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Nordstrom, NYC, flagship, rendering, fashion, top retailers, 360 MAGAZINE

NORDSTROM NYC FLAGSHIP

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

Co-President, Pete Nordstrom, along side of corporate partners hosted a tour for retailer’s newly largest single project investment in their history. On Oct 24th, Nordstrom will launch its first flagship in Manhattan since the 1920s. An exclusive onestop shop adjacent to the Nordstrom Men’s store located on West 57th street & Broadway. The seven-level flagship store, designed in collaboration with James Carpenter Design Associates, forms in the base of the ‘tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.’ With 320,000 square feet, it will embody an experience which is responsive and reflective of its customers. After all, a great design encourages people to stay longer and shop more. And, with 19-foot ceilings, it’s an open canvas for an interchangeable yet flexible floor plan.

The new floor plan allows for discovery, with range to explore and transition through brands freely that they haven’t experienced before. The infrastructure is designed to funnel natural light through transparency with floor to ceiling glass, intertwining the shopping experience to the city’s skyline. The atrium possesses a waveform glass façade which allows for interaction from customers inside and out. Chain-mail veils and lighting installations lend character to the location, reflecting the city’s cultural events as well as major holidays. 

“A rapidly growing younger consumer who’s engaged has emerged,” asserts Pete Nordstrom. Instinctively creating a new culture and how we shop that’s relevant to life experiences. Today one-third of sales are e-commerce, which represents 30% of Nordstrom’s business.

For over 100 years, the retailer has stood the test of time. The climate of brick and mortar for many retailers have shrunk and/or has become nonexistent. Nordstrom understands as their customer evolves, their level of service and retail atmosphere should be elevated as well. Using technology and innovation, the new store’s communication system will allow employees to order beverages and/or garments throughout the location.

In addition, customers will have access to 24/7 buy online & pickup, in-store personal stylists and tailoring while you wait. The Vice President of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim, has fabricated initiatives like Pop-In@ Nordstrom – an exclusive space for emerging designers. Merchandising will include a curated depth of products (clothing, accessories, shoes, beauty, children’s, home etc) across price points.

Lastly, there will be 7 food and beverage options with 4 full-service restaurants, 2 bars and an innovative, gluten-free doughnut stand:

¤ Shoe Bar will feature handcrafted cocktails, speciality coffee drinks and a selection of small plates.

¤ 2 restaurants are in collaboration with Chef Tom Douglas.

¤ 1 restaurant is in collaboration with Chef Ethan Stowell.

For a mega metropolis that’s often explored while on foot, this fashion marquee’s newest residence seems to be long overdue.

Lokal Eatery & Bar, Vaughn Lowery, Jersey City, New Jersey, 360 MAGAZINE, Abraham John ARCHITECTS, Mona Panjwani, Walter Donadio

Lokal Eatery & Bar

By Vaughn Lowery

Jersey City officially opened up one of the swankiest restaurants on their waterfront with magnificent views of Manhattan. Mona Panjwani is the proprietor and visionary of this establishment. After 12 days of having their doors opened, they have built a team of individuals who are personable, approachable and possess a strong sense of ownership. Literally a recipe for prosperity.

With sufficient space, Lokal Eatery & Bar can comfortably sit up to 200 customers and is the perfect destination for a rehearsal dinner, trunk show, celebratory engagement and/or corporate gathering. Towards the rear, there’s a semi-private area with its own seating, lounge and sound system to drown out the clutter of what’s taken place in the main arena. “Lokal” murals, perfect for social engagement, are sprinkled throughout the spot which were constructed by a local commissioned artist. Adding an element of youth and elegance similar to its milieu. Overall the architecture and intent of this eclectic eatery have an industrial yet modern feel. Iron gates frame the bar and above the 30-foot island hangs a custom lighting installation.

Nestled in the heart of a rising luxury neighborhood within JC, this venue is destined to become one of the area’s most popular draws. Executive Chef, Walter Donadio, has managed to fabricate a tantalizing menu of appetizers, small plates and entrees which are certain to keep you coming back. Some of his best infused tapas and items include succulent scallops, rock shrimp, sauteed mushroom bowls as well as a vegan surf and turf packed with savory lentils. Most of their components are locally sourced and fresh from the Garden State – right down to the blueberries featured in some of their signature drinks.

Often times, you inflict a new place and the waitstaff is uncertain on what to recommend. That’s not the case for Lokal. Many of their squad members were well-informed on what they offer and even had ample recommendations for their handcrafted cocktails. Our favorites were their Elliott Stubb (reminiscent of an old fashioned) and Jerry Thomas – cucumber water iced cubes make this drink refreshing.

The future is bright for Lokal Eatery & Bar. And, with a strong location, menu and bar, it’s set to be one of the most prestigious brunch/dinner spots for global foodies, making it a firm contender for three Michelin stars and a James Beard Award. Subsequently, it’s extremely apparent that Mona and her crew are meticulous and pay close attention to details.

ABOUT TEAM LOKAL:

CHEF: Walter Donadio will serve as Lokal’s Executive Chef.

Donadio is a Michelin star kitchen trained chef with over 17 years of versatile culinary professional experience managing the provisions of fine dining for hotels, restaurants and country clubs. His experience spans the globe from various chef positions at Richy’s DMCC and Café Habana in Dubai to The Smith, Nobu Fifty Seven, Le Circ and Brasserie in New York, along with supervising kitchens at Hilton and Marriott in New Jersey. Passionate about food since growing up in his grandmother’s own restaurant, he loves combinations of flavors from different cuisines and is always searching for the perfect balance. He is a graduate from the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center).

OWNER: Mona Panjwani

Panjwani opens Lokal as an events industry vet in the Northern New Jersey region. She launched an events production company in 2014 and came across the idea to create Lokal more recently while seeking a venue for her own company. The gorgeous waterfront eatery in Jersey City – which will primarily serve as a full service restaurant and bar is also complete with event and private dining spaces – combines all of Panjwani’s skills, passion, experience and goals into one. Panjwani is a member of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, Hudson County Women Rising and LadyDrinks South Asian Women Entrepreneurs Networking Professionals. She has been a Jersey City resident for a decade.

ARCHITECT: Abraham John ARCHITECTS

A multidisciplinary architecture, interior design, landscaping and urban planning firm founded in 1967. Abraham John & Alan Abraham are the Joint Principal Architects of Abraham John Architects. Abraham John Architects’ design approach is to re-connect architecture with nature, make optimum use of space, natural materials, lighting & landscape to reinvent and transform living environments and urban spaces. The firm works at multiple scales and with various organizations right from private clients to corporates & NGOs allowing itself to experiment and diversify its work.

G-STEEL, G-SHOCK, MANHATTAN, BLIND BARBER, 360 MAGAZINE, VAUGHN LOWERY

Introducing G-STEEL

By Vaughn Lowery × Armon Hayes

As of late, we got to tally out the all new G-STEEL while having sips and getting our hair as well as our beards trimmed at Blind Barber in Manhattan’s Alphabet City. The new GSTB100G-2A models feature Bluetooth connectivity and can link up to the G-SHOCK app for accurate time and record keeping. This is one of the best models within their roster as this timepiece can easily travel from the office to the gym as well as the club. This stainless steel accessory possesses a double layer bezel and carbon fiber enclosures which make it sleek yet sporty. In addition to this unit being intuitive with various app settings, it’s water, shock resistant and solar powered. If you’re in the marketplace for a high quality product that’s durable yet upscale then this is the perfect arm candy. At $380 USD, our choice would be the navy with rose gold accents to add a dab of European style and magnificence.

About G-SHOCK
CASIO’s shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch is synonymous with toughness, born from the developer Mr. Ibe’s dream of ‘creating a watch that never breaks’. Over 200 handmade samples were created and tested to destruction until finally in 1983 the first, now iconic G-SHOCK hit the streets of Japan and began to establish itself as ‘the toughest watch of all time’. Each watch encompasses the 7 elements; electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock resistance and toughness. The watch is packed with Casio innovations and technologies to prevent it from suffering direct shock; this includes internal components protected with urethane and suspended timekeeping modules inside the watch structure. Since its launch, G-SHOCK has continued to evolve, continuing to support on Mr. Ibe’s mantra “never, never give up.” www.gshock.com.

About Blind Barber
Daytime haircuts & drinks in the front room morph into a lively back-room cocktail bar at night.

Uber/Lyft Drivers Shutdown Rush Hour Traffic in NYC

On Tuesday morning thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers with the Independent Drivers Guild led a slow vehicle procession over the Brooklyn Bridge and up to Gracie Mansion to call for the Mayor and City Council’s help in response to new app changes from Uber and Lyft in New York City that will harm drivers’ ability to make a living. Approximately 6,000 drivers participated in the action which slowed rush hour traffic to a near stand still in a procession that stretched across the city at times covering the full length from the Brooklyn Bridge up FDR Drive to Gracie Mansion.

Starting on Tuesday Uber launched new policies to kick drivers off the apps between trips and in areas of lower demand in order to avoid paying drivers as required by New York City’s pay regulations. Lyft enacted a similar policy earlier this summer to protests from the Drivers Guild. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has failed to take action, so the Drivers Guild is calling for the Mayor and City Council to stop the apps from violating the pay rules in an attempt to scam drivers out of fair pay. The Guild, a Machinists Union affiliate representing and advocating for New York’s 80,000 app-based drivers, led a two year campaign to win the nation’s first minimum pay rate for Uber and Lyft drivers. Rules which the apps are now violating.

“Uber and Lyft are flouting New York City’s driver pay rules to avoid paying drivers what they have earned and the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission has done nothing to stop them. Today drivers are saying: We will not be ignored. We are calling on the Mayor and City Council to step in and help us fight back against the app companies. More than 1,000 Uber and Lyft drivers logged off the apps to take part in a procession over the Brooklyn Bridge and through Manhattan to Gracie Mansion today to protest the app companies and demand action from the city,” said Brendan Sexton, Executive Director of the IDG, a Machinists Union affiliate which represents and advocates for more than 80,000 app based drivers in NYC. “For months we warned that if the city failed to take enforcement action against Lyft for violating the pay rules, that the other apps would follow suit and drivers’ pay would suffer. Already thousands of drivers are struggling to pay their bills because Lyft is blocking them from the app.

Now with Uber following suit more than 80,000 New York City families will pay the price if the city refuses to stand up for drivers and crackdown on the app companies.” Council Member Brad Lander who sponsored the law requiring a minimum pay rate for Uber and Lyft drivers has also spoken out against the app companies’ actions and voiced his support for the drivers today. “Kicking drivers off the app between rides and controlling where and when drivers can work directly undermines Uber and Lyft’s pretense of employing independent contractors who set their own hours. Far from providing flexible work schedules and a solution to transit deserts, Uber and Lyft are forcing drivers to avoid serving low-income outer boroughs and limiting their ability to make a living wage, in violation of the spirit of NYC Council’s ground-breaking legislation to guarantee for-hire drivers a minimum hourly wage.

These are the same companies that have been arguing that they don’t control their drivers’ work and it isn’t central to their business model. Uber and Lyft can’t have it both ways. Either recognize drivers as employees entitled to minimum wage, overtime pay, health insurance and all the rights that entails, or follow the law we passed to ensure that drivers make a fair wage,” said Council member Brad Lander.

Today’s protest shows growing driver anger at the app companies and the city’s failure to protect driver pay. Just last week more than 100 IDG members gathered at CIty Hall to call for the city to abolish the TLC due to its failure to stand up for drivers, including on this issue of enforcing the pay rules. The Guild also called for the city to pass a Drivers’ Bill of Rights, which specifically included blocking apps from trying to get around the pay rules.

Further Background:

For months Lyft has been kicking New York City drivers off the app to avoid paying them and the Independent Drivers Guild has been calling on the city to take aggressive enforcement action, warning that without enforcement other apps may follow suit.  On Friday, just days after more than 100 IDG members rallied at City Hall calling for action, Uber announced in an email to drivers that it would indeed begin the same practice to flout the city’s pay rules on Tuesday.

In June, the Guild wrote a letter to the City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission calling for enforcement on this issue and drivers testified to this issue in July calling attention to the fact that Lyft was using this policy to further enrich the company by giving preferential access to drivers who pay them upwards of $400 per week to rent a vehicle from Lyft’s Express Drive program. However, the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission failed to act and failed to include any further regulatory guidance during its summer rule making, despite having the clear opportunity to do so.

The Cutting Room NYC, 360 MAGAZINE, NYC

TONIGHT Wednesday September 18th: Members of Living Colour, Blues Brothers, Ringo Starr and Billy Joel’s Band Perform For Jimi Hendrix Birthday at Felicia’s Jukebox LIVE at The Cutting Room

This Special Wednesday Night Jam Session Has Become the New Hot Spot for a Gathering of Famed Musicians, Actors and Influencers Each Week – Open to All!

CONFIRMED FOR TONIGHT: Felicia Collins of CBS Orchestra, Vernon Reid and Corey Glover from Living Color, Mark Rivera from The Billy Joel Band/Ringo Starr Band, Lee Finkelstein of The Blues Brothers Band, Shannon Conley, Danny Keane, Militia Vox, Queen V, Sophia Ramos, Jann Klose, Frank Gilchrest, Alec Shantzis, Bruce Edwards, Frank Gravis, Scott Yahaney and WHO KNOWS WHO ELSE WILL STOP BY…

Could be Comedian Bill Burr – drums, Paul Shaffer, Bill Murray, Chris Noth, Ben Vereen, Valerie Simpson, Julio Fernandez, Ilene Kristen, Dave Stewart, Comedy Central’s Wali Collins or others!

New York City has always had its share of hip performance rooms where on any given night you may end up rubbing shoulders with legends of music and film. Normally you have to be “in the know” to find these spots, and lately the landscape has been barren in this respect in general. Now, Felicia’s Jukebox LIVE has taken the torch and started the fire blazing again; creating an all star community jam which is truly open to all – happening every Wednesday night starting at 10:30pm at the legendary The Cutting Room 44 E 32nd St. New York, NY, 10016. www.thecuttingroomnyc.com 

Famous Musicians and Actors have been stopping down regularly, jumping up on stage to jam with other stars and local musicians alike in support of one of their own – professional musician and former vocalist/guitarist for the CBS Orchestra on The Late Show with David Letterman, Felicia Collins.

This week, they celebrate the birthday of arguably one of the best guitarists ever to strap one on, Jimi Hendrix – with a night of Hendrix songs performed by Felicia alongside Vernon Reid and Corey Glover from Living Color, Mark Rivera from The Billy Joel Band/Ringo Starr Band, Lee Finkelstein of The Blues Brothers Band, Shannon Conley, Danny Keane, Militia Vox, Queen V, Sophia Ramos, Jann Klose, Frank Gilchrest, Alec Shantzis, Bruce Edwards, Frank Gravis, Scott Yahaney and others, including local artists without a big name – yet! Come see tomorrow’s stars today performing alongside established musical artists (and actors who like to dabble in a little rock and roll) and immerse yourself in the culture of NYC entertainment.

Past guests to get up on stage with Felicia and her band The Throwdown:

Comedian Bill Burr – drums, Paul Shaffer, Bill Murray, Chris Noth, Ben Vereen, Valerie Simpson, Julio Fernandez, Ilene Kristen, Dave Stewart, Comedy Central’s Wali Collins to name a few. You really never know who will show up!

Prior to Late Show, Felicia was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Al Jarreau’s band and then a member of Cyndi Lauper’s band throughout her Hat Full Of Stars tour. As a member of Shaffer’s band, Felicia performed every year in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony and has shared the stage with the likes of 50 Cent, Allman Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Ashford And Simpson, Barry White, Ben Harper, Billy Joel, Billy Bob Thornton, Bon Jovi, Bonnie Raitt, Candy Staton, Carol Burnette, Carrie Underwood, Cee-Lo, Chaka Khan, Chuck Berry, Dan Fogerty, Darlene Love, David Fathead Newman, David Sanborne, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Emmy Lou Harris, Faith Evans, Faith Hill, Foo Fighters, George Benson, Glen Frey, Green Day, Harry Connick Jr., Kathleen Battle, L.L. Cool J., Megadeth, Metallica, Little Richard, L.L.Cool J., James Brown, Jay-Z, Jeff Beck, Jef Lee Johnson, Joanie Mitchell, Joan Jett, Joan Osborn, Joe Walsh, John Mayer, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Kathleen Battle, Kris Kristofferson, Pharrell, Luther Vandross, GrandMaster Flash And The Furious Five, Martin Short, Liza Minelli, Luciano Pavorotti, Mary J. Blige, Martin Short, Marty Stuart, Narada Michael Walden, Nate Dog, Naughty By Nature, Ndea Davenport, N.E.R.D., Nile Rodgers, Nona Hendryx, Paul McCartney, Pete Townsend, Ray Benson, Ray Charles, Ringo Star, Rod Stewart, Salt N Pepa, Samuel L. Jackson, Jr., Siedah Garrett, Sheila E, Sheryl Crowe, Slash, Snoop Dogg, Spinners, Staple Singers, Stevie Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Temptations, Tina Turner, Tito Puente, Tom Jones​, Tom Scott, Urge Overkill, Warren G, Warren Zevon, Weezer, The Wailers, Whitney Houston, Willie Nelson, Will Smith and so many more.

For more information on Felicia’s Jukebox and to get tickets, please visit: https://tickets.thecuttingroomnyc.com/e/felicia-s-jukebox-live-72536357197 

For more information on The Cutting Room please visit: www.thecuttingroomnyc.com 

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, NYC, 360 MAGAZINE

Hôtel Plaza Athénée


As of late, 360 Magazine attended a mixer held to mark the newly restored Bar Seine, Arabelle Restaurant and Spa Valmont at Hôtel Plaza Athénée.

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

Since 1984, elite travelers and celebrities alike have referred to Hotel Plaza Athénée as their ‘home away from home.’ Nestled in Manhattan’s Upper East Side (in tight proximity to MOMA and the Central Park Zoo), it’s heavily revered for its decor and 5-star services. A tranquil treasure and best kept secret for over 30 years.    

Hôtel Plaza Athénée sets the gold standard with it’s onsite dining – curated by Chef Oliver Keegan. The “Athénée sliders” are the perfect appetizer made with black angus, smeared with Sriracha mayo will make your taste buds tango.

After devouring our starters, we were whisked over to Bar Seine for handcrafted cocktails. A signature Gin Martini deeply infused with floral accents was dubbed as a “Hendrick Midsummer Solstice.” Splashed with cherry liqueur and garnished with edible flower buds, it was an effortless blend of both femininity and masculinity.

Shortly after, we stepped over to Spa Valmont. Stocked with Valmont cosmetics (which are exclusive to the property) for both men and women to topple the signs of aging alongside of therapeutic sessions which encompass natural resources from Switzerland.

In short, this 143-room stately accommodation comes with an array of suites and amenities which would be sure to enhance your stay while in NYC.

Book now.

G-SHOCK, Neo Tokyo, 360 MAGAZINE

NEO TOKYO

CASIO G-SHOCK INTRODUCES ALL-NEW NEO TOKYO SERIES

Line-Up Includes 4 New Models with All-Black Bezels and Striking Color Accents

Today, Casio G-SHOCK announces the all-new, “Neo Tokyo” series of men’s timepieces. Inspired by the colors of the futuristic metropolises of classic anime films from the 1980’s, the four new watches boast blacked-out bezels with yellow, red, and blue hands as dial accents to represent the city’s lights.

The series is made up of G-SHOCK’s most popular digital and analog-digital models, featuring updated styles from the DW6900, GA140, GA700, and GAS100 line ups.

The GA140BMC-1A boasts a large case design reflective of the new GA140 series, with an updated dial that includes an analog speed indicator sub-dial and LCD displays at both 6 and 12 o’clock. Boasting an extra-large case is the GA700BMC-1A, which comes with a front-facing LED light button and 3D bold hands to provide ease of use from day to night. Arriving in a mid-size digital model, the DW6900BMC-1A comes in one of the original G-SHOCK case shapes and has a built-in multi-function alarm and flash alert.

As the fourth timepiece and part of the Tough Solar GAS100 collection, the GAS100BMC-1A comes with the line’s classic stainless steel bezel, showcasing a simple design that goes well with a wide range of fashion styles. The large case size and double Super LED light provides maximum visibility in low light conditions. A video has been created to showcase the features of the new Neo Tokyo series – watch here: http://bit.ly/NeoToyko.

In addition, the GAS100 timepiece comes equipped with Tough Solar self-charging capabilities, ensuring its longevity.

Each watch in the series also boasts G-SHOCK technology such as:

  • ●  Shock Resistance
  • ●  200M Water Resistance
  • ● Stopwatch
  • ●  Countdown Timer
  • ●  12/24 Hr Time Formats

The DW6900, GA140, and GA700 models retail for $99 each, and the GAS100 model will retail for $150, and will be available for purchase starting this September at select G-SHOCK retailers including Macy’s, G-SHOCK Soho Store, and gshock.com.

About G-SHOCK 

CASIO’s shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch is synonymous with toughness, born from the developer Mr. Ibe’s dream of ‘creating a watch that never breaks’. Over 200 handmade samples were created and tested to destruction until finally in 1983 the first, now iconic G-SHOCK hit the streets of Japan and began to establish itself as ‘the toughest watch of all time’. Each watch encompasses the 7 elements; electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock resistance and toughness. The watch is packed with Casio innovations and technologies to prevent it from suffering direct shock; this includes internal components protected with urethane and suspended timekeeping modules inside the watch structure. Since its launch, G-SHOCK has continued to evolve, continuing to support on Mr. Ibe’s mantra “never, never give up.” www.gshock.com/home

About Casio America, Inc. 

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com/home.

Fresh Craft Cocktails

Pink Sangre

Rose infused citrus spritz with mango chunks and crushed wild berries and sweetened with passionfruit puree and agave. Shaken and strained, and garnished with a lemon wheel.

The Heirloom Pear

Green pears and marinate in white wine. Add mint, 2oz green apple puree. Shake over ice, strain, topped with prosecco. Pour in kedem Chablis and garnished fresh pear heart.

Refreshing craft cocktails from new Upper West Side hot spot Arba. With a Mediterranean-focused menu and variety of kosher and gluten free offerings, Abra fashions seven signature cocktails with flavors of apricot, fig, lavender and pomegranate each with different vitamins and various health benefits.

Transparency Collection

Last night, Reebok Classic celebrated its new Alter The Icons ‘Transparency’ collection by creating and hosting a one-night-only ice-skating party in the heart of Manhattan. Evolving Reebok’s Alter The Icons platform that hacks the brand’s heritage styles to create fresh new renditions, the unexpected urban setting featured appearances from musicians Tayla Parx, Childish Major and DJ’s Amira and Kayla.

Designed to reflect our increasingly open and connected world, The Alter The Icons ‘Transparency’ collection brings truth to iconic silhouettes through experimentation with transparent materials that expose layers of classic design.

True to the theme of transparency, a custom ice rink took center stage at the event, surrounded by frozen sculptures and 360-degree video projections, bringing the essence of the collection to life. Star skaters from Harlem Youth Ice Hockey and Harlem Figure Skating surprised guests with on-ice performances.

The ‘Transparency’ collection features new takes on Reebok’s men’s, women’s, and kids’ Classic Leather, Workout Plus and Club C silhouettes, each of which are stripped down to their core and overlaid with transparent uppers. By rebuilding the classics and remixing them with transparent materials, the icon takes on a new dimension, uncovering a moment of truth through layers of detail.

The FW19 Alter The Icons ‘Transparency’ collection is now available in stores and online at Reebok.com and across the Foot Locker family of brands including Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports, both in stores and online, including Eastbay.com.

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine

LS Hybrid

2019 LS Hybrid: The Rolls-Royce of Lexus

By Yuan Chen × Vaughn Lowery

If you are in the market for an elegant yet bespoke type of vehicle, you definitely should consider the 2019 Lexus LS 500h. As of late, we decided to take this extremely luxurious sedan on a drive around the NYC metropolitan area to rendezvous with our east coast counterparts. Unlike the 2019 Audi A8L, 2019 BMW 740e or 2018 Mercedes-Benz S650, 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a vehicle which is filled with passion, performance and a boat load of technology.

Design

The design team was inspired by traditional Japanese design and culture for the 2019 Lexus LS 500h, offering meticulous craftsmanship with an array of appointments and newly pronounced spindle grille. Outside – the silhouette is sleek and athletic. Inside – the art wood herringbone, ambient lighting and hand pleated trim (reminiscent of origami) makes everyone who enters the cabin feel like Japanese royalty.

“I want those who see the grille to appreciate the design and to wonder at its creation. I want them to be amazed at first glance.”– Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima

It’s astonishing how the company’s master craftspeople were able to fabricate their idea from a single piece of mesh (interlocking L-shaped pieces) into a reality. The complex process of its mouth started with the designer’s pen, and then a computer rendering took it further. But most importantly, the fine-tuning of the final production mold utilized Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima’s highly trained hand. He helped it become more evocative and daring.

Technology

LS Hybrid is loaded with a vast amount of features which are comparable to many top luxury manufacturers such as Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Lexus Enform Remote, Rear-seat Touchscreen Controls, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth capability and Remote Touchpad. Additionally, if you enjoy concert hall sound while driving, upgrade to the Mark Levinson Quantum Logic audio system. With this immersive 2400-watt audio package, the LS 500h provides an unprecedented listening experience for every person in the vehicle. This can be attributed to their 16 channels, 23-speaker injected surround system (four in the ceiling speakers and the largest subwoofer the manufacturer has ever used).

Performance

“The car hovers with both sophistication and poise unlike any other. One of the main reasons we fell back in love with Lexus” – Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

The LS 500 was built on the platform of the high-performance LC coupe, the LS 500 features Lexus’s first-ever twin-turbocharged engine. LS 500 has shared the same turbocharged V6 engine with the newest Audi A8L. However, LS 500h has 354hp with 257 lb-ft of torque (achieving 0 to 60 in just 5.1 secs in RWD or 5.2 secs in AWD). After six generations, the purveyors of this prestige hybrid sedan managed to maintain the industry’s leading benchmark in its class. It’s the first multi-stage hybrid luxury sedan and, contains the instinctive feel of a 10-speed automatic transmission, the most responsive and fastest LS Hybrid with a potent 354 valve Atkinson-cycle gas engine alongside of compact dual electric motors. Their lightest and most compact self battery. If you select different drive modes (from ECO to sport) you can transform from a town car into a spunky 4 seat space ship which rockets into action. With a 22.2 gallon tank, this 3.5L 6cyl gas/electric EVT flagship gets up to 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway.

Safety

LS 500h comes with anti-lock brakes and AWD which aids the vehicle’s ability to turn while braking, effortlessly gripping/stopping on most road conditions/terrains. Also, this model comes well-equipped with airbags: front, knee, overhead and seat side impact for the driver and their co-pilot. Another safety feature worth mentioning are the seat belt pretensioners which automatically tighten straps when abruptly coming to a halt.

Have you ever been on a road trip with traffic and consistently worrying about the sudden stops of the front car? There are no more worries when it comes to 2019 Lexus LS 500h. This model contains features like drivers assist, lane departure assist, park assist and the 360 backup camera which will assist you the best while driving on the highway as well as backing up on tiny roads. While driving in Manhattan in bumper to bumper traffic with pedestrians on all sides, tons of sensors and alerts warned us as people/vehicles (within our blind spots) approached the vehicle. The aforementioned came in handy as this vehicle has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor.

Ergonomics/Additional Features

Best of all, the driver’s seat (28-way adjustable) has 7-massage options for both you and the passenger. This is important for driver’s fatigue on long drives and helps circulate the blood in the lower/upper extremities. Even more, the model also has powered operated privacy screens in the back to block out the sun. Moreover, this model allows you to raise higher and lower by the press of a button so that you can avoid unnecessary scraping while driving up steep driveways.

Not to mention, with the executive package the backseats automatically recline when passengers enter (with ottoman). The climate concierge allows for massage features along with heated/cooling, ventilated seats for added comfort. Most of which can be controlled with the rear seat controls. If this doesn’t make you feel like an emperor/empress, we don’t know what will.

In short, the 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a perfect match for someone whom likes to drive and to be driven – a high profile executive, celebrity and/or a member of an elite dynasty. At approximately $107,000, this vehicle will provoke a certain level of importance. Instead of driving to meetings, most likely meetings will be held inside of it. It’s quiet, smooth suspension as well as hospitable yet intuitive tech make it one of the best in it’s class.

View on Lexus Website here

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

Ls hybrid, Lexus, 360 magazine, Vaughn Lowery

*Photos courtesy of Vaughn Lowery