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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

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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

T.I. Launches Tech Cypha

This February, Hip-Hop Entrepreneurs are making black history by advancing the technology industry. Clifford Harris Jr, known as “T.I.,” launches a new syndicated investment vehicle called Tech Cypha with business partner Jason Geter and Brandon “BL” Lewis; son of late great boxing promoter and entrepreneur Butch Lewis. Leveraging technologies such as Airbnb, Lyft and Lime through the eyes of hip-hop culture, the team also launched a Los Angeles-based entertainment startup called Culture Genesis. Together, the new collaborative investment strategy allows high-net-worth individuals to participate in trending tech startup deals.

The strategy evolved when Geter and Harris made their first investment 12 years ago into a company called Streetcred.com, a site that allowed fans to go online and share opinions about street culture. While that first deal didn’t work out, Geter and Harris maintained interest in the technology and startup scene to create opportunities for their networks and promote new businesses.

“We learned a lot,” says Harris. “Now, we know where our demographic is.”

For Geter, that demographic is taking advantage of Atlanta’s surging position as a cultural and technological mecca in the United States. Indeed, Atlanta-area startups raised roughly $1.15 billion in 2018, a record for the region, according to data from PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association.

“Being in the city of Atlanta and with Georgia Tech producing so much talent, and coming from us being within the hip-hop culture, which is always influencing and promoting things, we saw an opportunity,” says Geter. “In the past, we were always looking through the glass window and looking at ways we can participate earlier. And that’s by coming together to pool our resources so we can invest more.”

Through informed mentorship programs and partnerships, Tech Cypha will include using influencers in various fields. Currently, the syndicate includes Lil Duval, Killer Mike, Tamika ‘Tiny’ Harris, Tai Green, Korey Roberson, Stephanie Shirley, and BJ Kerr among others. As an industry leader, Lewis is known for his talent in branding, marketing and partnership deals.

“Often times, we drive technology like social media and apps, but we are never apart of the ownership,” Lewis continues, “Tech Cypha is going to be an investment vehicle looking for promising, early and late-stage startups to invest capital in, assist with marketing and give branding directions. It’s our way of bridging the gap between the culture and technology.”

CHEMICAL BROTHERS SHARE NEW VIDEO FOR “GOT TO KEEP ON”

The Chemical Brothers have released a stunning video for their euphoric new single, Got To Keep On, directed by genius auteurs Michel and Olivier Gondry. For the video, Michel and Olivier Gondry put a group of loose-limbed dancers into a darkened studio, turned up the music and created an ultra-trippy, surrealist version of Soul Train. Michel Gondry previously directed envelope pushing videos for The Chemical Brothers’ singles Let Forever Be Star Guitar and Go. View the video HERE.

The third track taken from The Chemical Brothers’ forthcoming album No Geography, which will be released on April 12 by Astralwerks, is an irresistible liquid disco number that’s sat at the heart of The Chemical Brothers’ globe-spanning, mind-bending live shows for the past year. Rolling Stone praised the song, calling it an ecstatic throwback.

The album pre-order is underway now at https://TheChemicalBrothers.lnk.to/NoGeography. Fans who pre-order No Geography in digital format will instantly receive Got To Keep On plus the previously released tracks MAH and Free Yourself. No Geography will also be available on vinyl. A limited edition 12 vinyl of Free Yourself MAH vinyl is now available for pre-order at the Astralwerks store.

The British duo will take their deeply psychedelic live show across the globe in a series of arena shows and festival headlines following the album’s release. In North America, they will headline the Corona Capital Guadalajara Festival on May 11 and play a sold-out May 12 concert at Pepsi Center WTC in Mexico City. Limited tickets remain for the two Los Angeles dates May 15 at Shrine Expo Hall and May 16 at the Greek Theatre and their May 17 show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The Black Madonna will join as special guest for the U.S. shows. See below for full itinerary and tickets, including international dates.

No Geography is The Chemical Brothers’ ninth studio album. It follows their GRAMMY nominated 2015 album, Born In the Echoes, which Pitchfork praised as some of the best pure pop songs Rowlands and Simons have ever made. The Chemical Brothers have sold more than 12 million albums and six million singles worldwide. They have had six No. 1 albums in the U.K. and were the first electronic act ever to receive a GRAMMY winning in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for Block Rockin Beats the first of their four GRAMMY wins.

How Much Do Manhattan Movers Cost?

Moving out can be such a hassle. Not only is it time consuming, it can be pretty costly as well – especially when you’re living the high life in big cities like Manhattan. The stress of cleaning, packing, and paying for moving costs can be pretty overwhelming. But although we can’t do anything for the first two stress factors, we can introduce you to cost-effective methods that will lower your expenditures during the moving process.

If you’re interested to hear pro tips about moving costs, then this 5-minute read is definitely your cup of tea. Make sure to let every word sink in.

Before we even do the math, let us first suggest a couple of ways that can help you cut back on moving costs before you even begin the actual move. You’re probably thinking “What? How is that possible? How can you save on moving costs if you haven’t even begun your move yet? Well, it’s all about advance preparation.

What To Do Before A Move

People move out because of a variety of reasons. Some people need to change their residence due to work demands or opportunities. While others, well, they simply want a change of pace. Whether your motive behind moving is to escape the past or embrace a new future (or both), the amount of work involved in the process is technically the same.

First things first, we want to introduce you to ways that will help you prepare for the move easier and at the same time help you cut back on moving costs. Think of it as hitting two birds with one stone.

Get Rid Of Stuff You Don’t Use

People often say “You can have everything you want as long as you want it enough.” Well, my dear friend, don’t take it too literally – for your own good, please. Thing is, you can’t have it all. If you did, you’ll end up being a hoarder and as of 2013, it means you’re sick in the head (read more). Yes, there is now such a thing as a hoarding disorder. Don’t catch it.

When you haven’t been using an item for 6 months or longer, then the chances of you ever using that item in the succeeding years of your life is pretty slim. It’s just going to add to all the junk you’ve been accumulating for the past “who-knows-how-many” number of years. You really need to get rid of it.

When you begin packing, organize your belongings and isolate everything that you don’t use anymore. This includes items that have stuck in storage for a very long time, clothes that don’t fit you anymore, furniture you seldom use, and defective appliances. There are so many things around you that you won’t need in the next of your life. Separate them from your “essentials” and consider the following methods of disposing them below.

Do A Garage Sale

If you want to get rid of your old items productively, you may want to consider hosting a garage sale. You don’t need much when doing a garage sale. If you have a lawn, then you’re good to go. Actually, scratch that. Even the sidewalk or gutter would work for a garage sale. You simply lay out all the things you want to sell in a long spacious table and people will naturally get drawn towards you. It’s a good way of decluttering and earning a little cash on the side at the same time.

You know how people would say “Your trash may be other people’s treasure?” Well, it’s true. The things you may not have any use for are actually what other people really need. Turn trash to cash real fast by doing a simple garage sale! Here are more helpful tips to hosting the best garage sales ever: https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-organize-a-successful-yard-sale-1313837.

Give Back To The Community

If you’re more of a philanthropist than a businessman, then you may want to give (not sell) your old, unused stuff. Some people are not privileged enough to live comfortably like you; they can’t afford the same things as you. Rather than storing items you don’t need, why not donate them to the less fortunate? Surely, there are people out there who are in dire need of these things. You can grant them a bucketload of happiness just by extending a small gesture of kindness and generosity. If you have old clothes, shoes, bags, toys, and whatever else in storage, don’t throw them away or leave them to rot. Give them back to the community. They will definitely put it to better use than you.

Now that you have trimmed down your possessions, you should end up with less to carry during the move. With less baggage, you will not need as much space or storage to hold your things. I’m pretty sure an NYC moving company will appreciate you having lesser things as well.

Also, this allows you to consider cheaper moving options, such as:

Small Movers

In the moving industry, there are two ways to do a move – you can either go small or go super big. If you have less stuff to transport, small moving trucks can accomplish the job effortlessly. This will benefit you a lot as small movers typically charge cheaper than large moving trucks. Lesser loads cost less. This is why you should make an effort to cut down your baggage. Make it so that you can carry everything with you in a single trip!

Partial Movers

Nowadays, almost everything can be shared. You can share a ride to work by carpooling with other employees in the area. You can buy an extra cup of coffee at a local diner and leave it there for people who can’t afford one. You can share your extra change to fund activities and projects you find meaningful through online platforms like gofundme.com. Fortunately, moving trucks can now be shared as well and we refer to them as “partial moves.” Through partial moves, you can save on moving costs because you only have to rent the space you need. For example, if you only need to occupy a fourth of the truck, then you only have to pay ¼ of the total cost. Pretty neat, huh?

Rose Box NYC

By Bob Cal

The most posh and lux crowd of Manhattan gathered at the palatial former residence of pop icon Lady Gaga for ‘Rose Box House.’ Presented by Rose Box NYC, ‘Rose Box House’ was a chic mixer bringing together socialites, fashion influencers and VIP’s for a luxurious night of cocktails and a meeting of the best dressed. On this icy winter night in New York City, the upscale guests were dressed to kill with gorgeous winter coats and sharp head to toe outfits.

The five story urban penthouse located in Chelsea was stunningly decorated with Rose Box NYC’s signature roses, draping tables, sofas and shelves across the residence. The event space looked so rich and full of life with the arrangements of freshly cut, vibrantly colored roses in d’oeuvres. Social media blew up with the hashtag #roseboxhouse as the party guests posted selfies and mini-photo ops with the flower arrangements.

Kareem Bunton’s Creating a Scene in Brooklyn 

*Photo by Taylor Sessleman

Kareem Bunton is a veteran of the NYC nightlife having romped around at revered spots such as Mr. Fongs, VON, Union Pool and even Max Fish. He’s also got musical collaborations with Run the Jewels, Prefuse 73, and TV on the Radio under his belt. Now he’s loading up all of his experience in the limelight and taking it to a refreshing venue in Bushwick.

New York nightlife has found a new breeding place in Brooklyn, so it’s no surprise Bunton’s World Famous is taking root there. BWF is embracing an unexpected vibe of a Tangier hotel bar – obviously one enticing to the young urban “cool kids” ready to relive their ‘90s dreams.

“What I like best about the’90s scene,” he says, “was that it didn’t really matter what you had in your pocket or what you did in the daytime. Looking good, being a great dancer, or just having a lovely personality were often enough to get you through the door. Building a space is easy, creating a scene is not. To do this we are attempting to build a sense of community by hiring old school DJ’s and youngsters.”

The cozy 1400 square foot space will be importing the Tangier’s tropical vibes with drinks that’ll make you mistake Brooklyn for a sultry tiki bar on the beach, high in contrast to the mainstream cocktail lounge. Lucas Moran of Mr. Fongs will be constructing the menu, “Think flavored daiquiris, hurricanes, rum runners,” says Bunton. “It’s usually my preference to keep cocktails simple and quick to make. Waiting 10 minutes for a drink while listening to an unsolicited speech about botanicals is not my idea of a good time.”

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Photo by Claire de Lespinois

In a time where emphasizing unity and equality is pertinent, Bunton’s mission is to bring together the diverse community of artists and fashionistas into a memorable night of dancing reality away to old-school hip-hop.

Remaining unconventional and consistent with his exotic theme, Bunton says, “We are going to structure the schedule by genre rather than promoters or weekly residents. Different DJs will be able to share their interpretations of reggae, afrobeat, nuyorican soul.”

In addition to creating a unique and sexy scene, Buton’s World Famous also has a captivating retail element made up of t-shirts and snapback hats flush with the classic Bunton’s logo for the stylish enthusiasts of the scene to rock.

Debuting during New York Fashion Week on Friday, February 15th at 1005 Broadway, Bunton’s World Famous is a venue to explore for those ready to delve into a sultry salvation.

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Photo by Hannah Grankvist

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Photo by Claire de Lespinois

360 Magazine × G-Shock

By Bob Cal

Partnering with the Nassau Fire Department, G-Shock hosted an exclusive ‘Train Like a Firefighter’ event to unveil their latest product—the Mudmaster. 360 Magazine, along with a dozen other editors and photographers, attended this one-day class to gain first-hand experience with G-Shock’s high performance watch.

Arriving at G-Shock’s Soho location in Manhattan, the media personnel were transported to the Nassau County Fire Department in Long Island—and boy were they in for an adrenaline rush! Each attendee was gifted a G-Shock Mudmaster watch to test during this day of high intensity classes instructed by certified firefighting teachers. The students for the day were clad head to toe in heavy, authentic fire fighting gear, doing everything from traversing a pitch black building, busting out of a trapped room and sliding down the rope of a second floor window– all while wearing their G-Shock Mudmaster watch. The media guests were both physically and mentally tested.

Living up to its name, the mud resistant Mudmaster watch was like a diamond through every firefighting drill. Never did it scratch or catch dirt through contact with debris. Its light weight maximizes comfort and ease without comprising durability and longevity. The product’s other features include a digital compass, LED lights and water resistance. It is an all around visually elegant performance accessory.

Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary

On the second day of New York Fashion week, celebrities and fashion elite came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ralph Lauren.

The American fashion house marked its half century by hosting a fashion show and gala dinner seamlessly integrated against the backdrop of the Bethesda Terrace fountain in Manhattan’s Central Park, a homage to Mr Lauren’s hometown of New York City.

In keeping with the philanthropy of the brand, the event benefited the Central Park Conservancy – a private, nonprofit organisation that relies on donations to prevent the decline of the world-renowned park.

Mr Lauren initially launched his eponymous label in 1967 aged 28. The lifestyle brand began as a collection of men’s ties, before developing into the first ‘Polo’ menswear collection in 1968. Womenswear was introduced in the 1970s. Today, the designer still acts as chief creative officer at the brand.

Content includes interviews and GVs with guests David Lauren, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, Steven Spielberg, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to name a few and is available free of copyright and free of charge.

Zander Bleck

Zander Bleck’s single, “Mercy Me” is definitely the summer rock jam. Zander’s incredible vocals and funk pop rock beats make for the perfect on repeat summer road trip tune. Check out more on Zander below!

A spellbinding voice, vibrant charisma and a compelling artist in ascension: Zander Bleck creates epic, anthemic music to propel rock and into the future.

A small town kid from rural New Jersey, Zander grew up geographically close to the towering spires of Manhattan. A talented musical family were prime influences as he absorbed the music of legendary artists from far before his time. A competitive athlete in high school, he moved to New York where modeling paid the bills and set the stage for his journey. “I developed a certain type of fearlessness,” Zander remembers. “When you get that hardened skin it prepares you well for the music business.”

After early successes with his East Coast band “Monument” , Zander went solo. He began focusing on his voice and his writing. Fate connected him to multiple Grammy-winning songwriter Holly Knight and he traveled to Los Angeles to write and record “Temptation,” the song that he recalls, “…changed everything.”

His distinctive voice captured the attention of producer RedOne, hot off the success of Lady Gaga. In US Today RedOne called Bleck’s voice “A mixture of Jim Morrison, Bono, and Freddie Mercury” and added, “There’s no singer like that right now.” RedOne introduced Zander to Jimmy Iovine at Interscope Records and a deal was made. When an executive shakeup reordered the label, Zander shifted to Capitol Records. But his major label launch was not to be.

“I had to get tough or die,” Zander remembers. “It was time to be true to myself.” Social media was key. “I was getting an instant response. Rather than going through the chain, here was the artist and the audience. When I sing a song on social media the message is immediate, to thousands of people all over the world. I started dedicating myself to this connection.”

See some of his music at his Spotify link here: https://open.spotify.com/track/7ngCXZgsvjWFLekfY1kuLS?si=ttrQgqcgS36rcCpDFqauzg

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Diggy Simmons Attends Interactive “Life Coach” in NYC

JUNE 12TH, 2018- NEW YORK, NY – Last night , rapper, singer, model, and actor Diggy Simmons attended the “Life Coach” Launch in New York City. The multi-hyphened artist was spotted wearing the iconic illustrations of Keith Haring on a suede jacket from the Coach Spring 2018 Keith Haring collection.

To celebrate today’s opening, the brand hosted an exclusive event last evening. Guests were able to experience each of the interactive rooms, with music sets by DJs Stretch Armstrong, Quest?onmarc and Jubilee, live graffiti by artist WhIsBe and a performance by the BKSteppers. Notable guests in attendance included the brand’s Creative Director Stuart Vevers, CEO & President Joshua Schulman, Tapestry, Inc. CEO Victor Luis, Bria Vinaite, Joan Smalls, Ne-Yo, Sheila E, Jon Batiste, Luke James, Paloma Elsesser, Soo Joo Park, Londone Myers, Diggy Simmons, Cara Santana, Angel & Dren, Kodie Shane and Vanessa Hong.

Located at 107 Grand Street in SoHo, New York, Life Coach opens today through June 17. Admission is free, and guests are invited to book appointments in advance, with walk-ins welcome. Guest fortune-tellers and artists are scheduled to appear throughout the experience’s six-day run, and the brand has partnered with Balamii Radio to curate DJ talent throughout the week as well. Programming during the week will include appearances by Oskar Mann, The Hoodwitch, Venus X, AstroTwins. Visit www.startyourlife.coach for more information, including booking and event schedules.

About Coach
Coach, the original American house of leather, was founded in 1941 in the heart of Manhattan. Today, it is a leading design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections, with a long-standing reputation built on quality craftsmanship. Defined by a free-spirited, all-American attitude, the brand approaches design with a modern vision, reimagining luxury for today with an authenticity and innovation that is uniquely Coach. All over the world, the Coach name is synonymous with effortless New York style. Coach products are available in approximately 55 countries through its network of directly operated stores, travel retail shops and sales to wholesale customers and independent third party distributors, as well as through coach.com. Coach is a Tapestry, Inc. brand. Tapestry is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker TPR.