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May 2, 2017


SIGNATURES! ​We all have one. The ones that rise to the level of mass cultural attention are what we call “signatures.” The glove, the ruby red lipstick, the guitar strum, the hair, the sunglasses, the speech, the shoes, the scent: in one way or another, each of these items can be associated with personalities, places, and objects that we are all about.

Spirit & Flesh’s issue number 8 – the SIGNATURE issue – highlights a few of our favorites!

video by MARK SHAW


Linda Fargo, as SVP Fashion Director and Store Presentation at Bergdorf Goodman, who has helped to create the signatures of many of the most stylish personalities in fashion, finally gets to focus on her own signature with Linda’s at Bergdorf Goodman. The story visually takes us on a stylish trip, photographed by Björn Wallander.

Maxwell’s neo-soul songs precede him; while he searches for answers to larger questions in his music, he brings his knowledge, poetry and taste to our pages, as photographed by Mark Seliger.

Ellen von Unwerth has created, over her career as a photographer, a very graphic, lavish, and sexually charged style, making her work instantly recognizable. Add to this a thread of humor, which makes her photography irresistible. Her latest project, Heimat (Taschen), crystallizes all of her talent and wit into a colorful look back at her childhood home, Bavaria. We can only say that our childhood was not quite the same.

Imagine being given complete access to the entire Chanel couture archives to photograph them now? Photographers Peter Farago & Ingela Klemetz Farago talked themselves into this enviable position, and have created several landmark books and exhibitions with the results. Never has a signature collection of clothing been more lovingly freshened.

Speaking of all-access, we interview Moshe Malamud of M2Jets, who features luxury personal jet and concierge services, and in association with Gil Antolin, founder of Luxury World Traveler, promises to deliver mind-blowing, bespoke travel experiences.

Arthur Elgort gives us a master class in fashion photography. His remarkable career continues, full-force.

Plus-size model and pioneer Denise Bidot has changed the perception of what constitutes beauty over her ten-year career. Comfortable with who she is, and strikingly beautiful because of it, she has become a symbol of a new kind of pride and acceptance of one’s individuality, and we applaud her for that.

Artists for Peace and Justice has worked for many years in Haiti, and was newly challenged in 2007 after a devastating earthquake had destroyed the island’s infrastructure. The organization has been rebuilding Haiti’s educational system, one school at a time, providing a future for the coming generations and a wonderful legacy for APJ. David Belle, APJ’s CEO, shares this powerful story with us in both, words and pictures.

We are pleased to tell you that the contents mentioned are only a fraction of the many Signature stories which fill this issue to the very brim. We are so excited to share them with you…