Dyptyque at Sloane Street

Diptyque is delighted to unveil its new UK flagship, located in the heart of Chelsea in Sloane Street, London. The new boutique, designed in-house by the Maison, is reminiscent of classic Parisian architecture and takes inspiration from Edwardian details.

Allow your imagination to wander in the Diptyque apartment and embark on your Diptyque journey.

For more information, come into the beautiful world of Diptyque.

JAMESPLUMB Studio Casts Aēsop’s Cambridge Store in Calm Elegance

Aesop has reunited with James Russell and Hannah Plumb’s creative studio, JAMESPLUMB, to design its Cambridge store. Emitting a sense of calm elegance, the new store marks the third time the two entities have worked together.

Created with longstanding collaborators James Russell and Hannah Plumb, Aesop Cambridge is an artefact of the surrounding water and land. Proximity to academic and archival collections provided further inspiration – the store is a place to leaf through books in quiet comfort, enveloped in botanical textures and aromas.

After spending time on-site and exploring the location’s context and feel, James and Hannah presented many insightful ideas, along with a wealth of poems, images and inspirations. Notably, they engaged with Felicity Irons and her bulrush practice, which became a core element of our Cambridge space. We then worked with JAMESPLUMB in constant dialogue to compose, juxtapose, and collage ideas. The result was what feels like the essence of the city and a special place for Aesop to host customers. Marianne Lardilleux, Aēsop’s global head of store design

Like the binding of an antique book, the shopfront is the hue of well-worn leather. Using ancient and pioneering techniques, local plant matter is the interior’s primary material. 

What stands out about the new location’s style is that the South-London-based creative studio was able to keep the aged architectural elements while also casting the space in a modern light. At first glance, everyone will notice the exterior’s rich worn leather hue that is complimented by a collection of pelargoniums that sit pristinely in the store’s window beneath the subtle Aēsop branding. Once inside, the store offers up a relaxing atmosphere with natural shades inspired by Bulrush.

Oversized shelves are made from English freshwater bulrush harvested and woven by Felicity Irons and her team at Rush Matters, who have brought this archaic and yet renewable practice into the twenty-first century. The bulrush is hand-cut from long punts on the River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire, then air-dried and sun-bleached before being braided into furniture at the nearby workshop.

Other shelves are formed from hemp – grown just twenty miles from Cambridge – pressed with resin. This warm, dense, tactile material is also inlaid into cabinetry, recalling the burnished surfaces of old writing desks. Underfoot, nineteenth-century floorboards are polished with two hundred years of footfall.

Amidst the serene shades and elevated rushes, is the array of Aēsop’s products, which stands tall on hemp shelving with its popular minimal yet enticing design style. Like some of Aēsop’s other locations, the new Cambridge store extends the brand’s cadence of crafting elevated yet tranquil shopping experiences. Come into the beautiful world of Aesop.

Aesop
3535 Trinity Street
Cambridge, UK

Hot drinks and delicious pastries to take away at Parisian Place Vendôme

Come and enjoy a selection of hot drinks and delicious pastries to take away at L’Écrin du 12 Vendôme this holiday season! Located right in front of Chaumet’s Parisian historic address, L’Écrin du 12 Vendôme is the result of a unique association between Maison Chaumet and the very Parisian Noir Coffee Shop. An unmissable stop for savouring some extra deliciousness with a stunning view on Paris’ most legendary square.

Come and meet them until 31 December, from Monday to Sunday. Come in the beautiful world of Chaumet.

Cartier has opened a new boutique at the P.C. Hooftstraat in Amsterdam

This winter, a new chapter begins for Cartier in Amsterdam with the opening of the new boutique at the P.C. Hooftstraat 129. Studio Parisien carried the boutique’s design from the facade to the interiors, inspired and supported by Dutch local talents.

The boutique’s playful and welcoming ceramic façade designed by Amsterdam-based artist Eva Crebolder, is inspired by the perfect imperfections of the Amsterdam’s canal houses. All ceramic elements were produced in the world’s oldest operating tile factory (Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum).

Stepping inside, visitors encounter delicate touches such as Atelier Tollis columns in organic shapes. They have been sculpted and coloured as a re-interpretation of the bricks that define the city of Amsterdam. In the back, a colourful wall panelling pattern refers to De Stijl, influenced by Mondriaan and his use of primary colours. Sustainable French oak parquet shows a pattern based on those in Vermeer’s art.

Upstairs in the salon, ceiling coves call to mind the spatula- centred painting techniques of Van Gogh. An airy staircase opens the path to a dreamy and light area located on the boutique’s first floor. Here, a masterpiece by Atelier Midavaine made of lacquer and mother of pearl punctuates the rise from the canals to the polder cloudy landscapes.

In addition to Cartier’s two main disciplines – jewelery and watches – you will find, for example, leather goods, stationery and porcelain represented in the boutique. The custom-made displays show the special story behind the Cartier Icons. Here you will find your favorite Santos, Tank, Pasha, Trinity, Love, Juste un Clou, Panthère or Ballon Bleu exactly what you are looking for.

On the upper level a courtyard garden can be found, designed by the architects of MAAK space from Amersfoort. The new Amsterdam boutique meets the highest ecological standards as directed by the globally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Cartier in the Netherlands

The link between Cartier and the Netherlands dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Cartier exhibited a number of important jewellery pieces in Hotel des Indes in The Hague in 1925. They were designs that had been included in the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris that year.

The official history of Cartier in the Netherlands began when a boutique opened its doors on the Herengracht 442 in 1975, on the corner of Amsterdam’s Koningsplein, in premises that had housed a range of jewellers since the beginning of the last century. In 1994, Cartier moved from Koningsplein to the corner of the Hobbemastraat and P.C. Hooftstraat. Since that first boutique in 1994, two other premises were occupied on the same street in 2007, at numbers 132 and 134. 

Cartier
Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat 132-134
1071 CE Amsterdan
Netherlands

Come into the beautiful world of Cartier.

Montblanc flagship at the top of the Champs Elysees inspired by a luxury boutique hotel

If this summer you stop by Paris, I suggest you to experience the new Montblanc flagship at the top of the Champs Elysees inspired by a luxury boutique hotel with lobby and concierge areas, “bagagerie , salons d’écriture et d’horlogerie ainsi qu’une suite privée”…

After opening Montblanc Haus few months ago, it is great to see their new unique client experience. Full of beautiful and authentic details like a restored 1950s vintage counter, Art Deco mosaic floor, ink bar creative space and unexpected surprises making guests feeling home.

Serious pen collectors can now plunk down six figures in the plushest setting imaginable, complete with staggering views of the Arc de Triomphe over flower boxes blooming with perfect roses.

The check-in desk that once sat in a Montblanc boutique in the 1950s (photo by Davide Leggio). 

The 2,400-square-foot corner unit, home to a Montblanc boutique for the past 20 years, just reopened after an extensive renovation and expansion to accommodate a new concept that merges retail with hospitality.

“When you have a great stay at your favorite boutique hotel, you don’t ever want to leave”, Montblanc chief executive officer Nicolas Baretzki explained, bringing to mind the lyrics of a famous Eagles ditty. “We hope our customers will feel just the same about their visit. When you have a great stay at your favorite boutique hotel, you don’t ever want to leave”, he added, bringing to mind the lyrics of a famous Eagles ditty. “We hope our customers will feel just the same about their visit”.

Visitors to Montblanc Suite 4810, the number representing the elevation in meters of Europe’s famous snow-capped mountain, alight upon a mosaic threshold like those found in palace hotels or Paris’ famous covered passages, and are invited to ‘check in’ at a retro, wooden reception counter.

Watches are displayed in a fixture resembling a cocktail bar (photo by Davide Leggio). 

There, sales staff can orient visitors toward what they might be seeking, or invite them to discover the 116-year-old German luxury brand, starting with its emblematic resin writing instruments, through to timepieces, leather goods and other personal accessories.

Products are sparsely merchandised throughout the airy ground floor, but there is much to discover, from the ‘ink bar’, where visitors can test a range of nibs and quirky colors with cigar-sized fountain pens, to a wall niche displaying the latest Montblanc collectible: a hand-carved ebony pen in the shape of a wandering stick from its Writers Edition dedicated to the Brothers Grimm, priced at € 40,300.

High-rollers might be escorted directly upstairs to the VIP salons via an elevator done up in gleaming black, a wink to its emblematic Meisterstück pen, and lit up with calligraphy animations. Or they can stroll across the pale hardwood floors, the same as the ones found in Montblanc’s historic Hamburg ateliers, and discover everything from sporty crossbody bags and business cases to sunglasses, belts and wallets.

The concierge desk offers personalization, among other services (photo by Davide Leggio).

The decor resembles the lobby of a boutique hotel with its cushy armchairs, piped-in music and staff at the ready to offer refreshments. Baretzki said the boutique, which has an Art Deco feel, is a one-off that winks to other units.

Full of beautiful and authentic details like a restored 1950s vintage counter, a small concierge desk, located near the entry, is where customers can have accessories personalized, or receive advice on writing techniques. A salon dedicated to writing instruments and timepieces is done up in the style of a cocktail bar, serving up watches instead of martinis, while the penultimate room showcases large leather goods on shelves and small ones in marble drawers. There’s enough room here to test-drive roller suitcases.

Montblanc’s famous pen nibs can be found embedded in the iron safety grill, displayed over the ink bar, and recurring as zipper pulls in the leather goods department. Smartwatches, headphones and other personal tech items — Montblanc’s latest brand extension — are displayed in a pop-up location next door.

Montblanc’s Suite 4810 upstairs salons can host events and VIP clients (photo by Davide Leggio). 

The VIP suite includes an expansive living room with a bookcase, a vast straw marquetry-topped coffee table, and comfortable seating. A second room, the walls lined with safety-deposit boxes, features consultation tables perfect for inspecting rare pens, some of which are sourced from the Montblanc Haus in Hamburg, an immersive brand emporium that blends elements of a museum, art gallery, hall of fame and school offering calligraphy classes.

Montblanc also operates freestanding boutiques in Paris on the Rue de Rennes and Boulevard des Capucines, plus shops-in-shop at Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and Le Bon Marché.

Enjoy and happy summer. Come into the beautiful world of Montblanc.

Dior Opens Men’s Winter 2022 Pop-Up Boutique at Rodeo Drive

Following the Maison’s menswear Winter 2022 Collection debut in January of this year, the French Maison Dior has now opened a respective pop-up store in Los Angeles.

Located on Beverly Hill’s infamous Rodeo Drive (where else), the boutique offers another look at Kim Jones’ refined collection that was filled with asymmetrical closure pants, elevated overcoats, exquisite wrap and double-breasted blazers, relaxed yet refined pants and more.

Whether it be a light gray wool overcoat or a waist-hugging blazer, tailoring was Jones’ exhibition of beauty. Alongside ready-to-wear garments, the show also featured Dior’s now popular Birkenstock collaboration.

Bringing Paris to the West Coast, the pop-up store is inspired by the Alexandre III bridge with an array of Art Nouveau lamp posts and images of the Parisian skyline. The boutique also features a gold 3D-printed Pegasus sculpture that is exclusive to the Rodeo Drive location. From elevated overcoats and cheetah-print jackets to bejeweled derbys, the boutique showcases a range of the Winter 2022 collection pieces.

Dior Mens Wear Pop-Up Boutique
362 N. Rodeo Drive
Los Angeles, USA

The Dior Mens Wear Pop-Up Boutique is now open through Monday, September 19. Come into the beautiful world of Dior.

Bvlgari, the unique Italian jeweller, has opened its flagship store in Vienna

The marvelous Italian jeweller brings its distinctive design to Austria as it announces the opening of its boutique in Vienna Kohlmarkt, located in the historic city center. The boutique is a timeless vision of the Eternal City, showcasing sublime Italian craftsmanship – building a relationship between tradition and innovation. The creative vision of Peter Marino combines precious materials and iconic design, highlighting the brand’s obsession with brilliance.

The new boutique at Kohlmarkt 4 is characterized by Roman design with the typical Bvlgari elements such as the portal and the golden star. Based on the iconic main building in Via Condotti 10 in Rome, colors of boutique design and marble elements dominate. A tribute to the brand’s Mediterranean roots. Bvlgari ‘Master of Colored Gemstones’ is inspired by the rich history of his home country and the colorful Italian soul.

The interpretation of the majestic symbols of the city of Rome can also be found in the exquisite jewelry, watches, accessories and perfume creations, bringing Italy to Austria. In the new boutique you can find the iconic designs made in the Bvlgari manufactures in Italy and Switzerland, such as the jewelry lines B.zero1 and Serpenti, women’s watches from the Serpenti and men’s watches from the Octo collection, as well as handmade accessories.

Here, too, star architect Peter Marino, who designed the parent companies of Dior or Louis Vuitton, for example, had his fingers in the game. The store is characterized by eclecticism and reflects noble materials, textures and a sophisticated lighting concept. As soon as you enter the new boutique, you have the feeling of being in Rome. The façade with the iconic golden Bvlgari logo on a black background is typical of the design concept developed by Peter Marino.

Bvlgari
Kohlmarkt 4
Vienna, Austria

For more information, come into the beautiful world of Bvlgari.

Balenciaga Opens Its First Haute Couture Boutique In Paris

Balenciaga opens its first Haute Couture boutique in Paris. Located at 10 Avenue George V, the new Balenciaga boutique will house Haute Couture designs designed by Demna Gvasalia.

This is a very important location for the French fashion house, as it is the exact spot where its founder Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his first shop in France. It was in 1937, when the Civil War broke out in Spain and he took refuge in the neighbouring country. But this new enclave will not only house the Haute Couture collection (produced only to order); it will also make special collections and customisable items available to the public.

The concept of this boutique is a gateway to Haute Couture, which remains a very closed universe, especially for the younger generations.

Cédric Charbit, CEO of Balenciaga.

A space divided into two floors organised by categories: textiles, accessories and other objects. The aim is to bring Haute Couture to the younger generations. The presentation of the 51st Haute Couture Collection designed by Demna will be held on 6 July at 12 in Paris.

Balenciaga
10 Avenue George V
Paris, Franse

Bvlgari returns to its Greek roots with a new Athens Boutique  

Bvlgari returns to its Greek roots with a new Athens Boutique. A little-known fact, the Roman jeweler actually has roots in Greece. And, this year, the Italian Maison unveils its new, two-level boutique at 20 Voukourestiou Street, Athens.

Bvlgari founder Sotirios Bvlgari (1857) was born in the Epirus village of Paramythia, the largest Vlachophone center for silversmithing in the Balkans. In 1881 Sotirios Bvlgari moved to Rome and in 1884 he opened his first shop at 85 Via Sistina.

In 1905, his grandson opened the Via Condotti boutique that would become the flagship of the family business. In the early years, Bvlgari was known for his special silver pieces that borrowed elements from Byzantine and Islamic art and combined them with floral designs. These are still available in the boutiques to this day. The iconic jewelery and watches now dominate the jeweler’s range.

In the 1970s, Bvlgari boutiques opened in Paris, Monte Carlo, Geneva and New York. More boutiques have been opened worldwide in the following decades. Now Bvlgari returns to its Greek roots with a new boutique in Athens.

This year, the Italian Maison unveils its new two-storey boutique at 20 Voukourestiou Street, Athens. The interior represents a carefully curated mix of shared cultural origins. As you tour the new temple, see Roman classicism merging with Mediterranean heritage.

Spectacular marbles from Pavonazzetto to Breccia di Seravezza meet expertly crafted walnut woods and immaculate brass details – with iconic Bvlgari creations displayed beneath a large chandelier.

Here you will find Bvlgari’s iconic jewelry designs such as the Parentesi, Sepenti, B.zero1, Divas’ Dream, Bvlgari Bvlgari, and a bridal collection, executed in 18 ct gold or platinum. Watches such as the Octo, Bvlgari Bvlgari, Diagono and Haute Horlogerie creations for men, and for women the LVCEA, Serpenti, Divas’ Dream, Bvlgari Bvlgari, B.zero1 and ‘Haute Joaillerie’ watches are available in the boutique. As well as Bvlgari’s silverware..

Bvlgari Boutique

20 Voukourestiou Str.
106 71 Athens 
Greece

Come into the beautiful world of Bvlgari.

Piaget Opened Its New Boutique In Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles

The new Piaget boutique in Rodeo Drive, which opened few days ago, showcase a magnificent facade, a unique interior designed in collaboration with a Californian designer, a new space modularity and an artistic collaboration to revive the Piaget society spirit.

Step inside Piaget’s new Rodeo Drive Boutique. On the outsie, the façade is inspired by Milanese Mesh, their artisanal mastery of gold weaving. On the inside, an immersive experience mixing art convival experiences with exhibitions curated with exhibitions curated in partnership with RAD.

Vitit now to discover the first of their series, modern pop artist Alia Penner and immerse yourself in Piaget’s Rodeo Drive Boutique. Come into the beautiful world of Piaget.