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Culture in Los Angeles: It Does Exist (Video)

Culture in Los Angeles: It Does Exist (Video)

When I hear someone bemoan the lack of culture in Los Angeles, I always feel the need to pipe up and explain to the poor lost soul that culture does indeed exist in the City of Angels for those who know where to find it. So when Passport Magazine asked me to sit down for a...
All Aboard: The Napa Valley Wine Train

All Aboard: The Napa Valley Wine Train

  Sometimes a video is worth more than a thousand words. So watch what happens when my world collides with a candy apple red Lexus‬, a few great friends, the Napa Valley Wine Train and many bottles of excellent wine in Wine Country courtesy of Passport Magazine and Out in the Vineyard.
Passport Magazine - Lexus - Wine Country (Video)

Passport Magazine – Lexus – Wine Country (Video)

Come with us up the Golden Coast in a new Lexus as we travel to Out in the Vineyard’s Gay Wine Train event. Writer and Lifestyle Curator, Duane Wells climbs into the seat of the sleek and sporty Lexus RC Coupe for a 36-hour journey filled with new friends, great wine, and unparalleled luxury.
The Contemporary Style of Berlin

The Contemporary Style of Berlin

Selbstverständlich. It may seem a difficult word on its face but its translation couldn’t be simpler. It is a German word meaning “natural” or “self-evident” and it perfectly captures the zeitgeist of contemporary Berlin style. Spend any time in Berlin and you’ll immediately note that Berliners have a dress code all their own. It is...
In Search of... The Best Burgers in the World

In Search of… The Best Burgers in the World

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, USA 25 DEGREES At 25 Degrees, the more reasonably priced relative of the Roosevelt Hotel’s Dakota steak house, hamburgers not only take center stage, they are every bit as captivating as the stars that frequent the place. The burgers at 25 Degrees stand out for one simple reason—the ingredients. You start with a high...
Me by Meliá

Me by Meliá

Madrid, Spain Me by Meliá Amenities at the Me by Meliá hotel in Madrid not only raise the bar for business travel in Spain, they do it with a degree of sexiness that brings new meaning to the notion of mixing business with pleasure. Accommodations in the ME offer the latest in technology, including 32-inch interactive plasma...
Raffles L’Ermitage

Raffles L’Ermitage

Beverly Hills, California Raffles L’Ermitage Who says size doesn’t matter? With standard rooms that rank as the largest in the city of Los Angeles (675 square feet), the Raffles L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is the business traveler’s ultimate home away from home in the 90210. In meeting the needs of their substantial business clientele, the hotel leaves little...
The Spa at Aria Las Vegas

The Spa at Aria Las Vegas

THE SPA AT ARIA LAS VEGAS, NEVADA In Vegas, sometimes bigger is just bigger, but in the case of the recently opened 80,000-square-foot spa at the Aria Casino Hotel, bigger is indeed better. With 62 treatment rooms, a full-service salon, a 16,000-square-foot advanced fitness center, boutique, fire lounge, poolside spa cabanas, and the first co-ed spa...
Voda Spa West Hollywood

Voda Spa West Hollywood

VODA SPA WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA Just east of the nerve center of gay life in Los Angeles, in an assuming warehouse-like building on Santa Monica Boulevard, sits Voda Spa, a contemporary facility reminiscent of a very upscale, state-of-the art community center. Sleek and modern, yet simultaneously warm and inviting, Voda Spa is the result of a collaboration...
VIP Lounge: Johnny Weir

VIP Lounge: Johnny Weir

When I met Johnny Weir at a photo shoot in Hollywood, he wasn’t at all what I expected—a revelation that the well traveled, two-time Olympian has become all too accustomed to hearing. He was smaller than I had imagined, but then again most celebrities are. His voice was neither boisterous nor demanding, but instead disarmingly...
A Resort of Your Own

A Resort of Your Own

Envisage lolling around with a group of close friends in a pavilion surrounded by koi ponds at Mick Jagger’s six-bedroom villa on the Caribbean isle of Mustique or having an impromptu fashion show underneath a cathedral skylight in the over-the-top closet of a seven-bedroom, nine-and-a-half bath, 10,000-square-foot manse in Palm Springs formerly owned by screen...
VIP Lounge: Jackie Collins

VIP Lounge: Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins doesn’t just write about Hollywood, she embodies it. Her books chronicle and capture the ethos of the mythical place not-so-affectionately known as La La Land, where the dreams of a lucky few are packaged and sold, while those of most are dashed and laid to ruin. She is at once Hollywood’s premier historian...
Designing Men: Tim Wildman

Designing Men: Tim Wildman

TIM WILDMAN WILDMAN T, USA By Duane Wells Unlike many of the other underwear brands to pop onto the radar in recent years, Tim Wildman’s saucy, sexy WildmanT(www.wildmant.com) brand began with a caffeine-fueled practical joke, rather than a business plan. Though Tim studied fashion design at Syracuse University and always had an interest in underwear, nothing...
Designing Men: Anderson Prata

Designing Men: Anderson Prata

ANDERSON PRATA ELEMENTOS, BRAZIL By Duane Wells Peruse the sexy, primal, body-hugging styles in Brazilian designer Anderson Prata’s recently launched Elementos(www.elementosbrazil.com) underwear and swimwear lines, and you’d probably never guess they were the brainchild of a former accountant. Urged by his family and unsure of his own passions, Anderson graduated from college with a degree in...
Designing Men: Brian Edgar

Designing Men: Brian Edgar

BRIAN EDGAR EXPOSE, COLOMBIA By Duane Wells Canadian-born Brian Edgar spent years as an executive in the fashion industry working for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and several European brands before deciding to get into the men’s underwear game with the Colombia-based Expose (www.ex­pose­underwear.com). In fact, it was on a trip to Colombia to do sourcing for...