East meets west: Valmont Zafferano I

Valmont has just launched Zafferano I, the seventh opus in the Swiss company’s Storie Veneziane collection. Zafferano I is an ambery-spicy scent with oud, composed by French perfumer Cécile Zarokian. A tribute to Venice’s San Polo Marketplace, the start of the spice trade where East meets West, Zafferano I reinterprets the opulence, generosity, and authenticity unique to the Moorish rites of sharing and camaraderie. The first merchants to arrive in Venice from the East, the Moors made the enveloping and joyful custom of a tea ceremony the centerpiece of the San Polo Marketplace.

Primary stage of the spice trade of which Venice once held a monopoly, the San Polo marketplace is the embodiment of the city’s oriental facets. An explosion of colours, an abundance of merchandise, a place where cultures converge and human warmth reigns, the spirit of goodwill sealed by the traditional tea ceremony.

This spicy floral extract is an illustration of this wealth of textures, scents, and sweet honey flavours. Its generous wake is an immediate invitation to visit lands afar and celebrate the authenticity of moments shared. Comprised of a warm spicy surge of saffron, the elegant bigaradier flower that marks the composition’s floral heart and oud essence, the noble signature of oriental scents, Zafferano I is a shared scent for both men and women that exudes a fiery spirit and joie de vivre!

Just like other scents in the Storie Veneziane collection, Zafferano I is characterized by a hand-blown Venetian mask that adorns the front of the flacon. Zafferano’s opulent golden flacon design of deep sienna Murano glass and dark caramel leather cap accentuate the rich variety of sumptuous materials overlapping in multiple textures.

Valmont Zafferano I is available as100ml in Extrait de Parfum concentration at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Valmont.

Jaeger-LeColtre and Amanda Seyfried praising inner elegance

In praise of inner elegance. Dressed with a pink gold bracelet, the Reverso One Duetto Moon delicately adorns the wrist of Friend of the Swiss Maison and Actress Amanda Seyfried. Embodying contemporary femininity and elegance.

She is, solar, soothing, precious and serene. Amanda Seyfried, friend of the Maison, radiates an aura of quiet confidence. She moves with grace. She speaks with poise, authenticity and beauty. A beauty that transcends time.

Following her dazzling success in the movie Mank – for which she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress at both the Golden Globes and Oscars – Amanda Seyfried has again been in the spotlight, for a specially commissioned photo shoot with Jaeger-LeCoultre. Celebrating the femininity, the photos also mark 90 years since the Reverso was born.

For this photo shoot, Jaeger-LeCoultre collaborated with Alique, a Dutch-born and New York-based photographer and artist who is renowned for portraying women from her distinctively female point of view.

If I had to define the Reverso, I would say: timeless, innovative, pristine.

Amanda Seyfried.

In the new photographs, Amanda wears a pink gold Reverso One Duetto Moon from the current collection, styled with a pink gold bracelet and with a burgundy-red leather strap. The styling resonates perfectly with Amanda’s own take on contemporary femininity.

“I like watches to feel like they can be worn with a shirt or a dress and still fit in with my style,” she says. “The Reverso always hits that spot. It’s hard to believe how much detail and artistry can be etched into such a small case – and to have two faces work so seamlessly in one design is extraordinary. It echoes her ability to play many roles, to be inventive and use all the intricacies of her personality to bring out her talent and finesse. 

Discover the new Reverso One. The Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso One Duetto Moon is available at Jaeger LeCoultre Boutiques and selected stores worldwide.

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Jaeger-LeCoultre.

At Maison Fred, summer is never over!

The French Riviera held a special place in Fred Samuel’s heart, reminding him of his sunny childhood in Argentina. This constant quest for sunlight shaped his work, becoming his muse and allowing him to create truly unique and solar pieces. Infused with an immutable sense of ‘joie de vivre’ and a creative daring that challenged traditional codes, his jewelry became the marker of unprecedented informal glamour and sparkling relaxed elegance.

A Fred jewel is a wink of happiness which illuminates the small and big moments of life.

Fred Samuel

Its founder’s philosophy is still at the beating heart of Maison Fred. It animates each of its collections that can be discovered in all Fred boutiques, warm and welcoming havens that perfectly echo the Maison’s Riviera spirit.

Fred’s teams look forward to welcoming you with all the warmth and joy that immediately transport you to a sunny destination all year long!

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Fred

Bvlgari reimagines one of its iconic festoon motifs

A triumph of shapes and shades. Italian jeweller Bvlgari reimagines one of its iconic festoon motifs to bring you the retro-chic Magnifica Bvlgari Color Legacy necklace.

This lavish work shows off the Maison’s gem cutting and setting skills. Set in 18k gold, oval, pear, buff-top, pavé, and brilliant cut gemstones are set on several layers of precious hardware. Warm pink rubellites meet amethyst stones and decadent diamonds, before the design culminates in seven stunning oval aquamarines. The end result is a wonderful composition of colors.

Bvlgari’s haute-joallerie collection is avalable at Bvlgari boutiques worldwide. Discover the magnificence of Magnifica High Jewelry, come into the beautiful world of Bvlgari.

Chaumet’s Taille Impératrice, a never seen before radiance

French Maison Chaumet unveils a new exclusive diamond cut, the Taille Impératrice. A true innovation. Taille Impératrice diamonds-aka ‘Empress-cut’ diamonds in French-combine a hexagonal-cut, 88 facets and a star pavilion for a never seen before radiance.

Discover these extraordinary stones set on new precious ‘Bee My Love’ creations, come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.

The Jenesis House launches Crystal Candle Collection

Phoenix-based start-up, The Jenesis House, has answered the call for a renewed interest in self-care with the debut of its luxury crystal candle collection. Formulated from a blend of essential oils, 100% soy wax and a wood wick The Jenesis House Crystal candles will have what feels like an everlasting burn of up to 50 hours.

The collection’s candles are all non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free, and are hand-poured by the creator herself, Creative Director Jenesis Laforcarde.

With the debut of the luxury candle line, Laforcarde is on a much bigger mission to operate the first Black female-owned wellness resort in Arizona for everyone to experience — especially people of color. According to the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers (NABHOOD), less than 1% of all hotels are owned by African American women. When asked about her motivation for creating the candle collection, Laforcarde explained: “The Jenesis House is currently self-funded, so I wanted to launch a luxury candle line to help contribute to the thousands of dollars in startup costs to make this dream a reality.”

Keeping wellness and self-care at the forefront, those interested in making a smaller contribution can purchase candles from the collection at a cost of $65 each. Available in 3 enchanting fragrances: Cheque In, Cheque Out, and Cheque Ya Self. The candles are packaged in luxury glass jars available in crystal, rose gold, and matte black.

To help push the agenda forward, The Jenesis House has also launched a crowdfunding campaign that is hosted on ifundwomen.com a crowdfunding platform for women. The campaign goal is $500,000 and anyone can show their support by simply donating or pre-booking a heavily discounted 3-night stay at The Jenesis House for $1,500 for one person or $2,500 for two people. The reward night stays will feature a welcome bottle of champagne, complimentary spa treatments, and mediation time as well as an all-inclusive culinary experience.

Laforcarde is also offering complimentary refills on luxury candles for those who plan to visit the highly anticipated resort. For those that love the lavish candles and can not wait for the resort’s doors to open, Laforcarde is encouraging customers to send in their crystal candle jars for complimentary refills as well.

The candles are currently available for sale on the company’s website. To purchase a candle, get further information and updates on the new resort, come into the beautiful world of The Jenesis House.

Louis Vuitton harmonious tempos

Harmonious tempos. For Spring-Summer 2022, French Maison Louis Vuitton introduces a selection of bags that include both reinterpretations of icons and new models. Watch Nicolas Ghesquière present his latest collection live at 7 pm (CEST) on Louis Vuitton.com

Louis Vuitton accessories are available at Louis Vuitton boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

Ready for winter

Founded in 1965 in Lyon by its President Alain Schimel, fashion house Zilli launched luxury sportswear – including the now iconic leather jackets. Sublimed by craftsmen in the Lyon workshops, rare hides and exceptional fabrics give rise to unique creations. Over the years Zilli has developed a complete luxury menswear wardrobe, from shirts to leather goods, belts, knitwear, jeans, shoes, suits, eyewear and fragrances. 

Step into the new season with an exclusive and refined elegance. Discover the Zilli accessories collections online and in their boutiques worldwide.

Zilli fashion and accessories are available at Zilli boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Zilli.

Kadine, Guerlain’s heritage in a new version

Each year, Maison Guerlain revisits the treasures of its past, faithfully recreating each fragrance with the techniques of the present day. As part of the Les Pieces d’Exception line, the French Maison presents a re-edition of the 1911 Kadine classic.

Backed by nearly two centuries of service and nearly 1,100 creations, Maison Guerlain has chosen to revive its heritage, rediscovering icons with timeless traces. Every year, the reissue of a creation from the past represents a significant technical challenge for Maison Guerlain.

Guerlain chooses to rediscover its treasures of yesteryear by throwing a new light on them, while remaining absolutely faithful to the original creations, both in the composition and in the design of the flacon. In 2021 Kadine will celebrate her 110th birthday with great pomp and circumstance.

Paris, 1911. The ‘City of Light’ vying for new ideas. The Art Deco movement is emerging with its pioneering forms. Styles from the East fascinate and captivate right up to the theaters of Paris, with their exoticism and shimmering colours; they are an infinite source of inspiration with their wealth of fabulous stories. From this outpouring of influences came Kadine: a composition conceived by Jacques Guerlain, which pays tribute to a modern vision of women – dual and complex.

Choosing the name Kadine – a Turkish word meaning ‘wife of the sultan’ or ‘princess of the palace’ – Maison Guerlain draws perfumery to the shores of exotic fantasy lands where dreams are born. Legend has it that during a trip to the Ottoman lands, Jacques Guerlain saw the portrait of a beautiful Kadine, who possessed impeccable senses of aroma and taste. Kadine takes us to other places, to the gates of the East, where a perfume takes shape for a sophisticated and sophisticated woman with multiple facets.

Thierry Wasser, Master Perfumer of Guerlain, has reconstituted Kadine, strictly maintaining the original composition of Jacques Guerlain. As the torch is passed from one home perfumer to another, a never-ending story emerges; an eternal beginning in which the scents of yesterday (re)live today. Kadine, as the pinnacle of sophistication, is expressed as an Extrait de Parfum.

Top notes: bergamot, aromatic notes
Heart: rose, jasmine, iris
Base: leather, vanilla

The character of the new Kadine is expressed in the Extrait de Parfum concentration. Its composition is revealed in a contrast between the tenderness of the floral notes and the intensity of the rich and textured base. The powdery floral heart unites the two queens of perfumery, rose and jasmine, with the addition of iris. It is faceted with bergamot, Guerlain perfumer’s signature, and with aromatic notes. The base ends with leather and vanilla aromas.

The flacon is the same as the original: the iconic quadrilobé named after the cap, which is divided into four parts. This flask, designed by Gabriel Guerlain in 1908, has a shape inspired by an alchemist’s flask. The bottle is decorated with the famous laurel label, the rim of which is adorned with graceful decorative foliage in a deep blue shade so dear to Guerlain.

To complete the Kadine flacon, the neck is finished with a beige silk barbichage, made by the Dames de Table of the Guerlain Ateliers, who have been perfectly doing the same handiwork for 110 years. A precise, painstaking gesture that takes at least five minutes, just for the barbichage. A gold seal accentuates the barbiche and provides the finishing touch.

A perfect jewelery box for the perfume, the box pays tribute to the flacon, which is majestically visible through a small carved window revealing the label. The finest techniques of paper processing – embossing, multi-color printing (in shades of blue, black and gray) on silver satin-like paper – are incorporated in this incredibly meticulous work. This reissue of the historic pack features a beautifully enhanced fountain motif, reinterpreting images from the archive in a vintage, iconic Art Deco theme. Strikingly graphic are the swirling, stylized designs that cover the flacon, which once preceded the burgeoning artistic movement of the decorative arts.

Guerlain Kadine is available as a perfume extract in a 30 ml flacon. This limited edition is available in 691 numbered pieces at Guerlain boutiques (€690). Come into the beautiful world of Guerlain.

 

In the turquoise blue… of Venice

In the turquoise blue… of Venice, Johan Creten’s ‘La Laguna’ illustrates the passage of time. Submerged in translucent wax, a bronze Venus reveals herself as the candle burns… as the hours pass. Aesthetes and explorers of all stripes can purchase ‘La Laguna’, a limited-edition work of art created for Diptyque’s Le Grand Tour to mark the Maison’s 60th birthday.

Curious, open, sensitive to the beauty and cultures of the whole world: such were Desmond Knox-Leet, Yves Coueslant and Christiane Montadre, the three amateur aesthetes at the origin of diptych. Perpetuating the philosophy of the founding trio, diptych’s view of the world has continued to be enriched by multiple collaborations. In 2021, for its sixty years, the House demonstrates this by inviting five internationally renowned artists to imagine an original creation as part of the Grand Tour, the penultimate part of this extraordinary year. A journey in 5 stopovers, 5 artists and 5 exclusive editions to discover from September 2021 in an exhibition in Paris and pop-ups around the world. Art and diptych are definitely linked.

From different cultures, disciplines and sensibilities, the artists on the Grand Tour map share a common interest in the other and what surrounds them. Their techniques and practices are plural, just like the destinations they have been invited to sublimate. How do they perceive them? And according to what contours? The answer in five artistic proposals to perfumes from elsewhere.

One of the artist is one of the greatest contemporary sculptors, a pioneer in his innovative use of ceramics and the first artist of Belgian origin to have had the honors of the Louvre Museum, in 2005: Johan Creten. The choice to entrust him with Venice, a city appreciated and often visited by the founders of diptych, was obvious. Also famous for his large allegorical bronzes, the artist based in Paris is a lover of nature, the art of perfume and Venetian bronzes, which he collects with passion. “Venice is the city of all fantasies, a mirage, a ghost, a mermaid, a city of brutal and vivid beauty, decadent and delusional. It is a territory of crossroads, multiple artistic influences but also the reality of a dense and complex economic world, of dynamism and decline”.

For diptych, he imagined a bronze sculpture, La Laguna, immersed in a candle 4 wicks of 1.5 kg in blue tinted glass, whose wax of a translucent green blue, reminiscent of the menacing Venetian waters of the acqua alta recently become clear, reveals the female icon. By burning, the candle with the perfume worked by Cécile Matton evoking the freshness of a vegetable garden with accentuated marine notes, releases the sculpture.

To the initial idea of the Venice vegetable garden, the artist wanted to add “the smell of the sea, the note of iodine, a light, indefinable, fresh smell like the wind that floats above the water when you pass ‘Torcello’ in ‘vaporetto’ and smell the kitchen and gardens. Seeming gradually to emerge from the waters, La Laguna symbolizes for the artist ‘the passage of time, the fragility of this ecosystem, the mystery’. A candle ‘memento mori par excellence’ that leaves, once used, the vivid trace of its passage via a limited edition printed in 24 copies to keep for a long time, a small object with an independent ‘life’, which makes you dream and calls out”.

Diptique’s La Laguna is available in 24 numbered editions at their website. Come into the beautiful world of Diptyque.