Longing for Summer.
’Tis the season of sun-kissed skin, love affairs, and gelato. The time of year when the sun is out and the world feels brighter. When the air is adventurous and spontaneity is the rule of the day. I long for summer, when doing nothing counts for something, and aperitivo hour is all about downing a spritz.
A few years ago, Aperol and Prosecco was very much an Italian thing. Today, the Aperol spritz is becoming the world’s aperitivo. “The spritz has become a window into understanding not only the evolution of Italian cocktail culture but also the importance of ritual and leisure to Italian identity,” write Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau in their book Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, With Recipes. “Although the spritz and sprezzatura are not officially related, it’s this I-woke-up-like-this mix of beauty and ease that best describes the drink.”
The “I-woke-up-like-this mix of beauty and ease” is my motto for summer. Hair is off the neck, clothing is minimal in quantity, maximalist in design, and summer is the season to be wild and free. So evokes the cover of this summer edition of NUVO, Issue 93. Malik Walker (@steezywalker on Instagram) takes to the Vancouver streets in “Urban Summer”. Nineties fashion is back, and with it the return of skatecore, with major designers and brands embracing skater style.
Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, is a region of traditions and simplicity and the place Pigi Portolano calls home. In “Capturing the Beauty of the Mundane in Southern Italy”, the Italian photographer wanders the streets of Bari framing the beauty of the mundane in a part of Italy free of the guilty obligation to see world-famous sights. The region offers culture and cuisine, and it’s where Julie Marr has started a new chapter of life. Moving from Vancouver to Oria, she has created the cooking studio Everyone At the Table (E.A.T.), hosting workshops that explore the food culture of Southern Italy. Learn more about Marr and the life she has created with her husband, Francesco Creanza, in “Pull Up a Chair”.
There is a renewed hope for returning to travel, and we showcase Kitoki Inn on British Columbia’s Bowen Island, Malibu’s Hotel June, and Nayara Alto Atacama, a modern-day oasis in Chile’s Atacama Desert. In Saint-Paul-de-Vence on the Côte d’Azur, a secret garden awaits at the home and studio of Arik Levy and his wife and fellow artist Zoé Ouvrier. Now the couple has opened their home and grounds to private tours. The Arik Levy Sculpture Park, featured in “Secret Garden”, will host seasonal exhibitions showcasing the artists’ artworks, their home studio, and the verdant local landscape.
We continue to champion Canadian talent: Erin Armstrong, Will Choui, Annie Legault, and Ed Pien, among others, with NUVO as the platform for these creatives’ stories. For more, NUVO presents the Inspirati podcast, new this season, in collaboration with Alex Merrell. Hosted by Merrell, the series of intimate profiles will include guests Tom Dixon, Sebastian Errazuriz, and J.J. Martin, founder of La DoubleJ.
NUVO in one hand, a spritz in the other, and a summer of loving and laughter make the season a good one.
Keep an eye on NUVOmagazine.com over the coming weeks for stories from the summer edition of NUVO, Issue 93. Click here to receive a copy of your own.