Balenciaga Launches Official Re-Sell Program

Photo by Daniel Lee

Reduce, recycle, resell. Balenciaga has partnered with Reflaunt to assist in the re-selling of your pre-loved Balenciaga pieces, enabling you to become part of the circular fashion revolution.

As the consequences of mass consumption continue to be realized, companies have doubled down on sustainability efforts. One such brand that has expanded its practices for reducing environmental impact is iconic Maison Balenciaga. By investing funds into carbon removal projects, sponsoring agroforestry projects across the world with each ecommerce purchase and integrating other sustainably minded initiatives, the French maison has continued its mission of becoming a fully sustainable company. Embracing the increasing popularity of the secondhand market, Balenciaga has now officially introduced its Re-Sell Program, an initiative that backs the company’s commitment to the environment.

The Re-Sell Program involves customers dropping off items at select Balenciaga stores or having them picked up for documentation, authentication, professional photography, pricing and listing. To assist in the listing process, Reflaunt’s worldwide network of over 25 secondary marketplaces is used. Once sold, the seller is compensated in either monetary or Balenciaga credit value. When opting for a Balenciaga voucher, the payout value is 20% greater than it would be in cash, incentivizing the circular process.

Starting today, products can be dropped off at participating Balenciaga stores or collected via a scheduled service. The Balenciaga Re-sell Program is currently available in France, Italy, the UK, the US, and Singapore. Find the list of participating Balenciaga stores here. Come into the beautiful world of Balenciaga.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Announces Highly Anticipated Lineup of Events for Cayman Cookout 2023

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Chef Eric Ripert are pleased to announce the highly-anticipated event lineup for Cayman Cookout 2023, taking place at the resort from Thursday, January 12th though Monday, January 16th, 2023. Cayman Cookout will make its grand return to the resort after a two-year hiatus and plans to bring together some of the world’s most talented chefs, wine and spirits experts alongside new events, never before seen by attendees.

Hosted by Chef Eric Ripert, the 14th annual celebration will feature an impressive line-up of talent including José Andrés, Adrienne Cheatham, Master Sommelier Aldo Sohm, Andrew Zimmern, Antonio Bachour, Charles Joly, Daniel Boulud, Dean Max, Dominique Crenn, Emeril Lagasse, Jennifer Carroll, Kristen Kish and Tom Colicchio. 

The events and menus for Cayman Cookout have been carefully curated by Chef Ripert, as well as the participating chefs, who have worked closely with Master Sommelier Aldo Sohm, Wine Director for Cayman Cookout and Monica Dubar, Beverage Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. This year in particular, an emphasis has been placed on expanding the beverage programming, offering events and menus designed through the lens of master mixologists and global spirits experts. The beverage team has curated an extensive list of rare wines provided by some of the most exclusive and world-class producers, including Jason Smith MS, Jean-Marc Rouleau, Landon Patterson, Larry Stone MS, Marc Gagnon, Michael Kennedy, Nathaniel Dorn and Rajat Parr MS.

The festival will also allow guests to take advantage of two new dining concepts on property as well as the recently renovated guestrooms and public areas. The reimagined interiors include the revamped Silver Palm Lounge, which has retained its iconic spirit but offers updated interiors and the Armoire, a custom-built hardwood cabinet, offering guests a collection of indulgent discoveries from rare rums to premium hand-rolled cigars of the Caribbean, alongside chocolates created from the region’s finest cacao. This venue will provide attendees with laid-back space to relax between events. The resort will also debut a new restaurant named Saint June, which provides a setting punctuated with relaxed luxury, where guests can enjoy a sophisticated and stylish food and bar menu inspired by Caribbean and Latin American cuisine. The space will host dinners and events throughout the weekend, including a memorable South American Steakhouse Dinner.

Guests planning to attend will also see the return of signature events like Beach Bash, Barefoot BBQ, and Rum and Robusto alongside new events including, but not limited to:

  • A Cayman Cookout In-Flight Experience with Chef Eric Ripert presented by Cayman Private Aviation
  • Island Culinary Excursions including a Cayman Brac Lunch Experience
  • Wine Tasting and Discussions with World-Class Producers like Marc Gagnon
  • Exclusive dining experiences including a Le Bernardin Reunion
  • A Sommelier Standoff featuring Master Sommelier Aldo Sohm, Michael Kennedy, Monica Dubar, and Enrico Carmassi
  • Steakhouse Dinners and Latin American/Caribbean inspired experiences at newly opened Saint June
  • Effervescence Soirée by Moët & Chandon

The full event line-up can be found here and ticket sales for all events will be available starting October 1, 2022. The 2023 event promises to be a memorable one, including unique experiences created by Marriott Bonvoy® loyalty program and Chase Marriott Bonvoy® Credit Card. Individual ticket sales for Cayman Cookout 2023 will be available in autumn and will be available for purchase on the festival’s website.

Comr into the beautiful world of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Ludwig Godefroy Sculpts Vaulted Infinity Pool That Runs Throughout the ‘Casa To’ Hotel in Mexico

Architect Ludwig Godefroy takes to the coastal area of La Punta Zicatela, Mexico to build a serene retreat dubbed ‘Casa To’. Sculpted in concrete, the architecture marks an oasis along the Pacific Ocean where visitors are invited to be immersed in a ‘state of total contemplation’.

References are rich throughout the ‘Casa To’ Hotel, located on Mexico’s Pacific coast in an town named Puerto Escondido. The French born Architect Ludwig Godefroy drew upon a number of visual and conceptual cues when crafting the building, while also calling upon local craftspeople to create its furniture.

Surrounded by an idyllic landscape, the nine-suite Casa To is intended to provide a ‘discreet oasis’ for its guests. Simplicity drove the architectural design, and materials and color palettes have been informed by naturally occurring textures and tones. For Ludwig Godefroy and his team, further inspiration came from a wide range of sources – but its striking vaulted ceilings, in particular, took their design cues from two “historical hydraulic works of timeless beauty”: the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, dating back to the 6th century, and the Hornsey Wood Reservoir in Finsbury Park, London, built in the 19th century.

Perhaps the show-stopping moment for the hotel is its covered infinity pool and solarium. Here, large circular openings are cut into the raw concrete walls, creating apertures to swim through. The blue of the water contrasts with the tones of the surrounding materials, which have largely been inspired by the modernist buildings of Le Corbusier. Suites are contained within a volume that sits adjacent to the pool and terraced solarium. Here, six ground-floor rooms open out onto gardens, and three upper-level rooms feature a terrace and luxurious outdoor bath.

The natural surroundings of Casa To defined the interior design, inspired by the natural pattern of a Madagascar Blue Bismarck palm tree (Bismarckia Nobilis) standing on the original site. The chosen color palette combines the natural tones of concrete and stainless steel with turquoise hues, and nuances of yellow, blue, and green.

Hotelier

When it came to crafting the furniture, Godefroy wanted to have custom-design pieces that were made by expert carpenters local to the Puebla, Guadalajara, and Oaxaca areas. A human touch is evident throughout the woodworks, making the hotel feel homely and allowing a sense of warmth to break through the harshness of the concrete structure, such as a series of bamboo pieces designed by Tiago Solís Van Beuren.

Both the architect and the hotelier share a strong view of consciousness and sustainability and believe both should be intrinsic to today’s version of luxury living. In terms of the furniture, guests are also able to purchase the pieces under a Fairtrade model, and with the building, a water treatment plant was added to reuse wastewater for the planted areas; solar panels are used to store energy, and there is a strict zero-plastics policy.

For more informatio, come into the beautiworld of Casa To.

Louis Vuitton Unveils Tambour Twenty in Honor of Watchmaking’s 20th Anniversary

Although the French Maison has been around since 1854, Louis Vuitton introduced their very first timepiece, the Tambour, in 2002. We are now exactly 20 years later and that has made the Maison decide to celebrate with a renewed version of that model, the Tambour Twenty.

The production of the first Tambour coincided with the opening of the Louis Vuitton workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the watchmaking region of Switzerland, home to Girard-Perregaux, Longines, Tag Heuer, Tissot and now Gucci, which shows that the luxury brand takes its watchmaking ambitions very seriously.

In 2011, Tambour and the rest of Louis Vuitton’s watchmaking concern were expanded with the acquisition of the La Fabrique du Temps facility in Geneva, a watch factory founded by master watchmakers Michel Navas and Enrico Barbasini.

Various versions of the Tambour have been released in the last 20 years. The signature Tambour – with drum-shaped case and applied lugs – made its debut in 2002 and has evolved over the years, to be joined in 2009 by the innovative Tambour Spin Time, in 2014 oversized Tambour Evolution, the sleek, tourbillon-equipped Tambour Slim in 2016, Tambour Moon in 2017 and the haute Horlogerie Tambour Curve in 2020.

Two versions of the Tambour were honored by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in 2021, with the unique piece the Tambour Carpe Diem receiving the ‘Audacity Prize’ and the Tambour Street Diver the ‘Diver’s Watch Prize’. The Tambour was also the model chosen for the French Maison’s first smartwatch, the travel-focused Tambour Horizon, which is now in its third generation.

To celebrate those years of watchmaking expertise, the French Maison has added a new edition. Offered in a limited edition of 200 pieces, the timepiece pays tribute to the original Tambour by re-using the signature codes that made it an icon of watch design. Louis Vuitton stays close to the original design.

The case of the Louis Vuitton Tambour Twenty is made of stainless steel and has a diameter of 41.5 mm with a thickness of 13.2 mm. The round side of the case is engraved with ‘Louis Vuitton’ – with each of the twelve letters placed next to one of the hour markers. An octagonal winding crown is signed with an LV logo and flanked by two rectangular pushers that provide access to the model’s chronograph functions.

Watch enthusiasts will recognise all the features that made the Tambour’s design so unique. While this limited edition is a true concentrate of everything that made this watch stand out, it also boasts brand new features that will set it apart for collectors. To me, as well as celebrating our anniversary, this watch also paves the way for many future decades of fine watchmaking, staying true to Louis Vuitton’s values of creativity, craftsmanship and excellence.

Jean Arnault, marketing and development director for Louis Vuitton watches

Sapphire crystal is placed on top to protect the brown brushed dial. The watch’s central chronograph seconds hand, 30-minute and 12-hour counters are all finished in contrasting yellow. When you turn the watch over, you will see a large sapphire window in the stainless steel case that offers a view of the internal movement. The Tambour Twenty uses the high-beat LV277 automatic movement – a highly modified version of Zenith’s El Primero movement – which features a monogrammed 22K gold winding rotor and 50-hour power reserve.

The Tambour Twenty is water resistant to 100m. The question, do you want to go diving with such a watch, and… do you want to put this on the handmade croco strap? The question is up to you…

With the anniversary model, they remain “true to Louis Vuitton’s values ​​of creativity, craftsmanship and excellence” and offer it for $17,800 in a limited and numbered edition of 200 pieces. The timepiece comes in a handmade miniature LV trunk in the iconic Monogram canvas.

For more information, come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

Another Unknown Daniel Ridgway Knight Surfaces

Daniel Ridgway Knight’s Coming Through the Rye (framed) – Courtesy: Rehs Galleries, Inc., New York

Rehs Galleries Inc., the New York gallery specializing in 19th and 20th-century works of art, recently discovered ‘Coming Through the Rye’, a previously unknown painting by the American Ex-patriate artist Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924). 

Born in Chambersburg, PA, Ridgway Knight received his formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he was a classmate of Thomas Eakins and Mary Cassatt. In the early 1860s, he traveled to Paris and studied with Alexandre Cabanel and Charles Gabriel Gleyre. In 1863, he returned to the United States to serve in the Civil War; during this time, he met Rebecca Morris Webster. The two were married in 1871, and the following year the couple traveled back to France, where they would remain for the rest of their lives.

Once settled in France, they became friendly several artists including Renoir, Sisley, and Meissonier (the latter of which he developed a close relationship). Ridgway Knight’s 1875 Paris Salon painting ‘Les laveuses’ (Wash Day) received critical acclaim and was inspired by a Meissonier sketch.

‘Coming Through the Rye’ (circa 1899) is a unique image, capturing one of his favorite models, Madeleine, walking down a path in the town of Rolleboise (about 40 miles west of Paris). Little is known about its very early history, but it ended up in the collection of Patrick Cudahy (1849-1919). Cudahy was born in Ireland and emigrated to the US with his family when he was a baby. Later, he worked at the Plankinton and Armour meat packing plant and became the superintendent in 1874, taking over the company with his brother John in 1888 and changing its name to Cudahy Brothers.

Daniel Ridgway Knight’s Coming Through the Rye – Courtesy: Rehs Galleries, Inc., New York

In 2022, the current owners, descendants of Patrick Cudahy, decided to sell the painting, and their representative contacted Rehs Galleries (the gallery, along with Professor Janet Whitmore, are currently researching the life of Daniel Ridgway Knight for the forthcoming virtual catalogue raisonné). Howard Rehs, the gallery’s owner, stated, “When I received the initial images, I was amazed by the scene. Knight typically captured his models in one of the private gardens of Rolleboise; this one was different. The model (Madeleine) is carrying a pitchfork while walking down a path. In the distance, you can see the roofs of a few homes and a piece of the Seine River; in the upper right is Saint Michel. On top of all that, the painting appeared to be in original condition”. 

The gallery arranged to have the painting shipped in for their inspection. Upon arrival, they confirmed its authenticity and that it was in outstanding condition. Sadly though, it no longer had its original frame; the work arrived in an insert behind a dirty piece of glass. Thankfully, the gallery had an original Ridgway Knight frame in its storage area, and the painting was a perfect fit.

‘Coming Through the Rye’ is currently available on the gallery’s website and will be featured in several upcoming fairs.

For more information, come into the beautiful world Rehs Gallery, or call Howard Rehs at (212) 355-5710.

The new Bvlgari Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon Watch

Bvlgari debuts its latest phenomenal timepieces at Geneva Watch Days 2022 – inviting you to explore a fascinating play on contrasts. The Italian brand exhibits its multifaceted approach to watchmaking, creating new models of stylistic expression through a fusion of colors, shapes, and materials. One of this years novelties include the Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon watch.

The new Bvlgari Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon is a testament to the Italian jeweller’s distinguished watchmaking. A 3.65mm self-winding movement powers the timepiece – a tailor-made miniature caliber that was designed to the nearest millimetre in order to be housed in the iconic snake-head case. The breathtaking tourbillon mechanism blends perfectly into the precious nature of the watch – each detail representing excellent craftsmanship.

The Bvlgari Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon is available at selected Bvlgari Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Bvlgari.

Celebrate Diana’s 25th Anniversary – 1 Month Free Access to The Princess Diana Museum Online

Princess Diana Museum Gallery

Let’s Celebrate Princess Diana’s 25th Anniversary with a one-of-a-kind tour of the largest most comprehensive private collection of never seen before personal clothing items, art pieces and exclusive interviews with designers and Diana’s most trusted friends.

Originally launched in early 2020, The Princess Diane Museum and its 14 galleries spanning Diana’s entire life and incredible legacy has now been vastly expanded and updated with hundreds of new personal items and media incorporated to this private collection during the past 2 years.

As always, you can share your experiences with your loved ones in real time through our exclusive Community Chat and Video feature when touring the museum and much, much more.

Click on the link to start this completely FREE One Month Membership Access to celebrate Princess Diana’s 25th Anniversary from the comfort of your home. High Speed Internet Connection Required. For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) visit – The Princess and the Platypus.org   

Princess Diana Museum 1 Month Free Membership Checkout Page

Free One Month Membership Access LINK. – Fill in all boxes marked in red in the checkout page link above. Make sure you have a stable internet connection and you are accessing it through your laptop or desktop computer.

Note: You can add more than 1 Membership in the ‘Access Membership’ section in the checkout page and share your registered email and password with a friend or family member. 
Log in to the museum at the same time to use our community video chat to share experiences in real time.

Bvlgari unveils ‘Bvlgari World’, a virtual world launched in collaboration with Zepeto

Italian luxury brand Bvlgari will open an exclusive virtual world on Zepeto, Asia’s biggest metaverse platform. Running from August 31, 2022, it will include a pop-up store ‘Bvlgari Sunset in Jeju’ and provide visitors with online and offline experiences.

The pop-up store and a café, physically located in Parnas Hotel Jeju, South Korea, are virtually created in Bvlgari Zepeto World so visitors can experience and have fun without visiting the real location. Bvlgari Zepeto World showcases 2022 Bvlgari Resort Collection inspired by the summer sky with hues of gold and warm apricot in Eden, and visitors can enjoy desserts and beverages at ‘Bvlgari Sunset in Jeju’, an epitome of the brand’s identity.

In particular, the virtual world has added some fun elements for its users. For instance, when visitors complete a quest, they will receive Bvlgari Resort Collection and signature accessory pieces and dress their avatars. Users can experience the brand by dressing their avatars with iconic B.zero1, Divas’ Dream and Serpenti collection pieces.

In addition, Blackpink Lisa, the brand’s global ambassador, will host a virtual live event on August 31, which is already receiving a lot of attention. Her avatar will enjoy various interactive experiences with fans on the virtual Bvlgari world including taking selfies. 

Zepeto, a metaverse platform run by Naver Z, has more than 320 million users in the world since its launch in August 2018. 80% of users are teenagers, as such, the platform is cementing its position as a popular playground for global generation Z in the era of metaverse.  

Bvlgari jewellery, watches and accessoiries are available at Bvlgari boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Bvlgari.

Bvlgari’s audacious craft

Bvlgari artisans create the most iconic features of the Serpenti Reverse bag – its hypnotic snakehead closure and unprecedented cobra chain offering an intriguing contrast to the soft quilted body. Take a look at the exquisite artistry behind this gorgeous piece.

The Bvlgari Serpenti Reverse Bag is available in different colors at Bvlgari boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Bvlgari.

Dua Lipa Covers George Michael’s Freedom in New YSL Libre Short Film

Dua Lipa returns as the face of the fragrance for the new campaign, with stills shot by photographer Tyler Mitchell and a short film from Grammy-winning music video director Jenn Nkiru. Lipa takes on the anthemic George Michael song ‘Freedom’, updated for the TikTok generation. 

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