LEFT: Courtland Lantaff, Suzy Buckley, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Binn at Ocean Drive’s 18th anniversary party at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami; RIGHT: Suzy Buckley with contributor Ingrid Hoffmann at Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Back in the early ’90s, I never imagined that I’d be putting my fellow University of Miami classmate on the cover of a magazine I would edit two decades later. Enrique Iglesias’ rise to the top of the music industry—five platinum albums and more than 60 million records sold!— has been incredible to watch, as has his ability to cross cultures and eradicate language barriers in entertainment. Although he’s one of Miami’s most famous residents, Iglesias is too down-to-earth to let fame get in the way of a real life. It’s entirely possible to run into him around town anywhere from 8 oz. Burger Bar to Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop…. that is, when he’s not off performing at stadiums around the globe. On October 22, he takes his Euphoria Tour to the American Airlines Arena, making him the perfect cover choice for our annual Men’s Issue.
|Issa-Khan, John Joseph Lin, Suzy Buckley, Bill Kearney and Manny Hernandez at Mandolin Aegean Bistro.|
You’ll find stories about (or by) so many magnificent men this month, including Sir Richard Branson, who was recently in town to scope out hotel projects and celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s 25th anniversary of direct London-to-Miami service; Nicola Siervo, one of the city’s most influential nightlife players; Chris Blackwell, the music mogul and hotelier; music producer extraordinaire Jim Jonsin, who has created hits for the likes of Beyoncé and Usher; and five of our favorite Miami-based “Boys in the Good”—guys who are as thoughtful and philanthropic as they are handsome and debonair, all making a mark in our community through their charitable endeavors.
In other news: Can you tell we’ve had some work done? While Ocean Drive has always stayed true to its vision (showcasing the best ways to enjoy Miami and the exceptional personalities that make it tick), satisfaction is the enemy of progress, so we’ve nipped and tucked ourselves into a new era. Our beautiful new redesign features a font whose look I love as much as its name: Jellyka Bees. It’s whimsical yet sophisticated—just like our writing and photography. And our new columns are fabulous: For this month’s “Mood of Food,” Victoria Pesce Elliott reports on the state of Miami’s Spanish cuisine scene; in “Style Setters,” fashion director Laurie Brookins interviews Bally’s co-creative directors as they gear up for the brand’s 160th anniversary and a Basel-timed capsule collection; and Maria Argu?ello and Christine Borges curate a comprehensive Miami best-of collection— from our favorite Latin eateries to the best bespoke men’s suit shops in Miami—in our revamped Guide. I’d love to hear what you think of our new ’do, so please stay connected via Twitter, Facebook and oceandrive.com.
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Cover shoot: Behind the scenes with Pitbull for the October 2014 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.