Archive for September, 2008


September 30, 2008


Coldplay-Viva La Vida

September 29, 2008

Coldplay-Viva La Vida

Whats cool about the video it was directed by HypeWilliams



September 29, 2008

In central London over the past week there have been five 2-ton Stone Aerosol cans discovered in not so remote areas. When asked, officials seemed baffled but suggested it was some sort of calendar suggesting that artist D*Face is about to drop a nasty ass show this coming week.

Check out a great interview with more of his great artwork via


September 29, 2008

Out January 16th 2009

Cartier Revs Up

September 27, 2008

In creating its first new men’s fragrance in nearly a decade, Cartier was inspired by its most iconic men’s watch, the Roadster. The Roadster fragrance uses a mineral fougère: a classic fern-based blend traditionally created using lavender and oakmoss. Cartier swapped the lavender with English mint for an updated, cleaner take on the men’s cologne. The Roadster also contains subtle hints of bergamot, patchouli, and vanilla, and the gray, white, and black glass-sculpted bottle was made to resemble the stylish watch, which was styled after the classic car. The Roadster, $105 for 3.3 ounces, will debut in Cartier boutiques and Bloomingdale’s stores September 1.


September 26, 2008

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Rapped up in tweed
Andre Benjamin, best known as half of OutKast, is not the first hip-hop star to design his own clothes. But what sets him apart is his very individual take on some traditional British staples, says Simon Mills

Slight, polite and genial, rapper-turned-fashion mogul Andre Benjamin – aka Andre 3000 – arrives for breakfast at Harrods wearing a duffel coat, polo shirt and baseball cap. Ostensibly, he is here to have a look at the corner of the menswear department where the Knightsbridge store will be displaying his latest Benjamin Bixby collection, a range of 1930s-influenced American football clobber, including cashmere cardies, numbered sweaters and fitted sweat tops. But evidently he couldn’t resist a retail detour: a big white tote from Hackett, his favourite British shop, sits by his off-white and brown “saddle” shoes, bulging with sweet-smelling, tweedy booty from his morning spree. And it’s only 10am.

Shopping in London is the ultimate pleasure, admits Benjamin. He finds it inspirational, educational and thrillingly old-school. “I love old things,” he says. “In the US, we are not that old. We have old stores and cool vintage stuff, but nothing like you have over here.”

Benjamin is an oddity in the sartorially prescriptive rap fraternity. A renaissance-man alternative to the aggressive knuckleheadery of, say, 50 Cent, Benjamin paints, reads, acts and plays the violin (and many other instruments). A vegetarian, he campaigns for Peta, the anti-fur lobby. Musically speaking, the 32-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia, who is one half of OutKast, is at the cutting edge of gonzo hip-hop with hits such as Ms Jackson, Roses and Hey Ya!, but when it comes to his wardrobe, he’s 80% Brideshead.

He likes the rake of our straw hats and the equestrian cut of our traditional suits. He favours shirts with cutaway collars, rugby jerseys, brightly coloured hoop socks and co-respondent shoes. He likes the temperate British climate because it means he can wear one of his many Scottish tweeds. Talk to him and he’ll reference the Duke of Windsor and Beau Brummell. When it comes to dressing, “those guys killed it,” he’ll tell you.

Benjamin’s frequent trips to London find him trawling Portobello market for vintage tweed, cords and old shoes. On Jermyn Street, he’ll check out the shirts and ties at Turnbull & Asser, Hilditch & Key, New & Lingwood, then make a short diversion to St James’s to see the hats at Lock (“If you ask me, a good hat can make or break an outfit”) and Lobb’s exquisite bespoke shoes a few doors along. Then it’s Henry Poole on Savile Row, where he’ll finger some gold-braided Napoleonic livery, leaf through one of the old order books, maybe order a blazer.

Hackett, the young Sloane’s outfitters, is his favourite stop-off. Benjamin spends a small fortune there and knows all the staff. “You might think that a rapper from the deep south of America might not be our typical customer,” admits Hackett’s co-founder Jeremy Hackett. “But the fact that Andre comes at our clothes from a different perspective, not burdened with any of the preconceptions about class and sartorial stereotypes that a British customer might have, means he looks at the clothes in a new and fresh way. He puts our stuff together in a way that we never imagined and he is totally fearless with colour combinations. He’s got a really good eye.”

Benjamin has got the fashion thing bad. It’s been like this ever since he was at Sutton middle school in Atlanta. Back then, there were two rival gangs stalking the corridors and hanging out by the lockers – the prep crew and the soul kids. “The soul kids wore Jordache jeans cut at the bottom, Stan Smith sneakers, silk shirts and Starter jackets,” he says. “The preppy kids were from better homes and they could afford the preppy clothes. Tretorn tennis shoes, madras pants, Ralph Lauren polo shirts, mostly. They had the coolest girls and they had Volkswagen Rabbit [Golf] cars.”

Sometimes the two gangs would clash in elegantly wardrobed street violence. “You know, like in the 1950s when you had gang fights? Like West Side Story? It was like that. You had a whole other side with guys that were from the streets but dressed like they were rich preppies.”

Most notorious was a preppy gang called the Stray Cats, who wore Benetton tennis bags slung over their shoulders. “Only thing was, nobody played tennis. But they used to take the racquets to school and use them as weapons whenever they got in a fight.”

Benjamin, an only child, wanted to be a preppy but he was never in a gang. “My mom was too strict to ever let me get involved in that stuff.” After his estate agent mum and collections agent father split up, his mother worked on the production line at General Motors to make ends meet; money was tight. “If I wanted nice clothes I’d have to wait for Christmas. I couldn’t wait. I got a job. But if you couldn’t buy them, you stole the clothes. Or you’d get your girlfriend to steal them for you.”

Increasingly frustrated by his hometown’s lazy, parochial attitude to fashion, Benjamin and a school friend would buy dye to colour their jeans. “We were trying to find ways to be individual, find our identities, I guess.” They would pore over men’s fashion magazines and watch old movies. Benjamin became fascinated by the understated Anglophilia and Gatsbyish exotica of Ralph Lauren adverts, which peddled dress codes that appeared to have been handed down from father to son like family heirlooms. “I think a lot of African-American kids don’t have fathers to teach them how to dress, so you end up being taught by pictures in magazine and movies. You see cowboys, Indians, old Hollywood films, Cary Grant. It has an effect on you.”

Was there something subversive about a poor young black kid dressing up in the preppy duds that were the privileged mufti of the Wasps? “A little. I guess it’s all about the twist, really. Everything is slower in the south. But we wanted to educate ourselves. Every kid was a fashion victim back then, but as you get older you learn and you become the killer not the victim.”

But before Benjamin could mutate into a gentleman designer, he embarked on a sartorial journey that took him beyond button-down collars and deck shoes. “When I decided to become an entertainer things became even more extreme,” he says. OutKast – Benjamin and another high school friend, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton – released their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmusik, in 1994. But despite the influence of Cameo and George Clinton in the music, they looked fairly conventional. Hip-hop seemed to tame fashion-forward Benjamin for a while. “If you watch the career of OutKast, look at all our pictures and videos, you’ll see that at the start, even though I was writing out-of-this-world lyrics, I really just wanted to fit in, wearing baseball jerseys and sneakers. But the more I got into what I was doing, the more I started to think, to hell with what everyone else is doing.

“When the OutKast sound changed and I started producing my own records, I would mirror what I thought that character doing that music would look like. As the sound got a little wilder, freakier and funkier, so did the clothes. Then when the sound got more sophisticated, the clothes changed again.”

At first, he channelled the outlandish get-ups of his funk and rock heroes – Cameo, Funkadelic, Sly Stone, Hendrix even. He wore white wigs and designed himself a pair of fake-fur pants. He scoured fabric shops in Atlanta for material – “upholstery fabric, mainly” – commissioning a reliable and creative network of seamstresses in the area. Then the outfits got crazier. Once, on the Chris Rock TV show, Benjamin decided to debut an outfit that included American football shoulder pads customised with multiple feather boas and ski-boots. The only problem was he had forgotten the trousers. “Big Boi dared me to go out and perform on stage in just my underwear. So I did. And it was the most fun.”

But beneath the boas and ski boots, hip-hop’s peacockish, dapper rapper was nurturing commercial fashion ambitions. “And I knew that fur pants and white wigs are not sellable.” The market is now thick with rap and urban musicians who have tried their hand at (or lent their names to) designing clothing – Justin Timberlake’s William Rast, Gwen Stefani’s LAMB, Pharrell Williams’s Billionaire Boys Club – but Benjamin is determined that Benjamin Bixby (the “Bixby” was added for its pleasing alliterative qualities) should develop into a label that might compete with fashion’s major players.

When he showed his collection in a hotel suite last year, Vogue editor Anna Wintour came to have a look. “‘I can see longevity in this business,’ she told me, ‘but you have to get with people in business who understand that this is not just an overnight entertainer brand, that you want this business to grow.'” Benjamin took her advice. He chose not to use the apparently readymade brand name of Andre 3000 (one of several alter egos he has). “Andre 3000 would be cool if I wanted to do a low-end brand and sell it in Wal-Mart, but this is not a celebrity brand. I am not a fan of celebrity brands, to be honest.”

As well as sketching designs for tweed plus-fours, bomber jackets and waistcoats, he now makes factory visits, has the help of collectors and fashion archivists, and employs a technical director and a vice-president of design. “I would like to go to fashion school to learn the correct terminology and the correct technique,” he says.

Benjamin seems thrilled at how well the label has been received. The major menswear magazines have featured the line, admiring its quality, detailing and tailoring. And, much to his delight, the other day that perennial rock’n’roll dandy Mick Jagger was spotted taking a picture of the clothes in a window at Barney’s New York. “That,” says Benjamin, finger-snapping the air with unbridled satisfaction, “felt pretty good”.

· Benjamin Bixby is available exclusively at Harrods men’s designerwear.

Here’s some samples of the clothing

Hermes Ties Fall / Winter 2008

September 26, 2008

Luxury goods giant Hermes is proposing wearing a tie purely for pleasure – and to express oneself. The range even includes an exceptional piece in crocodile skin.

The bulk of the collection are silk affairs, with the Hermes ‘H’ figuring prominently across the board, as do animal motifs. Hermes even features offerings outside conventional ties, for those who prefer to do without. These include the scarf, the losange and the silk carre.

The Most Expensive Pair of Sunglasses in the World

September 25, 2008

Luxuriator Due – Style 23 18K Yellow Gold, 132 hand set pave, full cut diamonds, 1, 2.0 carat Canary yellow diamond, ivory buffalo horn temples, brown lenses with gold mirror. Total carat weight, 3.45

Cost: $ 65,000.00 US

Ralph Lauren Notorious: The Film

September 24, 2008

Award winning director Wong Kar-Wai and Ralph Lauren present a tour de force short film: Notorious, starring French screen icon Laetitia Casta.

Bentley Safe?

September 24, 2008

Found it at SYBARITES
The exclusive German safe manufacturer Stockinger have released two safes made in conjunction with Bentley. The Continental and Arnage safes are designed in the same way as all Stockinger safes and designed to be impenetrable and feature numerous security mechanisms such as built in alarms and GPS trackers. The Continental safe is designed for storing jewelry whilst the Arnage safe is designed to store watches and features watch winders. The safes are available in all standard Bentley exterior colours, 10 interior leather hides and 3 wood veneer panels. Only two hundred of each model will be available and will be available to order exclusively through Stockinger.

Featuring sleek luxury in design and polished perfection in technology, Bentley’s new partnership with Stockinger Safety First Class exemplifies a singular level of commitment to engineering and craftsmanship.

The new Stockinger for Bentley safes combine technological innovation with aesthetic distinction, joining security technology with designer looks. Bentley’s famous commitment to the highest quality of craftsmanship and customer personalisation is highlighted through the enhanced choice of beautiful exterior colours and interior materials available in the two editions of the “Stockinger for Bentley” series: The “Arnage” for watch collectors and the “Continental” for jewellery lovers. Both editions have been designed in conjunction with Bentley’s world-class design studio, situated at Bentley’s head office in Crewe, England.

As a Bentley is unmistakable, so too is a Stockinger safe. Hallmarks of luxury such as the leather linings and the brushed aluminium interior finish unite with the seven layer lacquer and design elements typical of Bentley interiors to create its exciting beauty. The “Stockinger for Bentley” line will be limited to 400 safes for the two models.

Every single Stockinger safe is a unique and bespoke masterpiece. The surface of each piece is carefully and conscientiously primed, painted and sanded off during an 18-stage manufacturing process. This process takes several weeks and is completed with a finish of the finest carnauba wax, which produces a softer look and lends an unusual optical depth to the paint.

The safe is available in all standard Bentley exterior colours, 10 interior leather hides and 3 wood veneer panels. This gives the customers an almost infinite number of combinations for commissioning just the look they desire.

The Bentley handle itself weighs 3.5 kilograms and has been milled in a 16-hour process from a single block of brass. In four more refining steps, the grip has been sanded, polished, chromed and lacquered to provide the jewel-like finish. Complete with the Bentley “B” at the centre of the handle, the “Stockinger for Bentley” provides the ideal, secure environment for your valuables.

For devotees of fine mechanisms, the “Arnage” is an elaborate watch safe equipped with state-of-the-art watch winders for exceptional timepieces, such as the “Breitling for Bentley” range. For more than 20 years Stockinger has been integrating watch winder technology into safes. The watch winder run almost noiselessly, an extremely long, disturbance and maintenance free life is guaranteed. The design captures traditional craftsmanship qualities and techniques and reveals compelling design clues.

The “Continental” has a finish on the drawers and on the safe door which is identical to the Bentley dashboard texture, known as engine turning. Engine turning is a labour-intensive process associated with high quality luxury items and is traditionally found on the racing cockpit interiors of one of Bentley’s earliest cars, the Bentley Blower. For the first time, the engine turning technique has been applied to the interior of a safe.

The “Continental”, with its 6 different trays, provides the ultimate storage solution for jewellery. Whether it be large or small rings, brooches, earrings, wide or narrow necklaces, chokers, cufflinks and bangles, customers can present their precious objects at home in a style befitting the finest items made by master jewellers and goldsmiths. Your finest pieces of jewellery and your dearest watches are treated the way they deserve.

Both the “Arnage” and the “Continental” place beautiful goods in an attractive environment and liberate them from wall safes and basement or bank vaults. About 30 different teams of experts are involved in the manufacture of the safes, engineers, technicians, craftsmen and artists, all with many years of experience.

Dominik von Ribbentrop, owner of Stockinger, says: “Style, grace and security: A Stockinger safe will give you freedom and independence and will increase your peace of mind – in style and at all times.

“Stockinger’s passion is to enrich the grey world of bulky safes with a high-class product that is as secure as a bank, as precise as a master time piece, and as beautiful as a piece of the finest art.”

To date, safes have often been grey and ugly, sitting in the cellar or basement of a house, difficult to operate and far from being convenient. Stockinger Safes are the opposite, manufactured exclusively with Swiss and German components, combining the strongest materials, amazing outside lacquering work and a tailor-made, beautiful interior. Stockinger safes are mainly manufactured for watch collectors and jewellery lovers, in which the inside drawers display special watch winders and jewellery trays.

Now if i had that bad gonna have these in there for sure (Yes i can dream..jeez)

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Carbon Concept Tourbillon and Chronograph watch

Patek Philippe Ref. 5131 World Time Watch

IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère in 5N 18K rose gold

Hublot Bullet Bang