The Genteel
June 13, 2021



In a bid to win hearts (and votes), Parisian politician Natalie Kosciusko-Morizet has published proposals to revamp the city's abandoned railway stations if she is elected mayor later this month. Speaking with Manal Rachdi, one of the local architects behind the designs, Elizabeth Neep discovers how the neglected underground stations may soon become the hottest go-to destination.

By Elizabeth Neep

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Alina Kulesh

Toronto, Canada

Alina is the editor of frank by The Genteel, freelance writer and occasional portrait painter. 

Andrew Adebowale

London, United Kingdom

Andrew contributes to The Genteel from London. 

Semmi W.

Toronto, New York,

Semhar Woldeyesus is writer whose primary reporting interests include design, music and culture.

Cristina Fei

Rome, Italy

Cristina reports for The Genteel from Rome. She is a professional freelance journalist with ten years of experience.

Chere Di Boscio

Paris, France

Chere contributes lifestyle editorial to The Genteel from Paris.

Erin Ridley

Madrid, Spain

Erin hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, but has called Madrid home for the last four years.

Claudia Costa

Maastricht, The Netherlands

Claudia Costa contributes to The Genteel from Maastricht, Netherlands.

Irene Kim

Toronto, Canada

Irene Kim is a member of the board of Geeky Chic, Inc.

David Walmsley

Vancouver, Canada

David is an East to West coast Canadian currently skulking through the streets of Vancouver.

Briana Palma

Dublin, Ireland

Briana Palma contributes to The Genteel from Dublin.

Karina Abramova

Toronto, Canada

Karin reports from Toronto but travels extensively throughout the year.

Katie Aske

London, UK

Katie is a Ph.D researcher studying at Loughborough University. She has a flare for fashion and loves writing.

Amanda Coen

New York,

Amanda is a photographer and writer with a love for travel, fashion, design and adventure.

Elizabeth Neep

London, United Kingdom

Elizabeth contributes to The Genteel from London. 

Negin Baradari

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Negin contributes to The Genteel from New York City.


Graffiti duo Mint&Serf are back at it, spraying and tagging their message of #ANTIPOP in a new exhibit at New York's Bleecker Street Arts Club. But as Semmi W. came to find out, tolerating the unapologetic complexity of their work is an art form unto itself.

By Semmi W.

Turning weapons of horror and destruction into objects of beguiling artistic beauty is no mean feat. Andrew Adebowale met up with the emerging artist that is looking to blow a hole in the London art scene through her use of the hand grenade.

By Andrew Adebowale

In her 60-year career, Edith Head worked on 1,131 films, creating beautiful outfits for some of the most famous women - and men - in Hollywood. Although Head passed away in 1981, her memory and ambition lives on thanks to Susan Claassen and her one-woman touring play titled A Conversation With Edith Head. 

By Tara MacInnis

While it is widely known that fashion is cyclical, how much of what we see within runway designs and glossy advertising is actually repeated directly from earlier sources? Fashion photography website Part Nouveau has been tracking such trends, highlighting the questionable authenticity and creativity demonstrated within modern fashion. Julie Rubinger speaks with creator Lilah Ramzi.

By Julie Rubinger

From pretentious galleries to elitist crowds, the art world has intimidated as much as it has inspired. Yet for Brooklyn-based organisation Art House, a relationship with art should be as accessible as fast food. "Like a taco truck but with sketchbooks," their flagship venture - The Sketchbook Project - tempts everybody to tuck in and devour. 

By Elizabeth Neep

World War I was a time of grief and destruction for many. However, it also brought on one of the most fruitful and creative art movements of our time. Art Gallery of Ontario's (AGO) new exhibition, "The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918", highlights the incredible artwork leading up to and throughout WW1.

By Alina Kulesh
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