Polina is a multi-disciplined storyteller, who approaches her work through the filter of mindful living. She is a magazine editor, writer, connector, and creative strategist. Her global network of culture and wellness thought leaders inspire her work, as she articulates the link between creative expression and conscious lifestyle. MORE
“New York City is an incubator of imagination, a diverse place where new ideas can be tested in real time and where artists and makers shape and are shaped by the creative community. Visual artists, designers, chefs, playwrights, and futurist thinkers, who thrive on the city’s unique energy and strive to shift the status quo. Though they work in different but often overlapping fields, all are united by a core belief in the power of individual ingenuity to lift up the collective.”
New York Creatives Now DEPARTURES
Jeremy O'Harris, Hank Willis Thomas, Batsheva, Tremaine Emory, Susan Cianciolo, Helen Nguyen, Lucien Smith
“On the mainland, conditions are moderate with cross and onshore winds causing a choppy texture, but here, there’s a steady line and a glassy surface allowing for a long and steady cruise. Residents and travelers mix in the lineup. There’s no beef here. Teranga, or “good hospitality” is the most esteemed value in Senegalese culture, which in this case translates to a wave culture that embraces newcomers and locals alike.”
Surf's Up DEPARTURES
Yodit Eklund, Bantu Wax
“This piece is for those interested in seeking out the real deals, the originals — for the love of history, the hunt, and the unique. To help navigate the landscape of shopping vintage clothing, Bivens, for whom this prodigious skill set is a professional necessity, breaks down the process and shares where to find your own vintage magic.”
How to Shop Vintage DEPARTURES
Heidi bivens
“The Taoist concept of yin and yang lies at the heart of this alliance. Its principles maintain that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites, fitting together seamlessly and working in perfect harmony. Where yang is power, yin is pause. In the case of District Vision, yang is the action of running and yin is the inner silence that occurs during a long run or in its mental preparation.”
Racing Toward Enlightenment DEPARTURES
Tom Daly, Max Vallot, District Vision
“I learn within minutes that Adrien Sauvage believes in following his own true north. The designer takes heed of omens and numbers and has a deep faith in attaining the heights of his mercantile destiny.”
A Sartorial Legacy DEPARTURES
aDRIAN SAUVAGE, HOUSE OF A. SAUVAGE
“The villa, a nineteenth-century structure at the center of a 1,200-acre property, was reborn in the last decade as a meeting place for pleasureful respite and creative communion. Its chatelaine is Lena Evstafieva, and Villa Lena is her brainchild.”
Simple Pleasures DEPARTURES
Lena Evstafieva, Villa Lena
“While juggling time zones, projects, and initiatives, not to mention a back seat filled with “the crew,” itching to get to their destination, Gray maintains a powerfully peaceful focus. It’s the place from which he strategizes and narrates each step of his journey. Every move and word are intentional, infused with a mindful awareness of history, injustice, and the infinite possibilities of transformation.”
Revolutionizing the Pantry Shelf DEPARTURES
Jon Gray, Ghetto Gastro
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“Whatever the medium, the themes of land and longing that interest Weeraworawit most are so local that they’re global. The specifics are different, but the issues are the same.”
Mood Indigo DEPARTURES
Chomwan Weeraworawit, Philip Huang
‘Never settling, Touhami’s omni-channel, multitasking brain is always looking for the next business to reinvent. “My job is to provide wow,” he continues. “I believe that if you make what you want, and have one or two wows a day, then you are happy.”’
Parisian Savoir-Faire DEPARTURES
Ramdane Touhami, Buly 1807
“Inspiration for the brand’s designs stems from appreciation — for the bounty of nature, and for the traditions that traversed through history between coastal West Africa and the United States.”
A New Kind of Bicoastal Life DEPARTURES
Abrima Erwiah, Studio 189
“Once at ease with who we are, our heart calm and self-assured can turn outward and seek its mate(s). From this place of devotionalself-honesty, relationships of all kinds blossom in the foundation of their truth.”
Born out of Devotion HUMAN SHIFT 4
Rich Roll, Julie PiatT
“When we wholeheartedly connect with our values, and seek to heal from the insecurities of our past, sympathy increases, and intention to help others propels our actions. Take for instance a home-cooked meal, a daily non-event for many, which then becomes a sacred offering of love for someone who is in need.”
Food, A Vessel of Love HUMAN SHIFT 4
SOPHIA ROE
“The current industry, blossoming with queer-owned skate brands and established companies whose teams represent all identities, is a different world from Yann’s early days on the scene. With a decade of self-discovery and self-expression behind him, Yann has emerged as a fierce advocate of the LGBTQ+ community within the skate industry, joyously celebrating being loud and proud.”
On Love, Skateboarding and Social Acceptance HUMAN SHIFT 4
Yann Horowitzme
“From time eternal human beings have sought to love and be loved in return. The hardest test of all is to love another person, but the projection out becomes much simpler once the radical love of self has already been internally absorbed.”
A Tale of Radical Self-Love HUMAN SHIFT 4
Jessamyn Stanley
“To find our purpose we need to give voice to that which burns brightly within. The ego-identity gives us our sense of self and determines how we choose to show up in the world. Without this strong self-awareness and the confidence, freedom and power to express it, no transformation is possible.”
Power in Community HUMAN SHIFT 3
Rosario Dawson
“To access our personal power, we must acknowledge the collective identity that we share with those who came before us, and those who will come after. Through respectfully highlighting cultural motifs, this story exemplifies the vital connection one must have with their community, in order to uplift, inspire, and reach their full potential.”
A Hair Journey HUMAN SHIFT 3
Ebonee Davis
“Finding warrior energy within self-knowledge, manifesting purpose, connecting instincts borne from the gut, propels us humans to action— these are the key lessons arising from the fiery center of our physical being.”
The Jewels of Keith Michell HUMAN SHIFT 3
Keith Mitchell
“The realm of the second chakra, is one of movement, fluidity, pleasure, creation and emotions. Feelings are every human’s internal fluctuations; they move out, stir up, and agitate. When in balance, we are awake to our sensations and attuned to their course—emboldened and allowed to feel. To not get stuck, our emotions need to flow like water.”
Master of Flow HUMAN SHIFT 2
Shama Beckford
“We spoke with some of today’s leading water gods and goddesses: athletes tracing lines in nature’s curves, explorers revealing new ways of looking, a body-hacker teaching to embrace cold for better living, and the warriors leading the charge against single-use plastic.”
In the Flow in the Snow HUMAN SHIFT 2
Sierra Quitiquit