AltLuxe

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AltLuxe: home for pleasure

Posted on February 20, 2014

By Regina Connell. People often ask me what the new luxury is when it comes to the home. I get the sense that what they’re looking for is a pat answer, and a look: perhaps something involving exposed beams, industrial touches, reclaimed wood, flea market finds, etc. You know, that look. But then that would be about buying other peoples’ labels and looks again, which is not what alternative luxury is about. However, forced to come up with something more useful, I’d say that it’s about these things: ease, what’s essential, soul, sensuality, intimacy, and subversion. AltLuxe, like many good things, is a little complicated. No. 1  EASE. More than anything else, the AltLuxe home is about ease. It’s about not trying too hard to look…

Living well: recipes for pleasure

Posted on January 20, 2014

Like any foodie, I do love my indulgences. Recently discovered pleasures include the pucker-up tart seville orange marmalade from Josephine’s Feast, that sublimely creamy straciatella on the pizza I had the other day at Farm Shop in Marin, and that orgasmic cup of hot chocolate using Recchiuti dark chocolate pistoles… However indispensable these are to the life well-lived, over the holidays I realized that my real foodie pleasure comes from preparing it,  not just consuming it. So I resolved to cook more, cook with more focus, more intention. While this realization would have many running to the nearest farmers market, for me, it starts with cookbooks and recipes. Now there are a billion lovely cookbooks out there, oozing with luscious imagery, compelling stories and the…

The Goods: The Perfect Wooden Spoon

Posted on January 1, 2014

Doing anything well is about having the perfect tool. It renders the beginner at least halfway competent, the middling enthusiast confident, and powers the truly skilled to new heights. Working with the perfect tool is utter pleasure and yes, the ultimate luxury. Making something work is drudgery (and often a gigantic waste of time.) In the kitchen, one of the most fundamental tools is the wooden spoon. They were fetishized last year with all their connotations of honest home cooking and the toned-down life, and no end of earnest woodworkers took to making them out of premium woods, all sustainably produced. But I rather suspect that many of the spoons ended up as “design elements” on a kitchen wall: beautiful, authentic, ignored. What a…

Consuming Pleasures: The Line

Posted on December 9, 2013

Ah, someone who gets it. The Line from Vanessa Traina (among others) is a great example of AltLuxe. It’s an online clothing and home goods retailer, online and SOHO (NYC) space called The Apartment where everything is for sale (how’s that for contextual marketing?) Why is it AltLuxe? Because it’s about not what’s just essential, but what’s quintessential…the best of what’s essential. The clothing is timeless, seasonless, smart, and not to be found everywhere, “built to last but never boring” as they say on the site. “What unites these quintessential things is their staying power, the intention of their making, and how they work together in the context of a carefully considered life.” I love that for one of their first makers, they’ve featured…