Born and raised in London, Jack Guinness is no stranger to cold weather, but Reykjavik, Iceland is on another level. Literally. As the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavik only sees temperatures above 50° F during its “warmest” months. But the British model, DJ, actor, and columnist—who is usually seen sporting only the most dapper of suits—couldn’t wait to don a parka and winter boots to explore the home of musical greats like Björk and Sigur Ros. Jack said it best, “Iceland is a sublime place, where else could Björk come from?”
Guinness’s love of music started early. Before he was spinning at London’s most sought after soirees, he grew up listening to his dad’s old vinyls, which included classics from The Beatles and The Clash. Now his own collection includes everything from Swim Deep to R Kelly. Looking for the inside track on Iceland, Guinness made his first stop at the local record store (as is custom whenever he visits a new place) to talk to the locals and find some new vinyl. “Every culture and every person has a soundtrack, a playlist. Talking to new people about music they love and discovering new sounds…it’s like discovering a whole new world,” he explains.
And Iceland really feels like a whole new world. From the music and food to the rugged yet romantic landscape, the country has no equal. “You have to keep telling yourself that what you’re seeing is real. Like ‘Yes, I am standing on top of a piece of ice from ice age.’ You actually pause and think in the moment: ‘Life is pretty crazy, and I’m pretty lucky to be here experiencing this.’”
And in case Guinness ever wants to relive that moment, all he needs are his top tracks from Iceland.
Jack’s Top Tracks
Sigur Ros- Staralfur
Bjork- Venus As A Boy
Broken Bells- The Ghost Inside
Arctic blasts, plummeting mercury levels, snowed-out stadiums – Old Man Winter is officially here, and showing no restraint in whipping his winds about the nation. Here at UGG, we have one thing to say to that: Bring it. From weekend cabin retreats to the daily grind, UGG has you covered on the warm, cozy, and unquestionably cute front.
In the interest of evidentiary support, we enlisted Jacey from Damsel in Dior to put our winter wonders to the test in Aspen with a few of her equally fashionable friends. They started things off with a trek through the breathtaking landscape, keeping things nice and toasty in sleek waterproof boots, chunky knit headbands, and neutral-hued scarves. Back at the lodge, they cozied up to the hearth in our beloved slippers and super-snuggly blankets for fireside chats ‘n’ snacks. Style points: UGG: 1, Winter: 0.
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Harry Gesner’s life reads like an adventure novel. His chapters unfold like fiction. Widely known for his work as a world-renowned self-taught architect, who still designs at 89 and whose designs influenced the Sydney Opera House, he once turned down the chance to study with Frank Lloyd Wright. Few know that he also survived Normandy, excavated tombs in Ecuador, rubbed shoulders with the likes of Marlon Brando, and still surfs and water skis with expert -like panache.
But to Gesner, life’s accolades come second to shared moments with family. As Gesner puts it, “Many have inspired me in my lifetime, but the association of being in the ocean with my children, grandsons, and son Zen is a wonderful feeling. It’s really inspiring. Absolutely makes my life.”
Californian to the core, Gesner is the great-great-grandson of the Spanish captain of Santa Barbara, so it’s no wonder that he feels right at home in the water. It’s in the waters of Malibu, where he’s been longboarding since the late 70’s that he connects with three generations of Gesner’s – sharing the perfect set in the sun together. The waves bring them together. Common ground. An equalizer.
Gesner’s Son Zen captured this sentiment best; “My father has always been the source of inspiration for me and my boys. Seeing his connection to the ocean, it was always his place to go. Growing up, whenever there was a problem that I was having, we’d always go surfing, my father and I. It was a really special bond. A very, very special bond that we have now and I’m able to do that with my sons. We spend incredible time out there just discussing life, or nothing at all.”
We have no doubt that architect, adventurer and visionary Harry Gesner will continue to ride the wave.
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