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Chef, Author and Musician Lazarus Lynch Shares His Beauty Regimen
My days start at 8 a.m. After meditation and yoga, I hop in the shower and use Sapor’s Ghanaian Exfoliating Bath Sponge — that baby cleans your body like nothing else — with Dr Teal’s Shea Butter & Almond Oil Body Wash. Marché Rue Dix in Crown Heights sells a Whipped Body Butter with castor oil, aloe vera and mango butter, which I apply after showering. It’s perfect, as I’m naturally very oily and a lot of products overdo it. When I’m shooting, I do a six-minute session with my Panasonic spa-quality Nano-Ionic Facial Steamer. It awakens my skin and creates the perfect glow. I like to follow that up with a mask — I’m currently using Gleamin’s Vitamin C Clay Mask with turmeric. Beauty routines change based on what I’m doing and wearing, but L.A. Girl’s HD Pro Concealer is a staple. I was always under the impression one needed to buy the most expensive concealer, but this one’s great for photo shoots since there’s no potential for glare. Fenty Beauty’s Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm is a classic — it feels so good and smooth. Day-to-day, I don’t do too much with my hair. My stylist loves to use Ampro Shine ’n Jam’s Conditioning Gel with extra hold, as well as Ro Hair Essentials’ Black Castor Oil Serum, which strengthens, moisturizes and stimulates growth. Fragrance-wise, I love Le Labo’s Santal 33. I feel like everyone started wearing it right after I found it. I usually combine it with essential oil to make it more personal — I have a set from Anjou and pick one based on my mood. Nails are always fun. If I’m wearing gels, they obviously don’t change as frequently, but I love neons.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
The Bathhouse spa, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is an urban sanctuary in an unlikely space: the erstwhile Dr. Brown’s Soda Factory. Designed by Jennifer Carpenter, it opened in 2019 and boasts three thermal pools, three heated marble hammams, two saunas, a steam room and a restaurant with a seasonal menu crafted by Eleven Madison Park alum Anthony Sousa. Its newest treatment is a 30-minute grand bathtub soak ($95) in a private room that was once the factory’s chimney. “When we first saw it, the chimney was visually inspiring to a level bordering on fantasy,” says the spa’s co-founder Jason Goodman. “We had been dreaming of a treatment like this pre-Covid, and we used the shutdown and reopening as an opportunity to perfect the treatment and put final touches on the design of the space itself.” A local herbal apothecary, Anima Mundi, helped create three blends of essential oils and herbs that target specific needs, from dull skin to muscle recovery. After soaking for half an hour, skin is softened and poised for an exfoliating scrub. abathhouse.com.
Rejina Pyo’s Eco-Conscious Children’s Wear
Fashion designer Rejina Pyo’s childhood wardrobe was worlds away from the pastel-hued confections of her ’80s peers. “My mother is in fashion, and she’d dress me in vintage clothes — knee-high leather boots with brown linen dresses or leather shorts,” she explains. It’s a sartorial experience that proved formative: “In a way, it taught me that it’s OK to be different.” But when it came to dressing her 4-year-old son, Luka, she was faced with a conundrum: How to source sustainable clothes that satisfied her taste without being too precious or overpriced. “I realized there weren’t that many options,” she says. But the pause of fashion show schedules due to the pandemic allowed her to come up with her own solution: a collection of generously proportioned and gender-neutral clothing for children. Included are recycled cotton twill trouser suits, roomy shorts and tees, along with animal- and seashell-emblazoned dresses that borrow their voluminous silhouettes and prints from the designer’s main line. Everything falls within Pyo’s fun and artsy aesthetic, without being too twee or mini-me. From about $54, rejinapyo.com.
Mezcal Copitas From 10 Up-and-Coming Artists
When gallerist Alex Tieghi-Walker was growing up, his grandmother had a collection of cups that were off-limits to anyone she didn’t trust (including him). Now that he has his own collection — several hundred by his estimate, sourced on his extensive travels — he delights in doing the opposite, serving anyone who stops by his Los Angeles home with the one that suits them best. That ritual helped inspire the first in a new series of single-object group commissions by his contemporary folk art gallery, Tiwa Select: 10 pairs of Mezcal cups (known as copitas) made in partnership with the mezcal brand Yola Mezcal by 10 Tiwa artists, including Vince Skelly, Simone Bodmer-Turner and Jim McDowell. Tieghi-Walker was drawn to the copita for its spirit of simplicity and spontaneity: “They were originally made from small gourds, and you’d shove them in your pocket so that if you bumped into someone, you could have a mezcal with them,” he says. They were also porous, so they’d absorb the flavor of each mezcal they held. “I appreciate objects that are ever-evolving,” he says. The project itself is taking on new form: Originally conceived as a one-off, Tieghi-Walker will be making limited editions of Skelly and Matt Fishman’s cups available on his website, followed by quarterly explorations of other objects, like teapots and platters, also meant to be enjoyed among friends. From $140, tiwa-select.com.
“I often feel that we all know everything already, we just tend to forget it,” says the Berlin-based writer and interdisciplinary artist Grada Kilomba in her video installation “A World of Illusions” (2017-19). In the work, Kilomba, a trained psychoanalyst originally from Brazil, retells three Classical myths essential to Freud — Narcissus, Antigone and Oedipus — as a way of exploring the colonial violence that haunts the present. Kilomba, who is of West African descent, describes her role in the film as that of a griot, a storyteller of the African oral tradition, while an ensemble of Black actors dance and mime, silently acting out the tales. The importance of remembrance is a key thread running through the artist’s first solo exhibition in the U.S., “Heroines, Birds and Monsters,” which marks the inaugural show at Amant, a new arts complex in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, opening this month. Prior to becoming an artist, Kilomba was a psychologist and scholar, gaining acclaim following the publication of her book “Plantation Memories” (2008), a collection of stories based on Black women’s experiences of everyday racism in Germany. In 2013, she adapted the book into a staged reading. From there, she has continued to bring her writings to audiences through multimedia performance and installation. In the fall, Amant will screen a filmed reading of “Plantation Memories” and host a live conversation between Kilomba and the sculptor Simone Leigh. “Heroines, Birds and Monsters” will be on view from July 10 through Oct. 31 at Amant, 315 Maujer Street, Brooklyn, New York, amant.org.
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