December 10, 2015

Jean-Pierre Rives’ favorite Bay Area places

ON THE TOWN Renowned French artist and former rugby superstar takes his passion and energy to the Bay Area When strolling the streets of Tiburon or the shores of Stinson Beach with his partner, Sonia Rives-Deleval, and their two young sons, tousle-haired Jean-Pierre Rives looks like any dad hanging out with his family. Rives, 59, was once a superstar flanker in the rugby world – as famous as former San Francisco 49er quarterback Joe Montana was in the heyday of his football career. The International Rugby Hall of Famer is today a renowned sculptor and painter who spends part of the year in France and part of the year in Tiburon, making art and enjoying Bay Area life. Some might view his two careers as disparate, but he thinks the driving forces behind them are similar. Rives’ parents were tennis players who wanted him to take up the racquet, but he fell into rugby instead, drawn by the camaraderie and energy of team sport. Living in the suburbs of Paris, he spent his free time in the homes of sculptor Albert Féraud and painter Ladislas Kijno, who became his mentors. At the Serge Sorokko Gallery in San Francisco, Rives’ abstract […]
November 7, 2015

Wanelo’s Deena Varshavskaya’s top Bay Area spots

Founder and CEO of Wanelo keeps fit at EHS Pilates, catches the sunrise at Rodeo Beach, relaxes at Mizu Spa The large, round, stuffed animals are but one example of the millions of products from the 200,000-plus stores beloved by Wanelo’s 10 million users, predominantly young women who spend an average 50 minutes a day on the platform scoping products, saving them to collections, creating wish lists and sharing new finds. […] the things we wear, the things we put in our houses, all of that literally is expressing our creative side – and it’s entertainment, Varshavskaya said on a recent weekday afternoon, clad in Aritzia faux-leather pants, boots from Shoebiz and a whimsical Wildfox pony sweatshirt that she found on Wanelo. Just like her fashion tastes, her favorite Bay Area spots are an eclectic mix. EHS Pilates: 3726 Cesar Chavez: Sometimes startup founders take on a really unhealthy lifestyle, and it’s really important to me that that doesn’t happen. Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, Marin: “It definitely has a very authentic English pub feel that is very hard to find in San Francisco, and I think it’s an amazing, surprising romantic date just because it looks like […]