A Cultural Compendium of What’s New This Month

People, Places and Things

Louis Vuitton’s men’s scents, an update to E.M. Forster’s ‘Howard’s End,’ flasks for the modern drinker — and more.

CreditCourtesy of Louis Vuitton Malletier

Louis Vuitton’s Green Screen

In 2013, Louis Vuitton took over Les Fontaines Parfumées (above, left), a coral-colored 17th-century bastide in the French Riviera town of Grasse, in anticipation of launching its first women’s scents in over 70 years. More recently, master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud has been toiling away in the elegant building’s top-floor lab on a second major launch — Vuitton’s first-ever men’s colognes, arriving in stores next month. “Men today are more disruptive, less classical,” Cavallier Belletrud says. “Thirty or 40 years ago, we used very heavy fragrances. Now, it’s more about fruity notes and those in accordance with nature.” Indeed, one of the five new scents, L’Immensité, blends the brightness of grapefruit with ginger, while the softer, woody Orage contains notes of iris, patchouli and vetiver.

In addition to a certain lightness, the fragrances share a point of inspiration: travel. Many noses speak of olfactory journeys, but at Vuitton, which has made luggage for everyone from 19th-century explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza to Catherine Deneuve, the connection to travel is more than cursory. Trips to southern Italy got Cavallier Belletrud thinking about Calabrian citron, which he combined with Peruvian balsam for Sur la Route (above, second from right). “One must take the time to discover,” he says. — KELLY HARRIS

Kyle Soller and John Benjamin Hickey in “The Inheritance” at the Young Vic.Credit©Simon Annand

Ties That Bind

“Only connect!” begins the most famous passage of E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel “Howards End,” which asks us to unite “the prose and the passion” of life, to “live in fragments no longer.” It also points to the book’s theme of social connection and its obstacles — a topic that has an additional charge in our era of supposed connectivity. Contrasting the principles of two privileged English families — the bohemian, openhearted Schlegels and the staid industrialist Wilcoxes — as their lives overlap with an intellectually curious but impecunious young man, Forster’s masterpiece took on the big, divisive issues of the day — class, power, gender — while illuminating commonalities, like the need for love and sex, shelter and a sense of purpose, with moral complexity and tender comedy.

Few novels feel as deserving of fresh consideration, and this spring, two worthy adaptations offer just that. A new BBC/Starz mini-series written by Kenneth Lonergan emphasizes Forster’s deep humanism over the sumptuous Edwardian period details underlined in the beloved 1992 Merchant-Ivory film rendition. As Margaret, Hayley Atwell brings a warm heroism to one of English literature’s great women, though most significant of all is the decision to cast actors of color in supporting roles, a reminder that Britain never did resemble the one Brexiteers might have imagined. Meanwhile, a queer retelling of the story, written by Matthew Lopez, directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Vanessa Redgrave and John Benjamin Hickey, currently on view off West End at the Young Vic. “The Inheritance” transposes Forster’s story to present-day New York, grounding it in the gay community a generation after the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. At a time in which it feels like the Wilcoxes have won, at least for the moment, it’s nice to believe that the Schlegels are still in charge of the story. — MEGAN O’GRADY

An antique boat outside the restaurant.CreditAlina Vlasova

Down in the Valley

It might sound like a Zen koan, but the next Bali is the Bali of old: Increasingly, travelers are moving away from the island’s beachside resorts in search of the lush natural landscapes that made it a destination in the first place. They might find what they’re looking for within the miniature Arcadian universe that the Canadian jeweler John Hardy and his wife Cynthia have built. In addition to having founded the Green School, an alternative K-12 in the heart of the jungle that is known for its environmental focus, they oversee Bambu Indah, a hotel that they opened outside of Ubud in 2005, with a smattering of Javanese teak buildings perched atop a winding swimming pond. The latest addition to the two-and-a-half acre estate is the River Warung, an open-air, eight-table cafe designed by John and his daughter Elora Hardy, who is the founder of Ibuku, a Bali-based design firm that specializes in bamboo architecture. Here, treated bamboo slices have been bent into overlapping arches that support a curved roof of hand-folded copper shingles. “I wanted it to appear as though it was constructed by a highly intelligent bird,” Elora says of the nestlike structure, which sits next to the Ayung River in an emerald-hued valley of rice terraces. To get there, guests take an elevator down 60 feet and cross an irrigation canal via suspension bridge. Once seated, they can enjoy Balinese-inspired dishes, including wood-fired jackfruit steak rubbed with turmeric and galangal, as well as minced fish wrapped in banana leaf and served with corn fritters and greens sautéed in coconut oil. “It’s everything we loved about the island that is now so hard to find,” says Cynthia. — GISELA WILLIAMS

CreditMari Maeda and Yuji Oboshi

Mini Market

Classic carryalls go the distance. From left: Salvatore Ferragamo bag, $2,800, (866) 337-7242. Mansur Gavriel bag, $1,295, mansurgavriel.com. The Row bag, $5,600, (212) 755-2017.

CreditPhotograph by Patricia Heal. Styled by Beverley Hyde

A Tale of Two Diamonds

Siddharth Kasliwal, a young, well-traveled heir to the famed Gem Palace jewelry emporium in Jaipur, is called Sid by his friends. The casualness of the nickname fits his life-of-the-party demeanor, but belies his intense seriousness when it comes to stones, especially the important antique ones around which he creates some of his most unique and beguiling pieces. In between dinners with clients in Mumbai, showings in his private Upper East Side atelier and the dozens of weddings around the globe he attends each year, he hunts down gems like the two rare old-mine diamonds that adorn this pair of dangling earrings. Each is about 10 carats: one from a dealer in Las Vegas, the other in Hong Kong. Set off by nearly nine carats of emeralds in a slender platinum frame, the composition has a sharp, modern geometry, not unlike the silhouette of a martini glass turned playfully upside-down. Price on request, (212) 861-0606. — NANCY HASS

CreditMari Maeda and Yuji Oboshi

Market Report: Flasks

A classic gentleman’s accessory gets made anew.

Top row, from left: The Principals Liquid body flask, $60, areaware.com. Paolo Gerosav for Alessi Shot hip flask, $65, alessi.com. Jacob Bromwell Gentleman’s square flask, $300, jacobbromwell.com. RBT flask, $50, crateandbarrel.com.

Bottom row, from left: Top Shelf Flasks stainless steel hip flask $8, amazon.com. Izola stainless steel flask, $42, jcrew.com. Sertodo Copper hand-hammered hip flask, $110, food52.com. Odeme Pebble flask, $35, poketo.com.