Gucci Opens Its Very First Gucci Wooster Bookstore In New York

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Directly inspired by the small, niche and indie bookstores for which this city is known, the innovative Italian fashion house is determined to create a space for truly literary souls.

Way before the arrival of Supreme and Glossier, the downtown neighborhood of SoHo has long been the creative and innovative hub of New York City – and, perhaps, the world in general. Be it music, film, fashion, art or literature, only the newest, coolest and most daring can establish themselves along those cobblestone streets.

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It is in this spirit that Gucci has decided to open its very first Gucci Wooster Bookstore on 63 Wooster Street. Directly inspired by the small, niche and indie bookstores for which this city is known, the innovative fashion house is determined to create a space for truly literary souls. Expect the bookstore’s titles to revolve around a specific theme: avant-garde art and photography.

David Strettell, founder of Dashwood Books (a Manhattan bookstore specializing in photography), has been hand-picked to compile the collection of over 2,000 titles. So, dear fashion nerds, also expect to see a wide range of covers here from the latest publications and used books, to discontinued rare books and others that rotate continuously according to Gucci’s current inspirations and seasonal projects. The Gucci Wooster Bookstore will also hold an impressive selection of specialized magazines in fashion, culture, art, illustration, design, and photography.

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The bookstore will be decorated with restored pieces, wooden furniture and series of works by friends of Gucci, such as Petra Collins, Ari Marcopoulos, Ryan McGinley, Martin Parr, and Florence Welch. For those of us who are more fashion than nerds, Gucci Wooster sells a variety of great gifts, including canvas bags, pencils, notebooks. These will be sporting Gucci’s new ’63 Wooster’ design as well as a pattern of green and cream tones to represent the cast iron architecture typical of SoHo.

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Get a taste of the Gucci Wooster Bookstore in the images below, or see it for yourself at 63 Wooster Street, New York City. Come into the world of Gucci Wooster Bookstore.

 

 

 

 

Chaumet releases two new books

 

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Chaumet, established in 1780, is one of the great treasures of Place Vendôme, the first fine jeweler on the square, and today Chaumet continues its legacy of fine technical craftsmanship and innovative, sophisticated design with ever more inspired high jewelry collections.

The Parisian Place Vendôme jewellery house continues to delight with its annual foray into literature with two newly released books.

The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale

Chaumet heads off the beaten track to explore innovative and fun pastures new: the world of childhood, a first for the Maison. The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale tells a story of transmission from one generation to the next, in an unending life cycle. Its circular carousel format echoes and symbolizes this perpetual movement. Here the tiara, the Maison’s signature piece, is a gift passed from mother to daughter, and represents the transformative journey from girl to woman and mother. A book with a universal message, for children and adults.

Brimming with Chaumet’s illustrious history, The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale is a carousel book published by Rizzoli that explores the idea of the circle of life ingrained in the brand’s DNA.

In six paper cut-out scenes, The Enchanted Tiara relates the journey of a young girl in a captivating Paris, from her first steps to her first love, to the day she gives birth to her own little girl. The illustrations by Hélène Druvert, paper designer and author of numerous best-selling books, describe happy scenes, accompanied by dreamy short poetic texts. The book is an ode to colour, characteristic of the French Maison. The Chaumet deep blue on the cover, then a dominant tone for each scene, are enhanced by the brilliance of warm gold. The jewellery virtuosity of Chaumet pulses through this exquisite tome.

 

Chaumet Crown JewelsLes Mondes de Chaumet

 

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This year Assouline introduces a third Chaumet slipcase set of Mémoire volumes on the themes of Figures of Style (distinguished clients), Crown Jewels, and Les Mondes de Chaumet (international influences). A thematic collection illustrating all aspects of the Maison’s culture.

A heavily illustrated box set published by Assouline features a trio of works delving into the Maison’s essential themes, including its connections to reigning families of Europe and the unique women who have helped inspired and supported it through the centuries.

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Crown Jewels by Sophie Motsch

Crown Jewels recounts the close connections Chaumet has always enjoyed with the reigning families of Europe and further afield, sealed by numerous orders of regalia and majestic adornments. These jewels still exist today, handed down from generation to generation, still worn on major official occasions, or preserved and exhibited in the greatest museums and collections around the world.

Les Mondes de Chaumet by Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter

Les Mondes de Chaumet lifts the veil on those ‘elsewheres’ that have been inexhaustible sources of inspiration for the Maison from the start, from the confines of Asia to the vast expanses of Africa and Russia. From archival documents at 12, Place Vendôme to the three chapters devoted to the Les Mondes de Chaumet High Jewellery collection, the Maison has always sought to look beyond its horizon, engaging with faraway and artistic cultures to constantly reinvent itself.

Figures of Style by Julie Verlaine

Figures of Style celebrates women of character who have long been faithful to the Maison, depicting the encounter between the jewellery virtuosity of Chaumet and the unique taste possessed by these personalities who marked their respective eras. Having been a part of their lives for over two centuries, the art of jewellery reflects the emancipation of Western women – their social enfranchisement, sartorial freedom and aesthetic expression.

The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale and the Chaumet box set will be available in bookstores on October 9 and in November respectively.

 

 

 

Odiseo Magazine presents Marble.

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In collaboration with photographer Florian Joahn, Odiseo Magazine presents the animated Gif series ‘Marble’.

Odiseo by Folch Studio stems from a huge need to explore: seeking a visual, unique and personal vision of seduction, digging into new formats, eluding conventions. Odiseo combines imagery that lies between art, fashion and erotica with insightful philosophical essays which delve into universal themes. We aim for not only a visual experience but for an intellectual seduction as well. Odiseo shouts out the unseen: it is contradictory, mysterious, intellectual and intuitive at the same time.

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Photography and Animation by Florian Joahn
Styling : Lazar Djurovic
Hair and Make-up: Sophia Gunev
Model: Tyler Wright @ Amck

Get the latest issue of ODISEO here

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Gucci’s limited edition Jane Austen book

 

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A new floral edition of Jane Austen’s Juvenilia is now available but only with an iconic Gucci handbag.

Gucci – who were recently named as one of the world’s top brands – have just upped the ante on academic accessories with the launch of the limited edition Jane Austen book Juvenilia, together with the Frame Print leather top handle bag. The series of short stories has been re-designed by the Italian fashion house to be sold exclusively with the lion-esque handbag.

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A statement on the Gucci website explains the collaboration saying: “Each handbag will come with a small, pocket-sized book featuring a unique printed cover inspired by the collection. This detail dates back to the beginning of the century, when women often carried books in their handbags to read on public transportation to deter any unwanted suitors. The book Juvenilia is a compilation of short stories written by English writer Jane Austen during her teenage years from 1787-1793, a time during which she was free from censorship or societal pressure. The creative chaos and the continuous contradictions which characterise the stories are the same pillars we witness in Gucci’s collections”.

 

 

 

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Aytems of inspiration

 

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And then the day has arrived that I will be part of an intriguing culinairy book by an even so intriguing chef taking you in his world on a culinairy mission.

Today I will have an exciting photoshoot, with top photorapher Vicky Keulen, ánd a interview, with Annelies Hess-Bosch, to become a part of this upcoming book of chef Ayt of restaurant El Qatarijne in Utrecht.

I am honoured !!!!

Simply: Fred

 

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Fred Samuel was a master of colored stones who seduced his clients with the chic lifestyle of the French Riviera at its peak. Opening his first jewelry shop in Paris in 1936, the jeweler became famous by transforming original drawings by Jean Cocteau into glowing jewels, garnering celebrity and royal clients around the world.

Inspired by the freedom of the sea, and the colors and textures of the Côte d’Azur, today the brand’s modern ingenuity remains in the spotlight with colorful and unique jewels featuring exceptional stones. A glamorous volume in a luxury slipcase, Fred chronicles the rich history of a jewelry brand that has cultivated a timeless mystique.

 

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Hardcover in a luxury slipcase
ISBN: 9781614285496
112 pages
100 illustrations
English language

 

 

 

 

A look At Loewe’s new book

 

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Luxury label Loewe began as a cooperative of leather artisans in the center of Madrid in 1846. The German entrepreneur Enrique Loewe Roessberg consolidated the workshop under his name in 1872, creating one of the world’s first luxury houses. As Loewe developed and expanded over the following century, a commitment to modernity emerged as a defining characteristic. In the 1950s and 1960s, Loewe’s offices and stores in Spain became a benchmark for international design thanks to the distinctive architecture and interiors designed by Javier Carvajal.

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In 1970, artist Vicente Vela created the In 1970, artist Vicente Vela created the Anagram, the abstract symbol consisting of four intertwined Ls that has been stamped ever since on Loewe’s products as a sign of their material and technical excellence. Loewe’s first ready-to-wear clothing collection was launched in 1965, bringing fashion to the heart of the brand, and this was followed by the debut of the iconic Amazona bag in 1975.

This was also the decade in which Loewe broke into the luxury perfume sector with its debut fragrance, L de Loewe. From that time onward, it has continued to demonstrate its prowess in this field with each new perfume creation. Emilio Valeros has been Loewe’s ‘nose’ for over 20 years and has created some of the brand’s signature fragrances including Solo Loewe and Aura Loewe. In 1996 the company was acquired by the leading luxury group LVMH.

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In October 2013, Jonathan Anderson became the brand’s Creative Director. Under his leadership, Loewe has rebranded its heritage of 169 years of craftsmanship and innovation with a view to setting its sights on the future.

Launched alongside the grand opening, just for their 170 years anniversary, of its Madrid boutique, a new Loewe book showcases the essence of what makes the maison stand out. Loewe has published a new self-titled book that takes a look at the maison’s 170 year history. Edited by famed publication expert Luis Venegas, the book intriguingly does not follow any typical format, instead opting to simply focus on the unique personality of the brand.

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It’s not about making clear, linear connections. It’s just our favourite side of Loewe, what we think makes it different from any other house, all put into
 a book filled with images I fell in love with. It’s quite subjective.

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Given artistic freedom by the brand’s Creative Director Jonathan Anderson, Venegas pored over a massive collection of materials, carefully selecting what truly reflects the brand and which offers an insight into its future.

I wanted Luis to go through our archives and decide what is relevant, with
 that very sharp, uncommon eye that he has. He has unearthed some incredible things that show how the language of what we’re doing at the house now, has always been there. I could not be happier.

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The 592-page book ‘Past Present Future’ is filled with editorials and old advertising campaigns, as well as images of archival objects and artworks. The aim of the book is not only a celebration of the brand’s identity throughout the years, but an intimate insight into the universe of a future-focused brand – to be used by readers accordingly.

It’s not a book to be precious with. It’s a hefty block of paper that’s meant to be used and engaged with, documenting the entire universe of the brand until now, indicating where it stands and where it might go next.

Jonathan Anderson

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Take a peek inside the Loewe book now…

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