Archive for the ‘LUXURY’ Category

Two if by Sea

April 28, 2009

As the HMS Beagle headed for the Galapagos Islands, Charles Darwin wrote two words on the first page of his journal: “I think.” In 1859, a version of that journal became The Origin of Species. Italian pen maker Omas has—in collaboration with the Charles Darwin Foundation, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2009—released a new series of commemorative writing instruments dedicated to the naturalist and author.

Each “I Think” pen is fashioned from one of three precious metals and mature oak wood, the same material used to construct Darwin’s famous ship. The route that the HMS Beagle followed to the Galapagos adorns the reservoir, animal footprints are engraved along the clip, and a mockingbird shape appears on top of the cap. As an allusion to the influence Darwin’s work has had on the entire scientific community, a double-helix pattern decorates a band near the bottom of the cap. Fountain pens and roller-ball versions are available in sterling silver (from $2,300) and gold (from $15,525). The rose gold “I Think” fountain pen with diamonds is $22,960.

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Dolce & Gabbana Dahlia Lipstick Acquires a Waiting List

April 22, 2009

The minute the deep red shade of classic cream lipstick premiered on Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2010 runway, “Dahlia” acquired an immediate cult following – despite the fact it doesn’t launch stateside until April 24th in NYC at Saks Fifth Avenue. Makeup artist Pat McGrath, who collaborated on Dolce & Gabbana’s new line of 50s-inspired retro glam makeup, will be on hand May 16th at the Saks flagship store (50th & 5th Ave, NYC) from 12-5pm, highlighting the collection, dispensing tips and demonstrating makeup application techniques.

Dior Homme Autumn/Winter 2009 ‘Angles & Triangles’ accessories

April 19, 2009

Dior Homme have recently put up pictures of two of their accessories collections, names ‘angles’ and ‘triangles’ respectively. The collection itself is pretty self explanatory, but there are some interesting pieces amongst the usual array of wallets and holdalls. The brooch for example (pictured above) would be an interesting, if expensive, way of adding the finishing touches to an outfit.

Dunhill Provenance Fighter Cufflinks

April 19, 2009

Luxury men’s fashion house Dunhill has some of the most desirable cuff links imaginable.

The company has launched the Alfred Dunhill Provenance Collection, where recycled Second World War parts are designed into limited edition cuff links, all which are branded with Alfred Dunhill and presented in premium packaging.

The recycled parts are components of iconic historic machinery, cast from the aluminium engine of fighter planes.

Prince iPod

April 19, 2009

We’ve seen some expensive musician-related iPods before but Prince trumps them all with the Prince Opus. The purple one is selling a limited-edition iPod Touch for $2,100. The iPod is loaded with a 40-minute concert video and 15 songs from a live soundtrack. Only 950 Prince iPods are available and they are being sold with a book of Prince photographs from high-end book publisher Kraken Opus.

For one deep-pocketed and devoted fan there is the Prince Opus Number One, a unique one-off artwork of ultimate purple luxury. The book has an alligator skin binding with sterling silver artwork and purple silk lining. A diamond-encrusted rendering of Prince’s symbol is one the cover. The platinum piece includes 21 round brilliant cut diamonds and five rare purple diamonds totaling 7.7 carats. The piece can be detached and worn as a pendant. The Number One will be exhibited and will be auctioned off later this year.

Tempered Strength

April 15, 2009

Honduran cigars are notably meaty, but that simile can encompass everything from a flank steak to a porterhouse. However, the Rocky Patel Renaissance is most definitely a bone-in filet mignon, which is not always found, even in the best steakhouses. Likewise, this limited-production cigar is not going to be in every tobacconist’s humidor, as only 6,000 boxes are being produced annually. Personified by the newest Renaissance shape, a 5×50 robusto, the rich, medium dark brown Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper is combined with a Nicaraguan binder from Jalapa and a Nicaraguan filler, resulting in a smoke that is rich and sophisticated, on the top end of medium, just bordering strong. As such, it is a perfect match for superpremium bourbon like a 16-year-old A.H. Hirsch or Blanton’s single barrel.

A Mild Knight

March 31, 2009

Sir Winston Churchill was often thought of as a bulldog and a lion―anything but mild. Yet the Winston Churchill cigar is among the tamest on today’s market. And like Sir Winston, it is also elegant and dependable. Inspired by Winston Churchill’s grandson and namesake, working in conjunction with the Davidoff factory in the Dominican Republic, this cigar is delicate, even by Dominican standards. Appropriately, given Sir Winston’s fondness for Cuban cigars (an enthusiasm that led to one of the largest sizes being named after him), the tobaccos in Winston Churchill cigars are from Cuban seed, albeit grown in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Peru. The four shapes are named after Churchill landmarks: Blenheim 7×48 (the place of his birth), Chequers 5½x46 (the British prime minister’s country home), 10 Downing Street 5¼x52 (the British prime minister’s London residence), and Marrakech 6×50 (the inspiration for many of Churchill’s paintings). All are perfect daytime smokes, worthy of the man who once said, “I am easily satisfied with the very best.”

Property of… Jackson Tri Wallet

March 26, 2009

There’s room in this world for another zipper wallet. Sure, you may be fashionable and catch the eye of the Japanophile with that colorful CdG wallet but let’s get serious – not everyone needs one. So look around for something to make you unique. Here’s a start – Property of… Jackson Tri Wallet. Simple in leather and half the price of the latter. Trust me, I love CdG, but carrying their wallets solo doesn’t make you cool. Be yourself.

Hair Styles by Acy Saria for diPietro Todd Salon

March 25, 2009

Film by Jordan Anonuevo

Diamond-encrusted Nivea jar is luxury for a cause

March 25, 2009

If the recession has not forced you to cut down on your spa visits and you are one of those fortunate few who can still afford to spend on luxury cosmetics, then this diamond-encrusted jar from Nivea won’t leave you guilt ridden, especially because all the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Care charity. The jar is encrusted with 441 ethically sourced white diamonds set in stunning white gold and has been tailor-made to crown any jar of Nivea Visage Expert Lift Day or Night Cream. Yes, this aging cream was meant to be a perfect gift for Mother’s Day in the UK. Though we are past it, still if you are interested than the jar will retail exclusively through fine jewelers, Moira’s on New Bond Street, London for $22,636.