Editors’ Recommendations Binge-Travel the World in Luxury With Inspirato’s Unlimited Monthly Pass The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Today we speak to the writer Peter Davis, who is well known in a plethora of amusing circles in New York City for being the life of the party and a total gentleman.His life according to him:I was born and raised in New York on the Upper East Side but by age 12 I was skateboarding downtown and at 16 I had a fake ID and was hitting nightclubs.I’ve always been obsessed with street style. My own look was a mash-up of my preppy roots, my love of punk rock and the hippy Dead Head fashion of my friends from boarding school in Connecticut. I was actually thrown out of boarding school and ended up back in NYC where I interned at Paper Magazine as a teenager. David Hershkovits and Kim Hastreiter, Paper’s founders, let me do everything from modeling to styling to writing. It was a dream internship and David and Kim are both mentors and the hip Jewish parents I never had.After graduating from Bennington as a painter, I moved back home to New York and worked for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. I was Fred Hughes’assistant. Fred was Warhol’s business partner and the man with the best taste I have ever known. Fred taught me everything from how to shellac my hair with fancy gel from Paris (Fred’s hair always looked like black patent leather) to how to find great art at auction and how to throw a dinner party. I also wrote a monthly column for Paper.At 22 I was going out all the time. I was the first one to write about so many people –David Blaine, China Chow, Parker Posey and other people I hung out with. I got writing gigs from Vogue and Vanity Fair so I left the Warhol Foundation and wrote full time for a bunch of places like The New York Times, Details and others. I got to interview amazing people like Kelly Slater, Valentino, Gwen Stefani –it was incredible to get face time with so many fascinating people.For several years I bopped between Los Angeles and New York and then moved back full time to New York when I bought an apartment in Tribeca. I worked for The Daily Front Row for Brandusa Niro, who is so smart, cheeky and funny. At The Daily, I discovered Olivia Palermo and had her photographed as much as possible. I love that she became an international style star. We are still pals.After The Daily, where I was Features Director, I became the Editor in Chief of Avenue magazine. I pushed the envelope as far as I could, putting Hannah Bronfman on my first cover with the cover line: “Youthquake!”My last cover for Avenue was DJ Alexandra Richards in a teensy skirt, a bustier and big headphones. I shot all the DJ girls together and I was the first to do that: Mia Morretti, Hannah, Chelsea Leyland, Becka Diamond, Chrissie Miller. Avenue is very Upper East Side so having that as my last cover was a great send-off.I moved to Observer Media where I founded SCENE magazine. I did the magazine for two years and it was just me, one managing editor and one art director. Yikes! It was a crazy amount of work, but to get to do my own monthly magazine from soup to nuts was an incredible experience. I did it all –sold ads, planned events and copy edited every word. My inspiration for SCENE was Andy Warhol’s Interview –when Warhol was in charge. I hired a lot of my pals to do columns. Mike Nouveau, a DJ, did a food column. Donald Robertson did illustrations. It was amazing to work with friends and talented people and shoot covers like the one with Iman in a huge afro wig. But print is really a ticking clock. When Anna Wintour put Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue with a hashtag cover line, everyone became enraged. But it was a business move. Wintour is a seriously smart cookie and she knew that Instagram and the internet are the right now and Kanye and Kim are symbols of the digital age. But alas the cover didn’t sell that well. I gasped and thought: could print really be dying this fast? So SCENE ended and now I am about to enter the digital world in a big way. Stay tuned for my next gig, which is 100% digital and global. It’s 2014 and I want to be a digital first editor and writer.As for Peter’s personal style, here is what he had to tell us:Jeans: I only wear Levis. I like big E 505s and I sit in a warm water bathtub for 10 minutes then wear them until they are dry for true “shrink to fit.”If I cheat on Levis it’s with Naked and Famous or A.P.C.Shirts: I am devout to Thom Browne for button downs. They fit me perfectly and the oxfords age so well.Pants: I like the way Martin Margiela pants fit. Pants are all about how your butt looks in them and Margiela does my butt good.Suits: My tailor in London –Timothy Everest – makes all my suits. He is a true master. If I buy stuff off the peg, I love Michael Bastian sport coats, blazers and dinner jackets. I have a bunch of Bastian and they all fit as if they were tailored to my body.Shoes: For fancy shoes, I like John Lobb. I’ll wear Lobbs with a suit or jeans. My pal Mark McNairy makes the coolest brogues –with camouflage or leopard details –I have a bunch. Sneakers for me are either Vans slip-ons or Nikes.Accessories: I have a “blacked-out”Rolex that I never take off. I do buy hats, but never wear them.Outerwear: Wax cotton Barbour jackets, Supreme x North face parkas for brutal NYC winters and Levis jean jackets (big E vintage ones I score from Melet Mercantile –the mother ship of awesome vintage clothing).Your favorite App: Instagram –it’s everyone’s favorite app, which makes it so fun.Favorite piece of technology: I’m never without my iPhone, but I am trying to use the Leica M camera I bought. If I wasn’t an editor, I’d be a photojournalist. I am obsessed with Gary Winogrand, Robert Frank, Bruce Davidson and all those guys.Next tech purchase: The iPhone 6. Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic Hillrock Estate Distillery Is Making Some of the Best Whiskey in America
Three organizations have signed on as the first members of Nova Scotia’s Come to Life campaign charter, pledging to promote Nova Scotia and its attributes wherever they do business. Halifax International Airport Authority, Scotia Slate, and the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association joined Premier John Hamm and Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage in Wolfville on Tuesday, June 28, for the signing. “Our objective is to show the world that Nova Scotia is a wonderful place to work, raise a family and enjoy life,” said Premier Hamm. “To bring Nova Scotia’s unique attributes to life, we have to work together. We will be successful with the involvement and support of the private sector, associations, groups and individuals across the province. This program will live in the boardrooms of our businesses, in the classrooms of our universities, and in our conversations with people wherever we may find ourselves in this world.” The charter is designed to formalize the involvement of public- and private-sector organizations in telling Nova Scotia’s unique story. By signing the charter, each organization agrees to support the development of the Come to Life campaign though marketing and communications efforts and to embrace its meaning through the development of policies and programs. “From the very beginning, the province has been working closely with the private sector on this initiative, and now this co-operation is being taken to a new level,” said Mr. Fage. “With the support of private-sector companies we will tell our story to the world, and highlight our successes and achievements.” “We are pleased to be among the first members to sign on to promote Nova Scotia to the world,” said Jerry Staples, director of marketing and business development for the airport authority. “Each year, we welcome more than three-million passengers and deal with international clients. We see the benefits of working with the province to get Nova Scotia’s story out to the world.” This past year, the airport authority landed three first-place finishes in a global airport customer service survey. This included first place in overall passenger satisfaction for airports with less than five-million passengers, best airport in the Americas of any size, and best domestic airport worldwide. Halifax is Canada’s seventh busiest airport, and this year, reached all-time highs in passenger and cargo statistics. Scotia Slate is a Nova Scotia success story from Rawdon, Hants Co. Founded in 1995, the company quarries and processes slate for a variety of purposes including flooring, fireplaces, walkways and honed surfaces for vanities. They market slate in North America with their sights set on the global market. The company has grown in sales and employees over the past 10 years and projects continued growth with a deposit reserve estimated to last a minimum of 100 years. “As soon as we heard about the effort to promote our province, we wanted to get involved,” said Debra Donovan, president and CEO of Scotia Slate. “Nova Scotia is a great place to live and run a business, and we will help deliver that message to the rest of the world.” Another supporter of Come to Life is the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association. The organization helps apple growers market and sell products worldwide. “From our perspective, this is the right time for us to organize our efforts to promote Nova Scotia, and it’s a great fit with the work our group is doing,” said Dela Erith, executive director of the association. “Our members are committed to being ambassadors for the program, communicating the attributes of Nova Scotia to markets and organizations across the country and beyond.” Nova Scotia’s Come to Life campaign is rooted in a series of attributes that describe the province. Taken as a whole, they describe a place and a people that are quite rare and special. These unique attributes — coastal, accessible, safe, genuine, dependable, creative, innovative, and resourceful — contribute to a wonderful quality of life that offers variety and balance that is unrivalled anywhere. Come to Life markets Nova Scotia as a wonderful place to live, work, invest, play, and visit.
World cereal prices are expected to stay high during the next year because of low global stocks, production problems and continued strong demand, according to the latest forecast of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), released today. The Food Outlook report warned that these high cereal prices are driving domestic food inflation across much of the world, sparking price increases for such retail staples as bread, pasta, milk and meat. The analysis found there was “such a widespread and commonly shared concern about food price inflation, a fear which is fuelling debates about the future direction of agricultural commodity prices in importing as well as exporting countries, be they rich or poor.” It also noted that record freight rates – driven up in part by soaring petrol prices – and high export prices mean many countries will pay more for importing cereals than they did in previous years, even though they are importing less. For most cereals, “supplies are much tighter than in recent years, while demand is rising for food as well as feed and industrial use. Stocks, which were already low at the start of the season, are likely to remain equally low because global cereal production may only be sufficient to meet expected world utilization,” the agency said. But the report added that at least one cereal crop, wheat, may experience a price fall next year thanks to indications that some countries are considering planting more wheat for harvesting next year, thus increasing the supply on the international market. The price of maize, which reached a 10-year high in February, is also starting to come down in response to this year’s record crop reaching the market. By contrast, the price of barley is soaring, due to a combination of supply problems in Australia and Ukraine and the tighter availability of other feed grains. The greatest jump, however, is in the price of dairy products, which are rising by between 80 per cent to more than 200 per cent. 7 November 2007World cereal prices are expected to stay high during the next year because of low global stocks, production problems and continued strong demand, according to the latest forecast of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), released today.