Athos: The Future of Fitness Is Now

Gabriela (Re:Quest Models) and Mark Sopcik photographed by Fred P. Goris. Styling by Alyssa Shapiro

These compression shorts are made by a start-up called Athos and contain embedded EMG sensors that feed information on muscle effort and activation to an app on the user’s phone, allowing lab-quality monitoring of one’s own workout. The matching compression top launches this spring, alongside special partnerships with some of the country’s most elite trainers, like Stephen Cheuk, whose New York gym S10 is photographed here. Using Athos, Cheuk is able to instruct trainees on how to better activate the right muscles for the right exercise — plus tell if they’re cheating the movement.

Rapid arm movements with the rope create tension throughout the body, providing a concentrated arm workout and also strengthening the core and lower body.

Properly monitoring muscle activation during lunges ensures both legs receive a good workout.

At S10, Stephen Cheuk’s trainees focus on anabolic conditioning work. That means less jogging and more pushing the Prowler.

Few exercises build more muscle quickly than a squat — Athos allows trainers to ensure that the correct sequence of muscles is activated through the movement, essential to both increasing strength and maintaining safety.


Mark wears Athos shorts and his own shoes. Gabriela wear (from left) Athos capris, S10 sports bra, Nike Bonded Woven Bomber Jacket, Nike Flyknit Zoom Fit Agility sneakers; Athos capris, NikeLab x JFS cropped long-sleeved top, Nike Pro Fierce sports bra, Nike Flyknit Roshe Run sneakers

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This story appears in the spring 2015 issue of BlackBook Magazine on stands now

 

The Creators: Jean Lauer

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Of the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on home renovations in the United States last year, a respectable portion came from the startup Sweeten, which listed projects totaling over $150 million. Jean Lauer, the site’s founder and chief executive officer, expects to see that number grow, and the trend lines point in
the right direction. Last year the National Association of Home Builders’ chief economist, David Crowe, said in a statement that the only roadblock to a “slow, steady recovery of the housing industry” was a “shortage of qualified labor and subcontractors.” Sweeten aims to correct this market inefficiency by making it easier to find a contractor.

The platform operates like this: Homeowners list their project and all of its details, while contractors, architects, and designers bid. Once a contract is awarded, Sweeten checks in at the beginning, middle, and end of construction to make sure all is well. Centralizing the process introduces a wealth of safeguards against fraud and shoddy work. Sweeten’s projects range from $15,000 renovations to a $15 million residential development in Queens. “Whatever price point they are working at, the contractors just have to be great at what they do,” Lauer says. Installing new kitchens or ripping out bathrooms might not seem like an area rife for digital disruption, but just as Uber flipped the old hand-in-the-air method of taxi-hailing on its head, Sweeten may turn out to be revolutionary in its own right.

This article appears in the spring 2015 issue of BlackBook on stands now.

The Creators: Patrik Sandberg

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The unconsidered, the ill-considered, the castaway, the stepped upon: Journalist Patrik Sandberg wants to communicate the worth of whatever’s on the bottom of your shoe, especially if you find it revolting. In the usually self-congratulatory fashion world, new ideas are often the cause of unease and upturned noses. That thrills Sandberg. Even better is when Internet rage wafts in from outside the industry, for instance, homophobic comments referencing the latest Hood By Air collection, designed by Sandberg’s good friend Shayne Oliver. “That is just the greatest trophy you can have,” Sandberg says.

Hood By Air is just one of many once unrecognized talents he has championed over the years. In 2007, Sandberg–who is now an editor at V magazine–helped to found DIS, a digital platform for highlighting and sometimes inventing cultural trends born of the Internet. Then later he worked on early iterations of VFILES, an online social site that allows for the sharing and collecting–and selling–of new ideas in fashion. Owned by the visionary Julie Anne Quay, it is now central to connecting celebrities like Rihanna and Ke$ha with underground (and online) designers and trends.

It’s all part of the post-Internet fashion moment (“post” in the sense of concurrent with, not after). But the untoward revs up Sandberg, too. He mentions profiling Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three (who Sandberg believes to be innocent), in the same breath as altering the cultural iconography of a cover star like Ke$ha. “I’ll see something in a certain way,” he says, “and if no one else understands, then I feel like I have to make them understand.”

This article appears in the spring 2015 issue of BlackBook on stands now.

Loved Dior and I? 6 Fabulous Fashion Documentaries to Watch Now

Illustration by Joseph Larkowsky

The fashion film: it’s hard to get right. If you haven’t seen Dior and I just yet, it’s time to get on that. (See our top five moments in the film here). The worry and issues Dior creative director Raf Simons faced when starting at the house — depicted in Dior and I — are all documented in that tentative film, which sits among other brilliant fashion documentaries. Here are our top six, from a look at Karl Lagerfeld to an inside peek behind the legendary curtains of Vogue. Bonus: Marc Jacobs + macarons + protein bars and their implications, below…

1 – Lagerfeld Confidential I (Rodolfe Marconi, 2007)

2 – Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton (Loic Prigent, 2007)

3 – Signé Chanel (Loic Prigent, 2005)

4 – The September Issue (2009)

5 – VALENTINO: The Last Emperor (Matt Tyrnauer, 2007)

6 – Unzipped, Issac Mizrahi (Douglas Keeve, 1995)

Where and What to Sip in Los Angeles Tonight: Four Wine Bars To Know

Photo: Courtesy of Barbrix

Happy Saturday, oenophiles. It’s spring time–no other reason is needed to start the evening off with a well-picked glass of wine. Whether you’re in New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles, we’ve got expert selections at hand. Enjoy the sommelier picked selections and the stellar ambiance at these wine bars and toast the weekend.

A.O.C. Wine Bar and Restaurant
8700 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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Owner and Wine Director Caroline’s Styne’s spring wine selections from A.O.C include:

2014 Cassanova della Spinetta, Rosato “This rosé is a blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Prugniolo Gentile, made by one of my all-time favorite winemakers, Giorgio Rivetti,” Styne says. “The wine is a pale salmon color (perfect for Spring!) (ed note: we’ll come back to this!) and is clean, bright and fresh with delicate melon notes and vibrant acidity. It makes the perfect accompaniment to dishes made with the season’s early produce and can hold it’s own through a light outdoor lunch or more serious dinner.”

2012 Patrick Baudoin, Anjou, “Effusion” “This Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley is the epitome of elegance and really speaks of the clean, freshness of Spring. It is bright and lean with hints on the nose and palate of apples and pears and delicate hazelnut. It is at once forceful and elegant showing soft fruit notes alongside a vibrant and racy acidity,” Styne says.

2012 Soliste, Pinot Noir, L’Esperance, Sonoma Coast  “This is an absolutely gorgeous Pinot Noir, from Claude Koeberle of Soliste. This is my kind of Pinot, lean and elegant with pretty pure red cherry and pomegranate fruit notes on the nose and palate, a striking mineral component, silky texture and balancing acidity,” Styne notes. “It is the perfect embodiment of the season.”

Barbrix
2442 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Barbrix sommelier Claudio shares his seasonal selections:

Reisling “Stein. Terassen,” Salomon 2012 Austria  “Spring means my favorite, fava beans, are around and fava & reisling is just a terrific combination. This wine pairs so nicely with the produce this time of year brings” he says.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, La Quercia ’13 Italy  “This medium to full fruit wine pairs great with spring lamb and meats, and complements grilled items too,” Claudio notes.

smoke.oil.salt
7274 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Stephen Gelber, the Owner and wine director of smoke.oil.salt. suggests these two wines for the warmer seasons:

Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina “I love the Txakolis from the basque region all year-round, but especially the rosés for summer. The Ameztoi Rubentis, from the Getaria region in Basque, is very fresh and lively, with notes of strawberry and melon. It finishes with just a touch of salinity, and is a great food wine,” Gelber notes. “We pour this at smoke.oil.salt. out of a porrone from height, which activates a slight frizzante, and also serve it by the glass. It’s a fun wine.”

Bodegas Bernabé Navarro Tinaja de la Mata “This is an organic white wine, a blend of Merseguera and Moscatel, fermented in amphora without sulfites, rendering it ‘orange,'” Gelber explains. “The result is a wine with bracing acidity, and oxidative tones that give it a structure solid enough to match seafoods or meats. Navarro is a very creative winemaker producing very cool artisanal wines in Alicante. We serve this one by the bottle and by the glass at SOS.”

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen
1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Rustic Canyon’s Wine Director and General Manager Steve Infield shares his picks:

2014 Robert Sinskey Rose Vin Gris Los Carneros “This is a very vibrant rosé with a lot of bright, red fruit quality like strawberry and watermelon that pairs great with the seasonal produce available,” Infield says. “It will also be one of the best wines to drink all through the summer!”

2013 Leitz Dry Riesling, Rheingau, Germany “A great Riesling for those who don’t want sweetness or something too tart,” Infield notes. “Just the right amount of acidity makes it a great wine to drink on its own as the weather gets warmer, or even as a nice white with barbecue.”

5 Superb White Wines under $30 for Spring + What to Play While You Sip

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With the beginning of Spring, white wines will be exceptionally tasty. Here are a few to try.

Spring means fine seafood, fresh weather, and group gatherings over some great white wine. The following wines have all been selected accordingly for the sunnier season–and their palatable price range (all five picks are under $30).

Once the bottle’s been uncorked, hit play on our custom playlist–perfect for a small treat for a date-night-with-yourself.

Enjoy!

Kim Crawford 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, $16

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Cederberg Winery Bukettraube 2010, $24

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Domaine de la Villaudière 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre), $29

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Mastroberardino Falanghina  2013, $21 

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Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2013    $15

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How to Eat Like Elettra Wiedemann + More Fashion World Faves

Elettra Wiedemann courtesy of Farfetch

It’s common knowledge that the fashion industry is all over what’s new, hot, delicious, and buzzy when it comes to the world’s restaurants. It’s why New York City’s Indochine has stayed on the map for over 30 years; fashion folk flock to it. So why not take advantage of the industry’s discerning tastes? In a new book published by Assouline, online retail site Farfetch has curated restaurants the world over, with favorites and recommendations from the likes of Leandra Medine (the Man Repeller), Anya Ziourova, designer Jonathan Saunders, and plenty more.

Model Elettra Wiedemann (and daughter of Isabella Rossellini) plays a part in the book, too, with a recipe for her favorite breakfast.

Here’s how to make Elettra’s omelette.

Ingredients:
3 free-range eggs (I get mine from the Union Square Greenmarket every Monday)
1 knob of butter or 1 tsp coconut oil (available at most health food stores)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Elettra’s Healthy Omelette fillings (optional): sauteed leek and rosemary/kale and cayenne pepper/mushroom and arthichoke

Preparation Method:
Crack the eggs into a bowl; beat with a fork until smooth and then season. Melt a knob of butter or heat 1 tsp of coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan. Saute the fillings, and pour the eggs into the pan when the butter or oil is piping hot. Using a wooden fork in a circular motion, move the eggs in the pan around whilst moving the pan back and forth across the heat. Allow the eggs to form a light skin, and then remove the pan from the heat. Using the side of a fork, fold the omelette in towards the middle on both sides. Tip the omelette onto a plate, and serve.

Pick up the book for more culinary inspiration. Shop it right here.

Bid Online Now on 100s of Artworks by Cindy Sherman, Mario Testino and More for MTV Re:Define

Untitled works by Cindy Sherman, 1980/2012. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

It seems like every other week there’s a new excuse to throw on your “These Boots Were Made For Walking” playlist and head to Texas for some fantastic cultural event. And this week that event would be the fourth annual MTV Re:Define, a world premiere art exhibition, auction and fundraiser gala to benefit the Dallas Contemporary and MTV Staying Alive Foundation, an international content-producing and grant-giving organization dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV among young people. Last year’s event raised over $2 million dollars.

Taking place on April 10th during Dallas Art Fair week, this year’s event (presented by the Goss-Michael Foundation and curated by Peter Doroshenko and The Future Tense) will be honoring Michael Craig-Martin (the godfather of British Conceptual Art), and will feature over 100 works from artists Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst, Mario Testino, Tom Sachs, and many more. Even if you can’t squeeze in a last minute trip to Dallas, you can bid on the radically cool auction live now on Paddle 8.

Below are some works we have our eyes on.

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Attempt 124, Arthur Pena, 2014. Courtesy of Arthur Pena

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Receipe Book Cone, Donald Baechler, 2012. Courtesy of Cheim & Reid and the artist.

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Tribute to Edward Hopper/Another night at the Phillies Bar, Gerard Rancinan, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

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Umbrella (blue), Michael Craig-Martin, 2011. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

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Dollar Flower, Nate Lowman, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Maccarone (New York) and Massimo de Carlo (London and Milan).

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Where To Sip What Wine In NYC: Three Wine Bars To Know

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What could be better than ending the day with a light, springy wine? Even if it’s not feeling much like spring, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go about our April business as intended. Three top NYC wine bars lent us their sommeliers to let us in on their seasonal faves. Not that we needed any encouragement to indulge, but custom recommendations will serve.

Corkbuzz

Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 and 13 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003

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Corkbuzz’s master sommelier Laura Maniec’s shares her picks for three rosés featured in Corkbuzz’s new “Spring into Rosé” tasting.

Christophe Lepage Pinot Gris Rosé ’12, Côtes Saint Jacques, Burgundy, France “This is the lightest of the three Rosés on this list. It’s got more of a dry, French style. It’s pale pink in color, and is an easy-drinking Rosé. What’s interesting about this wine is that it’s made from a white grape, which is a super rare style of Rosé,” Maniec notes.

Arnot-Roberts ‘Luchsinger Vineyard’ Touriga Nacional Rosé ’14, Clear Lake, California “Arnot-Roberts is a boutique California producer. It’s a limited production Rosé that is sure to sell out before Spring even gets started,” Maniec says. “We managed to get our hands on just a few cases. It’s a slightly richer wine with notes of strawberries and hibiscus,” Maniec notes–you might want to hurry over to try this one sooner than later.

Altura ‘Chiaretto’ Sangiovese Rosé ’10, Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, Italy “This is one of my personal favorite Rosés of the moment. It actually looks like a light red. This wine is from an island just off the coast of Tuscany. It has a little more tannins than most Rosés. It’s perfect for meat dishes like a grilled hanger steak salad or something with pork. It’s got a ripe, refreshing acidity that also lends itself to pasta dishes,” Maniec says.

La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

249 Centre Street, New Yok, NY 10013

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The wine selection at La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels is curated by Fabien Suquet and Caleb Ganzer.
Faugères Château de la Liquière, Les Amandiers 2013
“I chose this wine because when the almond (amandier) trees are in bloom, it’s a sign in the south of France that spring has arrived and winter is on its way out,” Suquet tells BlackBook. “This wine was born on schist soil perfect for the season, from grape varieties of carignan, grenache, syrah and mourvedre.  This wine, created by winemakers Sophie and Laurent Dumoulin, accompanies beautiful days with sips of red fruits and sweet spice for good balance. It’s fresh and crispy and goes well with lighter foods like salads, and even BBQ.” Suquet says. 
Goisot, Sauvignon de Saint Bris, Burgundy 2013
“A favorite wine of mine that works perfectly with the Spring weather, and the Spring mindset, is Goisot, Sauvignon de Saint Bris, Burgundy, France 2013. It’s on our list at $43 and completely over-delivers. Yes, this is Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, this is Burgundy. Despite what we are normally taught, the two are not entirely mutually exclusive,” Ganzer explains. “Saint Bris is located nearly equidistant from Sancerre, Chablis & Champagne, thus you have this great confluence of temperate growing climates which keep the fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc in check along with chalky limestone soils with fossilized oyster shells which lend a ton of fresh minerality to the finish. It’s the perfect wine for a spring pea & scallop risotto or roasted asparagus & chèvre,” Ganzer suggests. 
 
Domaine Comte Abbatucci, Rouge Frais Impérial, Corsica, 2013 “Red wine is not usually the first thing one thinks of when Spring is mentioned, however this light rouge has enough bright, crisp fruit flavors to provide as much refreshment as any good white: Domaine Comte Abbatucci, Rouge Frais Impérial, Corsica, France 2013. Made with the local Sciacarellu (sha-kuh-RELL-oo) grape, this wine has a deft, feminine touch of cranberry & pomegranate fruit notes with a slight smokey, granite underpinning of mineral flavor. I like it with a slight chill to help make the fruit notes pop. A great wine for lamb carpaccio!” Ganzer says, making a case for reds in spring. 
 

Vin Sur Vingt

1140 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 and 201 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10014, and The Plaza Food Hall at 1 West 59th Street | New York, NY 10019

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The experts at Vin Sur Vingt suggest the following two wines as their top picks for a visit to their bar for spring.

Touraine Chenonceaux, Domaine Vieil Orme 2012 “The vines used for these wines are between 25-35 years old. It’s a 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Domaine Vieil Orme is a traditional artisanal producer practicing sustainable farming since 2009. The aromas include passion fruit, pear, and almonds.”

Côte de Duras, Domaine Mouthes le Bihan 2011 “This is a 50-plus year old vine (certified organic). The grapes include Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.  The aromas include citrus and white peaches, with squashed fresh grapes.  This wine offers good structure and fat on the palate.”

Check out our guide to spring wines and the best wine bars in San Francisco here.