Hermès Out of Africa

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Hermès has been searching through its archives and has discovered a beautiful luggage case that was specially designed for the Out of Africa author Karen Blixen.

Karen Blixen SafariBaroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke aka Isak Dineson.

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Otherwise known as Isak Dineson, the case was one of two supposedly designed for the writer during the 30s, the first being in 1930 and the second, more complicated version in 1935.

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Reportedly the latter consumed 368 hours of work and is an extraordinarily complicated piece of luggage, truly worthy of an aristocrat facing the demanding African landscape.

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Both pieces feature delicate inlays and engraving, with most pieces finished with a baronesses’ crown and the author’s DBF monogram which stood for Dineson Blixen-Finecke, a combination of her maiden and married names. Her full title was in fact Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke.

As you can see there are a gargantuan amount of little pockets, nooks, crannies and vials that were made to house everything from spirits to smoking accessories, from playing cards to writing instruments, from perfume to sewing items, and from cosmetics to jewellery. She would have rivaled Mary Poppins.

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Sadly and interestingly, the case never seemed to make it to Africa. Blixen left the continent in 1931, (her fledgling coffee plantation at the foot of the N’gong Hills having been hit by drought and financial hardship) and so no one really knows who commissioned the exquisite case for her.

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It’s a beautiful thing and if you’re going on an extended safari, you could do a lot worse than ask Hermès to make a third…

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Bentley Luxury Collection 2015

Bentley truly has become a big name in the world of luxury car vehicles, but its name is also synonymous to lifestyle available to the luxury devotee. As well as it’s first ‘showroom’ SUV, Bentley unveiled a new collection of handbags, accessories and homewares at the latest Frankfurt motor show.

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The collection features prestigious and exclusive furniture and accessories. Bentley Home is created with a peerless design, using the finest of Italian tradition and workmanship.
With aesthetics and attention to the slightest details in mind, throughout Bentley Home collection are used noble materials such as briar-root, rare marbles. Elegant, sophisticated and glamorous, Bentley Home collection creates exclusive atmospheres with its unmistakable style where luxury and class blend perfectly. A new approach to luxury, enhancing the value of exclusive homes and executive offices, as well as prestigious hotels, yachts and private jets.

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Bentley Home bedroom

Using the same finest quality woods and leather that adorn its cars’ interiors and available with the same wide-ranging choice of color palette, the items are inspired by the design of Bentleys past and present

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The Luxury Collection runs to 300 items including briefcases and travel bags, cashmere and silk scarves plus blankets, clocks and picture frames (Click photos to enlarge).

The entire range, which falls into seven categories: Business; Style; Home; Heritage; Bespoke; Colour; and Bentley, will be available to order from October 1 when price lists will also be published.

by Jean Amr