CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: I was honored to spend the day with former Univision network president Cesar Conde; With designer Ana Paula Barros and Publisher Courtland Lantaff at Ocean Drive and Luxury Living’s design fête at Fendi Casa; With Fortune International’s Andrea Greenberg at our end-of-summer soirée and pool party at 4 Midtown.
Few people can burst onto the music scene with such vibrant energy and popularity that their career spans 25 years and always seems to get cooler. For Lenny Kravitz, that’s exactly the course his artistic vision has taken. From the release of his first album, Let Love Rule (and coincidentally the first CD I ever bought), in 1989 to his recent acting roles in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, he emanates a vibe and creativity that you can’t help but want to capture. With the evolution of his interior design firm, Kravitz Design, you can do just that. For our annual Men’s Issue, we sat down to talk with Kravitz about all things creative and, of course, the town he loves and is inspired by: Miami.
Miami is home to an eclectic array of creators. From 11-time New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer to former Univision Networks President Cesar Conde (under his leadership, the network recently had a first-time ratings victory over ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox in the coveted 18-to-49 age demographic), Miami is overflowing with talent that the rest of the world is paying attention to. We’re profiling both of them this month. Conde said it best when he told us, “There’s a portion of our job which is to evangelize, to talk about the potential of this community. So that makes it fun.” That’s what we do here at Ocean Drive as well.
We sent our own Miami man, Bill Kearney, down to Mexico for an exploratory tasting of tequilas, to come back and tell us exactly why this spirit is currently seeing such an explosion as the go-to choice for drinks. It’s all part of a great cocktail of stories in this month’s Ocean Drive.
You’re probably going to be hungry, thirsty, and maybe even inspired to create after reading this issue. Luckily, you’re in Miami—there’s plenty to satisfy even your most insatiable cravings. Enjoy!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY WORLDREDEYE.COM (BARROS); NICK GARCIAS (CONDE)
Cover shoot: Behind the scenes with Pitbull for the October 2014 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.