S2 E6 A Rabbit Catcher, A Ballad Singer, and A Photographer with Justin Partyka Part IA remarkable multi-volume book of William Eggleston's Democratic Forrest published by Steidl is Justin Partyka's object of desire. As we listen to him describing the ritual of immersing himself in Eggleston's photographs, we come to appreciate the singularity of photography as a medium of expression and its closeness to that of poetry.
S2 E5 Never Meant to Be with Tobias MeineckeTobias Meinecke is a story teller. Critically acclaimed filmmaker, sought after film director of creative projects for luxury brands, writer, actor, and, most recently, book publisher, Tobias Meinecke is the co-founder of Love Child, a company that develops stories.
S2 E4 A Poisonous Love with Chris Santa Maria
A pair of Nike running sneakers and a flat screen TV were two of the objects that Chris Santa Maria presented to me as possible conversation starters. Well, that's not how this episode went... and admittedly, it is longer than usual.
The desire of the next creation and the next and the next is what keeps Chris Santa Maria going, no matter how poisonous that love may be some times.
S2 E3: The Femininity of Things with Kathleen GuzmanFor the most part, women have been left out of history regardless of the weight of their contributions to science, the arts, design and any related field. These forgotten creative minds need champions.
Kathleen Guzman, a most accomplished auctioneer, happens to be a supporter of other women's work both historical and contemporary. Having spent her professional career, in its many iterations, surrounded by beautiful and valuable objects, Kathleen is the perfect guest who can illuminate Populuxe listeners about luxury spending, conspicuous behavior, collecting and desire.
S2 E2: The Wanderer Who Does Not Cling To Perceptions with Matt ChuNo matter what Matt Chu decides to do, he excels at it. Data analytics at Condé Nast? Check!
Influencer account on Instagram ? Triple check! Corporate career at Bloomingdale's? Easy! A new path in technology? Why not?
S2 Episode 1: First Came Love Then Came The Business with Charlie RobertsIn this episode, Charlie Roberts, part of the fourth generation of the founders' family, discusses a painting by American folk artist Kathy Jacobsen. The picture belonged to his late grandmother, Dot, who was Echo's CEO for many years and long before the age of #girlboss.
S1 Episode 12: The Man Who Bought Too Much with Steve CardinoSteve is a gifted storyteller. Whether he uses words or objects selected with great emotion, Steve's stories provide a bridge between the good old days of traditional American retail and the future of consumers' tastes and attitudes.
S1 Episode 11: Untitled No. 5 with Rebecca Goodman
Artists develop a personal discipline that includes daily rituals. It is that type of commitment that allows them to absorb details of materiality, focus on ideas, and resolve the challenge of combining it all in expressive form.
Mixed media artist Rebecca Goodman has worked both in the commercial and nonprofit worlds and seems to have made up her mind. Public art that deals with ecology and the sense of self in a high-tech future is what she likes to explore in her writing, soon in her practice as well. But that does not mean she has turned her back to discussing luxury. It is all related. Listen to this episode to find out how.
S1 Episode 10: 12 Eggs and a Scarf with Marie Constantinesco
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Marie possesses the type of elegance that allows her to transform the most humble vintage outfit into glamorous fashion. Her vivid imagination pushes her work beyond the boundaries of filmmaking and storytelling. How does she do it and what drives her desire to create?
A talented baker and cook, Marie approaches the practice of the meal with the openness of spirit that leads to breakthroughs in writing, immersive visuals, and a sense of whimsy in her filmmaking. Oh... and she knows a lot about sourdough, farmer markets, and old recipes too!
S1 Episode 9: He Who Runs for Pleasure Never Tires with Artur Pretto JunqueiraJoin me in this episode of Populuxe as I reconnect with my former student and now accomplished architectural photographer Artur Pretto Junqueira. Together, we explore French philosopher René Girard's work on human desire and some of the famous and emerging Brazilian architectural practitioners. And surprise, surprise! We end up talking about New York City. But how not? This is where our paths crossed and where our lives changed.
S1 Episode 8: A Scofflaw She Ain't but One She'll Have with Daphne HowlandA talented writer and accomplished photographer, Daphne ruminated on whether it ever gets easier to talk about luxury even for someone like her, who tackles questions on the subject on a daily basis as she delivers news on fashion, beauty, retail and luxury.
S1 Episode 7: The Daughter of the Sun Will See you Now with Aida Sykes
During her visit with Populuxe, Aida shared her memories of a beautiful luncheon at the Parisian Ritz and left us dreaming of amuse bouche, canapés, and pigeon au floc.
Listen to this episode to savor luxury in the presence of the Daughter of Sun. (Hint: Her identity will be revealed early on but keep listening!)
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