FN Spy: Designer Vacation Tales

Holiday Happenings
What’s on Uri Minkoff’s New Year’s resolutions list? More sleep and exercise. “My biggest resolution is to sleep a little more. Also, you’re supposed to work out three times a week, and I can never get that third time in,” said the Rebecca Minkoff CEO. It’s no surprise, then, that Minkoff’s list comes on the heels of an event-filled holiday season with his family. The father of four juggled both Hanukkah and Christmas this year, hosting family get-togethers, visiting Santa and hiding Judah, his Hebrew-named Elf on a Shelf. “Between Christmas and the Jewish elf, we’ve got a lot going on,” he laughed. But Minkoff is back to business now, prepping new store openings in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. “As our men’s business also starts to pick up, I see a lot of Asian and European travel [ahead in 2015],” he said.

Tommy Bahama cookbook
Tommy Bahama cookbook
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Let’s Eat
Tommy Bahama is soaking up the Florida sunshine. The brand opened its newest retail restaurant concept at Harbourside Place in Jupiter in November. The 15th in the company’s string of eateries, the indoor-outdoor dining spot offers sweeping views of the Intracoastal Waterway and an eclectic menu overseen by executive chef Jimmy Frantz. For those who prefer to prepare Tommy Bahama signature dishes at home, the brand has just released its latest cookbook, “Flavors of Aloha,” the first in a series that will explore a range of culinary destinations.

Winter Playgrounds
Though Alejandro Ingelmo grew up in Florida, the designer looks forward to icy slopes. Ingelmo loves to snowboard — from Vail, Colo., to the Swiss Alps. “I’m a very active person. I can’t lie on the beach and get sun all day long,” he said. “I love snowboarding in the winter. It’s really nice to get your mind off work and think about the terrain. You can’t use a cell phone when you’re snowboarding.” The designer said he plans to hit the slopes after the Milan men’s shows in March. “[The Alps] are only two hours away, so I always try to make it there.”

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