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  • The 2024 ESPYS Celebrated Prince Harry, Dawn Staley, Caitlin Clark, Patrick Mahomes & More

    Hosted by Serena Williams, the Awards Show Featured Appearances from Ciara, Draymond Green, Drew Brees, Jennifer Garner, Lil Wayne, Nikki Glaser, Quinta Brunson, Rob Lowe & more, On Thursday evening, some of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment gathered at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate the year’s best moments in sports at The 2024 ESPYS presented by Capital One . The show, which aired live on ABC, was hosted by tennis legend and cultural icon Serena Williams and featured appearances by Andy Reid, Candace Parker, Colman Domingo, Draymond Green, Drew Brees, Jennifer Garner, Lil Wayne, Nikki Glaser, Paige Bueckers, Quinta Brunson, Rob Lowe, Venus Williams , and more.    The show opened with an electric performance by Ciara who sang a medley of her well-known hits “Goodies,” “1, 2, Step” and “Level Up.” Williams took the stage next for her opening monologue - she kept the audience laughing with clever quips about Kendrick Lamar and Drake, Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce, and Will Smith. She also joked that she didn’t want Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who were in the audience, to take attention away from her on her big night. Later in the show, Williams surprised the audience with two musical performances. The first a response to Jamie Foxx's 2003 ESPYS “ode” to Serena ("Tennis Ball"), and the second about her relationship with Maria Sharapova.  Each year, The ESPYS recognizes individuals in the sports world who have demonstrated admirable strength and bravery in the face of adversity with three marquee awards: the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, and the Pat Tillman Award for Service.  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex was honored with the Pat Tillman Award for Service in recognition of his tireless work making a positive impact for the veteran community through the power of sport. After serving for 10 years in the British Armed Forces, Prince Harry founded The Invictus Games Foundation, continuing his service by creating an international platform to support wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women who are navigating both physical and invisible injuries. Veterans and former Pat Tillman Award recipients Kirstie Ennis, Israel Del Toro , and Elizabeth Marks presented the award to him while his wife Meghan Markle and members of the Pat Tillman Foundation showed their support from the audience. In his acceptance speech, he talked about polarization, division, and conflicts around the globe fueled by a lack of understanding for people who are different. He lauded the Invictus Games’ ability to bring people together around courage and mutual respect, saying, “Our community proves that unity is not just possible, but formidable.” He promised the games would leave no one behind.   Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees presented his friend and former teammate Steve Gleason with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage for his heroic fight against ALS, saying Gleason has “always been determined to write his own story.” Since being diagnosed with the incurable disease in 2011, Gleason has made an incredible impact in the space. He established his nonprofit, Team Gleason, to empower people with ALS to live purposeful lives and ultimately bring an end to the disease; after years of advocacy, Team Gleason successfully lobbied for “The Steve Gleason Act” which ensures the availability of life-sustaining communication devices in the U.S. Joined onstage by his son Rivers, he delivered a powerful speech, saying, “No human is immune from fear or adversity, not even super athletes, royal princes, or the most holy saints…Our ability to courageously share our vulnerabilities with each other is our greatest strength.”   University of South Carolina women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance in recognition of her resilience on the court and ongoing support for women’s sports and equality in the sports world, as well as her leadership in the fight against cancer. Sydni Scott and Taelor Scott , daughters of former ESPN anchor and Jimmy V Award recipient Stuart Scott, presented the award to Staley along with Quinta Brunson . Staley delivered an emotional speech about persevering, doing the right thing, and setting a good example, saying, “How do I not fight injustice when I ask [my players] to do things the right way? How do I not fight for equity when I tell them they can climb as high as they want? How do I not fight pay disparity when I do the same job, and get paid less, and win more? They’re watching me. I can’t ask them to stand up for themselves if I’m sitting down. Nor can I ask them to use their voice to affect change if I’m only willing to whisper.” Former University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban was presented with the Icon Award in recognition of his incredible career by his former players, Mark Ingram and Bryce Young . Saban spoke about building community and expressed that the sports world has “a responsibility and obligation, because sports bring people together better than anything.” Womens and men’s basketball players took home some of the biggest awards of the night. Candace Parker and Allyson Felix presented the award for Best Athlete, Women’s Sports to Las Vegas Aces center A’ja Wilson . Rising star Caitlin Clark received two awards - Best College Athlete, Women’s Sports as well as Best Record-Breaking Performance for becoming the NCAA’s all-time scoring leader, breaking the record of basketball legend Pete Maravich. Fresh off his team’s NBA Finals win, Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown was recognized for the Best Championship Performance. USC’s JuJu Watkins took home her first ESPY Award for Best Breakthrough Athlete, and the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team was awarded Best Team to close out the show.   Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes received his second win for Best Athlete, Men’s Sports, joining LeBron James, Lance Armstrong, and Tiger Woods as the only other athletes to win the category multiple times. He was also named Best NFL Player. Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson won the award for Best Play for throwing a pass to himself during the Ravens' AFC championship match against the Chiefs.   Ahead of the Paris Summer Olympics, gymnast Simone Biles received the Best Comeback Athlete recognition. Chicago Bears’ Keenan Allen , race car driver Ryan Blaney , and skier Lindsey Vonn presented the award. Jennifer Garner , co-owner of the Angel City Football Club, accepted the team’s honor for Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year. Rob Lowe presented the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award to the Maui Surfing Community for their life-saving response to the wildfire in Lāhainā and their continued efforts to raise awareness and funds for impacted Maui residents. Surfers Paige Alms, Archie Kalepa, Kai Lenny, Molly Lenny, Andrea Moller, and Zane Schweitzer took the stage to accept the award.   Rapper and LSU women’s basketball player Flau’jae Johnson performed her songs "Pop It,” "Legendary Flow" and “Came Out A Beast,” and got the crowd going.   The ESPYS raises awareness and funds for Foundation for Cancer Research, the charity founded by ESPN and the late basketball coach Jim Valvano at the first ESPYS back in 1993. ESPN and the V Foundation have vowed to continue to raise awareness and funds for cancer research until there is victory over cancer. This year, the V Foundation has a generous donor who will be matching gifts to the V Foundation up to a total of $1 million. For more information, go to V.org . COMPLETE LIST OF THE 2024 ESPYS WINNERS Best Athlete, Men’s Sports: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs Best Athlete, Women’s Sports: A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces  Best Breakthrough Athlete: JuJu Watkins, USC Women’s Basketball Best Record-Breaking Performance: Caitlin Clark becomes NCAA’s All-Time Scoring Leader breaking Pete Maravich’s Record Best Championship Performance: Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics Best Comeback Athlete: Simone Biles, Gymnast Best Play: Lamar Jackson Catches His Own Pass Best Team: South Carolina Gamecocks, NCAA Women’s Basketball Best College Athlete, Men’s Sports: Jayden Daniels, LSU Football  Best College Athlete, Women’s Sports: Caitlin Clark, Iowa Basketball  Best Athlete with a Disability: Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding  Best NFL Player: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs  Best MLB Player: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels Best NHL Player: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers Best NBA Player: Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks  Best WNBA Player: A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces Best Driver: Max Verstappen, F1 Best UFC Fighter: Sean O’Malley Best Boxer: Terence Crawford Best Soccer Player: Kylian Mbappé, France/Real Madrid Best Golfer: Scottie Scheffler Best Tennis Player: Coco Gauff  SPECIAL AWARDS Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: Dawn Staley Arthur Ashe Award for Courage: Steve Gleason Pat Tillman Award for Service: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex   SPORTS HUMANITARIAN AWARDS Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award: Maui Surfing Community  Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award: Conor Campbell, Ayanna Shah, Hannah Smith    Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year: Angel City Football Club Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award Honoree: Brice Christianson Sports Philanthropist of the Year Honoree: Boston Red Sox Ownership (John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino)  Corporate Community Impact Award: JPMorganChase    By ML Staff. Images courtesy of ESPYS

  • Discover New & Recent Openings in Miami Design District

    The Miami Design District (MDD) continues to expand. Here you will find information on the latest developments including The Moore & Elastika, Reserve Padel, Brunello Cucinelli, Isa Grutman, Tiffany & Co., and Palm Angels. HOSPITALITY  The Moore  The Moore, a landmark destination in MDD, has reopened its doors, unveiling a private members club, boutique hotel, executive offices, gallery space, and a public facing restaurant, Elastika. One of the most recognizable properties in Miami, The Moore has long been revered for its architectural splendor and celebrated artworks, such as Elastika, a site-specific commission by the late Zaha Hadid. As part of the reimagined space, and taking its name from this iconic artwork, Elastika debuts as a Modern American restaurant helmed by acclaimed Executive Chef Joe Anthony situated on the first floor of the project. Reserve Padel  Reserve Padel’s MDD location marks the brand’s first members-only padel club and features three glass-enclosed padel courts and a pro shop stocked with premium padel gear and Reserve-branded apparel. Beyond offering elite padel facilities, Reserve Padel further enhances MDD’s identity as a premier lifestyle destination. Made for the athlete who makes sport a lifestyle, the club provides an experience that marries the dynamic sporting culture of Miami with the unmatched luxury of its iconic locale. SHOPS Brunello Cucinelli  Brunello Cucinelli recently opened its doors to MDD, bringing the brand's timeless story of craftsmanship and ethical values to life. Since 1978, Brunello Cucinelli has been guided by a profound respect for humanity and nature, embracing principles of balanced growth and environmental stewardship. From the innovative dyeing of cashmere knitwear to the commitment to creating pieces meant to be cherished for generations, each creation embodies the brand's dedication to quality and longevity. Set against the backdrop of Solomeo, Italy, the brand's headquarters, the MDD store captures the essence of Brunello Cucinelli's aesthetic research on elegance, drawing inspiration from the rich traditions and natural beauty of its surroundings.  Isa Grutman Stepping boldly into the world of luxury jewelry, Isabella Grutman proudly unveiled her inaugural flagship store, Isa Grutman, offering a unique jewelry experience. Drawing inspiration from vintage designs, the brand seamlessly blends classic elements with modern innovations showcasing a curated selection of sophisticated jewelry. Isabela Grutman's vision is to inspire individuals to embrace their beauty and style, making thoughtful designs that are versatile and suitable for any occasion and designed to be worn throughout the day. All pieces from Isa Grutman Jewelry feature 14K and 18K fine metals, created with only natural diamonds and gemstones. Tiffany & Co.  The newly opened Tiffany & Co. location captures the essence of Louis Comfort Tiffany's artistic legacy while embracing Miami’s vibrant spirit. Showcasing iconic collections like Tiffany Lock, T, HardWear, and Knot, along with exquisite Diamond Designs, the store radiates timeless elegance. Visitors are welcomed by Damien Hirst's vibrant "Apple Blossom Wallpaper" temporary façade, setting the tone for the artistic journey inside. As they step in, they encounter Daniel Arsham’s striking Bronze Venus Italica, Venini’s dazzling blown glass chandeliers, and Peter Lane’s captivating ceramic table lamps. A Landmark-inspired staircase beckons shoppers to explore further treasures, including the sophisticated "Comfort Lounge" cocktail bar. The MDD store is a tribute to Tiffany & Co.'s enduring legacy and an adventure where each piece tells a tale of passion and exquisite craftsmanship. Palm Angels Palm Angels has recently debuted its newly redesigned flagship boutique, mirroring the brand's global identity while infusing local charm. This revamped space spans two floors across 230 square meters, featuring a seamless blend of sophistication and tropical allure. Natural raffia panels and textured oak furnishings create an inviting atmosphere, while Miami pink-hued metal racks add a whimsical touch. A nod to Miami’s iconic landscape, palm trees wallpaper completes the fusion of tradition and modernity synonymous with Palm Angels. From its origins as a photographic documentation of LA's skater culture to its evolution into a renowned clothing line, Palm Angels embodies an Italian perspective on American culture and subcultures. By ML Staff. Image Courtesy of Miami Design District

  • Vacheron Constantin's 'The Pleats of Time' – A Concept Watch & Égérie Moon Phase

    This is a singular creation, as much for its looks as for the creative process leading to its birth. The Égérie concept watch stems from an artistic collaboration between Vacheron Constantin and Yiqing Yin, a "One of Not Many" talent. A “One of Not Many” creation United in their quest for refinement and a shared vision of excellence, the Manufacture and the Haute Couture designer have come up with the Égérie The Pleats of time, a concept watch. This creation orchestrates a dialogue between three worlds: Haute Horlogerie, Haute Couture and Haute Parfumerie. The roundness of the 37 mm pink gold case embellished with diamonds, the ‘pleats’ pattern adorning the powdered lilac dial, as well as the asymmetrical geometry so cherished by the Maison whose name appears at 8 o'clock in a diagonal with the moon phase and crown at 2 o'clock… All combine to create a refined and original feminine silhouette into which Yiqing Yin has instilled an aesthetic appeal that awakens the senses. The Maison and the Haute Couture designer also called on French master perfumer Dominique Ropion to craft an original fragrance that is encapsulated in the watch strap. Above and beyond the object, a sensory experience Under Yiqing Yin’s impetus, the Égérie collection reveals a new facet of its personality through a markedly different aesthetic, infused with the designer’s inimitably ethereal universe. The dial is freed from hour-markers, extending an invitation to experience time in an intuitive and emotional way. Crafted in mother-of-pearl, it is draped in a ‘pleats’ pattern that unfolds in two stages across its entire surface: in the centre, encircled by fine gold ‘pearls’, as well as around the edge, extending the folds and hollows. Yiqing Yin chose a soft lilac colour, "a feminine, evanescent shade like a delicate embodiment of a daydream". This hue also adorns the moon phase sculpted in mother-of-pearl. A row of diamonds enhances the complication, swept over by extremely slender hours, minutes and seconds hands. Yiqing Yin has designed an exclusive strap adorned with exquisite artistic embroidery, in which mother-of-pearl shards are inlaid between silk threads. According to the designer, "this work recounts the sinuous course of water in a natural landscape, unfurling its scalloped volutes, somewhere between the fragility of shed snakeskin and the elegance of abstract lace. The irregularities adorning the strap bear the imprint of the human hand, creating a visual dialogue with the pure geometry of the dial.”  Invisible yet essential to the personality of this timepiece, a fragrance imagined by master perfumer Dominique Ropion is encapsulated in the strap. A scent of innovation The dedicated fragrance specially created for this concept watch stems from numerous exchanges between the master perfumer and the Haute Couture designer. "Dominique is an alchemist of emotions. Our initial idea was to create a watch offering a singular and sensorial perception of time”, says Yiqing Yin. Then came a wealth of creative and brainstorming sessions to combine emotions and formulas until the scent that would embody the Égérie - The Pleats of Time watch came to life. As Dominique Ropion explains when evoking the core aims of the process, it was about "creating a fragrance that would be universal, like time itself. A mineral scent with pastel, wintry, powdery and iridescent notes, playing with the sun and wisps of smoke. ”To ensure this fragrance would echo Yiqing Yin's approach, a meticulous combination of ingredients was created: a mineral and marine accord of ozonic notes and galbanum; notes of lavender and orange blossom; winter freshness based on a honeysuckle and immortelle accord; iridescent highlights with tuberose and ylang-ylang; sunshine in a bottle conveyed by orange and lemon; wisps of time passing through incense (olibanum, myrrh, opoponax) and oud. Once the fragrance had been defined, the idea was to encapsulate it in the heart of the strap and "accept the passage of time in order to breathe and be receptive to wonder", as Yiqing Yin points out. This led to a comprehensive innovative process in which the droplets of fragrance concentrate were encapsulated. Each component of the strap (lining, loop, embroidery, etc.) was then steeped in these encapsulations. The perfume contained in the nanocapsules is released randomly, as the strap rubs against the skin and in step with wrist movements. A dress to prolong the experience To accompany the Égérie concept watch, Yiqing Yin created a Haute Couture dress epitomising its spirit and which she describes in these terms: “The light fabrics swirl around the body, creating a pleated, swirling showcase of supernatural hues, evoking the moiré dial diffractions. This undulating silhouette, in harmony with the body, offers a suppleness suspended in time, culminating in the wearer’s movement and the caress of the elements. The evolving volume of the skirt unfolds in sunburst pleats, composed of cascades of iridescent satin that continue their journey in silk chiffon, creating superimposed transparency effects and ever-changing silky reflections that capture the splendour of each given moment. Inspired by the vitality of the elements, this creation celebrates movement’s inherent beauty, where infinity is gracefully reflected in fluidity.” Exploring the latest fabric technologies, the designer combines manual bath-dyeing with eco-sensitive nanodyeing, steeping fibres and fabrics in mineral powders to create gradient-type haloes. This bespoke gown with its singular allure thus weaves symbolic and visual ties between Haute Couture, Haute Parfumerie and Haute Horlogerie. Égérie moon phase A creative collaboration with Yiqing Yin Inspired by the refinement of Haute Couture and Vacheron Constantin's aesthetic heritage, the Égérie collection welcomes a moon phase watch issued in a 100-piece limited series developed with designer Yiqing Yin. Paired with a choice of three interchangeable straps, this edition with its 37 mm pink gold case and gemset bezel adopts subtle lilac hues while retaining the collection’s aesthetic codes: the mother-of-pearl dial is alternately smooth or decorated with a “pleats” motif, while the moon phase appears as part of a subtle diagonal line formed by the Vacheron Constantin logo and the crown. An original creative collaboration Since its 2020 debut, the Égérie collection has established its style credentials in the world of Haute Horlogerie dedicated to women. Picking up its aesthetic codes and instilling a new creative dimension were at the heart of the project developed with Yiqing Yin in giving life to the new Égérie moon phase that reflects her creative universe. Recognisable by the ethereal allure of her creations and the blurred lines of her silhouettes structured by dainty pleated and draped effects, the designer's signature is reflected in the work on the dial whose centre is adorned with a pleated mother-of-pearl motif. Yiqing Yin's stylistic territory is also echoed by the choice of mother-of-pearl colour, which recalls her creation’s silvery mauve fabrics, overlaid with soft lilac or moiré Parma violet colours. According to Yiqing Yin, who has also chosen pastel shades for the three interchangeable straps, "these feminine, evanescent shades are the delicate embodiment of daydreams.” An exclusive 100-piece limited edition Softness, daydreams, elegance: these words apply equally well to Yiqing Yin's creations as to the new Égérie moon phase watch. Softness is reflected in the lilac-coloured mother-of-pearl dial, which is either smooth or decorated with a pleated motif, echoing the first Égérie models. Mother-of-pearl, a particularly fragile material, has been meticulously crafted to create the pleated pattern surrounded by individually hand-applied fine gold ‘pearls’. The interpretation of the moon phase, also adorned with lilac mother-of-pearl and festooned with diamonds, is undeniably dreamlike. Elegance pervades the entire timepiece, expressed in the contours of the 37 mm diamond-set pink gold case, in the slender hands reminiscent of dressmakers’ nimble fingers, as well as in the Égérie collection’s characteristic asymmetry: a crown set at 2 o'clock aligned with the moon phase and the Vacheron Constantin inscription at 8 o'clock. Clearly visible through the transparent caseback, in-house Calibre 1088 L ensures accurate timekeeping, while its hand-crafted Côtes de Genève motif is swept over by the delicately openworked 22-carat gold oscillating weight inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross. This Haute Horlogerie signature is echoed by that of Yiqing Yin, whose name is engraved in full on the back, along with the number of this highly exclusive 100-piece limited edition. A watch offering pleasurable variety The Égérie moon phase watch owes its versatility to an ingenious system of interchangeable straps, present since the launch of the collection.  In the blink of an eye, these enable the wearer to play on textures or create contrasts: lilac alligator leather for an elegant tone-on-tone effect, night blue satin-effect calfskin or powder pink grained calfskin leather. From Geometry to Artistry, the Maison’s annual theme A Vacheron Constantin watch is far more than merely the sum of its parts. Starting from a sketch, a geometrical drawing and its technical extensions, a whole world of shapes, colours and textures is born. The complex structures of mechanical engineering combine with design; meticulous detail gives life to grace; artisanal intelligence sparks emotions. Based on formal, mathematical study, Vacheron Constantin timepieces are thus endowed with a touch of soulfulness and elegance representing the ultimate expression of artistic talent. The classicism of the Traditionnelle collection; the minimalism of the Patrimony watches; the allure of Égérie; and the sporty-chic spirit of Overseas: all vividly illustrate this alchemy within which art is inspired by geometric shapes, expressed through Vacheron Constantin’s 2024 theme. About Yiqing Yin A graduate of ENSAD (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris), Yiqing Yin was awarded the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris in 2009. In 2011, she won the ANDAM Prize for First Collections at the ANDAM Fashion Award Paris and held her first catwalk show during the Paris Fashion Week. Yiqing Yin worked with prestigious brands such as Maison Léonard, Cartier, Guerlain, Hermès, Swarovski and Lancôme.A resolutely all-round artist, she also explores other artistic worlds. She combined materials and light to create a dress, in collaboration with sculptor Bastien Carré. She worked in the world of dance, designing the stage outfits of étoile ballet dancers Dorothée Gilbert and Mathieu Ganio for their performance in Tristan and Isolde directed by Giorgio Mancini.Yiqing Yin has been a regular guest at art exhibitions around the world, including A World of Feathers at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, or the Animalia Fashion exhibition in Florence, among others.She has also contributed to the creation of costumes for a number of films, including Leos Carax's Annette in 2020, for which she designed the dress worn by Marion Cotillard.Since 2023, Yiqing Yin has been involved in the creation of a futuristic work, exploring the anthropology and archaeology of the future, part of the French Ministry of Culture's Mondes Nouveaux programme, due to open at the end of 2024. About Dominique Ropion His fellow perfumers consider Dominique to be an immense talent, indeed the greatest master perfumer currently exercising this art. The word ‘smell’ lies at the heart of Dominique's inner ‘reactor’, his passion, his very essence. Dominique's ambition is to rival animals’ sense of smell while bringing an artistic vision to bear. This is Dominique's first invitation to a taste of freedom, an invitation to unite mind and body, another of Dominique's great and generous gifts. Dominique sees the composition of perfumes as a mystical and mathematical act, expressing the creative power of a number and its combinations: “You take two raw materials and put them together, discover how they interact, memorise them, before picking three, then four, like Johann Sebastian Bach's cello suites. Perfumers keep count when they work: they count evaporation in minutes and hours, observe how a fragrance behaves and track its imprint over time.” Dominique Ropion has created some of the world’s most successful fragrances. He is a master perfumer at IFF, the New York-based global leader in the fragrance, bioscience, health, food and beverage industries. IFF's perfume artists have been practising for six decades and form a creative team that is as visionary as it is eclectic. In IFF's NYC headquarters, as well as in Paris, Grasse, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and elsewhere, its perfume artists create olfactory works ranging from international successes to more exclusively distributed products. ML Staff. Courtesy of Vacheron Constantin

  • Timeless Elegance: Exploring the Legacy and Craftsmanship of Rolex Watches

    The name Rolex is synonymous with luxury, precision, and timeless elegance. Since its inception, Rolex has stood as a beacon of high craftsmanship and enduring quality in the world of watchmaking. This article delves into the rich legacy, meticulous craftsmanship, and iconic status of Rolex watches, offering readers an in-depth understanding of why these timepieces remain unparalleled in the industry. Image by abubakers12k / Pixabay The Legacy of Rolex Rolex's journey began in 1905 when Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis founded the company in London. Initially focused on importing Swiss movements and placing them in high-quality cases, Rolex quickly established a reputation for precision and reliability. By 1910, a Rolex watch became the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, setting a new standard in the industry. Rolex's history is marked by numerous groundbreaking innovations. In 1926, the brand introduced the Oyster, the world's first waterproof wristwatch, revolutionizing watch design. The creation of the Perpetual movement in 1931 further cemented Rolex's place in horological history. Over the years, models like the Submariner, Daytona, and Datejust have become icons, each representing a milestone in the evolution of watchmaking. Rolex's influence extends beyond its own brand. The company's innovations have shaped the entire watchmaking industry. The emphasis on waterproof designs, automatic movements, and robust construction has set benchmarks that many other brands strive to meet. Rolex's dedication to precision has also contributed significantly to advancements in timekeeping standards. Craftsmanship of Rolex Watches At the heart of every Rolex watch lies a commitment to precision engineering. Rolex adheres to the highest Swiss watchmaking standards, ensuring that each timepiece offers exceptional accuracy and reliability. The brand's meticulous approach to design and manufacturing guarantees that every watch performs flawlessly under various conditions. Rolex's use of premium materials sets it apart from many other luxury watchmakers. The brand employs Oystersteel, a highly durable and corrosion-resistant alloy, along with gold, platinum, and precious stones. Advanced manufacturing processes, combined with traditional hand-finishing techniques, ensure that each watch is not only a functional timepiece but also a work of art. One of the key factors behind Rolex's unparalleled quality is its vertically integrated production model. Rolex manufactures nearly every component of its watches in-house, maintaining strict quality control throughout the production process. This approach allows the brand to oversee every detail, from the movement's intricate mechanics to the watch's final assembly and finishing. Image by poedynchuk / Pixabay Iconic Rolex Models The Rolex Submariner, introduced in 1953, is renowned for its robustness and association with underwater exploration. Designed for divers, it was the first watch to be water-resistant to 100 meters. The Submariner's distinctive design, featuring a rotating bezel and luminescent markers, has made it a favorite among both professional divers and watch enthusiasts. The Rolex Daytona, launched in 1963, has a storied connection to motorsports. Named after the famous Daytona International Speedway, this model was designed for racing drivers, offering a high-precision chronograph function. Its association with legendary figures like Paul Newman has only enhanced its iconic status, making it one of the most sought-after models in the Rolex lineup. Introduced in 1945, the Rolex Datejust was the first wristwatch to feature a date display that changed automatically at midnight. Its timeless design and versatility have made it a cornerstone of the Rolex collection. Whether brand new or a used Rolex Datejust , this model continues to captivate watch enthusiasts with its classic appeal. Available in various materials and sizes, the Datejust caters to diverse tastes while maintaining its classic appeal. Rolex in Popular Culture Rolex watches have graced the wrists of countless characters in movies and television shows, solidifying their status as symbols of sophistication and success. Perhaps most famously, James Bond's character has worn Rolex watches in several films, starting with Sean Connery's portrayal in "Dr. No." This association with the suave secret agent has added an extra layer of allure to the brand. Over the years, Rolex has been endorsed by numerous celebrities, from sports legends like Roger Federer to Hollywood stars like Jennifer Aniston. These endorsements have helped to reinforce Rolex's image as a brand associated with achievement and prestige. The presence of Rolex watches at high-profile events and on the red carpet further amplifies their appeal. The collector's market for Rolex watches is vibrant and dynamic, with vintage models fetching record-breaking prices at auctions. The rarity and historical significance of certain models, such as the "Paul Newman" Daytona, make them highly coveted among collectors. This demand has driven the value of vintage Rolex watches to new heights, reflecting their status as timeless treasures. The Future of Rolex Rolex continues to innovate, introducing new models and refining existing ones with advanced technology. Recent advancements include the development of more efficient movements, enhanced materials, and improved functionality. The brand's ability to blend tradition with modernity ensures that its watches remain relevant and desirable. In recent years, Rolex has also focused on sustainability, implementing practices that minimize environmental impact. The brand emphasizes ethical sourcing of materials, reducing waste, and adopting sustainable manufacturing processes. These efforts demonstrate Rolex's commitment to not only preserving its legacy but also protecting the planet for future generations. Image by mauriciodds / Pixabay Conclusion Rolex watches are more than just timepieces; they are symbols of timeless elegance and exceptional craftsmanship. From their rich history and groundbreaking innovations to their cultural impact and future ambitions, Rolex watches encapsulate the very essence of luxury. Whether worn by divers, racers, celebrities, or collectors, a Rolex watch is a testament to the enduring appeal of quality and sophistication. By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Adobestock

  • Exploring the Different Types of Custom-Built Trailers

    The world of custom-built trailers is vast and varied, catering to an array of industries and personal needs. From hauling equipment to providing mobile kitchens, these trailers are tailored to fit specific requirements, making them invaluable assets. This article explores the different types of custom-built trailers, highlighting their unique features and applications. Image by Guy Sagi / Adobestock Utility Trailers Utility trailers are the versatile workhorses of the trailer world. They are designed to transport a wide range of equipment, goods, and materials. What makes them stand out is their adaptability. Customization options include varying the size, weight capacity, flooring, tie-down points, and ramps to suit specific needs. In industries like construction and landscaping, utility trailers are essential. Contractors often use them to haul tools and materials to job sites, while landscapers rely on them to transport equipment like lawnmowers and trimmers. For personal use, utility trailers are perfect for tasks like moving furniture or carrying recreational gear. Enclosed Trailers When security and protection from the elements are paramount, enclosed trailers are the go-to choice. These trailers offer a secure, enclosed space to transport valuable or sensitive items. Customization options can include climate control, interior shelving, security features, and lighting, ensuring that whatever is inside stays safe and in optimal condition. Moving companies often use enclosed trailers to transport clients' belongings securely. They are also popular with mobile workshops and event equipment transporters, as they provide a reliable way to keep tools and gear safe from theft and weather damage. Flatbed Trailers Flatbed trailers are designed for hauling large, heavy, or irregularly shaped items that don't fit in standard enclosed trailers. Their open design allows for easy loading and unloading from any side. Customization options for flatbed trailers include adjustments in length, load capacity, tie-down mechanisms, and specialized extensions to handle oversized loads. Industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, and construction frequently use flatbed trailers. Farmers use them to transport heavy machinery and large quantities of produce, while manufacturers rely on them for moving oversized industrial equipment. In construction, flatbed trailers are indispensable for carrying building materials and heavy equipment to job sites. Car Haulers Car haulers are specialized trailers designed to transport vehicles safely and efficiently. These trailers can be customized to accommodate the number of vehicles they need to carry, and they often include features like winches, ramps, and security systems to ensure the safe loading, unloading, and transport of vehicles. Automotive dealerships use car haulers to transport new and used vehicles between locations. Racing teams also rely on them to move race cars to different tracks, and car enthusiasts use them to transport their prized vehicles to shows and events.  For an example of a custom car hauler, you can check out this car hauler with living quarters: www.milltrailers.com/product-category/car-hauler-trailers-with-living-quarters/ . Image by Bogdan Varcaciuc / Adobestock Livestock Trailers For transporting animals, livestock trailers are specifically designed to ensure safety and humane conditions. These trailers can be customized with ventilation systems, non-slip flooring, partitions to separate animals, and loading ramps to facilitate easy access. Farmers and ranchers use livestock trailers to transport animals between farms, markets, and shows. Horse owners also rely on these trailers to move their horses safely, whether it's for competitions, sales, or veterinary visits. Food and Concession Trailers The mobile food industry has seen a surge in popularity, and food and concession trailers are at the heart of this trend. These trailers can be customized to function as fully equipped mobile kitchens, complete with cooking appliances, serving windows, water systems, and customized branding. Food trucks are a prime example, offering gourmet meals on wheels. Catering businesses also use these trailers to serve food at events and parties. For event vendors, these trailers provide a convenient and professional way to prepare and sell food on-site. Specialty Trailers Specialty trailers cater to niche requirements and can be customized to suit very specific needs. Examples include mobile offices, emergency response trailers, and tiny homes on wheels. Mobile Offices : These trailers can be customized with office interiors, power systems, and connectivity options, providing a fully functional workspace on the go. Emergency Response Trailers : Designed for rapid deployment, these trailers can be outfitted with medical equipment, communication systems, and other essential features for emergency situations. Tiny Homes on Wheels : These mobile homes can be customized with residential features, off-grid capabilities, and aesthetic details to provide a comfortable and stylish living space. Image by Aleksander / Adobestock Recreational Trailers For those who love the outdoors and travel, recreational trailers offer a way to bring the comforts of home on the road. These trailers can be customized with sleeping quarters, kitchenettes, entertainment systems, and storage solutions to enhance the travel experience. Camping enthusiasts use recreational trailers to explore the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort. Travel bloggers and adventure seekers also rely on these trailers to provide a mobile base of operations while they explore new destinations. Conclusion Custom-built trailers provide tailored solutions for a wide range of needs, from personal use to specialized industry requirements. Their versatility and customization options make them indispensable tools for many businesses and individuals. By understanding the different types of custom-built trailers available, you can choose the one that best fits your specific needs and enhances your operations. By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Adobestock

  • The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Hands and Nails: Tips and Tricks

    Our hands and nails are essential to our daily lives, yet they often get overlooked when it comes to personal care. Keeping them healthy not only enhances our appearance but also protects us from various health issues. This guide covers everything you need to know about maintaining healthy hands and nails, from daily routines to professional treatments. By following these tips and tricks, you can achieve hands and nails that look and feel their best. Image by devmarya / Adobestock Understanding Hand and Nail Anatomy To properly care for our hands and nails, it's helpful to understand their structure. The skin on our hands consists of multiple layers, with the outer layer being the epidermis, which provides a barrier against environmental damage. Beneath it is the dermis, containing nerves, blood vessels, and sweat glands. Nails are made up of several parts: the nail plate (the visible part), the nail bed (the skin beneath the nail plate), the cuticle (the tissue at the base of the nail), and the lunula (the crescent-shaped white area at the nail's base). Nails grow from the matrix, a hidden area under the cuticle, which produces new cells that harden and form the nail plate. Daily Hand and Nail Care Routine Washing your hands is crucial for hygiene, but doing it right is equally important to avoid damaging your skin. Use lukewarm water and a gentle soap. Scrub all parts of your hands, including between fingers and under nails, for at least 20 seconds. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a clean towel. Regular moisturizing keeps your skin hydrated and prevents cracking. Apply a hand cream after washing your hands and before bed. Look for products with ingredients like shea butter, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides for optimal hydration. Image by vladimirfloyd / Adobestock Nail Care Essentials Trim your nails regularly to prevent breakage and maintain their shape. Use a clean, sharp nail clipper and cut straight across, then slightly round the tips to prevent snagging. Filing helps smooth the edges and prevents splitting. Use a fine-grit nail file and move it in one direction rather than a back-and-forth motion, which can cause weakening. Cuticles protect your nails from infections, so it's important to care for them. Soak your hands in warm water to soften the cuticles, then gently push them back with a cuticle stick. Avoid cutting cuticles as this can lead to infections. Applying cuticle oil keeps your cuticles and nails hydrated. Look for oils with nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil, vitamin E, and almond oil. Nutrition for Healthy Hands and Nails Certain nutrients play a crucial role in nail health. Biotin (vitamin B7) strengthens nails, while vitamin E helps with hydration. Iron prevents nails from becoming brittle, and zinc supports nail growth. Incorporate foods rich in these vitamins and minerals into your diet. Eggs, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and fish are excellent choices. Drinking plenty of water also helps keep your nails hydrated from within. Staying hydrated is essential for overall health, including the health of your skin and nails. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to maintain optimal hydration levels. Nail Polish and Its Effects Select a nail polish  that is free from harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP (dibutyl phthalate). These ingredients can cause damage and lead to brittle nails. Use a base coat to protect your nails and a top coat to seal in the color and add shine. Avoid using nail polish removers with acetone, as they can be very drying. Instead, opt for acetone-free formulas. Base coats create a barrier between your nail and the polish, preventing staining and strengthening the nail. Top coats add a protective layer that prolongs the life of your manicure and adds a glossy finish. Image by Svitlana / Adobestock Common Hand and Nail Problems and Solutions Dry, cracked hands can result from frequent washing, harsh weather, or dehydration. Use a rich hand cream regularly, and wear gloves when exposed to water or cold air. Brittle nails can be caused by excessive exposure to water, harsh chemicals, or nutritional deficiencies. Keep your nails trimmed, and moisturized, and avoid using your nails as tools. Strengthening treatments and a biotin supplement can also help. Fungal infections can cause discoloration, thickening, and crumbling of the nails. Keep your nails clean and dry, and avoid walking barefoot in communal areas. Antifungal treatments, both topical and oral, can be prescribed by a doctor. DIY Treatments and Home Remedies Create a nourishing hand scrub by mixing sugar with olive oil or honey. Gently massage into your hands to exfoliate and moisturize. For a deep conditioning mask, apply a thick layer of coconut oil and wear cotton gloves overnight.  Strengthen your nails naturally by soaking them in a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. This can help nourish the nails and promote growth. Natural oils like coconut and olive oil are excellent for moisturizing and strengthening nails. They are rich in vitamins and fatty acids that promote healthy nail growth. Conclusion Healthy hands and nails are a reflection of your overall well-being. By understanding their anatomy, following a proper care routine, and addressing common issues, you can maintain their health and appearance. Implement these tips and tricks into your daily life for long-lasting benefits. Your hands and nails deserve the best care, so treat them with the attention they need. By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Adobestock

  • Fae Swim Celebrates Sustainability + Sensuality with the Bequia High Summer 2024 Collection Starring Lais Ribeiro

    Fae Swim is thrilled to unveil their latest Bequia High Summer 2024 Collection, featuring the stunning Lais Ribeiro amidst the vibrant energy of the Caribbean Sea. This season's silhouettes come alive with a kaleidoscope of color, celebrating an intense passion for life's vivid moments. The collection showcases sustainable fabrics in a spectrum of tropical hues that echo the spirited essence of Bequia—vivacious and full of energy. Designed to complement sun-kissed skin and a golden summer glow, the pieces range from sleek string bikinis to intricately detailed paneling, inviting you to slip into a steamy new season of swimwear.  Founded in 2016 by spouses Bianca and Adam Bennetts, Fae Swim began as a love story. The couple met in Bali in 2015, and their holiday romance quickly turned into a lifelong partnership. With a shared vision for creating high-end yet sustainable swimwear, Bianca began designing samples, and soon, Fae Swim was ready to take on the world. At the heart of Fae Swim lies a commitment to sustainability and creating a greener environment for future generations. The brand understands the fashion industry's impact on the environment and takes steps to reduce its own footprint. By making sustainable choices, Fae Swim works to create a better future for both people and the planet. Fae Swim uses 100% sustainable fabrics for every range. Their choices include ECONYL, Carvico from Italy, and REPREVE, all made from recycled materials such as fishing nets, industrial plastic, and post-consumer plastic bottles. By using these eco-friendly fabrics, they reduce their carbon footprint and minimize waste in landfills and oceans. Packaging is another important element of Fae’s sustainability efforts. Their swimwear is packed in cornstarch garment bags made from renewable and sustainable plant materials, as well as non-toxic compostable resin, making them 100% home compostable.  When designing new collections, Bianca draws inspiration from the '80s and '90s while ensuring Fae Swim remains a forward-thinking brand. Sustainability, durability, and luxury are always at the forefront of her mind, with a focus on using the highest quality Italian fabrics. Additionally, their designs are created with longevity in mind, ensuring your Fae bikini lasts summer after summer. Now worn and loved by beachgoers and celebrities worldwide, Fae Swim has quickly established its name, with each collection more progressive than the last and the brand's essence woven into every piece. Each range is carefully curated to blend seamlessly, allowing Fae Swim lovers to mix and match their favorite pieces, pairing color-blocked separates with meticulously designed prints. Website: www.fae.house Instagram: FAE Photography Credits: Pixie Bella and Jesse Allen By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Pixie Bella & Jesse Allen

  • Rihanna and Charlie XCX wearing Gucci

    Rihanna carried a Gucci GG Ophidia tote bag with GG motif and web stripe, part of the Gucci Lido collection, on July 10, 2024 in New York. Image courtesy of Backgrid/Gucci Charli XCX wore a pair of black rectangular frames Gucci sunglasses court-side of Centre Court on day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2024 in London, England. Image courtesy of Getty Images/Gucci By ML Staff.   By ML Staff. Image Courtesy of Gucci

  • Jessy Huebner Triumphs in Thrilling Finish at Boys’ Junior Golf Championship

    After enduring 54 holes in the sweltering heat, Jessy Huebner remained cool under pressure and secured victory at the 70th Boys’ Junior Championship. Huebner shot rounds of 66-66-67, finishing the tournament victorious with a total score of 13-under par. Here’s how it happened.  Huebner, starting the final round tied for first at 10-under, wasted no time asserting himself with a birdie on the first hole, seizing an early lead. Palmer Haynes, initially sharing the lead with Huebner, had a steady front nine, securing second place at the turn with a birdie on the seventh hole. Henry Robards, who was tied for fourth at the beginning of the final round, birdied the fifth hole to put him 9-under and solo third with 9 holes to go. Robards would find another birdie on the tenth hole to put him 10-under and move his way up the leaderboard. Meanwhile, Huebner would see some adversity on hole number 12 and card a bogey to bring him back down to 12-under par. The excitement began to build on the 16th hole as Robards surged. His birdie putt there brought him to 11-under par, just one stroke behind Huebner and Haynes. Showing remarkable composure, Robards drained a 30-foot putt to join them in the lead at 12-under. Meanwhile, Huebner had a promising birdie opportunity on the 17th green but settled for par. Haynes, facing a challenging shot, managed a crucial par-saving putt from off the green on the 17th hole. It all came down to the eighteenth hole, where the three players were deadlocked in a tie for first place. Palmer and Huebner both drove well off the tee, but it was Huebner's second shot that made the difference, landing him pin high and perfectly positioned for a birdie opportunity. Reflecting on the moment, Huebner remarked, "I checked the leaderboard after I finished 17 and knew I was tied for first. So, I knew I needed to focus up and I hit a great drive and left myself a perfect number with a little bit into wind and hit a low punch pitching wedge to five feet.” In a display of true champion form, Huebner confidently sank his 5-foot putt to secure victory, claiming both the Overall Championship and the (13-15) Division title in a clean sweep. This win punches his Golden Ticket into the 2024 U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Huebner stated “It feels great, it’s definitely been one of my goals this year,” Huebner said about heading to the Junior Am, “I didn’t get to play any qualifiers for it because I had other tournaments, so it definitely feels great to get in this way.” Henry Robards and Palmer Haynes finished tied-for-second place with a tournament total of 12-under par. By ML Staff. Content/Image courtesy of FSGA

  • Loxen Entertainment Announces Upcoming Series of Productions for 2024/2025

    Loxen Entertainment, Inc., the not-for-profit theater company founded in 2019 whose mission is creating new and exciting work opportunities to members the artistic community residing in South Florida, announced today its upcoming productions for 2024-2025. In addition, the company also announced a new location for its presentations: the historic Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road. The upcoming season offerings include “The Play That Goes Wrong”, the smash hit comedy that is still running in London and New York; “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, the enchanting musical stage version of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic starring everyone’s favorite candyman Willy Wonka; and the hilarious Tony Award-winning musical farce “The Drowsy Chaperone”. “We are beyond excited to announce what we have lined up for our audiences this year,” said Benjamin Leon IV, Tony ® -nominated Broadway producer and founder and president of the company. “And what makes it extra special is that we will be presenting our shows at one of the best and most respected venues in our city: the beautiful Colony Theatre. I am grateful to Miami New Drama, the theater’s managing company, for trusting Loxen to uphold the excellent track record they have established through the years.” Loxen has become an important contributor to the arts community in South Florida through its high-quality productions of musicals during the company’s first five years. Its productions of In the Heights, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein have received high praise from critics and audiences alike for their production values and artistic excellence. The company has presented its shows at a variety of venues such as the Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Miami, and the ARTime Theater in Southwest Miami. Starting in September, Loxen will be presenting all their shows at the Colony Theatre, one of Miami’s oldest and most esteemed venues located at 1040 Lincoln Road in the heart of Miami Beach. “The Play That Goes Wrong” by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, runs September 5th through the 22 nd . The hilarious comedy follows the misadventures of an amateur theatre troupe that comes together once a year to stage a show. Unfortunately, things go very wrong during the performance with uproarious results. The Olivier and Tony Award-winning show has been running since 2012 in London, and since 2017 in New York. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, the musical adaptation of the 1964 children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, with book by David Greig, music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman opens December 13th through the 22 nd . It tells the tale of Charlie Bucket, an imaginative boy who dreams of acquiring a golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's over-the-top chocolate factory and can't believe his luck when it actually happens. The rest is pure imagination and joy for the entire family. “The Drowsy Chaperone”, the Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, and a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, runs February 28th through March 9th . The screwball plot concerns a musical theater fan who, feeling blue, decides to play for the audience an LP of his favorite musical. As the record plays, the show - a parody of 1920s American musical comedy - comes to life onstage, as the man wryly comments on the music, story and actors. Tickets for individual shows and season subscriptions are currently on sale at Loxen’s website https://www.loxen.org and through its social media: https://www.facebook.com/loxenproductions and Instagram @loxenentertainment. By ML Staff. Image Courtesy of Loxen Entertainment. Top image by Yiran Ding/Unsplash

  • Miami HEAT Re-Sign Haywood Highsmith: A Key Contributor Returns

    The Miami HEAT are keeping a key piece of their lineup intact, announcing today that they have re-signed forward Haywood Highsmith. While the exact terms of the deal remain undisclosed, fans and analysts alike are buzzing with excitement over what this means for the team's future. Highsmith, who has become a fan favorite, appeared in 66 games last season, starting in 26 of them. He averaged 6.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game, clocking an average of 20.7 minutes on the court. What really stood out was his efficiency, shooting an impressive 46.5 percent from the field and nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc. These numbers highlight his steady improvement over his three seasons with the HEAT, culminating in career highs across the board last year. The 2023 season was a breakout year for Highsmith. He notched double-figure scoring 17 times, setting a new personal best. On March 29 against Portland, he hit a career-high 20 points, showcasing his scoring prowess. During a stretch from March 24 to April 4, he scored in double figures for six consecutive games and drained at least one three-pointer in each of those matchups. His accuracy was on full display when he made seven consecutive three-pointers without a miss from March 24 to 26, tying the team season record. Off the bench, Highsmith proved to be a versatile and reliable player. He led the HEAT bench in scoring nine times, steals 14 times, rebounds 11 times, blocks 10 times, and assists three times. His all-around performance was instrumental in Miami's playoff runs each of the past three seasons, including their thrilling journey to the Eastern Conference Championship and NBA Finals appearance in 2023. Bringing back Highsmith is a significant move for the HEAT as they aim to build on their recent success. By ML Staff. Courtesy of NBA. For Miami HEAT

  • Inter Miami CF Transfers Homegrown Player Edison Azcona to Las Vegas Lights FC

    Inter Miami CF announced that Las Vegas Lights FC has exercised its option to purchase Homegrown Player Edison Azcona, who was on loan with the USL Championship side, making him the first Inter Miami Academy product to be transferred. The transfer fee will represent a club-record figure for Las Vegas. “Edison played an important part in our history across a number of milestones: he was a member of the inaugural Academy class, played in the first-ever match featuring an Inter Miami Academy team, was one of our first Homegrown signings, and was our first Homegrown player to play in a match for the First Team. We are very proud of all he accomplished with us, and wish him the best in this next phase of his career,” said Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director Chris Henderson. Azcona, 20, became the first Inter Miami CF Academy product to feature for the First Team when he appeared as a substitute against Nashville SC in an MLS regular season match in May 2021. The versatile attacker went on to feature in 10 MLS matches for Inter Miami. In 2020, Azcona stood out in his first season at the professional level as an Academy registered player for Inter Miami CF II, earning a pair of end-of-season honors for his performance; the Dominican winger was named to the USL League One All-League Second Team, and was nominated as a finalist for the USL League One Young Player of the Year award. The Dominican was a member of the Club’s inaugural Academy class, and was in the starting XI for the first-ever match featuring an Inter Miami team at any level when the Academy U-17/U-18 traveled to South Korea to participate in the 2019 K League U-17 Championship tournament. On the international stage, Azcona has been a mainstay for the Dominican Republic across the youth and senior levels. Notably, he helped captained his country as it made history at the 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championship campaign, earning the nation’s first-ever qualifications for a FIFA U-20 World Cup and the Summer Olympics. He then represented the Dominican Republic U-20 national team at the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he made history by scoring the country’s first historic goal at any World Cup competition. The country’s participation at the U-20 World Cup also marked their first appearance ever at a World Cup of any category. The Club would like to thank Azcona for his contributions on and off the pitch throughout his time with Inter Miami, and wishes him well in the future. By ML Staff. Content/Image courtesy of Inter Miami CF

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