Fountain-of-Youth Mobiles: Cars: GQ

Audi R8 Spyder
Even if you never saw Robert Downey Jr. ripping around in this in Iron Man 2 (with Scarlett Johansson riding shotgun no less) you could understand the fantasy appeal of this topless Teutonic supercar. Just tell everyone you thought it was the new A4, and then peel out of your kids’ elementary school parking lot cackling like a madman.

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Grove + MapleXO's Recycled Skateboard IPhone 4 Cases Reach EBay – Bornrich

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Out of the 50 limited edition skateboard iPhone 4 cases made by Grove, in collaboration with Lindsay Jo Holmes of MapleXO, only five are left and they are on eBay. Crafted out of 300 skateboards over a period of one year, Grove + MapleXO’s skateboard bamboo iPhone 4 cases are true works of art that will equally appeal to any skateboarding fan or an iPhone user looking for a new, unique case. For the cases, Lindsay sliced old skateboards into fine strips and glued them together to make individual blocks. The special packaging is made with skateboard pieces set into the end grain and then hand polished for the striking appearance.

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Luxury Goods Giant LVMH To Take Controlling Stake In Bulgari – Bornrich

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In October last year, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton bought a 17 percent stake in the family-controlled Hermès International and now, the French luxury goods conglomerate has announced to take a controlling stake in Bulgari SpA in an all-share deal. The big deal, which is being expected to happen today, will put Bulgari under the portfolio of LVMH, which owns more than 60 luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Moët et Chandon, TAG Heuer, Christian Dior, Fendi and Céline. The agreement will see the Bulgari family tender its 51 percent share in a share swap that will make it the second-biggest family shareholder in LVMH.

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GQ’s Jamie Lincoln Kitman takes Bond’s original DB5 out for a spin: Video: GQ

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Wave of Innovation: Best of the Detroit Auto Show: Cars: GQ

Porsche 918 RSR
Blending eco-consciousness with unchecked aggression, a la Mike Tyson’s veganism, Porsche’s hybrid 918—green-lit for production and shown at Detroit in race trim with a hard top—will put out 563 V8 horsepower, with an additional 204 hp assist from a pair of electric motors, a brutish combination that will melt your tree-hugging, early-adopting face off.

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The Best New Designers in America: Wear It Now: GQ

Patrik Ervell
On the Cast of Treme

Founded: 2006, New York City
Designer: Patrik Ervell, 31
The aesthetic: The new minimalism expert, like a young Raf Simons or Jil Sander. His dual trademarks are club-collar dress shirts (Ryan Gosling swears by ’em) and ultrasleek anoraks.
Early days: “I grew up partly in Sweden and partly in Northern California. There’s a simplicity about the style of both that’s rubbed off on me.”
Soundtrack: “There’s something heavy and emotional about shoegaze that I love. I’ve never shown a collection without playing a Slowdive song.”
What I wore as a kid: “Being a teen in the ’90s, I hardly ever took off my Levi’s.”
If I wasn’t designing: “I studied international relations, and I actually took the foreign-service exam. I was this close to being sent to a weird embassy somewhere.”

All clothes by Patrick Ervell. From left: 1. Trench coat, $600. Shirt, $220. Pants, $340. Shoes by J.Crew. Watch by Panerai. 2. Suit jacket, $850; pants, $340. Shirt, $230. Tie, $105. Shoes by Lanvin. Watch by Rolex. 3. Hoodie, $460. Shirt, $185. Jeans, $290. Shoes by Dr. Martens.

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2011 Desert Classic Concours D'Elegance Calls Classic Car Enthusiasts – Bornrich

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The fourth annual Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance in La Quinta, CA, just outside Palm Springs on Feb. 27, is expected to attract thousands of classic and vintage car enthusiasts. The classic car show will showcase more than 200 classic and vintage cars from across the United States, Canada and Europe. Billed by Der Spiegel magazine as one of the “Top Ten Classic Car Shows in the World,” the 4th Annual Concours d’Elegance & Vintage Car Auction will be highlighting “100 Years of Indy Cars,” marking the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. Some of the iconic cars on display will be the 1913 Isotta Fraschini from the Indy 500, a 1920 Bugatti Type 13 Brescia, a 1930 Model L-29 Cord and a 1933 Maserati Grand Prix 8-CM. Founder Paul Merrigan said…

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