Loewe artisan Maite Infantes Torralba crafts the Flamenco clutch in calfskin leather. Maite, who has been an artisan at the Spanish fashion house’s atelier for 21 years, compares the making of a bag by hand to the intricacies of architectural design.
The nappa we use is a very light leather. Making this bag is a great responsibility because the bag has been at Loewe for many years and has been transformed and modernised over time.
Maite Infantes Torralba
The Loewe Flamenco clutch is available at Loewe and selected stores boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.
You’ve got to give Spanish fashion house Loewe major props for churning out brand new pouches that are equal parts cute and functional, in prices that don’t exactly break the bank. The Paula’s Drawstring Pouch is a clear example that’s priced at just €250 recently restocked online and in the boutiques, which a number of you managed to get.
The Large Heel Pouch (€350) is another hot favourite that was sold out the moment it arrived, and it’s frankly not that hard to see why. Rendered in full smooth calf leather, the pouch measures 12 cm across and 12.5 cm high, furnished with 3 card slots in the interior along with a patch pocket for coins, folded cash and even a set of house keys.
It’s essentially a mini wallet that comes attached with a long strap that you can wear around your neck, or have it slung across your body so it sits right under your chest like you would with a typical belt bag.
It also helps that the pouch comes in easy-to-match colours like Black or Tan, and finished with the iconic embossed Loewe Anagram in front.
Lady Gaga made waves in Paris with Hedi Slimane’s first bag for Celine, and now, that piece has been officially introduced as the 16. This will be the first bag launched at the revamped French Maison Celine. The bag in question is the 16 bag, which according to the press release was what Hedi Slimane designed on his very first day of work.
Taking inspiration from Celine’s archive bags, flaunting a sleek and curvaceous profile, the 16 boasts elements of some of Celine’s most historic bags as it features a ’60s-inspired top handle, cropped flap as well as rounded and belted details. The numeral name derives from the location of the maison’s Parisian headquarters and atelier in a 17th-century mansion at 16 Rue Vivienne
Composed out of the finest and most luxe leathers, the 16 will be available in three sizes and in a wide variety of colors beginning November 12. Pricing has not been revealed yet. For more info, head over to Celine’s website.
Personalisation of luxury products has gained popularity in recent years, following the resurgence of logos. People are more open than ever to wearing pieces branded with their own initials, and Bottega Veneta is making personalising your bag that much easier with the introduction of its newest service.
When your own initials are enough.
Celebrating the brand’s motto, ‘When your own initials are enough’, the new personalisation program was debuted on the brand’s S/S’18 runway and is available on both men’s and women’s piece.
Tote and duffle striped bags for men in canvas, suede and ostrich patterns are designed to include monogrammed initials for two new women’s bags – the Intrecciato Palio (a vivid tri-color design crafted from eight different types of Nappa leather) and the BV73 (a bag based on an original model from 1973). Plus, both men and women will be able to personalise their own Intrecciato style across handbags, backpacks, duffles, wallets and phone cases.
As for how long the pieces will take? It all depends on which option you choose, but those featuring embossing or stamping will be finished after a few days, or just 24 hours in some cases. Those pieces that require stitching will take longer however as this can only be done by Bottega Veneta artisans.
Forget putting a ring on it, this year it’s all about putting your name on it.
The Hermès Serviette bag is the latest collection of which is specific to men. With detail built to unzip is completely open, Epsom skin color of this bag is actually more fancy laptop case, and one that allows you to carry your Macbook Air around in style.
Hermes bag dispatches smooth indigo blue leather and silver and palladium plated metalwork. Measures: 15″ x 11″ x 1″. Delivered in its famous Hermès dustbag.
In a few words:
The Hermès Serviette is the most beautiful way for men to appear office style.
Iconic shoe brand Jimmy Choo has unveiled its pre-fall 2016 collection and campaign. Photographed by Cass Bird and styled by Sarah M. Richardson, model Nadja Bender flaunts her legs in a range of styles. From the metallic gold ‘Dierdre’ booties to the strappy ‘Lance’ sandals, the pre-fall shoes are sexy and elegant.
For this collection I wanted to explore the relationship between personality and style. Iinspired by the iconic look of style-makers such as Edie Sedgwick, the collection embraces a spirited, daring attitude.
Sandra Choi, creative director Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection is here (and worth the wait)
Jimmy Choo ‘Veto 100’, Silver Mirror Leather Sandals with Gold Studs
Jimmy Choo ‘Ren 100’, Silver Mirror Leather Sandals
Jimmy Choo ‘Romy 100’, Black Kid Leather Pointy Toe Pump
Jimmy Choo ‘Helena’, Leopard Print Pony Round Toe Pumps and ‘Lockett’ Petite Black Phyton with Mix Studs and Crystals Shoulder Bag
Jimmy Choo ‘Dierdre 85’, Light Honey Metallic Nappa and Gold Stretch Fabric Booties
Jimmy Choo ‘Lance’, Natural Glossy Elaphe and Light Platinum Mirror Leather Strappy Sandals
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.
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.
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.
Tory Burch’s new flagship store in Paris walks a delicate line between classic French style and the New York brand’s distinctive blend of quasi-oriental Upper East Side gloss.
The 4,200 sq ft shopping paradise in the Rue Saint-Honoré, which opened earlier this month, is located in a 19th century building and was designed in collaboration with architect Daniel Romualdez.
Set out as a series of salon style rooms over three floors joined by a classical staircase, the aim of the flagship is to introduce the millions of international visitor to Paris to the Tory Burch brand. Some rooms speaks the interior language of Paris with the chintz prints reminiscent of the traditional wallpapered guest rooms in some of the cosy hotels in St Germain. Burch was also apparently influenced by the 1920s French interior designer Madeleine Castaing, saying that her work had particularly influenced the colour choices throughout.
This interior is in tune with both its location and its origin. Key materials include intarsia marble flooring, white oak walls and a large dose of the brand’s traditional lacquered finish. The main floor showcases the accessories business whilst upstairs there are rooms for ready-to-wear, homewares, watches, jewellery, eyewear, and footwear. On the fifth floor there is a VIP salon with the feel of an intimate drawing room.
Tory Burch, 412 Rue Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
High-end designer of quirky, luxury shoes, Carlotte Olympia, will keep the Chelsea neighbourhood well-heeled with its latest store opening. The shop, located in the fashionable Brompton Cross, will be Charlotte’s second London outpost taking her total stand alone store count to 10.
Laid out over 150 square meters, the store encapsulates the spirit of the brand and is inspired by a by-gone era of old Hollywood glamour. The showcase rectangular windows provide an enticing view inside the store.
Luxurious blush furnishings and shocking pink mid-century style seating entice customers to sit back and try on the shoes. The store also features a beautiful herringbone wooden floor and matching furniture in the new dedicated room showcasing the recently launched collection of leather handbags and small leather goods. Charlotte’s signature web and kitten designs feature throughout the store.
The UK designer has international aspirations with further openings this year in Bangkok, Las Vegas and Costa Mesa, California. The designer also recently collaborated with Sak’s Fifth Avenue for a Cinderella collection timed with the release of the film.
When you go to London’s Brompton Cross, notice that you have to stay a day longer in this city, because this ’boutique’ is a true Shop-a-holic Paradise! Lucky, they have a closing time!