Let’s be clear about one thing: the explosion was real. Fully 173 people lost their lives; a further eight remain unaccounted for. The blast levelled the commercial heart of the city, damaging 17,000 homes and destroying 3,000 vehicles.
Marley Hodgson, founder of Ghurka, had always aspired to gratify the “quiet confidence and adventurous spirit” of his clients.
In the idyllic Alpine town of Wattens, Austria, Daniel Swarovski founded the crystal company that would eventually become an international household name. In 1995, the Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds)—a playground for the brand’s most ardent enthusiasts—was unveiled near where the Swarovski enterprise started, 120 years ago.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: The Classic Champagne cocktail, the Red Rose martini, the Grand Cosmo, and more.
Thirteen years, three billion dollars. That’s the size of the investment made to map the human genome in its entirety, give or take a few months and a few million. While scientists completed the effort over a decade ago, we’re only starting to reap the returns.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Keene, New Hampshire, is the perfect model of a small town. It has a Main Street, a Central Square and plenty of quirky accolades. And as is the case with most small towns, Keene has seen good times and bad. But that all changed in 1991 when Center Stage, the downtown revitalization committee, started something that would soon put Keene on the map: a pumpkin festival.
There are architectural boat tours, and then there’s the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s River Cruise, the best of them all. Not just because it passes through some of the richest architectural landscape in the world, but also because each of the docents is a passionate expert on their city,
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Books crammed in from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling, hand-lettered signs, a feeling of bohemian creativity, empty wine glasses that will be filled at the conclusion of this fictional book-reading: this is Shakespeare and Company.
For terribly confusing advice on what to wear this fall, just ask someone who works in fashion. In fact, the better versed a person is in the sartorial milieu of designers and trends on the runways this season, the more inane their answer will be.