Category Archives: San Francisco

Last Minute Gifts: Magellan Luxury Hotels E-Gift Cards

Magellan Luxury Hotels E-Gift Cards

With just a few days until Christmas, you may have a few more gifts to buy for people on your list. And isn’t the gift of luxury travel one of the finest presents you can offer? Continue reading Last Minute Gifts: Magellan Luxury Hotels E-Gift Cards

Magellan Events Listing: Fashion Fabulous

Visiting a Magellan partner hotel and looking for something interesting to do? Here is a select listing of events taking place across our cities.

Events are presented in chronological order.

New York City 

Anna Wintour Costume Center @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Masterworks: UnPacking Fashion
18 November 2016 – 15 February 2017
Fashion provocateurs Viktor & Rolf pose the question: Is fashion art or is art fashion? The 60 iconic pieces in the exhibition represent the best of the best of fashion from the early 18th century through the 21st: exquisite craftsmanship, design, materials and ideas. Each are snapshots of the political, social and economic moment in time in which they were created. 

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Fashion Week – London & NYC

London

London Fashion Week
17 – 21 February

London Fashion Week Festival
23 – 26 February, 2017

New York City

New York Fashion Week
09  – 17 February – Women’s
30 January – 02 February – Men’s

New York City

The Big Flea & Antiques Market 
21 – 22 January, 2017
Lexington Avenue Armory, 68 Lexington Ave
The Big Flea bills itself as the largest antique flea market in Manhattan. Their one-of-a-kind finds include vintage clothing and estate jewelry as well as fine art, furniture and collectibles.

Los Angeles

FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) Museum & Gallery
The FIDM Museum and Library collects, preserves, and interprets fashion objects and support materials of outstanding design merit while fostering student and public engagement. The collection includes more than 15,000 pieces covering 200 years of fashion history, with a focus on women’s fashion and accessories. The museum is free and only open only during exhibitions. Behind-the-scenes Curator Tours can be made in advance by calling 213-623-5821 x3367.

San Francisco

ICEFDT 2017 – The 19th International Conference on Eco Fashion Design and Technology
27 – 28 April 2017
Interested in the stories and technologies behind the clothes you wear? Want to make more enviro-friendly choices? ICEFDT 2017 will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Eco Fashion Design and Technology. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field.

Miami

The Original Miami Antique Show & Jewelry History Series

Jewelry History Series 

08 – 09 February 2017
The Jewelry History Series @ The Original Miami Beach Antique Show is an educational conference centered around the history of jewelry during select time periods. This event is open to anyone with an interest in learning about the history of antique jewelry!

Antique Show (includes jewelry)

10 – 13 February, 2017
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show will be held at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in 2017. As the world’s largest indoor antique show, it presents nearly 1,000 recognized dealers from 28 countries for four days only. Attendees can explore collections from Renaissance to Art Deco eras including fine art, American and European silver, antique jewelry, 17th-19th century furniture, porcelain and more

NYC Shopping Bonus!

New York Magazine offers an online calendar listing sales on all brands and types of merchandise by month. Click here to see complete listings for winter sales in November and December 2016 including MaxMara, Vera Wang, Liz Lange, Nicole Farhi and even Vivienne Westwood.

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IfOnly: Remarkable Curated Experiences

San Francisco-based company IfOnly describes themselves as “a marketplace for incredible experiences.”

They pair clients with local and international experts in their field – as well as big-name celebrities – for once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as Heli-skiing with Robert F. Kennedycycling with Patrick Dempsey or the ultimate adrenalin rush, a balloon expedition over Mount Everest. Continue reading IfOnly: Remarkable Curated Experiences

Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos

In the opening sequence of 2015’s Spectre, James Bond, dressed as a calaca – a skeleton – stalks his target through Dia de Los Muertos celebrations in Mexico City.  A bit of Hollywood cultural appropriation perhaps, but, like the films of Tim Burton, a popular introduction for those unfamiliar with Mexico’s “Day of the Dead,” an ancient holiday that celebrates the lives of friends and family members who have died, encouraging their spirits to return home and commune with the people who loved them. Continue reading Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos

Rooftop Beekeeping at Fairmont Hotels

Think of it as a hotel within a hotel.

On more than 20 Fairmont hotel rooftops, beekeepers dote year-round on apiaries and bee hotels. A queen and her honeybee minions populate the hives, while pollinators, wild mason bees, take refuge in bee hotels, structures stuffed with natural materials riddled with small holes to mimic the nooks and crannies they love. Continue reading Rooftop Beekeeping at Fairmont Hotels

Vintage Clothing: New York vs. Los Angeles

I have a confession to make: I am not a big fan of shopping in general, but I love collecting (and wearing) vintage clothing. Where I find the usual mall experience draining, I find the search for vintage clothing invigorating, a thrilling adventure of never knowing what I’m going to find when, where and for how much. Continue reading Vintage Clothing: New York vs. Los Angeles

Tying One On: Corsetry

The corset is probably the most controversial garment in the entire history of fashion, according to Valerie Steele, author of The Corset: A Cultural History.

It has been promoted by popular culture as a coercive instrument of women’s oppression that crushed ribs and internal organs, caused diseases, and reduced them to ridiculous slaves of fashion with their attempts at the fabled 18-inch waist. Continue reading Tying One On: Corsetry

Open Air Cinema: Movies by Moonlight

As they say, it’s all about location, location, location. To catch the latest blockbuster movie releases, duck into the darkness of your local multiplex. But if you like your movies in a scenic venue with a side of sociability, it’s time to spend your spring and summer nights under the stars catching some classic cinema. Continue reading Open Air Cinema: Movies by Moonlight

Interview: Welcome to City Running Tours

CEO Michael Gazalah of Manhattan-based City Running Tours explains why exploring a city with the locals makes all the difference.

Magellan: City Running Tours is based in New York but offers personalized running tours in cities across the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. Would you talk about where your big idea came from? About how you got started?

MG: Sure. I’m a chiropractor and I was working out of a Manhattan gym and I got a call from a friend about an Australian guy who was in town and looking for a running partner. My friend knew I was a runner who could match the guy’s pace and distance requirements. I thought it would be cool to run with him and show him around a bit, so I agreed to go. We clicked and a spark of an idea was born. That was 11 years ago.

Magellan: Do you have a “typical” client?

MG: Yes and no! We know that about a quarter of our clientele – and that number is growing – are returning business professionals, people who make regular visits to our cities. We have clients who run with us multiple times during extended stays. We also offer corporate and group events. We embrace a broad swath of competitive, recreational and social runners. We’re popular with families, whether the kids are running alongside or are tucked into strollers. And we attract slightly more women than men.

Magellan: What do you think your clients are looking for?

MG: That will vary depending on the client; people have different motivations. But we know a big driver for runners is the desire to keep on schedule, to maintain their training and mileage while they’re on the road. Running with a guide means committing to that schedule with ease – without the burden of planning – and being mentally free to simply enjoy the act of running. For many, running with a group or partner is a social experience with the added benefit of exploring unfamiliar parts of the city from a local perspective. For women wanting to run early in the mornings or after work, we offer not only ease, but security. The same for families. The commonality is that people are looking for a broader experience than running alone, which is our value-add. We stop, explore and chat according to the client’s wishes.

Magellan: What won’t you do?

MG: I can’t think of anything off the top of my head that we won’t do, but making smart choices is always the starting point. We tend to run off the beaten path and each run is tailored to the specific needs, wants and abilities of the client. So we’ll run in all kinds of weather but will be constantly assessing routes if temperature or conditions are extreme. For instance, running across the Brooklyn Bridge offers unique challenges due to its exposure to the elements, wind in particular. And running New York during a snowfall can be tricky, but, on the flip side, it possesses a charm because the city is so much quieter than normal. All of our guides are local runners so they know the ins and outs of each place; they know what’s possible and what’s not. Overall, exploring an urban environment means you’ll never know exactly what to expect, as each street and neighbourhood has quirks and tells a different story. That’s an intrinsic part of the journey.

Magellan: What do you like most about what you do?

MG: I like the whole adventure of it. I like showcasing our city to clients and sharing insider tips about New York. I especially like when they tell us that our tours have been the highlight of their trip – that is the highest compliment they can pay us.

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City Running Tours services major cities including NYC, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC and Toronto. It makes it easy to stay with Magellan Luxury Hotels and run with the locals.

Photos provided courtesy of City Running Tours. All rights reserved.

E: RUNNERS@CITYRUNNINGTOURS.COM

T: 877.415.0058

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