The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast, Hawaii

Legend has it that venture capitalist and business titan Laurance S. Rockefeller had the idea to build Hawaii’s first true resort hotel and had been invited by Governor of Hawaii William Quinn to scout for sites in and around Hawaii’s Big Island (Hawai’i), which Rockefeller did from the air in a helicopter.

On the far western side of the island, Rockefeller spotted a crescent-shaped white sandy beach along Kaua’oa Bay and eventually found his way there to swim in the ocean. In the distance, he noticed the 13,800-foot snow-capped peak of Mauna Kea and instinctively felt that he’d discovered the perfect spot to build a resort. In doing so, he would become the first person to exponentially expand what would soon be Hawaii’s biggest industry — tourism. “There is a beauty of spirit here,” pronounced Rockefeller. “The spirit of Aloha.”

The Hollywood Roosevelt, Los Angeles, California

On a sun-washed stretch of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard between North Highland Avenue and North La Brea Avenue stands an edifice to glitz and grandeur that originally opened its doors in 1927 to serve as an outpost, watering hole and fixture for the stars, movers and shakers of Tinseltown. And indeed, the Hollywood Roosevelt, as this 363-room, 12-story construction is known, hosted the very first Academy Awards in 1929 in its ballroom and went on to become a sophisticated and well-known playground for cinematic favorites from Charlie Chaplin to Montgomery Clift to Marilyn Monroe. Today, it enjoys the distinction of being the oldest continually operating hotel in Los Angeles. Borrowing its name from U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, the landmark establishment quickly attracted both the famous and those aspiring to be to its restaurants, bars, ballroom and swank outdoor pool.

The Don Cesar Hotel, St. Pete’s Beach, Florida

Facing the Gulf of Mexico on the central West Coast of Florida in the city of St. Pete’s Beach stands the Don CeSar Hotel, famous for its flamingo-pink color and known colloquially simply as “The Don.”

A magnificent 10-story Moorish- and Mediterranean-style structure built in 1927, The Don is an opulent reminder of America’s brief golden age of grand hotels and high living prior to the stock market crash of 1929.

Discovering American Luxury: How Students at Parsons School of Design Identified “Made in America Luxury”

For graduate students wishing to prepare themselves for a career in the management and marketing of luxury goods, a program run by France’s emLyon Business School in concert with Parsons School of Design in New York City helps them to do exactly that by allowing them to learn directly from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in luxury-goods-related industries.

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Prolific Imagination: Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller is a name many Americans may be familiar with, yet most probably can't say exactly why. Today, Fuller is identified with numerous concepts and inventions, the most famous of which is the geodesic dome, which can be seen in such structures as EPCOT's Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World in Orlando and the Biosphere (originally part of Expo '67) in Montreal, Canada.

Teaching Creativity: Parsons School of Design

In New York City, one college is respected above all others for instructing students in the fine arts, advertising and graphic design, interior design and fashion design.

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High-style Country Living: Trump Winery

People all over the world have wildly varying opinions of American President Donald Trump, basing most of them on their knowledge of his politics, his family and perhaps his real estate empire. Yet notwithstanding their views on these topics, many of these same people might be surprised to learn that the American president is also the owner of one of the largest wineries on the country’s East Coast (in fact, his is the largest by area in the entire state of Virginia).

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A Forgotten Pioneer: Alexey Brodovitch

Alexey Vyacheslavovich Brodovitch was one of the best-known art directors in America in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, famous for his work on venerable fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar, published by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Although he's not as recognized today as some of his peers from that era, Brodovitch set the standard for avant-garde publication design in the middle of the 20th century, especially for mass-market culture periodicals.

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Prime Modernist: Richard Neutra

Among the most famous residences in Southern California from an architectural perspective are several dozen designed by the Austrian-American architect Richard Neutra. Neutra was a leading proponent of what today is known as the "International Style" of architecture, which can be seen in some of the most highly regarded commercial buildings of the mid-20th century, such as Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building, Raymond Hood's McGraw-Hill Building — both in New York City — and Frits Peutz's Glaspaleis in the Netherlands, but also in residential works such as Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye on the outskirts of Paris, Eileen Gray's E-1027 in the South of France, and Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.

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The Greatest Bicycle Race: The Tour of California

In the world of competitive bicycle racing, one American sporting event stands far and away above all others — the annual Tour of California, the only American race included in the World Tour category of the International Cycling Union (UCI). The UCI is the organizational body that governs and oversees the most prestigious bike races in the world, including Europe's Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España competitions. Specifically, the Tour of California men's race is the 22nd of 37 international events on the UCI World Tour calendar, while the Tour's women's race is the eighth of 17 international events.