Word of Mouth: The Sands of Ko Samui

A quick guide to the major beaches comprising this idyllic Thai island

by Jennifer Miller Any trip to Thailand should include some time spent at one of the country’s incredible beaches, which are known for their magazine-worthy shorelines packing fine white sand, cerulean water and luscious palm trees. Thailand’s beaches are an ideal escape from the heat and bustle of Bangkok, offering quiet havens and cafes cooking fresh Pad Thai just an hour outside of the capital …

Word of Mouth: Durban

Creative tips from the talented multidisciplinary artist Richard Hart on South Africa's historic port city

by Laura Feinstein 2014 is shaping up to be the year of South African design. From Cape Towns title as world design capital to a series of high profile public arts projects, the formerly embattled country has flourished under a recent wave of creativity. This is due partly to the hard work of organizations like Design Indaba, which highlights local talent and attracts international recognition, …

Solid & Striped Swimwear

A stylish modernization of classic designs for men, and a women's line debut

In the world of swimwear, patterns can be polarizing and acceptable sizes, shapes and styles vary per season. Fortunately, Solid & Striped—a brand whose offerings we included when planning for last year‘s summer season—shies away from all that; producing classic, elegant attire that works in the water and beside it. The brand was conceived in the Hamptons, inspired by an old pair of trunks from …