2024 Wellness Guide

Courtesy Casa Perfect NY/Douglas Friedman


Shops, Books, Food and Drink

Fragrances at the Louvre, Hasselblad’s master photographers, bespoke cakes, and more.

By Irene Rawlings

Casa Perfect (above) is an unconventional retail gallery in a West Village brownstone furnished by a roster of young and emerging artists and designers. Open for hanging out with friends and, of course, everything is for sale. By appointment. thefutureperfect.com

Courtesy L. Raphael/Maxime Sauvant

Red-carpet celebrities and other A-listers book into L.Raphael’s five-star beauty spas and emerge with a youthful glow. New to the brand’s coveted product line is the Diamond Powder sheet mask, debuted at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and created in collaboration with legendary Swiss jeweler Chopard. $490;

Courtesy L’Officine Universelle Buly

French beauty emporium L’Officine Universelle Buly has partnered with the Louvre to develop fragrances inspired by famous works of art (below). Available at the Louvre gift shop until January 2020; on the Buly website until July 2020. Perfume and candles ($140 each); buly1803.com

Courtesy Rizzoli

Diner à la Maison (below) Parisian architect, gourmand, and bon vivant Laurent Buttazzoni has penned a guide to hosting chic, French-style dinner parties. Simple tips and recipes, as well as examples of enchanting table settings, follow the introduction by his friend and frequent dinner guest Sofia Coppola. $40; rizzoliusa.com

Courtesy Hasselblad

Drawing Architecture (above) Beautiful drawings (250) by the world’s most admired architects. Some built projects; others only exist on paper. $80; phaidon.com

Hasselblad Masters

Hasselblad Masters Volume 6: Innovate Stunningly beautiful images by top photographers from around the world. $99; benthomas.co

Courtesy Seattle Chocolate/jcoco

A feast for the eyes and the palate in one vivid package: Each jcoco + Chihuly Chocolate Gift Set features four of jcoco’s signature flavors, including Bali Sea Salt Toffee. Ten percent of sales are donated to artist Dale Chihuly’s renowned Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle. seattlechocolate.com

Courtesy Julie Simon/Deborah Jaffe

Julie Simon of Julie Simon Cakes (above)is a bespoke cake artist whose dazzling and delicious work can resemble a fruit-and-flower-filled Dutch still life or a Marc Chagall vase of spring flowers. She travels nationwide from her Los Angeles studio to deliver her masterpieces and make sure each sugar petal and leaf is perfect. Price upon request; juliesimoncakes.com

Sourced from peerless farms across Japan, America, and Australia, prime cuts of ultra-premium steaks from Holy Grail Steak Co. include the extraordinarily rare Hokkaido Snow Beef from Chateau Uenae. Difficult-to-find brands like Ōmi Beef, HidaGyu, and Ozaki Farms are also available. God of the Grill Collection (eight steaks) $499; holygrailsteak.com

Sipsmith Gin, the first copper-pot distillery to open in London in 200 years, was started by three gin-loving aristocrats and now ships worldwide. Try all three: London Dry Gin, Lemon Drizzle Gin, and the bold and botanical V.J.O.P (Very Junipery Over Proof). From $35/bottle; $190/case (not including shipping); sipsmith.com