Open now: Inside Tiffany & Co.’s Blue Box Cafe in New York

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The highly anticipated Blue Box Cafe has just opened its doors in Tiffany & Co.’s New York fifth Avenue flagship store and Yakymour has the first look inside….

A peek inside Tiffany & Co’s New Café, where you can yes, eat breakfast at Tiffany’s. Since announcing the launch of their new Home and Accessories collection, Again Tiffany & Co have continued to expand their luxury lifestyle offerings with ‘Breakfast at Tiffant’s’. The American fine jewellery house has just opend their first Blue Box Café, sitting pretty on the fourth floor of the Tiffany & Co Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York.

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Serving the iconic coffee and croissant – from the cinematic creation that is Breakfast at Tiffany’s featuring Audrey Hepburn – along with a separte breakfast and lunch menu, expect to dine amid the maison’s signature Tiffany Blue, a color so synonymous with the jeweler that it’s trademarked.

There are Tiffany Blue chairs, Tiffany Blue leather banquettes, Tiffany Blue plates (from their Color Block collection) Tiffany Blue trim, and walls with amazonite, ‘the nature version of Tiffany Blue’. And not forget to mention: the great view of Central Park.

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The café is open regular store hours, which means customers can stop by after browsing for engagement rings (’tis the season) or just to live out their Audrey Hepburn fantasies (don’t forget your – Givenchy – black dress). But, with reports of lines out the door, it seems there’s already much ado about Tiffany!

 

 

 

Hermès Flagship stores in Paris and New York to offer luxury launderette services

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Until mid-June, iconic French Maison Hermès are offering more proud owners of its timeless 100% silk scarves the chance to give their prized possessions a new lease of life with a complimentary top-notch pop-up after-sales service. The world-famous saddler joins eco-minded brands Stella McCartney, Chopard, H&M and others in jumping on the sustainable fashion bandwagon.

If you are heading to Paris or New York, a pit stop at the Hermès flagship stores could be well worth your while. For a limited time only, customers can give their new luxe launderette service a whirl. Now for the lowdown on Hermès’ upcycling innovation…  HermèsMatic guarantees to make your well-worn scarves look as good as new, all thanks to three expert color-reviving wash cycles (denim blue, bright red or fuchsia). No need to rummage around for change in euros as the ‘no-snag’ service is completely free of charge!

Allow for a turnaround time of 48 hours. After being given the special HermèsMatic dip-dye treatment, the freshly laundered scarves are expertly folded and wrapped in a brown paper package, adding another much-appreciated perk to the slick service. The dip-dye upgrade wouldn’t be complete without a little retail therapy ‘while you wait’: a dedicated space — strategically placed beside the orange washing machines, showcases the label’s vintage dip-dye Brides de Gala, Quadrige, Festival des Amazones, Les Clés printed classics (€350).

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Hermès’ decision to extend the laundering service to a host of other boutiques comes after successful recent stints at the Dubaï, Geneva, Brussels and Basel stores, in addition to last year’s whistle-stop visits in Kyoto, Amsterdam and Munich.

The HermèsMatic Paris pop-up service is open from June 7 through June 17 at its flagship store on 17, rue de Sèvres, on Paris’s chic left bank.

The HermèsMatic laundromat service in New York will run from June 14 through June 18.

 

 

 

 

Discover the New Dior Fine Jewellery and Timepieces Boutique

After starting its journey at 30 Avenue Montaigne nearly 70 years ago, Dior’s spirit is spreading around the world. And just across the street, a new Dior world came alive; it’s one where jewelry and timepieces come together in great harmony. 

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Opening of the new Dior Fine Jewellery and Timepieces Boutique situated opposite the House’s emblematic address in Paris.

The modern and elegant décor of the new Dior Fine Jewelry and Timepieces boutique was conceived by the famed and talented architect Peter Marino. Embracing Victoire de Castellane’s jewelry designs and the house’s timepieces in all their sophistication, this boutique has all it takes to dive into the world of luxury, including a special VIP salon. Contemporary furniture designed by artists such as Vincenzo de Cotiis joins artworks by the likes of Dana Buckley and Damian Hirst and reflects the natural light, while an intimate atmosphere takes over the place through a mix of grey and pink tones.

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The best part? Special editions of jewelry pieces and watches were created to mark the boutique’s opening. Along with the Dior VIII Grand Bal Coquette and La D de Dior timepieces, the house has revisited some jewelry pieces from the Archi Dior collection in the spirit of Avenue Montaigne.

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VIII, for 8th October 1946, the date of the creation of the Christian Dior couture house; like the name of his first collection, baptised “En Huit”; like the 8th arrondissement in Paris, cradle of the House on the avenue Montaigne; VIII like Dior VIII, the latest Dior Horlogerie collection, with this Dior VIII Grand Bal Coquette Montaigne Special Edition.

Case:  Material: Rose gold, diameter: 36 mm, back: Sapphire, water resistance: 50 m, Bezel set with 0.96 carat diamond.

Movement: Type: Self-winding mechanical with power reserve: 38 hours, Dior Inversé 8 1/4 calibre. Dial is made of Malachite.

 

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Case: Material: Yellow 18k gold, diameter 25 mm, back made of 18k solid gold, its water resistance to 30 m.

Movement: Quartz. The dial is made of Chrysoprase,set with 4 diamonds hour markers.

Not only beautiful timepieces, but also the world famous precious Jewels….

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DIOR ON NEW BOND STREET

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The new Christian Dior Boutique has opened on New Bond Street, wich for the first time houses all of the brand’s offerings under one roof. Menswear, childrenswear and ready-to-wear, as wel as watches, accessories and cosmetics, are availble in the one top-stop Dior shop over four floors.

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Internationally renowned, from his New York-based architectural practice Peter Marino has redefined modern luxury with his work all over the world. The recipient of a multitude of awards and distinctions, he was also honored as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.

The store opened last week in a Dior London takeover, which saw the brand hold their cruise show in Blenheim Palace, just outside London. Dior has again partnered with luxury interior architect Peter Marino who has designed most of the stores on Bondstreet, from Chanel to Louis Vuitton. The store features a soft pallet of grey tones, highlighted by shades of pink from the Baby Dior bee wallpaper.

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On the lower level, a Dior Homme space will provide a demi-mesure service for the first time in the country. The House of Dior will also offer three private salons for VIP clients, as well as a perfume area in which exclusive creations and the Collection Privée Christian Dior will be presented. The new House of Dior boutique in London will also unveil an exclusive Dior HOME collection.

Specially commissioned artwork is featured in the store, including sculptures by Tony Cragg and Rado Kirov and a collaboration with artist Mark Quinn, wich combines his work with the Dior bag.

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The four floors, which include Dior Homme in the basement, the shoo gallery and three VIP rooms, are brought together by a statement staircase wich is given further prominence by turquoise light installations. Plush sofas are also in abundance, inviting the custumer to stay and relax in this Mayfair townhouse.

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160 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S, UK

Dior Boutique

 

 

Moschino Milan Flagship is Pop Art Dream

Moschino opens a new store in the heart of Porta Nuova, the space behind Piazza Gae Aulenti, in Milan. The 120 square meters store reflects the new image created by Jeremy Scott: a neutral and modern container in the form of a triangular shape, with soaring high ceilings, white walls, concrete floors and large windows facing the street.

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Knowing designer Jeremy Scott’s track record with designs both irreverent and ironic, is it any surprise that Moschino’s new Milan flagship would look like something out of a contemporary art exhibition? This new flagship store is a 700 square meter space spread over two stories, and will bring together Moschino and Boutique Moschino collections. One floor will be dedicated to their Couture line – but also featured is the brand’s ready-to-wear, accessories, textiles, beach wear, jewelry and fragrances, as well as menswear and a ‘Baby Kid & Teen’ selection.

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The iconic brand is also highlighted by giant logos visible on the windows and inside, which adds a strong graphic and visual exhibition of the collections Moschino Couture for men and women, along with swimwear, jewelry, perfumes, garments and tech accessories.

The place designed as a light filled gallery space is in line with the creative vision of Jeremy Scott. The designer declares,

I wanted an open gallery space that would be a blank canvas for my collections.

As per the art gallery-esque style, the dominant hue of the Moschino flagship is white. Oversized installations of Moschino products are strewn throughout – shoes, suits, and their iconic teddy bear. Shopping bags are transformed into oversized shelving units that contain signature accessories while the fitting room itself is a giant white Moschino biker bag with a zipper opening for an entrance. The look draws similar cues from their New York store, which has the same oversized objects.

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The interiors, designed according to the new concept of the Creative Director, is arranged around a monolithic stone bench, equipped with suspended shelves and hanging units in sleek chrome which contrasts with the tufted black leather seats. The special wall adds to both the sculptural elements and acts as a display for accessories.

This opening marks Scott’s third sales point in the Italian fashion capital, joining the Moschino store which opened last year in Porta Nuova and the Love Moschino store on Corso Venezia. It is wild, stylish, and eccentric – and it is everything we’ve come to love and expect from them.

Moschino
Via Vincenzo Capelli, 1
20124 Milan
Tel. 02 36687099

More info at Moschino

L’Artisan Parfumeur

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Creating a perfume is an art. Each perfume is different in so many ways, and there are no two that can be exactly alike. When asked how she came up with her new perfume, Gabrielle Chanel said that she talked about her ideas with a perfumer who then came up with a bunch of different versions that suited her vision. She picked one and that was her scent.

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Whether it’s celebrity perfumes or ones for a label, it seems that the perfumer is working under the direction of someone else and has limited say over how the perfume should actually smell.

But there’s a label that turns this on its head: L’Artisan Parfumeur is a line that takes the master perfumers from all over the world and gives them the creative reign to make the perfume fo their dreams. Having a no holds barred approach has meant that this label is often on the leading side of trends, and each of their creations inspires perfume companies around the world.

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L’Artisan Parfumeur was the result of a challenge, a plaisanterie. Due to his training as a chemist, a friend asked Jean Laporte if he could create a banana scent to wear with a costume of the same fruit to a gala evening at the Folies Bergères. This was quickly followed by grapefruit and vanilla fragrances.

He experimented and created original scents with ‘natural essences’. With the success of his first line of fragrances, Jean Francois Laporte was named L’Artisan Parfumeur – the craftsman of fragrance – by perfume enthusiasts.

 

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L’Artisan Parfumeur’s classic fragrances remain unchanged throughout its 40-year history. A true mark of confidence in its alchemy, the perfumes are as modern today as they ever were.

Made with passion and artisanal finesse to symbolise a different olfactory journey, each fragrance carries with it creative freedom and artistic flair: the hallmark of its master perfumer. In homage to its founding philosophy, the fragrances take you on a journey of exploration, one that fuses the careful craft of man with the beauty of nature. As experts of their craft, each of our master perfumers understands the harmony and structure of their chosen notes, notes that shift and flow subtly as the fragrance unfolds on the skin.

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The flacons, bringing to mind all the mystery and allure of an apothecary den, L’Artisan Parfumeur’s bottle is resplendent in dark, smoky glass. Each elegant bottle carries the brand’s stamped emblem, a silent insignia of L’Artisan Parfumeur’s dedicated craftsmanship and genuine authenticity. The bottle’s signature heavy cap and iconic heptagonal shape remain, not simply as an ode to understated modernity but as the brand’s distinctive seal, reaching back into its past and striding forth into its future.

The L’Artisan Parfumeur experience doesn’t stop at scents for the body. They also make scents for your home and one of them have achieved cult status. In 1976 L’Artisan created and presented an innovative home fragrance shaped as Amber Ball. Each ball is handmade of terracotta and contains crystals of herbal origins infused with the rich scent of ambergris. The smell of crystals lasts for about two years, and they can be replaced with new ones afterwards.

 

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They also have car air fresheners and these beautiful leather charms handcrafted by Bottega Veneta, one my all-time favourite fashion house, known best for their leather goods. L’Artisan Parfumeur has also introduced a new line of organic skin care called Jatamansi, so if that’s your thing, you must check them out.

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If you want to try any of the L’Artisan Perfumes, you can order samples from their website and only have to pay for shipping and handling. When you are in Paris, visit their new boutique at 167 boulevard Saint-Germain, Or visit their website for one of their boutiques and selected perfume shops worldwide.

L’Artisan Parfumeur
167 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
Tel : 01.43.27.47.87

Come into the world of L’Artisan Parfumeur, Paris

 

 

 

Hublot New York’s Fifth Avenue

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Luxury watch brand Hublot has opened a new store on New York’s Fifth Avenue. The 1,500 sq ft boutique is the second standalone for the brand in the city; it already has a smaller shop on Madison Avenue. The new branch was designed by the ubiquitous luxury architect Peter Marino and is aimed at the New York tourist market with brand education very much featuring as part of the brief.

Inside the Hublot Fifth Avenue flagship.

The narrow store front is cast in black powder-coated aluminium panels inset with LED lights, and is said to be inspired by one of the brand’s watch bands. The dark palette continues into the store where lava stone walls are set against wood floors and leather furniture with glass display cases around the perimeter and in the mid-shop.

Inside the Hublot Fifth Avenue flagship.

The new look store is a more premium concept for the business and is likely to be rolled out to its other new outlets and refurbishments. The recent ‘hard’ opening of the store was attended by sporting legends athlete Usain Bolt and Brazilian footballer Pele.

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Hublot

743 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA

More info at: Hublot