Everything We Know About The Mercedes-Benz EQS

The marque’s flagship EV isn’t just an all-electric version of the legendary S-Class saloon.

By Bryan Hood 02/11/2021

Few traditional automakers have shown more of a commitment to electrification than Mercedes-Benz. The German luxury marque has been working on series-production EVs since the beginning of last decade, and it announced a dedicated line of battery-powered cars and SUV last year. The Mercedes EQ line will eventually feature electric versions of the brand’s most popular models and will be led by the brand-new EQS.

As the name suggests, the EQS is the automakers’s fully electric take on its longtime flagship, the S-Class sedan. But the car is more than just a zero-emissions version of the venerable saloon. Coming one year after the introduction of the four-door’s latest generation, it’s a complete reimagining of the car, packed with advanced tech inside and out.

Amid Tesla’s dominance over the market—nearly two third of all EVs are made by Elon Musk’s company—rivals like BMW and Audi are ramping up their electrification efforts. The EQS represents Mercedes’s first chance to define luxury in the electric era. It’s also, as you’ll find out, one seriously impressive vehicle. Here’s what you need to know.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC Mercedes-Benz

Engine, Power and Performance

Any conversation about the EQS needs to begin with its all-electric powertrain. Actually, it’s two powertrains, one for each EQS model that will be available at launch—the EQS 450+ and the EQS 580 4MATIC. The first sedan has a single-motor powertrain and rear-wheel-drive, while the second has two motors that send power to each of the car’s four wheels.

Unsurprisingly, there’s a pretty vast difference between the capabilities of the two powertrains. The entry-level EQS 450+ is a slouch, though. The single-motor version of the sedan still produces 245kW and 550Nm of torque, more than enough for a car you’ll be driving every day. That’s plenty of a pep, but not enough to compete with the EQS 580 4MATIC. The two-motor powertrain produces an impressive 384kW and 828Nm of twist.

The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS.

Photo: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz AG.

Those are more than solid performance specs. But they do pale in comparison to the Lucid Air and Tesla Model S Plaid, both of which deliver over 745kW, a figure that used to be only attainable by the most extreme supercars. Still, Mercedes’s EV single-motor EQS 450+ can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 210km/h. The more powerful EQS 480 4MATIC, meanwhile, can launch itself to 100km/h in just 4.1 seconds, though its top speed is identical to that of its single-motor sibling. For most drivers, especially those of us who mainly use our cars to commute and drive around town, that’s more than enough power.

First Drive Impressions

Robb Report has actually had the chance to take the EQS for a spin twice already. Automotive editor Viju Mathew test drove the concept, the Vision EQS, in March 2020 and was struck by just how different the experience felt. “It’s so silent, otherworldly and responsive that I start to wonder if the wheels of this zero-emissions concept are actually touching the tarmac or floating a few inches above,” he wrote at the time. Meanwhile, writer Basem Wasef came away from his time with the production version impressed by Mercedes’s ability to imbue it with genuine gravitas. “The EQS evokes a feeling of well-crafted, old-world solidity despite its unrepentant digitization, which includes a 12.3-inch virtual instrument panel, a 12.8-inch central display and an available Hyperscreen, which adds a customizable touchscreen display ahead of the front passenger,” he wrote.

Battery Range and Charging

When the EQS made its debut earlier this year, the car was expected to offer a range in excess of 640km (indeed, that’s what we were told specifically on our last test drive). In the end, the EV couldn’t deliver on that promise, with the EQS 450+ receiving a range rating of just 560km from the EPA, while the AWD EQS 580 4MATIC was rated for 547km. Those figures, of course, aren’t bad by any stretch of the imagination (especially for the more powerful sedan). In fact, both models will be among the longest-range EVs currently on the market. But Mercedes set high expectations for its EV, so it was both surprising and disappointing that they couldn’t quite deliver.

The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS.

The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS. Photo: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz AG.

The EQS’s still-impressive range comes courtesy of a lithium ion battery pack with a 107.8 kWh of usable storage. DC fast charging will allow you to go from 10- to 80-percent capacity in just 35 minutes. If you don’t have a fast charger at home, a standard Level 2 charger will recharge your EQS to 100 percent in just over 11 hours. That’s not fast by any means, but if you’re using the car mostly for commuting and around-town driving, chances are you’ll rarely go below the 50 percent mark, so you’re daily charge will take fewer hours. Think of it like plugging in your smartphone before going to bed and waking with 100 percent battery capacity.

Exterior and Design

If the EQS was just a new S-Class with an electric powertrain, it would be a striking car. But Mercedes realized that if its flagship EV was going to stand on its own, it needed its own distinct look. The two sedans certainly look like they belong to the same family, but the EQS has more in common with Vision EQS concept from 2019. While not as futuristic as the dreamy prototype, it’s equally wide-set and shares its curvilinear shape, with sweeping lines travelling from front to back in an attempt to make the car as aerodynamic as possible.

The biggest change is up front, though. With no combustion engine to cool, Mercedes’s now-standard Panamericana vertical-slat grille has been replaced with a black panel with the brand’s iconic star logo in its centre. It’s topped by a continuous LED band that connects the two Digital Light smart headlamps. In addition to providing front end lighting, this panel also houses a number of cameras and sensors, including radar and lidar. The hatch-like rear is adorned with a similar lighting motif. Overall, the EQS may look less stately than the S-Class, but its lines are decidedly more modern.

Interior, Infotainment and Connectivity

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz EQS

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz EQS Mercedes-Ben

The EQS really comes to its own when you open up its doors. The sedan has a thoroughly futuristic interior unlike anything we’ve seen in a series-production vehicle. The front seats look like the cockpit of a space ship, especially if you opt for the dashboard-spanning MBUX Hyperscreen infotainment system. Designers also took advantage of the sedan’s 126.4-inch wheelbase to make the rear as roomy as possible. The back bench has space for three, or two if you opt for a centre console. High quality materials—like quilted leather covering the seats—abound throughout the cabin. There are also a number of wellness features, like a HEPA filtration system, massaging seats, ambient lighting and in-cabin soundscapes meant to calm and soothe.

EQS 450+ (Stromverbrauch kombiniert (NEFZ): 18,9-16,2 kWh/100 km; CO2-Emissionen: 0 g/km); Exterieur: sodalithblau; Interieur: Leder exclusiv// EQS 450+ (combined electrical consumption (NEDC): 18.9-16.2 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km); exterior: sodalith blue; interior: leather exclusive

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The EQS’s most stunning feature may be its 56-inch MBUX Hyperscreen. The massive infotainment touchscreen stretches across the whole width of the car, and offers up a staggering 377 square inches of visual space, broken up only by integrated air vents. It comprises three displays seamlessly blended together via OLED technology: one for the driver, one in the traditional infotainment position and another solely for the front passenger should they get tired of gazing at the open road. The 12.3-inch driver’s display will act as a digital gauge cluster from which you can monitor the car and journey. The 17-inch infotainment and 12.3-inch passenger displays will allow you and your passengers to select entertainment options, check out your route and adjust the climate control settings. These same options, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, are also accessible via a standard 12.8-inch infotainment screen if you opt against the Hyperscreen, but what’s the fun in that?

Which EQS is Best for You?

Powertrains aren’t the only differences between the two EQS models. The tri-display MBUX Hyperscreen is only available as an option on EQS 580 4MATIC as an upgrade. The EQS 450+ has the same 12.8-inch infotainment screen as the current-gen S-Class, which is more than adequate, but the Hyperscreen takes the EV’s sleek and modern interior and infuses it with a touchscreen showstopper.

Those aren’t the only choices you have, though. Both models will be available with one of three trim packages: Premium, Exclusive and Pinnacle. The Premium is the entry-level model, but still includes features like 64-colour ambient lighting and a Burmester 3-D Sound System with a hearty driver assistance suite. The Exclusive adds four-zone climate control, massaging front seats and a head-up display. Meanwhile, the Pinnacle, as the name suggests, is the model’s most luxurious edition, offering all the features of the other packages but with a centre console and even more comfortable seating in the rear.

Mercedes-EQ EQS

The EQS is the first all-electric luxury saloon from Mercedes-EQ that will roll out in late 2021. Mercedes-Benz AG

 

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Wake Up To World Martini Day 19 June

Cocktail legend Dale de Groff talks Grey Goose, World Martini Day and getting wet.

By Belinda Aucott-christie 18/06/2024

Dale de Groff knows his way around a bar. Back when late nights and heavy drinking were a badge of honour, he presided over one of New York City’s most legendary venues, The Rainbow Room, and is credited with reviving the classic cocktail across Northern America.

To promote World Martini Day on June 19 he’s teamed up with vodka company Grey Goose, for which he has served as a brand ambassador since 1997, to make a winning case for the classic Martini everywhere. He is even lending a hand at the opening of Le Martini bar at Crown Melbourne. 

We asked de Groff about his time serving stars like Michale Douglas, Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood and, of course, how he likes his martini.

Dale for the uninitiated, please describe the Rainbow Room.

In the 1980s Rainbow Room was situated high atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Back then, it was just the pinnacle of glamour.

It has stunning views of the city from way up on the 65th floor. Being situated in the same building as NBC Entertainment, still pretty synonymous with late night TV,  it was and still is the home of Saturday Night Live. You can imagine the kinds of people we’d be getting in each week—from celebrities, musicians, even governors, you name it. 

Robb Report ANZ: What was one of your favourite memories from that time?

Dale de Groff: In ‘88 we held the 30th anniversary Grammys afterparty at the Rainbow Room which I’ll never forget. The event took place over multiple floors, but in the bar itself, the three tiers that go up from the dance floor were taken over by the who’s who of the time. I remember roping off a zone just for music legends like Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, and Madonna—who was no stranger to the bar during those times. Not bad for a Wednesday night.

RR: What role do cocktails play in making a good venue truly great?

DD: A venue’s popularity ultimately comes down to the bartender or team behind the bar. How they interact with people, size them up as they walk through the door, talk to them over that three feet of mahogany, I mean, it’s everything.

RR: What’s the trick to becoming a great bartender, one who can easily impress guests, friends and family?

DD: Knowledge behind the craft. Let’s face it, understanding how to create a really high degree of deliciousness is required, but getting deep into how beverages are made is a massive skill in drink making. The research and innovation behind it is just mind-blowing.

RR:What three cocktails should every sophisticate know how to make?

DD: Well, a martini obviously! I personally like mine 50/50—equal parts vodka and vermouth. I used to drink my martinis for the power, but now I prefer a wet martini. Then I think a classic spritz is a must—always effervescent, lower in alcohol, really it’s the preprandial libation. Then thirdly, it’s gotta be an Old Fashioned.

RR: How do you make a solid martini at home?

DD: If I’m making a classic martini at home, I’m adding Grey Goose, vermouth and bitters to a mixing glass with ice, stirring then straining into a chilled glass. Garnished with lemon twist of course.

Le Martini, the world’s first standalone Grey Goose bar, is now open and will welcome guests in time for World Martini Day on 19 June. You can follow:  @LeMartiniBar 

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The 10 Best Omakase in Sydney

Sydney’s best Japanese chef’s-table dining experiences.

By Belinda Aucott-christie 06/06/2024

In Japan, where food is a cultural art form, omakase stands for traditional Japanese foods made with seasonal ingredients. A good omakase meal, prepared with purity and mindfulness, can make an unforgettable imprint on the culinary memory. Yet in a land defined by seasonal traditions, omakase is a relatively new concept.

Omakase originated in Japan in the 1970s as affluent Japanese began to dine more regularly at first-rate sushi counters. Bowing to the expertise of the sushi master, omakase loosely translates to “I’ll leave it to you.” In a setting where money is no object, letting the chef decide was designed as a chic way to take the awkwardness out of ordering.

In Australia where there’s an abundance of fresh seafood, omakase menus have experienced a recent rise in popularity. Today omakase is any series of small dishes served directly by the chef to the diner. Each part of the meal is presented on beautiful ceramics and lacquer wear, with a great —and somewhat— intimidating reverence for elegant details. It’s a chance to see a chef’s knife skills up close and get a feel for their cooking style.

Omakase menus are based on whatever is freshest at the market and can be influenced by the chef’s mood, expertise, and response to the guest. They can be slowly paced like a ceremony—hushed and reverential—but they can also be rowdy, humorous, and personal.
Here we give you 10 of the best to try in Sydney.

Yoshi’s Omakase at Nobu Crown Sydney

Crown Sydney, Level 2/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo. Open: 12–3 pm, 5:30–9:30 pm Phone: 02 8871 7188 Reservations: F&B-SYD-Nobu@crownresorts.com.au; $380 per head (including matched wine and sake). Crownsydney.com.au

Sushi Oe

16/450 Miller St, Cammeray; Tue – Sat. SMS only 0451 9709 84 E: jizakana16@gmail.com Phone: 0426 233 984 $230 per head. jizakana.com.au

Kisuke with Yusuke Morita

50 Llankelly Place, Potts Point; Tuesday – Saturday: 17:30 – 10.45 (closed Sunday/ Monday) $185-200 per head Kisukepottspoint.com

Haco 

102/21 Alberta St, Sydney. Lunch, Friday to Saturday 12 -2:00 pm Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday 5:45 pm – 8:1 5pm (closed Sunday & Mondays) P: 0408 866 285                                     E: haco@hacosydney.com.au; $150 – $210 Hacosydney.com.au

Kuon

Shop 04 2/58 Little Hay St, Sydney, Lunch: Fri-Sun 12:30 pm. Dinner  Tue-Sun 5:15 pm or 7:45 pm sittings.  Reservation via SMS at 0488 688 252; $220 per head @kuon.omakase

Sokyo 

The Darling, Level G, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont. Open dinner Monday to Thursday from 5:45 pm P: 1800 700 700 $300 per head Sokyo.com.au

Kuro

368 Kent St, Sydney; Open Tue – Wed – Thur: 6 pm Fri & Sat: 5:30 pm P: 02 9262 1580, reservations@kurosydney.com $220 per head. Kurosydney.com;

Choji Omakase

Level 2, 228 Victoria Ave, Chatswood —upstairs from Choji Yakiniku. Every Monday to Wednesday at 6.30 pm. One seating per day only. $295 per head. Chojiomakase.com.au

Gold Class Daruma

The Grace Hotel, Level 1/77 York St, Sydney; 12–2:30 pm, 5:30–9.00 pm Phone: (02) 9262 1190 M: 0424 553 611 booking@goldclassdaruma.com.au·$120 – $150 per head Goldclassdaruma.com.au

Besuto

Besuto Omakase, Sydney Place precinct, 3 Underwood Street, Circular Quay. Omakase is available to book for dinner – Tuesday to Saturday. 5:30 pm & 8pm sittings. From $250. Besuto.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is no soy and wasabi offered during my omakase meal?
Even though sushi and sashimi are being served, the chef is serving each piece of sushi so quickly and directly that the chef is applying the wasabi and soy to the sushi themselves. Watch as they brush the top of the fish with soy and dab a tiny amount of wasabi on the rice, under the fish. You should not need to add extra, and in fact, it can be insulting to the chef to add more. Bathing the bottom of the rice of your sushi in soy sauce is considered bad manners, as it is seen as detracting from the flavour of the fish.

Nobu, Sydney

Can an omakase experience accommodate my dietary needs?
Although there is often little variation once the chef has set the daily menu, some customisation is possible. Advise the restaurant when you book and remind them of allergies or aversions again as you sit down. They will let you know when you book if your allergy is possible for the chef. Japanese menus feature a lot of seafood and dashi so accommodating a no seafood request can be genuinely tricky.

What are the golden rules for chopstick etiquette?
Use your chopstick holder in between eating, rather than putting chopsticks on your plate. Don’t use your chopsticks to gesticulate or point; if offering food to someone to try, never pass food directly from your chopsticks to theirs. Rather place the food onto a small plate and let them pick it up.
Never touch communal or shared food with your chopsticks. The longer, slightly larger chopsticks are like sharing cutlery, never put these in your mouth.

Without a menu, how can I know what I am eating during omakase?
Omakase is often a no-menu situation, and you are expected to try new things. Attending an omakase experience with an open, trusting mind yields the best results.
There are Wagyu and tempura omakase that reflect the chef’s personal predilections and training, but in a standard luxury omakase, the format will include a lot of freshly caught seafood and will usually kick off with a delicate appetiser. This will be followed by a sashimi and sushi course, a savoury egg custard (chawanmushi) with meat and seafood, a cooked or blow-torched market fish, a soup course, and dessert.

Can I talk to the chef during omakase? What is the protocol?
Guests at an omakase experience are welcome to ask questions of the chef; in fact, interacting with the chef is part of the experience. It is considered polite to ask questions or inquire about the food so they can explain.

What is best to pair with omakase  in terms of drinks?
In general, wine and sake are a perfect match for omakase. Aged fish and vinegar have strong umami flavours so depending on which course you enjoy, different wine and sake will pair well. Dry chilled sake is a great choice. Amazing sakes are imported into Australia, so trust the restaurant to advise you and take you on a sake journey at the same time.  If you don’t like sake, drinking chardonnay, a crisp young riesling, or even a dry complex Riesling is also totally acceptable. All three styles help bring out the flavour of the fish. Champagne can also be good. Try a blanc de blancs— 100% chardonnay —for a great way to start the meal. As you progress, remember that sake is good for dishes with a strong taste, such as uni and eel.

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Can Italy’s Lake Garda Finally Compete With Como—or Will It Become a Victim of Its Own Success?

Crowded, cacophonous Lake Como is overflowing, filling its nearby villages and lakes with new luxury hotels and savvy, in-the-know travellers.

By Jake Emen 17/06/2024

The sun is shining down and your wooden Riva Aquarama boat is slicing through the lake. The crowd is beautiful, well-tanned and they like their spritzes. Sound like Lake Como? Almost. You’re about 150 kilometres southeast on the larger, yet less frequented, Lake Garda.

As the popularity of Lake Como has grown thanks to non-stop celebrity endorsements filtered down via social media, an in-crowd is discovering that Garda offers the same glitzy perks of its neighbour with far fewer headaches.

“Giorgio Clooney is to Como what Tom Hanks is to Garda,” says Katie Parla, author of “Food of the Italian Islands” and a tour leader across Italy. “Sure, Como is beautiful and charming, but Garda is equally talented, and some would say, more versatile and well-rounded.”

Grand Hotel Fasano, which turned 135th anniversary, is welcoming a new crowd.
Grand Hotel Fasano,

Long the preferred destination for Italians and other continental families, the secret of Garda has now well and truly been leaked. Investment is pouring in at Ferrari speeds.

On the hotel front, historic, legendary properties such as Grand Hotel Fasano (from USD$470)—which celebrated its 135th anniversary in 2023— are joined by a flock of newcomers. There is the new family-owned spa hotel Cape of Senses, a Small Luxury Hotels of the World member (from USD$628). Conti Thun (from USD$225) debuted as an on-vineyard wine resort last year. And this spring, Borgo Tre (from USD$640) opened a small collection of luxury apartment suites in a converted 18th-century farmhouse. (If you haven’t noticed already, a stay here is still considerably cheaper than say, Lake Como’s Passalacqua at USD$2,660 a night).

The region’s established properties are doing their best to stay ahead of the new arrivals, too. The mountain-top wellness haven Lefay Resort & Spa (from USD$460) is famous for encouraging its guests to wear their plush robes across the grounds from morning to night, as the saunter from treatment to treatment. It’s just unveiled a new, elevated room category dubbed Sky Suites that will speak to Como expats. These top-floor units are 1,500 square feet and come with a terrace hot tub, a private in-suite sauna and, of course, unimpeded views of the lake, mountains, and valleys beyond.

Lefay Resort & Spa is drawing wellness activists to the region.
Lefay Resorts

But change like this always comes at a cost. Locals and long-time visitors worry that the region’s newfound popularity puts it in danger of losing its distinctive atmosfera. Ironically, even the new guard hotels are concerned.

“We don’t want that, we’re not a mass tourism product,” says Cape of Senses general manager Alina Deutsch of any attempt to clone Como at Garda. “What is luxury today? It’s what people are missing from their lives, and that’s space and time.”

“Locals, like me, really hope that our beautiful destination will remain as authentic as it is now, even if international tourism is booming and new luxury properties are going to continue opening in the next couple of years,” added Alice Lancini, Grand Hotel Fasano’s sales and marketing manager.

But the scene in Lake Garda’s is already shifting. Lancini says that in the last three to four years, U.S. travellers have made the lake hotel the brand’s second strongest market after Germany. “Lake Garda is becoming more popular in the States as it’s much cheaper than Como, less crowded—still, for now—and it’s a completely different experience than Lake Como.”

Parla adds that the 50 kilometre-long Lake Garda has a natural protection from “becoming a Disneyland” overnight: its massive size makes it feel more like a sea than a lake at times.

“Como the town, Bellagio, and all the fancy hotels are beyond overcrowded and have become the playground of influencers generating their FOMO-inducing content,” she says. “I don’t see a way to enjoy the lake if you stick to those two towns, which most do…Lake Garda is so much bigger.”

Its other protection? Garda isn’t a first stop for first timers. After all, would you tell someone to skip the Eiffel Tower on their first trip to Paris, or forgo the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco? Icons are icons and that includes Lake Como.

The new family-owned spa hotel Cape of Senses just opened on Lake Garda.
Cape of Senses

“Lake Como is for romance and honeymoons, and lounging around on a boat and never leaving the confines of a luxury hotel,” adds Parla, noting that other lakes and villages attract a more active, creative and adventurous crowd.

So will Garda ever become Como? Lancini thinks it’s likely, and that’s why you should get there sooner rather than later. “Lake Garda is going to boom as a destination in the next three to five years,” she says. “Now is the time to take advantage and come to this beautiful destination before it becomes too crowded.”

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Kyoto Has the Most Michelin Restaurants per Capita: Report

There are 100 Michelin-starred spots in the Japanese city, serving some 1.5 million people.

By Tori Latham 17/06/2024

The residents of Kyoto, Japan, are positively swimming among Michelin-starred restaurants.

The Japanese city is home to the highest density of eateries ranked by the French tire company, including five three-starred restaurants, according to a new report from website Chef’s Pencil. With 100 Michelin-ranked spots and a population of almost 1.5 million, Kyoto has one restaurant for every 14,637 people.

Coming in a close second is—unsurprisingly—Paris: The city’s 122 Michelin-starred restaurants serve 2.1 million residents, resulting in one spot for every 17,235 people. (Paris also has the second-highest absolute number of Michelin-starred restaurants, behind Tokyo.) Third place may come as a shock: Washington, D.C., has ranked highly, with 25 restaurants for 690,000 residents, or one for every 27,582 people.

Of course, there are some caveats for the Chef’s Pencil report. The website looked only at cities with 500,000 or more residents. And the restaurants had to be located within the city limits, rather than the larger metropolitan area. The Michelin Guide itself often includes eateries in a broader region, so this list may be slightly more abbreviated than the official selection.

To address some of that disparity, Chef’s Pencil has also released a ranking of Michelin density in midsize cities, those with 100,000 to 500,000 residents. At the top of that list is Nara, Japan, which has 23 starred restaurants for a population of just 367,000 (one restaurant for every 15,972 residents). That’s followed by Maastricht, Netherlands (six Michelin-starred restaurants and 120,000 residents, or one restaurant for every 20,038 people), and Geneva, Switzerland (eight starred eateries and a population of 204,000, or one spot for every 25,494 residents).

And while France is the country with the most Michelin-starred establishments, Switzerland actually has the most starred spots per capita. The country’s 134 Michelin-starred restaurants serve a population of almost 9 million, or one for every 66,872 residents. The much smaller Luxembourg, with just 672,500 residents, comes in second for this metric: With 10 Michelin-starred restaurants, there’s one for every 67,250 people.

While many people travel to the areas with the most Michelin-starred restaurants, they may be better served by going to the areas where they’re the densest. Neither Kyoto nor D.C. may be called its respective country’s culinary capital, but both are teeming with Michelin-ranked spots relative to their size.

 

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Tyler, the Creator’s Golf le Fleur Teamed Up With Parachute for a New Bedding Collection

Available from today, the new line includes sheets, duvet covers, and even plush slippers.

By Rachel Cormack 17/06/2024

Tyler, the Creator is bringing his signature golfer style from the streets to the sheets.

The two-time Grammy-winning artist’s luxury brand Golf le Fleur has teamed up with U.S. outfit Parachute on a new line of bedding and accessories. The collaboration may not seem as natural a fit as, say, Tyler’s collab with Pharrell and Louis Vuitton or Globe-Trotter, but it did come about quite naturally. Apparently, the rapper walked into the Parachute headquarters in California unannounced and then spent hours with company founder Ariel Kaye. The two talked about dream bedding and the new collection started to form.

The limited-edition Parachute for le Fleur range is fun, whimsical, and a little unpredictable, just like Tyler’s own highly distinctive fashion. The curated pieces showcase an unexpected palette of pastels and le Fleur’s signature camo print, making more of a statement than the boring white sheet. Parachute says the designs are made of “the softest linen you’ll ever touch.” Crafted in Portugal from the finest European flax, the buttery material is also garment-washed for a perfectly lived-in feel from the first night. Linen is fit for both warm or cool sleepers, with an insulating quality that keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The light and airy material is also naturally eco-friendly, antimicrobial, and durable.

The duvet set in Geneva Blue with sheets and pillowcases in Blonde.
Jessica Schramm

Starting at USD$69, the linen bedding is available in the elegant hues Geneva Blue, Jade, and Blonde. The Blonde is adorned with a subtle leopard print, too. The sheets, sham sets, duvet covers, and pillowcases come in a range of sizes, from standard to king.

The Shearling Slippers.
Jessica Schramm

The line also includes statement pieces such as a striking spherical pillow (USD$109) made from 100 percent shearling wool and a cozy throw woven from baby alpaca wool for extra fluffy softness (USD$299). The star of the collab has to be the plush slippers (USD$109), though. Made from 100 percent shearling, the wool clogs are “like fluffy clouds for your feet,” according to Parachute. Available in multiple sizes, the unisex kicks feature sturdy foam soles and are comfortable enough for all-day wear.

You can shop the collection now on the Parachute website.

 

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