new wineries in Texas, Chapelton Vineyards, which served as the perfect destination for our wine country road trip. Since Land Rover only authorized me to drive, my sidekick cameraman Lucas Kepner took full advantage of the luxury accommodations in the back. While this vehicle is designed for optimum passenger comfort, the SV is still a pleasure to drive. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 produces over 520 horsepower and over 550 lb.–ft. of torque, all channeled through an 8-speed automatic transmission. That should get you there and back quickly enough.

While it can’t be described as exactly sporty, the vehicle’s handling is impressive, thanks to the active anti-roll stabilization system. And being a Range Rover, it, of course, has all-wheel-drive, Terrain Response, Hill Descent Control, and a bevy of other technologies that allow luxury to continue even when the road does not. Yet, on the highway or the wine country roads, what impresses me most is just how quiet it is inside.  Not a whisper from the wind, just the faintest sound from the tires as we make our way down the county roads. Range Rover really has managed to live up to the name, Serenity.

MODERN AESTHETIC

Pulling up into the winding driveway of Chapelton Vineyards, the Range Rover matches the property’s aesthetic. Modern, but somehow still traditional and familiar. As we leave the pavement and head out into the bounty of grapes, the Range Rover hardly notices since the suspension absorbs all the bumps and ruts like they aren’t even there. The tight corners around the vines are easily negotiated thanks to the four-wheel steering, and the advanced camera system lets you look at the vehicle from a perspective as if you were spotting yourself on a trail. Throw in all the additional sensors, and crashing the new Range Rover in a vineyard, or a parking lot would require real commitment.

 

As I sat on the back tailgate of the SV, the sun set over the vineyard. I can’t help but think, “I wish this had the optional Tailgate Event Suite with leather cushions.” It would have only been another $1,200, and if you are ordering one of these, tick all the boxes and include everything.  

 

This Range Rover did not give me the opportunity to really get out and test it as a vehicle. No, there was no sideways drifting through the mud, harrowing tests at the track, nor rock-crawling adventures. It is too special for those things, plus Range Rover saw my test of the Rolls-Royce and asked me not to take it to a bog. But it is a special vehicle, reserved for people who understand the value of understated elegance. If you are in the market for the finest luxury SUV ever made, this SV should be on your shortlist.

COOL YULE

COOL YULE

How can you make your environment more special? Give and ye shall receive. Or, ask and ye shall receive, too. Our Lance Avery Morgan, along with the talented Society Texas editorial team, has combed the world to come up with some of the most sumptuous gifts of the season. Go ahead, indulge this year.

RESORTING TO GREAT LENGTHS

This London Dress from The SIL’s holiday exclusive is by Houston-based Cheeky Vintage. Rendered in a beautiful brocade and featuring an ostrich feather trim at the cuff, it’s perfect for holiday entertaining and beyond. Plus, it’s made in Texas.

$995. At ShopTheSIL.com.

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AWAY WE GO

The chicest bag you don’t own yet? Surely, it’s this sleek Kessler medium duffle bag designed by Dallas-based Leatherology. In like-butter leather, with a selection of colors, sizes, and monogram styles, we are on board. In fact, any of this company’s leather goods are top drawer. Duffle From

$360. At Leatherology.com.

HAVE PARTY, WILL TRAVEL

In keeping with the spirit of the emblematic trunks, the Louis Vuitton Malle Party conveys a fresh and modern vibe. Thanks to its colorful plexiglass panels, mirrors in the lids, and playful disco ball, it is the ideal home bar. Price upon request. LouisVuitton.com.

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ORIGINALLY ORNAMENTAL

Reproduced to exact scale and color, this set of holiday ornaments was released in celebration of the centennial of the Bauhaus. Their geometric forms are both traditional in Germany as well as reminiscent of the costume designs of Oskar Schlemmer for Tragic Ballet. Hand-crafted in the Black Forest of solid maple.

$195. By The Glass House. At DesignStore.TheGlassHouse.org.

GO AHEAD, TREAT YOURSELF

A monthly subscription to the marvelous treats created by Paige’s Bakehouse in Texas is the gift, to yourself and others, that keeps on giving with an ever-changing array of handmade sweet goodness. It arrives directly in gorgeous packaging all year ‘round.

$65 per month. At PaigesBakehouse.com.

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SCOOT ALONG, NOW

Definitely reserved for grown-ups, this will create scooter envy. The 500W full suspension electric Mercedes E-Scooter is in sleek black, so you can tear off to get some limes for last-minute cocktails in style.

$1,135. At Mercedes-Benz-Classic-Store.com.

GET ON THE STICK

What budding cowboy or cowgirl wouldn’t love their own Hermès Western and Company status item like a wooden and felt hobbyhorse? In tri-color wool felt with embroidered patches. It’s also the perfect baby gift.

$1200. At Hermès.com.

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FOOSBALL? FANTASTIC

For your own game enthusiast, this special edition Ciclope foosball table, inspired by the 1950s Fiat Spiaggina, has a sky-blue structure, wooden inserts and a printed wicker pitch with a central metal cone base. It’s a true object of design for any sports fanatic, Made by Basaglia + Rota Nodari.

$6225. At Artemmest.com.

A PLACE IN THE SUN

Whilst sunning yourself on holiday, stay protected in high fashion style. This extra-long Panama hat with a frayed brim is the living end. In natural straw with a French blue and slim cream band.

$315. By Sensi Studio. At NeimanMarcus.com

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RIDE YOUR OWN WAVE

Between the traditional wake surfboard and a skimming wakeboard, is the Modello board, nimble enough for tricks…it also makes carving the boat’s wake so much easier.

$450. At RonixWake.com

I WANT CANDY

This is not your grandmother’s candy bowl. It’s modern and so much chicer. In fact, with its removable lid, it is the perfect hiding place for your favorite bonbons. Plus, it’s a cute, foot-tall statement for the home that adds a renewed freshness with color.

$1523. At HelleMardahl.com.

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POP GOES THE ROCKER

Andy Warhol would be proud of this rocking H-Horse by Kartell with its thick polycarbonate frame and seat that is extremely strong, safe, comfortable & suitable for a wide range of children sizes. Then, voilà , it becomes an art piece. In four colors.

$262. At TrueDesign.co.za.

D.I.Y. ESCAPE ROOM

Your teens will love Finders Seekers. It’s the #1 rated thrilling mystery escape room game delivered to your door each month. It “transports” you to a different country to lead a twisting investigation in each location.

The subscription is $30 per month. At FindersSeekers.com.

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MIND IF I SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE?

The Knighton slipper is produced in an array of sumptuous cashmere suede colors, with reverse suede detailing. The carefully crafted padded sole has been designed to make this slipper the ultimate traveling and lounging companion. Of course, each elegant slipper comes with a customized slipper bag.

$710. At JohnLobb.com.

LET GO OF MY LEGO

The ultimate build-your-own robot experience stars here with the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Coding Stem Set. Its programming is also the easiest to learn.

$148. At LEGO.com.

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MUST YOU DRONE ON?

Welcome to the perfect starter drone. The Tello Quadopter drone, with an HD camera, is a must-get for your family’s gadget guru. Just pull out your phone to fly anytime, anywhere, to access its intuitive controls. Capture pro-level photo and video with EZ Shots and share them on social media from your smartphone.

$259. At Amazon.com.

PUCKER THAT POUT

You might as well use a vintage Cartier compact as you powder your nose, right? We like this 14K yellow gold one with sapphires and diamonds trimming the clasp. Signed and numbered.

Prices vary, yet this one is $8,900. At 1stDibs.com.

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POP GOES THE CHAIR

Modern? Yes. Comfortable? Very. The Varier Ekstrem-designed tubular chair makes a powerful design statement in any room.

$2,549. By Design Within Reach. At DWR.com.

TOO COOL FOR STOOL

Give the unexpected…and pull up the unexpected. A balloon-inspired foot stool work of art, designed by Seungjin Yang, will add a punch of fun to any room. The eight layers of epoxy create a glass-like finish. 20-25 week lead time.

$7,500. At TheFuturePerfect.com.

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PERFECT TIMING

Perfect for home or office, this evokes the nostalgia of airport and train station schedule flip boards. Marvel at how the Cloudnola Flipping Out text clock flips away the minutes and hours, which are written out as words in a bold font on plastic cards.

$125. By MOMA. At Store.Moma.org.

ALL EYES ARE ON YOU

Perfect for serving on any occasion, or making into a coffee table, this Ortensia hand-silkscreened, painted, and lacquered tray is embellished with Lina Cavalieri’s face framed in a hydrangea bush.

$1530. At Fornasetti.com.

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GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

Be the king and queen of your own castle with this high quality Lucite acrylic chess and checker set. In fact, it’s a bit of Palm Beach on any table it graces. Fun for hours upon hours for the entire family.

$250. At SunnyLife.com.

ENDLESS SUMMER

You can still swim here in the late fall, as we all know. So, why not embrace your inner rock star with this Rolling Stones Hot Lips-inspired pool float?

$85. At SunnyLife.com.

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TABLEAUX TALK

Tom Dixon has designed a marvelous statement piece. Made from marble and brass, this table lamp is sure to spark a lively conversation.

$305. At MadeInDeign.co.uk.

WHO’S THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL?

Why, you are, of course, when you’re holding these ultra-chic hand mirrors that come with their own geometric marble bases. It’s perfect for any vanity.

$380. At RichardJasmine.com.

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BE YOUR OWN WIZARD

A pinball wizard, that is. Try the new arcade favorite that celebrates the rock group Rush. Other motifs include Led Zeppelin, Star Wars, The Avengers, and tons more themes for non-stop game room entertainment.

$8,999. At SternPinball.com

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK

The Texas-born founder Tracy Hiner, of Black Crow Studios, a luxe wallcovering company, takes the creative vision of each client to create a completely unique and custom art-driven wallcovering design. Each collection goes to a charity organization under their Rebel With a Cause Initiative, where a portion of sales is donated in an effort to use as a means of advocacy. Prices upon request. At BlackCrowStudios.com.

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TOAST TO YOUR MOST

Get the day started off as cheerfully as possible with a toaster by Brit maker Haden. The super chic design will perk up any countertop. So, why not get one for the office, too?

$69. At Haden.com.

KEYS TO THE MUSICAL CITY

The old clickety clack of an IBM keyboard is back in style. With 83 round keys and 5 watt JBL speakers, this KnewKey Rocksette is compatible with a pad or phone, you might feel like your penning an 18th century novel.

$178. At Amazon.com.

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THE FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER…

Show your family’s team spirit with a customized full color illustration. Hit the stands with your MVPs in this personalized art piece. Even your pet is allowed at this ball game.

$175. At UncommonGoods.com.