Fake food but no fake friends

This week we’ve highlighted one of our cult new shoe labels, Sebastian Milano. Puffy, strappy, divine – this emerald green heel would look just as perfect when styled with jeans and tee as it would with a voluminous dress for a black tie dinner.

Planning a trip to Seoul in the coming months? Lucky you. But you’ll be luckier still if you get to see Yulia Iosilzon’s solo show, Nocturnal, at Foundry Seoul. The artist’s paintings draw on numerous references from Jewish iconography to prison tattoos with dreamlike results. (And if you can’t fly there, you can always scroll her Instagram feed.)

If you’re a fan of MasterChef: The Professionals, we suggest booking a table at the Number One Park Lane terrace in the coming months. Alex Webb – the show’s 2020 champion – has just started a residency there. From confit cod sandwiches to Devon crab and duck scotch eggs, expect British fare with a twist.

If it wasn’t already the talk of the town, we hosted an intimate dinner this week at the store to celebrate the launch of our new vintage collection. Scarlett Lapidus laid down the tracks while guests ate Middle Eastern treats and sipped cocktails - all dressed in their finest vintage of course. Pictured here: Naomi Smart (left) and Nassia Matsa (right).

At this point, it’s known we are serious foodies at KOIBIRD (see MasterChef reference above), which is why this article by the NY Times grabbed our greedy attention. Take a trip into the weird and wonderful world of shokuhin sampuru (popular life-sized food models) often displayed outside of Japanese restaurants. Sampuru, estimated to be a multibillion-dollar market in Japan and a growing market in Korea and China, has been used in restaurants for at least a century. They’re a faux feast for the eyes!

Lately, we’ve been listening to newcomer Miso Extra, who melds her Japanese-English heritage with an array of sounds from ASMR tones to synth beats.

Introducing our new monthly fashion & culture column, Pulling Threads, with Paul! This week, Paul dives into the allure of vintage resale, and how Gen Z is embracing iconic designer pieces, and for those in need of styling inspiration, we spoke to three vintage connoisseurs on how to dress correctly, whether you have a penchant for Y2K or love dopamine dressing.

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