VENU Magazine and Fleet Miami

Sep 08, 2014

Sep. 8, 2014 - MANHATTAN, N.Y. -- New York’s “It” celebrities gathered with magazine and yacht insiders aboard the super yacht M / Y Usher at a pop-up party and art exhibit hosted by VENÜ Magazine and Fleet Miami to launch the Fall issue of the contemporary lifestyle publication on Wednesday, September 3. The guest list included acclaimed fashion photographer Raphael Mazzucco, the feature cover artist of VENÜ’s 25th issue; Philippe Artus-Hoerle, Vice President of Strategic Relationships for Symbolic London; pop artist and filmmaker David Foox; Ralph Lauren breakout model, Morgan O’Connor; American hotel developer and entrepreneur Frederic Marq; fashion photographers Kristian Schmidt and Micheal DiDonna and other well-known luminaries from the business, fashion, and art worlds.

Tracey Thomas, founding publisher and owner of the high-profile, Connecticut-based VENÜ Magazine, and Kathy Kennedy, Director of Marketing for Fleet Miami, an elite membership consortium for worldwide luxury yachting, welcomed guests onboard Fleet Miami’s largest sport yacht to experience a signature collaboration of lifestyle privileges embodied by their partnership.

“VENÜ Magazine offers our readers an eclectic blend of editorial highlighting the latest in architecture and design, yachting, motoring, style, travel, food and wine, art, film, music and so much more,” said Thomas, adding that the quarterly publication showcases provocative profiles and exposés of tastemakers and influencers, both emerging and established. Its fall issue features a triumph of movers and shakers. They include provocative artists like Raphael Mazzucco represented by Symbolic London, a world leader in the collection of modern art, the folks who nurture nature at the Rockefeller’s Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and the captains of luxury and style at Fleet Miami, which offers unique access to the world of private yachting through an elite membership club. “We were beyond thrilled to invite our readers to actually experience the headlining stars of our featured stories up close and personally at our pop-up party where Mazzucco’s art and Fleet Miami’s amazing yacht were on display.”

Raphael Mazzucco, whose work has seduced readers of Vogue, Marie Claire, Playboy, Vanity Fair, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, to name a few, and powered the sales of retail giants like Victoria's Secret, Guess Jeans, L'Oreal, and Ralph Lauren thanks to his attention-getting images of ladies barely clad, is acclaimed as one of the world's most influential and talented fashion photographers. Now he’s being feted as the newest breakout mixed-media artist under Symbolic London’s masterful, behind the scenes, counsel.

At 154 feet long, the 5-stateroom M / Y Usher is Fleet Miami’s largest luxury sport yacht and is the ultimate on-water paradise for boating enthusiasts.  The boat was docked at Manhattan’s Chelsea Pier for Venü’s September 3rd party, ushering guests aboard with Polynesian artistry, elegant art deco accouterments, tropical glasswork and rich exotic woods, bubinga, wenge and loa among them, that literally transported them to a new level of maritime pleasure now on offer through Fleet Miami Membership Club.

“Our yachting membership is all about pampering our clients with the flexibility, five-star amenities and over-the-top personal services that are inherent in private yachting, but without the cost and worries of ownership,” commented Kathy Kennedy, adding that members enjoy 5-star meals prepared by a team of on-board chefs and culinary specialists, use of an “arsenal” of toys right off the boat’s giant swim and fishing platforms, like wake boarding, wind surfing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking and paddle boards, along with world-class comforts in each of its five spacious, beautifully decorated en-suite staterooms, and art-filled living and dining rooms. In addition to Usher, Fleet Miami currently offers members use of 8 similarly-equipped private yachts, ranging from 36 feet to 154 feet, and a choice of captained cruise itineraries to idyllic destinations in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. “We go beyond the ordinary on land and at sea,” explained Kennedy, “ensuring members personalized concierge services that secure insider access to the best restaurants, hottest clubs, villas, concerts and shows in each port where we dock.”

VENÜ Magazine’s sunset soiree, deemed “incredible” by the lucky attendees who sipped and sampled the treasures of private yachting, is just the first of many pop-up parties that Thomas plans to delight readers with as the lifestyle publication showcases the hottest people and places in must-experience venues from the Hamptons to Miami Beach.

For more information and to see who and what Venü is talking about online, visit www.venumagazine.com