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roceed past a tan stucco security booth in the Los Angeles suburb of Tarzana, into one of the neighborhood's opulent gated communities, and find the large house on the left with the black Mercedes SLS AMG out front, its gull-wing doors raised in... Pause to admire the white Ferrari 458 Spider in front of it, which, like the SLS, is being washed and waxed on this blazing June day by a team of guys in matching gray polo shirts. Walk up the home's stone pathway, through the heavy wooden front doors, and try not to stumble over the luggage — Goyard, Vuitton, Givenchy — piled in the marble-floored foyer. Wave to the saleswoman from Cartier, who's made a house call with an array of Love Bracelets and other jewelry in tow. Pause to take in the cascading arrangement of fake flowers in the entryway, and let your gaze move upward along either of the two wrought-iron staircases to the second-floor landing, where an oil painting depicts a short man and a beautiful woman... The short man is Kevin Hart, the hottest stand-up comic in America. This is his home. Here comes Hart now, wearing furry slippers, distressed jean shorts and, around his neck, two likenesses of Jesus Christ pimpled with diamonds and swinging from gold chains. And here's the woman from the painting — Hart's fiancee, Eniko Parrish — wearing tiny blue sweatshorts and a tank top with Bob Marley's face across the front. She's riding a $1,500 motorized plastic plank called a PhunkeeDuck across the dining-room floor. There are several large portraits of Hart's heroes on the walls: Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, Jimi Hendrix. "We good, Giselle. " Hart calls over to the Cartier lady. "It'll be just a moment more — thank you," she replies, awaiting payment authorization. Hart, 36, and Parrish have a thing for Cartier's Love Bracelets, marketed as sharable between romantic partners, and Hart has bought enough of them — straightforward yellow-gold ones, which start at $4,500 apiece. more elaborate ones with diamond settings, which start at $40,000 — that Cartier gladly dispatches its employees directly to him. Today, Giselle also brought examples of another model, the Juste Un Clou, which resembles a long nail curved into a hoop. One, in diamond-studded white gold, catches Hart's eye: MSRP $47,000. He adds it to the bill. "I'm still waiting for you to buy a watch from me one day. " Giselle tells Hart. Sidebar This is the. Source: www.rollingstone.com
This story first appeared in the July 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. In 1975, Wolfgang Puck , then 25 and a nobody in the food world, broke out as the hot new chef at French restaurateur Patrick Terrail 's scrappy, struggling 2-year-old boite Ma Maison on Melrose Avenue, a scalpel's toss from Cedars-Sinai Medical... Together Puck and Terrail, a member of a storied French hospitality family that owns the legendary 4-century-old Parisian landmark La Tour d'Argent, made Ma Maison the key industry restaurant of the next 10 years, stuffed with stars all frequently... ) and notorious for its unlisted phone number and the epic line of Rolls-Royces parked out front. On the 40th anniversary of Puck's debut, the chef and his onetime boss — frenemies who went through what Puck, 66, describes as a "really bad divorce" when he left in 1982 to open Spago — tell their shared story in separate THR sit-downs. They let loose about everything from the infamously ugly decor (Terrail, 72, who left Hollywood in the 1990s and now publishes a regional magazine in Georgia, admits to furnishing the restaurant on the cheap with chain-hotel castoffs) to their... Puck’s Poulet a la Moutarde, a Ma Maison favorite, still is available on request at Spago. Terrail: Before Ma Maison, there was no casual restaurant in L. A. with a terrace where you could sit down outside. Being French, I wanted a place where people could enjoy this beautiful weather. I'd just finished managing a hotel in Tahiti and had little to do, so I opened Ma Maison in 1973 for $40,000, raised in part from the actors Gene Kelly and Mel Stewart and the producer Fred Weintraub. Nobody was on Melrose at the time except for Fred Segal. Our only real competition was Le Bistro, Scandia, La Scala and Chasen's. Puck: Now we have a lot of Italian-influenced restaurants in L. A. At that time, it was mostly French. Source: www.hollywoodreporter.com
Kenya Knight sits in the living room of a family in Marrakech. A college-age girl named Ahlam paints a henna design on Kenya's hand, while her mother, Najat, weaves colorful textiles and chats in Arabic with houseguests. Among them is Kenya's business partner, Taib Lotfi, a Berber rug-dealer she met on the Internet just months earlier. The two connected while Kenya, a modeling agent from Los Angeles and Palm Springs, shopped online for a Moroccan rug for her office. "I have always been inspired by Moroccan artistry and the whimsy it adds to my personal space," she says. The likeminded pair became fast friends and shortly after, started a company that combined their passion for culture and design. Taib folded his rug business into the new joint venture, called Soukie Modern, based in Palm Springs. He continues to work from Morocco, sourcing rugs and textiles, while Kenya manages the design side from California. Today they are visiting Soukie's master weavers, a mother-daughter team that works in their village home. Kenya and Taib now work exclusively with the artisans to create textiles for their collection of furniture, home accessories and handbags. Later they'll visit a local yarn shop together to purchase colorful threads for their pieces. "Weaving is a bit of a dying art there now for the younger generation of girls," Kenya explains. "We want to share with them how important their artistry is to us — on a global level — and encourage their craft. " Each pattern is one-of-a-kind, its design left to the decision of the women weaving them. "The Berber woman is our muse. Her craftsmanship is amazing, and the textiles have such personality. Here, Kenya gives us a peek into the inspiration behind Soukie Modern and her own personal style. Brick and Mortar: Initially sold online and in pop-up shops in Palm Springs, we opened our first store this month at The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five in the Uptown Design District. What else is new: Furniture. It's the next frontier. We've just created our first piece, a modern, brass frame butterfly chair with a Moroccan wool cover. We also have oversized leather poufs and soufflés. Many people still have butterfly chairs from the mid-century era, so we offer the covers on their own as well. Palm 2 Palm: This [double entendre] represents the similarities between Marrakech and Palm Springs — the desert weather, the taste of our. Source: www.desertsun.com
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