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As one of the nation’s largest cities, San Antonio has always had its fair share of retail. But when locals wanted to splurge on designer goods, the choices were traditionally few and far between. That’s about to change as yet another upscale brand sets up shop in La Cantera.

Hot on the heels of Gucci, it appears Marc Jacobs is opening a boutique in the luxury shopping center. A Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filing reveals that the brand is renovating a space at 15900 La Cantera Pkwy #1250, with construction set to wrap up at the end of August. The opening date is still unclear.

Though his signature line dates to the late ‘80s, Jacobs first gained fame by succeeding Perry Ellis as the creative director of his eponymous line. In 1992, his “grunge” collection for Ellis catapulted him to fashion’s top echelon. Though the clothes were a commercial failure, they became the unofficial uniform of ‘90s cool kids — from Winona Ryder to Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth.

In 1997, he introduced Louis Vuitton’s first ready-to-wear line, shaking off the dust of the brand’s lucrative leather goods business through covetable collaborations with artists Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami. His tenure inspired a host of heritage brands to similarly reinvent themselves through a hip streetwear lens.

Though Jacobs left his post at Vuitton in 2014, his namesake line is still owned by high-end conglomerate LVMH. Along with Vuitton, the company’s portfolio includes some of fashion’s most hallowed legacy lines, including Beyoncé-approved Loewe, Fendi, Christian Dior, and Givenchy.

There’s no word yet on whether the boutique will feature Jacob’s clothing line — now mostly focusing on logomania. No doubt, it will have a selection of more money-making accessories. CultureMap has reached out to the Marc Jacobs corporate offices and the Shops of La Cantera but has received no response at press time.

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Matt & Ben (and Viola) make early-year case as Oscar MVPs for 'Air'

Movie review

In many ways, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have defined the last 30 years of movies. Rising with a bunch of other young actors in the early ‘90s, they shot their shot with 1997’s Good Will Hunting, walking away with an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in the process. Both have remained at the top of the industry ever since, being part of big franchises and grabbing multiple other Oscar nominations/wins.

They’re back together in a somewhat unlikely way in Air, which premiered here in Austin during SXSW. The film follows the courting of soon-to-be basketball superstar Michael Jordan by Nike to endorse their shoes. Damon plays Sonny Vaccaro, who worked as a talent scout for Nike in the early 1980s. The then-nascent basketball division of the company had difficulty competing with the likes of Adidas and Converse to get players to wear their shoes, and they were looking to find the next attainable star from the now-legendary 1984 NBA Draft.

Convinced Jordan is worth more than any other player – or any other three players – Vaccaro pleads his case to Nike VP Rob Strasser (Jason Bateman) and CEO Phil Knight (Affleck), along with Jordan’s agent David Falk (Chris Messina). But ultimately the person who will make or break the deal is Jordan’s mother Deloris (Viola Davis), a woman who’s not only protective of her son as a person, but of his potential legacy in the years to come.

Directed by Affleck and written by first-time screenwriter Alex Convery, the film is a light and fun look at a bit of sports history where the actual sport is rarely glimpsed. Anyone who’s had even a passing interest in the NBA in the past 40 years knows what an impact Jordan has had on the sport and shoe industry surrounding it. But somehow the film is able to make a story with a pre-ordained outcome into a compelling one, thanks to behind-the-scenes drama that they execute well.

Vaccaro and Knight are well-known names for sports fans, but they’re not in the public eye so much that people know what their personalities are. Damon and Affleck use this to their advantage, creating characters that perhaps hue closer to their real-life friendship than the men they’re portraying. The same sense of enjoyment pervades all of the inter-company relationships shown at Nike, so that even as the characters are stressing about their futures, the film never gets bogged down in unnecessary torment.

The focus on Deloris, not Michael, Jordan is also a smart choice. Not only does it allow the filmmakers to avoid the pitfall of casting the wrong person to portray one of the most famous men on Earth, but it brings in a level of emotionality that the film might not have had otherwise. Michael is still present, but they cleverly stage the scenes with the Jordan family so that Deloris is always the one in charge.

Speaking of casting, every role is filled almost perfectly. Damon and Affleck lead the way, naturally, and each is clearly having a ball. Bateman, with his deadpan demeanor, is a great foil for Damon, and their scenes together are a joy to watch. Davis, robbed of an Oscar nomination for The Woman King, could easily be nominated here, as she bonds the two sides of the story together. Supporting performances by Messina, Chris Tucker, Matthew Moher, Julius Tennon, and Marlon Wayans all serve to make the film better.

Air could have been a wonky deep-dive into sports statistics and business machinations, but Affleck and his team concentrate instead on the people involved in the deals, which is exactly what the story needed. It’s only April, but don’t be surprised if this film is a top contender during the 2023 awards season.


Air opens in theaters on April 5.

Matt Damon in Air

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Matt Damon in Air.

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Ancient art and modern fashion collide at San Antonio museum's bespoke fashion show


Move over Met Gala! The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) recently held its own glittering event celebrating the intersection of fashion and art.

On March 2, the downtown museum teamed up with local custom clothing company Limatus Bespoke for an exclusive fashion show inspired by SAMA’s current exhibition, Roman Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth from Rome and Pompeii. The capsule collection featured 12 made-to-measure looks, all currently available at Limatus’ Pearl flagship.

The exclusive event was designed to delight the senses, with guests enjoying sips and light bites while perusing the Roman Landscapes collection. Live music by San Antonio’s Steven Lee Moya created a sophisticated atmosphere tailored to the fashions and art.

While the show did not feature Rihanna dressed in a papal mini dress, plenty of local notables did grace the event. Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia, Tatiana Herrera-Schneider (Chief Engagement Officer, SAMA), and Lisa Abel (Chief Development Officer, SAMA) moonlit as models.

Following the fashion show, the models perched in the Cowden Gallery next to the works that their looks were inspired by. The innovative approach offered guests a deeper understanding of the inspiration behind each design.

The Roman Landscapes exhibition provided plenty of sparks for the imagination. The collection includes 65 wall paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and cameo glass and silver vessels created between 100 BC and 25 AD. Together, they provide a storybook portrait of ancient Roman Italy when the mundane and mythological collided.

Whether an art lover or a style maven, locals should be advised not to be fashionably late. Limatus Bespoke’s spring/summer 2023 collection will only be available until the exhibit’s end on May 21.

Limatus Bespoke/ SAMA Fashion Show

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The San Antonio Museum of Art teamed up with Limatus bespoke for an exclusive fashion show.


Spanish fast fashion brand ripens at La Cantera, plus more top stories

hot headlines

Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. Here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. Spanish fashion giant picks La Cantera for first San Antonio store. According to a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), Spanish fashion giant Mango is building its first San Antonio store.

2. San Antonio Airport redesign takes flight with stunning new renderings. The Terminal Development Program will transform the main terminal into a space worthy of one of the largest cities in the United States.

3. First-of-its-kind Hill Country resort blends acclaimed Texas winery, brewery, and spa. Carter Creek Winery, Resort & Spa stands high on a hill overlooking U.S. Hwy. 290, just off a swerve-fast-or-you’ll-miss-it exit outside Johnson City.

4. Former Spurs owner and Texas tycoon Red McCombs passes away in San Antonio at 95. Under McCombs' leadership Clear Channel Communications (now iHeart Radio) became the largest radio and advertising media company in the world.

5. Kayak and paddle board rentals make a splash at 2 San Antonio lakes. The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department has approved a license agreement for non-motorized watercraft rentals with Austin-based The Expedition School.


Spanish fashion giant picks La Cantera for first San Antonio store


The Shops at La Cantera will soon be bearing more fruit. According to a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), Spanish fashion giant Mango is building its first San Antonio store.

State records show the 4,461 square feet store will land at 15900 La Cantera Pkwy #8850 — the former site of shuttered tween retailer Justice. Behind the build is New York-based DOMO Architecture, the firm responsible for the splashy 2017 rework of the brand’s Soho flagship.

The $800,000 renovation is set to begin in April and wrap up in July. Neither leasing firm Brookfield Properties nor Mango corporate responded to a request for a targeted opening date, though assumably, the store will welcome its first guests before the end of the year.

Founded in Barcelona, Mango is a leader in fast fashion, often compared to another Shops of La Cantera tenant, Zara. Though pricing is relatively affordable, its menswear and womenswear lines are often cited for using higher quality fabrics and more exact tailoring. Styling leans more classic, relying less on the microtrends embraced by comparable shops.

Though nearly ubiquitous in Europe and Asia, Mango is a relative newcomer to the U.S. brick-and-mortar market. Its first foray on domestic shores was with the Soho shop in 2006. Since then, the company has been slow to build permanent homes — even while amping up omnichannel distribution online and through partnerships with Macy’s, Nordstrom, and others.

2022, however, saw a shift in direction, starting with the May opening of a vast Fifth Avenue flagship. In an October 2022 press release about its Florida expansion, the company also revealed that it was heading west with planned outposts in Georgia, California, and Texas.

Eventually, Mango plans to have 40 U.S. stores operating by 2024 and to grow the market to its top five in terms of turnover. The race will be to see which city gets the first Mango store. TDLR records also show a location planned in Friendswood, also to be completed in July.

Meanwhile, the Shops at La Cantera continues to position itself as San Antonio’s premier shopping destination. Gucci debuted its first standalone accessories shop at the development in December 2022. Whimsical jeweler Gorjana and eyewear behemoth Ray Ban also have boutiques on the way.

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'Little West Side gem" sparkles with summer grand opening, plus more top stories

Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. From new neighborhood bars to downtown summer fun and booming real estate, here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. Little West Side gem" sparkles with summer grand opening. The new Prospect Hill spot Chiflada’s is female-owned and all about community.

2. Controversial comedian Dave Chappelle plots out 4 Texas arena shows, including San Antonio. The comedian comes to the AT&T Center in San Antonio on July 12.

3. City drops jam-packed summer schedule of downtown family fun in San Antonio. The City has locals covered with summer fun at downtown Travis Park, La Villita, and Market Square.

4. San Antonio had the 3rd largest population increase in the U.S., new Census report says. San Antonio added nearly 18,900 new residents between July 2021 to July 2022.

5. San Antonio tops U.S. as 2nd most active real estate market within the last decade. San Antonio had the second highest number of single-family home permits between 2013 and 2022.

James Beard award nominee Nicola Blaque set to open 3rd restaurant concept in Hemisfair Park

Hungry at Hemisfair

Chef Nicola Blaque has a new restaurant concept in the works at Hemisfair Park.

The City of San Antonio Historic and Design Review Commission officially approved Blaque's concept for her third restaurant, Port Royal, to be housed in the historic Schultze House in Hemisfair Park.

While Port Royal will feature similar menu items from Blaque's original restaurant, the Jerk Shack, the Hemisfair spot will also feature a full bar and cocktail program, the first of its kind for Blaque's restaurants.

For anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of eating at the Jerk Shack, Blaque's signature culinary style is artisanal Jamaican cuisine, with menu options like Blaque's signature jerk chicken, fried plantains, jerk egg rolls, and more.

Guests at Blaque's new restaurant concept will also be able to order 'steakhouse-menu like items,' per an official press release from Hemisfair. Port Royal will also have the distinction of being one of the first public tenants on what is the now-driveable E. Nueva St.

So we know what you're thinking — when does Port Royal open anyway? Can we expect cocktails and food at Port Royal this summer?

Bit of bad news fellow foodies — Port Royal is slated for a summer opening, but not until summer 2024.

However, anything new from the James Beard Award nominated chef (most recently she made it to the James Beard Award semifinals for 2023) is always worth the wait, so just hang tight for now and we'll keep you posted on details of Port Royal's grand opening.

Blaque, who is also a military veteran, had this to say about Port Royal in an official statement — "The response to The Jerk Shack has been amazing, which has allowed us to expand across the city...Our fans and customers have been extremely supportive of our growth so we’re looking forward to bringing The Jerk Shack to Hemisfair."

Port Royal will join other new tenants at Hemisfair's Civic Park, including Künstler Tap Haus, Bombay Bicycle Club and Kusch Faire.

Construction on Port Royal is slated to begin in fall 2023.

American Airlines adds summer travel perks including Wi-Fi enhancements, meals, and movies

Airline Food News

Fort Worth-based American Airlines has made some additions to its in-flight lineup for summer 2023, including new meals and foodie snacks, Wi-Fi updates, and new movie options to stream. That includes a special selection of films celebrating Pride Month in June.

Food first!

The new food options include chef-curated menu options in premium cabins and choices for the indulgent or health-conscious traveler in the main cabin.

Plant-based: Customers flying on transcontinental American Flagship service flights have a new premium entrée and it's plant-based, woo-hoo: The new Plant-Based Bulgogi Noodle Bowl entrée comes with yakisoba noodles, stir-fry vegetables, and plant-based beef crumbles — offering a new meal option that is both nourishing and delicious.

Avli on the Park: Customers flying in premium cabins to Europe from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this summer can enjoy dishes from Avli on the Park, a Greek restaurant in Chicago and a Michelin 2023 honoree. Options include a Greek Beef Orzo Stew and a Kagiana Egg Scramble for breakfast. These items from Avli on the Park are available on six nonstop flights to Europe: Athens, Barcelona, Dublin, London, Paris, and Rome.

Wi-Fi updates
Wi-Fi enhancements for the summer months include:

Complimentary Wi-Fi for T-Mobile customers: By July, 100 percent of American's Wi-Fi-equipped regional and narrowbody aircrafts will offer T-Mobile In-Flight Connection On Us, allowing eligible T-Mobile customers to enjoy complimentary connectivity with streaming on domestic flights.

Summer streaming: Travelers to international destinations should be able to enjoy faster Wi-Fi speeds and a more reliable service for all their connectivity needs thanks to increased bandwidth planned for American's widebody aircraft, offering 100 percent mainline aircraft with video streaming capabilities.

New film and viewing options include:

Monthly exclusives: New movies will be offered monthly which customers can watch exclusively inflight such as the new AppleTV+ movie Ghosted.

Pride Month: American is offering an entertainment channel featuring top LGBTQ+ talent; customers can choose from a list of movies and series.

American Black Film Festival channel: This summer, American is bringing new content to the American Black Film Festival channel, elevating the unique voices and power stories of the Black community to offer a deeper understanding of the Black experience.

"Our customers are the inspiration behind everything we do, and American is committed to consistently deliver a world-class experience for them,” said Kim Cisek, Vice President of Customer Experience. “We know customers want a convenient travel experience throughout their journey on American and to arrive at their destination satisfied and ready to explore — a focus we keep in mind when refreshing and creating new experiences for them to enjoy on the ground and in the skies."