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August 2016


Lacoste Exhibit at Westfield WTC

Currently on the first floor of the Oculus in the brand new Westfield WTC there is a   Lacoste pop up exhibition. The exhibit is to celebrate Lacoste opening its newest store at Westfield.

In 1923 Rene’ Lacoste was nick named the  “Alligator” by the press because of how tough he was on his opponent on the tennis court. In the 1930’s he was part of “The Musketeers” a French tennis team on which he won the Davis Cup as captain.

Rene’s trophies

Inspired by tennis players, polo player Lord Cholmondeley and the shirts they bought in England he invented the polo shirt in the mid 1920’s. He solved the problem of not being able to roll up the sleeves on a tennis shirt. The length of the sleeves were seen as too short and the body of the shirt too form fitting. Making this shirt a revolutionary and scandalous invention. Even before he came up with a name for his company knockoffs were being made.

Pieces from 40’s, 60’s and 2016

To protect his invention in 1933 he created ” The Company of Lacoste”. His partnership with sportsman, industrialist and knitwear expert Andre’ Gillier began the manufacturing process of the Lacoste company. After making and testing various versions himself he was most pleased with the twelfth. This lead to the name of Lacoste’s most famous shirt the L.12.12.


1- Fabric Petit Pique’ cotton

2- Factory code for short sleeved model

12- Version chosen by Lacose

The shirt to this day is known for its great quality. Due to Lacoste’s invention of Pique pure cotton which has a strong and flexible nature. Pique’ cotton is light weight yet sturdy with air cells that allows for breath ability.The dyes are mixed for 9 hours while 180,000 needles construct the cotton. The shirt is made with 20 kilometers of two-ply thread.

The L.12.12

Lacoste puts the shirts through 16 quality checks and the crocodile logo is made of 1200 embroidery stitches. It takes 10 years for the shellfish to be ready to make the mother of pearl buttons. The L.12.12 comes in 40 colors and weighs 230 grams. While a single crocodile weighs 0.3 grams.

Prices from the 40’s, 60’s and 2016

Lacoste was a man of many inventions within fashion and sports. Some of his inventions include:

1924: Mah-Jong Equipment

1927: Tennis ball machine

1931: Improvments to the tennis racket

1979: Hand Luggage for sports equipment

1987: Golf club head

1993: Sports clothing. And many more in between and after.

The exhibition shows the long history of Lacoste and how it has become a classic label in fashion. At the same time it has stayed relevant through its colors, prints, collections during NYFW and collaborations with artist. Artistic Directors Robert George, Ruben Torres, Gilles Rosier, Christoher Lemaire and Felipe Oliveira Baptista lead the contiuation of the Lacoste heritage.

$7-8000 polo collaboration with Campana brothers. 1000 logos in total.

The exhibition is open until 9/15/16 10am-9pm. Free admission.

Grand Opening of Lacoste at WTC Wednesday August 31, 16 Lacoste Westfield World Trade Center 185 Greenwich st, Suite 4405, NY 10007 5:00-8:00 pm

There will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and custom leather embossing. RSVP at

Tell me your thoughts on the exhibit if you get to see it.



Westfield WTC and Oculus Grand Opening

  I’ve been freelancing at the brand new Westfield WTC global shopping and dinning center. Built in honor of the 9/11 victims and their families the space is light, bright and airy. Designed by Santiago Calatrava it is meant to look like a dove being released from a child’s hands. Built at an angle that allows a wedge of light to shine through the two vertical skylights every September 11th at 10:28 am the time at which the north tower collapsed. At which point you will see two vertical shadows on the floor of the Oculus as if the twin towers were still there. I’ve gotten to see the two shadows which is an impressive, moving and beautiful sight.

      For many people who live in lower Manhattan and 300,000 commutters the opening of this transportation hub is a relief and a long time coming. No longer do people have to go into midtown to find a major shopping center. Connections via the middle oculus include most of the subway lines, PATH to New Jersey, shuttle, NYC water ferry and Fulton Center. Within walking distance to the 9/11 Memorial and the Observatory at One World Trade Center it attracts both the locals and tourist. There is also access to Brookfield Place and the North Cove Marina via underground access from Westfield WTC. Tourists can also buy attraction and show tickets at the concierge desk in the Oculus.

  On oppening day August 16th there was a flag ceremony and Family Day events for families of 9/11 victims. The families were invited and given designated access to the concert area where Leslie Odom Jr., School of Rock, Dr. Draw, Harlem Gospel Choir sang “O Happy Day”, Pharell’s “Happy” and The Voice season 9 winner Jordan Smith performed Sia’s  “Chandelier”. Special guest John Legend preformed in the evening. Following the performance the VIP guest were shown to Eatly connected underground in tower four for dinner. Stores that opened the 16th had events and promotions. Some offers included free mini facials from Caudalie, free metro card with purchase at Aldo and complementary gift at & Other Stories. Shoppers also got to learn how to make fresh pasta at Eatly. Some stores like Forever 21 ran events through the rest of the week. Candy store Sugarfina gave out Champaign gummy bears to celebrate the occasion.

  Many stores chose this venue to enter the US market or grow their retail presence. Asia’s children’s store KingKow now has its first US store in the west concourse connected through the Oculus. Reiss London opened their first Manhattan location, Folli Follie and Kit and Ace added their third NYC store. While London’s Turnbull and Asser opened their second NYC location. 

   Some might think that The World Trade Center is not an ideal place for a global shopping center. On the contrary it should be seen as symbol of USA’s preserverence. 

If you get a chance to check it out let me know your thoughts. 



Travel Apps

When you are planning to travel and while traveling what are some of the apps you use? What is the purpose of those apps? Do those apps help you discover your surroundings or do they only have a utilitarian purpose?

The following apps have been downloaded and tested by me while freelancing in NYC.

Qapital-This app helps you save money towards any goal. You input how much your goal is going to cost you. Then you chose a money saving rule. Be aware this app connects to your bank account and takes money out towards your Qapital savings.

1. The Guilty Pleasure Rule: helps you save a certain amount every time you indulge in a guilty pleasure.

2. The Spend Less Rule: pick a certain amount and every time you use under that amont the rest is put into your qapital account.

3. The Round Up Rule: This is there most popular rule and is the one I use. Every time you use the card linked to the qapital account the amount used gets rounded up and goes into your Qapital account.

4. The Set & Forget Rule: Set a daily, weekly or monthly transfer amount towards your Qapital account.

5. If this then then that rule: The IFTTT rule allows you to work with social media, the weather, to do list or goals. It also helps you resist impulse buys all while saving towards your goal. For example if you chose the IFTTT with weather you can choose to have a certain amount transferred to your Quapital account every time it snows.

iOS available only.

Skyscanner-I like this app because it finds you tickets for sale with major airlines and lesser known airlines. Which is useful because if your not too picky about which airline you use you can find cheaper prices than those of big airlines. You can also look for rental cars and hotels. Rental car search and price are dependent on age because of insurance. It gives you a variety of rental companies and prices all in one app. You can also view the rental cars on the app. iOS only.

HomeAway- similar to Airb&b this app helps you find a house to stay at while on vacation as well as some looking for renters. There are pictures of the property it’s surroundings and the owner. You select your destination ,dates, number of guest, bedrooms, bathrooms and which amenities you want. The amenities can include pet friendly, pool, internet access, non-smoking, hot tub, tv and more. The location selections you can chose to stay at are beach, waterfront, lake, mountain and ski. The price of the houses vary as the selection varies from cabin, cottage or house. It also records your past and upcoming trips.

Pros of this app were that there were pictures of the house, its surroundings and the owner. Depending on the owner they can also offer extra perks such as private yoga, groceries and chauffer service.You can also read reviews of the property and the owner. Communication with the owner is easy as you can talk to the via the app. iOS only.

Tripcase- This app lets you forward all travel confirmations to one place or manually create a trip. This app a great because it not only holds your flight info but your lodging, car rental, ground transportation info. And extracralicular acivities, meetings, restaurant reservations, cruise, air, ferry and rail itinerary. You can also sync your travel companions itinerary. IOS only.

Worldmate-This app is great for traveling while working. The ability to link your LinkedIn account makes traveling with coworkers easy. It records past and upcoming trips and you can reserve hotel, flight and limo service to and from the airport. The app also gives weather info on your current location and trip location. The app is also a currency converter and tip calculator for taxis and restaurants  custimizable to the country you’re in.

Cons of this app is real time flight push notifications and calendar are an extra $9.99/year. IOS only.

Pack Point- Based on gender and type of trip. The info you input is your destination, date of travel, length of stay and type of travel you then select the type of activities you will be doing. You also select the weather and whether you will be doing laundry or repeat basics. The ap factors all this info and generates a packing list. The list is broken down into categories of essentials and toletries. You can add and delete items and change the quality of items. The list is shareable via Tripit integration or Evernote. The app was very easy to use and considered women’s nessecitys as well. IOS only.

There are more travel apps that I will be reviewing, but I would like to know which travel apps you love. Have you used the ones above? Let me know in the comments or social media.