REGARDING LUXURY

Regarding Luxury magazine, based in Toronto, one of the world’s financial and cultural capitals, focuses on real estate investment and wealth management, as well as health and wellness, and the luxury lifestyle that all affords.
 
“Luxury” is a word that gets tossed around loosely. Great comfort and extravagant living? To some it’s the best new car on the market, the most expensive watch, exclusive handmade fashion made from the finest fabrics, a Cohiba Cuban cigar over a cheaper brand. For others, it’s a little different. It’s not about conspicuous consumption, showing off. It’s more personal – a reward, or just enjoyment of the better things. It could also include self expression, or health and wellness.
 
We once asked luxury lifestyle expert Tobi Tobin for her definition of “luxury”, what it meant to her:
 
“It’s about a lifestyle, not price point. It’s about making choices that bring you happiness and joy. I can remember when I didn’t have any money, and I was struggling. I was getting the brand going, but every week, I would go to the grocery store and buy white roses, no matter what. I would spend that $10 because they brought me so much joy. They were by my bed. It made me feel so luxurious. It made me feel rich. It’s about doing the small things – being in the moment, being conscious, of luxury. Luxury to me is walking on the beach with my dog, sleeping in the best sheets, a great cup of coffee.” 
 
We like to break up “luxury” into categories:
 
  • “Quality or class”, meaning luxury for those who really appreciate craftmanship, for those who are drawn to brands with a long history. This is for people who like more classic, refined luxury. The connoisseur.
  • “Indulgence”, meaning treating yourself, on occasion. Luxury is not a lifestyle, so the purchase is more meaningful. 
  • “Metamorphosis”, meaning luxury as a means of self-expression, personal transformation, being creative. These are people who don’t go for products that take themselves too seriously. Adventure is included here, health, as well as arts and culture.
  • “Bigger picture”, meaning luxury for the altruist, those seeking something deeper, those who want to enjoy luxury with a clear conscience, perhaps with more social meaning, such as philanthropy, or sustainability. 
We are based in Toronto, a city that is fast evolving into one of the world’s financial and culture capitals, a great base for everything we are talking about the magazine. Regarding Luxury is a leading buyer’s guide for all things luxury lifestyle. Regarding Luxury embodies the spirit of fine living, for the true luxury cognoscenti. Regarding Luxury is for the educated, affluent, fashion-forward and young-at-heart.

Regarding Luxury highlights everything that is new and trending in the world of autos, timepieces, travel, fashion, jewelry, real estate, yachting, and aviation, through features and profiles of the people who are setting the standard when it comes to luxury living. 

You can reach us at info@reluxe.ca.

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  • Honourable Mention for Cover of the Year at the Canadian National Magazine Awards
  • Winner of a Certificate of Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club 56th Exhibition Competition
  • Pick of the Month for Overall Design and Photographic Excellence IDN (International Designers Network) Magazine (Hong Kong)

CONTRIBUTORS

MARK KEAST

ME AND THE 2020 BMW M850i xDRIVE COUPE, NEAR PEBBLE BEACH, CA.

I am a 50-something Torontonian who loves everything about my city. It’s been my home, my playground, for my entire life. I went to school here. I met my wife here. I own real estate here. I love writing about the transformation of my city on the world stage, which hasn’t been anything short of dramatic. That continues on, as I write this. I write on the real estate scene. I write on travel and fashion. I like following the world of luxury watches.

But I love writing about cars – check that, luxury cars, a level of superior, engineering sophistication, high performance and style, that transports you not just from one destination to another but also out of whatever you are going through on a particular day, whatever mood you are in, all to another head space. It’s complete and total exhilaration, head to toe.

For me, driving a BMW, Porsche, Audi, Land Rover, and the like, is like a personal island, a respite from the frenetic pace that only people who live in the core of North America’s fourth largest city (and growing) can understand. That may sound dramatic, but it’s truth.

And I am not interested in writing Car + Driver-type stuff. When I get a car, I want to experience it. That could be a drive down the U.S. west coast from Vancouver to Los Angeles, down the Pacific Coast Highway, or a drive to the bright lights and energy of New York, or a weekend sojourn to the great city of Montreal.

Check out my stories, and email me direct at mkeast@reluxe.ca.

Some of my latest work:

The Maserati Levante luxury SUV combines an equal measure of brawn and beauty

Developer Mizrahi points to unchanged buying and selling metrics as the reason the real estate market will come back strong

Coronavirus among several factors impacting luxury real estate market in Canada

Top five trending Toronto restaurants, according to TripAdvisor

The pros and cons of buying vacation real estate in Mexico

ROB KLOVANCE

A writer and content creator working out of Toronto and Vancouver, Rob is a longtime journalist who has most recently zeroed in on writing about sustainability, including the rise of electric vehicles.  
 
After years of work in the sports departments of the Vancouver Sun and Kamloops Daily News, Rob managed online content at Telus and BC Hydro before turning exclusively to a freelance career. He’s a seasoned traveller keen on food, wine and hoppy beers, who remains an avid hockey player, mountain biker, golfer, and tennis player who shares a love of soccer with his son.

Some of his latest work:

BMW’s i8 roadster: safe sex with a supermodel

https://reluxe.ca/bmws-i8-roadster-safe-sex-with-a-supermodel/

8 things you should know about electric vehicles in B.C.

https://www.bchydro.com/news/conservation/2020/8-things-about-electric-vehicles-in-bc.html

Gifts that tread lightly on the planet

https://www.bchydro.com/news/conservation/2019/holiday-gift-guide-2019.html

SHWETA GANDHI

Shweta Gandhi is a fashion and lifestyle journalist based in Toronto. She has covered fashion and sustainability extensively for Vogue India and ELLE India, attending international fashion weeks from the front row. She has interviewed innumerable designers and celebrities including Maria Grazia Chiuri, Tamara Ralph, Nick Bateman, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Manish Malhotra, Ranveer Singh among others. In her free time, she writes on new-age spirituality on her website svetarotreading.com

Some of her latest work:

Fashion weeks: Seven stylish celebrities and the topic of men’s summer clothing essentials

IAN PALMER

Born and raised in Toronto, Ian Palmer is a freelance writer currently living in Bancroft, Ontario. He mostly covers the automotive and technology spaces. In his free time, he enjoys reading and tinkering with small engine equipment.

Some of his latest work:
 

CERI SAVAGE

Ceri is a writer and editor from the UK currently living in Berlin. After graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in English Literature, she established herself as a professional freelancer. She worked online as a travel writer for The Best Travel Places while travelling Europe. Ceri also edits the books of bestselling Amazon authors as a Savage Edits editor. But the majority of her work has been in creating content. She has written for various companies from vanilla suppliers to presentation designers to new tech businesses to local hotel websites. Now her content creation also focuses on writing articles around luxury lifestyle and travel for RE: LUXE.

Some of her latest work:

Working to rebuild the tourism industry, the focus for luxury hotels will be health and hygiene

Forget the economic slowdown – Here are five great luxury travel destinations for this winter

MARLENE EISNER

Marlene Eisner is an award-winning journalist, magazine editor and freelance writer from Montreal who now lives in Toronto.

She started out as a reporter for a community newspaper and ended up as its editor-in-chief. Since leaving the newspaper, she has written for numerous print and online publications about health and wellness, nutrition, lifestyle, fashion, real estate, home decor and design, and entertainment.

Most recently, she was a Toronto-based editor for New Home + Condo Guide’s Ottawa and Vancouver editions.

When not walking along trails and beaches, Marlene can be found lounging in a hammock reading, surrounded by books.

Some of her latest work:

Style statement: Five reasons why a personal shopper can improve your life

BRIAN D’SOUZA

Brian J. D’Souza is a Toronto-based writer and storyteller with work published through Sharp magazine, Sportsnet magazine, ESPN.com and many other outlets. He released his book, Pound for Pound: The Modern Gladiators of Mixed Martial Arts, in 2012 and is currently working on various literary fiction projects.

Some of his latest work:

Jet fighter-inspired design, vigorous horsepower and torque: No wonder they are sold out of the 2020 Corvette

COLEMAN PETE

Coleman is a Vancouver-based writer who specializes in lifestyle, fashion, design, art and all things luxury. He holds a marketing degree from the University of British Columbia, and splits his time between writing and working for a local marketing and media company.

He can be found running in one of Vancouver’s many parks, surrounded by books on a rainy day, or exploring the season’s newest menswear releases in the Gastown neighbourhood.

Some of his latest work:

Tourlane study: Toronto named Canada’s top city for sustainable travel, ranked 39th in the world

BEN FORREST

Ben is a writer and editor based in southwestern Ontario. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Broadview magazine, the National Post and several other national and international publications.

Some of his latest work:

Four of the top new luxury business jets to watch out for in 2020 as more people seek out private travel

DANIEL LOVE

Daniel Love has turned wanderlust into a way of life. From Brooklyn to Berkeley, Love has lived across the United States, experiencing a wide range of culture and lifestyle while never stopping to sit still along the way. He’s a veteran of the red-eye flight and has mastered the art of the 8-hour road trip. The changing scenery never matters, though, as Love believes good coffee and good hockey can make any place home.

In addition to his contributions to Regarding Luxury, Love has also covered the National Hockey League for a variety of outlets and has notably provided news and sports coverage for WVFS at Florida State University, where he received a Master’s degree in Education.

Some of his latest work:

Five ways to live a luxurious life on a budget

Travel: The Shaw Club Hotel in Niagara-On-The-Lake sets the standard for enchanting experience

Travel: Harbour House combines lakeside charm with boutique hotel luxury

Travel: Romantic getaway at the Charles Hotel in Niagara

MARK HARRISON

Mark Harrison (left) is a luxury watch connoisseur, having travelled to some of world’s top international watch and jewellery events and trade shows, in particular Baselworld, held every spring in Basel, Switzerland. Baselworld is a must-attend week on the calendar for watch lovers, and Mark will be in attendance again this year. He writes regularly on trends in luxury watches for Regarding Luxury.

Some of his latest work:

Breitling’s new Chronomat Collection are luxury watches for the true adventure-seeker

Travel: The best hotels that Chicago has to offer

Watches: The best of the best in men’s timepieces, according to people who would know 

IRINA LYTCHAK

A freelance writer and idea generator based in Toronto, Irina currently works for an ad agency focused on innovating health and wellness.

Before this, she made her mark on the publishing world in a series of roles as a writer and editor.  Her expertise centre around social media management, feature and blog writing, campaign activation, and creative direction.

Since receiving her Journalism Diploma, Irina has been a contributor for STRUT, Sun News Network, sweetspot.ca, Regarding Luxury, Post City, and Chatelaine.

Her interests include impromptu weekend road trips, petting dogs, the Lagree Fitness Method, and aspiring to be a dessert critic.

Some of her latest work:

Luxury brands step up support of Movember

Chopard’s Alpine Eagle pays tribute to Mother Nature

Jacquie Aiche, go-to designer for Rihanna, Kate Hudson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Beyonce, ventures into unknown territory

GEOFF PEVERE

Geoff Pevere has been writing, teaching and broadcasting about movies and popular culture since 1978. He is the co-author of the groundbreaking national bestseller Mondo Canuck: A Canadian Pop Culture Odyssey, and has written extensively for many publications and anthologies, including The Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.

Some of his latest work:

Buy Bonds: 007 film franchise is a luxury brand placement behemoth

MARGO VARTANIAN

Margo Vartanian is a bicoastal freelance writer between Toronto and Los Angeles, always in journalistic pursuit.  She studied English Literature, Rhetoric, and Media at the University of Toronto, while holding congruent internships at Narcity and StyleDemocracy. Post-grad, she worked as the social-media manager of multiple companies before fully freelancing. She now develops written content strategies for various luxury and corporate brands, and directs website copy. Her admiration for fashion stems from her interest in fusing the creative with the functional, and mimics the concept of utilitarian frivolity through her written approach.

Some of her latest work:

Breitling’s new limited edition SuperOcean Heritage ’57 aims to boost optimism while supporting frontline healthcare workers 

CHRISTINA MANOCCHIO

Christina is a writer, photographer, and media professional based in Southern Ontario. She graduated with a journalism degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2017. Since then, she has worked in daily news, magazines and communications. She has an interest in gardening, travelling and eating.

Some of her latest work:

Happy National Burger Day! All the juicy facts about going with premium beef

ANGELA SEREDNICKI

Angela Serednicki is a Toronto-based lifestyle journalist specializing in travel, health and wellness content.  She’s written for some of Canada’s top publications, including Best Health, Reader’s Digest Canada, The Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent, The Huffington Post and MSN.com.  After working with the largest luxury-focused travel agency in North America, Angela has become even more passionate about the incredible bespoke travel experiences the world has to offer. Angela is a proud graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Journalism.

Some of her latest work:

Five reasons why meal kit delivery services are totally worth it 

DEREK DIER

Derek Dier is a vintage watch specialist, with over 25 years of experience. He is one of the first internet watch dealers. He has sold watches to the Royal Family, world dignitaries, noted musicians, actors and actresses, writers, artists, and Fortune 500 CEOs. He supplied vintage watches to the leads and characters of AMC’s Mad Men, Seasons 5 and 6.

Some of his latest work:

Watches: Deep connections between aviation and timepieces go back to the early years of the twentieth century

BAILEY STOREY

As a student of Art History and English at the University of Toronto, Bailey soon found herself inspired by the downtown’s rich and diverse art scene, always progressing. She is a frequent visitor of the Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario. She also likes to explore areas like Kensington Market and Richmond Centre for an example of local contemporary arts. She likes to write about fine arts and interior design, interested in the intricacies of design that make a room inviting and aesthetically unique. She likes to consider how art trends of the past have shaped the development of modern architecture, design, and fashion. Toronto is a great city to view with this lens, given its inexhaustible variety of history and culture.

She also likes to write about home décor and the intricacies of comfort, believing that the elements of a home should heighten our experience of a room by appealing to every sense – not just visual. She is inspired by the development of modern technology and creative design, and how they can provide everyday life with a brand new sense of convenience and luxury.

Some of her latest work:

Travel: The world’s most luxurious airports

Home: The art of hands-on luxury bedmaking