Luxury Facts http://www.luxuryfacts.com The Unique, The Exquisite And The Rare Ahmedabad-based Harit Zaveri Jewellers introduce Heirloom Jewelry collection ‘Gaatha’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6213 Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry



October 22, 2020: Harit Zaveri Jewellers have launched their new collection of heirloom jewelry titled ‘Gaatha’. 

 

‘Gaatha’ means a verse of a poem used for narrating ancient legends in Sanskrit and it is perfectly in tune with the collection’s focus on age-old and timeless Indian traditions. The jewelry pieces from the collection portray a very strong narrative and are designed to take one down the memory lane and stories of grandmother’s treasured ornaments. 



Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry long earrings



The ensemble comprises traditional kundan, jadau and polki jewellery sets which are entirely handmade and are an ode to excellent artisanship. The stones used are rubies, emeralds, turquoise, tourmalines and pearls with uncut diamonds, set immaculately in heritage styles that reflect the rich culture and history of India. 



Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry pearl polki rings



With only the very highest quality stones used in each piece, the forms and shapes are majorly inspired by Hindustani art, folk motifs, birds and fish, and the Mughal Indian jewellery.



Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry heavy gold necklace



The jewelry pieces are perfect as Indian festive season kicks off with the flamboyant 9-day Navratri festival. 



Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry pearl bangles


]]>
Burberry revolutionises fashion designing with a new software http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6212 October 22, 2020: Always at the forefront of digitization, British luxury fashion house Burberry has now teamed up with a digital production agency Koffeecup for an innovative software which will simplify fashion designing. The software uses gaming technology and merges it seamlessly with design to speed up the process of placing prints on fabrics. 



Burberry uses gaming technology for fashion designing



With the help of this technology, the two-dimensional print will be placed on a 3D product template, consequently providing a real-time feedback and instantly displaying how the final product will look. An integral part of Burberry’s merchandising model and in the process of print engineering, the software enables a more sustainable, efficient and creative operation. 



Mark Morris, Senior Vice President of Digital Commerce at Burberry, believes that this new software is a great example of digital innovation and cross-functional collaboration. He commented, “Our internal 3D development team, who built the successful games B Bounce and B Surf, saw an opportunity in how their technology could streamline a part of the product design process.” 



Thomas Michelou, Managing Director at Koffeecup, said, “At Koffeecup, we saw this as an opportunity to leverage technology that is usually used in gaming development and apply it to the luxury fashion space. This pioneering shift from gaming to design allowed us to move towards generating a real-time visual experience that resonated well with our creative audiences.”



The first edition of the products designed using this software is now available in stores in the Pre-Fall 2020 collection.


]]>
Christie’s Handbags & Accessories online auction will feature iconic designs from Hermès, Louis Vuitton & Chanel http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6211 October 22, 2020: After a successful online-only auction of handbags in London earlier this year, Christie’s will be presenting a Handbags and Accessories auction from November 3 to November 17, 2020. The online sale will have handbags, luggage, accessories and collectibles from iconic luxury brands like Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Chanel. 



Hermes matte white birkin for auction Christies



The sale’s most coveted lot is the rare Hermès 2020 Matte White Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 25 with Palladium Hardware. Priced at an estimate of £60,000-80,000, the gradient bag takes its name from its semblance to the colors of the majestic, snow-capped Himalayan massif. Other highlights from Hermès include a 2018 Étain Swift Leather Kelly Lakis 28 with Gold Hardware (estimate: £8,000-10,000) and a 2020 Rose Pourpre & Malachite Togo Leather Birkin 25 with Brushed Gold Hardware (estimate: £6,000-8,000). 



LV monogram flower trunk for auction Christies



From Louis Vuitton, iconic pieces from the late 19th and early 20th centuries include an incredibly rare Hermetic Explorer’s Zinc Cabin Trunk from the 1890s (estimate: £40,000-50,000). Designed for the most intrepid of explorers, Louis Vuitton asserted his dominance in the travel-trunk market with the use of lightweight materials. The auction also includes examples of the Louis Vuitton Malle Fleurs, the iconic 20th century flower trunks, including a beautiful monogram canvas trunk from the 1920s (estimate: £15,000-20,000). Representing  an iconic moment in the history of Louis Vuitton, they were introduced as gifts for the most exclusive clients of the house. The trunks included a zinc liner to allow flowers and water to be placed inside, without causing any damage to the trunk.



Lime Chanel handbag for auction Christies



Chanel’s offerings include a 2014 White Lucite & Crystal Lego Clutch (estimate: £2,000-3,000), a 2018 Lime Sequin Mini Single Flap with Silver Hardware (estimate: £1,000-2,000) and a 2018 Clear Plexi Glass Chain Bag with Rainbow Hardware (estimate: £3,000-4,000).



The bidding opens on November 3, 2020 and the lots will also be on view for those in London at Christie’s King Street.



Christie’s Hong Kong is also auctioning a range of iconic Louis Vuitton trunks on November 27, from the original creations of 1886, to more current ones created by Virgil Abloh. 


]]>
Tarun Tahiliani’s new Wedding Couture collection goes back to the roots http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6210 October 21, 2020: During FDCI’s Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week SS’21, Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani launched his Wedding Couture collection - The Age of Innocence. 



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021



Mr. Tahiliani took inspiration from Indian roots to express a sense of normalcy amidst chaos, reminding everyone that celebrations have become even more sacred in the post-pandemic world. As the definition of an Indian ‘wedding’ undergoes a new meaning, weddings are no more about bright lights, big rooms and thousands of people. It is all about “Lightness”, “Joy”, and above all.. “to be herself”.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 jamevaar lehenga



Explaining his thought process, Mr. Tahiliani says, “In an ode to this new luxury and this new stillness, we’ve gone back to a time before Instagram, before magazines, before red carpets – where luxury was created for the wearer alone, for them to really immerse themselves into. There was an innocence in that, there was a purity. The clothes have been drawn, sculpted, engineered to upgrade lightness, to be glamorous and yet be Indian, very Indian. We have taken all the learnings of the studio from 25 years and put them into this new celebration of life, lightness and innocence”.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 lehenga with pocket



Hidden minakari work and celebrated colours such as aquas, shell pinks, pale jades and tea roses have been the primary inspiration for the collection. This unique savoir faire juxtaposed with that of jamevaars gave birth to this Indian Modern Bride. These exquisite pieces, with hand painted motifs, are delicately embroidered by hand, resulting in rich and weightless distinctive modern pieces of today.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 pearl lehenga belt



The studio has reimagined the same jamevaar techniques for the groom, where an age old weave, a piece of art worn by royalty has come alive in Mr. Tahiliani’s own signature way. 



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 boho Indian bride



Modern fits and silhouettes, lehengas with pockets that weigh almost nothing, are the designer’s diktat for “Freedom , Lightness and Love”.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 pastel lehenga



Mr. Tahiliani expresses: “I have always been obsessed with the quest of ‘how does one make things lighter and more contemporary?’ So, we decided to hand paint unique colours that you may not find a Jaamevar shawl in and then go back to our Kashida technique, which is hand-embroidering over the base and along the way somehow in that subtlety also came our inspiration from minakari – which is the fine art of enamelling and painting on the back of the necklaces that are often made all over India.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 pink sari



"To me that represents the highest form of luxury, because the detailing is at the back and it is so beautifully done – it sits on the wearer’s neck and it is only for the wearer, just like a beautiful garment. Whoever sees it will understand what real luxury feels like on your skin.” 



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 red lehenga



The collection truly celebrates special moments, simpler times and revisiting your roots. A collection of lightness that couples find within themselves and celebrations with people who truly matters. It is, indeed, the return of the Age of Innocence.


]]>
Michael Kors’ Spring Summer 2021 collection focuses on easy, flowy classics http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6209 October 21, 2020: Michael Kors recently launched its Spring Summer 2021 collection on the brand’s site and social media channels, through a unique digital experience accessible coupled with digital lookbook and biographies on the talent featured in the videos.



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 black coat



When asked about his inspiration for the collection, Mr. Kors said, “I designed this season with more thought and more intent than anything I've ever done. We were all forced to slow down this year, and I think we all started to appreciate things in a new way—suddenly, a flower blooming, a beautiful sunset, a walk along the river, these were things that brought us hope. I wanted to look at nature and rebirth through an urban lens.



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 blue shirt dress



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 bronze relaxed dress



The first video features a documentary style film titled ‘Up on The Roof’ that allows it’s audience to connect with mood and inspirations of the season; directed by newcomer Haley Elizabeth Anderson. The second video features a traditional runway show which was filmed in a New York Restoration Project Community Garden, featuring a live performance by Samantha Diaz. And the third video focuses on Ms. Diaz’s moving performance of “You’ve Got a Friend”, written by Carole King.



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 green silk dress



The collection itself is modern, relaxed with a boho chic aura. Straight trenches, belted summery shirt dresses, luscious silks, cozy knitwears and shimmering eveningwear defined Michael Kors’ Spring Summer 2021 collection. 



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 mens trench coat



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 white voluminous top



Mr. Kors also made a donation to the New York Restoration Project and the Renaissance Youth Center, which will support the organization’s “Music on Wheels” initiatives.




]]>
AstaGuru’s latest auction features a magnificent collection of heirloom jewellery, fine silver & exceptional timepieces http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6208 October 20, 2020: AstaGuru, a premium Indian online auction house, is featuring Heirloom Jewellery, Fine Silver and Exceptional Timepieces on October 20-21, 2020. 



The annual online auction has 100 lots comprising a curated collection of exquisite vintage jewelry from India as well as Europe. The sale will also have a collection of 54 timepieces including clocks and watches from the world’s most illustrious luxury brands like Patek Phillipe, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, Rolex, Richard Mille, and many more. 



Basra pearl necklace for auction by astaguru



Leading the jewelry sale is the ‘Four Row Basra Pearl Necklace’, from the 1940s, estimated at INR 1,25,00,000 – 1,30,00,000 (US$ 176,056 – 183,099). Composed of 327 graduating Basra pearls, it features Art Deco terminals set with diamonds and baguettes in white gold. Given the lengthy process of assembling such a well-matched arrangement of natural pearls similar in shape, lustre, and colour that may take up to a few years, this is an extremely significant piece. 



Another important highlight is an elegant ‘Gold Bracelet set with Rose Cut Diamonds’ from 1900s estimated at INR 40,00,000 – 42,00,000 (US$ 56,338 – 59,155). The stunning vintage bracelet is composed of a delicate floral motif at the centre and is entirely set with rose-cut diamonds. The central portrait cut diamond is approximately 6cts, and the bracelet has a foil back setting. 



gold diamond bracelet for auction by astaguru



Other highlights from the jewelry segment include a stunning ‘Pair of Diamond Ear Pendants Set in Platinum’ & ‘An Important Pair of Diamond and Emerald ear pendants’ estimated between INR 25-27 lakhs (US$ 35,211 – 38,028) and INR 79-83 lakhs (US$ 111,268 – 116,901) respectively. 



Diamond emerald earrings for auction by astaguru



Men will be interested in the ‘Set of 12 Vintage Diamond Sherwani Buttons’, circa 1940s, consisting of six large and six small buttons. The larger buttons have diamonds set in a star-shaped motif with a turquoise blue guilloche enamel background. The smaller buttons have diamonds set in the foreground in a slightly different star shaped motif with a deep green guilloche enamel as the background. All the 12 pieces are set in gold and white metal and carry an estimate between INR 3,50,000 – 4,00,000 (US$ 4,930 – 5,634). 



The Fine Silver sale is characterized by an impressive dinner service set designed by Robert & Belk from the 1980s. Estimated at a price of INR 55 – 60 lakhs (US$ 77,465 – 84,507), it has  75 pieces that include 10 Dinner Plates, 12 Cream Cups, 8 Dessert Bowls & serving apparatus. 



fine silver dinner set for auction by astaguru



The Exceptional Timepieces segment runs the gamut from Vintage table clocks to state-of-the-art contemporary timepieces. Leading the sale is a Richard Mille Extra Flat Gold Skeleton Dial Wristwatch carrying an estimate of INR 45 – 50 lakhs (US$ 63,380 – 70,423). The automatic movement watch has 42 hours power reserve, 29 jewels and a gold case with a transparent dial & back case (skeleton). 



Two elegant and exquisite Patek Phillipe watches - Annual Calendar 18ct Yellow Gold "Complete Set" and  Patek Philippe White Golden Elipsse Wristwatch are included in the sale. A Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Silver Dial Wristwatch is estimated at INR 8 – 9 lakhs (US$ 11,268 – 12,676). Some of its many features include the automatic antimagnetic movement, power reserve of 40 hrs, steel case, and a silver dial with three subsidiary dials – power reserve, date & dual time zone display. 



vacheron constantin for auction by astaguru



The Art Deco Marble Clock Set by Japy Freres is also an interesting lot. Executed in marble and embellished by bronze figurines of women on both sides, the dial of the clock has Arabic numerals with crafted hands indicating hour & minutes. This one-of-a-kind piece is estimated INR 3 – 4 lakhs (US$ 4,225 – 5,634).



The entire auction catalogue can be viewed on Astaguru.com and the auction will take place on the website on October 20-21, 2020.


]]>
The Lodhi launches an all-new Keto, gluten-free and vegan menu http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6207 Broccoli tart the lodhi new delhi



October 19, 2020: The Lodhi, New Delhi, has introduced a new 'Gluten Free-Keto-Vegan Menu’, specially designed for a healthier lifestyle. 



Curated carefully by expert chefs with research and guidance, the unique menu has been pumped with immune-boosting nutrients which is beneficial, especially in the wake of the pandemic. Brimming with flavors, the meal is wholesome and prepared with fresh, handpicked ingredients. 



almond soup the lodhi new delhi



The menu comprises of delicacies like Cabbage Poriyal (sauteed or fried cabbage) with Coconut, Gucchi (Morel Mushrooms) and roasted walnut; Salmon Carpaccio, Fried Caper, Salmon Roe and Micro Green; Squash and Avocado Cannelloni; Chocolate Coconut Panna Cotta with Berries and more. 



Avocado squash cannoli the lodhi new delhi



Available at Elan, the timings are 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Lunch) and 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Dinner). 


]]>
Limited edition watch containing steel from Titanic up for auction in Birmingham http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6206 Romaine Jerome Titanic watch for auction



October 19, 2020: A limited edition watch made from the steel of the storied Titanic ship will be going under the hammer at Fellow Auctioneers. 



Designed by Swiss watchmaking brand Romain Jerome, the unique timepiece is 67 of the 100 released in 2012, the centennial of the disaster. The brand purchased a piece of the Titanic’s hull, weighing about 1.5 kg (3 pounds) that was retrieved in 1991 and used its elements to construct these watches. 



Romain Jerome Titanic watch for auction



The bi-colour gentleman's Titanic-DNA Steampunk Auto features a medallion on the back depicting the Titanic, with the words “made from parts of the Titanic, tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, 1912-2012”, included. Along with metal from the ship itself, the watch is also fused with metal from Harland & Wolff shipyards, where the gigantic ship was built. 



Built into the dial are roman numerals marking the 6 and 12 o’clock points. The watch has a PVD-coated stainless steel case with a stabilised rusted steel bezel. It contains a reference RJTAUSP002, serial 21116, and an automatic movement. There is a skeleton steampunk dial with a subsidiary seconds indicator to nine, and the watch is fitted to a signed black rubber strap with titanium double folding clasp. A box and papers are included with the lot.



Romain Jerome Titanic watch for auction



Laura Bishop, Watch Manager at Fellows Auctioneer, expressed great pride in presenting this unique watch as one of the most interesting pieces to go up for auction at Fellows’. It has an estimate of £3,600 - £5,600 in Fellows’ Luxury Watch Sale, taking place in Birmingham on October 26, 2020.


]]>
Legendary architect Frank Gehry celebrates 150th anniversary of Hennessy X.O with striking new carafe designs http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6204 Frank Gehry carafe design for 150 years of Hennessy XO



October 15, 2020: Iconic cognac brand Hennessy X.O is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and to mark this milestone, the brand asked architect Frank Gehry to reinterpret the timeless bottle containing the exceptional elixir.



First created in 1870, the ‘X.O.’ in Hennessy X.O. stands for ‘Extra Old’, and the exceptional blend follows that with a rich and complex structure. Beyond seasons and decades, the eaux-de-vie that compose Hennessy X.O are selected to create a harmony of notes and balance, chosen by the Master Blender to work seamlessly together. 



Hennessy X.O is also known for its iconic carafe. When the cognac was first created, it was contained in the “charentaises” bottles that had appeared a few years earlier. The innovative flacon renowned today was born in 1947, when Maurice Hennessy asked his nephew and grandson of James Hennessy, Gérald de Geoffre, just 27 at the time, to design a distinctive bottle for Hennessy X.O. The shape of his new sculpted glass bottle was inspired by an upturned cluster of grapes.



Frank Gehry carafe design for 150 years of Hennessy XO



To celebrate the 150th anniversary of this exceptional cognac, Mr. Gehry – the world-renowned architect who has given birth to the legendary structures of the Guggenheim Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Musée des Beaux-Arts Ontario, the Opus Tower in Hong Kong and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris – revisited the iconic carafe.



“I wanted to bring Hennessy X.O.” to life, and so I took inspiration from its birthplace and used this crumpling effect of the material that gives it a feeling of movement. The materials I’ve chosen catch the light and make this a really beautiful object on its own, but then you realize it is a bottle of Hennessy X.O,” explains Mr. Gehry.



Frank Gehry carafe design for 150 years of Hennessy XO



Mr. Gehry has created several striking designs, including a bottle enveloped in a crinkled sleeve of 24 carat gold-dipped bronze, encased in a sculptural glass glorifier. In another design Mr. Gehry has created a decanter with a brass and gold fusil.



The carafe is available at the Hennessy store in Cognac in 150 numbered decanters imprinted with Frank Gehry’s signature.


]]>
Louis Vuitton reinterprets the iconic Capucines bag in 6 ways http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6203 October 15, 2020: Launching the second edition of its Artycapucines collection, Louis Vuitton invited artists Beatriz Milhhazes, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Josh Smith, Henry Taylor, Liu Wei and Zhao Zhao to create handbags that are at once vibrant and whimsical.



The Louis Vuitton Artycapucines collection is a unique meeting of contemporary art, fashion and striking artisanal craftsmanship. The brand’s iconic Capucines bag – named after rue des Capucines in Paris, where Louis Vuitton opened his first store in 1854 – the artists give a new face to this stylish handbag. 



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



Each of the artists in this second wave appropriated the trapezoid shaped bag, rethinking the design with their personal style to create one-of-a-kind models. Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhares superposed a kaleidoscope of textures and colors in lambskin onto the bag’s sleek form.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel – known for his Kiosque des Noctambules at the entrance to the Palais Royal metro station in Paris – completely reworked bag in a raffia weave topped with a boa like silk trim, completed by a twisted handle adorned with black pearls.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



New York artists Josh Smith drew inspiration from his original series of paintings titled Name, faithfully reproducing canvases spelling out his name in bright colors.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



American Henry Taylor transposed an original painting using cutting-edge laser printing and traditional marquetry techniques. He reproduced the expressive face of the founder of the Underground Museum in Los Angeles from his 2017 portrait, creating a remarkable sculptural bas-relief on the Capucines bag canvas.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



The Louis Vuitton Capucines by Beijing-based Liu Wei is futuristic and sculptural, with aluminum plates and rings covered in metal spheres to hold the handle in place.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



Giving us a sophisticated, universal piece, Zhao Zhao created a graphic pattern that covers the entire surface of the bag like a puzzle.



The six new creations in the Artycapucines collection will be available in a limited edition of 200 pieces for each bag at select Louis Vuitton stores worldwide beginning October 30.


]]>
Indian jewelry brand Hazoorilal Legacy launches e-boutique http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6202 Hazoorilal Legacy ruby diamond jewelry



October 15, 2020: With the pandemic accelerating innovation, luxury fine jewelry brand Hazoorilal Legacy has ventured into the digital ecosystem with the launch of its e-commerce platform

 

The launch drop consists primarily of en vogue diamond jewelry collections priced under INR 7 lakh and available exclusively online. The brand will extend its offerings to gold and uncut diamond jewelry soon. The brand is currently shipping to Mumbai and Delhi NCR at no added cost to the customer. Hazoorilal Legacy intends to take this model pan India before the end of the year.



Hazoorilal Legacy diamond bracelet



The jewelry pieces in Bella, Blume, and Jardin Collections have been specially designed, curated and priced for an online audience while staying true to the brand’s aesthetics of presenting bespoke jewelry with superior craftsmanship. The range also extends to the male buyers through the Kaiser Collection.


]]>
Kering’s new Japan headquarters are more than just an office http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6201 October 15, 2020: Global luxury group Kering has opened its new headquarters in Japan, located in Omotesando, Tokyo. 



Kering Japan headquarters



Omotesando is a key area for the Kering Group as its brands Gucci, Saint Laurent and Boucheron stores already situated on its main avenue. Alexander McQueen relocated to the area in September 2020 and Balenciaga will be opening one of its largest stores worldwide here in November 2020. In 2021, Bottega Veneta will open a new flagship designed by Creative Director Daniel Lee, on the first three floors of the Kering Building.



The building, acquired by Kering in 2019, was designed in 2004 by Pritzker winning Japanese architect Toyo Ito, its unique façade resembling the Zelkova trees that line the Omotesando avenue.



In the new Kering Japan building, four floors are devoted to office space, with the interior designed by architect Fara Taraie creating a welcoming environment. By incorporating elements of nature into the design concept, the space feels like a truly “Japanese home” for the Kering Group. Neutral colors and traditional Japanese interior features, such as Shoji (sliding wooden panels with paper) and Engawa (passageways) are all part of the design approach, along with the use of natural and recycled materials, while PVC is completely absent for sustainability reasons. Artworks by female Japanese artists have been placed around the office area, reflecting Kering’s worldwide commitment to supporting women in the arts and culture, namely through the Women In Motion program.



Along with the office areas, the building also has a dedicated space on the 6th floor, where Kering and its Houses will be able to host a range of events, such as Women In Motion talks and Sustainability events. 



The rooftop terrace on the seventh floor is a space surrounded by nature. “Inspired by Kering’s iconic owl, I designed a ‘nest’ that a bird might have created on top of the building,” says architect Taraie. This beautiful terrace, with its panoramic view of Omotesando, also embraces the nest theme in the choice of furniture, with egg-shaped chairs. The space is home to seasonal plants and flowers that are popular in both Japan and France, such as the lavenders that can also be seen in the beautiful gardens of Kering’s Paris headquarters in the former Laennec Hospital, built in the 17th century. 



 “We are very proud of our new headquarters in Japan, a historic and strategic country for the Group and its Houses. We want this place to be more than offices. Reflecting who we are as a luxury Group, this unique building is a place for creativity. Here, in this iconic building, we hope not only to welcome our visitors, but also to create a spirit of inspiration, audacity and innovation, and to showcase both our vision and our expertise,” said François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kering Group.


]]>
Tiffany & Co. debuts the Tiffany T1 collection re-highlighting its popular ‘T’ motif http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6200 Tiffany T1 bracelets rings India



October 14, 2020: Reiterating its popular, contemporary ‘T’ motif, Tiffany & Co. has launched the next chapter of the Tiffany T legacy with the introduction of Tiffany T1. The iconic ‘T’ motif has featured in the brand’s jewelry designs since the early 1980s. Building on the pioneering motif, Tiffany T1 offers extraordinary jewelry to wear every day. 



Designed by Reed Krakoff, Tiffany’s chief artistic officer, Tiffany T1 is launching in India with a curated edit of nine 18k rose gold key styles. Five of the nine designs are intricately set with radiant Tiffany diamonds. These modern and effortless jewelry pieces create a bold yet refined statement. 



Tiffany T1 bracelets rings India



The minimalist Tiffany T1 jewelry combines clean lines and graphic forms with new elegantly angular and feminine proportions. Encircling the wrist, finger or neck, the ‘T’ motif forms an unbroken circle that represents individual strength and self-empowerment. An innovative beveled bar with a subtle clasp is integrated seamlessly on the reverse.  



Tiffany T1 choker



Also including a sleek, elegant choker, the Tiffany T1 collection launches in India only with bracelets and rings in 18k rose gold that are available in wide and narrow widths, including styles with pavé diamonds expertly set by hand in a honeycomb pattern, and priced between Rs. 73,000 – Rs. 24,00,000. 


]]>
JADE by Monica & Karishma’s new bridal couture collection continues the legacy of EkTaar http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6199 Jade Monica Karishma golden bridal lehenga



October 14, 2020: Preparing the field for the upcoming bridal season, Indian brand JADE by Monica & Karishma have launched ‘Threads of Love’ – a hypnotic bridal collection – yet again highlighting the technique of EkTaar, a painstaking craft form used to create timeless masterpieces for brides to be.



Jade Monica Karishma pink bridal lehenga



Using the EkTaar technique as the primary craft form, this collection further reinforces the label’s commitment to presenting crafts with contemporary handwriting. EkTaar is one of the oldest, most intricate and laborious techniques in India, which has been deftly handcrafted on airy fabrics like organza, giving birth to couture pieces that are lightweight, ethereal and exquisite in every way. 



Jade Monica Karishma fuchsia bridal lehenga



These carefully envisioned pieces by Monica & Karishma invite the bride to step away from the noise, the chaos, and the clutter, to take her eyes off the big picture and feast her senses on her self, her emotions, and on the elaborate, intricate and exquisite details.



Jade Monica Karishma pink bridal lehenga



The collection has been realized in pastel shades accentuated with bright shades such as burnt orange and fuchsia. The ethnicity of the design and craft has been merged beautifully with stylish, modern silhouettes. 



Jade Monica Karishma multi pastel bridal lehenga



To unveil this couture collection, the duo take their commitment to craft support a step further by collaborating with a community of artists abd craftsmen, under the aegis of The Craft and Community Development Foundation (CCDF). 



Jade Monica Karishma orange pink bridal lehenga



The JADE x CCDF collaboration sees an integration of artworks from The Gondwana Art Project across different creative expressions. The larger than life, landmark windows of the JADE flagship store at Peddar Road will showcase artworks in an installation by Monica Shah that beautifully juxtaposes the Threads of Love couture collection with breathtaking works from CCDF’s Gondwana Art Project. A series of captivating visuals have also been shot where select pieces from the collection have been placed against the backdrop of these artworks, giving fans and followers of JADE a breathtaking view.


]]>
Hyatt enters Cambodia with a new opening in 2021 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6198 Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh aerial view



October 14, 2020: Set to open its doors in the first quarter of 2021, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh will mark the first Hyatt hotel in the Cambodian capital and the debut of the Hyatt Regency brand in one of Asia’s most dynamic destinations. 



Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh guest room



Offering 247 guestrooms including 43 suites, the new contemporary-meets-colonial property is ideally situated in the heart of Phnom Penh’s cultural and business district of Doun Penh and is within walking distance to the Royal Palace, National Museum and the riverside. 



Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh restaurant



The interiors of the hotel will reflect Cambodia’s diverse heritage, seamlessly blending Khmer architectural accents with French colonial influences. The large outlook of the hotel is complemented by the specially-commissioned artworks by contemporary Cambodian artist, FONKi. 



Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh spa



Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh will feature five dining venues including The Attic, an old world speakeasy-style bar, and a stylish indoor/outdoor open-plan dining concept called FiveFive Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, where guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Mekong River, the Royal Palace and the city skyline alongside refreshing cocktails and lively DJ performances. In addition, the hotel will feature 1,400 square meters of meeting space as well as a slew of recreational facilities including a 24-hour fitness center, tropical infinity pool, spa and the Regency Club Lounge.


]]>
Christie’s 20th Century Evening sale surpasses $340 million as a T-Rex fossil, a Picasso & more historic artifacts exchanged hands http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6197 October 12, 2020: Global auction house Christie’s innovative 20th Century Evening Sale live streamed on October 6 from New York’s Rockefeller Center, realised US$340,851,500 (including buyer’s premium), selling 96 per cent by value and 84 per cent by lot.



Around 280,000 people were digitally a part of this highly anticipated spectacle, through Christie’s official website and social media channels like YouTube, Facebook and WeChat, along with registered bidders on Christie's LIVE online bidding platform. 



Cy Twombly Untitled Bolsena Christies auction 2020



Comprising 59 quality works, the top lot of the Evening sale was Cy Twombly’s Untitled [Bolsena] (1969), one of a series of 14 paintings — known today as the ‘Bolsena’ series — inspired by the Apollo 11 space mission. The painting features scattered and scorched black lines over cool overlays of white paint, evoking the rocket’s movement upwards. Appearing for the first time at an auction, the painting was sold at $38,685,000. 



Mark Rothko Untitled Christies auction 2020



Among the second and third highest selling paintings were the works of Mark Rothko and Pablo Picasso. Rothko’s Untitled (1967) vibrant painting realised $31,275,000 and Picasso’s Femme dans un fauteuil (1941), depicting his then-muse and lover Dora Maar, sold for $29,557,500. 



Paul Cezanne Nature Morte Christies auction 2020



A remarkable record was created for a watercolour work. Paul Cézanne’s Nature morte avec pot au lait, melon et sucrier was offered from the collection of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, which was its home for 80 years. The painting was sold at  $28,650,000. Willem de Kooning’s Woman (Green) realised $23,260,000 while Emil Nolde’s Herbstmeer XVI created a world record for the artist by getting sold at $7,344,500. Ruth Asawa’s lyrical wire sculpture and Takashi Murakami’s fusion sculpture Oval Buddha Silver were among some of the many significant lots of the sale. 



T-Rex STAN fossil Christies auction 2020



STAN, one of the most impressive and complete T-Rexes ever found, was the closing lot of the evening sale. Described as ‘one of the best specimens ever found’ by James Hyslop, Head of Christie’s Science & Natural History department, the fossil skeleton of the male Tyrannosaurus Rex was sold at a record-breaking price of $31,847,500. 



The three-day October season concluded with an online sale of Robert Motherwell prints of Dedalus Foundation, an initiative founded in 1981 by the artist to protect his legacy. The sale of 37 works collectively raised $212,625 that went to the non-profit organisation.


]]>
Jewels from the fabled treasury of Ranjit Singh, the Lion of Punjab, lead Bonhams’ Islamic and Indian sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6196 October 12, 2020: Bonhams’ Islamic and Indian Sale will be led by glorious jewels from the royal treasury of Ranjit Singh, the Lion of Punjab. The sale, which will be held on October 26, will comprise three precious jewelry pieces which once belonged to Maharani Jindan Kaur, last wife of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, and were inherited by her granddaughter Princess Bamba Sutherland.



Maharani Jindan Kaur jewels for Bonhams auction



Maharani Jindan Kaur (1817- 1863) is known for her resistance against the British encroachment in the Punjab region. While she was imprisoned and later escaped to Nepal in 1848, more than 600 jewelry pieces were confiscated from the storied Lahore treasury. The jewels in the sale - the gem-set gold forehead pendant (chand-tikka), gem-set gold mirrored roundel and a pearl-mounted gold pendant, were most certainly in the casket handed back to her by British authorities when she agreed to live in London with her son, Duleep Singh, with whom she was reunited in Calcutta in 1861. The jewels are estimated at £60,000-80,000.



Amritsar Golden Temple painting Bonhams auction



Other highlights include a rare and large 19th century panoramic watercolour view of the Golden Temple and the city of Amritsar, attributed to Cyril Herbert (1847-1882). Estimated at £60,000-80,000, this is believed to be the largest depiction of the Golden Temple in watercolour ever to have come into the market.



Viscount Harding painting auction Bonhams



A large and impressive portrait, dated 1853, of Rajah Shere Singh Attariwala, Sikh commander and general, once owned by the Marquess of Dalhousie, Governor-General of India by Colesworthy Grant (1813-1880) is estimated at £35,000-45,000. A portrait of Viscount Hardinge of Lahore, Governor-General of India, accompanied by his two sons and his aide-de-camp Colonel Wood, on the battlefield after the victory at Ferozeshah during the first Anglo-Sikh war by Sir Francis Grant (1803-78) is estimated at £40,000-60,000.


]]>
Beyond Designs Home furnishes the table with a new collection of festive dinnerware http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6194 Beyond Designs Home Dinnerware Set



October 7, 2020: Beyond Designs, renowned for their bespoke furniture, home decor accessories and luxurious interior designs, has launched their new festive dinnerware collection, showcasing the brand’s unmistakable luxury and timelessness. 



Beyond Designs Home Dinnerware Set



The vast collection comprises Fuchsia charger plate (purple); Octagon Luzia dinner and salad plate; French Crown dinner plate in two sizes; Linium blue dessert plate; Lisboa tumbler; Mikasa dinner plate, salad plate, quarter plate and pasta bowl; Astain dinner plate and salad plate; and some more with charming floral designs and pretty colours. 



Beyond Designs Home Dinnerware Set



The luxury dinnerware collection is made of highest quality fine china and stoneware. The allure of the craftsmanship is evident through its subtle, elegant designs and colors coupled with the fine golden rims that render them ageless. This latest dinnerware is bound to add a touch of grandeur to the festive dining experience this season. 


]]>
Genes Lecoanet Hemant announces a special-edition collection: Love In Black & White http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6193 October 7, 2020: Genes Lecoanet Hemant has come up with a special edition collection of reinvented classics, inspired by its inimitable designs and global brand identity, called ‘Love in Black & White’.



Genes by Lecoanet Hemant Love in Black and White



Handcrafted, the upcycled collection encapsulates styles that are inspired from the personal storyboard of Creative Director, Didier Lecoanet. The collection has been presented entirely in black and white and crafted consciously with love and purposeful design at its heart. 



Crafted skillfully in signature white staples from the GENES archive, spontaneous textile manipulations like inlays and patchwork with diverse construction techniques offer interesting designs that amp up your comfort wardrobe. A shirt has been playfully combined with a t-shirt, a piece of t-shirt sleeve cut into the shape of a heart has been inlaid on a shirt, and hand made musings that embrace the wearer's personal style. 



Genes by Lecoanet Hemant Love in Black and White



Commenting on the collection, Hemant Sagar of Genes Lecoanet Hemant, “The biggest luxury is time, and the pieces from this collection carry the essence of time with them. The essence of a lived life - of a prior purpose. Each garment from Love in Black and White addresses the true meaning of timelessness; that of appreciating the character that every cut, fold and detail holds. Our hope for the collection is that it is able to present the wearer with a language of expression that transcends fashion and embraces personal style." 



Genes by Lecoanet Hemant Love in Black and White



The special edition collection has been designed to give fashion-enthusiasts a glimpse into a sartorial world not tagged by seasons and trends. Featuring classic pieces for both women and men, the collection is now available on the Genes website and in stores across Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow and Delhi. 


]]>
Seema Gujral’s new bridal collection “Portraits” is a tribute to Indian royalty http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6192 October 5, 2020: Couturier Seema Gujral’s latest bridal collection is an effort to showcase the vintage glamour of Indian royalty. Innately regal and inspired by the Maharanis of yore, the collection is a blend of royal charm coupled with modern sensibility, driven by a holistic vision of when luxury meets comfort. 



Seema Gujral pastel floral lehenga



The unique collection comprises 12 ensembles for the modern bride, heavily influenced by the heritage imagery of royal couture, and the architecture of Rajasthan’s forts and palaces. The designs in this collection are Indian in sensibility yet international in quality and finesse. The old world charm merges seamlessly with nouveau Indian grandeur through fine, intricate embroidery, stylizing and attention to detail. Decoding the evolving phases of the Maharanis where craftsmanship remained timeless, the collection features two forms of design - Ghararas and Lehengas, each one unique with their subtle detailing. 



Seema Gujral pastel floral lehenga



The signature of this collection is the three-dimensional floral embroideries using varied fabrics, embroidery materials and a combination of various embroidery techniques along with traditional Rajasthani mirror work and soft multicoloured sequins. The lavishness of the garments is also brought alive with some delicate gotta patti work. 



Seema Gujral bright orange mirror work lehenga



The colour palette is an eclectic mix of softer hues for the day occasions such as ivory, beige, yellow and deep mustards, rusts, and reds for the night. For occasions that span through the day, a glamorous light gold silhouette embroidered with gota patti work is accented with crystals and pearls. 



Seema Gujral pastel pink floral lehenga



The collection also features trending elements like double dupattas and embroidered belts which bring a modern element to essentially traditional Indian festive wear. Every piece is truly artisanal and handwoven. 



Seema Gujral red rust mirror work lehenga



Speaking about her latest couture collection, Ms. Gujral said, "Through this collection I have tried to express my love for Indian royalty through elaborate embroideries and intricate craftsmanship making each piece timeless. I believe that there is a sense of hidden royalty in every woman & this collection will help them unleash the queen within.”



Seema Gujral yellow mirror work lehenga



Portraits by Seema Gujral is now available at Seema Gujral’s Studio as well as Aza, Ogaan, Pernia’s Pop Up Shop and Origins.


]]>
International health resort Chiva-Som launches Online Intensive Wellness Series http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6191 October 5, 2020: Following the successful launch of Chiva-Som Online Wellness Services, the pioneering resort, Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, has introduced their Online Intensive Wellness Series. The new service offers interactive sessions, designed to gradually enhance participants’ knowledge, strengthen abilities, and most importantly, promote maximum benefit for health and wellbeing. The virtual health consultation with Chiva-Som’s expert wellness advisors caters perfectly to individual wellness goals and needs. 



Chiva-Som online wellness series



Chiva-Som kicks off the Online Intensive Wellness Series with a six-week Pilates programme to restore physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. 



The tailor-made Pilates Intensive Series focuses on improving the participant’s joint posture and strength along with a full-body workout to alleviate stress and tension, contributing to an overall healthier state of mind. Following the online consultation with Chiva-Som’s expert Health and Wellness advisors, participants are introduced to their personal fitness trainer to discuss physical abilities before receiving a bespoke programme. Every weekly session will focus on new topics from Core Management and Axial Elongation; Healthy Spine; Head, Neck and Shoulder Organisation; Alignment and Weight Bearing Exercise; and Movement Integration. Participants are expected to continue their own practice throughout the week before moving on to the next session. The Pilates programme is priced at THB 9,500.



Chiva-Som yoga classes



Expanding on the Chiva-Som Online Wellness Services, individuals have access to a wider collection of resort treatments to enhance and support their wellness goals, including Nutritional Consultation, Pilates on Mat, Corrective Posture Exercise and Pranayama. 



The new Online Intensive Wellness Series will connect individuals with the resort’s wellness team from the comfort of home via video link communication and give personalised feedback regarding lifestyle and nutrition to the participants. The Series can be booked via their website.


]]>
Straw marquetry master Lison de Caunes collaborates with DS Aero Sport for an innovative automobile project http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6189 DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge



September 30, 2020: Historic French car manufacturer DS has got master of straw marquetry Lison de Caunes on board for their latest design concept, the DS Aero Sport Lounge. Reinventing luxury, DS’ 100% electric concept car with a futuristic design will have its dashboards and backrests made by Lison de Caunes using traditional straw marquetry techniques. 



DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge Interior



The modern interiors of the DS Aero Sport Lounge will be transformed using the modest rye straw material for stylish car parts. Rye straw, harvested in the same way as it was in the 17th century, is hardly modified and preserves its intrinsic qualities. The natural silica varnish makes it heat resistant and waterproof while giving it a silky finish.



DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge dashboard



The vehicle's interior perfectly illustrates the neologism "sustainoble", where luxury and respect for the environment blend harmoniously to bring future projects to life.



DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge Backrest closeup



Ms. de Caunes has revolutionised the technique of straw marquetry and a number of luxury brands have commissioned her to make pieces for their flagship stores: the Guerlain parfumerie on the Champs-Élysées, the Louis Vuitton store on Place Vendôme, the Four Seasons Hotel in New York, and many others. Awarded the title of Maitre D’art in 1996, she is also dedicated to the creation of furniture, objects and wall coverings, either in her own name (Lison de Caunes Créations) or in collaboration with renowned interior architects and designers such as Peter Marino, Hubert le Gall and Vincent Darré.



DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge Interior closeup


]]>
Indian luxury brand Zoya reiterates the beauty of forests in its new collection ‘Rooted’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6188 September 30, 2020: Zoya, the exquisite diamond boutique from the House of Tatas, introduced its new collection, Rooted — an exquisite lineup of over 45 pieces for the modern sophisticate. The stellar collection was launched virtually by celebrated designer Gauri Khan along with Ajoy Chawla, CEO of Titan’s Jewellery Division, and Titan’s Chief Design Officer, Revathi Kant. 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Emeralds Diamonds



The collection draws inspiration from the inner strength of the feminine spirit along with the exotic rainforests of the world while keeping with Zoya’s fine design and intricate craftsmanship. The rainforest, with its self-sufficient mechanisms and immense strength, mirrors the Zoya woman’s inner resilience. 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Scarlet Mackaw



Revathi Kant, Titan’s Chief Design Officer said, “This is the first time Zoya is presenting a collection with carved stones, and the craftsmanship is masterful with intelligent design and construction that is visible in the strategic juxtaposition of colours, the lustrous play of light and shadows and the unexpected hints of movement that together unite to offer a poetic spin on revered classics.” 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Royal Flycatcher



The rainforest motifs in the line-up range from clusters of flowers, meticulously recreated to mirror the intricacy of the original, to exotic birds — their majestic plumage perched upon pendants and fluttering from earrings. The rainforest is further brought out by colourful gemstones including emeralds, sapphires, tanzanites, tourmalines, pink opals, rose quartz, peridots, rock crystals, iolites, turquoises and chrysoprase. 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Light of the Rainforest



The myriad cuts display the breadth of Zoya’s artistry, ranging from custom cut carved stones and cabochons to beads and faceted stones. The textural elements and colour gradation employed in specific pieces are guaranteed to inspire dreams of an endless summer. The versatile collection is perfect for an intimate wedding, a garden brunch or a quiet cocktail evening with loved ones.



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Dew Drops



Commenting on the collection, Gauri Khan says, “The beauty and strength of a rainforest is meticulously brought alive in Zoya’s Rooted, with unparalleled craftsmanship, vibrant gems with intricate carving, making pieces that really stand out. The whole rainforest imagery is a lovely reminder that moments, both big and small, should be celebrated.” 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Sapphire diamonds



The collection can be viewed online on Zoya.in or in the Zoya stores in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.


]]>
Fendi’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection is all about family http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6187 September 26, 2020: Bringing the element of comfort and domestic life, the latest Spring/Summer 2021 collection by Fendi is a reflection of the time spent at home and with family during the quarantine. Designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi, the collection is a patchwork of memories. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



From the fabric, motifs to the color palette, the collection embodies the quietude and peace of domestic life. Flax linen, cotton, feather, fur and eiderdown quilting are reminiscent of embroidered tablecloths and beddings. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



The palette runs from flaxen hues like milky white, light browns, sky blue to more vivid and bolder shades like black and red. Windows – metaphorical and physical – are a leitmotif impressed upon garments in a game of transparency and texture throughout. Boutis satin quilting, linear encrustations of jour d’echelle ladder-work, flourishes of ajouré flowers that expose skin are used to create layers of light and shade. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Formal structures are softened – coat backs and shirt sleeves unbutton, tailored details are ‘debossed’ in trompe l’oeil knitwear, and embroidered housecoats and flared tunics elevate the comforts of home. Lightness and depth intermingle in faded flora print linens and latticework furs, or the intricate workmanship of apron dresses in silk duchesse, embroidered tulle and gazar.



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi’s Spring Summer 2021 accessories play with construction and embellishment to conceal and reveal. Embroidered silk veils floats over Baguette and Peekaboo bags while woven texture pervades the accessories assortment through market baskets in recycled PVC, stretch lattice frame totes, picnic baskets and canvas luggage. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Celebrating Italian craftsmanship, the ‘hand in hand’ Baguette project is a unique collaboration with local artisans across Italy, including the Abruzzo and Marche regions shown on the runway. Laser-cut and ajouré apron belts hold the second iteration of the FENDI X CHAOS ‘tech jewellery’ capsule collection dipped in pastel colours, and chain drop earrings feature pearls and pairs of cheeky Fendi dice. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



On foot for Women – woven boots, elastic pumps, and rattan pool slides evoke a tonal spring elegance. For Men – sling-back boat shoes and T-bar plimsolls are new twisted classics.



The collection was unveiled in an intimate fashion show where the setting evoked domestic and traditional Italian inspirations. An airy scenography composed of fresh white curtains was complemented by the white sofas from the Fall Winter 2020-21 Women’s show set. Digital ‘windows’ were projected across walls and floors showing glimpses of nature - from garden flora, passing birds and the setting sun. Continuing the personal narrative of the Fendi Family, the show casting included a selection of related models: mothers, fathers, sisters and sons featuring Edie and Olympia Campbell, Cecilia and Lucas Chancellor, and Philippe and Dries Haseldonckx. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



The full show can be viewed below. 




]]>
Fendi and Maison Francis Kurkdjian present FENDIFRENESIA Pink Baguette Line http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6185 Fendi Pink Baguette line



September 26, 2020: Italian luxury fashion house Fendi has teamed up with Francis Kurkdijan, the master perfumer and co-founder of eponymous Roman fragrance house to create a stunning edition of the FENDIFRENESIA baguette line, this time in pink. 



Crafted in the signature scented Selleria Cuoio Romano leather, the noble and natural material which inspired the creation of FENDIFRENESIA from the very beginning, the line features a regular baguette bag, a nano baguette bag and a new card case awash in heavenly light pink hue. The color as interpreted by Francis Kurkdijan is perfectly merged with the floral and cheerful eau de parfum. The line also comes with a 5ml bottle of the fragrance. 



A new sensorial dimension is added to the FENDI synaesthesia, the evocative, inimitable and evanescent experience of feeling and visualizing a fragrance: hearing, with Sine, a synthetic interpretation of the fragrance by Roman StudioAIRA! 



Fendi Pink Baguette line



The new FENDIFRENESIA Pink Scented Collection was launched on September 24, 2020, during Milan Fashion Week at the FENDI Men’s Pop-Up Store in Via Montenapoleone, where two booths dedicated to the Yellow and Pink FENDIFRENESIA lines were displayed. For the occasion, the Maison will also launch five Yellow Men’s Regular Baguette bags. 



The FENDIFRENESIA Yellow and Pink Scented Collection are available in selected Fendi boutiques worldwide and on fendi.com in Europe, Middle East and US.




]]>
Ralph & Russo and Audemars Piguet announce a creative partnership http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6184 September 23, 2020: Haute Horlogerie meets Haute Couture as Audemars Piguet and Ralph & Russo join for a unique creative collaboration. Audemars Piguet’s latest Royal Oak and Royal Oak Concept models will complement Ralph & Russo’s Spring/Summer 2021 Prêt-à-Porter collection this fall to mark the beginning of the partnership. 



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Both family-owned companies are known for their inventive designs combined with the technical precision of age-old skills and exceptional craftsmanship. For the Spring/Summer 2021 Prêt-à-Porter collection, models are seen in stellar creations by the British designer duo, flaunting the latest watches from Audemars Piguet. From sequined cocktail dresses, white and red tulle gowns to organza silk ballgowns in pastel hues, these stunning looks are enhanced by latest Royal Oak Selfwinding models as well as the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon. 



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Conceived for smaller wrists, the Royal Oak Selfwinding models has 34mm dial and comes in four styles - in stainless steel and/or 18-carat pink gold. The 18-carat pink gold model is adorned with a diamond-set bezel and a silver-toned guilloché “Grande Tapisserie” dial, a Royal Oak trademark. The two steel models are enhanced by a silver-toned or blue-grey “Grande Tapisserie” dial. The blue-grey watch is embellished with a diamond-set bezel. 



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



An elegant two-tone model is also available that combines a stainless steel case and bracelet with an 18-carat pink gold bezel and bracelet links. This model comes with a silver-toned “Grande Tapisserie” dial. All four iterations are powered by a new selfwinding movement, calibre 5800, and endowed with a dedicated oscillating weight specifically developed for this new 34 mm version. 



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Ralph & Russo’s new collection is further enhanced by a new take on the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon, a blend of Royal Oak Concept’s refined feminine aesthetics and complicated micro-mechanics.



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Available in 18-carat pink or white gold with a shimmering Frosted Gold finish case, these watches are powered by hand-wound Manufacture calibre 2964. The two highly contemporary models are adorned with a blue “large square-scale” alligator strap for an elegant contrast.



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Speaking about this collaboration, François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet said, “Our partnership with Ralph & Russo came together naturally. I was struck by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo’s warm welcome when we first met; they represent talent at the highest level mixed with simplicity and authenticity. The fun part was when we actually realised that our watches had already been paired with their exceptional designs many times by clients in real life who didn’t need to wait for this partnership to match our two brands!”



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



These unique pairings will highlight how the two brands’ latest collections mirror one another in savoir-faire and refinement.



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches


]]>
MB&F collaborates with master engraver Eddy Jaquet for 8 limited edition timepieces http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6183 MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



September 23, 2020: Bringing an element of storytelling to horology, MB&F and Switzerland’s master engraver Eddy Jaquet have teamed up to create eight new timepieces. This one-of-a-kind, limited edition series of watches incorporates the iconic works of 19th century science-fiction French author Jules Verne. 



MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



The celebrated author was the inspiration for the Legacy Machine and coming to a consensus was easy since Mr. Jaquet is an expert on the subject. Given its wide expanse of surface for detailed engravings, the brand’s Legacy Machine Split Escapement (LM SE) was the obvious choice. Mr. Jaquet read and re-read upto 60 novels and short stories by Verne and narrowed down to eight written works - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, From the Earth to the Moon, Around the World in Eighty Days, Five Weeks in a Balloon, The Adventures of Captain Hatteras, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Michael Strogoff and Robur the Conqueror. Drawing inspiration solely from reading the source books and viewing any other secondary films or creative work based on the books, the illustrations are completely original and not conceived from any pre-existing art. 



MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



Each engraving is an intricate tableau of scenes and key moments from the stories, synthesised in the imagination of Mr. Jaquet and designed to be interpreted through the medium of the LM SE engine. Mr. Jaquet used several techniques to bring out the scenes perfectly. The smoke of the fire on the Michel Strogoff dial, for example, required an attenuated touch, while the underground sea depicted on the Journey To The Centre Of The Earth dial incorporated gradient-shading techniques. Mr. Jaquet frequently uses darkening treatments as a means to draw the eye to certain elements in his dials and to enhance the dramatic rendering of a scene. 



MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



Numerous changes were made to the original design of the watch to maximise the space for engraving such as creating new, openworked date and power-reserve subdials with wider plates, slimming the bezel and producing a new crystal dial. Each of the eight unique pieces comes in an 18K redgold case. The watches are equipped with LM SE movement developed for MB&F by Stephen McDonnell and have a power reserve of 72 hours. 



MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



These stunning works of art by Mr. Jaquet lend a classical touch to the usually modern or retro MB&F timepieces. Appreciators of literature and art can spend hours trying to absorb and understand each tiny detail in the scenes created by the engraver. 





Priced at $162,000, the series is already sold out in pre-launch sales, according to MB&F.


]]>
Aman introduces its new wellness brand ‘SVA’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6182 September 23, 2020: Aman is known globally for its world-class restorative retreats and its complete focus on holistic wellness. Following the success of Aman Skincare, the luxury group has launched a new wellness brand SVA that offers holistic formulas and supplements created for reaching optimal mental and physical well-being.



Aman SVA Wellness Health brand of capsules formulations supplements



The name SVA has been derived from the Sanskrit word for health, svasthya, which signifies the universal wisdom of staying (stha) true to one's own self (sva). Made with all-natural ingredients, it has Aman’s essence of combining traditional knowledge with contemporary science and nutrition. SVA’s sustainable product range responds to those seeking Aman’s acclaimed on-property equilibrium in their routine life. 



SVA formulas come in a combination of granules, capsules and tonics and can help to support immunity, digestion, circulation and to sustain a healthy mind. A total of 19 products have been formed in three plant-based and gluten-free ranges - Chinese Herbal Formulas, Micronutrient Supplements and Botanical Tonics. SVA Chinese Herbal Formulas and Micronutrient Supplements are the first ranges to launch, with Botanical Tonics following later this year.



Aman SVA Wellness Health brand of capsules formulations supplements



The SVA range of seven Chinese Herbals is inspired by the traditional Chinese medicines and the principle of treating imbalanced elements in the body for organs to function positively. Respiratory Support is a hero formula in the range which has been designed to help maintain a healthy respiratory system especially during cold and flu. Six more formulas are available in the range. Formulas Balance, Vitality, Uplift and Calm are accompanied by Immune Support which targets optimal lung functioning while rebalancing the immune system, and Nourish, which supports the digestive system and stimulates the spleen. These vegan formulas feature Chinese ingredients like the Ziziphus Jujbe Fruit found in Chinese provinces of Shadong and Henan, to Glycyrrhiza Uralensis Root, a fundamental ancient herbs found in the northern regions. 



Created in partnership with industry leader Biogena, the six SVA Micronutrient Supplements are crafted with high-quality raw ingredients and are completely free of technological additives, providing essential nutrients ideal for smooth daily functioning. The capsule supplements make it easier to administer. Digestion helps maintain enzyme function for the gastrointestinal system; Heart & Brain Function supports physical and cognitive performance and Immune Defence uses an astaxanthin and vitamin complex to support immune defences. Liver Detox boosts the liver’s natural detoxifying function while Relax & Sleep focuses on emotional wellbeing. Resilience provides a vitamin and mineral complex with ubiquinol to help maintain healthy bodily functions as stress levels increase. While SVA Micronutrient Supplements take a contemporary scientific approach, their natural composition and sustainable production mirrors the Aman pathway to wellness.



Aman SVA Wellness Health brand of capsules formulations supplements



The range comes in sustainable glass bottles with a sleek monochrome design. The supplements are now available online on Aman’s web store and will also be selectively available in Aman’s resorts and spas.


]]>
Golay-Spierer "Napoleon" watch to be offered in Sotheby's online sale in October http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6181 Golay Spierer Napoleon watch



September 23, 2020: Global auction house Sotheby’s October watch auctions in Geneva will be highlighted by a one-of-a-kind and unprecedented wristwatch created by Swiss independent watchmaker Golay-Spierer which incorporates the original signature of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. 



The watch is the first from the series titled “Heroïca Tempus”, a planned capsule collection of unique watches, each one including in its design the signature of an important historical figure. 



Golay Spierer Napoleon watch



The timepiece, which was painstakingly assembled in Golay-Spierer’s Geneva workshop, is encased in stunning rose gold with a 46 mm dial that accommodates the original handwritten signature of the famous statesman and military commander, dating from a letter he wrote in March 1807. The symbolism associated with the famous military commander is echoed in an imperial bee meticulously incorporated into the dial (using the traditional Swiss craft known as ‘decoupage’), as well as on the hand engraved bezel, which bears a laurel wreath and the letter ‘N’ at 12 o’clock. The back of the watch is set with a 20-franc gold Napoléon coin, minted in 1807, the same year as the original handwritten letter which was used to create the dial. This first piece in the ‘Heroïca Tempus’ collection was born from the meeting between Christophe Golay and French designer and creator Gaël Bonnel Sanchez. 



Golay Spierer Napoleon watch



A direct descendant of Swiss master watchmaker Auguste Golay, Christophe Golay reignited a centuries-old family tradition by establishing Golay-Spierer, the only Swiss watchmaking company specializing in the design and manufacture of unique tailor-made timepieces. Commenting on his latest collection, he said, “Our mission is to create bespoke timepieces working with the finest watchmaking craftsmen to bring to life the individual visions of our clients. This beautiful Napoleon watch is a perfect example of this: an exclusive piece reflecting a singular innovative vision.” He added that the next watch in the series will be bearing the original signature of Albert Einstein among many other historically significant figures.



The Napoleon Bonaparte watch will be offered in a single lot online sale, open for bidding from 8 until 15 October, with no reserve and an estimate of CHF 40,000 – 80,000. A portion of proceeds from the sale will support the work of two non-profit organizations: Footballeurs sans Frontières, which funds projects for underprivileged children, and Aua Help Noma, which works to support children suffering from the debilitating disease, Noma.


]]>
Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2021 show ‘In Bloom’ focuses on a modern mythology http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6178 Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show Group Shot



September 19, 2020: For Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2021 show ‘In Bloom’, Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci takes the house’s most recognizable emblems and motifs and remasters them with a modern, flamboyant imagination.  



The collection is an interplay between natural elements like the sea as well as a multifaceted view of Britain – simultaneously rural and urban, spanning earth and ocean, always expressing freedom. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show Menswear



Conceptualized as a modern mythology inspired by the sea, the contemporary reimagination blends Burberry’s heritage perfectly. The palette, while immersed in a spectrum of blue tones, is accented with sandy Burberry beige and mariner orange. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear black



Womenswear reflects the juxtaposition of the mystical and the natural; strong and delicate, hard and soft, with the elegant details of tulle and chiffon, fishnets studded with crystals, allegorical prints and artworks. Menswear draws from the rugged elegance and practicality of the wardrobes of seafarers with rubberised finishes, hardy denim and Thomas Burberry’s gabardine. The signature Burberry trench coat has been redesigned with sculptural loop-back and cut-out styles as well as expanding to a full-length coat cross-bred with contrast tails of denim. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear blue



Describing his inspiration, Ricardo Tisci comments, “It began with a thought of British summertime; embracing the elements with a trench coat on the beach mixing with the sand and the water. I envisioned the people of this space, like the lighthouse keeper, and a love affair between a mermaid and a shark, set against the ocean, then brought to land. The circle is hugely symbolic – regrowth, renewal, the circle of life. The collection is called In Bloom because I was thinking about regeneration, about dynamic youth, about nature constantly recreating itself, always growing and evolving, always alive. Water is a symbol of that also – of newness, freshness and cleansing. And through water, life grows – water is what allows nature to bloom. Everything is circular. The collection is focused and refined – one vision, one story. This is the essence of both Burberry’s identity and my own creativity. Reaffirming the codes of Burberry – my codes of Burberry, our DNA.”



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear evening silver



The Burbery Spring/Summer 2021 show experience, staged for a digital audience on Twitch, is conceived as an expression of freedom. Collaborating with artist Anne Imhof, known for her endurance art, the digital experience shows a setting that combines British, fairytalesque forest with raw, urban elements. Musician Eliza Douglas’ performs a unique, real-time soundtrack blurring the boundaries between art, fashion and live events. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear graphic



Lofty and vibrant, Burberry’s new collection is a modern celebration of its British heritage and most treasured symbols.



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear orange


]]>
Natural Diamond Council launches campaign starring Ana De Armas http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6177 September 19, 2020: World’s leading diamond producers, Natural Diamond Council, have roped in Hollywood star Ana de Armas for their new campaign to promote natural diamonds and support the integrity of the diamonds industry. The company, previously known as Diamond Producers Association, relaunched as the Natural Diamond Council (NDC) in June 2020.



Ana de Armas for Natural Diamond Council



This global level campaign marks a number of firsts for the Natural Diamond Council. Apart from being the first ever celebrity-led campaign for a diamond group, it is also the first campaign dedicated to NDC’s “Only Natural Diamonds” platform, and the first marketing initiative to showcase a diverse roster of jewellery designers that work with natural diamonds in contemporary ways. 



Ms. de Armas, a celebrated Hollywood star, is a Golden Globe nominee and will be seen in the latest James Bond movie ‘No Time To Die’. She is at the center of this multi-part campaign, which celebrates the myriad connections that lead to natural diamonds being worn or exchanged. Ms. de Armas reflects poise, modernity in her elegant and easy-going demeanor as the 30-second video shows the actress in diverse settings with friends, with a parent, and with a partner, emphasising the notion that diamonds are not solely the purview of romantic interests or formal occasions, but are meant for every type of connection. This ad will be complemented by a series of shorter video segments, spotlighting the various relationships portrayed in the clip. 



“I love thinking of diamonds this way, as special emblems of even our small personal moments,” said Ms. de Armas. “They represent joy, warmth and beauty.”





Richa Singh, Managing Director, NDC, India, commented, “The campaign fits perfectly as consumers have greater respect for everything natural and want to buy fewer but better things. They are looking for things that last and have a meaning and emotion attached to it. We wish to create desirability for diamonds in the mind of consumers when it comes to celebrating life’s every moment and our campaign featuring Ana De Armas portrays that beautifully. The TVC redefines special moments, celebrating a variety of personal connections with natural diamonds.’’



Lensed in coastal Portugal, directed by Manu Cossu and photographed by Camilla Åkrans, the global marketing campaign will run in India, the United States of America, United Kingdom and China. The campaign materials will be distributed through NDC’s website as well, which will feature behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Ms. de Armas. It will also have comprehensive information about the brands and designers that are seen. For an enhanced connect with the local consumers and retail trade, there will be a section dedicated to similar jewellery designs that are available in India.


]]>
Richard Ginori announces a new brand identity ‘Ginori 1735’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6176 September 19, 2020: Storied Italian porcelain manufacturer, Richard Ginori, known for its superlative dinnerware and home decor accessories, has announced a new brand identity - ‘Ginori 1735’. 



Richard Ginori’s past dates back to the 18th century when Marquis Carlos Ginori started the porcelain manufactory in the town of Doccia. The new name ‘Ginori 1735’ features the foundation year of the company. 



Richard Ginori new brand identity



The renewed visual representation comprises the ‘Ginori 1735’ signature in elegant, sinuous, hand-crafted lettering, a combination of heritage and innovation. The logo remains a recognizable hallmark that authenticates every piece of Ginori porcelain. This new brand identity supports the transition of the company to a global lifestyle design brand, specializing in artisanal porcelain tableware and homewares. 



Speaking about this new chapter in the company’s 285 years of history, Chairman and CEO Alain Prost commented, “Today, we are returning to our roots, changing our name, and investing in our legacy of bringing a deep sense of place, a graceful manner, and an effervescent spirit to all who embrace our mission. Richard Ginori is now, and once again, Ginori 1735.”



With the iconic crown at the back of the tableware symbolizing its distinguished quality, the Kering Group owned Richard Ginori is found in some of the most famous restaurants and homes around the world. Over the years, the atelier has evolved to bring to the contemporary world its ancient and extraordinary techniques. Ginori 1735 is, now, designed to celebrate the deep heritage of the company and signify a renewed attention to the evolving tastes and lifestyle of the next generation of luxury consumers.


]]>
Indian online auction platform Prinseps opens the season with rare artist estates & launch of a luxury gallery http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6175 Humayun's Tomb by Atul Bose painting



September 19, 2020: Prinseps, the Indian online auction platform, is set to open the culture season with a strong note. There will be two auctions sales along with fixed price sales at the luxury online gallery featuring a range of luxury items across jewellery, carpets, Art Deco furniture, objet d’art and property, with prices ranging from INR 10,000 to 10 crores.



The two separate online auctions will have rare estates from renowned artist and Oscar-winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya and famed Bengali artist Atul Bose. The auctions will be accompanied by introductory catalogue essays by India’s leading scholars and art historians - Ranjit Hoskote, writing on Bhanu Athaiya and Partha Mittar, writing on Atul Bose.



A fashion sketch by Bhanu Athaiya



The Bhanu Athaiya sale features remarkable artworks which will be coming to auction for the first time in almost 70 years, including Prayers, which was first exhibited in the 1953 group show of the Progressive Artists Group, where Athaiya was the only woman artist among the Progressives. Known as India’s premier costume designer, she is best known for her work on Richard Attenborough’s iconic film Gandhi which won her an Academy Award.



The sale of works by Atul Bose – an artist contemporary of Jamini Roy and Hemen Majumdar - will include lots that have never been offered in over 50 years to the market. A prolific landscape and portrait artist, Bose’s paintings find prized place in prestigious collections such as that of the Rashtrapti Bhavan in New Delhi. 



Kerman carpet for auction



The online luxury gallery fixed price sales has high-end collectibles like the Laver Kerman “Tree of Life” carpet from 1920 or the spotlight stealer 16ct antique cushion cut Burmese Ruby priced at a whooping INR 56 lakhs. 



Speaking about the upcoming calendar and the auction market during these difficult times, Indrajit Chaterjee, Founder of Prinseps, notes, “There is a belief that a purely online auction may not be that vibrant, however we believe the works in the two upcoming auctions will see both collector and museum interest - these are rare first time to market works from artists who are important contributors to both modernism and the art movement in India.


]]>
Beyonce designs Adidas Superstar Platform shoes to mark the footwear’s 50th anniversary http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6174 Beyonce Adidas Superstar Platform shoes 2020



September 19, 2020:  Shoe brand Adidas got singer Beyonce on-board to redesign the iconic Superstar shoes on the occasion of the footwear’s 50th anniversary. 



The new edition of the shoes feature leather upper in white with rubber shell toe, contrasted by the heel tab and Three Stripes branding in black color. While the latest iteration of the shoes retains elements from the original design, the most distinctive addition that reflects Beyonce’s style is the chunky platform rubber outsole to add extra height to the shoe and make a bold statement. 



Beyonce Adidas Superstar Platform shoes 2020



Adidas has successfully added Beyonce to their list of collaborations which includes names like Kylie Jenner, The Beastie Boys, Kanye West, to name a few. The Beyoncé x Superstar is available in India on shop.adidas.co.in at INR 19,999. 


]]>
Sotheby’s to offer timepieces from Sir David Lionel Salomons’ private collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6173 September 16, 2020: Sotheby’s, in a very unique auction, is offering a piece of history. Three  exquisite Breguet watches are up for bidding in the Sotheby’s London Watches sale on October 28, 2020. 



Prince Regent's Breguet pocket watch



The three Breguet pieces come originally from the private collection of Sir David Lionel Salomons (1851-1925), a British engineer and industrialist who was instrumental in the development of electricity, motor cars and many mechanical inventions at the end of the 19th century. He amassed the world's largest private collection of Breguet watches and clocks, comprising 124 pieces. Upon his death, the most important pieces passed on to his daughter, Vera Frances Bryce Salomons who, in 1969, founded the L.A. Mayer Museum in Jerusalem and bequeathed her father’s watch collection to the institution. 



Abraham-Louis Breguet, the celebrated watchmaker, created watches for the crowned heads and elites of Europe in the early 19th century. The watch auction will be spearheaded by three important watches made by Abraham-Louis Breguet - The Prince Regent’s Resonance watch, The Duc de Praslin's “Perpétuelle” and Princess Murat’s Thermometer Watch. 



Princess Murat's Breguet pocket watch



The Prince Regent’s Resonance Watch (Est. £400,000-600,000) is a very rare experimental gold precision watch purchased by the Prince Regent (later George IV) in 1818. One of the most expensive watches ever sold by Breguet for £350 (7,200 francs), it was the first ever watch featuring Breguet’s greatest discoveries applying the principle of resonance (based on the theory of two oscillating bodies placed in close proximity) to a watch movement. 



The “Perpétuelle” (Est. £250,000 - 350,000) was owned by Breguet’s long-time friend and supporter, the Duc of Praslin. Sold for 4000 francs in 1792, it is one of the most complicated self-winding watches ever made by Breguet. The watch combines chronometer escapement and dial displays, days of the week state of winding and a thermometer. 



The Duc of Praslin's Breguet pocket watch



The third Breguet timepiece is the thermometer watch (Est. £200,000 - 300,000) created for Princess Murat, better known as Caroline Bonaparte (1782-1839), the younger sister of Napoleon. The watch, sold to the Princess in 1807, boasts a complex but elegantly executed arrangement with its gold engine-turned dial displaying day, date, month and, unusually, the year and a quarter repeater. Princess Murat was a loyal patron of the Parisian watchmaker for whom he also created one of the first ever wristwatches. 



The Sotheby’s London Watches sale is a part of a series of two sales featuring select works from the Collection of the L.A. Mayer Museum including Islamic art, vertu and watches. 


]]>
Raf Simons & Fred Perry offer a tribute to London’s famous venue ‘100 Club' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6172 September 16, 2020: Paying homage to London’s basement music venue called the 100 Club and the distinctive youth subcultures created in the venue, designer Raf Simons has teamed up with Fred Perry, a renowned British clothing brand founded in 1952 by three-time Wimbledon Champion Fred Perry. 



Fred Perry Raf Simons 100 Club 2020 collection



Inspired by the energy of the youth, Raf Simons - who is also the current Co-Creative Director of Prada - reinterprets classic Fred Perry pieces blended with the subtleties of his eponymous line. Reflecting the vibrancy and character of the famed venue and its bands, the collection is decorated with images from the book published by Fred Perry and Ditto that celebrates the club’s 75-year long history through anecdotal stories. Raf Simons draws inspiration from mentions of influential figures like Bev Elliott (Canadian actress) and Iain R Webb (renowned fashion writer and journalist) in the book. 



The Fred Perry pique polo shirt is reinterpreted once more in a way that feels new and subversive, darted and with digitally printed photographs - detachable with a special Raf Simons branded pin badge in silver. 



Fred Perry Raf Simons 100 Club 2020 collection



Oversized woven shirts come with various patches in different sizes while retaining traditional shirting details. Other clothing pieces comprise oversized chunky knit jumpers with fixed patches on the back and sleeve, and a long woollen coat with a relaxed fit like in the Raf Simons mainline collection. 



There is also an olive-green parka with detachable fleece liner. Dropped shoulders on sweatshirts unexpected print and logo applications feature on a palette of black, red, blue and white. 



Fred Perry Raf Simons 100 Club 2020 collection



Themes from the 100 Club Stories book like cross-generations of kids coming of age and using their clothes as a powerful tool for expressing their identity inspired Raf Simons to bring his distinctive design approach to Fred Perry archive styles. The autumn/winter 2020 range will be available online on FredPerry.com along with select Fred Perry shops.


]]>
Ronald Van Der Kemp and Christie’s to auction couture face masks for charity http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6171 September 16, 2020: Dutch fashion designer Ronald Van Der Kemp (RVDK) and global auction house Christie’s will be staging an online charity auction titled ‘Couture For Change.’ The designer has donated 29 unique and exceptionally crafted couture face masks which will be sold to benefit The Refugee Company, a public benefit organization based in Amsterdam. 



Floral Couture mask by Ronald Van Der Kemp



It was on April 28, 2020 when RVDK made an astonishing statement of hope and peace to the world. At five to midnight, 29 models in stellar couture gowns and matching, imaginative couture face masks, appeared on the balconies of their rooms at Hotel L’Europe in Amsterdam. They waved white flags as a symbol of peace and sustainability, creating an extraordinary moment during these troubled times. 



Golden Couture mask by Ronald Van Der Kemp



These 29 couture face masks, crafted in the atelier of RVDK, are being offered without reserve along with an original framed sketch by the designer. The beneficiary foundation of the auction revenue, The Refugee Company, has recently opened the first local face mask factory in the Netherlands, run by refugees. 



Red Couture mask by Ronald Van Der Kemp



The online auction will be accepting bids from September 17 to September 30, 2020 on Christies.com. All 29 face masks can be viewed by appointment weekdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm at Christie’s Amsterdam between these dates. 



White sequinned Couture mask by Ronald Van Der Kemp



The auction is a part of the Amsterdam Fashion Week.


]]>
Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani kickstarts Blenders Pride Fashion Tour http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6170 Blenders Pride Fashion Tour Tarun Tahiliani 2020



September 16, 2020: Tarun Tahiliani opened the first ever digital edition of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour by showcasing his collection ‘Infinite - My Design, My Pride’. The Blenders Pride Fashion Tour has set a benchmark for the Indian fashion industry. Evolving from conventional runway shows, fashion festivals to now a virtual show, this collaboration with Mr. Tahiliani is a unique narrative of his 25 years of inspiration and creativity. 



The evening depicted elements of Pride in his craft and heritage, being modern and having ‘Stream of Consciousness’ as an entity. Encapsulating glitz and glamour through an on-ground set up, the striking digital experience unveiled the idea of ‘INFINITE’ possibilities in one’s life by setting an example for everyone to follow. 



Blenders Pride Fashion Tour Tarun Tahiliani 2020



A theatrical representation of fashion in a grand set designed by the veteran designer himself, 25 muses donned 25 stunning looks, both in menswear and womenswear, showcasing his 25 year long journey. The show was an immersive experience with modern Indian pieces of clothing fully accessorized with modern-day versions of chotis, bindis and more, adding a touch of historical opulence to a more contemporary notion. 



Speaking on the unique digital premiere, Ishwindar Singh, GM Marketing, Pernod Ricard India, said, “Blenders Pride Fashion Tour has been bringing alive unique experiences for over 15 years in the fashion and style landscape. We’ve had a long and special journey with Tarun, and today, as he celebrates 25 years in the industry, we’re equally excited for our consumers to experience this show from the comfort of their homes. The journey of ‘Pride’ that we set off on over the last two years continues to take center stage this year as well, bringing alive a distinct expression of ‘My Identity, My Pride’.



Blenders Pride Fashion Tour Tarun Tahiliani 2020



Weaving a seamless story around ‘My Identity, My Pride’, Mr. Tahiliani said, ‘There is nothing more important than one’s identity, an expression that defines you as being distinct from the world. This collaboration is a celebration of my journey and the myriad and varied influences that have inspired its course over the years. I take immense pride in expressing who I am and where I stand today, and in my association with Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2020, because it gives me the opportunity to celebrate my identity with Pride.” 



The extraordinary digital show which was live streamed on September 10, 2020 can be viewed here.




]]>
Ulysse Nardin unveils a new iteration of the Dual Time watch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6168 September 12, 2020: Ulysse Nardin has redesigned its celebrated Dual Time watch, a series which has garnered a lot of attention from watch enthusiasts, especially travelers, given its patented time zone adjustment, invented by the company in 1994. The latest and renewed Dual Time styles are a part of the Executive Collection.



Ulysse Nardin Dual Time new design 2020



Ergonomic and elegant, the new models share the same case as the 2019’s Skeleton X watch series, with its iconic three-horns signature, and Roman numerals at twelve, three, six and nine o’clock. 



Equipped with the UN 24 dual time movement, the watch has permanent home time display and instant time zone with patented time zone setting. The ‘+’ and ‘-’ pushers located opposite the crown ensure adjustment of the hand forward or backward and the self-winding movement is visible through the exhibition case back. 



Ulysse Nardin Dual Time new design 2020



The dial, also inspired by the Skeleton series’, is 42 mm in dimensions and features an oversized small seconds hand register at 6 o’clock and a large date in a double window at two o’clock. There are two variants available in terms of the case - 18 carat rose gold or stainless steel, depending on the model.



There are three editions in the new dual-time series. The Dual Time Black in stainless steel, Dual Time Blue in stainless steel and Dual Time Rose Gold. All three variants come in rubber as well as alligator straps. The watches come with a power reserve of 42 hours and water resistance of upto 50 meters. The new dual-time watches are priced at $8,300 (steel) and $22,800 (rose gold).


]]>
Salvatore Ferragamo aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2029 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6167 September 12, 2020: With the goal of creating a sustainable future, Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo has set science-based targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. To prevent the most damaging effects of climate change, the brand aims to achieve two significant goals by 2029. 



Salvatore Ferragamo sustainability goals 2020-2029



The goals set by the company, in line with the latest climate science, are:



- Reduce absolute scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions 42% by 2029 from a 2019 base year;

- Reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services and downstream transportation and distribution 42% by 2029 from a 2019 base year. 



These have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, who deemed them as consistent with levels required to meet the ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement: to limit warming to 1.5°C. 



The Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) is formed by CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). This joint initiative promotes science-based, meaningful target setting to reduce GHG emissions among corporates and also independently assesses their goals. 



Ferruccio Ferragamo, Chairman of Salvatore Ferragamo, commented, “For Salvatore Ferragamo, operating responsibly translates into being aware of its impact, while looking for creative, innovative, and serious solutions to mitigate it. Setting quantitative targets to reduce our climate impact is a challenging commitment; however, it makes us factual and proud to have started this journey.”



The approval by the SBTi bolsters the company’s previous efforts towards sustainability, which includes programs like the Sustainable Thinking project, the joining of the Fashion Pact, and the SI Rating Silver Certification.


]]>
Gucci reintroduces its iconic bag, ‘The Jackie’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6166 September 12, 2020: The Jackie Bag, one of Gucci’s most recognizable styles, was imbued with a new relevance in the House’s latest Autumn Winter 2020 men’s and women’s fashion show. 



Gucci Jackie bag 1961 - 2020



The Hobo bag, created in 1961, is named after Jackie Kennedy who was photographed often with the bag and it came to be known simply as “The Jackie”. An important member of the Gucci bag family, ‘the Jackie’ has been reinterpreted by creative director Alesandro Michele as ‘the Jackie 1961’. 



Combining the archival house codes and Mr. Michele’s contemporary vision, the bag transcends traditional categorization of accessories with its non-binary attitude. The latest iteration of the Jackie comes in three different sizes - small, medium and mini and has been rendered in a pared down silhouette. With cleaner lines, the emphasis is on the rich leather and the piston closure. 



Cate Blanchett with Gucci Jackie bag 1961 - 2020



All styles of the Jackie 1961 are available in black and red leather as well as GG Supreme canvas with Web stripe. The small and mini versions come in a diverse colour palette including neutral-colored python as well as candy pastel hues of lilac, butter, light blue and soft pink. The long, detachable shoulder straps add to the versatility and functionality of the bag.



The new edition debuted in the men’s Fall Winter 2020 fashion show. Styled in diverse looks on both men and women, the most iconic bag has been successfully reinvented. 


]]>
Aman Nai Lert Residences Bangkok to debut in 2023 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6165 September 12, 2020: Luxury hotel and resort brand Aman has teamed up with Nai Lert Park Development, a subsidiary of Nai Lert Group, to manage Aman Nai Lert Bangkok, which will comprise branded residences as well as a luxury hotel slated for completion in 2023. 



Aman Nai Lert Bangkok Hotel Residences



Nestled in the century-old tropical gardens of the Nai Lert Park, Aman Nai Lert Bangkok will occupy 11th to the 28th floors of the 36-storey edifice. Offering a leafy retreat and unparalleled vistas of the stellar park and city skyline, the 50 residences will be split across the 18 floors. With private terraces and private entrance, there will be one, two and three bedroom units along with penthouses. 



World-renowned architect, Jean-Michel Gathy, founder of Denniston and a long-time collaborator with Aman, is entrusted with creating an urban sanctuary. Remaining true to Aman’s identity of drawing influences from the culture and history of the location, Gathy is inspired by the rich tapestry of the Nai Lert Heritage Home and the Nai Lert Park, owned exclusively by the Nai Lert family since 1915.



Bringing the splendor of Aman to a private home, residents will have access to world-class amenities like a private Dining Room & Lounge serviced by its own dedicated chefs, a Garden Lounge with a library and business centre opening directly onto Nai Lert Park, and a private infinity swimming pool on the 30th floor and a private Aman Fitness Centre and Yoga/Pilates Studio. A private Aman Kids’ Club, a children’s swimming pool and a private garden within Nai Lert Park are also some of the perks. 



Aman Nai Lert Bangkok Hotel Residences



Truly luxurious and exuding the Aman spirit, the pet-friendly residences come with Nai Lert butlers, in-residence spa and salon, sommelier, chef and dining services, and “away from home” maintenance. 



The 52 Aman Nai Lert Bangkok Hotel Suites will be housed from floors 9 to 19 along with Arva, Aman’s Italian all-day dining concept; Nama, a Japanese restaurant; the Aman Cigar Club and a 1,500- square-metre Holistic Wellness Centre with a fully integrated medical clinic, a wellness lounge, and a spa house. 



Located in close proximity to shopping malls, cultural centers, international schools and hospitals, the Aman Nai Lert Bangkok will have the superior facilities Aman is known for along with the heritage of the city as well as the Nai Lert Park.


]]>
Burberry launches the Animal Kingdom Pop-Up series worldwide http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6164 September 12, 2020: Burberry has unveiled a unique pop-up series across its stores to celebrate its signature bags and accessories. The brand has reinvigorated its iconic house code ‘Animal Kingdom’ for this new campaign. 



Burberry animal kingdom pop up stores 2020



Featuring large-scale sculptures of monkeys, gorillas and birds of paradise, the pop-ups are inspired by the brand’s recognition of the power and symbolism of animals since the time of Thomas Burberry. 



The assortment comprises reimagined editions of Burberry’s signature leather products from its archives. The iconic Pocket Bag has been reinterpreted and comes in medium as well as mini size. With leather details and contrasting trims, the bags come in various canvases. The TB bag, that was inspired by Thomas Burberry and has a distinctive clasp with his initials, comes in medium and mini size and exclusive new colorways. They have adjustable gold straps. Softly structured bucket bags and The Robin, a small structured bag, are punctuated with the Thomas Burberry monogram. 



Burberry animal kingdom pop up stores 2020



Smaller accessories include compact card cases, crossbody leather phone cases and a leather airpods case. Silk scarves in refreshing colors come with the logo graphic and Thomas Burberry Monogram. Jewellery ensemble features necklace, ring, earrings and cuffs along with key charms. 



This accessories pop-up launch is bolstered by Burberry’s partnership with Snapchat for an in-store gamified experience. Snapcodes are embedded in the pop-ups allowing players to not only see the animals come alive on their phones but also collect rewards, create their own shareable content and use the Snapchat lens to get information on the location of the pop-ups in their area.



Burberry animal kingdom pop up stores 2020



With an aim to support environmental conservation, Burberry has teamed up with Wildlife Works, the world's leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company, to make the pop-ups carbon neutral.


]]>
A. Lange & Söhne launches special watch collection “Homage to F. A. Lange” http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6163 A Lange & Sohne 1815 Honeygold watches 2020



September 12, 2020: Dresden-based watchmaker, A. Lange & Söhne, unveiled a limited edition collection titled ‘Homage to F.A. Lange” at the Watches & Wonders event in Shanghai 2020. The collection features three limited edition watches belonging to the 1815 watch family, dedicated to the birth year of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, the pioneer of Saxonian precision watchmaking. 



A Lange & Sohne 1815 Honeygold watches 2020



Inspired by the tradition and classic side of Ferdinand A.Lange, the three styles from the 1815 watch family are reminiscent of the pocket watches of yesteryear. The cases are made of honey gold, a very rare gold alloy that is exclusive to Lange watches. Featuring a special dial, all three watches boast special movement decorations, which include grained plates made of German silver and black-rhodiumed engravings on the balance cock. The collection’s limited edition watches are named 1815 Thin Honeygold, 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold and Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold. 



The 1815 Thin Honeygold edition is an elegant two-hand watch with a diameter of 38 mm and a height of 6.5 mm.The hand-made enamel dial with Arabic numerals and a railway-track minute scale, is redolent of classic pocketwatches. There are 175 watches in this edition. 



A Lange & Sohne 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold watches 2020



The 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold brings together two complex mechanisms- chronograph and ratrrapante. It has a power reserve of 58 hours and is equipped with a Lange manufacture calibre L101.2. The exquisite honey gold case has been combined for the first time with a black dial in solid silver. This edition is limited to 100 pieces. 



A Lange & Sohne 1815 Tourbograph Honeygold watches 2020



The Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold is the most complex timepiece in the anniversary collection. The Lange manufacture calibre L133.1 comes with the tourbillon and fusée-and chain transmission, that bolsters the watch’s accuracy. The diameter is 43 mm and the dial is 18-carat honeygold, black-rhodiumed with relief-engraved numerals and scales. This stellar edition has only 50 pieces. 


]]>
Lighting brand Sans Souci unveils the ‘Vice Versa’ lighting design http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6161 Sans Souci chandelier design



September 9, 2020: Known for creating bespoke decorative lighting fixtures, glass objects, interior decoration and architectural features, Czech lighting brand Sans Souci has revealed a stellar new light collection in India under the name ‘Vice Versa’. 



The newest collection symbolizes Sans Souci’s exquisite craftsmanship and extravagance along with its smart integration of technology. Created by designer Jiri Krisica, the lights in the ensemble have a soft blend of nano-coating on crystal glass, highlighted with a texturized touch on slumped glass. Combining the deep gold hues with transparent, crystallized shards, the lights are no less than a piece of art that make a bold and grandiose statement. The eye-catching assortment is very versatile. From an awe-inducing spectacle to a grand curtain, the lights can be fashioned in different ways. 



Sans Souci chandelier design



The brand draws inspiration from the Czech glass-making heritage and vast experience of past generations of glass-makers. Produced in the world-renowned region of North Bohemia that is associated with glass manufacturing across European continent, Sans Souci collections are purely Czech in origin and spirit.


]]>
Audemars Piguet introduces 10 new styles to the CODE 11.59 line http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6160 Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 chronograph and self winding watches blue



September 4, 2020: Audemars Piguet, the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer, has introduced ten refreshing new timepieces to their CODE 11.59 collection that was launched last year. The colored dials in burgundy, blue, purple and grey add an elegant and a contemporary touch. 



Including in these ten new iterations are two-tone watches in 18k white and rose gold. Designed for both men and women, these ergonomic watches come in glare-proof complex double curved sapphire crystal and are 41mm in diameter. The lacquer-finish dials are a graceful combination of handfinished matte and mirror surface, which is the signature style of Audemars Piguet. 



Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 chronograph and self winding watches grey



The cases are beautifully contrasted by the hues of the dial - burgundy watches with 18-carat white gold base while purple and blue with 18-carat pink gold. Every new wrist-watch comes with an alligator strap matching with the color of the dial. 



The two-tone watches, a rarity among the brand’s collections over the years, come in grey sunburst dials in light and dark tones. The 18-carat pink gold octagonal middle case complements the white gold case and lugs while 18-carat pink gold hour-markers and hands add a glimmer of colour. 



Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 chronograph and self winding watches purple



The Selfwinding Chronographs and Selfwinding date, hour, minute and second models both come with a power reserve of 70 hours and water resistance of 30 meters. The Selfwinding Chronograph models are equipped with calibre 4401, an integrated chronograph with column wheel and flyback function that enables to restart the chronograph without stopping and resetting it first. The micro-mechanisms are visible from the sapphire caseback. 



Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 chronograph and self winding watches red



The rose and white gold hour/minute/seconds model is priced at $26,800. The chronograph in rose and white gold is priced at $42,400. The three-hand two-tone watch comes at $26,800, and the two-tone chronograph is $42,400. 


]]>
Soneva Fushi reveals new Water Retreats in the Maldives http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6159 Soneva Fushi Overwater Villas



September 4, 2020: Soneva Fushi, Maldives has designed and unveiled eight new luxurious water retreats. Juxtaposed against the breathtaking blue ocean, these overwater villas come in 1 and 2 bedroom.



The 1 Bedroom Water Retreats (6,286 sq ft.) and 2 Bedroom Water Retreats (9,224 sq ft.) are the largest one- and two-bedroom overwater villas in the world. These villas are located near the Dolphin Beach and can be reached by a jetty, ensuring complete privacy for guests. Suitable for all ages, the water retreats boast spacious interiors with decks and rooms that can be easily sealed off.



Soneva Fushi Overwater Villas water slide



The highlight is the water slide present in all the villas, adding an element of fun to the isolated retreat. Other interesting features are the pool suspended over the ocean in front of the pool deck, catamaran nets where guests can sit above the waves and curved steps from the pool deck that lead directly into the ocean water below. The retractable roof in the master bedroom allows guests to sleep under starlit skies. 



Soneva Fushi overwater villas maldives



Both villa types feature an expansive upper level with a dining sala, as well as Soneva’s signature outdoor bathroom with direct access to the sea. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the spacious dining and living areas with natural light. Additional amenities include fully-stocked minibar and pantry, and signature en-suite bathroom.



Soneva Fushi overwater villas maldives



These retreats are different from the iconic ones in Soneva Jani. Instead of the whitewashed interiors, the decor is designed in oceanic hues of light greens, blues and soft beige, reflecting the rustic castaway style that Soneva Fushi is known for. Continuing the resort’s idea of sustainable luxury, they have been carefully designed using sustainable wood panels, recycled Styrofoam for walls that keeps the rooms cooler and provides soundproofing. The water retreats are raised above the ocean so that ocean waves don’t break against the underside.



Soneva Fushi overwater villas maldives bedroom



“When we had to add more villas, we didn’t want to touch the beach, as we believe it should be for our guests and the turtles that visit our shores. So, we built over the ocean. We hired all the right people to come and assess the proposed location, ensuring there would not be any live coral in the area,” said Eva Malmstrom Shivdasani, Soneva’s Creative Director and Conscience. 



Soneva Fushi overwater villas maldives



Offering awe-inducing views and superlative comfort, the new water retreats are set to open for all the guests on September 25, 2020.


]]>
Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen launches Virtual Boutique http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6158 IWC Schaffhausen Middle East virtual boutique



September 4, 2020: In a bid to advance their global customer experience, Swiss luxury watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen has announced the launch of their new virtual boutique. The exquisite virtual store draws inspiration from the lavish interiors of the IWC boutique at The Galleria Al Maryah Island shopping centre in Abu Dhabi. 



Accessible by phone, laptop or desktop, the virtual journey starts at the facade of the IWC boutique at The Galleria Al Maryah Island and takes the customer inside the boutique. With a bright interior accentuated with wooden accents, the store gives a panoramic display of the exquisite timepieces. The user can explore on their own or can opt for getting an online client advisor feature before entering the boutique. 



The boutique allows shoppers to explore six iconic watch families of the brand - Portugieser, Pilot’s Watches, Portofino, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and Da Vinci. Apart from technical specifications of the selected timepiece, there are features where shoppers can click on displays and compare products, read online catalogues and take a guided tour of the boutique. For a more personalized experience, shoppers can connect with customer advisors and book store appointments to preview or buy the watch.



IWC Schaffhausen Middle East virtual boutique



Mehdi Rajan, Regional Brand Director of IWC Schaffhausen for the Middle East, India and Africa, commented, “IWC is always looking to elevate the journey of discovery for its customers and we are very excited to be bringing a personalized online experience to our customers in the Middle East, especially at a time when the world is undergoing a digital revolution and virtual connections are of utmost importance. With the launch of our new virtual boutique, customers can expect a captivating, engaging and enjoyable online experience with IWC.”



This new virtual boutique will be used as a platform for online events, launching new collections and connecting with new as well as existing IWC customers across the Middle East. 


]]>
Hannah Colman appointed as new CEO of Jimmy Choo http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6157 September 3, 2020: Capri Holdings Limited, the multinational fashion holding group, has appointed Hannah Colman for the role of Chief Executive Officer of the British luxury house Jimmy Choo. 



Hannah Colman Jimmy Choo CEO



Ms. Colman has inimitable knowledge and deep understanding of the Jimmy Choo brand, having been one of the earliest employees of the company. She served as a Store Manager 24 years ago, in Jimmy Choo’s first boutique on Motcomb Street in London. Since then, she has taken over several major roles like President EMEA and Global E-commerce. 



Sandra Choi, Founder and Creative Director of Jimmy Choo, commented, “Hannah and I have worked together since the start of our fashion luxury house. I couldn’t be happier that she will now lead our company as we continue to grow Jimmy Choo as one of the most important British luxury brands in the world. We share the same vision for the future of this brand that we both love.” 



Functioning as the brand's Interim CEO for the past few months, this new announcement comes among a slew of other leadership changes in the luxury industry



Ms. Colman was currently serving as the interim CEO of the company. Commenting on her new role, she said, “Having been part of the Jimmy Choo team since 1996 I am thrilled to be leading such an iconic British luxury house. Working alongside Sandra over the last few months as Interim CEO has been a great experience and it’s a privilege to lead such a talented team who have done an incredible job of steering the brand through the events of this year. I take the responsibility of writing the next chapter of this remarkable luxury house incredibly seriously and couldn’t be more excited by the opportunity.”



Ms. Colman has grown strength by strength with the Jimmy Choo brand, and showing incredible confidence in her knowledge and loyalty, John D. Idol, Jimmy Choo’s Chairman, has expressed faith that “she will continue to lead Jimmy Choo to even greater heights."


]]>
India Couture Week goes digital for the first time http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6156 September 3, 2020: For the first time ever, India Couture Week (ICW) will be entering the digital realm this year. The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) presents a new era for showcasing Indian couture at the ICW, from September 18 to 23. 



Keeping up with digitization in the wake of the pandemic, FDCI has advanced towards a robust digital transformation. ICW will offer designers an opportunity to reach out to a more savvy audience by showcasing their collections in innovative ways. 





The six day long event will feature top couturiers like Amit Aggarwal, Anju Modi, Dolly J, Falguni Shane Peacock, Gaurav Gupta, JJ Valaya, Kunal Rawal, Manish Malhotra, Rahul Mishra, Reynu, Taandon, Shantanu & Nikhil and Suneet Varma. Exhibiting their stellar collections through videos, films and supporting content, the live digital event will follow the format of physical fashion shows and have a preset schedule. The content will be live streamed across FDCI digital platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the FDCI official website. 



Digital India Couture Week 2020



The official hashtag for the event is #DecodingCouture, and the event is graphically themed around “waves”, considering ‘digital’ is creating ripples in the fashion industry around the world. 



FDCI Chairman Sunil Sethi commented, “FDCI has been a frontrunner in establishing a fresh template, in tandem with the changing times. Couture has all the elements of fantasy, and as screens take over our lives, we hope to recreate the magic of this genre, with pure creativity.”


]]>
Luxury porcelain brand Richard Ginori makes an entry on WeChat http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6155 Richard Ginori Porcelain collection



September 3, 2020: Taking a new step into the digital world, Richard Ginori has landed on WeChat, the most widely used Chinese multi-functional platform around the world for chatting, browsing and e-commerce. With a monthly base of 1 billion active users on WeChat, the Italian brand will be making itself accessible to a wider set of audience. 



Richard Ginori is an Italian brand known for its luxury porcelain products since 1735 and this historic company will now be offering a unique experience through the innovative functionalities of this multipurpose platform. Features like sending weekly push messages in the form of articles with clickable content, animations, internal and external links to WeChat are integrated. A series of APIs have enabled other functions like user analyses, loyalty initiatives, social CRM and e-commerce. Users can comment on the published content, interact with the company, get information on Richard Ginori products and their availability in China. 



This account will allow access to real time insights to all the connoisseurs of the brand while increasing brand awareness and engagement with Chinese consumers. With a vision of approaching a younger and more connected audience, Richard Ginori’s brand narrative will enhance with the support of Chinese resources to fit the cultural model, seasonality, consumption trends and the aesthetic principles of the Chinese consumer.



Richard Ginori Porcelain collection



Richard Ginori further reinforces its competitiveness in the Chinese luxury market that, according to estimates, will have a total value of approximately 160 billion euros in 2025, with internal demand that will account for 50% of worldwide demand, and online sales of approximately 19 billion euros. 



Alain Prost, Chairman and CEO of Richard Ginori commented, “Richard Ginori is a brand with 285 years of history, projected into the future, both international and exclusive. In this view, the new account is strategic for our digital growth and to create a direct connection with the Chinese consumer. Our goal is to further introduce the Richard Ginori soul also in China, and we are certain that the opening of the account will help improve the dialogue and make the brand experience more enveloping and exciting. WeChat is, in fact, a direct and modern channel that allows us to offer a dynamic and interactive tool that puts access to our entire collection at the click of a fingertip."


]]>
Michael Kors’ Your Voice Matters campaign for 2020 elections makes a political statement http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6154 September 3, 2020: In an initiative to encourage voters to register and participate in the upcoming 2020 American presidential elections, Michael Kors has launched an exclusive campaign titled ‘Your Voice Matters’. For the campaign, Michael Kors will be releasing a special MICHAEL Michael Kors T-shirt and a Michael Kors Collection sweater. These will benefit the major American legal organization, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), fighting for racial justice. 



Michael Kors Your Voice Matters campaign tshirt



Exclusive to the United States, the T-shirt and sweater emphasise the campaign’s message: that no matter who you are, your voice, and your vote, can make a difference. The MICHAEL Michael Kors t-shirt comes at a retail price of $40, with the phrase “YOUR VOICE MATTERS” on the front and “VOTE” on the back. The Michael Kors Collection cashmere intarsia sweater, simply features “VOTE” and is priced at $850. All the profits from the sale of these special pieces will go to LDF. Michael Kors has partnered with Black-owned business FKSP, operated by African American fashion designer Folake Kuye Huntoon, to produce the t-shirts for the campaign. They will be manufactured in the FKSP factory in the Los Angeles fashion district. 



“Our greatest right and privilege as Americans is the right to have our voices heard,” says Michael Kors. “Voting is the ultimate way to make sure that your voice is not lost. These T-shirts and sweaters are a reminder for all Americans to vote and not let their voices be extinguished. It’s also an opportunity to raise money for legal and social justice.”



Michael Kors Your Voice Matters campaign Vote Sweater



Making a strong political statement in hopes to better the future of America, specially amidst the current tumultous time, the campaign will be showcased across online and offline platforms through the Fall season. The store windows at the Michael Kors Rockefeller Center Flagship Store will be specially designed for the initiative in the first week of September. 



The t-shirts will be available in select Michael Kors Lifestyle Stores and the sweater will be available in Michael Kors Collection Stores. Both the pieces can be bought online on MichaelKors.com. 


]]>
An iconic Tiffany Diamond has been recreated to shine in the upcoming movie ‘Death on the Nile’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6152 September 1, 2020: First made famous by Audrey Hepburn and last worn by Lady Gaga, the 128 carat Tiffany Diamond is all set to make a stunning appearance in the upcoming 20th Century Studios thriller movie ‘Death on the Nile’, based on Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel of the same name. 



Gal Gadot in Tiffany Diamond in Death on the Nile



The celebrated Tiffany Diamond is a rare yellow diamond which was uncovered in 1877 from the Kimberley Mines of South Africa. Procured by Charles Lewis Tiffany himself, the rough diamond was cut into a 128.54 carat in Paris. The storied, cushion-shaped jewel, set in a necklace, was worn by Audrey Hepburn for her promotional shots during Breakfast at Tiffany’s and later by Lady Gaga during Oscars 2019. Now, a recreation of this fiery diamond will reappear in the much awaited Death on the Nile. Gal Gadot, playing one of the most significant characters in the movie, can be seen flaunting the dazzling jewel.



“The Tiffany Diamond is a priceless symbol of the highest standards of virtuosity and craftsmanship at Tiffany, and rarely makes an appearance beyond its vault,” said Reed Krakoff, chief artistic officer. “A central role in the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel is deserving of our priceless diamond.”



A number of other jewelry pieces by Tiffany & Co. will be seen in the film. The luxury jewelry maker will be promoting the movie online as well as offline. Select Tiffany stores will offer a special ‘Death on the Nile’ curated collection of diamond-intensive jewelry based on the looks from the movie, including the exquisite Tiffany & Co. Victoria and Schlumberger designs. The store windows at Tiffany Flagship Next Door in New York, the Beverly Hills boutique in Los Angeles, and the Old Bond Street location in London will showcase the spirit of intrigue and mystery of Christie’s renowned novel, and also feature jewelry from the movie.



Death on the Nile, a Hercule Poirot mystery, stars Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Kenneth Branagh, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, and Letitia Wright. Set amid the undulating desert and pyramids of Egypt, the Tiffany Diamond is a perfect fit in the gilded and elegant world of impeccably dressed characters, who are caught amid a shocking turn of events.


]]>
Gauri Khan collaborates with Hèrmosa Design Studio for a new furniture line http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6151 September 1, 2020: In a creative collaboration, interior designer Gauri Khan will be designing an exclusive furniture line for Hermosa Design Studio, an Indian luxury and bespoke furniture company. 



Ms. Khan has successfully carved her niche in the realm of luxury interior design. This furniture line will see the combination of her elegant taste and unmatched sense of style and Hermosa’s prized craftsmanship. Pranjal Agarwal, CEO of Hèrmosa Design Studio, says, “It has been an honour to merge our distinct design ideologies for this exclusive collaboration. As an interior designer par excellence, Gauri Khan needs no introduction. The individuality of her design is something we’ve always looked up to, and we are excited to blend her elevated sense of aesthetics with Hèrmosa’s design philosophy for our collaborative line of furniture.” 



Hermosa Design Studio X Gauri Khan coasters



The teaser of the upcoming furniture line will be revealed in the premium coasters released on the eve of the brand’s second anniversary. The fusion of the dual logos on the coasters is a fitting metaphor for the melange of the two distinct design ideologies. 



The upcoming furniture line is attuned to the collective vision of India’s changing interior design landscape which is a blend of fashion, form and function. The furniture pieces are expected to be aspirational yet timeless in neutral tones which can fit into the cosmopolitan, contemporary lifestyles of today. 


]]>
Rolex launches new creations in Oyster Perpetual Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6150 September 1, 2020: Rolex has unveiled stellar new iterations in the Oyster Perpetual Collection, including Oyster Perpetual Submariner, Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, Oyster Perpetual Datejust, Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller and Oyster Perpetual 41. 



Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner 2020



The Oyster Perpetual Submariner and Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, professional divers’ watches, have been redesigned with a new 41 mm case and equipped with calibre 3230 and calibre 3235 respectively. The new Submariner – in Oystersteel – has a black dial and matching Cerachrom bezel insert. The first version of the Submariner Date is also made of Oystersteel with a black dial and green bezel insert. A second, yellow Rolesor version of the watch (combining Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold) has a royal blue dial and blue bezel insert. The third, 18 ct white gold version features a black dial and blue bezel insert. 



Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 2020



The new Oyster Perpetual Datejust edition watches are fitted with calibre 2236 and have a power reserve of 55 hours. The sunray-finish aubergine dial flaunts 18 ct white gold Roman numerals – with the VI set with 11 diamonds. Three other versions in fluted bezel are available in mint-green sunray finish dial, white lacquer dial and dark grey sunray finish dial. 



Rolex Oyster Perpetual 2020



Oyster Perpetual 41 and Oyster Perpetual 36 are two new models to the range and both are equipped with calibre 3230. The Oyster Perpetual 41 comes in silver, sunray-finish dial and a bright black, sunray-finish dial. The first version’s hour markers and hands come in 18 ct yellow gold while the second one is in 18 ct white gold. The Oyster Perpetual 36 flaunts a vibrant look with lacquer dials in five bright hues: candy pink, turquoise blue, yellow, coral red and green. These watches are fitted with an Oyster bracelet and an Oysterclasp with the Easylink comfort extension system – a first for the Oyster Perpetual range. The Chronergy escapement, developed and patented by Rolex, enables a power reserve of 70 hours.



Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky Dweller 2020



The Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is the first watch in the Classic category to boast a Rolex patented Oysterflex bracelet. Equipped with one of the most complex movements developed and manufactured by the watchmaker, calibre 9001, the watch has a power reserve of 72 hours. The 18 ct yellow gold version comes in bright black, sunray-finish dial and high-performance elastomer bracelet with an Oysterclasp and the Rolex Glidelock extension system for wrist comfort. 



These new novelties from Rolex carry the Superlative Chronometer Certification, satisfying all performance criteria exceeding watchmaking norms and standards in terms of precision, water-proofness, self-winding and power reserve. 


]]>
Bovet launches the second edition of the iconic Virtuoso VIII Tourbillon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6148 Bovet Virtuoso VIII Chapter 2 Tourbillon



August 31, 2020: The House of Bovet has come up with a second chapter to the Virtuoso VIII 10 Day, Flying Tourbillon, Big Date. Redesigning the iconic watch, it is inspired from the maison’s previous collections reflecting the artisanal craftsmanship and mechanical ingenuity. 



An amalgamation of Bovet’s two exemplary cases, the watch is housed in the Fleurier case with its crown and bow at 12 o’clock with an inclined crystal aperture on the 12-6 o’clock axis, reminiscent of the Dimier collection’s writing slope case. The caliber, or the movement of the watch, is manufactured in Bovet’s workshops and showcases the technical prowess of the House of Bovet. The arms flying over the tourbillon are polished and rounded off and the bridges on both the sides are embellished with a “Côtes de Genève” circular motif. The single barrel provides a 10 day power reserve. 



Bovet Virtuoso VIII Chapter 2 Tourbillon



The dial, made of blue aventurine glass, forms the horizontal number eight symbolizing luck, perfection and infinity. Reducing space between the units’ disk and hours’ disk optimizes readability and the ease of date correction is enabled by a simple press on the crown positioned at the 12 o’clock. The ingenious spherical differential winding system ensures lesser friction between gears during the full winding of the spring required for the 10 days power reserve. 



Available in limited edition of 50 pieces, the Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two is an exquisite reflection of Bovet’s extraordinary dedication and unparalleled watchmaking.


]]>
The Art Institute of Chicago presents its latest exhibition ‘Monet and Chicago’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6147 Apples and Grapes by Claude Monet



August 31, 2020: Titled ‘Monet and Chicago’, the Art Institute of Chicago will be presenting a special exhibition of the world renowned French painter Claude Monet. Known as the Father of Impressionism, the exhibition honors the painter’s connection with Chicago. 



This interrelation started when Chicago-based business and philanthropist couple Bertha and Potter Palmer acquired 20 paintings by Monet in 1891 and influenced several private collectors. The Art Institute of Chicago hosted the artist’s first solo collection called 20 Works by Claude Monet in the United States in the year 1895. It featured the Apple Trees in Blossom (1872) purchased by the Union League Club of Chicago. The Institute’s 1995 exhibition Claude Monet: 1840–1926 broke all the previous attendance and sales records. A detailed research for each one of the projects has been compiled in the Monet Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, a groundbreaking digital scholarly catalogue published in the year 2014. 



Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet



The latest exhibition Monet and Chicago offers meaningful insights into the painter’s extraordinary techniques and materials, which will help viewers understand Monet’s creative process. Seventy artworks from the institute’s holdings as well as Chicago-based collections, comprising a diverse range of paintings from still lifes, landscapes, early caricatures made at Le Havre to the last spectacular canvases inspired by his garden and water lily pond at Giverny, will be on display for this exhibition. The Art Institute of Chicago has redesigned a powerful and intimate experience while promoting social distancing. The exhibition will have a virtual line upon arrival in the museum. 



Irises by Claude Monet



More information on member access and general admission is available on the Institute’s website.


]]>
MB&F and L'Epée 1839 launch the exquisite limited edition Trinity Clock http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6146 MB&F Trinity Clock Green



August 27, 2020: MB&F has teamed up with L'Epée 1839 yet again to create a limited edition clock titled ‘Trinity’. The announcement of their 13th collaboration comes during the Geneva Watch Days, a multi-brand watch event held from August 26 to 29, 2020, where top Swiss brands showcase their newest creations in their showrooms. 



The mechanical clock Trinity gets its name from its components: three insect-like legs, three insect-eye spheres and three movement levels comprising the creature’s mechanical body. Trinity clock is also the third in the trilogy of half animal-half robot creations called ‘Robocreatures’ which is a three-way collaboration between MB&F, L'Epée and designer Maximilian Maertens. Maertens first creation in the series T-Rex was inspired by dinosaurs of Jurassic Park and he has continued the same theme even for Trinity. The idea for the clock was inspired by the mosquito caught in amber which provides the DNA to genetically craft new dinosaurs. But for the main design, he decided to mimic a water strider insect with hydrophobic legs. “It feels much like a levitating insect walking over the water,” Mr. Maertens explains, “and this inspired me to create something that looks very delicate.”



MB&F Trinity Clock blue movement



The clock has an optical time display where two concentric rotating disks denote hours and minutes. The time on this unique dial can be read through the magnifying optical mineral glass spheres. The dials make one full rotation every 36 hours. With a power reserve of 8 days, the mechanical movement of the clock, designed and manufactured in-house by L'Epée 1839, is a beacon of fine Swiss clock-making. The water strider body of the clock is made of plated brass, optical mineral glass and fluorescent acrylic shields. It requires manual winding with a double-ended key to set the time and wind the movement. 



MB&F Trinity Clock Red Close Up



Trinity has three limited editions of 50 pieces each in Neon Green, Neon Red and Neon Blue. It is available at their online shop at a retail price of CHF 22,500 + VAT. 


]]>
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2020 to commence on August 30, 2020 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6145 Rolex Maxi Yacht Race 2020



August 27, 2020: One of the biggest events of the international yachting season, the Maxi Yacht  Rolex Cup 2020 will be held from August 30, 2020 to September 4, 2020. The Swiss watchmaker has been an active partner to yachting since the 1950s while its partnership with the Maxi Rolex Cup, and its organisers Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), came into prominence in the 1980s. 



The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2020 is an exciting and an elite regatta featuring first class competitors, challenging circumstances and also showcases impressive latest monohull yacht design and technology, all set against the picturesque backdrop of Porto Cervo in Italy. The fleet is categorized by its length and style. With victory being the ultimate focus, the determined Maxi owners engage in a fierce competition against equally adept crews in their class. 



Rolex Testimonee and United States sailing legend Paul Cayard, who has competed in the event for 30 years, commented, “As sailors, we love coming to compete – the winds, the sea, the spectacular scenery around the Sardinian coast and the organizational capacity of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda make it second to none. The entirety of the package makes it a must do for the world’s top sailors. It is the best big-boat event on the circuit.” 



Rolex Maxi Yacht Race 2020



Another former Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup competitor and Rolex Testimonee, the four time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie, highlights the regatta’s natural fit with Rolex’s values. “Precision and excellence are core to the overall performance in sailing from a sporting perspective and this is no more so than at the Maxi Yacht Cup. There is a clear and common link with the ideals Rolex stands for.”



This year, given the pandemic, the fleet will be much smaller compared to its previous years. However, the consecutive five-day racing event is touted to be as enthralling and intense with powerful yachts sailing through the narrow passages and rocky outcrops. 


]]>
Celebrated Indian designer JJ Valaya launches e-commerce site http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6144 August 27, 2020: Notable Indian fashion designer JJ Valaya has launched his e-commerce site valaya.com, thereby renewing his niche in the digital world after 10 years. 



JJ Valaya Luxury Fashion



“In the mid 90s, we were perhaps one of the first Indian fashion houses to launch a website at a time when the world had only just been introduced to the wonders of the internet. Over time, our focus shifted to brick-and-mortar stores and the expansion of the brand, and our virtual world took a back seat. Now, after nearly a decade, valaya.com comes back in an all-new avatar. The website was always a part of my post-sabbatical plans, the only change being that it now precedes the launch of our flagship experience, the WORLD OF JJ VALAYA, in early 2021,” says Mr. Valaya.



Bridging the gap between the online and offline worlds, the online store will offer a complete bespoke experience to not just patrons who are in the comfort of their homes, but also to a global audience. The online site will feature several new collections. 



JJ Valaya Indian Luxury Fashion



The Tabriz 2019-2020 is a tribute to the Persian culture ranging from the 16th to 19th century. Divided into three collections, it blends Persian intricacies with the brand’s themes of royal legacy, nomadic spirit and Art Deco glamour. The Shifting Leaves Chevron collection is inspired from Rajasthani motif of chevrons, found in Rajasthani architecture as well as the Art Deco movement. The house will present a limited-edition collection every year with the designs and patterns inspired by it. 



The accessories collection features an exquisite assortment of add-ons for both men and women. Fashion jewelry in association with Swarovski, silk scarves and the newly launched Valaya Phoenix Belt are available in the women's section. The men’s segment includes fine silk pocket squares, inlay buttons and cufflinks in gold-plated silver, handcrafted footwear, turbans, stoles, as well as the Phoenix Belt. Customers can also order bespoke pieces from the men’s capsule collection titled ‘Jhalamand House’ comprising linen and cotton shirts and kurtas. 



JJ Valaya jacket



Women can personalize their brand new IKA jacket, a younger sibling of the Valaya classic Alika jacket from 2010. Right from choosing the fabric to the patterns, the store will offer a rich customized experience. Showcasing the Valaya ethos, the magnificent online store will be elegant as well as cutting edge.


]]>
Rolls Royce announces a new, millennial brand identity http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6143 Rolls Royce new brand colours



August 26, 2020: Coming up with a refreshing new brand identity, British automobile company Rolls Royce has decided to redefine itself which will be more attuned to its changing clientele. Partnering with Pentagram, a renowned multi-disciplinary design studio, the luxury brand is recreating the new identity that transcends beyond being the ‘Best Car in the World’. 



One of the most significant changes in this rebranding is redesigning of the Rolls Royce logo. The iconic Spirit of Ecstasy figurine which has always been on the prow will now become the primary logo of the company. A recognisable mark of British luxury and perfection, which was designed by Charles Sykes, the enigmatic emblem has undergone a stellar reinterpretation. Facing right instead of left, the icon depicts the bold vision towards the future and depicts quiet strength. 



Rolls Royce new Spirit of Ecstasy



Marina Willer, partner at Pentagram, commented, "The use of the Spirit of Ecstasy marks a shift in the resonance of the brand – from an automotive to a lifestyle context. She commands an aspirational quality in the luxury sphere and by placing her at the centre of the visual language, the Spirit of Ecstasy can now be interpreted as the muse for the marque, in addition to the motor cars themselves." The Spirit of Ecstasy expression has taken a much more versatile and a fluid form which can be used for engravings, projections, embroidered pieces in physical as well as digital form. 



In the past, the color scheme of Rolls Royce was based on brown and slate palettes. With changing times, the brand wanted striking but luxurious hues that would appeal to both men and women. The new brand identity will now have purple as the central color, called the Purple Spirit, signifying power and future of luxury. It will be complemented by metallic Rose Gold that will be used in digital form and also for items of longevity. Pentagram has also changed the typeface of the brand from Gil Sans Alt to a new font called Riviera Nights. Letters are capitalised and each of them look more crafted. 



Rolls Royce new brand font and logo



With so many new changes made, the brand however, has decided to keep its double R monogram unchanged. A symbol of excellence and a beacon of the brand’s founding fathers, the monogram has replaced the Badge of Honor on collateral. The wordmark ‘Rolls Royce Motor Cars’ has also been altered with the words ‘Motor Cars’ reduced in size, with an art-deco style showcasing a more refined and whispering power of the contemporary Rolls Royce. 



The new identity of the Rolls Royce will come into effect on September 1, 2020. 


]]>
Gucci introduces its newest 2020 Decor Collection ‘Souvenir From Rome’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6142 August 26, 2020: The latest Gucci Decor Collection titled ‘Souvenir From Rome’ is a reflection of Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s eclectic, romantic aesthetic. Integrating a number of motifs from the House’s repertoire, including blooms and creatures, the decor collection is a melange of colors, patterns and texts. Comprising furniture pieces, furnishings and decorative items, the collection is inspired by the Musei Capitolini of Rome which was also the venue for House’s Cruise 2020 collection. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome



Made 100% in Italy with extraordinary craftsmanship, the porcelain assortment includes an ashtray in a square and star design, a porcelain circular box, a candle holder with lid in porcelain, a folding metal table, a circular metal tray, wallpaper and a folding screen. The patterns are first hand-painted to get the opulent, marble effect and then put into production. Every piece, except the porcelain ashtray which has the GG script, has “Souvenir From Rome” inscribed on it. A celebration of Italian culture, the porcelain used in this collection is produced by renowned 18th century Florentine company, Richard Ginori. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome Mickey Mouse cup



Bringing contemporary sophistication, the collection has cloches, an antique and elegant piece to add to the dining table. Engraved with phrases like  “Gucci Orgasmique” or “Maison de l’Amour”, they come in five different handles featuring animals and designs taken from the House archive: a hare, hand, snake, wolf and pomegranate. They can also be personalized with initials. An Asian tea cup with green Herbarium pattern, and a black “Maison de l’Amour” coffee pot are also a part of the table service collection. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome cushion



Celebrating the Chinese New Year 2020 - the year of the rat, the famous Mickey Mouse makes an appearance on a porcelain mug with lid and a round porcelain box. Introducing a multitude of patterns from florals to rainbows, newer reinterpretations like a red and green apple formed by two interlocked G’s add to the pop-art element. 



Blankets and cushions in Tartan prints in various colors as well as GG motif in diagonal stripes or in surrealist square shaped clouds in blue or green are also present. New wallpapers in different designs and iconic house patterns like a multicolour macro isometric GG print with a 70s look or a toile de Jouy pattern comprising an 18th-century pastoral landscape will add a bold statement to a modern space. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome yellow plate



For an accent piece, the collection features hinged folding high and low screens. The low screen made in metal, has three panels, has a fabric characterized by a design featuring Una Woodruff’s artwork ‘Hua Fish’. Another metal-made low screen flaunts the G squared cloud pattern in velvet. The high screen is made in wood and has a black velvet covering. It has multicoloured rising stars pattern, the star and eye print embroidered at the top of the central panel, while the back is plain black, with the star and eye print again embroidered at the top of the central panel. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome butterfly floral cup



The seasonal collection reflects consistency even in its unusual patterns and combinations, ensuring seamless blending for those who wish to add these pieces to their previous collections. The Souvenir From Rome collection is available in Gucci flagship stores and boutiques. It is also available online at gucci.com and in select specialty stores. 


]]>
Christie’s to auction iconic dresses from the wardrobes of Kylie Minogue, Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham & more http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6140 August 24, 2020: Christie’s is hosting an online charity auction with Telegraph’s Stella Magazine. This fundraising sale for Smart Works, a UK based organization that helps unemployed women by providing job interview training and free clothes, will comprise 33 lots. Each one is an iconic outfit donated by very significant woman that represents a notable memory, an achievement or a moment in their individual fashion journeys.



Alexander McQueen silk organza layered chiffon dress Christies auction



The 33 high-profile donors include the likes of Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, Lara Stone and Kylie Minogue to name a few. 



The auction features remarkable items like the Jane Birkin's iconic Black Togo Leather Birkin 35 (estimate: £8,000-10,000) and Dame Helena Morrissey's Alexander McQueen gown (estimate: £10,000-15,000), worn to the Soiree d’Or dinner in 2011, and part of the legendary designer’s final 2010 collection.



Hermes leather Birkin 35 with rose gold hardware Christies auction



Other highlights of the sale are two of Victoria Beckham's black bustiers (estimate: £700-1,000); Kate Moss's vintage jumpsuit worn to Moët Impérial's 150th Anniversary at the Château de Saran, France, May 2019 (estimate: £500-800); Dame Twiggy Lawson’s Tommy Nutter suit, 1971 (estimate: £800-1,200), of the same design as she wore on the cover of her debut album; and Ralph & Russo's silver liquid velvet asymmetric dress worn by Kylie Minogue to the Royal Academy Summer Party in 2019 (estimate: £2,000-3,000). 



Tom Ford blue silk fringe dress Christies auction



Kate Stephens, the CEO of Smart Works, commented, “Passing on a treasured possession to help another woman succeed is a powerful concept and one we passionately believe in at Smart Works. All proceeds from the incredible pieces in this auction will help give women across the UK the toolkit they need to transform their lives. As we navigate this pandemic, we know more women than ever before will need our support and it’s been wonderful to see our community come together to help us during this time.”



Victoria Beckham One William Tempest Black Bustiers Christies auction



This charity auction is now live here and will close on September 15, 2020.


]]>
Soneva introduces new Conscious Experience in all three resorts in Maldives & Thailand http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6139 Soneva Fushi Garden to Table Conscious Experience



August 24, 2020: Centered around sustainable philosophy and practices, Soneva Resorts has announced new conscious experiences in Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand. 



Soneva Fushi’s ocean adventure, titled ‘Fishing is a Family Matter’ allows guests to have a first-hand sustainable fishing experience with the Maldivian fisherman Rocket who has been a long-time fish supplier for the resort. The catch of the day by the guests is then prepared back at the resort. Another program called the Wildlife Explorer experience is a guided expedition along the island trails for those who wish to discover the flora and fauna, read animal tracks and names of every plant and animal spotted in Dhivehi. The Wildlife Explorer badge at the end of the experience is certainly rewarding. 



Soneva Fushi Slow Life Coconut Oil Conscious Experience



Other two experiences are the Namoona Island Visit and the Slow Life Journey. Here the guests get a closer look at the eco-conscious efforts of the island like recycling and how Soneva Fushi makes the best out of the island’s coconuts such as making compost or even coconut oil. The unique highlights are having refreshments at a Soneva Host’s family and weaving out of screw pine leaves along with learning permaculture and hand-picking ingredients in the organic gardens for a three-course meal. 



Soneva Jani has numerous experiences for ocean and marine life enthusiasts. The Turtle On Call experience is an up and close experience to witness sea turtle activity during the stay. Guests can see turtles laying their eggs, with the tiny hatchlings making their way into the ocean, and they can also help the turtles stuck in the middle of the island back into the sea. The Marine Conservation Expedition allows guests to volunteer for cleaning the beach or taking surveys to gain data on micro-plastic and coral bleaching. The Coral Planting experience is a very unique initiative for rehabilitation of coral reefs. Guests are taken out on a platform in the lagoon where the ready coral fragments attached to the frame are lowered into the bottom of the lagoon. Every six months guests are updated about the progress of the coral pieces which are later used as donor reef colonies. 



Soneva Fushi Wilderness exploration Conscious Experience



Soneva Kiri offers the Mangrove Paddle-Boarding Experience where guests can paddle the shoreline and explore the unique ecosystem of Koh Kood’s mangrove forests. Turtles, nesting birds and fish are spotted during this expedition. For those with an artistic side, the DIY Workshop at the Den is the place to paint a t-shirt, decorate a bag or design a photo frame as a souvenir. 



Soneva’s holistic approach by blending luxuriousness with an ecologically conscious philosophy makes the guest experience relaxing as well as meaningful.


]]>
Bonhams to display Chinese embellishments dating back to more than 2,000 years http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6137 Chinese headband for auction



August 21, 2020: From intricate earrings to remarkable headbands, Bonhams New York is presenting a spectacular collection of Chinese ornaments on September 21, 2020. There are 63 lots in total comprising accessories like earrings, necklaces, bangles, ear cups and mat weights in gold, silver and bronze. 



The first 50 lots are from the collection of well-known Los Angeles based artist and designer Robert Kuo. Offering pieces from antiquity as well as modern interpretations of classic designs in jewelry and adornments, Kuo’s collection shows his discerning eye for objects spanning across all eras and also the aesthetic appeal in Chinese history. 



Chinese embellishments for auction Bonhams



Other lots reflect high regard for gold and silver and also acute craftsmanship among Chinese aristocracy and the imperial family. The two highlights from the sale - a rare inlaid gilt bronze belt hook (estimate: US$6000–8000), and a fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook (estimate: US$20,000–30,000) - showcase the engraving and gilding from the Warring States Period (475 BC- 221 BC). The pair of gold ‘bird’ earrings (estimate US$3,000–5,000) and a pair of gold bracelets (US$8,000–12,000) from the Song dynasty era (960-1279) reflect the aesthetic of the natural world and simple elegance of that period. 



Chinese bracelet for auction Bonhams



The Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1636-1912) era ornaments were resplendent and luxurious, reminiscent of the imperial aura which is reflected in the a pair of gold ‘figural’ earring pendants (US$8,000–12,000), which dangle in complex elegance; as well as in a gold dragon bracelet (estimate US$8,000–12,000). The concluding lot includes 12 pieces from different private collections, one of the pieces being a stellar phoenix gold headband from Mid to late Qing Dynasty (US$180,000–220,000). 



Chinese marble torso of Buddha for auction Bonhams



Bonhams will also be hosting an afternoon session on Chinese Paintings and Works of Art sale comprising artworks like a rare Marble Torso of The Buddha Tang Dynasty (estimate: US$200,000–300,000) Qi Baishi (1862-1957); Narcissus, Rock And Quail (estimate: US$80,000–120,000); a Massive Sancai Glazed Pottery Figure of a Camel Tang Dynasty (estimate: US$80,000–120,000), and; a rare Imperial Gilt-Lacquered Bronze ‘Phoenix’ Vase, Qianlong Mark And of The Period (estimate: US$70,000–100,000).


]]>
Swarovski presents the Wonder Woman Collection with Warner Bros. & DC http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6136 Wonder Woman Swarovski jewelry



August 21, 2020: As an ode to one of the most adored and powerful superheroes, Swarovski has created a stellar new jewelry collection titled ‘Wonder Woman’. In partnership with Warner Bros. and DC, Swarovski is launching the collection globally on August 21, 2020, ahead of the release of Wonder Woman 1984, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2017 movie Wonder Woman. 



Wonder Woman Swarovski jewelry



An inspiration for women around the world, Wonder Woman symbolizes femininity, strength and determination and is known for personifying the inner hero in her own distinctive style. The latest Swarovski x Wonder Woman Collection reinterprets her iconic golden armor and eagle wings with signature Swarovski craftsmanship. 



The Fit Wonder Woman Cuff, the versatile Fit Wonder Woman Hoop earrings and the Fit Wonder Woman Necklace flaunt the iconic Swarovski pavé. The collection also features Fit Wonder Woman Double Ring, Fit Wonder Woman Bracelet and Fit Wonder Woman Tassel Earrings. The Wonder Woman logo is present on all the jewelry pieces of the ensemble. 



Wonder Woman Swarovski jewelry



This impressive collection is a celebration of strength, style and endurance of women across the globe.


]]>
Christie’s to Auction Prince & Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan’s private collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6135 August 21, 2020: The remarkable private collection of Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan will be presented by Christie’s on October 1, 2020. The collection display in their former home, the Bellerive Castle, had been entrusted to prominent French interior designer Henri Samuel. 



Prince & Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Christie's auction



Patrons of philanthropy, the couple was always at the forefront of environmental protection as well as cultural preservation at significant sites like the European Alps and Egyptian temples. The outstanding private collection in the Bellerive Castle depicts their open-culture and universal approach towards arts. From fascinating objects dating back to centuries and each one with a rich cultural history, the collection also features commissioned paintings and other artworks from eminent artists who were friends with the couple. 



The remarkable ensemble comprises furniture pieces like a pair of royal armchairs from the era of late George III (€20,000-40,000) and an early 16th century Gothic Tapestry (€40,000-60,000). Contemporary creations include a pair of patinated and gilded bronze candelabra by Claude Lalanne (each estimated at €60,000-80,000). The highlights of the collection are artworks like Guitare et compotier sur un guéridon, gouache and graphite on paper from 1929 (€180,000-220,000) by Pablo Picasso alongside a portrait of the horse Mahmoud IV by Sir Alfred James Munnings (€200,000-300,000). 



Henri Samuel’s juxtaposition of all the objects and artworks is a symphony of associations and contrasts. Orientalist paintings like Femme orientale allongée entourée d'un lion et d'un esclave executed by Henrich Faust (€10,000-15,000), are paired with Bohemian crystal carafes, poufs covered with luxurious Iranian textiles and Japanese furniture carefully curated by the illustrious French interior designer himself. 



Prince & Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Christie's auction



François Curiel, Christie’s Chairman Europe, commented, “It is Christie’s honour to have been entrusted with such a wonderful project, to make this magnificent collection known to the public, and pay tribute to Prince Sadruddin and Princess Catherine Aga Khan as well as to the many good causes they supported dearly over decades.” 



An exhibition will be held from September 26, 2020 to September 30, 2020 with a live auction on October 1, 2020 at 2 pm. The online sale at www.christies.com is from September 23, 2020 to October 6, 2020.


]]>
Nature Morte & Vadehra Art Gallery present a virtual art exhibit highlighting our surreal future http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6134 Nature Morte Vadehra Art Gallery Arjun Sawhney Art Show



August 21, 2020: Curated by Arjun Sawnhey, managing director of The Communication Council & Green Goose Design, a new virtual art show is a first-of-its-kind creative partnership between India’s two very distinguished art galleries: Nature Morte and Vadehra Art Gallery. The month-long exhibit is being organised from August 20 to September 20, 2020. 



Nature Morte Vadehra Art Gallery Arjun Sawhney Art Show



Titled ‘Future Is Not Fixed’, it is a series of artworks that depict the uncertainty of our future and the anxiety that comes with it. Reflecting the unfamiliar inner and outer worlds, the sense of isolation and the besmirched notions of the past and the future have ignited the artworks in this exhibit. Mr. Sawnhey comments in his curatorial note, “This show is an attempt to illustrate these feelings as we live through this point in history. This is the reality of today and this is the truth. The future is not fixed. Not at all anymore.”



Nature Morte Vadehra Art Gallery Arjun Sawhney Art Show



The presentation displays excellent pieces of art from 24 prominent artists including Bharti Kher, Subodh Gupta, Thukral & Tagra, Dhruvi Acharya, Anju Dodiya, Gigi Scaria, Jitish Kallat, Riyas Komu and many more. These works display themes of fear, loneliness and spiritual connection in times like these to mythological influences and personal experiences, to name a few. 



Nature Morte Vadehra Art Gallery Arjun Sawhney Art Show



The exhibit can be viewed online at NatureMorte.com and VadehraArt.com.


]]>
Christie’s announces Charity Auction for Beirut’s cultural community http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6133 August 20, 2020: In an effort to aid the artists and the cultural community of Beirut who suffered devastating losses due to two massive explosions that rocked the city on August 4, 2020, Christie’s will be staging a charity auction under the name ‘We Are All Beirut’. The online auction will be held from late October to the first half of November 2020. 



Middle Eastern artwork Christies



Christie’s has been long associated with Lebanese art and feels strongly about coming together to aid the artists. Michael Jeha, Chairman of Christie’s Middle East commented, “Lebanese art has been at the heart of our Middle Eastern auctions since 2006 and Christie’s feels a deep sense of responsibility to be part of the global efforts to help rebuild Beirut, a city so rich in culture. We have been so affected by the solidarity shown and the sincere wishes to help that Christie’s has received in the past week.” 



This auction will feature 40 to 50 lots of regional and international art, watches, jewellery and designs, confirms Caroline Louca-Kirkland, Managing Director Christie’s Middle East. This initiative will help in supporting the cultural scene of Beirut including historical landmarks of the city like the Sursock Museum. 



Guillaume Cerutti, CEO of Christie’s, has urged all the international clients, collectors and friends to contribute to this cause. He commented, “Seeing the images of devastation…will always remain in all our collective memory and our thoughts are with all families, friends and artists who have lost so much. We hope to raise enough funds with this initiative to make a significant difference. My deepest thank you to all who have already committed or inquired about what Christie’s plans are to help rebuild the artistic community of Beirut.” 



Christie’s first charity sale ‘Camel Caravan Charity Auction’, which was held in the Middle East in 2004, raised $1.3 million/AED 4.7 million. In June 2019, a sale titled ‘Art of Al Balad’ was held in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Raising $1.3 million/SAR 4.7 million, the funds helped in building a new heritage museum at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jeddah’s Historical District. 


]]>
Miller Harris & MQueens Flowers create an exquisite Candle Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6132 August 20, 2020: Luxury brand Miller Harris’ MD, Sarah Rotherham, has teamed up with florist brand McQueens  to make a limited edition scented candle collection. Inspired deeply by the unique floral scents in the McQueens Flower workshop, each candle in the collection is redolent of different floral notes. 



Miller Harris McQueens Flowers Candle collaboration



Available in three variants, these mood enhancing candles are evocative of the atmospheric elements of the flower shop but still reminiscent of the freshness of flowers and foliage. 



The Green Stem candle has herby tones from the foliage along with aromatic lavender, together creating a tranquil scent. The top notes are Bergamot, Green Stem, Dew, Humus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Angelica, Pistachier. The Heart Notes are Water Lily, Muguet, Orris and the lasting Impressions are Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber, Musk, Moss. 



Exuding a verdant fragrance from the trimmed stems, the Water Wood Candle has top notes of Bergamot, Artemisia, Olibanum, Humus, Hay. The middle notes are Lavender, Orris and the base notes are Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber. 



Miller Harris McQueens Flowers Candle collaboration



The Petal Storm candle is enriched with the scent of white florals with pink pepper on a base of amber and musk. With middle tones of Water Lily, Wisteria, Gardenia and Muguet, the candle’s moist and delicate fragrance is alluring. 



Priced at £65 each, these candles are ideal for creating a serene vibe. 


]]>
Good Earth launches Pre-Festive 2020 Capsule collection titled ‘Savannah’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6131 Good earth home decor style



August 20, 2020: Exploring the allure of the brilliantly vivid African flora and fauna and the untamed allure of the Savannah grasslands, Good Earth has created a Pre-Festive 2020 Collection under the name ‘Savannah’. This stunning capsule collection reflects the rustic elements redolent of the magical jungles of the culturally rich continent. 



Good earth home decor lanterns



The Savannah Tea & Coffee range depicts the African wildlife through stylised hand-drawn motifs. Fashioned from fine bone china with 24K pure gold detailing, these stunning tea and coffee sets perfectly capture the essence of indigenous wildlife like giraffes and elephants trudging past Baobab trees or a reposing leopard under a tree. 



Good earth home decor tea set



The Savannah Decor Accents are made out of recycled brass and draw inspiration from the verdant foliage. Bringing earthy sophistication to modern interiors, the lanterns, votives, cushion covers patterned with flowers, lemurs and elephants are elegant as well as bucolic. 



Good earth kaftans



The collection also features apparel in bold hues, nature-inspired patterns and flowy, soft silhouettes in lightweight silk, cotton and linen. Breezy kaftans in hand-block and discharge prints and print-on-print dresses in bright colors make the perfect combination for relaxed yet stylish. 



Good earth relaxed fashion



This capsule collection is now available in all Good Earth stores and also at the online boutique


]]>
Aman launches new wellness programmes aimed towards optimal health http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6130 August 18, 2020: Bringing together advanced scientific and medicinal knowledge with age-old wellness rituals, the latest wellness programmes announced by Aman are designed to boost the body’s immune system. Personalized for every guest and keeping in mind all the factors that affect immunity, like seasonal changes, personal hygiene and nutritional habits, these wellness programmes are unifying in their approach and aim to achieve optimal health for the guests. 



Available at Aman’s resorts worldwide, we list some interesting programmes. 



Amanera Dominican Republic spa



Harnessing the healing powers of the Ayurveda in the tranquil Amanbagh, a Mughal era hunting lodge, the Ayurveda Immune Support Retreat focuses on inner balance and longevity of good health. The resident Ayurveda physician offers a private consultation with the guest on the day of arrival. After that, the programme entails yoga sessions with a trained in-house yoga instructor, immune-boosting shots and herbal teas, morning walks, Ayurveda spa treatments like a special herbal oil massage called abhyanga. Available from March 12 to December 20, 2020, this retreat includes healthy and delicious meals prepared from the fresh local produce grown in Amanbagh’s sprawling two acres organic vegetable garden. 



The Holistic Immune Support Retreat, available year-round, can be accessed at Amanera, Dominican Republic; Amanemu, Japan; and Amanjena, Marrakech. Apart from the yoga and meditation sessions and herbal juices, this programme has special 90-minute balancing facial and feet reflexology treatment. The highlight of the Holistic Immune Support Retreat is the waning moon ritual. The waning moon is considered the time to let go of any distressing emotional imbalances and build a strong immune response system. Guests are offered an herbal tea made of guanábana and limoncillo, followed by a mint-ocean salt exfoliation treatment. Placing medicinal cataplasms or poultices on abdomen and a facial drainage massage using Lariman stone additionally help in relieving stress and bolstering immunity. 



amanbagh India spa



The Amanemu, Japan includes the traditional Toji Bathing while the Amanjena, Marrakech boasts a marble Hammam where all the special treatments take place. 



With spectacular views of the glistening Tokyo skyline, the 2,500 square meters of spa at Aman Tokyo offers the perfect escape to all its guests right in the middle of bustling urban life. The specially designed Ginger Tea journey is a unique feature of the New Immune Support Spa Treatments, where the guest is enveloped in wrap made of Japanese pepper and the warm ginger tea is smoothly poured over the body. It results in relieving stress from the tightened muscles. Followed by a relaxing full body massage with pepper oil and herbal ball compress, the treatment aids in amplifying immunity. Available year-round, guests can also opt for acupuncture and Shiatsu. 



Amanbagh India ayurveda



The Aman Wellness Programmes are not only holistic, they also incorporate the regional and local wellness and health related practices to give their guests the best retreat experience. The programmes have been tailored in a way that physical and mental well-being reach the perfect balance. Reviving and soothing at the same time, Aman has carefully blended the two elements coupled with the idyllic environs of its resorts. For more details on wellness programmes in other Aman locations, please visit their website.


]]>
Christie’s announces Deep Impact: Lunar and Rare Meteorites Sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6129 August 18, 2020: The Christie’s Deep Impact: Lunar and Rare Meteorites Sale has put up for auction some extraordinary curios from outside our planet. The auction is being held between August 12 to 25, 2020. 



Lunar sphere Christie's auction



One of the most coveted items for sale is the largest lunar sphere on Earth. A piece of the moon was released into the space following an impact on the lunar surface. This lunar meteorite is shaped in the form of a moon and is one of the few meteorites that is very similar to the 400kg of material brought to Earth by the Apollo astronauts. It has a diameter of 98 mm (4 inches) and is priced approximately between $300,000 to $500,000. Apart from this lunar sphere, the sale also has a smaller lunar sphere at an estimated price of $15,000 to $20,000 and also a lunar jewelry piece embellished with gemstones at an estimated price of $25,000 to $35,000. 



The Lake Murray meteorite is another fascinating item up for auction. Boasting an alluring crystalline pattern, this meteorite emerged from the molten core of an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter. Found covered in Antler Sandstone of the Lower Cretaceous Period, this meteorite is touted to have landed on Earth’s surface 110 million years ago, before even the earliest human evolution. 



extraterrestrial gems from space Christie's auction



The sale also features a large partial slice of Pallasite, known as the most beautiful extraterrestrial substance, from the collection of renowned meteorite hunter Robert Haag. The slab for auction, the Esquel Pallasite, is eight inches across and contains translucent olivine crystals colored in amber and emerald. It also features the semi-precious gem-quality Peridot, the birthstone for the month of August. Constituting only 0.2% of all meteorites, this rare and exotic specimen of the Esquel meteorite is priced between $15,000 to $25,000. 



The sale has different items from the Macovich Collection, one of them being an oriented heat shield parabolic meteorite at an estimated price of $40,000 to $60,000. Other specimens are the Gibeon Iron Meteorite (estimate: $40,000 to $60,000) in the form of a tabletop structure known for its unusual shape. 



Gibeon meteorite Christie's auction



There are three other lots in the auction that comprise  the oldest matter mankind can touch, one with over 70 amino acids from outer space (estimate: between $12,000-18,000); two specimens from the largest meteorite shower since civilization (estimate: $15,000-30,000); five specimens with extraterrestrial gemstones – including one with nanodiamonds (estimate: between $4,000-25,000); a slice of a meteorite from Meteor Crater, Arizona (estimate: $2,500-3,500) and the main mass of the New York meteorite ($25,000-40,000). 



peridot moon pendant Christie's auction



With so many exceedingly striking celestial lots, this auction has something to appeal to every collector. 


]]>
MB&F & MAD Gallery announce Frank Buchwald’s final Nixie Machine III http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6128 MB&F MAD gallery Frank Buchwald Nixie Clock III



August 17, 2020: The third and the last of the Nixie Machine series is now on display at the MAD Galleries located in Geneva, Dubai, Hong Kong and Taipei. Made out of Nixie tubes, the sculptural cyberpunk style table clock is designed by Frank Buchwald. 



The cold cathode display clock, where the numerals are displayed with a glow discharge, first came out in the 1950s. Frank Buchwald’s latest creation takes it a notch higher with the intricate manual craftsmanship that went into the design and construction of this unique clock. Manufactured by Dalibor Farny, the Nixie Machine III is made of six Nixie tubes, each filled with low-pressure, neon-based gas. The wire mesh anodes and cathodes for every number are enclosed in the tube. Once supplied with power, the numerals light up in orange. 



MB&F MAD gallery Frank Buchwald Nixie Clock III



The apparatus is placed on a stainless steel duo-support bracket with all components polished and hand-sanded. The central switch at the core, illuminated in blue, resembles an other-worldly blue eye. 



The clock is autonomous and can work online as well as offline. However, the WiFi enabled electronics at the center of the machine ensures accurate time displays without manual interference. Other aspects like time zone setting, scroll effects and day/night mode can be set up online. 



MB&F MAD gallery Frank Buchwald Nixie Clock III



Frank Buchwald has been long associated with MAD Galleries when his creation “Machine Lights” was inaugurated at MAD Gallery in Geneva. MB&F founder Maximilian Busser was inspired by his work and so Buchwald’s work became a permanent exhibit across MAD Galleries. The first two editions of his Nixie Machines were launched in 2015 and 2017 respectively. He has maintained the sci-fi element for his final version of the Nixie Machine III. These sculptural clocks are priced at CHF 32,000 (approximately $35,000 USD)


]]>
Mia Becar launches The Krissy Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6127 August 17, 2020: Mia Becar’s latest Krissy Collection combines classic styles with a touch of freshness. The ensemble comprises pumps, sandals and tri-strap sandals in a range of hues. 



Mia Becar Krissy Collection Womens shoes



The sculpted heels are embellished in a trio of metallic links in delicate gold, rose gold and silver. These links signify unity in strength and are combined to display solidarity. The shoes, handcrafted in premium leather in Italy, are available on the Mia Becar website.



Mia Becar Krissy Collection Womens shoes



The American brand is led by Founder and Creative Director Betzabe Gonzalez. With exquisite details, exotic colors and most importantly, handmade craftsmanship by skilled artisans, each piece in the assortment reflects a chic, elegant and super-feminine style. The brand launches capsule collections digitally, allowing them to cater to client preferences. 


]]>
Hublot adds white watches to the Big Bang Sang Bleu II Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6126 Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II watches



August 14, 2020: Collaborating with Swiss tattoo artist and founder of Sang Bleu, Maxime Plescia-Büchi, Hublot has added stellar new editions in white to its Big Bang Sang Bleu II Collection. The intricate geometric designs come alive on these watches that are made in titanium and gold. 



Bringing Plescia-Buchi’s angular mastery in hexagons and triangles, the unique symmetry of the hands forms the semblance of a tattoo in motion. Adding the chronograph function for the first time to the Sang Bleu collection, the watches are powered by UNICO manufactured HUB1240 automatic movement and have a power reserve of 72 hours. The black and white color combination works perfectly for the detailed design of the watch. 



Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II watches



200 pieces of the titanium edition and 100 of King Gold, Hublot’s trademarked red gold alloy, are available. The white rubber straps can be changed for another strap by the One Click system, the watchmaker’s patent. These stunning watches can be accentuated with diamonds, for those who wish to add an extra touch of opulence to the creations.


]]>
The Luxury Collection marks its debut in Abu Dhabi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6125 Al Wathba Marriott Luxury Collection hotel Abu Dhabi



August 14, 2020: The Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa is the latest addition to the repertoire of The Luxury Collection, a Marriott International brand. Nestled amid the undulating deserts of Abu Dhabi, this luxurious resort draws inspiration from the rich culture and hospitality of the Middle East. Located roughly 30 minutes away from the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa has a lot to offer to guests. 



Boasting 103 guest rooms and villas, the previously Jumeirah-owned resort forms the semblance of a traditional desert village. The understated elegance of the resort comes from its neutral hues coupled with native architectural elements like the Mashrabiya detailing and Bedouin accessories. With private plunge pools in the villas and desert vistas away from the bustle of the city, this resort is a haven of tranquility. 



Al Wathba Marriott Luxury Collection hotel Abu Dhabi



The resort offers multi-cuisine dining with six different restaurants and bars. Bait Al Hanine, the all-day dining, has Lebanese classics on its menu and Al Mabeet offers Emirati cuisine in an atmospheric desert ambiance. Terra Secca is an open kitchen trattoria serving authentic Italian dishes. For afternoon tea and sandwiches, Hayaakom is a Bedouin style lounge. Al Mesayan is the rooftop bar and Panache is by the poolside. 



The spa and wellness facilities are the resort’s most prized features. Comprising a crystal salt sauna, an IceLab cryo-experience, snow caves, steam rooms and a traditional Turkish Hammam, the spa has indoor as well as outdoor relaxation areas and 11 treatment rooms. 



Al Wathba Marriott Luxury Collection hotel Abu Dhabi



Apart from the extraordinary amenities, Al Wathba also arranges guided tours for guests who wish to explore the rich desert topography and Al Wathba Wetlands which is home to migratory birds like the flamingos. Visitors can discover the rolling fossil dunes on horsebacks, see the famous camel race or enjoy private falcon shows. 



This newest luxury resort by The Luxury Collection is an opulent oasis in the vast deserts of Abu Dhabi.


]]>
Aston Martin and Bowmore create a limited edition whisky http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6124 Aston Martin Bowmore Whisky



August 13, 2020: Aston Martin and Bowmore had decided to collaborate back in 2019 but it is now that they will be coming up with the first fruit of their partnership. The limited edition whisky, called the Black Bowmore DB5 1964, is well on its way to becoming one of the most coveted ones for both car and whisky aficionados. 



Priced at $65,000, the single malt scotch whisky is one-of-a-kind with an actual Aston Martin DB5 piston incorporated in the bottle. The name of the whisky signifies iconic products of both the brands. The singular and rare Black Bowmore was first distilled in 1964, the same year when Aston Martin’s DB5 impressed audiences in Goldfinger, the legendary James Bond movie. With only 25 bottles, this is an ode to the storied past of the two world class brands. 



Aston Martin Bowmore Whisky case



The 700 ml whisky bottle is handcrafted by Glassstorm, a renowned producer of bespoke premium glass. It comes in a stunning handmade box which is held together by string-grain calfskin with a brass latch and nickel-plated hinge. The box also contains a book containing Bowmore’s rich history that goes back to the year 1779. 



The collaboration between these two brands is expected to result in more such products in the coming future. 


]]>
Valentino bans Alpaca fleece http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6123 Alpacas in Peru



August 13, 2020: Luxury brand Valentino has issued a release regarding its ban on using Alpaca wool following an appeal from PETA UK. 



An extensive investigation launched by PETA uncovered the truth of cruelty towards the Alpacas in the Mallkini, which is the world’s largest privately owned alpaca farm in Peru. A heartbreaking video revealing the plight of the animals went viral. PETA has been appealing to brands as well as consumers to refrain from using any product made of Alpaca fleece.



Valentino’s decision comes as a huge victory for animal rights activists, being the first high-end luxury brand to ban the material. It has confirmed to “discontinue the production of garments in which [alpaca] is present by the end of 2021”. 



Valentino sweater with Alpaca wool



PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman said in a statement, “Valentino’s compassionate decision will go a long way in helping to prevent vulnerable alpacas from being abused and roughly shorn for their fleece.” 


]]>
Khenshu launches exquisite Rose Quartz furniture collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6122 Khenshu Furniture Pink Chaise



August 12,2020: Exuding opulence, the latest furniture collection by Khenshu, an Indian luxury design house, brings together European inspiration and traditional Indian craftsmanship. The Rose Quartz Collection is a masterful blend of Rococo and Neoclassicism, two very distinct styles of art, decoration and architecture, that grew when Louis XV and Louis XVI ruled France. The Rose Quartz, a beautiful pink semi-precious stone that is said to open and heal the heart chakra, decorates every furniture piece in this ensemble. 



Khenshu Furniture Green velvet chair big mirror



Made out of old building teak, the furniture is pasted on with silver sheets that are weathered through seasons and made durable. Reminiscent of royalty, the collection comprises  mirrors, sofas, bookends, chaise loungers, table-lamps and consoles. Carefully crafted over six months, skilled Indian artisans have used age-old techniques to create this stellar assortment. 



Aishwarya Reddy, the Founder and Creative Director of Khenshu, shares, “India has an abundance of heritage and craftsmanship to offer and it is our responsibility to support this. We are rebuilding a community of forgotten Indian artisans who’ve worked in palaces; and are reviving their crafts and highlighting and bringing forward their expertise.”



Khenshu Pink Royal Chairs



Khenshu was founded in November 2019 with a vision of preserving forgotten art forms and the intricate handiwork behind them. The Bangalore-based brand brings traditional grandeur from the rich architectural past to fit into minimalist or luxurious modern settings.


]]>
Lancome’s first virtual flagship to open in Singapore http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6121 August 12, 2020: Lancome is going digital with its first virtual immersive store which is named after the brand’s serum ‘Lancome Advanced Génifique’. The first of its kind global augmented reality store for the brand will be live from August 28 to September 20, 2020. 



Lancome Virtual store Singapore



There are five different zones to explore: Discover, Explore, Inspire, Live and Shop. In the first zone, the customers can take a ‘Lancome Strength-Finder Personality Test’ that allows them to identify their personality type from six archetypes, such as joyful optimism, poised composure, fearless independence, steadfast discipline, fiery conviction and intrinsic wisdom. The second zone is where skin diagnosis through artificial intelligence is enabled when the customer uploads a selfie. A one-on-one session with a Lancome beauty expert is also available here.



Lancome Advanced GenifiqueThe third zone is where 100 women from the Find Your Strength campaign have shared their anecdotes of strength. Here, visitors can identify the women they share similar personality archetypes with. The fourth zone of the store features regional and local celebrities doing live stream sessions. The fifth and final zone is where the customers are finally introduced to the world class range of Advanced Genifique with customization enabled for limited products. 



Visitors can access the store through a URL that they will be provided with directly by the brand. With the hashtag #LiveYourStrength trending and a major virtual launch event in store, Lancome is all set to carve its niche in the digital world. 


]]>
Maserati launches Ghibli Trofeo & Quattroporte Trofeo http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6119 Maserati Quattroporte Torfeo



August 11, 2020: Maserati has added two super sedans to its Trofeo collection called the Ghibli Trofeo and the Quattroporte Trofeo. They are the fastest cars from Maserati production and can reach the top speed of 326kph. 



Maserati Ghibli Torfeo



The range-topper cars are both powered by the Ferrari sourced 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 engine which is linked to a ZF derived eight-speed automatic gearbox. The V8 engine in these rear-wheel drive sedans is equipped to supply 572 bhp at 6,750 rpm along with 730 Nm of maximum torque at 2,250 – 5,000 rpm. An additional feature is the Corsa driving mode that allows faster gearshifts, improved throttle and engine control, opens the exhaust valves fully and monitors the interference of electronic chassis control systems. 



Maserati Quattroporte Torfeo



Elegant and sporty, the latest Trofeo editions of Ghibli and Quattroporte flaunt some design alterations that are different from their earlier counterparts. Leather sports seats, new front grille in piano black finish, air vents with red accents are some of the changes. The most striking ones being the fresh set of tail lights and signature LED lights shaped like a boomerang. The cars boast a 10.1-inch touchscreen with the advanced Maserati Connect Infotainment system, which can be personalized according to the driver’s needs. 



Maserati Ghibli Torfeo



With such extraordinary features in place, the Ghibli Trofeo can go from 0 to 100 km/hr in 4.3 seconds while the Quattroporte Trofeo in 4.5 seconds.


]]>
Bvlgari & Ambush unveil their limited-edition handbags & accessories http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6118 Bvlgari Ambush handbags



August 11, 2020: Bvlgari, along with Japanese brand Ambush, has created stunning new limited-edition handbags and accessories. Yoon Ahn, the creative director of Ambush, reimagines the Italian luxury house’s most adored and recognizable motif, Serpenti. The collection is a part of Bvlgari’s 2017 series ‘Serpenti through the eyes of’ and is titled ‘Serpenti through the eyes of Ambush.’



Bvlgari Ambush accessories



The design has been inspired by the eye-catching colors and swift movements of the Tree Python found usually in South East Asia. Forming the semblance of a coiled snake, the bags sport a snakehead in the center accentuated with mother of pearl or black onyx for its eyes. The collection has three distinct styles - the Serpenti shoulder bag, Serpenti belt bag and the heart-shaped Serpenti minaudiere that come in monochromatic hues like black, green and blue. The detachable shoulder straps render a lot of versatility to the bags. 



Ms. Ahn said, “For this capsule collection I wanted to express the bold and contemporary character of Serpenti. Snakes are wondrous and fascinating creatures of nature but with Bvlgari, they also became a symbol of glamour in constant evolution. Natural beauty meets human creation, all guided by a contemporary aesthetic.”



Bvlgari Ambush miniaudieres



Apart from handbags, other smaller accessories include credit card holders and coin cases. The digital campaign of the collection shot by Tyler Mitchell and styled by Carlos Nazario features supermodels Bella Hadid, Xiao Wen and Ellen Rosa.


]]>
Dior’s ‘Tie & Dior’ jewelry collection bedazzles http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6117 Dior Tie & Dior Haute Jewelry collection



August 10, 2020: The stunning new jewelry collection by Dior adds a resplendent dash of colors to the already rich repertoire of the house’s Haute Joaillerie. Victoire de Castellane, the creative director for the brand’s fine jewelry, drew her inspiration from the tie-dye technique. Titled ‘Tie & DIOR’, the assortment of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and brooches is a polychromatic mélange of diamonds, pearls and gemstones.



Dior Tie & Dior Haute Jewelry collection



To reflect the exuberance of the multicolored tie-dye clothes, the collection uses different gemstones like tsavorite garnets, emeralds, rubies as well as sapphires in pink and blue. De Castellane’s signature mismatched earrings also make an appearance, however, it would be one of the first times in two decades with Dior that she has extensively used pearls in her designs. The dyed pearls in pinks, greens and yellows guide the flow of colors while the diamonds provide the contrast to the bright hues in the jewelry pieces.



Dior Tie & Dior Haute Jewelry collection



The collection was launched at an exclusive private dinner at the Amanyangyun Resort, outside of Shanghai city. The setting of a magical garden was absolutely befitting to the theme of the dreamy fine jewelry. Dressed in gradient silk gowns specially designed for the event by Maria Grazia Chiuri, the female models flaunted the dazzling jewelry suites. Their male counterparts were clad in all-black outfits sporting brooches and rings.



Dior Tie & Dior Haute Jewelry collection



The jewelry collection designed for both men and women, along with the extraordinary launch event, centers around the idea of escapism and experiencing moments of happiness amid these trying times.


]]>
Louis Vuitton launches a quirky menswear collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6116 August 10, 2020: With most fashion shows going digital during the pandemic, Louis Vuitton has managed to make the traditional fashion shows come alive once again with its Spring Summer 2021 menswear show. The stellar collection was unveiled by the Port of Shanghai. 



Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021 menswear collection



Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of the brand’s menswear, had hinted at the concept of the show in an animated video titled ‘The Adventures of Zoooom with Friends’ that was released on July 9. Colorful cartoons are shown to be stowaways in LV containers that set sail from Paris. This band of animated cartoons have successfully manifested themselves in the newest collection called ‘Message in a bottle’.



Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021 menswear collection



The playful collection comprises bold, eye-catching prints in plaid, LV monogram, colorful stripes as well as monochrome outfits in bright hues of yellow, green and blue. Plushies of the characters from the animated short film dangle on the collars of blazers, coats, suitcases and soft charms. The eyewear and fancy bags, trunks embedded with speakers also added to the vibrant element of the collection. Mr. Abloh’s eccentric imagination reflected in the clothes and accessories, even though he himself remained absent. 



Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021 menswear collection



Apart from its quirky design, the collection also puts focus on the new upcycling program. The outfits in the collection were made from overstock textiles, refurbished ideas taken directly from previous collections and recycled materials. Through this collection, Mr. Abloh has tried to imbibe different values like unity, humanity and inclusivity. He described the show as “black imagination manifesting itself” in an instagram video. 



Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021 menswear collection



With Shanghai show being the second chapter of “The Adventures of Zoooom with Friends’, the third chapter is scheduled for September and will be held in Tokyo.



Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021 menswear collection


]]>
Gucci’s new collection features an apple-shaped GG Monogram http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6115 August 7, 2020: For its new apple print collection commemorating the Chinese Valentine’s Day, Gucci reinterprets its signature GG monogram with two intermeshed G letters in red. Using the GG supreme patterned canvas as the base for the apple print design, the collection comprises a range of accessories. 



Gucci Apple monogram bag



The playful collection has a pop-art appeal to it. The bags boast the classic beige and ebony GG supreme pattern base with an addition of red leather trim, lending it a flamboyant accent. A vast collection of bags from backpacks, shoulder bags in the style of a neo-vintage camera case, a belt bag, a north/south top-handle tote and a rounded shoulder bag boast the new GG apple motif. Additionally, the collection features bags with padlocks - a small tote, a small chain-shoulder bag and a small top-handle with bamboo handle. 



Smaller accessories like card cases, wallets, keychain holders, iPhone covers and mini bags are available in white leather canvas with the apple GG pattern. One of the quirkiest accessories from the assortment is a coin case in the shape of a single apple made from the GG apple print monogram. 



Gucci Apple monogram tote



Apart from bags in beige and ebony canvas with apple print, there is also a silk twill carre and ribbon and a larger modal silk shawl. The baseball cap and bucket hat come in GG supreme base with GG apple motif. The shoes are screen-printed and have a dense, compact weave of a cotton fabric base. The slide and Ace sneaker have the GG supreme canvas while the Gucci 1977 Tennis shoe are made of pink or white cotton fabric. 



Gucci Apple monogram padlock bag



The Chinese Valentine’s Day, called the Qixi Festival, falls on August 25, and this chic and lively Gucci apple print collection is in tandem with the overall theme of the celebrations.


]]>
African Bush Camps offers Safari Bubble with exclusive buyouts http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6114 African Bush Camps Elephant sighting



August 7, 2020: African Bush Camps (ABC) is providing families and group tourists with exclusive buyouts across its 16 luxury bush camps in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Boasting stellar camps and lodges, the untamed African wildlife experience in exclusive isolation is unmatched. 



ABC’s tranquil Thorntree River Lodge in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park is located not far from the renowned Victoria Falls and comprises contemporary accommodation facilities artfully mixed with the flamboyance of local African customs. With the Zambezi River flowing along, the lodge has eight standard suites and two family suites. There is also the spectacular Khwai Tented Camp in Botswana, tucked away in the ecologically rich and diverse Khwai area. The camp has six Meru-style tents offering 180-degree vistas of the eclectic natural surroundings. Situated in the Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kanga Camp is known for its unhindered African armchair safari experience. 



African Bush Camps tents cabins



The latest addition, that is set to open in September 2020, is the stunning Khwai Leadwood Camp, located near the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Equipped with all modern amenities, the tents can fit upto 16 guests and the wraparound decks offer unparalleled views of the wildlife. 



These exclusive buyouts can be availed now or in the future and include all the perks right from game drives, guided walking safaris, birding outings, mokoro or dugout canoe trips. There are also cultural visits that focus on ABC’s sustainable approach and empowerment of local communities and their education. Travelers can also opt for buyout of more than one ABC destinations where they can line-up their stay in more than one or two camps which can be connected by private charter flights, ensuring minimum contact with other tourist groups. The operator strictly follows all health and safety protocols as issued by WHO. Dedicated camp guides are also available.



African Bush Camps wilderness sundowner



According to the Founder and CEO of African Bush Camps, Beks Ndlovu, this exclusive buyout offer is the best way for families and group travelers to enjoy the African safari experience without compromising on safety with superlative comforts at great rates.


]]>
Hands Carpets launches an exquisite Persian carpet collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6113 August 6, 2020: Indian rugs brand Hands has come up with its latest collection of exquisite hand-knotted carpets made from 100% cotton wool. 



Hands Carpets Persian Collection



Carefully crafted to perfection, the exquisite collection reflects the age-old Persian artistry that is balanced with a freshness in its patterns and colors. With every carpet unique in its disposition, it narrates a story of a timeless tradition. 



Enchanting and redolent of royalty, these remarkable pieces of art are a great addition in opulent residences and hotels. The shades are vibrant, the artistry is intricate. Being completely made from cotton wool, the old-world charm and warmth of these extraordinary carpets is unmatched. 



Hands Carpets Persian Collection



The brand, established in 1881, is known for its handcrafted carpets and rugs that are found across some of the most renowned palaces and luxury hotels around the globe.


]]>
Burberry launches luxury’s first social retail store in China http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6112 Burberry social retail store China decor



August 6, 2020: Taking retail a notch higher, Burberry’s first social retail store opened in Shenzhen on July 31, 2020. The luxury brand has partnered with Tencent Technology, a global tech-giant that owns one of the most famous Chinese messaging apps WeChat. The immersive experience to the customers is provided by a special WeChat Mini Program loaded with innovation. 



Burberry social retail store China Thomas Cafe



The program is gamified with a special animated avatar that will upgrade itself automatically every time the customer uses the app in store. Additional perks include booking your appointment, reserving fitting rooms and also a table at the exclusive in-store Thomas Cafe. All the products can be scanned by QR codes which will allow customers to explore additional information on the same. The app also has ‘social currency’- a rewards program that monitors a customer’s in-store activity and interactions with Burberry on social media. The higher the engagement of the user with the brand, the better the rewards with more personalization and privileges.



Burberry social retail store China QR code



The store sprawls up to 5,850 square feet with 10 different sections, each one unique in its design. Maintaining the brand DNA throughout, the store in its entirety reflects Burberry’s signature themes. A responsive and interactive window changes according to the brand’s seasonal collections and house codes. The three fitting rooms boast their own distinctive playlist collection and motifs - the Thomas Burberry Monogram being one of them. The trench experience room is an ode to the renowned Burberry Trench Coat while the interiors of the Thomas Cafe, named after the founder Thomas Burberry, is inspired by nature and Burberry’s Animal Kingdom. 



Burberry social retail store China trial room



The first of its kind social retail store, Burberry’s stellar new store is a fulfilment of creative director Riccardo Tisci’s vision where the digital is blended with the physical realm.


]]>
Gucci launches its Fine Jewelry Lion Head collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6108 July 29, 2020: It was during Gucci’s Autumn Winter 2015-16 Men’s Runway Show that the Lion Head Ring made its stellar debut - an accessory that is sported often by the brand’s creative director. The king of the jungle is emblematic of strength, courage, power, wisdom and nobility - values that Gucci has resonated itself with. With its first post COVID-19 fine jewelry collection, it epitomizes the symbolism.



Gucci Lion Head earrings



The lion head being the central motif, the collection comprises of earrings, pendant necklaces, rings and bracelet sets. Cast in 18 carat white and yellow gold, the jewelry pieces have diamonds for the magnificent creature’s eyes and the colored gemstones are clasped in between its teeth. 



Gucci Lion Head multicolor gems



The collection is an extension of Gucci’s long-standing affinity for lions after it joined The Lion’s Share Fund, an initiative led by the United Nations Development Programme for dealing with environmental crisis, in February 2020.


]]>
Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry & Gemstone Vineyards co-design a gem encrusted Ruby Barrel Selection Jeroboam http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6107 Gemstone Vineyards ruby encrusted Jeroboam bottle



July 29, 2020: The collaborative result of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry and Gemstone Vineyards, a ruby encrusted Jeroboam Wine Bottle, an exceptional piece of art for any wine connoisseur, is set to be auctioned at V Foundation Wine Celebration "Momentum 2.0" this August.



Enclosed in a custom ‘jewelry’ box, this exquisite bottle is the first and the only large 3L format of the 2019 Ruby Barrel Selection Cabernet Sauvignon crafted masterfully by winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. The buyer of this bottle will also get the opportunity to dine privately with the Silvers and the Dornbuschs of Gemstone Vineyard, enjoying Gemstone library wines and special chef-prepared cuisine. The winner can also choose to brainstorm a custom, future ruby jewelry design, to be crafted by the Silvers' team of artisans. Once the wine has been consumed, the Silvers will carefully extract the 120 rubies (totaling 5 carats) from the bottle and repurpose them into a custom designed new ruby jewelry piece for the lot winner.



Gemstone Vineyards ruby encrusted Jeroboam bottle



With just the bottle commanding a price of $50,000, the entire lot is expected to go for a much higher value.

 

The virtual and immersive auction “Momentum 2.0” will be held on August 8 on YouTube from 4:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. PT/ 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ET. The event will be hosted by the legendary NCAA Basketball coach Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, ESPN college basketball analyst, Jay Bilas, ESPN’s SportsCenter Anchor, Sage Steele along with Emmy award-winning auctioneer John Curley. With stellar musical performances and celebrity guests, the proceeds from this prestigious event will be going towards research for cancer.


]]>
Heritage leather brand Serapian embarks on a sustainable journey with new collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6106 Serapian grape leather luxury collection



July 24, 2020: Italian luxury leather brand Serapian has adopted sustainability and created a new material to craft its new men’s capsule collection. 



A billfold, a card case, a filtering mask pouch and a wash bag have been crafted with a high-quality vegetable alternative to leather, originating from vinification (winemaking) leftovers coming from Northern Italy.



Serapian Grape eco-leather capsule collection offers a soft touch similar to leather, and complies with Serapian’s sophisticated craftsmanship.



Serapian grape leather luxury collection



Characterized by a high content of vegetable and recycled raw materials, Serapian Grape eco-leather is entirely Made in Italy. All four of the creations are available in two tones: black and

burgundy.



“This capsule collection reinforces our commitment towards sustainability, combining advanced innovation with Italian savoir-faire,” says Giacomo Cortesi, CEO of Serapian.



The new products are available on Serapian’s e-shop and physical boutiques.


]]>
Ermenegildo Zegna’s Summer 2021 collection presented via a digital show http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6103 June 20, 2020: Titled ‘Nature | Man | Machine’, Ermenegildo Zegna’s Summer 2021 show was an ode to presenting that perfect balance between man and nature, whether it was the way the collection was presented, or the way it was created.



Zegna Summer 2021 collection



Having started as a textile mill to later encompass clothing manufacturing, Ermenegildo Zegna is seen not just as a provider of resources and raw materials but also as a unique richness of diversities to preserve - hence the Oasi Zegna as a venue for the presentation. 



Oasi Zegna is a natural area in the Province of Biella, Piedmont, Italy, created by Mr. Zegna himself, who also founded the factory of the same name in Trivero. He wanted to give his village infrastructures and parks. He also created tourist attractions, such as ski slopes and the Panoramica Zegna, a panoramic road.



Zegna Summer 2021 collection



The show begins with a walk in the refreshing green environs of Oasi, juxtaposed with the wool mill settings of Zegna’s heritage factory. The presentation soon culminates on the rooftop of the factory with majestic flags flying to mark the occasion. 



A sense of fluidity and precision pervades the collection, both in the shapes and the chromatic choices. Volumes are liquid and generous (yet more tailored than the trend of oversized silhouettes of yesteryears), in pastel shades of cowslip yellows, hydrangea pinks, sienite greys, river stone blues, carabus greens and slate blacks. Materials are lightweight yet firm with wool, hemp, raw fibers, linen, paper/silk, papery nappa, and #UseTheExisting wools.



Zegna Summer 2021 collection



Experimenting with dropped shoulders, lowered collars, layered forms and a poetic sense of functionality expressed by outsized pockets and zips that allow volumes to expand, creative director Alessandro Sartori extends the sartorial quest for new hybrid categories that defines his vision of Zegna. Inspired by the osmosis of different worlds, he cuts outerwear in shirting fabrics, and vice versa, allowing the wearer a complete freedom of combination and interpretation when it comes to items. Cotton silks are used to make easy jackets. 



Mock turtleneck underpinnings replace shirts under blazers and shirt jackets. Duster coats and the liquid trousers draw an elongated and casual silhouette. Rounded loafers with massive soles and sandals ground the looks. Tie dye prints enrich the layering of colors and textures.



Zegna Summer 2021 collection



A seamless communication between man, machine and nature, the show clearly announces the direction Zegna intends to take in the next 100 years.


]]>
Taj Hotels offers food experiences at home with Qmin http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6102 July 20, 2020: Qmin, Indian Hotels Company Limited’s (IHCL) gourmet food delivery platform, has made its grand debut in New Delhi. 



Qmin Taj Golden Prawns



The platform will help deliver dishes from the treasured restaurants of Taj, Vivanta and SeleQtions to the comfort of your home. With the first phase of Qmin’s launch, guests can order from eight iconic and celebrated restaurants like the House of Ming and Machan from Taj Mahal, New Delhi; Spicy Duck, Masala Art and Capital Kitchen from Taj Palace, New Delhi; Yellow Brick Road from Ambassador, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions and Thai Pavilion and Culina 44 from Taj City Centre, Gurugram. Indian cuisine from Indus Express at Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka will soon be a part of the culinary selection on Qmin.



From the legendary Machan, the city’s first 24 hours international dining destination to award-winning and authentic Thai cuisine at Thai Pavilion, the much revered Yellow Brick Road and the Capital’s trendy multi-cuisine kitchen, Capital Kitchen, the repertoire of signature dishes that Qmin offers is sure to delight patrons. Qmin puts an enhanced focus on maintaining stringent protocols of safety and hygiene. This includes contact-less delivery and the mandatory use of protective gear for delivery executives in thoroughly sanitized vehicles. The packaging is eco-friendly utilizing bio-degradable materials, and with customized insulation boxes to preserve the food while being delivered.



Qmin Taj Gosht Biryani



The digital menu includes much-loved and exquisite dishes like Golden Fried King Prawns, Silken Tofu Chilli Black Bean from the House of Ming; Kathi Kebab Kaziranga “1978”, Gosht Ki Biryani, Dal Machan “1978” from Machan; Chicken Tai Chin, Shimeji from Spicy Duck, Comfort food with Stone oven pizzas and Home-style dishes from the Capital Kitchen to Laab Kai (Spicy minced chicken salad, mint leaf & roasted rice); Gaeng Kiew Warn from Thai Pavilion and Yellow Brick Road’s ever famous YBR Chicken, Keema Pao, Kurkuri Idli Chat and much more.



Qmin will expand its scope and bring Taj@Home to other cities in the near future. The Qmin mobile application will be launched on July 25, 2020, followed by the gourmet Qmin Shop in subsequent months presenting epicurean specialities and authentic artisanal brands. In the capital, guests can call the dedicated toll-free number 1800 266 7646 to place their orders.


]]>
Hermès Birkin tops Bonhams’ inaugural designer handbags auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6101 July 20, 2020: Luxury auction house Bonhams’ new Designer Handbags and Fashion department, which launched this year, held its inaugural Designer Handbags & Fashion sale, which provided a fitting end to Bonhams Luxury Week. The top lot of the sale was a 2012 Matt Geranium Alligator Birkin 35 by Hermès which achieved £25,062.



hermes birkin auction at bonhams



Head of Department Meg Randell commented; “I’m very pleased with the results of our first Designer Handbags and Fashion sale. We offered a wonderful curated selection showcasing luxury labels, including Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, and Gucci, so it’s no surprise that such desirable pieces attracted such competitive bidding.”



Louis Vuitton monogram trunk



Other highlights include an early 20th century Louis Vuitton Monogram Wardrobe Trunk (including original hangars) which sold for £10,062. A 2006 Tourterelle Ostrich Leather Hermes Birkin sold for £8,812. A 2012-13 Cream Crocodile Jumbo Double Flap Bag by Chanel was auctioned for £7,562. A particularly beautiful 2017 limited edition Turner Neverfull MM by Jeff Koons for Louis Vuitton sold for £2,295.



neverfull MM Louis Vuitton Jeff Koons collection



In an intriguing direction, a recent Red PVC Keepall Bandoulière 50 by Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton was sold for £2,167. Virgil Abloh, who took over as director of menswear at Louis Vuitton in 2018, has been reinterpreting LV’s classic designs, such as the overnight Keepall bags, which have become extremely collectable. 


]]>
An ultra-rare Rolex Daytona in 18-carat gold to be auctioned at Sotheby’s http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6099 Rolex Daytona Paul Newman black and gold dial watch auction



July 17, 2020: Watch enthusiasts swear by the legendary Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ timepiece. A much sought after piece in the auction market, the late-1960s gold Rolex Daytona is especially coveted. At the top of this exclusive group is a true gem: the ‘John Player Special’, named after the legendary 1970s Formula 1 livery, because of its black and gold “Paul Newman” dial. Exceedingly rare and produced in very small quantity, Daytona JPS models seldom appear for sale.



This month, an ultra-rare Rolex Daytona JPS in 18-carat gold will make its auction debut at Sotheby’s, in a single-lot online auction open for bidding from 24 until 31 July. This watch, dating from 1969, is estimated at US$ 400,000-800,000.



Rolex Daytona Paul Newman black and gold dial watch auction



While most of the Rolex Ref. 6264 were produced in stainless steel, a few pieces were made in 18- carat yellow gold. A fraction of these gold 6264s were fitted with the celebrated Paul Newman dial and produced in three different dial variations, simply referred to by collectors as “Lemon”, “Champagne” and “JPS”. The JPS combines a yellow gold case and bracelet with a black acrylic bezel and a black dial with gold sub-registers.



The initials JPS stand for ‘John Player Special’, the cigarette brand which is today synonymous with the legendary black and gold livery that adorned Lotus F1 cars from 1972 until 1986 and is associated with the names of great drivers, from Emerson Fittipaldi and Ronnie Peterson, to Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna.


]]>
Tarun Tahiliani showcases A/W’20 collection with a digital show http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6098 July 17, 2020: Indian couture designer, Tarun Tahiliani, launched ‘Pieces of You’ with his first-ever digital fashion show. The collection, a compilation of the designer’s creative vision over the past 25 years, included a myriad of techniques, drapes and fabrics. 



Tarun Tahiliani 2020 digital show lehenga



Shot at Mr. Tahiliani’s atelier – with strict social distancing guidelines in place – the mood-board room was repurposed to create a ramp-like setting. From walls to the flooring, the backdrop was tailored to hero each of the pieces in the collection. The combination of a taupe jade setting with exquisite carpets from the antique collections of The Carpet Cellar enhanced the décor. 



Tarun Tahiliani 2020 digital show lehenga



With over 100 vestments, the digital presentation showcased highlights from the designer’s Bridal-Wear, Occasion-Wear and Ready-to-Wear lines. The color palette ranged from black, ivory and nudes to brighter hues of oranges, pinks and emerald green. The show was a visual feast indeed.



Tarun Tahiliani 2020 digital show lehenga


]]>
Rolls-Royce develops the Micro Environment Purification System for Ghost http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6096 July 15, 2020: Coping with current times and working on enhancing its offerings, Rolls-Royce engineers have worked on elevating the air quality within its existing motor cars. By using the latest sensor and Nanofleece filtration technology, the marque has created the cleanest micro environment available in any motor car.



Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy and logo



For the new Ghost, which debuts in autumn 2020, RR’s existing air filtration technology has been further developed to incorporate a full suite of hardware and software improvements, collectively known as the Micro Environment Purification System.



Highly sensitive Impurity Detection Sensors have been introduced to detect ambient air quality, automatically switching fresh air intakes to Recirculation Mode if unacceptable levels of airborne contaminants are present. This channels all cabin air through a Nanofleece filter, which is capable of removing nearly all ultra-fine particles, viruses and bacteria from the Rolls-Royce’s micro environment in less than two minutes.



Following the initial implementation of this technology, clients in future will be able to remotely pre-condition the micro environment within their Rolls-Royce via the vehicle’s app in preparation for their arrival.


]]>
Italian home brand Visionnaire introduces its Beauty 2020 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6095 Visionnaire Beauty 2020 collection sofa



July 15, 2020: Bringing together some unique design minds, the latest ‘Beauty 2020’ collection by the Italian home décor brand Visionnaire offers a stunning collection of furniture and lighting. The designers involved include Alexandro La Spada, Mario Lipparini, Marco Piva, Draga&Aurel and others. Technological research, experimentation with materials, the juxtaposition and mixing of elements combined with skilled craftsmanship went into every single product in the collection, making them unique, inimitable yet reproducible.   



The “Il Pavone” collection by Marc Ange, which made its debut in December during Miami Art Basel with a “haute couture throne” and “prêt-à-porter chair” versions, is back in 2020 with exclusive fabrics in six color variants. The luminous collection of lamps, Aracea, designed by Gupica, is a family of lamps is an innovative and romantic project that combines the lighting function, using ultra slim LEDs, with a botanical form having subtle, elegant lines. The lamps are available in the floor-to-ceiling and suspension models.



Alessandro La Spada has created a new dining table – Arkady – with a sculptural lower top in artistic stone. The slab of Crema Marfil stone is crafted by hand to add unique, precious value, thanks to bas-relief workmanship, irregular borders and the inclusion of artistic resins and Himalayan salt. The legs are in metal, molded in sand to create a three-dimensional pattern with a “hammered” effect with animalier overtones. 



Visionnaire home beauty collection bedroom decor



The new collaboration with the design duo Draga&Aurel translates into a truly original capsule collection. The Amos is a true jewel: two metal armrests, shaped by molding in sand for a lunar effect, embrace the concrete base, poured into a reinforced form and subjected to an exclusive erosion technique. The Lego low table and console by Draga&Aurel stand out for the contrasting combination of two materials, treated with different finishes: precious and “raw,” the glowing gold of the metal and the matte black of the concrete. The Sputnik lamps are made of multiple rhomboidal parts that produce an “origami” metal composition. Their lines form a fractal motif in which the metal surfaces reflect the light, casting theatrical shadows all around.



Desmond, a jewel in the center of the room by architect Mauro Lipparini, enhances the perception of roundness without edges, increasing the preciousness of the glass volumes. The central element in Eucalyptus Frisè wood as acts a pillar for the suspended glass volumes, which give the whole composition a feeling of lightness.



The upholstered pieces, Donovan by La Conca is a seating program with remarkably modular contemporary design. They are available in the “square” version with squared armrests and the “roll” version with a cylindrical armrest. 



Visionnaire home beauty collection sitting room decor



Douglas is the new sofa designed by La Spada, featuring borders of curved metal in the base that virtually borrow a part of the padding of the armrest. The Douglas sofa is covered in Nabuk leather, while its cushions and daybed are in Banksy, one of the new Visionnaire fabrics, featuring a “teddybear” effect. The Douglas collection also includes an armchair, a love seat, an ottoman and a low table.



The architect Marco Piva presents the Admeto coffee table, a combination of various contrasting but perfectly juxtaposed materials, for a composition that is almost an architectural archetype, but modern and functional at the same time: the legs in marble with “striped” workmanship contribute to convey an impression of monumental character, contradicted by the transparency and lightness of the top in smoked glass.



Price: On request

Available at: Visionnaire-home.com


]]>
The new Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection is a Da Vinci style production http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6092 Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection



July 8, 2020: Launching a new design in tune with its hereditary style, the new Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection is the result of one designer’s passion for cryptography. 



Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer, Katrin Lehmann, commented, “The name Kryptos is derived from Ancient Greek, referring to something unseen, hidden and coded, mythical even. Ciphers can be traced through millennia, capturing the imagination of some of the world’s most brilliant minds. As a designer, I’ve always been fascinated by the notion that you can communicate messages that are understood by only an elite few, using symbols, pictograms, and ciphers. Finding the key becomes integral to appreciating the full meaning of an item that can otherwise be viewed simply as a work of art.”



Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection



The Wraith Kryptos Collection carries within it an encrypted cipher that evolves throughout the car for the clients’ pleasure and amusement, leading them on a journey of discovery and intrigue. To the uninitiated, these ciphers appear, on the surface at least, to be an alluring design. However, for those few who hold the key, they will embark on an experience that leads to an enlightening conclusion.



Indeed, the code is so secret that only two people at Rolls-Royce know the full resolution of the sequence – the designer and the Chief Executive. The answer has been placed in a sealed envelope, in the safe of the CEO. Clients will be invited to submit their efforts at cracking the code via the members only Rolls-Royce Application, Whispers.



Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection



The cryptographic journey begins with the Spirit of Ecstasy. An engraving with green enamel detailing introduces the Rolls-Royce cipher on the base of the enigmatic figurine. Below, recrafted bumper inserts draw the eye lower, subtly modifying both the gesture and posture of Wraith, giving this Collection an identity of its own.



The alluring colours pallete of the Collection hints at the car’s inner-most secrets. Delphic Grey, a Bespoke exterior hue consisting of a solid Anthracite base colour has a hidden effect – only in sunlight do the blue and green mica flakes appear. This effect is accentuated by a hand-painted double coachline, the upper being painted in the newly developed Kryptos Green while the lower acts as a shadow in Dark Grey, both depicting clues relating to the interior code. Completing the exterior aesthetic are part polished wheels, with Orbit Grey coloured centres featuring a coloured pinstripe.





Inside, the cipher evolves deep into the fabric of the motor car. One is immediately greeted by the accented Bespoke Kryptos Green leather hue, which has been developed to incorporate a metallic effect, set against either Selby Grey or Anthracite. Elements of the cipher are embroidered into Wraith’s headrests. 



Enrapturing Wraith’s occupants with light, Wraith Kryptos Collection features an elaborate, bi-coloured headliner depicting an in-motion data-stream inspired motif. Illuminated door pockets continue this theme with Rolls-Royce woven leather and Kryptos Green threads to reveal an unexpected and subtle illumination that fades towards the base of the pocket. 



As much as Rolls-Royce is intrigued, so are we! Who will crack the code? And what answers will the code bring?


]]>
Bovet’s new Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two is an astonishing feat of engineering & art! http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6091 Bovet Recital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two



July 8, 2020: Watchmaking excellence is ingrained into the makers of Bovet. Its new new Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two sticks to the DNA, and in fact, surpasses in offering collectors with a piece that is so magnificent that it is staggering. 



The Brainstorm Chapter Two is the second timepiece in the Bovet collection to be fitted with a sapphire crystal case in the emblematic writing case with an asymmetrical profile. The slope of its bezel allows the collector to explore new display mechanisms that guarantee intuitive and increased readability. Concentric rollers, rotating domes, and three-dimensional needles were used to express time in new ways. The protected design of the writing case opens up new horizons in terms of the very architecture of the movements, by optimizing the volume which simultaneously increases the functionalities offered, the chronometry, the reliability, and the readability.



The middle and the glass form only one single element, 47.80 in diameter, which meticulously respects the original design of the cases in the collection. The back is made up of a bezel and four horns machined from grade 5 titanium. The sapphire crystal case opens generously to display the movement which has many secrets to reveal. To optimize transparency and ergonomics, the watchmakers decided to fix the movement at the bottom rather than inside the middle, as is usually the case. 



Bovet Recital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two



The caliber for Brainstorm Chapter Two is entirely manufactured in the Bovet workshops. Absolute control of energy guarantees an autonomy greater than five days of power reserve by the use of a single barrel, which maintains the oscillations of the regulating structure at a frequency which has been increased to the frequency of 21,600 v/h for spectacular chronometry enhanced by the patented double-sided flying tourbillon.



A dome dial, available in a choice of blue or green translucent quartz or blue aventurine glass, displays the hours and minutes of local time in the upper part of the case. The seconds are read by an index fixed on the tourbillon itself, placed at 6 o'clock which makes a complete revolution, in 60 seconds. The dome, located at 3 o'clock, displays a second time zone, according to the construction, specifically developed for this timepiece and subject to a patent. The names of 24 cities representing the 24 time zones are printed on the rotating part of the dome which makes a complete revolution, by scanning the 24-hour graduation of the base ring. A three-dimensional V-shaped needle allows the collector to select the displayed time zone. 



In addition to a second time zone display, this new display also offers the world time function, which allows the time in each of the 24 time zones to be read simultaneously. 



Bovet Recital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two



In perfect symmetry, the moon phase indicator is positioned at 9 o'clock and is also displayed by a rotating dome. The surface of the lunar ground is hand-engraved before a luminescent material is applied, also, by hand. The two circular windows which overhang the dome make it possible to read the age of the moon according to the specific orientation of its crescent, whether one is in the northern hemisphere or the southern hemisphere of the earth. The precision mechanism that drives this dome gives it an accuracy that requires a correction of one day every 127 years!



The domes of the second time zone and the moon phase rotate by the patented mechanism of the radial guidance system. Three rollers, in rubies adjustable by a micrometric screw, are arranged on the circumference of each dome. They ensure centering and the rotation minimizes friction and therefore, freeing the interior volume of the globes, which increases the chronometry and the power reserve of the timepiece.



Polished pillars, translucent gems, and delicately satin steels contrast with dazzling elegance. At the back of the timepiece, the bridges are perforated and engraved with a delicacy.



This masterpiece, available for approximately $379,000, is limited to 60 movements only. They will be distributed among the 47.8mm-diameter sapphire case, limited to 30 timepieces, with a choice of blue quartz, green quartz, or blue aventurine glass dial, by respective limited editions of 10 timepieces. As usual, collectors may bespoke their timepieces and thereby acquire unique pieces. Regardless, no more than 10 of any single style made from these 60 movements will be crafted.


]]>
Historic watch brand Angelus relaunches after almost 60 years of flickering dormancy http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6088 Angelus watch tourbillon 2020



July 7, 2020: Founded in 1891, Swiss watch manufacture Angelus was long known as a trailblazer of its time. And though today’s generation might not have heard of this has incredible watch brand, those in the know have whispered about it in intimate circles long enough. 



The brand went dormant after the 1960s, but the Angelus name has reemerged in the 21st century. The revitalized watchmaker has embraced the best of the brand’s early legacy, from the 30s era logo to the innovation and manufacturing excellence long linked to the Angelus name. The modern Angelus brand unites athletic aesthetics and high-performance advanced engineering to create its all-tourbillon watch collections, which are now designed and produced entirely in-house. New President and industry veteran Bertrand Savary hopes to leverage the brand’s strengths and unique value proposition to usher in a new golden age of Angelus timepieces.



Angelus watch tourbillon 2020



The Angelus product catalog currently includes five distinctive all-tourbillon timepiece collections ranging in price from $35,000 to $100,000.  Angelus timepieces are fully skeletonized, and their openwork tourbillon movements are by no means delicate. From their beam-shaped bridges to their interchangeable lugs and straps, Angelus movements are built like athletes: lean, efficient, powerful, and adaptable. Alternative materials like sapphire, titanium, ceramic, and carbon fiber are regularly incorporated for aesthetic effect or for their unique properties of lightness and strength, to improve long term wear and performance.



Visually, Angelus designs underline the brand’s new athletic associations with bold forms, technological materials, and strategic use of color. Iconoclastic designs, superior Swiss engineering, and an incredible value proposition have positioned Angelus as a brand to watch, poised for robust expansion. 



Angelus watch tourbillon 2020 



Mr. Savary says, “In all my years in the industry, I have never encountered a brand that can tick every box for a collector the way that Angelus can in terms of value, style, and quality. I was proud to join this brand to help build on the storied history of Angelus while writing a new chapter as an integrated, modern manufacture for a new era. We are proud to design and produce iconic modern luxury timepieces crafted to the highest standard for today’s clientele."


]]>
MAC’s new Powder Kiss collection is an amalgamation of bright, pop shades http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6087 July 3, 2020: Taking soft-focus matte further with new formulas for lips and lids, MAC’s new Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour and Eye Shadow serve ultra-comfortable, lightweight and uniquely sensorial shine-free colour with a blurred effect this summer.



MAC makeup collection 2020



The new Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour’s plush, mousse-like formula offers ten hours of moisture alongside weightless colour and a misty matte finish. A special blend of powders and emollient properties provides excellent cushion, flexibility, wear and moisture to leave lips looking and feeling soft and smooth all day. The hourglass-shaped applicator perfectly hugs lips, evenly applying just the right amount of colour to blur lines and smooth lips.



Seventeen shades – ranging from neutral to vivid – include colours like Devoted To Chili, Mehr, Mull It Over and A Little Tamed.



MAC makeup collection 2020



Similarly, making soft-focus eyes a focus for the summer, the Powder Kiss Eye Shadow offers matte colour so cloud-like and diffused, it looks like a second skin. Its velvety formula blends with unbelievable ease, thanks to an exclusive Cream Matrix formula, while game-changing Soft-Focus Filter Technology creates a beautifully blurred effect. Colour never creases or settles into lines. Twelve gorgeously versatile tonal shades complement Powder Kiss Lipstick.



Available at: Nykaa.com and select Nykaa Luxe Stores


]]>
Zegna collaborates with 3 artists to produce inspirational content http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6086 July 3, 2020: In tune with the difficult times we are living in, luxyr menswear brand Zegna wanted to create something meaningful and inspirational with an underlying positive message. Engaging the creative community and celebrating artwork as a source of joy during unprecedented times, the brand collaborated with three artists. 



Zegna art projects Apart Together



Dubai-based Indian artist, Alisha Patel (@wordsmithalisha), penned down insightful words that encourage us to embrace change and create a better future. Her constant focus is to use lyrical language that has the power to transform the way in which individuals and communities engage with brands and creative experiences, alike.



New York-based animator, Anthony Blue (@antnamation), injects life into Zegna’s Modern Tailoring suit and presents it as a dancing figure across the screen.





London-based artist Kila Carr-Ince (@Kila.Kitu), hand embroiders and paints the words “adapt together, adjust together, apart together” to illuminate the importance of unity in the face of adversity. 



These pieces were created with repurposed materials and inspired by the importance of community and connectivity when we are physically at a distance.


]]>
Set in the backdrop of Japan’s Nikko National Park, The Ritz-Carlton to open its door in July 2020 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6084 The Ritz carlton Nikko King Room



June 29, 2020: Despite a pandemic that crippled the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko is on target to be opened on July 15, 2020, as the fifth Ritz-Carlton property in Japan. Located within Nikko National Park, the 94-room luxury resort will welcome guests to open, airy spaces with magnificent views of Lake Chuzenji and the sacred slopes of Mount Nantai, a mountain worshipped since ancient times.



Located in the northern part of Japan’s Kanto region just two and a half hours north of Tokyo, Nikko is a popular destination renowned for natural and cultural jewels such as the 97-meter cascade of Kegon Falls, and the splendid Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples set in a UNESCO World Heritage site.



The Ritz carlton Nikko Japan corridor



Regarded as hallowed ground for devotees of Japanese mountain worship ever since the Buddhist monk Shodo Shonin climbed Mount Nantai in 782, scenic Nikko has over the centuries been a haven of the  Japanese court, the imperial family, and travelers both domestic and international. Its richly decorated shrines and temples were named a UNESCO World heritage site for their cultural, religious, and architectural significance. The magnificent appearance of these sanctuaries has been maintained and preserved by a long line of master craftsmen who continue to use early 17th-century lacquering and gilding techniques to this day.



The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko welcomes guests with exceptional design and services that will deepen their experience of Japan and its culture. The 94 guestrooms and suites start at a generous 57 square meters in size and include 9 Luxury Suites as well as the 277-square-meter Ritz-Carlton Suite. Each residence has a private balcony and a semi-outdoor lounge area inspired by the engawa veranda of traditional Japanese architecture, inviting guests to take in the beauty of the national park.



Executive chef Shingo Hayasaka, a native of Hokkaido, transforms the freshest local fare into stellar creations at two restaurants serving Japanese and Italian-inspired western cuisine. Local ingredients also find their way into the original cocktails offered at the hotel’s chic bar. Lakeside terrace seating allows staying guests and visitors to picnic with takeaway items.



The Ritz carlton Nikko Onsen experience



Complete with luxurious open-air and indoor hot-spring baths for men and women that draw on the sought-after sulfuric waters of nearby Yumoto Onsen, The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko is the first Ritz-Carlton to offer an authentic Japanese hot-spring experience in addition to a full-service contemporary spa. Guests may also relax within the library lounge, or rejuvenate in the 24-hour fitness studio. Nearby hiking trails lure outdoor lovers from spring to autumn, while the winter scenery can be enjoyed all the more from the steamy comfort of the resort’s hot-spring baths.


]]>
Mia Becar launches a romantic shoe collection on its website http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6083 Mia Becar luxury shoes



June 26, 2020: Inspired by Italy's Infiorata festivals, Mia Becar has launched two romantic shoe styles, a sandal and a slingback, featuring exquisite woven embroideries. The shoes emulate the traditional floral carpets created at the Infiorata festivals. 



Mia Becar produces monthly capsule collections that debut digitally on MiaBecar.com, allowing the brand to work more organically. The designs, handcrafted in Italy from the finest of materials, are intended to be transitional, as well as functional – so that the wearer feels confident, but also comfortable. The designs epitomize sophistication, impeccable craft, and everlasting beauty.



Mia Becar luxury shoes



The new collection (priced at $695) is available on MiaBecar.com


]]>
Michelle Poonawalla designs wallpapers for Italian house Inkiostro Bianco http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6082 Michelle Poonawalla wallpaper for Inkiostro Bianco



June 26, 2020: Amidst the ongoing lockdown, Indian artist Michelle Poonawalla collaborated with Inkiostro Bianco to design a series of wallpapers for their Goldenwall collection. It is the utmost luxury collection for the Italian design house, and for 2020 they collaborated with nine international artists and designers. Goldenwall celebrates Inkiostro Bianco’s techniques allowing them to print on Gold Leaf and Pink Gold, with the resulting wallpapers highlighting metal-effect base materials often mixed with the sparkle of precious metals.



Ms. Poonawalla’s two designs, The Flutter and Misty Flutter, take the silhouette of a butterfly, incorporating her motif which has been present in her work since the inaugural exhibition ‘What If You Fly?’. 



Talking about the project, Ms. Poonawalla says, “It is great to be able to design on such a large scale, going beyond what I could ever do with a traditional canvas. Whilst I have incorporated elements of my style I have also tried to preserve the distinctive character of the brand particularly in the choice of colour pallet.” 



The subtly represented, magnificent butterflies promise to give a rich look to your space.



Michelle Poonawalla wallpaper for Inkiostro Bianco



Talking about the collaboration, Manuel Mollicone - creative director of Inkiostro Bianco – says, “The cooperations with designers represent a cultural and creative enrichment for Inkiostro Bianco. We hope we have done justice to Michelle’s designs, the final wallpapers are the result of intense four-handed work: a very delicate process that requires at the same time great respect for the styles and proposals developed and attention not to distort their artistic origins.”



Works from the Goldenwall collection are available to order in India from select stores in New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Ludhiana, and Chennai.


]]>
Fendi’s Prefall 2020 collection features graphics inspired by California http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6081 Fendi prefall 2020 collection



June 24, 2020: Designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi, through an exclusive collaboration with Los Angeles-based visual artist Joshua Vides, Fendi’s Prefall 2020 collection is vivid with a Californian vibe. 



Mr. Vides, a first generation Guatemalan-American, is known worldwide for his unique black and white marker style. He gives his dizzyingly cool, cartoon-like treatment to a range of Fendi’s Women’s, Men’s and Kid’s Ready-to-Wear and Accessories pieces.



Mr. Vides’ trademark marker style is peppered by sky blue and wisteria violet touches, to create charming 3D, tromp-l’oeil effects by mapping the seams and edges of a range of urban and resort styles. He also reinterpreted a vibrant, whimsical floral allover motif and reworked the Fendi Stamps and the iconic FF logo, splashed over a degrade background inspired by the shades of the Roman sky, with cartoonish, graphic exuberance.



Fendi prefall 2020 collection



The eye-catching decorative motifs give an artsy, audacious attitude to the Women’s designs, which combine urban staples and resort styles. Mainly focused on lightweight fabrications, the Collection spans from street-savvy nylon windbreakers, embossed cycling shorts, compact knits and printed denim pants to luxurious featherweight fur coats and cardigans, reversible padded blousons, perforated leather jackets, as well as a selection of elegant evening styles crafted from a textured cloqué jacquard fabric. For beach escapes, kaftans and poplin shirtdresses are shown next to beachwear and activewear for an energetic, dynamic vibe. The marker style also gives a distinctive attitude to iconic accessories, from the Peekaboo and Baguette iconic bags, shown in a super soft padded leather, and the new FENDI Roma shopper, to the signature Colibrì sling-backs and FF Fluid sock sneakers crafted from polished leather.



The same graphic extravaganza defines the Men’s selection, where tromp l’oeil effects, shaded details, flowers and revisited FF logo patterns give a twist to cotton jackets, satin blousons, embossed leather outerwear, sweatshirts, T-shirts, denim pants, cotton trousers, Bermuda pants, as well as accessories, including the iconic Baguette, a small travel case, a backpack, a fanny pack, small leather goods, sneakers, sandals and slides. Sunglasses for both men and women have undergone the transformation as well.


]]>
Ralph Lauren unveils new Pride Campaign and Collection: We Stand Together http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6080 ralph lauren we stand together



June 24, 2020: Luxury brand Ralph Lauren has been standing for inclusivity for a long time. Building on a 30-year history of supporting and advancing LGBTQIA+ issues through volunteer activations, corporate initiatives and financial grants, Ralph Lauren will launch a digital marketing campaign and a ten-piece gender-neutral Polo Pride collection for adults and children. The company has partnered with the Stonewall Community Foundation to donate a portion of the purchase price of each item sold to benefit LGBTQIA+ organizations around the world. The Stonewall Community Foundation prioritizes and lifts up those who experience the greatest vulnerability within the community, including communities of color and transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people.



The dynamic digital marketing campaign showcases stories of inclusion, freedom, equality and self-love. Featuring a diverse group of individuals who each created their own unique content for the campaign through elegant self-portraits and videos, the cast includes actor, model, and activist Indya Moore; writer, producer and actor Dan Levy; singer and actor Jeremy Pope; illustrator Richard Haines and artist Deep Pool; models Erika Linder and Heather Kemesky; author Sarah M. Broom; producer and director Greg Berlanti alongside soccer player and producer Robbie Rogers; chef Kristen Kish; US army veteran Anthony Woods; TikTok duo Ebony and Denise from Team2Moms; as well as photographers Micaiah Carter, Soraya Zaman, and Cass Bird with her family. This campaign shares their messages to the world about identity, racism, liberty, individuality and what they stand for. 



ralph lauren pride collection



Ralph Lauren is also partnering with key LGBTQIA+ media outlets globally and cover issues that speak to the community year-round. Support will kick off with virtual Instagram Live, You Tube and Twitch Events that celebrate Pride month, amplifying queer voices and hosting conversations of community changemakers.



The Polo Pride capsule collection features the iconic Polo Pony reimagined in rainbow colors. The collection consists of a Polo shirt, graphic tee, tank top, sweatshirt, flag sweater, fanny pack, baseball cap, water bottle, socks, and a dog Polo. Additionally, Ralph Lauren Fragrances is introducing limited-edition Pride packaging on select fragrances along with a supplemental donation to the Stonewall Community Foundation.



The Pride capsule collection is currently available globally on RalphLauren.com.


]]>
Indian design label Satya Paul names designer Rajesh Pratap Singh as Creative Director http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6079 June 24, 2020: One of the first few designer labels from India - Satya Paul – has announced the appointment of Indian designer Rajesh Pratap Singh as the Chief Creative Director for the brand. In his role, the new chief will oversee artistic direction for all Satya Paul collections for women and men and present his first in Fall/Winter 2020-21.



Satya paul phool



A critically acclaimed designer with expertise across menswear, womenswear and accessories, Mr. Singh has a unique signature style that draws from his Indian roots to craft artisanal garments that stand apart due to their careful detailing and international silhouettes. His clothes have a global appeal yet remain passionately Indian, qualities he shares with the house of Satya Paul.



“I have great respect for the brand’s heritage and creative integrity of the design house. And I’m particularly excited for the potential of this brand”, said Mr. Singh. “We will look to reference its archives and history while drawing parallels to modernity.”


]]>
Inspired by the somber season, Good Earth launches collection titled ‘Still’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6077 Good earth Home cushions 2020



June 20, 2020: Indian brand Good Earth has launched ‘STILL’, a home and apparel summer 2020 collection inspired by the moments of stillness and their subtle charm, and the quietude that the season brings with it. The sublime range of apparel and home linen captures the unhurried languor of summer and celebrates the simple yet delightful everyday pleasures of relaxing, reflecting and connecting with the stillness inside you. 



Chaya (meaning shade from heat) is a line-up of classic Sustain silhouettes and loungewear. Kurtas, dresses, and pants, crafted in diaphanous Chanderis and the softest handloom cottons – uplifted with hints of embroidery, are presented in an all-white palette. The collection also includes a loungewear capsule of chogas and kaftans for a relaxed time. In soothing whites and indigos, these are crafted in light-as-air muslins with fine jamdani motifs deftly woven into the fabric.



Good earth white kaftan 2020



To drape homes with serene moments of calm, there is Chand Bagh (literally translating as Moon Garden) - a selection of home and table linen in tranquil ivories made with natural linens and cottons. This all-white bed collection, is highlighted with tonal embroidery in a floral jaal pattern, to create the perfect vision of summer. The selection of textured and embroidered cushions in bright prints and neutral tones, features florals, ikat patterns, and delicate embellishments. 



The STILL collection is available at all Good Earth stores and on the web boutique.


]]>
The first Breguet tourbillon ever sold commercially is up for auction by Sotheby’s http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6076 Breguet pocket watch for King George III



June 19, 2020: Demanding a live auction in these current, unstable times, Sotheby’s London will unveil one of the most important watches created by Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) on July 14, 2020. Discreetly sold to King George III in 1808, in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, Mr. Breguet’s gold four-minute tourbillon watch will be offered as part of a single-owner auction with an estimate of £700,000 to 1 million (US$ 895,000-1.3m). 



Daryn Schnipper, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s Watch Division, said, “This watch not only captures Breguet’s genius – the ability to conceal layers of complexity behind apparent simplicity – it also encapsulates why historic timepieces are so relevant today. They transcend the function of mere timekeeping to tell us the history of the modern world. This notion was the driving force for the connoisseur who owned this watch: he painstakingly assembled one of the finest collections of horological treasures, whimsical automata, objects of vertu and unpublished letters by the great visionaries of modern history.”



Engraved with King George III’s royal cypher and the letters G & R, the watch is most probably the first tourbillon Breguet sold commercially and is groundbreaking from many points of view.



Breguet pocket watch for King George III



An avid supporter of the sciences, King George III (1738-1820) was also passionate about horology and assembled a remarkable collection of clocks and watches. This passion led the king to brave the blockade isolating Britain from the rest of Europe in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) to purchase what was then considered cutting-edge technology. For King George III to purchase a French watch during this period would have seemed unthinkable. To prevent the chance of its seizure, the watch appeared from the outside to be unsigned: Breguet only signed the tourbillon carriage inside the watch. The piece – recorded as No. 1297 in Breguet’s archives - was sent to Recordon, Breguet's London agent for the King on 29 June 1808 and sold for FF 4,800, a huge sum at the time. George III actually never fully paid for the watch. The Georgian Papers archive contains a bill ‘reminder’ from 1812 which is addressed to the Prince Regent and lists four Breguet pieces for which payments remain outstanding. The first in the list is no. 1297.



The watch created a sensation when it appeared for sale at Sotheby’s from a private collection in November 1999, selling for £551,500. Carefully stored since 1999, the watch has survived in extraordinarily original condition.


]]>
Emma Watson, Jean Liu & Tidjane Thiam join the Board of Kering as Directors http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6075 June 17, 2020: The shareholders of Kering Group (parent company of brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Boucheron, Pomellato, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux and more) have approved the appointment of Ms. Jean Liu, Mr. Tidjane Thiam and Ms. Emma Watson as Directors. 



Emma Watson Kering Group



Ms. Watson has also been appointed Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the Board of Directors, while Mr. Thiam was appointed Chair of the Audit Committee. 



François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Jean Liu, Tidjane Thiam and Emma Watson to our Board of Directors. Their respective knowledge and competences, and the multiplicity of their backgrounds and perspectives will be invaluable additions to Kering’s Board of Directors. The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of our organization. I am proud to add such impressive talents to the team.” 



Jean Liu Kering Group



Ms. Liu is the President of Didi Chuxing, a multi-modal mobile transportation platform, delivering over 10 billion orders a year to over 550 million users across Asia, Latin America and Australia. She champions a more collaborative approach for the new tech sector to work with policymakers, the public sector and the automotive industry to address the world’s urban services, environmental and employment challenges. Jean Liu is also an advocate for women’s empowerment in the tech and sharing economy sectors, in part through the DiDi Women’s Network, the first career development program for women in the Chinese internet sector.



Mr. Thiam served as CEO of Credit Suisse Group AG from July 2015 to February 2020. In April 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairperson of the African Union, appointed Mr. Thiam as African Union Special Envoy on COVID-19. Throughout his career, Mr. Thiam has led organizations in both the private and public sectors, and has developed projects and programs that stimulate businesses and economies.



Tidjane Thiam kering Group



Ms. Watson is a British actor and activist. Her filmography includes the Harry Potter series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, Noah and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She most recently starred in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. Among her other achievements, French President Emmanuel Macron invited her to sit on the G7’s advisory Gender Equality Council in 2019. She is also a pioneer in advocating for sustainable fashion and is a supporter of Good On You, a mobile app which allows consumers to check the sustainability credentials of clothing brands.



In 2019, Kering had over 38,000 employees and revenue of €15.9 billion.


]]>
Gucci launches ‘Off The Grid’, an eco-friendly collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6074 June 17, 2020: Kickstarting its sustainable initiative called ‘Gucci Circular Lines’, the brand has announced the launch of Gucci Off The Grid under it, designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele.



Gucci Off the Grid collection



Designed keeping the environment in mind, Gucci Off The Grid uses recycled, organic, bio-based and sustainably sourced materials, including ECONYL, a regenerated nylon made from nylon offcuts and pre- and post-consumer waste.



The collection comprises genderless luggage, accessories, footwear and ready-to-wear. Gucci is also releasing a global campaign conceived by Mr. Michele, shot by photographer and director Harmony Korine, and features Jane Fonda, Academy Award-winning actress, producer, author and activist; guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor Miyavi; David de Rothschild, environmentalist and explorer; GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, singer and songwriter Lil Nas X; and King Princess, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and music producer. The campaign is a juxtaposition between a rustic treehouse, constructed in the heart of a towering concrete and glass modern metropolis. 



Gucci Off the Grid collection



Mr. Michele says: “The collection is the result of teamwork; everybody brought something to it. And in the campaign, too, there is this idea of dialogue among people building something new. I imagined that we could build a treehouse in a city centre, all together, like kids playing in the park. Because all of us need to build this house or to find out that our planet exists, even where it seems it’s not there, or it’s far away."


]]>
Michael Kors announces changes to its fashion calendar & supply http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6072 June 15, 2020: In congruence with many other designers, and as a response to the current COVID-19 crisis, designer Michael Kors announced that he will not present his fashion show during New York Fashion Week in September. The brand’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection will be presented sometime between mid-October and mid-November 2020 with a new format of presentation.



Michael Kors Fashion Calendar



Michael Kors Collection will now present and produce two collections per year: spring/summer and fall/winter. Elaborating on his decision, Mr. Kors said, “I have for a long time thought that the fashion calendar needs to change. It’s exciting for me to see the open dialogue within the fashion community about the calendar—from Giorgio Armani to Dries Van Noten to Gucci to YSL to major retailers around the globe—about ways in which we can slow down the process and improve the way we work. We’ve all had time to reflect and analyze things, and I think many agree that it’s time for a new approach for a new era.”



Deliveries of Michael Kors Collection product will be scheduled to arrive in store incrementally over the spring/summer and fall/winter seasons, more closely reflecting how customers in today’s world actually live and shop. “It is imperative that we give the consumer time to absorb the fall deliveries, which will just be arriving in September, and not confuse them with an overabundance of additional ideas, new seasons, products and images,” says Kors.



Mr. Kors takes inspiration from the time prior to the late 1990s, when the New York Spring collections were shown from late October to the beginning of November, after the Paris collections. Mr. Kors adds, “That calendar was in place for many decades and worked quite smoothly, and particularly in this age with the speed of social media, showing the collection closer to when it will be delivered makes logical sense to me.”



Additionally, the company will sell the collection to retailers prior to when they reveal it publicly and to the press, allowing for the supply chains and factories to have the appropriate time to produce and ship new clothing and accessories. In a bid to create a healthier pace, Mr. Kors explains, “I feel that these changes are long overdue and will be a huge win-win, most importantly for the consumer."


]]>
Christie's is back With Another Online Sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6070 June 10, 2020: Christie's Online Sale -  'Arts of India: Heavenly Gods and earthy pleasures' brings together a selection of over 30 fine paintings and 20 courtly objects from a range of artistic centres throughout India. The sale illustrates the variety of classical Indian painting traditions, many with depictions of Hindu gods and heroes and scenes from well-known epics. The sale is curated with iconic examples from the Mughal, Deccani, Rajasthani, Pahari, and Company schools of painting.



Christie's Online Sale - Arts of India: Heavenly Gods and earthy pleasures, from 4-25 June 2020



 



Amongst the objects are fine examples of silver-inlaid bidri ware and a selection of magnificent gem-set and enamelled arms and armour, which display the wealth and grandeur of India’s regional courts. The sale also includes an opulent collection of 25 hand-woven and intricately embroidered Kashmir shawls dating from the 18th to the late 19th century, an early Indian dhurrie that was purchased in Egypt in 1928 and brought to England onboard the SS Empress of France and an imposing carpet from the Deccan that was formerly owned by the renowned American interior designer, Michael S. Smith. With estimates ranging from £200 to £35,000, and a rich selection of splendid patterns, colours and designs, this sale presents a fantastic opportunity for new and seasoned collectors alike. 



Christie's Online Sale - Arts of India: Heavenly Gods and earthy pleasures, from 4-25 June 2020


]]>
Fabergé Supports The Hunger Project’s COVID-19 Appeal http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6069 June 08, 2020:  For 28 May - World Hunger Day, Fabergé  reveals a new Rose Gold Rainbow Surprise Locket, raising funds for The Hunger Project’s COVID-19 Appeal until 31 st August 2020.



Fabergé Supports The Hunger Project’s COVID-19 Appeal



 



This beautiful piece comes with a heartfelt message embedded within, with 50% of the purchase price* from the sale of each piece being donated to The Hunger Project UK, in support of their work empowering people across Africa, South Asia and Latin America. In conjunction with this launch, Fabergé will also be donating 50% of the purchase price* from sales of their Colours of Love Multicolour and Rainbow Fluted Rings to the appeal. The rainbow has become a symbol of hope, unity and solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic, a reminder that after darkness comes light. Fabergé was inspired by this emblem of hope and has created a new surprise locket with a rainbow nestled inside to show support for those in crisis, and those working hard to protect the vulnerable.



Fabergé Supports The Hunger Project’s COVID-19 Appeal



The 18k rose gold egg locket opens at the touch of a diamond button to reveal a vibrant lacquered rainbow hidden within. The bursts of red, yellow and blue are  accented with 3 round white diamonds and 1 round Gemfields emerald to symbolise light after a storm.  The Fabergé Rose Gold Rainbow Surprise Locket retails at £5,040/$5,775. The Colours of Love Multicolour and Rainbow Multicolour Fluted Rings retail for £2,520/$2,835. 50% of the purchase price* from the sale of each pendant and ring until 31 st August 2020 will be donated to The Hunger Project’s COVID-19 Appeal. To place an order visit faberge.com or email sales@faberge.com.


]]>
PANGAIA Supports World Ocean Day http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6068 June 08, 2020: In honor of World Oceans Day (8th June), PANGAIA launches a collection of products inspired by our big blue planet. This includes Hoodies, Track Pants, T-shirt (Organic Cotton T-shirt, Crop T-shirt, Long Sleeve Crop t-shirt), Sweatshirt, Short Shorts and Long Shorts.



World Oceans Day - PANGAIA To Launch Collection in Honour Our 'Big Blue'



The colors are inspired by the natural hues found in the world’s 3 largest bodies of water: The Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. PANGAIA uses 100% GOTS Certified organic cotton which is a chemical-free and non-irritant fabric. The brand has taken precautions to ensure it is completely safe, free from toxic colors, fragrances, bleaches and other harmful products. The vibrant colors of the Ocean Collection were created using environmentally Friendly Dyes and a recycled water system.



This new collection joins the company's other philanthropical efforts, such as their existing partnership with SeaTrees in an effort to help reverse climate change — restoring, planting and protecting coastal ecosystems which store CO2 in the most efficient & effective way.   The collection will range from £69-£154 / $85-$190 / €77-€172 and will be available on www.thepangaia.com on Monday 8th June 2020.



World Oceans Day - PANGAIA To Launch Collection in Honour Our 'Big Blue'


]]>
New Sanitizing Kits On The Block http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6067 June 08, 2020: Pinetti, an Italian brand exclusively available at Sources Unlimited, has specially designed new practical kits to keep masks, gloves, tissues and hand sanitizer in one place. A smart solution for stores, showrooms, hotels or meeting rooms, and also available with a stand, it is ideal to maintain a clean and sanitized environment.



Pinetti Launches Their New Sanitizing Kits (Available in India by Sources Unlimited)





The new sanitizing kits are available in India by Sources Unlimited in a variety of colours.



Available at: Sources Unlimited, Unit No. 356/357, MG Road, Next To Sultanpur Metro Station, New Delhi

Ph: +91 8510 098 000


]]>
Chopard Pays Tribute To Nature http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6066 June 05, 2020: Official partner of the Cannes International Film Festival since 1998, Chopard annually unveils an Haute Joaillerie collection named Red Carpet. A great lover of Nature, Caroline Scheufele has chosen this subject as the main theme for the 2020 Red Carpet Collection. The first creations provide a foretaste of the 73 models that will compose this precious “jewellery casket” inspired by natural enchantment.



Caroline Scheufele, Co-President & Artistic Director of Chopard and initiator of its Journey to Sustainable Luxury, is celebrating the environment, along with its flora and fauna, with her new collection.


 


The creative soul of Chopard and initiator of its Journey to Sustainable Luxury, Caroline Scheufele has decided to celebrate the environment, along with its flora and fauna, by choosing 'Nature' as the main theme of this 13th collection. Chopard is thus exclusively revealing the first creations stemming from the brilliant talent deployed in its workshops: an “Owl” jewellery watch featuring two dials surrounded by multicoloured sapphires forming the eyes of the nocturnal creature; a pair of “Orchids” earrings featuring incredibly natural-looking sapphire petals and tsavorite buds; “Gingko” earrings and ring composed of pear-shaped emeralds, tsavorites and yellow sapphires in shades evoking the foliage of this majestic tree; as well as a series of “Polar bear” and “Seal” diamond rings.



Caroline Scheufele, Co-President & Artistic Director of Chopard and initiator of its Journey to Sustainable Luxury, is celebrating the environment, along with its flora and fauna, with her new collection.


 

]]>
AMPM Launches New Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6064 June 04, 2020:  For Spring/Summer ‘20, AMPM presents THE SAFARI EDIT from Amah’le, a collection of timeless, artistic pieces that celebrate the progressive art, pottery, wildlife and culture of Africa.



AMPM unveils its second drop - The Safari Edit from its Spring Summer'20 collection - Amah'le.



AMPM creates fashion that is timeless and wearable over seasons. THE SAFARI EDIT from Amah’le, which roughly translates to ‘the finest’ in Zulu, captures enigmatic and feminine sensibilities in silhouettes like breezy kaftans, spliced tonal dresses and belted tunics.



Taking a leaf from the unparalleled African Safari experience, airy silhouettes and handcrafted leather accessories are designed in sun-drenched hues and shades curated from the savannah. The wilderness-inspired prints beautifully exemplify AMPM’s signature artistry and artistic brilliance. The collection is a refined manifestation of understated glamour and effortless elegance. These mindfully designed pieces are truly versatile and have an everlasting essence for the discerning eye.



AMPM unveils its second drop - The Safari Edit from its Spring Summer'20 collection - Amah'le.



 


]]>
Kering Stands in Solidarity Against Racism http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6063 June 04, 2020: Kering and all its brands have stood in solidarity against racism. Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, Dodo, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux and Kering Eyewear acknowledge that words alone are not enough and contribute to organizations focused on combating systemic racism and ending police violence towards the Black community in the United States.



 



Kering makes a donation to fight and eliminate race-based discrimination



On behalf of all its brands, Kering is making a donation to the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), which fights to eliminate race-based discrimination in the United States. Campaign Zero, an organization that aims to reduce police violence in the United States. Every day, the Group and its brands will continue to develop initiatives and internal programs to foster respect, equality and fairness, recognizing that it is a journey and committed to continue doing the work.


]]>
Gucci Enters Tennis Clash http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6060 May 29, 2020: In an innovative move, Tennis Clash fans will also be able to buy themselves outfits that mirror those on screen from the Gucci website, which brings the virtual and real worlds together. Gucci announces a partnership with the world's favourite mobile tennis game: Tennis Clash.



Gucci announces a partnership with the world's favourite tennis mobile game: Tennis Clash, where players will discover exclusive Gucci outfits and be able to participate in a special Gucci tournament.

Through this new collaboration, starting from June 18th, players will discover exclusive Gucci outfits and be able to participate in a special Gucci tournament. Wildlife will create outfits for two characters based on Gucci designs; there will be two looks for ‘Diana’, and two for ‘Jonah’, which players can adopt for these virtual competitors. The special Gucci wardrobe will include shoes, socks, headgear, and clothing. From the Tennis Clash game, players will be allowed to directly land on Gucci.com where they will be able to discover and buy the garments.

Users will be able to play in a new in-game tournament branded as the Gucci Open. Tournaments are a limited-time game mode where you compete against other players to score the most points in a series of matches. To complete the experience, during these tournaments, players will also be able to use a new Gucci branded tennis string. Tennis Clash is consistently featured in the Top 5 Sports Games on the App Store and was recently selected as one of Google Play’s ‘5 Best Competitive Games of 2019’. Tennis Clash is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.



Gucci announces a partnership with the world's favourite tennis mobile game: Tennis Clash, where players will discover exclusive Gucci outfits and be able to participate in a special Gucci tournament.



The House already pioneered the relationship between the world of fashion and that of gaming through Gucci Arcade, a section of the Gucci App launched in July 2019 which is dedicated to games – such as Gucci Bee, Gucci Ace and Gucci Grip, Gucci Lips, GG Psychedelic and Gucci Mascara Hunt - that allow users to play with the brand’s characters.


]]>
The World of Picasso: An Online Auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6059 May 29, 2020: Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. In their latest online auction, which hosts Pablo Picasso's work is open for bidding from 8 – 18 June 2020.



Sotheby's online auction of Pablo Picasso's entire oeuvre, from palettes and paintings to prints and photographs, including works from the personal collection of the artist’s granddaughter, Marina is open for bidding



Pablo Picasso was an individual who shaped art history like no other. Turning his hand to virtually every medium, Picasso suffused every element of culture with his signature, instantly recognisable, yet constantly evolving – style. This online auction will celebrate the enduring legacy of the artist with works from across Picasso’s entire oeuvre in both date and scope, including paintings, drawings, unique ceramics, editions, photographs, and even paint palettes. Over sixty works in the sale come from the personal collection of the artist’s granddaughter, Marina Picasso, and with estimates starting from £400, going up to £400,000, this is the perfect opportunity to dive into the life and work of this exceptional artist. The works will be exhibited to the public, with appropriate safety restrictions in place, from 15 to 18 June, and viewing is available by appointment on request prior to those dates.



Sotheby's online auction of Pablo Picasso's entire oeuvre, from palettes and paintings to prints and photographs, including works from the personal collection of the artist’s granddaughter, Marina is open for bidding



“Over the past few years, we have seen incredibly strong demand for Picasso as collectors across the world seek to acquire works of all media and periods by the most globally recognised artist of our time. This sale allows the viewer to explore the full gamut of his production, and invites them to pick their favourite from decades of experimentation – with subjects ranging from the swashbuckling matador and mythological minotaur to the myriad muses that made their mark.” – Holly Braine, Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Specialist



Sotheby's online auction of Pablo Picasso's entire oeuvre, from palettes and paintings to prints and photographs, including works from the personal collection of the artist’s granddaughter, Marina is open for bidding


]]>
Breitling's Limited-Edition Watch supports Healthcare professionals fighting COVID-19 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6057 May 22, 2020: Breitling's Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition was launched during the brand’s first-ever Summit Webcast streamed globally. The Summit audience saw its rainbow-inspired design elements as symbols of hope and optimism, and the overwhelmingly positive feedback led Breitling to launch a second edition, this time with a blue dial, limited to 1000 pieces.



The Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II supports a great cause. Part of the proceeds from the watch is being donated to charities supporting the frontline healthcare workers in some of the most affected countries. Breitling is also donating an additional CHF 1000 to these charities for each of the first 100 Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II watches sold via www.breitling.com. In total, Breitling will donate CHF 500,000.



Breitling's Limited-Edition Watch supports Healthcare professionals fighting COVID-19



The remarkable commitment of the healthcare professionals, combined with the enthusiastic feedback for its first rainbow watch, led Breitling to create the Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II, which features a blue dial and rainbow design elements. The brand wanted to make a meaningful gesture in support of the healthcare workers and is contributing part of the proceeds from the new watch to charities in the countries hit hardest by the pandemic.



Breitling has also announced that one of the Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II watches will be auctioned by Charitybuzz, an organization known for its auctions of unique gifts and experiences in support of worthy causes, in June. The winning bidder will be given the unique opportunity to have a digital live chat with Kelly Slater, who is a member of Breitling Surfers Squad and arguably the greatest surfer of all time. The proceeds from the Charitybuzz auction will benefit Direct Relief, a US-based charity.



 



Breitling's Limited-Edition Watch supports Healthcare professionals fighting COVID-19


]]>
Gucci launches #StandWithWomen Campaign to Support Women And Girls http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6056 May 22, 2020: Women and girls are disproportionately affected during times of crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified underlying gender inequities, including violence against women. Building on its ongoing efforts to help fight COVID-19 outbreak, Gucci, through its CHIME FOR CHANGE initiative,  and the KERING FOUNDATION have joined forces for #StandWithWomen, a new campaign to expand funding for nonprofit organizations on the frontlines of supporting women and girls around the world, and addressing gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.



The #StandWithWomen campaign was announced by CHIME FOR CHANGE Co-Founder and KERING FOUNDATION Board Director Salma Hayek Pinault with a video message calling for the global community to unite with women around the world and take a symbolic ‘stand’ against gender-based violence, especially during this time when access to health services and other resources is limited. Now more than ever is the time to join together to protect the health, safety and human rights of girls and women around the world,” Hayek Pinault said. “We stand in solidarity with women everywhere to put a stop to gender-based violence. We stand in solidarity with women everywhere because we cannot risk the progress we have made in the long fight for gender equality.”



Gucci launches #StandWithWomen Campaign to Support Women And Girls


Through #StandWithWomen, Gucci and the KERING FOUNDATION aim to confront the systemic issues affecting girls and women that have been exacerbated by this public health and economic crisis. Due to the current impact of the pandemic, as well as anticipated longer-term reductions in resources globally, without action and support for women-led organizations, the hard-fought gains made towards achieving gender equality is at real risk of regressing.



Through crowdfunding partner Global Giving, CHIME FOR CHANGE and the KERING FOUNDATION invite supporters around the world to join the campaign and directly contribute to #StandWithWomen at a dedicated webpage, globalgiving.org/standwithwomen.


]]>
A New Global 20th Century Art Sale- Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Lichtenstein and Zao Wou-Ki http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6054 May 19, 2020: On July 10, Christie’s will present ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century, a new auction event offering Impressionist and Modern, Post-War and Contemporary art and Design. Utilizing streaming technology, the first of its kind relay-style auction will take place in real-time across the time zones from four of the art world’s major hubs: Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York. The sale will offer a range of exceptional works over four consecutive sessions led by principle auctioneers in each region, starting in Hong Kong.



 A New Global 20th Century Art Sale- Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Lichtenstein and Zao Wou-Ki





Pablo Picasso’s Les femmes d'Alger (version 'F'), 17 January 1955 (estimate in the region of US$25 million) will highlight the group of works being sold in New York. The present work hails from the artist’s renowned series of fifteen canvases based on Eugène Delacroix’s masterwork Les femmes d’Alger executed between 13 December 1954 and 14 February 1955. Version F was painted around the halfway point in the cycle, and is the culminating, most fully resolved canvas from the first phase of the series. The New York section will be led by Roy Lichtenstein’s monumentally scaled, Nude with Joyous Painting(estimate in the region of US$30 million). Painted in 1994 and belonging to an important private American collection, Nude with Joyous Painting is a tour-de-force of Pop Art and Lichtenstein’s last great series of nudes that the artist began in 1993 and continued until his death in 1997. Annie, 1962 is a groundbreaking early painting by Ed Ruscha (estimate: US$20-30 million), which will also be offered from New York. Leading the Hong Kong selection is Zao Wou-Ki’s dramatic masterpiece 21.10.63 (estimate in excess of US$10 million). Two meters high, 21.10.63 is the largest red painting from the artist’s Hurricane Period and is a dazzling example of the artist’s power and virtuosity during the most energetic period of his career.  



 A New Global 20th Century Art Sale- Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Lichtenstein and Zao Wou-Ki



The new auction will replace the New York 20th Century Evening sale previously scheduled for the week of 22 June. Each city will host a pre-sale public exhibition staged in line with the appropriate regional health advice at the time, complemented by a ground-breaking virtual exhibition and digital marketing campaign to connect with global audiences and support the auction event. Bidders will be able to participate both online, via Christie’s LIVE online bidding channel, and where regional, government advice allows, clients and phone bidders will be welcomed in each saleroom location. 


]]>
Oldest Surviving Cognacs in the World to be Offered by Sotheby's http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6050 May 14, 2020: Sotheby’s Wine, with a store located within the auction house’s worldwide headquarters on New York’s Upper East Side, offers a carefully curated selection of wines from the world’s most prestigious producers and important regions. The year 1762 is notable for a number of historic events. At the Maison Gautier in France, a family business that had only seven years previously obtained a Royal Warrant to produce Cognac, with a founding charter signed by King Louis XV. History was also in the making for what has been described in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest cognac vintage ever sold at auction.



Oldest Surviving Cognacs in the World to be Offered by Sotheby's


 


Only three bottles of the exceedingly rare Gautier Cognac 1762 remain to this day, having been held in the same family for generations with their original labels attached. The last and largest of these remaining bottles, known as “Grand Frère”, or the “Big Brother”, will headline Sotheby’s online sale, Distilled | Iconic Samaroli, Dalmore 62 and The World’s Oldest Cognac, open for bidding from 14 to 28 May 2020.

Estimated at £80,000-160,000, this bottle of one of the oldest surviving cognacs in the world has come to represent a piece of liquid history. With the little sister (“petite soeur”) housed in the Gautier Museum, and the little brother (“petit frère”) sold at auction in New York in 2014, the appearance of this bottle on the market is exceptional indeed. The winning bidding will also enjoy a bespoke experience at Maison Gautier, courtesy of the distillery.



The sale features an important Italian collection of Samaroli of a magnitude that is truly rare. Silvano Samaroli’s bottles are widely regarded as the greatest whiskies ever produced and as a result, they are now extremely scarce. The Dalmore 62 Year Old is one of the oldest whiskies to have been released from the Dalmore Distillery, with only 12 bottles made available. The sale will present Bottles #2, “The Mackenzie” and Bottle #5, “The Cromarty”, estimated at £75,000-100,000 per bottle.



Oldest Surviving Cognacs in the World to be Offered by Sotheby's


 


Jonny Fowle, Sotheby’s Spirits Specialist, said: “The Gautier 1762 is renowned and revered across the world as a Cognac that transcends the world of spirits collecting. This bottle represents not only an example of pre-phylloxera viticulture but also of early cask maturation from the dawn of Gautier’s production and even precedes the French Revolution. This bottle contains a distillation not only of superb brandy but also of Cognac’s history.”



Comprising 216 lots, Distilled is estimated to bring a combined total in the region of £1.1 million.



 


]]>
Gucci Is Back With a New Launch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6049 May 14, 2020: Colour is the key to the spirit of freedom and playfulness in Gucci’s Towards the Sun collection. The new range interprets the House aesthetic in a manner that evokes the idea of light and warmth, with a range of pastels reflecting a mood of joy and optimism.



The Italian Luxury House launches a new capsule collection - 'Towards the Sun'



The collection has the benefit of being both formal and informal, offering highly versatile designs suited to many occasions. Refined, elegant and contemporary, the Towards the Sun pieces – which comprise of bags, shoes, ready-to-wear, accessories and small leather goods – have a characterful, informal spirit and are enriched by the presence of Gucci House motifs and hardware.



For the GG Marmont 2.0, the flap bag with shoulder strap comes in three sizes (mini, small and medium), the camera case in two (mini and small) and there are also two sizes of the top-handle bag (mini and small). For the first time, the House features the metal GG detail in shiny silver. The fresh colour palette ranges from unicolour baby pink, light blue, pastel yellow and water green, to a multicolour version which blends them all together. Exotics complete the offer, adding a refined touch: crocodile for the small shoulder bag, and python for the same style and small camera case. The exotics come in all the pastel colours, and their shiny finish gives these pieces a distinctly luxurious look. There is also a group of GG Marmont 2.0 pieces in white diagonal quilted leather with contrasting blue piping. This classic colour combination of white and blue has a nautical look, and each piece features the gold twisted torchon Double G buckle detail. As well as being offered in bags – the mini shoulder bag and mini bucket bag – the blue and white treatment is also applied to a wallet on a chain, other wallets, a pouch and card cases.



The Italian Luxury House launches a new capsule collection - 'Towards the Sun'



 


]]>
When Jewellery Mirrors Art - Chopard Comes With A New Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6047 May 12, 2020: Chopard launches its latest jewellery collection ‘Happy Spirit’ from ‘Spring Novelties 2020’. The Happy Spirit collection symbolises the cardinal values permeating the Maison Chopard.



Chopard launches 'Happy Spirit' jewellery - a metaphor and stylish reflection of vibrant moments

The jewellery collection is imbued with multiple artistic sources, which vividly embodies through its light effects and pure lines.  A metaphor and a stylish reflection of vibrant momentum, Happy Spirit captures the spirit of a mineral heart–that of a diamond–surrounded and further enhanced by concentric circles. Happy Spirit jewellery is reinvented through a new design that is sleeker, lighter and more luminous than ever.  It comes as a collection of necklaces and pendants of different sizes, equally capable of enhancing a cashmere sweater or a full-length evening gown. Depending on their size, one to three dancing diamonds rotate, protected by several nested circles, the collection also features ear studs and a pair of sleeper earrings as well as rings and bangles. Each model is made of 18-carat ethical gold–to which the Maison has been officially committed since July 2018–available in two versions:diamond-set white gold or two-tone polished rose and white gold.



HappySpirit is available in a complete range of necklaces, pendants, rings, earrings and bangles in 18-carat gold and diamonds. All carry within them the joyful radiance of endless celebration.


]]>
Zaabel Jewelry Brings in New Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6045 May 07, 2020: With their enviable skill in taking traditional stones and creating modern designs for contemporary women, this season fine jeweller Zaabel turns their attention to the pearl. The brand offers its take on pearls to modernize one's jewellery box.



Fine jeweller Zaabel turns its attention to precious pearls.



Zaabel works exclusively with talented craftsmen in India and each piece is handmade. This attention to detail and execution highlights the organic aspect of Zaabel’s jewellery and at the same time makes each piece unique. Zaabel offers unusual settings such as emeralds, rubies and sapphires set on pearls, and freshwater pearls exquisitely wrapped in 14kt gold and set with blue sapphire and tsavorites.



To view the full range of Zaabel jewellery and purchase online, please visit the website international e- commerce store at www.zaabel.com and from La Maison Couture www.lamaisoncouture.com.



Fine jeweller Zaabel turns its attention to precious pearls



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 


]]>
Gucci launches a new limited-edition eyewear collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6044 May 07, 2020: Gucci presents a new limited-edition eyewear collection exclusive to Gucci.com, which is characterised by bold detachable chains that dangle from the glasses’ temples, displaying logoed earrings.



Gucci launches a new limited-edition eyewear collection



This innovative idea stems from Gucci’s belief that people should be able to express character and personality through their clothing and accessories, and is typical of Gucci’s unconventional approach, transforming eyewear by adding an unexpected element of playfulness. The collection has its own dedicated packaging: a pink velvet and red glasses case and a red carry pouch. A label in the case specifies that these sunglasses belong to a limited edition, exclusively created for Gucci.com. Three limited-edition sunglasses styles are available, and each comes in two different colours. The availability is truly restricted, with only 100 pairs of each version being made. To promote the collection, Gucci has shot a campaign in and around a sunlit swimming pool, and on a beach.



The styles are available exclusively on Gucci.com, worldwide from April 30, 2020.



Gucci launches a new limited-edition eyewear collection


]]>
Christie's Returns with Another Splendid Private Sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6043 May 04, 2020: Christie’s presents NWA 12691, a significant lunar rock, one of the largest known lunar rocks in existence. Moonrock is among the rarest substances on Earth, with less than 650 kg. of lunar meteorites known to exist. This example is the fifth largest piece of the Moon on Earth, larger than any returned by the Apollo programme. Valued at about £2 million, the specimen is available for immediate purchase via Christie’s Private Sales.



Christie’s to Offer one of the Largest Lunar Meteorites in Existence for Private Sale


 


James Hyslop, Christie’s Head of Science & Natural History recounts: “I’ve been lucky enough to handle a few lunar meteorites at Christie’s over the years, but every time I see this specimen in the warehouse the sheer size of it bowls me over. Weighing over 13.5kg, it is so much larger than anything else that has ever been offered before. The experience of holding a piece of another world in your hands is something you never forget.”



Christie’s will also offer for private sale a group of 13 aesthetic iron meteorites. The collection, estimated in the region of £1.4 million, is available for immediate purchase via Christie’s Private Sales.



 


]]>
Chopard Comes with a New Launch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6041 April 30, 2020: Setting a watchmaking benchmark with its audacious designs, Chopard's latest Happy Sport watch and its legendary dancing diamonds are reinvented in two jewellery versions, showcasing diamonds by means of a prong setting. This new technical feature gives the diamonds a lighter and even more luminous effect.



Chopard Comes with a New Launch



The 36 mm case of these new jewellery versions of the Happy Sport, also entirely paved with brilliant-cut diamonds, is in 18-carat gold of ethical origin, with a first white gold version ensuring delightful harmony with the sparkle of the diamonds, and a second in rose gold creating stronger contrasts. Beneath the two sapphire crystals staging the dancing diamonds – of which there are seven on these two Happy Sport Joaillerie models – the textured mother-of- pearl dial has been meticulously engraved with a guilloché motif, a token of exquisite craftsmanship testifying to the attention Chopard devotes to detail.



At the heart of Happy Sport Joaillerie, Chopard has fit its ultra-thin 96.17-C mechanical movement with automatic winding, based on the very first calibre created by Chopard Manufacture. Happy Sport timepieces have found their place in the hall of fame of great

watchmaking classics. They are available in ethical white or rose gold.


]]>
A Buzz of Activity at the Home of Rolls-Royce http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6040 April 30, 2020: With the car manufacturing temporarily suspended, the Home of Rolls-Royce is producing the world’s most exclusive honey.



In their third full season of production, the dedicated 250,000-strong workforce in the company’s Apiary is set to exceed their 2020 volume targets for the ‘Rolls- Royce of Honey’. Rolls-Royce’s English Honey Bees are currently emerging from their hives and foraging on the half-a-million trees, shrubs and wildflowers flourishing across the 42-acre Rolls Royce site, plus the eight acres of sedum plants growing on the manufacturing plant’s ‘living roof’ – the largest of its kind in the UK. The more adventurous bees make sorties into the surrounding

Goodwood Estate, whose 12,000 acres of West Sussex countryside are among the glories of the South Downs National Park. 



A buzz of activity at the home of Rolls-Royce



The Rolls-Royce of Honey is meticulously handprocessed by local specialists and served to guests of the marque, including customers commissioning their motor cars in the company’s Atelier suite. The Apiary project is Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ response to the real and present threat facing Britain’s Honey Bee population. The Bee Lines initiative supports farmers and landowners in creating new flower-rich ‘corridors’ to link areas of habitat and help bees and other pollinator species to thrive. 



“The Apiary further underlines our commitment to the environment, which informs everything we do at Goodwood,” says Richard Carter, Director of Global Communications at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Our sustainable buildings, thermal ponds, rainwater management systems and wildfowl refuge have already made the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood one of the UK’s most eco-friendly manufacturing facilities. Through this project, which taps into the biodiversity of our site, including our huge living roof, we’re making an important contribution to

conserving Britain’s vital bee population.”


]]>
Earth Day 2020 - Pangaia Are Giving Back to Earth http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6038 April 28, 2020: On the occasion of Earth Day, PANGAIA has joined forces with SeaTrees to help reverse climate change — by restoring, planting and protecting coastal ecosystems which store CO2 most efficiently and effectively. Mangrove forests are 5x more effective at storing carbon compared to tropical forests.



PANGAIA has joined forces with SeaTrees to help reverse climate change — by restoring, planting and protecting coastal ecosystems



PANGAIA’s Mangrove Tree Planting System

For each product sold, PANGAIA plants 1 mangrove tree with SeaTrees on the customer’s behalf. One mangrove tree stores up to 1 ton of CO2.



Sea Trees

SeaTrees is the first blue-carbon, ocean focused platform taking action on the climate crisis by planting and protecting SeaTrees* in coastal ecosystems. This project directly enables the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), designed to transform our world for good by 2030.



PANGAIA has joined forces with SeaTrees to help reverse climate change — by restoring, planting and protecting coastal ecosystems



What is Blue Carbon?

Blue carbon is the carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems. SeaTrees focuses carbon on the coast — mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses. For example, over 95% of the carbon in seagrass meadows is stored in the soils (Blue Carbon Initiative).



PANGAIA x Sea Trees

PANGAIA is currently focusing on mangrove planting in Biak Island, Indonesia. This project restores and protects 1,000 hectares of highly degraded mangrove forest. It employs local villagers to plant a diverse mix of mangrove species, creating both jobs, healthy ecosystems and habitats. Biak Island’s mangrove estuaries are also 75% deforested, which is why this type of restoration seems extremely necessary.


]]>
Ermenegildo Zegna's SS'21 goes digital http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6037 April 28, 2020: Leading global luxury menswear brand, Ermenegildo Zegna's latest SS'21 has decided to go digital. Continuing the aim to bring the style and innovation, the brand would be celebrating its 110 years of history.



Ermenegildo Zegna's SS'21 goes digital



“I have always wanted to use alternative formats to communicate my creative process to an even wider audience. The idea that this season I will present the collection with a digital tool gives me great energy and freedom of thought because I can finally enter directly into people’s place,” affirms Alessandro Sartori, Artistic Director of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group.



The brand always takes as an inspiration to change the parameters of fashion and at the same time as an opportunity to share - the collections in a different way. The exclusive use of digital has become more important than ever now.


]]>
There’s a New Luxury House on the Block http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6036 April 26, 2020: Once owned by Meg Ryan, the exquisite home in San Francisco, California hit the market through Sotheby’s International Realty. She lived there with her then-husband Dennis Quaid in the early nineties.



San Francisco home formerly owned by Meg Ryan hits the market through Sotheby's International Realty



The home is the perfect blend of stylish, modern and spaciousness. Spreading over four floors, the home has five bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, a pent room with a bar and an elevator that connects each level. Modern touches bring the home into the 21 st  Century, complementing the luxurious features. On the exterior, a wall of glass separates the inside of the home from magnificent views across the bay, overlooking Alcatraz. The home boasts extravagant features such as a temperature-controlled wine room, timeless full bath, laundry room, mudroom and a three-car garage to complete the home.



It is available at a guide price of 19,950,000 USD through Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage



San Francisco home formerly owned by Meg Ryan hits the market through Sotheby's International Realty


]]>
Chopard joins in collaboration for a new watchmaking trade show http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6032 April 21, 2020: Chopard has decided to join a project led by Rolex, together with other prestigious Maisons including Patek Philippe, Chanel and Tudor. The objective of the project, in collaboration with the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), is to initiate a new watchmaking trade show to be held at the Palexpo centre in Geneva on the same dates as Watches & Wonders.



Chopard joins in collaboration for a new watchmaking trade show



The Scheufele family –leading the Maison for several generations looks forward to working with the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, whose support for ancestral crafts is fully aligned with Chopard’s vision. The new watchmaking trade show corresponds to a need expressed by our worldwide retail and media partners, to visit an annual unique and qualitative event.



Further, this initiative responds to a profound desire to promote watchmaking expertise in both Geneva and the surrounding region, while offering clients an exceptional experience showcasing the Maison’s watch and jewellery creations.



 



 


]]>
Ralph Lauren Expands its Earth Polo Into Protecting the Environment http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6031 April 21, 2020:  Amid the extremely difficult circumstances the globe is experiencing with COVID-19, it is becoming apparent in real-time how dramatic human impact has been on the Earth and how quickly a change needs to be made for the better. This has reinforced Polo Ralph Lauren’s commitment towards protecting the environment by using 170 million plastic bottles in its product and packaging by 2025.



The brand is expanding its Earth Polo shirt offering a larger capsule consisting of new colours and designs. The Earth Polo has been crafted from thread derived entirely from recycled plastic bottles and dyed in an innovative process that uses zero water. Each Earth Polo is made from an average of 12 plastic bottles. The Earth Polo will now be offered in 19 colourways for men including long-sleeve silhouettes, 7 colours for women, and 9 colours for kids, along with printed design options. The shirt is produced in partnership with First Mile, an organization with a global mission focused on sustainability and positive social impact. First Mile works with entrepreneurs from low-income communities to collect recyclable plastic bottles, which are then processed through a unique and eco-friendly manufacturing program and turned into high-quality yarn and ultimately fabric.



Ralph Lauren Expands its Earth Polo Into Protecting the Environment



In June 2019, the company published its full Global Citizenship and Sustainability Report, including its comprehensive strategy and goals. It pledged that by 2023, the brand will achieve zero waste to landfill across its distribution centres. It also stated that by 2025, it will achieve at least a 20% reduction in total water use across its operations and value chain, and 100% of its key production and packaging materials

will be sustainably sourced.



The Earth Polo will be available for men, women and kids in select retail stores globally and on RalphLauren.com



Ralph Lauren Expands its Earth Polo Into Protecting the Environment


]]>
Luxury Skincare brand, Sulwhasoo is all set to release  in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6030 April 16, 2020: Sulwhasoo represents a luxurious, state-of-the-art skincare range based on over five decades of research expertise. Global Beauty Company, Amorepacific Group unveils the launch of this luxury skincare house, in India exclusively with Nykaa.



Luxury Skincare brand, Sulwhasoo is all set to release  in India



Inspired by time-honoured Asian traditions and philosophy, Sulwhasoo presents a comprehensive skin solution, based on the theory of the seven-year cycle, which states that one goes through major physical change every seven years.  Intrigued by the ideology of harmony and balance, it boasts of powerful rejuvenation and healthier-looking skin, offering a multisensory experience through a luxurious range of time defying, anti-ageing, and skin-revitalizing skincare. reflects the unwavering power of Ginseng by transforming the legendary ingredient into skincare application and resilience. The brand has made a scientific breakthrough by studying not just the ginseng root that has been recognized for its exceptional efficacies, but also its leaves, stems, flowers, and berries that others have overlooked. 



Luxury Skincare brand, Sulwhasoo is all set to release  in India


Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum in 1997 was the first-ever boosting essence based on Korean herbal medicine. The secret of this serum lies in its unique JAUM Balancing Complex, Sulwhasoo’s heritage ingredient, which combines five ingredients carefully selected from 3000 herbs in traditional Korean medicine. Sulwhasoo’s product range synergize and care for the skin’ regenerative power,

vitality, glow, nourishment and elasticity.


Luxury Skincare brand, Sulwhasoo is all set to release  in India


 


Falguni Nayar, founder & CEO, Nykaa tells, ‘Through the last three years Nykaa has led the Korean beauty conversation in India, focusing on educating Indian customers on the novelty of the products and ingredients. This has resulted in incremental growth of the skincare category as our customers become more demanding and discerning about their choices.  We are very excited to launch Sulwhasoo in India with its unique and innovative solutions which are sure to delight our customers.’


Luxury Skincare brand, Sulwhasoo is all set to release  in India


 


Sulwhasoo is all set to spread its holistic horizon to the Indian Market, exclusively with the omnichannel partner, Nykaa. The offerings in the Indian Market boasts of the brand’s star serum, First Care Activating Serum and other signature products including Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Range, and Essential Range, to name a few. Sulwhasoo has established itself as an authentic global brand, operating in 12

global markets around the world such as South Korea, Mainland China, Singapore, Hong Kong (China), Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, the US, Canada and France.




 



Availability: Select Nykaa Luxe Stores, India | https://www.nykaa.com/


Luxury Skincare brand, Sulwhasoo is all set to release  in India


 

]]>
Fendi releases the Fendi Fab http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6028 April 15, 2020: Appearing for the first time in the Spring/Summer 2020 Collection, on the wave of the Karligraphy bag created in honour of late designer Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi's latest FENDI FAB bag has a vintage flair with a modern twist. The Maison’s compact flap bag has a cool crossbody attitude featuring a new squared FF logo buckle designed by Creative Director Silvia Venturini Fendi.  



Fendi releases the Fendi Fab



The FENDI FAB bag is created in printed leather paired with the traditional gold buckle or a more glamorous crystals buckle version, meeting every woman’s desire from a casual to an elegant look. Its leather adjustable strap gives the functionality and an easy to wear attitude. The colour palette goes from pop colours like acid green and yellow to natural hues like pale pink, black and brown cuoio colours.



Fendi releases the Fendi Fab



The FENDI FAB Bag is available in Fendi boutiques starting from February 2020 and on fendi.com. It has been presented in the latest Prefall 2020 Collection in a bigger functional size that will be available from May 2020 in Fendi boutiques.



Fendi releases the Fendi Fab



 


]]>
Louis Vuitton launches latest collection: “New Formals” http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6027 April 11, 2020: Louis Vuitton has launched its latest collection of men’s leather goods, “New Formals”. After the New Classics, the brand has introduced this new collection, an unprecedented series of bags that redefine businessman style, adding to the existing range of the ever-changing world of Men’s leather goods.



Louis Vuitton launches latest collection: “New Formals”





The fashion house has introduced four bags inspired by aesthetics introduced by Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh. The New Formals collection puts a luxurious spin on traditional business accessories. The collection includes the Soft Trunk Briefcase, Sac Plat Zippé, Cabas Business, and Armand Briefcase made from premium leather. These modern-day briefcases provide a whole new look and style to the typical businessman.



Louis Vuitton launches latest collection: “New Formals”Louis Vuitton launches latest collection: “New Formals”


]]>
Jaipur Watch Company Launches A New Bespoke Watch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6026 April 10, 2020:  Jaipur Watch Company, India's bespoke watchmaker has launched a bespoke gold watch using the last coin minted under the British Rule - a one Rupee coin from 1947. The brand is steeped in the age-old craftsmanship traditions of Jaipur and its history of regal lifestyle even as it leverages the evolution of technology that is changing the business of watchmaking. 



Jaipur Watch Company Launches A New Bespoke Watch



The watch is powered by a premium Swiss Quartz mechanical movement. Its belt is genuine high-quality hand-crafted leather. The outer dimension of the case is 39 mm. The crystal of the watch is made of sapphire. The screwed down back cover of the watch is made of gold. The coin has an Indian tiger standing and facing left. The legend below has India with the year 1947. The value of the coin is inscribed in Devanagari, English and Urdu.



Jaipur Watch Company Launches A New Bespoke Watch



 


]]>
Fabergé Unveils the Harrods Bear Pendant http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6025 April 10, 2020:  World’s most iconic artist jeweller, Fabergé reveal their latest locket surprise - a miniature golden figurine of the iconic Harrods ‘Green Man’ Bear.



Fabergé Unveils the Harrods Bear Pendant





Fabergé has perfectly captured the spirit of the Harrods Bear in this unique design. An 18k gold egg locket, hand-lacquered in Harrods’ iconic green, opens at the touch of a shining emerald button to reveal the charming 18k gold Bear surprise. Smartly dressed in the Harrod's ‘Green Man’ uniform, which has been meticulously hand-lacquered, with ‘H’ engraved on its foot and black diamond eyes, this pendant marks a signature design.


]]>
Shyamal & Bhumika launch their Summer Festive Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6021 March 28, 2020:   Today, Shyamal & Bhumika is one of India’s leading fashion houses.The house has launched their latest - ‘Summer Festive 2020’, a collection that juxtaposes a range of signature elements like contrasting floral embroidery with an extensive colour palette to create a resplendent line of contemporary festive wear.



Shyamal & Bhumika launch their Summer Festive Collection

Finding inspiration in exaggerated tropical and European florals, that bloom abashedly and appear as extraordinary sprays of colour, the fluttering butterflies and tittering hummingbirds that dance in the rays of the spring sun, the collection kindles a, sprightly and free aesthetic.  The festive -wear line features the designers’ signature contrasting floral embroidery with motifs inspired by flora and fauna, Baroque and Gujarat's intricate mud mirror work. Traditional techniques of Double-Ikat, Patan Patola and handcrafted Amdavadi Sarees lend a luscious and alluring feel to the collection. Each intricately handcrafted piece in the collection is a beautiful contradiction- traditional yet contemporary, delicate yet bold.



Shyamal & Bhumika launch their Summer Festive Collection

With rich and vibrant tones like deep blue, rich orange, bougainvillaea pink and emerald green are interlaced with delicate tones like muted mint, vintage ivory and sunny yellow. Panelled & bias lehengas, cowl pants, classic straight kurtas, sarees paired with exquisite shirts lend a very constructed and elegant look to the line of ensembles.



Shyamal & Bhumika launch their Summer Festive Collection


]]>
Audemars Piguet launches newly crafted [Re]master01 chronograph wristwatch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6020 March 28, 2020: Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet’s newly crafted self-winding chronograph brings the aesthetics of the past into the present. Like a remastered recording from the 1940s, [Re]master01 Selfwinding Chronograph reinterprets one of Audemars Piguet’s rare chronograph wristwatches with the Manufacture’s latest technology and a dial design increasing legibility for the present day.



Audemars Piguet launches newly crafted  [Re]master01 chronograph wristwatch

 

Audemars Piguet’s vintage chronograph wristwatches are among the rarest in the world with only 307 units made between the 1930s through the 1950s. [Re]master01 features a round case and lugs in stainless steel, enhanced by a bezel, olive-shaped pushers and chamfered crown in 18-carat pink gold. The teardrops lugs highlight the two-tone case’s inharmonious curve, while the very thin bezel provides an unobstructed view on the dial’s detailed work.   The case’s two-tone polished aesthetics is complemented by a satin-brushed gold-toned dial enriched with black transferred hour-markers, pink gold hour, minute and seconds hands, blue chronograph hands and a blue transferred tachymetric scale.

 Audemars Piguet launches newly crafted  [Re]master01 chronograph wristwatch





[Re]master01 has subtly kept the original watch’s 4/5 indication above the 15 minutes mark inside the 30-minutes counter at 9 o’clock to allow the wearer to record up to 45 minutes. This indication was requested by Audemars Piguet’s third-generation family-founder Jacques-Louis Audemars (1910 – 2003) to satisfy his taste for soccer and indicate his favourite sport’s half time.  Similarly to the 1943 wristwatch, [Re]master01 features the signature “Audemars  Piguet & Co Genève” on the dial. 



Audemars Piguet launches newly crafted  [Re]master01 chronograph wristwatch


]]>
MB&F introduces their all-new horological machine ‘N°10 bulldog’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6019 March 28, 2020: MB&F creations have always attracted a highly loyal audience and HM10 Bulldog returns the favour in spades. The new horological machine N°10 bulldog is a rounded, compact body of titanium or red gold, coupled with a generous amount of sapphire crystal. It is full of fight, charged up with 45 hours of mainspring energy. This massive power-reserve indication has been carefully designed and calibrated to consume the least energy possible, allowing HM10 Bulldog to direct its considerable mainspring torque solely towards its suspended balance, revolving hour and minute domes.



 MB&F introduces their all-new horological machine ‘N°10 bulldog’

 

The manual-winding engine of HM10 Bulldog was designed and developed in-house, leveraging the best of MB&F’s technical expertise built up over the years; longtime members of the MB&F Tribe will recognise elements that hew closely to the horological lab’s best-loved creations. The large suspended balance that hovers just beneath the central dome of sapphire crystal was made possible by the various iterations of this mechanism in the Legacy Machine collection. The massive jaws that indicate the level of mainspring wind are a much-expanded demonstration of the power-reserve management that was first deployed in the 2014 LM1 Xia Hang. The paper-thin aluminium domes have their roots in the HM3 Frog and were refined in 2014’s HM6. 



 MB&F introduces their all-new horological machine ‘N°10 bulldog’

 

Despite its outsize personality — measuring 45mm across, 54mm from nose to tail and with a maximum height of 24mm — HM10 Bulldog is surprisingly wearable. Its sprung strap attachment “legs” allow the body to fit closely around the wrist, with the calf-leather strap as robust as any well-made leash — fastened with either a folding buckle or Velcro system.

 

Available in both titanium and a combination of titanium and red gold, HM10 Bulldog is assembled with highly distilled expertise in micro-mechanical engineering. MB&F Horological Machine N°10 ‘Bulldog’ is available in two launch editions: grade 5 titanium body with blue “eyes”, and 18k red-gold and titanium body with black eyes.    



 MB&F introduces their all-new horological machine ‘N°10 bulldog’



 


]]>
Fendi Launches the Pico Baguette http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6018 March 18, 2020:  Presented in the Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Show, the Pico Baguette joins the Baguette family as the smallest pouch existing on earth. The name is inspired by one of the smallest units of measure, after Micro and Nano, the ‘picometer’.



 Fendi Launches the Pico Baguette

 

An incredibly small 4x4 cm Baguette with a long chain that has an amusing multifunctional role; it can be worn crossbody, as a necklace with one or two turns, on the regular bag as a charm or as a bracelet. It is available in pop colours for the microbeads and in softer colours in the macro beads. Iconic versions are also presented, in total Fendi yellow and a bicolour Pequin version with fringes.



 Fendi Launches the Pico Baguette

The iconic Baguette buckle in a ‘pico’ version appears in the front as the closure of the bag. It is available in Fendi boutiques worldwide and on fendi.com starting from February 2020.

Created in extremely luxurious embroideries, with micro and macro beads, some with the addition of fringes, the Pico Baguette is the newest treasure keeper.  Fendi Launches the Pico Baguette



 



 


]]>
TAG Heuer introduces a new generation luxury http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6016 March 14, 2020: For 160 years, TAG Heuer has demonstrated pure avant-garde watchmaking spirit and a commitment to innovation with revolutionary technologies. TAG Heuer's recent Connected Modular Golf Edition was launched in 2019. With the third generation of its visionary Connected timepiece, TAG Heuer makes a technological statement that further solidifies its position as leader of the luxury ‘connected watch’ category for the long term.



TAG Heuer introduces  a new generation  luxury

 

The TAG Heuer Connected watch is a unique combination of the refinement and elegance of a chronograph-inspired timepiece crafted in the purest watchmaking tradition, with a state-of-the-art, custom-designed digital experience geared towards performance. The new TAG Heuer Sports app provides  detailed tracking for golf, running, cycling, walking, fitness and other sessions.

 The 45-mm stainless-steel or titanium cases echo the distinct design, noble materials and refined finishes of TAG Heuer chronographs, including their signature facetted lugs, polished and brushed details, a graduated ceramic bezel, a central rotating crown now flanked by two functional pushers, a screwed case-back and elegant bracelet and strap choices in black rubber or steel with a folding buckle. The dial features an ultra-legible all-active and flush OLED touchscreen protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. On the screen, customers can choose between five always-on mechanical- or digital-inspired TAG Heuer watch faces, and can further customise each to match their unique style and needs.



TAG Heuer introduces  a new generation  luxury

 

Taking inspiration from the brand’s timekeeping heritage, watchmaking expertise and timeless design codes, the dials include a three-hand version of the Heuer 02 manufacture movement skeletonised dial, a digitalised Carrera Heuer 01, a liquid crystal-like display, a unique algorithm-based neural network animation named Orbital, and a tribute to the hexagonal nanotube structure of the brand’s carbon composite hairspring. The watch faces can easily be set to different dial options and colours, and even programmed to highlight individual preferences. The versatility of the TAG Heuer Connected watch is also enhanced by an intuitive interchangeable bracelet system.

Powered with Wear OS by Google, the TAG Heuer Connected watch supports wearers throughout every activity of their day with invaluable services such as Google Assistant and Google Translate. Designed with high-intensity activities in mind, the TAG Heuer Connected watch offers sapphire glass screen protection, ultra-lightweight grade 2 titanium on the matt black case, rubberised straps for optimal grip, breathability and comfort, a 5 ATM water resistance rating, suitable for low-velocity and shallow-water activities, such as swimming or running in the rain, and a 430 mAh all-day battery optimised to include a one-hour sports session using GPS, audio streaming and heart-rate monitoring. For longer activities, the battery can support up to six hours of constant sports tracking using GPS, heart-rate monitoring and music, and can be fully recharged in just 1.5 hours at temperatures between 15°C and 45°C.



TAG Heuer introduces  a new generation  luxury

 

The TAG Heuer Connected watch, the most luxurious smartwatch on the market, instils the brand’s renowned watchmaking skill and spirit into advanced twenty-first-century technology.


]]>
A new book on Indian Luxury Market is on the lines A new book on Indian Luxury Market is on the lines http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6015 March 14, 2020: Launching a journal on the Indian luxury market, author Abhaya Gupta is set to launch the book ‘The Incredible Indian Luxury Bazaar’.. Mr. Gupta is the founder of Luxury Connect LLP, Luxury Connect Business School and Luxury Cruxx.



Abhaya Gupta pens a new book 'The Incredible Indian Luxury Bazaar' - a complete guide to the mystical Indian luxury paradox, to be released in July 2020

 

In his efforts to promote and educate the nation about luxury brands and lifestyle, the book takes the reader through a journey of the past hundred years of evolution of the Indian Luxury market. From the times of the traditional maharajas and the lives of the new ones, to the Bollywood era, the book is full of anecdotes, facts and figures, making it a nonstop read.



The book lists the finest details about the mystical yet unavoidable Indian Luxury Bazaar. It shows how the future is likely to unfold with projections, luxury hotspots, and why Indians are slowly but surely adapting to a complete luxury lifestyle across all sectors. From consumers and their complexities to the challenges and their solutions, the book covers it all.



Abhaya Gupta pens a new book 'The Incredible Indian Luxury Bazaar' - a complete guide to the mystical Indian luxury paradox, to be released in July 2020



To prebook your copy at a special price, please click here.


]]>
Gucci launches its 2020 novelties http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6014 March 14, 2020: Gucci  has launched its new 2020 timepieces and fine jewellery novelties. Gucci Timepieces, one of the most reliable and consistent fashion watch brands, with a clear design approach and positioning, has been designing, developing and manufacturing iconic Gucci watches since the early 1970s. The new GG Running earrings mix easily with other styles for a fashionable,  asymmetric look. Adding extra radiance and energy to the Gucci Flora line, the latest additions include earrings, rings, a bracelet, and a necklace. It is also expanding its distinctive Lion Head fine jewellery collection. The new designs make a strong statement; whether worn alone or combined with other Lion Headpieces.



Gucci launches its 2020 novelties

 

The new G-Timeless slim timepieces encompass a wide range of styles, from minimalist to bold and colourful. Gucci is taking the G-Timeless slim collection in two new directions. Available in a variety of colour combinations, the new timepieces feature the Gucci bee motif as a rotating central second hand. Offered in three classic but refined colourways – yellow gold PVD with a silver sun-brushed dial, or steel with a silver or black sun-brushed dial – with a choice between two different case sizes (29mm or 36mm). Two feminine editions blend red or black cuir lizard strap with a pink or blue lacquered dial and five-diamond indexes. Showcasing a slightly simpler design, another two editions bring together a taupe or black leather strap with a silver sun-brushed dial.

Gucci is also adding a highly contemporary touch to the Grip collection with a bold new 38mm watch. Inspired by the world of skateboarding, the Grip collection celebrates self-expression. The new timepiece features a grey PVD case and bracelet, both engraved with the GG logo. The streamlined, vintage-shaped dial is typical of the Grip line, with three windows in which black disks indicate the hour, minute, and date. A dark metal coating creates an elegant titanium effect, demonstrating Gucci’s craftsmanship and attention to detail.



Gucci launches its 2020 novelties

 

The new GG Running fine jewellery collection presents fresh, modern pieces combining precious materials and high-level craftsmanship with a hint of street style. Crafted in 18k yellow or white gold, the new earrings each feature a spherical stud, which is worn on the front of the ear, and the GG logo inside a frame, which dangles behind the ear.



Gucci launches its 2020 novelties



Gucci is combining 18k yellow gold and diamonds in the Gucci Flora fine jewellery collection. Showing a high level of craftsmanship, the new pieces feature diamond-encrusted flowers and the GG logo. Another pair of earrings showcases a glamorous silhouette with a cascading floral element. An open-band ring offers a modern, fashionable look, while another ring makes a bold statement with a radiant flower motif. The bracelet and necklace with discreet flower-shaped centrepieces, are more delicate and can be combined with other styles to create a layered look. The Lion Head motif forms the focal point of the new designs. Showing a very high level of craftsmanship, the eyes are set with diamonds and the teeth hold a coloured gemstone. The new arrivals include two single earrings, which can be worn as simple studs or with the colourful jackets, and three rings and matching bracelets. The pieces appear in white gold, fully encrusted with diamonds and featuring an aquamarine gemstone, or in yellow gold, set with an amethyst or chrome diopside gemstone.



Gucci launches its 2020 novelties


]]>
Rolls-Royce launches new Dawn Silver Bullet Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6013 March 14, 2020: Rolls-Royce embodies the spirit of the roaring twenties by introducing its first Collection Car of the new decade.

Drawing inspiration from the fabled roadsters of the 1920’s – rare, glamorous machines forever associated with bright young things and rakish Hollywood rebels, the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection captures the carefree attitude in a bold, contemporary expression designed for today’s non-conformists and pleasure-seekers. This collection is limited to just 50 cars world-wide. The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection is a powerful, artfully tailored addition to the Rolls-Royce Collection Car ensemble. It features dark exterior detailing; dark headlights and a new dark front bumper finisher, providing a dominant and determined expression in a heightened contrast to the silver hue. The part-polished wheels offer a translucent shadow finish with a single silver pinstripe.



Rolls-Royce launches new Dawn Silver Bullet Collection





Imbued with British eccentricity and class, this model melds the nostalgia of the past with the sophisticated innovation of the future, making the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection the perfect platform from which to experience the very best journeys around the world. This collection updates the classic roadster spirit and offers an exhilarating sense of uncompromised freedom.

Rolls-Royce will also curate a series of ‘Silver Bullet Drives’, epic road-trips for the owners of this contemporary collection, made available via Whispers, Rolls-Royce’s exclusive, digital home for Rolls-Royce clients around the world.

 


]]>
Daum offers animal-inspired crystalware in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6011 March 9, 2020: Housing bespoke lighting and home decor solutions, Emery Studio has launched a dazzling selection of exquisite accessories by Daum, the legendary master glassmaker from France, in India.



Crystal peacock Daum



Known and recognized for her bird sculptures, Madeleine van der Knoop from Belgium, has a special gift for representing animals with an intense realism. Created from the original work of Madeleine van der Knoop, the Tropical Peacock in crystal was realized by the ateliers of Daum, using the lost-wax technique. The crystal sculpts the light and reveals the extreme elegance of the peacock and its plumage. The magnificent shades of blue-green and violet, sublimated by its eyes in diamonds and amethysts, accentuate the beauty of this ornamental animal.



Crystal horse Daum



The Horse Head sculpture accentuates the beauty of the Arabian thoroughbred with meticulously sculpted minute details of the majestic animal, down to its structured muscles and wild mane. In a warm shade of amber, this sculpture reflects the fiery spirit of this handsome creature.



Crystal polar bears Daum



In a unique interpretation of a photo by the artist Kyriakos Kaziras, Daum has created a magnificent crystal sculpture which reveals two polar bears emerging from the ice. The luminous beauty and bluish tones of the sea ice transcribes the work of light dear to the artist. Through this dialogue between the photography of Kyriakos Kaziras and the renowned crystal manufacturer, Daum aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our fragile nature.



Available at: Emery Studio, Shakuntla Farm, Ghitorni, New Delhi, India


]]>
Sotheby’s Paris celebrates one of the world’s oldest jewellery houses: Mellerio http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6010 March 9, 2020: Giving an ode to the heritage house of Mellerio, a jewelry brand from Paris, Sotheby’s Paris will host two events charting the illustrious history of the 407-year-old brand, An exhibition of 17 treasures from Mellerio’s heritage collection will be showcased from March 28 to 31, and the sale of 25 pieces made by the jeweller in the last 30 years of the 20th century will be offered in the “Paris Joaillerie” auction on April 1.



Mellerio peacock feather jewelry



Founded in 1613, the 14-generation family-run jeweller can claim Marie de Medici as its first client and Marie Antoinette as its most famous. It has created heirlooms for the greatest dynasties around the world, from Queen Victoria and the Maharaja of Kapurthala to the Queens of Europe and the Tsarina of Russia.



The exhibition will showcase some of the most important commissions by the jeweller, including an 18th-century antique cameo and ruby bracelet most likely sold to Marie Antoinette by Jean-Baptiste Mellerio (1765-1850) in 1780. Set with seven cameos featuring Roman emperors, the bracelet bears witness to two features the queen particularly appreciated in jewellery: rubies and cameos.



Mellerio Marie Antoinette bracelet



Another highlight is an articulated and transformable peacock feather brooch with calibrated diamonds, sapphires and rubies surrounding a large emerald, purchased in 1868 by Empress Eugénie. This masterpiece of jewellery participated in several “Universal Exhibitions”, which showed Mellerio’s innovative creations to much of the world.



The peacock can be found in another sumptuous piece to go on view: a pearl, pink gold, diamond and enamel choker from 1900, a time when the jeweller was high in demand among European elites. Spanning 240 years of Mellerio’s history, the exhibition will also feature an 1825 citrine and yellow gold parure, a diamond and turquoise floral tiara from 1860 and a 1960s coral and diamond clip.



Mellerio emerald necklace suite



For the auction, Sotheby’s will offer a delicate Mellerio necklace with round aquamarine and old-cut diamonds, inspired by archaeological jewellery and made at the end of the 19th century (est. €8,000 – 12,000).



Star lots in the sale include two late 1970s emerald designs reminiscent of the necklaces made for Empress Eugenie and the Russian Princess Zénaïde Youssoupov in the late 19th century: a 1979 demi-parure, composed of a necklace and a pair of earrings set with oval cabochon emeralds (est. €20,000 – 40,000) and a 1977 necklace featuring a 19.76-carat cabochon emerald drop (est. €20,000 – 40,000).



Mellerio Venetian style brooch



The jewels in the sale also demonstrate Mellerio’s bravura in cutting stones and marrying different cuts in a single jewel. Nature has inspired some of Mellerio’s most elegant creations over the centuries. Italy, the ancestral home of the Mellerio family, influenced many designs over the years.


]]>
Louis Vuitton launches two new exceptional watches http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6009 March 6, 2020: Telling time from around the world, and giving an ode to the magnificence of the space, Louis Vuitton’s two new watches have the skies covered. 



Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time Meteorite watch



The Escale Spin Time Meteorite watch is named after its rotating cubes whose motion displays the hours, a design patented and crafted entirely in-house by the master watchmakers at la Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton. A modern way of telling time, the watch has no hands, instead twelve cubes – set on spokes around the dial – which spin independently to mark the passage of time. While eleven of them display variations in grey of the Louis Vuitton motifs drawn from its famous luggage, the twelfth stands out with an indication of time on one golden face. This unique concept puts a playful spin on technical innovation. The watch’s mechanics are powered by the LV77 calibre automatic movement, which boasts a 40-hour power reserve.



Available with a 41 mm diameter, the Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time Meteorite juxtaposes a new bi-material colour combination. The shine of pink gold is beautifully set off by the depth of black PVD-coated stainless steel. This striking contrast is elegant, sophisticated and architectural.



Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time Meteorite watch



Lastly, but definitely more intriguing, is the fact that the dial of the Escale Spin Time Meteorite is carved out of the Gibeon meteorite that landed in Namibia. This other-worldly, mystical material brings a majestic splendour to the watch’s two-tone styling, highlighting the vivid sparkle of golden touches on the central minute hand and on the cubes that show the hours. Given the fragility of the friable stone, it takes a rare degree of skilled craftsmanship to make a dial in two days of work.



Louis Vuitton Tambour World Time Runway watch



The Tambour World Time Runway, on the other hand, is a very much Earthly possession. The perfecting of a new automatic movement, the LV107 calibre, makes this watch possible. It introduces two central hour and minute hands in place of rotating discs. This optimises how you can read universal time. Modern-day globetrotters can instantly tell the time in all 24 time zones with just a glance. If the time indicated by the central hands is the correct time in the city whose name is positioned at 12 o’clock, then the local time in the other capitals can reliably be deduced from their position.



The dial of the Tambour is housed in a 46 mm-diameter case allying two materials and two colours – pink gold and black PVD-coated stainless steel. Its apparent depth is made possible by a city disc formed of sapphire crystal, which projects the initials of each of the 24 cities, as if they were suspended above the hours.



Louis Vuitton Tambour World Time Runway watch



Echoing the international aviation aesthetic seen on airport runways around the world, the foregrounded colours of the watch are black, white and yellow. The dial’s imposing sporty character is augmented by a hefty winding crown. Made of pink gold covered with black rubber, it gives an optimal grip. The strap is interchangeable and easily swappable to suit one’s mood, with no hassle and no tools.


]]>
Cocoon Fine Rugs introduces new collection called 'Convergence' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6008 Cocoon Fine Rugs X Daaa Haus carpet collection 2020



March 6, 2020: Cocoon Fine Rugs (established in Mumbai in 2009) by Ayush Choudhary is known for its sophisticated, modern interpretation of classic weaves, making rugs a contemporary style statement. As Cocoon Fine Rugs celebrates their tenth anniversary, Mr. Choudhary announced a collaboration with Malta-based designer Keith Pillow of The Daaa Haus Group to unveil a limited edition of rugs, titled ‘Convergence’. 



The designs are a convergence of the works of artist James Vella Clark’s oil on canvas series which are inspired by the landscapes of Malta.



Cocoon Fine Rugs X Daaa Haus carpet collection 2020



Involving a play of shades which are vibrant, the new collection aims to bring in the breezy environs of Malta inside homes. A modern interpretation of skies and seas, the collection is unique, stylish and contemporary. 



Cocoon Fine Rugs is known for its designer collaborations such as with fashion designer Varun Bahl, Rooshad Shroff and Ashiesh Shah. Their recent collaboration has been with the czar of Indian fashion industry: JJ Valaya. Cocoon has flagship galleries in Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata, which house exclusive contemporary rugs as well as oriental carpets with a fresh twist. Cocoon’s rugs are housed by of famous celebrities such as Shilpa Shetty, Jacqueline Fernandez and Karan Johar.


]]>
Fear of God and Ermenegildo Zegna merge for an exclusive collaboration http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6007 March 6, 2020: Launching ‘Fear of God exclusively for Ermenegildo Zegna Collection’, a brand-new collection made possible via a spontaneous dialogue between Alessandro Sartori and Jerry Lorenzo, was presented in early March, during the Paris Women’s Fashion Week.



Fear of God Ermenegildo Zegna 2020 Collection



With the objective of identifying and following a new path of masculine elegance that is also wearable for women, the frank and authentic conversation between the two apparently distant worlds defines an immediate and contemporary wardrobe.



The excellence of Ermenegildo Zegna’s sartorial take and the sophisticated leisurewear of Fear of God blend naturally, mixing and merging, reinventing silhouettes and proportions in a continuous cross-reference between Milan/Los Angeles and back. 



Fear of God Ermenegildo Zegna 2020 Collection



The collection is a total look: suits whose jackets lose their revers and where the pockets slide along the sides, coats designed with the absolute comfort of a one size fits all concept and made from the finest natural fabrics, a super lightweight suede shirt-jacket and black leather bomber, both featuring an embossed Zegna logo. 



Jeans share the same casual attitude as accessories, which includes western ankle boots and long woven belts that tie at the front. The colour palette, with its mélange grey, vicuna and taupe, is all about neutrals.



Fear of God Ermenegildo Zegna 2020 Collection



The collection will be commercially available from September 2020 and distributed through a selection of Ermenegildo Zegna boutiques, zegna.com, as well as an exclusive network of international speciality stores aligned with the unique spirit expressed by the project. 



Ermenegildo Zegna and Fear of God write a new page for menswear, intertwining tradition and authenticity.


]]>
Aman Resorts announces Janu: a new hotel brand http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6005 Janu Montenegro hotel



March 5, 2020: Aman resorts, famed for providing sanctuaries which delve into the heart of the location and the traveler, has launched a sister brand, called Janu.



“While Aman is synonymous with its Sanskrit translation, ‘peace’, Janu stands for ‘soul’; Aman is a sanctuary, whereas Janu is connectedness; Aman offers refined respite, whereas Janu offers an energetic vibe for those seeking greater purpose with inner contentment,” says the official statement from Aman.



Janu aims to heighten genuine human interaction, playful expression and social wellness at the core of its experience. Janu will create environments that nurture purposeful connection to bring balance to the head and heart and rekindle the soul.



Janu Montenegro hotel



Janu launches with three forthcoming hotels which are already under construction: Montenegro (2022), Al Ula in Saudi Arabia (2022) and Tokyo (2022), as well as a robust pipeline of future hotels.



Janu Montenegro will be the first hotel to incorporate the brands serviced residence concept, enabling guests to fully embrace the Janu lifestyle. The timeless yet contemporary design of each Janu hotel will be focused on space and light, giving an ambience that enhances the mood, encouraging guests to reconnect with themselves and with others. Large guest rooms will offer refined havens of characterful tranquility, all exquisitely furnished and with expansive bathrooms.



Janu Montenegro hotel



Janu’s social spaces will be ever-evolving and dynamic and will offer a mix of dining, lounge and bar areas. A culture of innovation will see limitless gastronomic horizons paired with mixologist-crafted cocktails. A plethora of culinary concepts bolster Janu’s overarching culinary vision; whether it’s low-temperature cooking or harnessing the benefits of fermentation, dramatic open kitchens and lively counter-top displays make for convivial dining experiences that energise the senses.



Social wellness is at the core of the Janu experience with a focus on mind, body and soul. Offering energetic group classes, time-conscious, high-octane group classes and more subdued, mindful practices will allow Janu to balance and realign your body. Expansive wellness facilities will offer cutting-edge experiences, treatments as well as hydro and thermal facilities.


]]>
The M.A.D. Gallery presents handmade electric bikes by Avionics http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6004 Avionics electric bike at MAD Gallery



March 4, 2020: As is the characteristic of MAD Gallery, the hub of genius inventions is presenting AVIONICS VM, a handmade electric bike that captures the thrill of flying high while riding on solid ground. Blending minimalistic features into a retro style reminiscent of the 1930s, these two-wheelers are as beautiful as rugged. 



This conception hails from Avionics, a business started by two Polish gentlemen, Bartek and Jaromir. “The design of Avionics references vehicles and planes from yesteryear, while its interior technology showcases the twenty-first century,” explains Jaromir. 



Offering a unique and striking form built to be reliable and withstand time, Avionics VM is an environmentally friendly alternative free from noise and exhaust, the bike has been created exclusively for M.A.D. Gallery, in a limited edition of 52. 



Avionics electric bike at MAD Gallery



The sweeping lines of the sturdy frame are made with chromium-molybdenum steel, an incredibly strong and corrosion-resistant material, and chrome steel, a standout colour produced specifically for this M.A.D. Gallery collection. Integrated into the frame is an ergonomic seat using leaf spring suspension to provide a smooth ride and a notable design element.



Accents handcrafted from Jatoba wood enhance the AVIONOCS VM’s visual allure with rich, warm tones. The sleek wooden chest located at the bottom of the frame confidentially houses the battery, immobilizer, and electrical components, protecting them from weather and dust while simultaneously adding a touch of class with old-school leather straps. From the saddle and grips to the headlight and fork covers, the hardwood features are exquisite.



The AVIONICS VM has a massive 5,000-watt electric motor harnessing incredible torque (125 newton-maters or 92 feet-pound) with top speed reaching 36 miles per hour (58 kilometres/hour). Featuring a 24-ampere hour lithium-ion battery pack, the bike can travel an estimated range of 74.5 miles (about 120 km) in low-power street mode and can be topped up in two to three hours from a domestic plug socket. Additionally, there is a USB port for charging the bike.



Avionics electric bike at MAD Gallery



The AVONICS VM e-bike is programmed with various street modes limiting its power to more street-friendly speeds. However, using the force mode of the AVIONICS VM, you can ride like the wind – which is why the ‘M’ in ‘VM’ stands for makani, meaning wind in the Hawaiian language. 



Decked out with hardy disc brakes measuring 203 millimetres (8 inches) on both the front and back wheels makes stopping as effective as possible. And the power created from slowing down is recouped and helps charge the battery pack, extending the ride time until you have to plug in. In case the battery runs dry, or for the very sporty, AVIONICS VM is armed with traditional cycling pedals to get back home the old-fashioned way. The chrome-plated headlamp will help guide a night ride with its 1,000 lumens of light while the bike’s taillight offers an output of up to 15 lumens via a bank of 18 COB LEDs. 



The AVIONICS VM’s 26 by 3 inch special tires with retro ZigZag tread are able to take on a variety of terrain. The e-bike is also waterproof so you can take it out while it is raining without any worries: simply deactivate the immobilizer and a rear-wheel electric blockade anti-theft system with your key and off you go.


]]>
Mumbai's first Six Senses Spa opens its doors at The World Towers http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6003 Mumbai Six Senses Spa Lobby



March 5, 2020: The acclaimed Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas and Lodha Group have launched Mumbai’s first Six Senses Spa, located in the heart of the city, at The World Towers in Lower Parel. The spa brings to Mumbai a one-of-a-kind wellness experience that focuses on functional fitness, recovery and personalized wellness journeys.



Designed with a contemporary look using elements of water, nature, space, stone, and wood, the 21,000 square feet Six Senses Spa adopts a layered approach to wellness that goes beyond the ordinary. From their pioneering experts, doctors and practitioners to the unique blend of high-tech science and high-touch therapies, wellness is integrated into the entire Six Senses experience. 



Mumbai Six Senses Spa Ayurveda treatment room



Spread across two floors, the spa focuses on functional fitness, recovery and wellness. With a variety of signature therapies, Ayurveda and healing treatments, Six Senses Spa Mumbai offers residents and daily guests an urban oasis to recharge and pursue their personal goals. The main spa comprises of seven treatment rooms, including two couple’s rooms (with steam showers in both and Jacuzzi in one), a spa lounge with an Alchemy and Juice Bar, relaxation rooms, male and female changing areas with lockers and a retail gallery. 



Along with a separate kid’s spa, yoga and dance studio, it also comprises of a salon available for grooming. The spa also includes heat and relaxation areas including a Jacuzzi, steam, infrared sauna, rock sauna, Experience Shower zone and Tepidarium. The fitness ecosystem of the Spa encompasses a world-class gym managed by Six Senses.



Mumbai Six Senses Spa Kids treatment room



Exclusive to west India, Six Senses Spa Mumbai provides treatments and products from the multi-award winning natural skincare line ‘Subtle Energies’. Made in Australia under European standards of natural skincare, Subtle Energies creates results-based skincare and wellness solutions founded on authentic Aromatherapy and Ayurveda principles. Designed to balance and restore, the Six Senses Spa journey mirrors the Mumbai life, full of vibrant moments of energy and is the ideal destination for those seeking greater mental, physical and emotional well-being.


]]>
Chopard becomes the official partner to ‘No Time to Die’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6002 March 4, 2020: The Maison Chopard announced that it will be an official partner of ‘No Time To Die’, the 25th James Bond film.

In the film, actress Ana de Armas wears a necklace set with pear-shaped diamonds, totalling 43 carats. A bracelet composed of an 82-carat cascade of pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds also adorns her wrist. Finally, earrings graced with 14 carats of pear-shaped diamonds enhance her look. All these creations are part of Chopard’s Green Carpet Collection, the first made entirely from sustainably mined materials in the form of ethical Fairmined certified gold and diamonds from suppliers endorsed by the Responsible Jewellery Council.



Ana de Armas No Time to Die Chopard



Ana de Armas and Léa Seydoux, another Chopard ambassador, will shine wearing the brand’s jewellery on the occasion of the film’s premières in a number of the world’s capitals.



Ana de Armas No Time to Die Chopard



Co-President and Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele took this opportunity to share her vision of the James Bond Woman: a determined and courageous woman by reinterpreting Chopard’s iconic Happy Hearts collection for the film.



Chopard Happy Hearts Collection



Filling the hearts with ethical rose gold, the new ‘Happy Hearts – Golden Hearts Collection’ is ethical, light, supple and easy-to-wear. Created in collaboration with EON Productions, which controls worldwide merchandising of the James Bond films, the collection includes a bracelet, earrings, pendant and sautoir necklace, playfully alternating between a large golden heart with a smaller heart containing the famous dancing diamond. A second version offers the same design with the large heart delicately set with diamonds.


]]>
Lladró becomes a member at Palladium mall, Mumbai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6001 March 4, 2020: Lladró, the renowned fine porcelain brand, has opened a new boutique at Palladium Mall in Mumbai. A 100sq ft. store on the ground floor now houses a complete cross-selection of Lladró’s varied catalogue of porcelain offerings, including lighting, sculptures, jewellery, home décor and fragrances.



The historic art porcelain brand, a flagship for luxury in Spain, has strategically relocated one of the seven boutiques that it has in India from a high street store to Palladium Mall, Mumbai. The opening of the store is part of the roll-out of a new business approach undertaken by the brand. This new phase responds to the strategic need for expansion and improvement of Lladró’s boutiques around the world’s most economically powerful cities.



Lladró  becomes a member at Palladium mall, Mumbai



Luxury and exclusiveness, coupled with contemporary art knowledge, design, cultural traditions and universal feelings, serve as inspiration for the brand’s creative universe, allowing customers to be able to enjoy and select pieces whilst discovering the intricacies in porcelain world. Renowned architect Héctor Ruíz Velázquez has again collaborated with the brand and has developed a new interior concept that captures the perfect balance between the historical origins of the brand and the avant-garde designs Lladró is now known for.



The materials used inside the store takes us back to the components of porcelain: kaolin, feldspar and quartz, alongside the white Calacatta marble floor with its grey veins, reflected in the cement texture of the walls, both contrasting with the delicate art pieces on display.



Lladró’s team of sculptors, technicians, decorators and ornamental artists have created a slew of new collections which are on offer at the store. The new ‘Guest by Ricardo Cavolo Spain’s most internationally famous illustration artist Ricardo Cavolo, has two new versions of The Guest, covering the pieces with his breathtaking imagery based on legends, fantasy nature and tattooed beings.



Lladró  becomes a member at Palladium mall, Mumbai



Lladró insects are the first three in a new collection of incredible insects: two kinds of beetles, the Rhinoceros and the Hercules, and a dragonfly. These are innovative creations in porcelain and metal, decorated with pearl lustre, exploring the fascinating world of insects.  Ice Cream candles and diffusers are original pieces with striking designs inspired by the wavy rhythms of smooth creamy ice cream, made in white matte porcelain and decorated with a metal cover. 



The brand also presents Dog & Candy Collection, including  French Bulldog  & Macarons,, a Bulldog with Lollipop in white porcelain, and a Chihuahua with Marshmallows. These unique, playful animal pieces complement the sweets that contribute a colourful and surprising contrast. A Jack Russel with licorice combines matte porcelain and shine for a perfect piece for animal and pet lovers.


]]>
Sotheby's Wines & Spirits Sales offers impeccable concoctions Sotheby's Wines & Spirits Sales offers impeccable concoctions http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6000  



March 4, 2020: Offering the rarest spirits and wines, Sotheby’s is auctioning some fine examples of superb blends at its auction on March 18.



Sotheby’s Finest & Rarest Spirits feature the oldest Macallan and Karuizawa ever bottled alongside other landmarks in the world of whisky. The highly sought after Karuizawa 52 Year Old Cask's Zodiac Rat 1960, the most coveted bottle from this closed Japanese distillery, is fortuitously offered this year, the Year of the Rat. In 2018, a bottle of this Japanese single malt broke the record for the most expensive bottle of Japanese whisky ever sold at auction, superseded several months later by a rare bottle of Yamazaki 50-Year-Old 1st Edition.



Sotheby's Wines & Spirits Sales offers impeccable concoctions



Among the most notable bottlings in this auction is an impeccable array of old Gordon & MacPhail releases from previous decades with vintages stretching back to the 1930s, which culminate in a collection of four highly aged and very limited Crystal Decanters from the G&M Private Collection. These decanters have been consigned to Sotheby’s directly from the Urquhart family and each is number 1 out its respective outturn. A truly impeccable lineup of aged Macallan Whiskies ranges from an independently bottled 48-Year-Old through an unbroken vertical of The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection – six crystal decanters ranging from 50 to 65 years old to the inimitable 72 Year Old Genesis Decanter, the oldest whisky to be released from this exemplary distillery.



Wines from the cellar of George Ortiz (1927-2013), one of the world's foremost collectors of antiquities, are headlined by two cases of the legendary Cheval Blanc 1947, together with majestic parcels of Margaux and Latour from the same vintage, further red Bordeaux spanning five decades, and rounded off with Yquem from the 1920s. The 1947 vintage is considered the greatest Cheval Blanc of the 20th century, being both very powerful and beautifully balanced.



Sotheby's Wines & Spirits Sales offers impeccable concoctions



An Exceptional Cellar of French Classics features Bordeaux from the standout vintages of the 1950s through 2000 including myriad châteaux in the fabled 1982 vintage. The collection includes an abundance of large formats notably Latour 1955, Lafite 1959 and Haut Brion 1982, all in double magnum, whilest the Right Bank selection boasts two superlative duos: Petrus and Lafleur 1982 and La Conseillante and Vieux Château Certan 1989. Burgundy shines with an extraordinarily rare, complete 1985 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment case (lot 227, est. £35,000-45,000).



Unearthed from Althorp House, from the private collection of Earl Spencer, comes a spectacular array of Bordeaux stretching from the 1990s all the way back to 1945, spotlit by a case of the stupendous Haut Brion 1989, together with first-rate Port and a superb selection of Cognac, in a wide variety of formats. The bulk of this collection was acquired by the current Earl Spencer's father and has never moved from the warren of interconnected cellars under Althorp House.



Sotheby's Wines & Spirits Sales offers impeccable concoctions


]]>
The Eau Bar reopens at The Oberoi, Mumbai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5997 February 28, 2020: The Oberoi, Mumbai, a striking example of modern architecture overlooking the magnificent views of the ocean and 'Queen’s Necklace' lights, has announced the highly anticipated reopening of The Eau Bar. 



The Eau Bar Oberoi Mumbai



The Eau Bar has been on a comprehensive renovation that aims to create a trendsetting luxury drinks experience. It remains as an ideal place to meet for sunset cocktails, while after dark the mood remains fun, light and upbeat. What remains unchanged though is The Eau Bar’s enviable location. Perched on the prominent ‘Queen’s Necklace’ on Marine Drive, the Eau Bar has a spectacular outdoor deck with magnificent views of the ocean through floor-to-ceiling windows. The first experience of the new Eau Bar is its centrepiece, inspired by the ‘Tree of Life', the intricate foliage of which encompasses the bar against a striking red backdrop forming the focal point of the newly renovated bar. A dramatic ‘bull installation’ specially sculpted by Valay Shende celebrates the spirit of India’s financial capital.



The Oberoi, Mumbai has partnered with UK’s award-winning mixologist, Andrew Pearson, to curate the cocktail list. At The Eau Bar, Executive Chef Satbir Bakshi will showcase indigenous and seasonal produce presented in a stylish small plates menu including contemporary recipes such as Beer batter truffled brie cubes, Scottish salmon tataki, Paratacos rubbed chicken and more.



The Eau Bar Oberoi Mumbai



The dynamic music programming of the bar will feature Orion, the band. Hailing from different musical backgrounds, the band’s playlist offers a wide range of genres ranging from the early 60s to the latest chart-toppers. The bar remains open from 5:00 pm to 1.30 am with live music from Monday to Saturday.


]]>
Latique launches its latest collection Bloom http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5996 February 28, 2020: Latique, an Indian fine jewellery company, has introduced its Bloom collection.  Inspired by geometric patterns derived from basic shapes, and colours borrowed from orchids, the collection delivers an edge. The colours pink and blue of the orchid blend beautifully inside the flower inspired collection. 



Latique Bloom floral jewelry collection



The collection includes Grazia, a necklace which is beautifully set in 18kt gold, highlighting sapphires and rubies in a geometric pattern, with drops of culture pearls and ruby lights that blend in with brilliant-cut diamonds. 



Their Bluhen earrings are structural yet exquisitely made in 18kt gold with brilliant-cut diamonds, ruby lights, sapphires and drops of tourmalines. Strong patterns that stand out with their colours set in 18kt gold, Aurrera is diamond-patterned rubies, brilliant-cut and sapphires in oval pattern and south sea pearl drops that show the brilliance of the piece. 



Latique Bloom floral jewelry collection



Their Grandi sapphire tops with the geometric pattern of baguette diamonds set in 18kt gold with multiple drops of sapphires and ruby lights is a standout charm. The 'Flor' ring is set in colours of ruby and sapphire and a neutralizing solitaire set in 18kt gold with white diamonds giving the ring a modern touch, while 'floret' is a mesmerizingly designed brooch with the depths and curves of a flower set in 18 kt white gold with diamonds and rubies that ornate the look.



Latique Bloom floral jewelry collection



Available at: The Oberoi, 443, Udyog Vihar Phase 5, Sector 19, Gurugram, Haryana, India


]]>
Christian Louboutin exhibits his love for design at Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5995 Christian Louboutin exhibition Paris 2020 Palais de la Porte Doree



February 25, 2020: Christian Louboutin celebrated the opening of L’Exhibition[niste] at the Palais de la Porte Dorée museum with a cocktail party and dinner. L’Exhibition[niste] is both the largest ever exhibit dedicated to Mr. Louboutin’s multi-referential work and the first to take place in his hometown of Paris.



The exhibition invites red sole enthusiasts to discover and experience the designer’s rich universe at an institution that has played an important role in inspiring his vocation. The designer began visiting Palais de la Porte Dorée during his adolescence. It was on one such visit that he noticed a sign forbidding visitors to wear high heeled shoes, subsequently providing inspiration for one of his most iconic designs: the Pigalle pump.



Christian Louboutin exhibition Paris 2020 Palais de la Porte Doree



After sponsoring a project to enhance and emphasize the Palais de la Porte Dorée’s Art Deco heritage, Christian Louboutin was invited to create a special project in the space, ultimately resulting in L’Exhibition[niste], a five-month-long immersive exhibition. Guests were invited to preview the exhibit which featured a performance by L’Orchestre Lamoureux. Led by conductor Nicolas Krauze, the orchestra played a selection of movie scores speaking to Christian Louboutin’s love of cinema.



Christian Louboutin exhibition Paris 2020 Palais de la Porte Doree



The event was followed by an intimate dinner. Guests enjoyed a second performance by L’Orchestre Lamoureux, joined by Belgian-Egyptian singer Tamino. The exhibition was visited by renowned names like Karlie Kloss, Janelle Monae, Edward Enninful, Fanny Ardant, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Dita von Teese, Diane & Talita von Fürstenberg, Monica Bellucci, Alber Elbaz and so on. 



The exhibition is open for viewing from February 26 to July 26, 2020.


]]>
Good Earth to launch handicraft-based label Tilla’s SS 2020 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5993 February 21, 2020: Tilla, an Indian brand delving into apparel, wallpapers, prints and more, inspired by the heritage of the subcontinent, is going to be housed at luxury brand Good Earth’s New Delhi store. Based in Ahmedabad for over a decade, designer Aratrik Dev Varman weaves the story of Kutch through innovative design and a homegrown ethos at Tilla.



Good Earth to launch handicraft-based label Tilla’s SS 2020 collection



Titled Banni, Tilla’s SS 2020 collection celebrates the sartorial crafts and age-old textile traditions of Gujarat. Taking heirloom fragments, heritage embroideries, and reclaimed textiles - bandhani on gajji silk, mashru, bead - and mirror-work panels, and floral printed linings - Banni offers a range of free-flowing silhouettes like Kutchi abhos, ejars, kaftans, and odhanas, along with contemporary separates ideal for everyday comfort.



Good Earth to launch handicraft-based label Tilla’s SS 2020 collection



Tilla's relationship and the label’s longstanding association with local craftsmen are also captured in a film titled Notes from a Craftsman. Exploring the complex and nuanced world of handmade craft and passion, this film aims at taking you on a journey that connects the maker, designer, and the viewer.  A special print installation - Seven Indian Trees - will also showcase Mr. Varman’s creative journey at Good Earth, tethering the film, space design, and clothing for the duration of the collection launch from March 27 to 29, at Good Earth Store, Khan Market from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M.



Good Earth to launch handicraft-based label Tilla’s SS 2020 collection


]]>
Gucci dives into a psychedelic mood in Chicago http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5991  



February 20, 2020: Gucci has announced its third wave of Gucci Pin, the series of ephemeral stores inspired by the pins seen on interactive digital maps. This follows the two previous chapters, with the pins launched respectively in November 2019 and January 2020 Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s unconventional approach to luxury fashion continues to flourish in forging new directions for the nearly 100-year-old House.



Gucci dives into a psychedelic mood in Chicago



The Chicago GG Psychedelic Gucci Pin is dedicated to the debuting eponymous collection, which is all about colour, energy, impact and a dreamlike spirit. The GG logo has been playfully reinterpreted it with a streetwear attitude through the addition of a multicolour stars motif to create a thoroughly contemporary and distinctive pattern, and applied to different pieces including men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, handbags, luggage, shoes, small leather goods, accessories and a watch, and inspires a range of fine jewellery. The Chicago GG Psychedelic Gucci Pin is also home to an exclusive printed basketball in celebration of NBA All-Star Weekend. It creates a dreamscape of nocturnal refractions and reflections.



Gucci dives into a psychedelic mood in Chicago



The approach channels the spirit of ‘70s psychedelia, which played with visual distortion, surreal imagery and wide colour spectrums. The release of the GG Psychedelic Collection is accompanied by whimsical images by photographer Jordan Hemingway. Set in a cloakroom – the magical scene of metamorphosis – and then moving to the dance floor, the images are infused with reflected light from mirror balls. As the night-loving creatures mingle and dance, the spinning ball picks up the pace and hypnotises, eventually playfully absorbing the clubbers into a surreal space with giant mirrored walls.



Coordinates: 160 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL, USA



Gucci dives into a psychedelic mood in Chicago



 



 


]]>
Anya Hindmarch announces 'I Am A Plastic Bag' Campaign http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5990  



February 20, 2020: Anya Hindmarch’s 2007 ground-breaking ‘I’m Not A Plastic Bag’ collaboration, with advertising agency Antidote and social change movement Shift, significantly contributed to the reduction in the number of plastic bags used. The limited-edition, reusable canvas tote was created in response to the growing environmental challenge of single-use plastic bags and to inspire people to change their everyday actions. The British Retail Consortium estimated that in 2006, the UK alone used 10.6 billion plastic bags, and this figure dropped to 6.1 billion in 2010.



From 'I am not a plastic bag' to 'I am a plastic bag', designer Anya Hindmarch is making fashion sustainable



 



 



Following on, Ms. Hindmarch has now created ‘I Am A Plastic Bag’. Made from an innovative new fabric which is created from recycled plastic bottles and coated with recycled plastic windshields, the collection has taken two years of testing and researching to find the best methods and partners to create the ‘I Am A Plastic Bag’ collection.



The luxurious, cotton canvas feel fabric used to make the new collection is woven from a yarn created from plastic bottles. The plastic bottles are first sorted, shredded, washed and then turned into pellets. These pellets are melted and extruded into fibres that are then spun and woven to create the fabric. It takes 32- half-litre bottles to make each large tote. To create a weather-resistant durable finish, the fabric is then coated in recycled PVB, a product which is extracted from old car windshields. The bag is trimmed with leather. Whilst the initial plan was to use vegan or recycled leather for the trim, after much research and expert advice, it was concluded that responsibly-sourced leather was the best material as the alternatives contained unacceptably high-levels of polyurethane. They have also partnered with EcoAct - a global climate change consultancy - to measure the emissions associated with the I Am A Plastic Bag collection and to make this a carbon-neutral project.



From 'I am not a plastic bag' to 'I am a plastic bag', designer Anya Hindmarch is making fashion sustainable



The full collection of four colours will launch mid-April in Anya Hindmarch London stores, online and with Matches Fashion in mid-April. Exclusive launches then roll out with Isetan in Tokyo, Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and Mainland China, David Jones in Australia, Aizel in Moscow and Anya Hindmarch global stores. Each territory will have its own exclusive colours.



Both the project and the Company have been awarded the Butterfly Mark from Positive Luxury a symbol of trust earned by brands that have adopted sustainability as a business strategy.


]]>
Gucci expands Beverly Hills store and opens a new restaurant http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5988 Gucci Beverly Hills LA store facade



February 19, 2020: Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura Beverly Hills, an intimate restaurant by world-renowned three-Michelin-star Chef Massimo Bottura, has opened on the roof of Gucci’s Los Angeles store. Along with that, it announces the renovation and expansion of its flagship store in Beverly Hills, California. 



Gucci Osteria, offering outdoor seating and sprawling views of Beverly Hills, is an exciting addition to the dynamic and culturally diverse Los Angeles food landscape. It is a continuation of Massimo’s collaboration with Gucci, which began in 2018 with Gucci Osteria at the Gucci Garden in Florence, which has recently been awarded one Michelin star. The partnership originates from a childhood friendship between Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri and Chef Massimo Bottura, and celebrates their shared love of two core Italian cultural themes: food and fashion. 



Gucci Osteria restaurant Beverly Hills LA



The new Gucci outpost in California allows Chef Massimo Bottura to develop and transform classic Italian recipes into cross-cultural compositions by mixing references, techniques and flavours within each dish.



The restaurant’s design includes details of Gucci Osteria in Florence through the use of Gucci Décor wallpaper, antique mirrors, red marble dining tables and wicker dining chairs. Unique elements that distinguish the Los Angles location include herringbone wood flooring and cherry red velvet banquettes, while the outdoor terrace has Italian marble mosaic floors and features an antique wooden pulpit serving as the Osteria’s outdoor bar. Set in an intimate and cosy environment, the Osteria Beverly Hills will seat nearly 50 guests for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura Beverly Hills officially opened on February 17, 2020.



Gucci Osteria Beverly Hills restaurant seating



The revamped flagship store at Beverly Hills now spans over 12,000 combined square feet and showcases a wide collection of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, luggage, small leather goods, accessories, silks, jewellery, watches, beauty, children’s, décor, and eyewear. The interior design is discreet, where understated drama is created by the surprising and unexpected combination of materials. Mechanical display units contrast with the softness of the rich fabrics that adorn the rooms; round tables offset rectangular ones; varnished, iron wall finishes complement the sage green velvet upholstery can be seen. 



Throughout the store, one finds sumptuous chairs, while vintage oriental rugs are layered on top of herringbone wood floors for a textured effect. In keeping with the elegant and contemporary eclecticism that characterizes Gucci’s collections. 



Gucci Beverly Hills LA store interiors



Gucci has opened a men’s only 3,500 square foot shop adjacent to Gucci’s existing space, featuring its own street entrance and an oversized skylight. The new Gucci store also boasts a dedicated space for the full range of Gucci Beauty that envelops each visitor in a unique, dream-like experience. Vanity-style dressers with mirrors invite clients to discover their perfect lipstick within Gucci Beauty’s five different lipstick formulas. 



The Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive expansion contributes to solidifying Gucci’s footprint on the West Coast of the United States and continues to push the boundaries of the in-store shopping experience towards a full lifestyle concept.



Gucci Beverly Hills LA store beauty area


]]>
Chopard releases an eight-piece limited edition of its L.U.C Perpetual T http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5987 February 19, 2020:  Chopard presents a new eight-piece limited edition of its L.U.C Perpetual T model, crafted in platinum with a diamond set bezel. With the L.U.C Perpetual T, Chopard achieves one of the most prestigious pairings  – between a perpetual calendar and a tourbillon.



The nobility of its horological complication, the richness of its decorations and the discreet sophistication of this horological creation sum up the full range of high standards integral to the legacy of Louis-Ulysse Chopard. Its tourbillon rubs shoulders with an extremely readable perpetual calendar mingled with refined aesthetics. Making a perpetual calendar involves both technical and ergonomic issues. The L.U.C Perpetual T brings the date to the foreground in the shape of a large twin-aperture date display .Thanks to the four barrels of the Chopard Quattro technology,  the L.U.C Perpetual T has a nine-day power reserve.



Chopard releases an eight-piece limited edition of its L.U.C Perpetual T



The tourbillon of the L.U.C Perpetual T timepiece sits enthroned at 6 o’clock, topped by a  meticulously polished steel bridge. Its constant rotation around its axis enables the rate of the watch to elude the effects of gravity. Each L.U.C Perpetual T has been successfully subjected to the trials conducted by the Swiss Official  Chronometer Testing Institute. The entire L.U.C Calibre 02.15-L has been meticulously hand-decorated in accordance with the finest Haute  Horlogerie traditions. The plates are circular-grained, the screws are polished, the bridges are bevelled and adorned with vertical Côtes de Genève and the jewels are set into gold chatons.



The black dial of this new solid gold L.U.C Perpetual T watch is adorned with a hand-engraved guilloché motif radiating from the large date and crossing through the hour-markers set with baguette-cut diamonds. The silver-toned counters of the perpetual calendar are also guilloché-worked in order to distinguish between the functions and accentuate the contrasts. The bezel surrounding the dial is daintily set with baguette-set diamonds, A hand-sewn, alligator-lined black alligator leather strap lends the ultimate touch of elegance to this finely crafted model.



Chopard releases an eight-piece limited edition of its L.U.C Perpetual T



The L.U.C Perpetual T has earned the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark, one of the most prestigious Swiss watch industry certifications. While naturally rare due to the sheer complexity of crafting it, the L.U.C Perpetual T in platinum is issued in a limited edition that will be exclusively reserved for eight collectors.


]]>
Soneva announces its special 25th anniversary surprises http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5984 February 14, 2020: Soneva is a pioneering family of hospitality properties and products, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments. It recently announced its next series of dining program as part of its 25th-anniversary calendar of events: Soneva Masters with Master Chef Akira Koba.



Soneva announces its special 25th-anniversary surprises



There are three dining events taking place across 2020 and 2021, with the first happening in Mumbai, India, from March 11-16, 2020. There will be another Soneva Masters event in Moscow in early October 2020, and the third in London in January 2021. The dinners in Mumbai will be priced at INR 9,000++ per person, with two seatings each night. On March 14 and 15 Chef Akira will also be hosting lunches (INR 9,000++ per person). The venue for the lunches and dinners is the A Club Mumbai. Guests can also pair their dinner with sake and wine,as chosen by Soneva Fushi’s Sommelier.



Chef Akira Koba is an exceptionally experienced sushi chef from Japan. He has trained under some of Japan's most renowned Master Chefs, including at a three-Michelin starred sushi restaurant in his native Fukuoka. Chef Akira is known for his sashimi or aburi (lightly grilled) pickled mackerel with Ponzu sauce, and Yellowtail with a seaweed soy sauce.


]]>
Jeweller Suciyan expands its Odyssey collectionJeweller Suciyan expands its Odyssey collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5983 February 14, 2020: Spring 2020 sees Turkish jeweller Arman Suciyan launching a new range of stacking rings to complement his women’s Odyssey Collection.



Jeweller Suciyan expands its Odyssey collection



 



The Odyssey Collection takes inspiration from the myths and legends of antiquity and the designs tell stories of the goddesses Phrygian Kybele, Babylonian Mylitta, Ancient Egypt’s Isis, and the Greek and Roman Persephone. Suciyan’s work is characterized by sinuous forms and impossibly intricate detail. His designs are a response to his childhood memories of growing up in Istanbul as well as many years spent living and working around the world.



Jeweller Suciyan expands its Odyssey collection



Crafted from 925 sterling silver, the new Winged Drop Ring is set with a cabochon drop shape peridot and vibrant green tsavorites. The striking new Glancing Travellers ring and Traveller Goddess Scintilla Gold Tsavorite ring are set with blue sapphires, tsavorites and 18kt gold nuggets, capturing the very essence of a bird in flight. The rings, whether worn combined or alone, create a dramatic piece. These beautiful, aerodynamic looking rings are also available in a pink sapphire version without the cabochon stone.



 



 


]]>
Silverware brand Robbe & Berking enters India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5981 February 13, 2020: Known as the hallmark for uncompromising and unsurpassed quality, Robbe & Berking silverware is a cut above the rest. The brand has won innumerable awards and been showcased in museums as outstanding examples of a new aesthetic in tableware.



Silverware brand Robbe & Berking,enter India



From customised silverware to mementoes and memorabilia, SR Artefacts has offered collectables that have successfully redefined the market standard in India for over two decades. SR Artefacts has become the first choice of collectors and connoisseurs of fine things in the sphere of silverware in India. The company has, now, tied up with Robbe & Berking to bring them to the India.



“India looks back at a striking economic growth rate and will surely continue on this pathof success. Therefore, we are delighted to say that we will be represented by a well-establishedpartner, with more than 25 years of market expertise. We look forward to being part of another Indian success story,” says Oliver Berking, CEO, Robbe & Berking.



Silverware brand Robbe & Berking,enter India



Retail associations and global tie-ups include brands such as Episode, Amrapali, Tribe by Amrapali, Castillo, Camilletti and Casa Reale. With the addition of Robbe & Berking to its portfolio, SR Artefacts is raising the bar. High-quality cutlery, such as that produced by the German luxury brand, is far removed from any automated production. The beauty of its finely crafted handle edges, for instance, or of its sculptural decoration, can only be achieved through gentle hand-grinding and hand-polishing.



Over half of the 200 biggest yachts in the world are fitted with Robbe & Berking silver, and at least 151 Michelin stars place the German manufacturer’s cutlery and products on their tables. SR Artefacts will stock Robbe & Berking’s exquisite cutlery collection, barbecue collection and bar collection at SR Artefacts’ flagship store in Worli from June 2019.



Silverware brand Robbe & Berking,enter India


]]>
Clinique revamps its BB Cream http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5980 Clinique revamps its BB Cream



February 13, 2020: Skincare brand Clinique has introduced the new Clinique iD Dramatically Different Moisturizing BB-Gel, the first custom blend hybrid moisturizer which not only hydrates and treats skin, but also unifies, powered by the Transforming Tint Release Technology. It is a refreshing 8-hour, oil-free hydration in a lightweight gel that transforms into a sheer wash of colour before your eyes.



The Tint Release Technology delivers encapsulated colour-blooming pigments for a healthy, naturally perfected, even finish for most skin tones. A sheer wash of light-diffusing colour enhances and unifies your skin tone. It also provides immediate, refreshing hydration with a combination of humectants,including Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) and Glycerin for 8 hours. It reduces the visibility of pores, the BB Gel is preferable for all skin types.



Clinique's dramatically different Moisturizing BB-Gel will be available at Clinique stores and counters in India and online (Nykaa, Myntra, Sephora, Shopper’s Stop).



 



Clinique revamps its BB Cream


]]>
M Missoni applauded for sustainability http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5979 Margharita Missoni sustainable awards



February 12, 2020: The M Missoni mission is to remix, re-use and respect. The familiar Missoni codes are flipped and turned into a new esthetic, creating unique products with pre-existent materials and deadstock from Missoni or other suppliers. As a result of their timely ideation and execution, Margherita Missoni accepted the Innovator Award on behalf of M Missoni, for their use of upcycling materials in their collections., The award was presented by as the premier platform for sustainable fashion, Maison de Mode, which hosted its 3rd annual Sustainable Style Awards in partnership with Aveda at 1 Hotel West Hollywood.



The Innovator Award is given to a brand in fashion, jewellery or accessories for their achievement and excellence in sustainable design and practice. Factors considered are business alignment with positive social and environmental impact in regards to corporate responsibility, material’s integrity, production, and supply chain.Ms. Missoni wore an M Missoni dress made from eco-sustainable fabric and cardigan made from upcycled Missoni yarns. The pieces worn will be auctioned online on Maison de Mode’s website with 100% of the proceeds benefiting charity: water.



M Missoni Sustainable fashion collection



A new brand with only three seasons in, M Missoni has repurposed 26,000 meters of Missoni stock fabric and 1200 kilos of stock yarn. The brand has created jobs in countries such as Ethiopia, Peru and Ghana. M Missoni is not yet a fully sustainable brand although it is constantly striving to improve and move forward toward that direction.



The honorees are selected by the international MAISON DE MODE committee of leaders, including Livia Firth (Founder EcoAge), Lisa Smilor (Executive Vice President, CFDA), Nadja Swarovski (Executive Board, Swarovski Group), Nina Garcia (Editor-in-Chief, ELLE Magazine), Julie Gilhart (Fashion Consultant) and Rickie de Sole (Head of Fashion Initiatives, Vogue).


]]>
Visionnaire presents India-inspired exclusive capsule collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5977 February 11, 2020: Celebrating the symbiosis between art and design, the Italian luxury lifestyle brand Visionnaire, unveils Pavone, a capsule collection designed by Los Angeles- based artist and designer Marc Ange. The Pavone Capsule Collection is an evocative narrative from Visionnaire that can be noted as the third installment in a series of original initiatives in 2019-20, created to commemorate the brand’s 15th anniversary.







Visionnaire's Pavone collection features the Pavone throne and five Pavone armchairs. When tasked with designing a capsule collection for Visionnaire, Mr. Ange drew inspiration from his recent travels to India, where multiple encounters with peacocks galvanized research on the

animal’s behaviour and commitment to beauty. In consistency with the designer’s tendency for the extraordinary, his interpretation of Visionnaire’s world comes to life through an allegorical display of the romantic peacock, which to him embodies Visionnaire’s unique eye for beauty and luxury.







A personification of the peacock, the pieces depict the animal’s resplendent beauty using Visionnaire’s bespoke fabrics and materials. The Pavone throne is crafted with 1970’s vintage-inspired camel leather, vibrant blue and green custom Visionnaire fabrics, and brass coated in regal bronze plating. The Pavone Armchair series is presented as a fleet of five, an aesthetically conservative version of the solitaire throne. The armchairs share the brilliant fabrics seen in the throne, but with a more contemporary silhouette.




]]>
Gucci joins hands in saving earth's biodiversity http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5976 February 11, 2020: Founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands, with a renowned reputation for creativity, innovation and Italian craftsmanship. It has joined The Lion’s Share Fund, a unique initiative raising much-needed funds to tackle the crisis in nature, biodiversity and climate across the globe. The Lion’s Share was established in June 2018 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with FINCH, Mars, Incorporated, Nielsen and BBDO as founding members.





Led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of businesses and UN partners, the Fund aims to raise over $100 million per year within the next five years for animal conservation, biodiversity and climate by asking brands to contribute 0.5% of their media spend every time an animal is featured in their advertisements. Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci, said,: “The Lion’s Share Fund is an important addition to our conservation strategy. Nature and wildlife provide Gucci with inspired creation that is an integral part of our narrative through our collections and campaigns. With the increasing threats to the planet’s biodiversity, groundbreaking initiatives like The Lion’s Share Fund have the potential to be transformative by organically connecting the business community with direct action to protect our natural habitats and most threatened species.”



Launched in September 2018, the Fund is already having an impact, providing a grant to improve critical radio systems for law enforcement officers protecting wildlife in Mozambique’s Niassa Nature Reserve and helping reduce the elephant poaching rate to zero, and providing a grant to help secure land for endangered orangutans, elephants and tigers in North Sumatra in Indonesia. Animals appear in approximately 20 per cent of all advertisements in the world, yet despite this, animals do not always receive the support they deserve. The Lion’s Share gives brands the opportunity to take urgent and significant action and play their part in protecting our planet.


]]>
Michael Kors launches James Bond-inspired accessories http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5975 February 7, 2020: World-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear, Michael Kors announces its partnership with the 007 film franchise. To celebrate the release of the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die, Michael Kors will be debuting a limited-edition capsule collection featuring the coveted Michael Kors Collection Bancroft satchel.



Michael Kors launches James Bond-inspired accessories



Crafted in Italy and created exclusively for No Time To Die, the MKC x 007 Bond Bancroft satchel, Bond Carryall and Bond Duffel channel the sophistication that is synonymous with James Bond films. The Bond Bancroft satchel, crafted in luxe calf leather, exudes everyday elegance with its refined silhouette and roomy interior. A polished MKC x 007 plaque on the interior lining highlights the special collaboration. Rounding out the capsule collection, the Bond Carryall, rendered in calf leather, and Bond Duffel, in luggage-hued cotton canvas, were designed for travelling in style, and feature an exclusive MKC x 007 leather luggage tag.



The three-piece capsule will be available in select Michael Kors stores around the world, on MichaelKors.com and on the franchise’s official online store, 007Store.com, starting late March. To celebrate the launch, Michael Kors will host a VIP party at its new Milan showroom, followed by a private dinner, during Milan Fashion Week in February.


]]>
Ralph Lauren Home Launches Latest Barware Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5973 February 6, 2020: A high-end architecture and luxury interior design company based in New Delhi, Seetu Kohli Home brings Ralph Lauren Home's array of new collections of exquisite barware to India. Epitomizing the brand’s classic and elegant features, the barware collections add a dash of understated glamour to one's home.



Ralph Lauren Home Launches Latest Barware Collection





Inspired by the Polo Bar, the Kipton bar box features the brand’s classic saddle leather-trimmed in brass hardware, lined in the brand’s iconic Wexford Plaid wool fabric. It comes with an array of accessories including the iconic Garrett Polo Player 24% leaded crystal barware, 4 brass coasters, 4 silver and brass polo mallet cocktail picks, a silver-plated Wentworth Nut Bowl, and two new additions to the iconic equestrian Wentworth Collection: a jigger and a bottle opener.



Ralph Lauren Home Launches Latest Barware Collection



The Garrett collection comprises of a decanter, highball glasses and DOF glasses in hand-crafted lead crystal, and a set of five leather coasters crafted by hand, debossed with equestrian-inspired artwork depicting a spirited polo match. The Cantwell collection, consisting of a decanter in lead crystal decorated with embossed leather with the signature Ralph Lauren Logo and a round bar tray in leather, makes an elegant statement. Hand-cut crystal is the highlight of Greenwich collection consisting of highball and DOF glasses and the Greenwich Decanter. Metropolis also showcases hand-cut crystal with beautiful details and comprises of the highball and DOF glasses and the elegant decanter. 



Available at: H 5/2, Haveli, Ambawatta One, Kalka Das Marg, Behind Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi, India




]]>
Soneva partners with sustainable Indian fashion brand Rahul Mishra http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5972 Rahul Mishra Paris Couture Week



February 6, 2020: Soneva, a pioneering family of hospitality properties and products, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments, has recently announced a partnership with Indian designer Rahul Mishra. During the partnership, that will run from January to December of 2020, Rahul Mishra will develop a new collection inspired by Mr. Mishra’s stay and personal experiences at Soneva Fushi, called ‘The Soneva Collection by Rahul Mishra’.



The collection is a foray into couture through conscious demand and articulated with the love for all people involved and value for the environment at large. “One often needs to step away from home to look at it from a different lens. The privilege of travel enables the genesis of fresh perspectives and fuels us to look deeper within ourselves," says Mr. Mishra. 



Rahul Mishra Paris Couture Week



At Rahul Mishra, the slow process of hand-weaving and hand embroidery allows them to build sustainable livelihoods for more than 1,000 artisans. They work in close association with the Ministry of Textiles in an attempt to sustain the storied heritage of Indian crafts. The design house works on the philosophy of 3 Es - Environment, Employment and Empowerment; looking at luxury from the lens of participation, not just consumption. "The last seasons have witnessed a growth of 50% in business with a drop of 10% in production numbers. We are reducing the number of clothes we produce while growing as a business that employs more than a thousand artisans from the Indian craft community. The slowness enables us to incorporate a natural human pace to the process of creation, the biggest luxury of the moment," adds Mr. Mishra. 



The Soneva Collection by Rahul Mishra will be launched at the Indian Couture Week 2020, in the last week of July.


]]>
Moët & Chandon unveils a limited-edition Signature Rosé Impérial http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5970 Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial bottle 2020February 3, 2020: Founded in 1743, Moët & Chandon introduced champagne to the world by offering a range of unique wines for every occasion. A champagne of choice to celebrate private moments of great personal importance, the brand has unveiled its limited-edition Signature Rosé Impérial, with a bold, new design in a black-and-rose-gold colour scheme that flaunts the dominance of Pinot Noir grapes in the meticulous assemblage of Rosé Impérial, on a bottle adorned with a modern version of one of the House’s oldest rosé champagne labels.



The Signature Rosé Impérial introduces a new deep matte shade of black on the bottle embellished with a rose gold-trimmed tie, just below the bottle’s neck redesigned with a rose gold logo atop a strikingly deep black shade, chosen as a subtle yet unmistakable nod to the force of Pinot Noir grapes that make up 45% of the assemblage of wine varieties blended to create the House’s aromatic Rosé Impérial. Tying the modernity of Moët & Chandon’s Rosé Imperial with the grandeur of the House’s history is a “Rosé Signature” label in a wispy shade of raspberry, emblazoned on the rose gold brushed marks, bearing an embossed matte black logo.



Inside the new bottle sits the liquid renowned for its radiant colour, intense fruitiness and seductive palate. Combining the three traditional cépages of Champagne with a dominance of Pinot Noir and Meunier, it is produced by first making red and white still wines separately, before blending them together, to preserve the extraction, aromatics, structure and intense pink color for which Moët &Chandon’s Rosé Impérial is known. The new design adorns exclusively the 750ml bottles of Moët & Chandon’s limited-edition Signature Rosé Impérial Collection, and the limited-edition Signature gift box that contains an institutional 75cl bottle of Rosé Impérial.



The special edition is available at chic restaurants, hotel bars, the trendiest bars and lounges and wines stores.


]]>
Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors launches signature armchairs in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5969 Roberto Cavalli Maclaine Armchair



February 3, 2020: The new signature armchairs by Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors throws a quick, yet heavy dose of glamour and sophistication. The eponymous brand is brought to India by Seetu Kohli Home, the high-end architecture and luxury interior design company renowned for representing some of the top-notch global luxury brands in India. The collection of signature armchairs is marked by the use of iconic prints and patterns typical of the brand.



The armchairs reaffirm the brand’s penchant for making a very distinguishing statement. The Dudley Armchair is characterized by a seat upholstered with the new silk Karen from the last Roberto Cavalli collection, and by a particular and scenographic backrest made of leather fringes. 



Roberto Cavalli Dudley Armchair



The Sioraf Armchair borders between art and design. It has a base in precious asymmetrical grating with handmade brass castings, chiselled manually and gold-plated – the distinguishing feature of the Sioraf series. With its sumptuous proportions, Maclaine Armchair's exuberant and refined form harks back to the distinctive 1950s style. Upholstered in the new silk with lynx print, it is available in different finishings.



Roberto Cavalli Sioraf Armchair



Available at: H 5/2, Haveli, Ambawatta One, Kalka Das Marg, Behind Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi, India


]]>
MB&F revamps its Legacy Machine Perpetual http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5967 January 30, 2020: At watchmaker MB&F, the LM Perpetual, since being launched in 2015, has been crafted in red gold, platinum, white gold and titanium. A new 18k yellow gold case with a striking blue face now joins the series: in a limited edition of 25 pieces.



MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual yellow gold



MB&F and independent Irish watchmaker Stephen McDonnell have completely reinvented that most traditional of horological complications: the perpetual calendar. The result is Legacy Machine Perpetual, featuring a visually stunning in-house movement – developed from the ground up to eliminate the drawbacks of conventional perpetual calendars. 



LM Perpetual features a fully integrated 581-component calibre − no module, no base movement − with a revolutionary new system for calculating the number of days in each month. And it holistically reinterprets the aesthetics of the perpetual calendar by placing the full complication on dial-free display underneath a spectacular suspended balance. The fully integrated movement of Legacy Machine Perpetual has been designed from scratch for trouble-free use: no more skipping dates or jamming gears, and the adjuster pushers automatically deactivate when the calendar changes.



MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual yellow gold



In an interesting technical twist, that eye-catching balance hovering on high is connected to the escapement on the back of the movement by what is likely to be the world's longest balance staff. Using an innovative system developed especially for Legacy Machine Perpetual, the subdials appear to "float" above the movement with no visible attachments.



The Legacy Machine Perpetual won the Best Calendar Watch Prize at the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève) in 2016.


]]>
Louis Vuitton opens Maison Osaka Midosuji, Café Le V and Sugalabo V restaurant http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5966 Louis Vuitton Osaka Midosuji interior



January 30, 2020:  Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has brought unique designs to the world, combining innovation with style, always aiming for the finest quality. The upcoming opening of Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji on February 1 is the imaginative result of a close collaboration between architects Jun Aoki and Peter Marino, who both share a long-standing relationship with the French House.



Louis Vuitton Osaka Midosuji facade



The new four-floor store reflects Osaka’s heritage as Japan’s most important port and highlight’s the city’s growing role as an international travel hub. In cooperation with celebrated chef Yosuke Suga, Le Café V, the very first Louis Vuitton café, sits atop Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji, guarding the secret entrance to Sugalabo V, Suga’s exclusive restaurant, also housed within the Maison.



Architect Jun Aoki is known for his work on a number of landmark Louis Vuitton stores in Japan and around the world, including New York’s Fifth Avenue Maison. 



Louis Vuitton Osaka Midosuji interior



The design of the façade allows for the optimal use of natural light. In collaboration with artist Kenta Cobayashi, who was a photographer on the House’s Fall-Winter 2019 Men’s advertising campaign, liquid crystal distortions were modelled into a bespoke sculpture that ribbons across the store’s windows. These windows blur the lines between digital fantasy and reality.



Inside, architect Peter Marino has followed similar inspirations, connecting the store’s four floors to both the maritime feel of the building and to its connection with Japanese traditional culture. The wooden floors give the impression of decks, with wood-clad pillars and metal ceilings reminiscent of the spirit of a grand yacht embarking on an exciting adventure. 



Louis Vuitton Osaka Midosuji Le Cafe V



Throughout the Maison, LV's Objets Nomades, a collection of travel and home-related objects bring their colourful creativity. On permanent offer, they are placed to emphasize or contrast with the architecture, or hanging down from the generous heights of the store’s ceiling. Historical Louis Vuitton archival objects and unparalleled artisanal savoir-faire provides clients with an entirely unique private shopping experience surrounded by works of art. A unique work by Gregor Hildebrandt, ‘Osaka Schwimmbad (Anne)’, composed of cut vinyl records, wood, canvas, acrylic, reflects Osaka’s relationship with its cherished bay.



Louis Vuitton Osaka Midosuji Le Sugalabo V restaurant



From the very foundations of the House, the connection between Louis Vuitton and Japan is driven by a common fascination – two worlds capable of combining absolute respect for tradition with a strong desire for modernity.


]]>
TUMI moves to sustainable recycled fabrics http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5965 January 30, 2020: Luggage lifestyle brand TUMI’s responsible fashion initiative for Spring/Summer 2020 includes a special capsule featuring TUMI’s iconic Merge and Alpha Bravo collections using recycled fabrics only. A substantial expansion on the prior eco-friendly notions by TUMI in years 2018-19, the brand has taken it up a notch this season, offering a much larger array of luggage choices made from post-industrial recycled nylon and post-consumer rPET bottles – while ensuring rigorous quality checks to promise highest level of durability – enhancing a part of the TUMI difference that defines the brand.



TUMI Recycled luggage bags



TUMI is continuing its sustainability journey with an exciting and innovative introduction – the brand’s first-ever travel collection made with recycled materials, TUMI Merge. The perfect blend of style and utility for the next generation of travellers, TUMI Merge is a lightweight and highly functional travel collection inspired by the evolution of business travel and how boundaries between work and life have become less defined. TUMI Merge features body fabric made from post-industrial recycled nylon and interior fabric lining made from post-consumer recycled PET (rPET) material. Through the use of rPET fabric in these products, TUMI will divert 214,000 plastic bottles from the landfill on the initial production order. The recycled materials have been tested to prove that they are extremely tough in order to deliver travel cases that can stand the test of time.



Designed for performance, Alpha Bravo has features inspired by the military, with backpacks, briefs, and duffels made to last in TUMI’s signature FXT Ballistic Nylon. The new Lark Backpack has dual magnetic clips to keep the bag securely closed and a wide entry for easy packing, while the Lance Backpack is a smaller roll-top style with tuck lock closure.



TUMI Recycled luggage bags



The season’s core colour is Black, with Navy as a transitional colour and Forest, Grey/Bright Lime and Grey/Bright Red as seasonal colour pops. Both seasonal colours are made with fabric engineered from post-consumer recycled bottles and post-industrial recycled nylon. The collection is available across stores in India from February 2020.


]]>
Louis Vuitton unveils Pre-Fall 2020 collection campaign http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5962 January 24, 2020: The French fashion house and luxury retailer Louis Vuitton's Pre-Fall 2020 campaign is inspired by pulp horror movies and books. Nicolas Ghesquière, the creative director has handpicked 24 poster girls and boys like Sophie Turner, Léa Seydoux, Alicia Vikander, Chloë Grace Moretz and more.



Louis Vuitton Pre fall 2020 campaign Sophie Turner



Among them, in a historic moment for global fashion, the eclecticism of Indian actress Deepika Padukone shines through. The campaign featured the actor dressed and styled in the luxury brand’ pre-fall collection, making her the first Indian to be featured in an LV campaign.



Louis Vuitton Pre fall 2020 campaign Deepika Padukone



The Pre-Fall 2020 collection embarks on a narrative journey where the garments tell their own tales. The meeting of periods, stylistic movements and anachronistic combinations bring to life a rich cast of costumes. Taking cultural references even further, Louis Vuitton has adorned one of the collection’s t-shirts with the original cover from William Peter Blatty’s 1971 cult science-fiction novel The Exorcist. 



Louis Vuitton Pre fall 2020 campaign Alicia Vikander



To illustrate this collection, the House’s muses proudly take to book covers or film posters as protagonists, fitting perfectly into Louis Vuitton’s history and brilliantly embracing the role of an adventurer.  


]]>
The Mark Hotel celebrates Valentine's Day in style http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5961 January 24, 2020: Located in New York’s Upper East Side at the corner of Madison Avenue and 77th Street, The Mark combines avant-garde design with latest technology and old-world comfort. 



The Mark Hotel New York Valentine's Day



Drawing on the expertise of an extraordinary group of talents that includes legendary French designer Jacques Grange, Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, beauty entrepreneur Frederic Fekkai and master perfumer Frederic Malle, the Mark has just released its first 2020 initiative for those who wish to woo and be wooed on Valentine’s Day. With the appropriately named “The Mark’s Fool-Proof Valentine’s Day Menu,” guests can choose from a list of Valentine favourites, such as a box of Ladurée chocolates with a stuffed bear, a dozen roses, and an in-suite couples massage. 



It also includes lavish options such as a Sidney Garber Rolling Bracelet with a value of $16,500 for her and a Tom Ford Watch with a value of $3,590 for him. Every item on The Mark Fool-Proof Valentine’s Day Menu can be purchased individually or as a package for $22,126.00. The Mark also offers every item along with a romantic stay in the penthouse for $97,126.00,



The Mark offers 24/7 check-in, 24/7 room service by restaurant chef Jean- Georges Vongerichten, 24/7 shopping at Bergdorf Goodman, access to The Mark Sailboat, a 70-foot vessel available to guests to sail around the New York harbour, among many other extraordinary amenities that are part of #LifeAtTheMark  


]]>
Kama Ayurveda unveils Moringa Oil http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5960 Kama Ayurveda Moringa Oil



January 24, 2020: Indian luxury Ayurvedic brand Kama Ayurveda has launched its new Moringa Oil, which is a 100% organic, pure and cold-pressed oil rich in oleic acid, anti-oxidant phytochemicals and minerals to nourish your face and body. 



Extracted from the seeds of the drumstick tree, this new product gives you the means to combat pollution and provide deep hydration. By encouraging skin cells to renew themselves, this oil helps fight signs of ageing, including blemishes, wrinkles and fine lines. While oleic acid provides deep hydration, antioxidants and vitamins A and E help combat dry skin, pollution, and other environmental aggressors.



Kama Ayurveda has acquired a cult following globally among discerning beauty buyers, looking for safe, gentle, and efficient products that are rooted in the ancient science of Ayurveda. It has 50+ exclusive stores across Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune and Ludhiana.


]]>
Ulysse Nardin utilizes Blockchain technology for security & a healthier planet http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5959 January 23, 2020: Watchmaker Ulysse Nardin, accompanied by Kering’s Innovation team, shows its desire to be pioneers of major technological changes which enhance the customer experience. Dedicated to providing cutting-edge technology service and significantly improving its customers’ user experience, Ulysse Nardin is the first luxury manufacturer to deploy blockchain certification to all its collections.



Ulysse Nardin blockchain technology



Blockchain technology can be used to store and transmit information or transactions. It is a global digital database shared among multiple users that can, using a cryptographic system, verify the validity of information, add data and record a transaction. Ulysse Nardin’s approach used here is to store the “digital signature” of all PDF warranty certificates in the form of a “hash” – i.e. an encrypted string of characters – on the Bitcoin blockchain. A digital document, like a warranty certificate in this case, when protected on the blockchain, becomes tamper-proof. The registers of “hashes” are publicly accessible, anywhere in the world, at any time, thereby removing the risk of losing, forgetting or falsification of physical warranty cards, traditionally provided with the watch at the time of purchase. 



Another advantage is that this certificate becomes extremely useful for after-sales service (a reliable transaction history) or when it is offered as a gift or resold (used market). The physical guarantee card will continue to exist, since thanks to its “bubble tag”, customers will be able to extend the watch warranty to 5 years and thus directly generate their online blockchain warranty certificate essentially. When a customer buys an Ulysse Nardin watch, they must enter it on the Ulysse Nardin website using the physical “proof tag” warranty card. They will then receive a personalized digital certificate on their name in a PDF format containing all the data and information about the purchased product. The signature of this warranty document is anchored in the blockchain via its “hash”, i.e. the document’s digital fingerprint.



Verifying the validity of Ulysse Nardin warranty certificates will be possible directly on the Bitcoin blockchain or a checker. Another option for the customer is a checker widget hosted directly on the Ulysse Nardin’s website. By a simple “drag and drop”, the link between the warranty certificate and the blockchain is simplified. For its development, Ulysse Nardin and Kering chose the Breton start-up “Woleet”. 



The blockchain technology, which is being tried out in the watchmaking the industry mostly as an “optional service,” is being deployed at Ulysse Nardin systematically, not just on a single product, but on all of its ranges.


]]>
Louis Vuitton to re-fashion the Sewelô rough diamond http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5958 January 23, 2020: Luxury brand Louis Vuitton has announced its participation together with Lucara Diamond Corporation and the HB Company of Antwerp, in a unique collaboration to transform a rare and exceptional diamond specimen, a 1758 carat diamond, the second-largest rough diamond ever discovered. The monumental 1758 carat rough diamond, now named Sewelô, meaning Rare Find in the Setswana language, was recovered at the Lucara Diamond Corp.’s 100% owned Karowe mine.



Louis Vuitton Sewelo Diamond



Roughly the size of a tennis ball, measuring 83mm x 62mm x 46mm, weighing 352 grams, the Sewelô is eclipsed only by the Cullinan, at 3106 carats, discovered in South Africa in 1905, and fashioned into historic diamonds that are now in the British Crown Jewels and royal collection. Remarkably, the diamond remained unbroken thanks to Lucara’s high-tech XRT circuit, a highly advanced recovery process that avoids crushing the diamond-bearing rock, a drawback of previous processes. Initial analysis of the Sewelô characterises the stone as ‘near gem quality’ with ‘domains of high-quality white gem’, while detailed studies of the stone, its composition, qualities and potential will continue for several months.



The Sewelô is spectacular not only for its immense size but also for its intriguing characteristics of shape, colour, formation and composition. The rough crystal is largely covered in a very thin layer of black carbon, enveloping yet hinting at the 2 billion-year-old secrets hidden within. The full extent of variations in colour and clarity of the diamond yield is still unknown.



Louis Vuitton Sewelo Diamond



Louis Vuitton is working closely with master diamond cutters, HB Company, from Antwerp, studying the Sewelô in minute detail, to assess the final the potential of the stone, and plan the optimum yield of individual finished, cut and polished diamonds. In a spirit of creative collaboration with HB Company, Louis Vuitton will be involved at every stage, ensuring that the maximum light, life and fire, character and charisma will be unleashed from the magnificent rough crystal. The size of the diamond will enable the production of Made-to-Order Louis Vuitton Cut diamonds, each skillfully fashioned in the form of Louis Vuitton’s emblematic Monogram, the rounded flower and star-shaped motif. LV plans to use the extraordinary variety and abundance within the Sewelô to offer clients the opportunity to create bespoke, custom-cut diamonds.


]]>
Onitsuka Tiger collaborates with Valentino for a limited edition sneaker http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5957 Onitsuka Tiger X Valentino sneakers 2020



January 23, 2020: Made in Japan sports-inspired fashion brand, Onitsuka Tiger, has announced a limited-edition sneaker collaboration with Valentino for the Autumn-Winter 2020 Paris Menswear Collection. Founded by Kihachiro Onitsuka in 1949, Onitsuka Tiger shares the same attitude and attention to details and craftsmanship as the iconic Maison Valentino.



A conversation between Pierpaolo Piccioli, Creative Director of Maison Valentino and Onitsuka Tiger led to creating an exclusive style of the renowned MEXICO 66™ SD sneakers. The MEXICO 66™ SD sneaker has been reinterpreted by Pierpaolo Piccioli in four different shades with the Valentino V Logo on the side, that enhance the importance of the power of colour, an iconic element for the Maison. The dramatic ‘V’ placed over the Onitsuka Tiger Stripe is hand-printed one by one. A special co-branded logo can be found on the shoe-tongue as well as on the insole. This model boasts a midsole with superior cushioning and a proprietary outsole that is durable and slip-resistant. 



Onitsuka Tiger X Valentino sneakers 2020



The Valentino collection shoes will be available in select Valentino retail stores around the world and on Valentino.com. At Onitsuka Tiger, one model in the brand’s signature ‘tricolour’ will be available at select stores and online. The models will be launched in the summer of 2020.


]]>
Clinique announces Emilia Clarke as their first global ambassador http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5956 January 21, 2020: Clinique, a dermatologist approved brand that’s allergy tested, 100% fragrance-free and formulated with no parabens, no phthalates, just happy skin – has tapped critically acclaimed actress Emilia Clarke as their first Global Brand Ambassador for skincare and makeup.



Emilia Clarke Global Brand Ambassador Clinique



An undeniably talented actress, Ms. Clarke has garnered the attention of audiences worldwide for her pivotal performances. Her first skincare campaign for the brand will be for the Clinique iD collection. With the addition of Clinique iD Dramatically Different Moisturizing BB-Gel and Clinique iD Dramatically Different Moisturizing Tone-Up Gel – the Clinique iD collection now delivers 20 unique combinations allowing consumers to create their own custom-blend moisturizer to hydrate and treat their unique skin concerns.



Launched on January 15, 2020, Ms. Clarke is sharing her own unique skincare journey with the social campaign #iDYourself highlighting the Clinique iD collection.


]]>
William Shakespeare's First Folio to be auctioned at Christie's http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5955 William Shakespeare's First Folio Christie's New York



January 21, 2020: Christie’s, the world's leading art business, has announced the auction of William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, often referred to as the “First Folio,” as part of the Exceptional Sale during Classic Week at Christie’s New York on April 24, 2020 (estimate $4,000,000-6,000,000). The First Folio, bringing together for the first time the collected plays of Shakespeare, ranks as the greatest work of the English language and, indeed, of world literature. Already celebrated on its first publication, it has remained a highly sought-after masterpiece over four centuries. Only six complete copies are known in private hands. Shakespeare’s First Folio is being sold on behalf of Mills College in Oakland, California.



The book was published in 1623 by Shakespeare’s friends and fellow actors, John Heminge and Henry Condell, who collaborated after the writer’s death to compile this authoritative edition of his work. The First Folio contains thirty-six of Shakespeare’s plays, including eighteen that may have otherwise been lost forever — among the rescued works are Macbeth, The Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, and Julius Caesar.



William Shakespeare's First Folio Christie's New York



The First Folio will be toured in New York from January 22-27, Hong Kong from March 17-20, Beijing from April 1-3, and back to New York ahead of the auction on April 24. This remarkable sale marks the first time in nearly 20 years that a complete copy of the First Folio has come to auction. It presents a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire a well-preserved and complete copy of this monument to world literature.


]]>
Versace to open new flagship stores http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5954 January 21, 2020: Luxury brand Versace will open new flagship stores in two of the fashion industry’s most important cities: Paris and London. “We are opening two new flagships in cities I love so much. Paris is at the heart of Europe, I admire it for its beauty, its art and unrivalled history of couture. London is the most diverse city in the world. It never stops pushing forward and breaking the rules. I am always inspired by its fearless eccentricity and culture that’s always so alive with new music and new trends,” says Donatella Versace, Chief Creative Officer. Both stores will open their doors in Fall 2020. 



Versace Miami store



Located on the rue Saint-Honoré, the Paris boutique spans 8,428 square feet throughout three floors and will present a full offer of ready-to-wear and accessories for both men and women. Gwenael Nicolas has tailored his concept specifically to the Paris space, depicting iconic house codes in a clean and contemporary way that perfectly fits the location. The London store will open its doors on New Bond Street and covers an area of 7,244 square feet. Again, the boutique will offer a full selection of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories immaculately displayed over three floors.



The LEED Gold-certified spaces have been created with the highest sustainability standards in mind, from the choice of materials used to the flexibility and management of the stores. A holistic approach has been applied to the selection of resources with the highest environmental and transparency standards met for the entire life of all parts of the boutiques.   


]]>
Faberge introduces new locket to celebrate Chinese New Year http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5952 January 15, 2020: Being the world’s most iconic artist jeweler and heralding the Year of the Rat, Fabergé has created the latest in a series of Palais Tsarskoye Selo Red Lockets, designed for the gifting season. It has been over 100 years since Fabergé’s first creations for the Chinese New Year. Master craftsman Francois Birbaum was commissioned by the royal court of Siam to make a series of objets and trinkets for the Year of the Pig in 1911.



Faberge Year of rat locket



The perfect lucky gift for a loved one born in a year of the Rat, or to mark a significant occasion, such as the birth of a child or upcoming wedding in the new year. The Palais Tsarskoye Selo Red Locket with Rat Surprise features red guilloché enamel and 15 round brilliant diamonds set in 18k yellow gold. The signature egg shaped locket opens with a gentle touch to reveal a new Fabergé surprise - a delicate 18k yellow gold Rat with dazzling diamond eyes. 



The beauty of these lockets, each crafted from 18k yellow gold, decorated with diamonds and delicately hand-painted with vibrant red guilloché enamel for luck and prosperity, is beyond visual. There is innate beauty in the way Fabergé’s joy for surprise is embedded in each piece, as the egg opens to reveal a different zodiac animal.



The new Palais Tsarskoye Selo Red Locket with Rat surprise retails at £8,640 and is available to order at Fabergé.com and at selected Fabergé stockists.


]]>
Panerai celebrates the Chinese Year of the Rat with a new creation http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5951 Panerai Year of rat watch 2020



January 15, 2020: Watchmaker Officine Panerai celebrates the Chinese New Year with the 12th Luminor Sealand model, a special edition created to anticipate and accompany the Year of the Rat, which will officially start on the January 25, 2020. 



It celebrates the Year of the Rat with a special edition of 88 units decorated using the ancient technique of sparsello. This is the 12th Panerai Luminor Sealand model – PAM 863, marking the end of the 12-year cycle in which each year is distinguished by a sign of the zodiac represented by an animal.



A distinguishing feature of every Sealand, the decorated cover – with a signaling mirror inside – is hinged at 12 o’clock on the brush-finished AISI 316L steel case of the 44-mm model. The decoration of the cover has been engraved by hand by Italian master craftsmen using the ancient art of sparsello. The mechanical movement of the new Luminor Sealand – 44 mm is the P. 9010 Calibre with a power reserve of three days provided by twin spring barrels, and rapid time adjustment which also changes the calendar. 



Panerai Year of rat watch 2020



Water-resistant to a depth of 10 bar (about 100 metres), the new Luminor Sealand –44 mm is fitted with a semi-matt calf strap, gold in colour with beige stitching, and it is presented in a pear wood box. 



Founded in Florence in 1860, Panerai has developed and crafted its watches that are sold across the world through an exclusive network of distributors and boutiques.


]]>
Sieger by Furstenberg launches a new collection of Goblets in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5950 Sip of Gold Champagne Goblets by Sieger by Furstenberg



January 15, 2020: Sources Unlimited, a pioneer in introducing high-end international furniture and lighting solutions to the Indian market, has launched a glamorous collection of champagne goblets from Sieger by Furstenberg. 



Termed as Sip of Gold, the goblets elevate any occasion to a great one. A combination of incredibly thin porcelain and the finest precious metal, they have a 24-carat gold coating on the inside, and offer a whole new drinking experience. When the goblets are filled with a drink, the light is reflected hundreds of times to create the sparkling and beguiling effect of liquid gold. 



Sip of Gold Champagne Goblets by Sieger by Furstenberg



Striking graphic patterns on some goblets make the collection irresistible. The Sip of Gold collection comprises 26 models. They are available in pure white or black, with precise reliefs or graphic designs. The collection includes two tumblers with mirrored platinum and the subtle Greta décor. Meticulously handcrafted in Germany, each tumbler has a wall thickness of around two millimetres – and is one of a kind. Designer Michael Sieger was inspired from a classic silver goblet he received as a gift by his wife and created this collection as a modern-day adaptation. 



Available at: Mumbai (Andheri) and Delhi (Sultanpur) showrooms of Sources Unlimited


]]>
Hands Carpets launches a new, cryptical collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5948 January 6, 2020: ‘Hands’, founded in 1881, in Bhadohi near Varanasi, is housed in some of the world’s most prestigious palaces, luxury hotels, and residences. Introducing new collections every season, their recent launch called ‘Cryptos’ is completely custom-made, designed, sized, and crafted around a unique, personal expression.



Hands Carpets Cryptos



The new Cryptos collection features designs shrouded in mysteries, with secrets and cryptic messages at their core. Beautifully hand-knotted in 100% botanical silk, each carpet is a distinctive, elegant expression of luxury, brought alive through an infinite interplay of pile height variances, colours, textures, patterns, and compositions. The collection features nine designs. Woven by artisans, Hands carpets have an artistic harmony that seems to bind the soul of the weaver to the rug.



Hands Carpets Cryptos



“With a peculiar element of intrigue to it,” says Mr Ravi Patodia, Managing Director, “each design tells a unique tale, whose origin lies rooted in mythology or history. A carpet must do nothing less than enhancing the environment it adorns, taking the space to extraordinary expressions of elegance.” While the label caters to clients across the world, Hands showrooms are in Delhi, Mumbai, and Dubai.


]]>
Gucci launches new collection for the Lunar Year of the Mouse http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5946 Gucci Mickey Mouse 2020 Lunar Year collection



January 2, 2020: Gucci’s creative Director Alessandro Michele is celebrating the Chinese Year of the Mouse with a specially designed collection of items that feature Walt Disney’s True Original, Mickey Mouse, for the upcoming Lunar New Year, beginning January 25, 2020. Launching now in stores and online, this collection sits centre stage in a new campaign shot by photographer and director Harmony Korine and starring Gucci ambassador and actress Ni Ni, actor Earl Cave and designer, stylist and poet Zoë Bleu. 



Gucci Mickey Mouse 2020 Lunar Year collection



The ready-to-wear collection features accessories from shoes and bags to small leather goods and scarves. The collection has a humorous, vintage spirit, where Disney’s timeless star appears to team up with many Gucci motifs. Key to the Lunar New Year collection is a new material: the Mini GG Supreme canvas with Mickey Mouse print, a beige and ebony fabric that features a vintage Mini GG pattern with Mickey Mouse playfully applied to it in varying scale. This print has been introduced in reference to a House fabric from the 1980s.  A brown leather tag identifying the official collaboration with Disney is included in many of the pieces. The pieces in the special Lunar New Year collection that feature the Mini GG Supreme canvas with Mickey Mouse print include handbags, small leather goods, luggage and women’s and men’s shoes. 



Gucci Mickey Mouse 2020 Lunar Year collection



The distinctive Gucci Grip watch also displays the playful Mickey Mouse motif, and, for jewellery, an enamel Mickey appears on sterling silver designs. There are also special sunglasses for Lunar New Year that reference the colours used in the rest of the collection. Crafted in white matelassé quilted leather includes two sizes of the GG Marmont bag, the zip around wallet and a card holder. Each piece features four colourful prints seen in women’s and men’s wear pieces, depicting Mickey Mouse in settings rendered in toile de Jouy style frames.



Gucci Mickey Mouse 2020 Lunar Year collection



A specially designed lineup of Lunar New Year accessories is also available exclusively on Gucci.com. The Lunar New Year collection will be promoted across Gucci’s digital channels and selected Gucci stores worldwide featuring dedicated windows. Gucci Pins, ephemeral stores inspired by the pins seen on interactive digital maps, will also highlight the Lunar New Year items in several cities. Bespoke entertainment will also be available on the Gucci App and on several Gucci Pin façades, digitally bringing the Mickey Mouse character to life for customers and passers-by. 



Gucci Mickey Mouse 2020 Lunar Year collection



The campaign for the new collection portrays a playful narrative that follows Mickey Mouse as he goes about his day in Disneyland. Mickey heads out into the magical park where he entertains adoring Gucci-wearing fans of all ages and hangs out with his famous friends. The colourful energetic imagery has the look of holiday postcards, and the eclectic spirit of Gucci is perfectly at home in the fantasy world of Disneyland.


]]>
China's new JW Marriott hotel connects guests with nature through tropical surroundings http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5945 January 2, 2020: Opening the JW Marriott Sanya Haitang Bay, the property marks JW Marriott’s second resort on Hainan and 18th hotel in Greater China, seamlessly blending in with the lush landscape of Haitang Bay and illustrating the beguiling charm of the National Coast of China. 



JW Marriott Haitang Bay China luxury hotel



Adjacent to Yalong Bay National Tourism Resort, Haitang Bay boasts stunning scenery including tropical forests, white sandy beaches and shimmering waters. The new JW Marriott Sanya Haitang Bay provides a luxury escape for travelers who come to feel present in mind, nourished in body and revitalized through the brand’s curated programming. Inspired by the theme of ‘stone’, the subtle design by Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart (SRSS) connects guests at JW Marriott Sanya Haitang Bay with nature through endless arcades, ceramic accents, an octagonal fountain and peacock pavilion that reflect the hotel’s luscious backdrop.



JW Marriott Sanya Haitang Bay is the perfect venue for hosting romantic weddings, corporate meetings and special events. Two exquisite dining facilities ensure the ultimate epicurean experience for travelers. Guests can enjoy live cooking presentations in JW Kitchen’s all-day open-kitchen restaurant or relax in the tropical ambiance of the JW Lounge, featuring signature cocktails and wines from around the world. JW Marriott Sanya Haitang Bay highlights its commitment to naturally-inspired dining through its JW Garden to offer fresh, local ingredients for authentic farm-to-table dining experiences, hands on cooking classes and specialty drinks.

 

Guests can also rejuvenate at the fully-equipped Health Club featuring over nine different-sized pools, and enjoy pampering at the luxurious Spa by JW.


]]>
Shangri-La Hotels' Shang Palace to host pop-up tours http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5941 Shang Palace Kuala Lumpur Malaysia



December 20, 2019: Shang Palace, the much-loved restaurant for Cantonese, Sichuanese and provincial Chinese delicacies, is undoubtedly a prime jewel in Shangri-La hotels’ dining crown. With restaurants worldwide, Shang Palace is renowned for its delicious fusion of the Far East.



Shang Palace is debuting its first-ever pop-up blending Asian dining values, gastronomic innovation and celebrated culinary talent. The pop-up will visit three iconic Shangri-La resorts in the Maldives, Oman and Mauritius in 2020, showcasing traditional recipes as well as a bespoke menu curated by Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore and Michelin-starred Chef Mok. 



These recipes will be brought to life at each destination by Chef Liu Shengquan. Specialising in Sichuan, Cantonese, Hunan and Northeastern Chinese cuisine, he passionately creates new dishes by combining regional Chinese flavours, which makes his cooking exciting, surprising and enriching. Gastronomes will adore the mouth-watering delights including char siu bun, deep-fried stuffed crab shell and the famous Shang Palace fried rice. Shang Palace’s exceptional haute cuisine will only be available for a limited time in each location, so there’s no better time to start planning that five-star holiday. The tour debuts at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Chinese New Year (January 24 – February 28, 2020).



Shang Palace Hong Kong



Next stop is the exhilarating mountain retreat of Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat, where the team will roll out the specially curated menu of Shang Palace favourites from April 7-12, 2020. Reimagining Omani elegance and Asian hospitality, guests can soak up the tranquil ambience surrounded by palms and traditional Dhofari architecture while enjoying Dine by Design concepts and a wealth of exciting experiences. 



Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius, nestled on the beautiful shores of Trou d’Eau Douce, will host the celebrated pop-up from October 24 – November 8, 2020. The resort is blessed with six white-sand beaches, a private island retreat, trendy dining options and golf courses including an 18-hole designed by Bernhard Langer.



Elevating Asian cuisine onto a world stage while championing regional dishes, the Chinese chefs will be pulling out all the stops to ensure memorable dining moments set against the breath-taking backdrop of the Shangri-La resorts, during this unique tour.


]]>
Aman announces a fourth destination in Japan - Aman Niseko http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5939 Aman Niseko Japan



December 18, 2019: Aman was founded in 1988 with the vision of building a collection of intimate retreats with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private home. The first, Amanpuri (place of peace) in Phuket, Thailand, introduced the concept and, since then, Aman has grown to encompass 40 exquisitely serene hotels and resorts in 22 destinations across the world. 



Expanding fast in the the land of rising sun, Aman announces its fourth resort in Japan with the launch of Aman Niseko – an all-season retreat situated on the high slopes of Mt Moiwa, on an untouched nature reserve, amidst the undiscovered gem of Hokkaido’s Niseko region, scheduled to open in 2023. The Niseko region is renowned for its abundant snowfall, vast long ski runs and endless powder. The summer months are equally appealing, with mild weather ideal for hiking, mountain biking and river rafting. Mountains, forests and rivers dominate in a dramatic landscape that has entranced artists and poets for centuries. 



Aman Niseko Japan



With 30 guest rooms, extensive wellness facilities and a number of restaurants on an expansive 187-hectare site, this forthcoming resort and destination with exclusive residences, is outfitted in the characterictic Aman style of minimalism.



Paying homage to Japan’s ryokan (traditional inn), Aman Niseko will frame spectacular forest and mountain vistas from every angle. The first full spa and wellness resort in Japan, Aman Niseko will offer peace for the senses via multi-faceted experiences that nourish mind, body and soul with personalised retreat programmes. A number of dining venues will make this new Aman as much of a culinary destination, as a ski and all-season mountain retreat, offering both fine dining Japanese, and Italian, in Aman’s Arva concept. The two-storey kids club will feature a reception area, healthy refreshment area and macha bar, an indoor playground, bowling alley, games zone, theatre, matcha bar, half a basketball court, indoor swimming and wading pools, male and female changing rooms, and an extensive outdoor terrace. There will also be a toddler’s play area and a nap room. 



Aman Niseko Japan



With just 31 exclusive Aman branded residences, Aman Niseko presents a unique opportunity to own a home within a very select community, immersed in the Aman lifestyle and the remarkable natural splendour of Hokkaido. Vladislav Doronin, Chairman and CEO of Aman, said, “The announcement of Aman Niseko follows the recent and successful debut of Aman Kyoto. Aman Niseko is designed in harmony with its expansive and serene surroundings and the resort and residences will embrace Aman’s devotion to detail and impeccable service. This all-season resort will be a haven of peacefulness immersed in the purest Japanese scenery with the renowned thoughtfulness of Japanese hospitality.”


]]>
Moet & Chandon celebrates its 150th anniversary under an imperial dome http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5938 December 18, 2019: Founded in 1743, Moët & Chandon celebrates the thrill of living, by offering a range of unique wines for every occasion. Each of its champagne collections dazzles and delights with bright fruitiness, an enticing palate and elegant maturity. To mark the 150th anniversary of the French House’s flagship champagne, it unveiled its holiday-season collection. 



Moet & Chandon 150 years anniversary dome champagne bottle



An elegantly festive bottle and an exclusive limited-edition coffret – aptly titled “Imperial Dome” – offers champagne lovers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the sophisticated elites of 19th century, an era of unique elegance, when Moët Impérial began its extraordinary journey. The holiday bottle is dressed in a shimmering golden sleeve textured like gold leaf.  Its new logo is redesigned to erect the “I” of Impérial into a new symbol. 



It is filled with the House’s signature champagne, defined by a bright fruitiness, a seductive palate and an elegant maturity. Its assemblage is designed to mirror the richness and diversity of the Champagne region’s vineyards, structured with a slight dominance of Pinot Noir, textured by Meunier and enhanced by the freshness of Chardonnay. Paired with two beautiful golden-stemmed champagne coupes, it is a tribute to sophistication. 



Limited to 500 units, this holiday bottle is available in a 75cl size at select lounge bars, chic hotels and wine stores across Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore. 



Moët & Chandon has also created the delicious “Impérial 1869” cocktail with a tantalizing recipe – to be served in a coupe – that combines the generosity of the House’s signature champagne with a touch of citrus-based ingredients and agave, to be decorated with a delightful sprig of baby’s breath flower – a gentle reminder of the bountiful yet delicate nature where Moët Impérial originates. 


]]>
Missoni & Poldo Dog Couture devise a vibrant fashion capsule collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5936 Missoni X Poldo Dog Couture Dog Leash



December 16, 2019: Missoni is no new name to the high fashion world. But, now, they leave their impression in the world of pet couture too. Poldo Dog Couture is a luxury brand specialising in apparel for canines. The collaboration between Missoni and Poldo Dog Couture stakes out a new luxury frontier by creating a colourful and prestigious fashion capsule collection dedicated to human’s loyal friends.



This collection includes the Cortina, a detachable padded coat over a sweater available in two colour variants; and the Genova, a hooded raincoat in printed PVC with matching leash and collar. An assortment of must-have accessories is perfectly designed to fit all breeds and sizes, are characterised by Missoni’s iconic zigzag motifs in a variety of brightly coloured hues. 



Missoni X Poldo Dog Couture Dog Jacket



This unique and colourful collection allows our four-legged friends to dress with style, while still remaining warm and protected from the elements, without having to sacrifice their freedom of movement, It is created for those who dedicate as much attention to the style of their furry little friends as they do to themselves. 



The capsule collection is available in Missoni’s six flagship stores located in Milan, Rome, London, Paris, and New York; as well as online at Missoni.com.




]]>
The Postcard Hotel collaborates with Nicobar to create travel accessories http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5935 December 16, 2019: The Postcard Hotel is a collection of intimate luxury hotels hidden in holiday destinations in India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. So, what do you expect of the product when a collection of carefully crafted pieces designed to offer comfort join hands with grand accommodations? Well, The Postcard Hotel and Nicobar have come together to offer a uniquely designed travel collection that inspires wanderlust and transformational journeys. 



The Postcard Hotel X Nicobar travel accessories



Kapil Chopra, The Postcard Hotel, founder and CEO, said, “The Postcard Hotel is not just a hotel brand. We are an experiential travel and lifestyle brand. Our hotels are about stories back to the days of charm filled luxury travel, with a modern-day edge. Doing a special travel collection with Nicobar, a brand that also has a modern, nuanced understanding of travel, felt like a great way to connect with the evolved traveller. It is a one-of-a-kind collaboration”.



The Postcard Hotel, since its inception, is an experiential luxury travel and lifestyle brand conceived with the desire to bring about a paradigm shift in how people perceive holidays. With the hotels and experiences meticulously crafted to perfection, the distinct focus has been to offer guests an elevated sense of the destination in all its unique facets - from design to cuisine, and décor to wellness. 



The Postcard Hotel X Nicobar travel accessories umbrella



The collaboration, ‘The Escape Artist Collection’, includes a range of co-branded travel essentials available to discerning guests visiting The Postcard Hotel’s properties as well as Nicobar’s stores and website. The product line consists of a selection of 15 carefully designed travel essentials from t-shirts, beach throws, totes, pouches, wet sacks, keychains, magnets and umbrellas. It’s a thoughtful collection designed by jet setters, for a growing audience of design-minded travellers who want to look the part from the moment they take off to the moment they touch down.



The postcard hotel X Nicobar travel tote



Nicobar, a lifestyle design studio co-founded by Simran Lal and Raul Rai, is inspiring a modern Indian way in a borderless world. Raul Rai said “We loved the idea of collaborating with The Postcard Hotel because of its focus on travel and design. We envisioned a capsule collection that's perfect for your travels and hopefully, evokes smiles and wanderlust."



 


]]>
Bottega Veneta opens refurbished boutique at Emporio Mall in New Delhi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5934 Bottega veneta DLF Emporio mall



December 13, 2019: Bottega Veneta sets a new definition of opulence and grandeur in the heart of India with the opening of its newly revamped boutique at Emporio Mall in New Delhi. Having established its presence in India in 2007, Bottega Veneta’s newly imagined store in Delhi measures 904 square feet and showcases a wide range of pieces for both men and women.



Bringing in a new sense of openness and modernity with this reimagined space, it stands as a modish symbol of fine aesthetics with expansive windows framed in the House’s three-dimensional Intrecciato motif. The airy interior continues the theme of lightness with pale Marmorino walls, sleek lighting in the ceiling and furnished floors of natural oak wood and ivory Limestone. New display tables made from pale natural-hued oak wood and glass punctuate the luxurious surrounds. The store has created a new definition of enhancing artisanal variations, textures and materials. Bottega Veneta’s finest bags, small leather goods, luggage, shoes, jewellery, eyewear, fragrances and accessories can be found curated for all. 



Bottega veneta DLF Emporio mall



Creative Director Daniel Lee’s latest Pre Spring ’20 collection draws focus on continuation, evolution and refinement. The colour palette is light and warm, largely in sandstone neutrals, shades of tan, harmonious black and white, natural hues of pistachio, limoncello and sage green. The precise pieces with fluid fabrics evoke the touch of tenderness. Knitwear - like leather, an area of Bottega Veneta expertise with entirely knitted dresses, sensitively draped against the skin and for menswear with robust, classic outerwear in luxurious fabrics with high-performance technical detailing offers a distinct taste. The elevated collection with its shapes and concepts establishes a fresh tint for the luxury house.


]]>
An ecological breakthrough, PanGaia launches flower-filled puffers http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5932 Pangaia flower-filled puffer jackets



December 12, 2019: A new brand has come up on the radar of LuxuryFacts, and we are supremely excited about this one!



Launched globally in December 2018, PanGaia advocates a sustainable, cruelty free ethos and innovative textile technologies. The pioneer brand has now launched its latest range FLWRDWN, which includes puffer, down jackets made with biodegradable material instead of the standard goose feather. 



Comprising of short and long length oversized puffer jackets in 3 colourways, the new outerwear is filled with flower petals, PanGaia’s patented breakthrough vegan technology Flowerdown, which is a cruelty-free alternative to goose and duck down.



Pangaia ecological sustainable clothing



Flowerdown is created with natural wild flowers, a bio-polymer and infused with aerogel for performance and durability. The technology brings together science and nature to achieve a soft microstructure material with extraordinary thermal insulation properties. It is certified hypoallergenic, fully breathable and has great biocompatibility with your skin.



PanGaia, in general, focuses on basics including a core range of t-shirts, hoodies and track pants, made with recycled materials, and providing innovative alternatives resource such as seaweed fibres and peppermint oil treatments.



Combining the spirit of Generation Z and Millennial fashion, with the simplicity and design ethos of technology, PanGaia hopes to help consumers live a more sustainable life, while inspiring perspective into topics such as the fashion industry’s role in global warming and animal cruelty, along with giving back 1% of proceeds to a non-profit against plastic pollution.



Pangaia white puffer jacket



FLWRDWN is available now on the brand’s website.


]]>
Crowne Plaza Today Okhla celebrates winter chills with 'The Gossip Grill' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5931 December 12, 2019: As winter descends over urban Delhi, Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi’s ‘Grill Night’ at ChaoBella is the best excuse for some winter socializing.



Crowne Plaza Okhla Grill nights



The chefs at ChaoBella have curated the most impeccable Grill experience, filled with the juiciest skewers. Gorge onto some scrumptious Squid, Crab Stick, Prawn, Fish, Spring Chicken, Lamb Chops, Pork Ribs and Tournedos paired with plethora of refreshing salads.



Adding a vegetarian angle to its grill menu, the restaurant offers delicious vegetarian options such as Butter Nut, Zucchini, Water Chestnut, Bell Pepper, Cottage Cheese, Tofu, Palm Hearts and Asparagus paired with the classic Mash Potatoes and Grilled Tomatoes.



Available from December 16 to 24, 2019, the grills will certainly cheer you up for the festive season. 



Coordinates: Plot No 1, Community Centre, Okhla Phase I, New Delhi, India


]]>
Delhi Art Gallery discusses societal changes in 1970s via exhibition http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5930 December 12, 2019: DAG, one of India’s leading art galleries, has amalgamated the second exhibition in its series, which reveals how political upheavals and rising confidence in the era of the 1970s affected art.  



Krishna Reddy Delhi Art Gallery



The exhibition consists of 40 pieces of artworks showcasing a period of major movements, periods and geographies of art practice in India and by Indian artists overseas, across decades. The exhibition is hosted at their recently unveiled gallery at The Claridges in New Delhi, until January 25, 2020.



The Seventies show focuses on artists such as Satish Gujral, J. Sultan Ali, Altaf Mohammedi, Avinash Chandra, Shanti Dave, Laxman Pai, Tyeb Mehta, Krishna Reddy and many more.



Coordinates: The Claridges, 12, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi, India


]]>
Marriott to debut more than 30 luxury hotels in 2020 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5929 December 11, 2019: Marriott International has announced its projection to open more than 30 luxury properties in 2020. But before doing so, Marriott collaborated with trend forecasters at The Future Laboratory to better understand the attitudinal shifts that are creating a new genre of travelers. Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer and Luxury Portfolio Leader, Marriott International said, “The concept of transformative travel – travel motivated and defined by a shift in perspective, self-reflection and development – has become more pronounced and it has given rise to The Purposeful Luxurian, a new breed of traveler that is more progressive, proactive, and looking to affect positive change. This new global explorer views travel as a way to improve physical and mental wellbeing, as well as a means to do good.” 



Marriott International new hotels 2020



Going ahead with this philosophy, in the coming year, The Ritz-Carlton is expected to bring its legendary service to Morocco for the first time, with the planned opening of The Ritz-Carlton Rabat, Dar es Salam in the country’s dynamic capital. The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko is slated to expand the brand’s footprint in Japan, while a highly anticipated property in Mexico City is expected to give guests a unique way to experience the Mexican capital. Overlooking Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley is slated to grow the brand’s resort portfolio, while the brand also anticipates an opening in Nanjing, China, expects to see the completion of a major renovation of The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, and continues to work towards the inaugural voyage of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection expected in June 2020.  



Offering modern glamour and sophisticated design, the St. Regis brand expects to introduce St. Regis to Cairo, a destination that has long allured travelers with its enthralling history. Additionally, St. Regis expects to expand its resort portfolio with the anticipated opening of The St. Regis Kanai Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm is also slated to open in 2020, bringing highly bespoke service and beloved signature rituals to the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates.



Marriott International new hotels 2020



W Hotels recently announced plans to transform W New York – Union Square into a cutting-edge W Hotels showcase, advancing a larger strategy to redefine and reinvigorate the W portfolio in North America. Also underway is the exciting addition of W Nashville to the brand’s growing portfolio. The brand continues to trailblaze its way around the globe with expected openings in Philadelphia, Toronto, Chengdu, and Melbourne. The brand is also slated to debut in Italy with the planned openings of W Milan and W Rome.

 

Created through a collaboration between boutique hotel creator and innovator Ian Schrager and Marriott International, EDITION, the lifestyle brand of Marriott, is slated to bring its distinct point of view to the in-demand destination of Reykjavik in 2020, along with Tokyo and Dubai.



Marriott International new hotels 2020



The Luxury Collection anticipates openings in coveted locations spanning the globe, including Nashville and Budapest, Hungary, as well as Hobart, Australia – a destination that signals the future of luxury travel.



Inspired by the principles of mindfulness, JW Marriott is a haven designed to let guests focus on feeling whole – present in mind, nourished in body and revitalized in spirit. Expected to reach more than 115 hotels by 2022, the year 2020 is slated to be a period of rapid growth for the brand, with planned U.S. openings in Savannah, Orlando and Anaheim, in addition to global destinations ranging from Istanbul and Danang, Vietnam, to Nara, Japan, Muscat, Oman and Monterrey, Mexico.


]]>
Manish Malhotra Makeup by MyGlamm launches a vibrant 2020 Celebration collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5928 December 11, 2019: Combining forces to offer golds to violets, Indian designer Manish Malhotra and European beauty brand MyGlamm brings a brilliant treat to all its loyalists and beauty enthusiasts by expanding the product line of Manish Malhotra Haute Couture Makeup by MyGlamm with the 2020 Celebration Edit.



Manish Malhotra Haute Couture Makeup by MyGlamm



With this launch, the Manish Malhotra Haute Couture Makeup line has now doubled in size with 100 SKUs. From all-rounder lip/eye/cheek metallic chalks, glitter eyeliners and liquid matte lipsticks to gold mascara topcoats and a face & body luminizer, this is quite an all-encompassing collection.



All the products will be exclusively available at MyGlamm website, Manish Malhotra flagship stores in Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad, as well as MyGlamm retail outlets across India.



Manish Malhotra Haute Couture Makeup by MyGlamm



The highlight of this collection is India’s first ever all-purpose chalk formulation Manish Malhotra Metallic Chalk. Presented in a special edition pack, the metallic chalk breaks away from the brand’s black and rose gold signature packaging. These unique colourful chalks will be available in copper, rose, violet, gold, and pink, which can be used on the lips, eyes and cheeks.



Manish Malhotra Beauty has added 18 more eye shadow shades to the existing 18 hues. The bestseller 9-in-1 shimmering eye shadow palettes presents a convincing case for creating a seamless day to night look.



Manish Malhotra Haute Couture Makeup by MyGlamm



To add a dramatic oomph to the eyelashes, one can choose the Manish Malhotra Glitter Mascara Topcoat, which coats lashes in gold glitter, certain to add that sparkle to your entire personality!


]]>
Fendi's new campaign sees its Ffluid sneaker in action http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5927 Fendi ffluid sneakers



December 11, 2019: Bringing its sneakers to the forefront this festive season, Fendi has launched the new FENDI FFluid sneakers, inspired by Millennials’ genderless attitude.



Launched with an energetic video set in a colourful gym, two friends embody the youth culture’s desire of being boundary-less. Jumping, running and chatting together, they express a casual yet edgy attitude by wearing the new FENDI FFluid. 



Fendi ffluid sneakers



Combining high-tech details inspired by fluidness, these shoes are perfect for the everyday life of the new generations, from going to the gym to unexpected travel adventures.


]]>
Luxury resorts brand Aman announces new hotel in Miami http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5925 December 9, 2019: The luxury hotel and resort brand Aman has announced a new urban sanctuary: Aman Miami, which will encompass an Aman hotel complete with a collection of branded residences on Miami Beach. The project is expected to welcome its first hotel guests and residents in 2023.



Aman Miami proposed site



Occupying the site of the former Versailles Hotel, the project will span across two buildings at 3425 Collins Avenue, which sits adjacent to the Faena District, a prime four-block stretch of Miami Beach, which has become a revolutionary cultural neighbourhood. Aman Miami will represent Aman’s second urban location in the United States, joining Aman New York, a hotel with branded residences currently under construction in Manhattan’s iconic Crown Building and scheduled to open in Q4 2020. Aman also operates Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah.



Vladislav Doronin, Chairman and CEO of Aman said, “Aman Miami will give our guests the opportunity to connect with Aman in a culturally rich urban environment, while also serving as a gateway to Amanera in the Dominican Republic and Amanyara in the Turks & Caicos.”



Like Aman New York, the hotel and its residences will be run by Aman under the leadership of Mr. Doronin, and his real-estate development firm, OKO Group, the sole developer on the project. Having both entities, Aman and OKO Group, under his stable, will enable Vladislav Doronin – an international real-estate developer in the realms of luxury residential, commercial and hospitality properties – to progress cohesively and develop Aman Miami in his true vision.


]]>
TUMI & Chris Pratt collaborate on exclusive collection for APAC & the Middle East http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5924 Tumi X Chris Pratt luggage collection



December 9, 2019: Luggage brand TUMI has expanded its collaboration with Hollywood actor Chris Pratt to create a unique collection for Asia Pacific & The Middle East. The TUMI x Chris Pratt collection was designed by Chris Pratt and TUMI Creative Director, Victor Sanz and features a 9-piece, ultra-exclusive capsule inspired by Chris’ personal packing style.



“On my travels, it’s important to have something that roots me and makes me feel like I’m at home - my luggage is one of those things because it’s one of the only constants I have in my hotel room. I live out of my TUMI and the things it carries remind me of home. Anywhere I go, I can turn my hotel room into my bedroom, and it always comes out of the same luggage. After using TUMI for the past ten years, it was really exciting for me to get to design my own line and create my own TUMI with all the personal touches I love.” said Mr. Pratt. 



The TUMI x Chris Pratt collection is defined by striking orange accents that brilliantly adorn each piece. This signature shade, personally chosen by Mr. Pratt, will remain his exclusive color throughout all his collaboration pieces. The limited-edition collection is available at TUMI retail stores and TUMI.com.



Tumi X Chris Pratt luggage collection



The 2-in-1 Backpack Duffel is a convertible style that is easily worn as a backpack or carried as a duffel with carry straps that tuck away when not in use. Made with recycled nylon and recycled PET materials, the backpack has a USB port for charging devices, which is the first time ever TUMI has implemented a USB port in a bag style. Other cool design features include two special waterproof-lined pockets with air vents for shoes, wet clothing or a water bottle (at the bottom and left hand side of the bag). It comes in two versions – a limited and numbered Large 2-in-1 Backpack Duffel, as well as a more compact Small 2-in-1 Backpack Duffel.



The Short Trip Front Lid Expandable Packing Case and International Front Lid Expandable Carry On are exclusive travel cases created with recycled materials. Both cases have dual-access to the main compartment, which is possible through a split case opening and a front lid opening – catering to different packing styles. Grab handles on the outside of the case and at the bottom make it super easy to pull the bag off the luggage carousel or store the Carry On in the overhead compartment on a plane. Inside the bags, helpful flaps pop up to keep belongings organized. A zipper expansion feature on both cases provides 2 inches of additional space. In addition, the Carry-On features a USB port for charging devices on the go. 



For a stylish laptop carrier, the Large Travel Laptop Case is perfect. With a removable sleeve for laptops up to 15”, a zipper opening to the large main compartment and a gusseted front zipper pocket for items you use the most, the brief is a super versatile travel and business companion. Other features include a padded tablet pocket and multiple pockets for accessories, including a water-resistant external pocket for an umbrella or water bottle.



Tumi X Chris Pratt luggage collection



The Reno Kit can hold all your personal accessories from shower and skincare products to personal items. The waterproof U-zip pocket also means that wet items can be kept contained and separate. Its side clip can also be used to attach to a towel rail.



Complementing the travel cases are Packing Cubes in three different sizes. Useful and fun accessories such as the S’well 17oz Bottle and Rubik’s Cube round out the assortment to give travelers all the tools they need to enjoy their journey. For China, an exclusive TUMI x Chris Pratt Surefire Flashlight will also be available in the collection’s signature Orange as a functional yet stylish accessory. 


]]>
Missoni announces the launch of its watches http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5922 December 4, 2019: Luxury fashion brand Missoni has announced a license agreement with Timex Group for the creation, development and distribution of a line of watches.



missoni watches 2020



To be available from Fall 2020 at Missoni boutiques, authorized retailers and online, the watches will combine the impeccable precision of a Swiss Made movement with a Made in Italy design, characterized by the unmistakable aesthetics of Missoni, such as zigzag patterns, combinations of textures, materials and colors, prints and lettering.

 

“I am particularly proud of the debut of this new line of watches, which adds a new, important element to the mosaic of the Missoni world. Today more than ever, the watch is a fashion accessory able to express the style of the wearer, showing their taste and personality. We will bring a touch of color to the time of our customers”, says Angela Missoni, President and Creative Director of Missoni.



“We are thrilled to add an iconic brand like Missoni to Timex Group Luxury Division. We look forward to combining our expertise in luxury watchmaking with the iconic designs of Missoni and to bring a watch collection, which expresses the multicolor aesthetic and contemporary luxury vision of the brand, to consumers around the world”, says Tobias Reiss-Schmidt, President & CEO of Timex Group.


]]>
Tod's presents its SS20 Resort collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5921 December 4, 2019: Highlighting traditions and classics, the new SS20 Resort collection by Tod’s celebrates everyday simplicity as the ultimate luxury.



Tod's SS20 Resort collection shoes



The art and craftsmanship of saddlery are the accessories focus. The iconic letter T, featured throughout the collection on driving shoes and on moccasins emphasizes the qualities of Tod’s brand: Tradition, Talent and Time.



Tod's SS20 Resort collection crossbody bag



From Gommino and Moccasin for men and women, to vibrant sneakers to Tod’s Cross-body and D-Bag, the collection is made artisanal. Calf leather and suede feature majorly in the collection, donned in colors such as vacchetta, cognac, mousse, burgundy, chocolate brown and taupe.



Tod's SS20 Resort collection sneakers


]]>
Indian designer duo Falguni Shane Peacock unveil Mumbai store http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5920 Falguni Shane Peacock mumbai store



December 4, 2019: Soon after opening their flagship store in New Delhi, designer duo Falguni Shane Peacock have launched their Flagship store in Mumbai's fashion district Kala Ghoda.



As the label embarks on their 15th anniversary, Falguni Shane Peacock have gradually reinforced their place as a leading luxury couture designers in the industry. Their design sensibility of blending edgy, intricately detailed western cuts and Indian embellishments has won them many accolades in the industry, besides an enviable roster of international celebrity clients.



Falguni Shane Peacock mumbai store



Designed by designer Gauri Khan, this new destination store houses the label's signature couture gowns, bridal wear, saris and a limited edition of occasion wear for men. The heritage structure, colossal antique chandelier, customised décor in the hues of powder pink with speckles of gold and luxurious individualistic nooks is what primarily makes the 6,000 sq.ft. Flagship store of Falguni Shane Peacock stand tall.



Brass peacock motifs and the FSP logo can be found at multiple spaces, beginning from the door to the ultimate end of the store. Custom flooring from luxury marble brand Arnaya has been weaved into the store design. All the elements were executed by architect duo, Komal and Amit Malwade – partners of PCA Group, a design firm based out of Mumbai. 



Falguni Shane Peacock mumbai store



Coordinates: Next to Gallery 7, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai


]]>
Panerai unveils two special editions dedicated to MS Dhoni http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5918 November 30, 2019: Appointing Indian cricketer MS Dhoni as its brand ambassador in 2018, Officine Panerai has cemented the relationship by introducing two special edition watches: the Luminor GMT – 44 mm (PAM01056) and the Luminor Chrono Flyback – 44 mm (PAM01057), for India only.



Panerai Luminor editions for MS Dhoni 2019



The MS Dhoni special editions are an extension of Panerai’s eminent ‘Luminor’ family. The two new watches reflect the dynamic dual personality of MS Dhoni: determined, dependable and confident in the field. This duality is expressed by the fundamental characteristics of the Luminor GMT – 44 mm (PAM01056) which is tough and reliable with its case of solid AISI 316L stainless steel; and the Luminor Chrono Flyback – 44 mm (PAM01057), which is naturally more sophisticated but just as good-looking with its case made of GoldtechTM, a gold alloy developed by the Panerai Laboratorio di Idee.



Water-resistant to 30 bar, a depth of about 300 metres, or 5 bar, a depth of about 50 metres, each of the new Luminor MS Dhoni watches has an alligator leather strap, semi-matt black with green stitching. An additional strap in military green rubber is also supplied, together with a special tool for changing it and a screwdriver to remove the pin buckle.



Panerai Luminor editions for MS Dhoni 2019



Common features of the two Luminor are the green dial which coherently fits Panerai’s DNA and MS Dhoni’s favourite colour, as well as a clear reminder to the Indian flag and the case-back which is engraved with MS Dhoni’s signature, his cricketing image and the number 183 that symbolizing his highest score in One-Day international Cricket, make the special edition models a clear tribute to the Indian athlete.



The two novelties, Panerai Luminor Flyback and Panerai Luminor GMT, respectively available in 77 and 251 pieces, are exclusive to Panerai points of sales in India.


]]>
IWC's special edition watch pays tribute to Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5917 November 30, 2019: Sporting a jewel-toned ruby red dial, IWC Schaffhausen presents the “Lewis Hamilton” Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition. The special design, limited to 100 watches, combines a black ceramic case and a Bordeaux-red dial with a crown and a case-back ring made of 18-carat 5N gold. 



IWC Special edition watch Lewis hamilton



A six-time Formula One world champion, Lewis Hamilton doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to fashion and lifestyle. Luxurious streetwear, trendy suits and unusual accessories – with his daring and expressive sense of style, Mr. Hamilton uses fashion as a way to communicate his distinct point of view on global culture. This watch, therefore, was designed by him and IWC together.



“This partnership with IWC was incredibly exciting for me, and it’s been an honour to collaborate so closely with the watchmakers in Schaffhausen,” said Mr. Hamilton. “Together, we’ve designed a beautiful timepiece which combines two things I am really passionate about – craftsmanship and design – and I am so pleased with the result.”



The “Lewis Hamilton” Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition features a case made of black zirconium oxide ceramic. The gold-plated hands and the case back, rotor and characteristic “cone crown” are made of 18-carat 5N gold. The watch, with a generous diameter of 46.5 millimetres, has a Bordeaux-red textile strap to be worn around the wrist.



IWC Special edition watch Lewis hamilton



The IWC 52615 manufacture calibre ensures that the watch rate is accurate. Its Pellaton winding system, fitted with components made from zirconium oxide ceramic, builds up a power reserve of seven days in two barrels. The perpetual calendar, made of only about 80 components, displays the date, day, month and year to four figures, as well as showing the lunar phase. 



The mechanical programme autonomously recognizes that different months are different lengths, and adds a leap day every four years at the end of February. The double moon phase display simultaneously shows the lunar phase in the northern and southern hemispheres and will only deviate from the moon’s actual orbit by a single day after 577.5 years. All displays are perfectly synchronised and can be easily adjusted via the crown if the watch is not worn for a prolonged period.


]]>
Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London, makes Christmas & New Year a wonderful celebration http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5916 Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London Afternoon tea



November 30, 2019: Inviting guests for a celebratory extravaganza, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London is offering a sparkling line up of experiences this festive season.



For this Christmas, decorations coloured in metallic silver, white and millennial pink will fill the hotel as will scents of cinnamon and pine. Coupled with a visit from Santa Clause on Christmas Day, the festivities at the hotel are set to make this Christmas one to remember.



Partnering with London Glassblowing Studio, the hotel has devised an overnight stay where you can make your own glass Christmas bauble at the studio. Additionally, you can also donate your old glass baubles to benefit the Guys and St Thomas’s Charity.



Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London festive dinner dish



Let London’s highest theatre performance dazzle you this festive season, as the ‘Revels in Hand’ team return to present ‘Christmas in the Clouds’. Commissioned especially for the festive period, Four Calling Birds transports guests to the Midwinter soirée of Richard Bleak, whose festive preparations are about to take a turn for the hilarious. Enjoy a night of elegance, glamour and comedy, without ever having to leave the hotel!



A delicious, special festive afternoon tea and an overnight stay will make Christmas special as you indulge in freshly made sandwiches and baked scones alongside delicate Christmas treats while enjoying views of London.



The hotel’s TING restaurant is offering a delicious four-course meal with perfectly paired fine wines. Dishes include feathered game terrine, artichoke and truffle risotto, venison loin and Cornish halibut. The restaurant’s Christmas Day lunch celebrates the best of British fare, which includes traditional roast Norfolk turkey and homemade Christmas pudding with brandy butter.



The cherry on the cake is the hotel’s Glass Christmas Tree. Working with students of the MA Interior and Spatial Design course at Chelsea College of Arts, the concept was inspired by novelist James Hilton’s book ‘The Lost Horizon’ and the hotel’s Glass Christmas theme. The ginkgo tree, a species native to China, was selected as the base for the seasonal installation to symbolise the meeting of East and West and a collective search for serenity – motifs explored in Hilton’s novel. Hundreds of glass bottles were recycled from the hotel’s restaurants and integrated into the design to promote sustainability in a season of excess.



Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London dessert for dinner



Taking the festivities to a new crescendo, New Year at Shangri-La at the Shard is defined by glamorous parties. Party like its 1977 at GŌNG Bar’s Studio 52 NYE event, hosted live by internationally renowned drag acts including Sadie Sinner, Vinegar Strokes and more! Dress in glamour and dance like nobody’s watching to disco tunes at London’s highest hotel bar that will transform into the famous Studio 54 club for one night only.



Or you can dress to impress as we take you on a simulated first-class flight back in time to the glamourous 1950s for the NYE party of the century. Feast on an extravagant six course menu and an interactive dessert buffet, all paired with fine wine pairings. Enjoy live entertainment and 50’s style revelry, hosted by esteemed drag queen Michael Twaits, high in the sky at REN Room.



To read more about the offers and events during the festive season, visit the hotel’s website.



It’s definitely a special time to be in London!


]]>
Indian carpet brand Hands opens boutique in Dubai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5915 Hands carpet boutique Dubai



November 27, 2019: Creating handmade carpets in India, Hands has now launched a boutique in Dubai. Located in the Dubai Design District, the brand has furnished the store with its latest collections, continuing a legacy of luxury projects that Hands is known for - weaving luxury carpets and rugs for prestigious palaces, hotels, institutions, and residences. 



Hands carpets are handcrafted using fine New Zealand wool which is known for its superior quality and the flexibility that it allows in design, colour and pattern. This wool is often merged with bamboo or botanical silk.



Hands carpet boutique Dubai



The design philosophy of Hands is about creating tactile art that inspires joy, experienced through the unique qualities of fine materials, and a mastery of skills. 



Hands also offers bespoke services, enabling one to own a carpet that’s completely made to order, from design to size and form.


]]>
The Oetker Collection of hotels present a tribute to Karl Lagerfeld http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5914 November 27, 2019: Honoring the legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away at the beginning of the year, the Oetker Collection and curator Kiki Kausch are hosting a fascinating exhibition, titled ‘Karl Cool’. 



Karl Cool Exhibition Germany



The legendary fashion designer’s indescribable creativity and extravagant lifestyle influenced people around the globe. Available to view until January 6, 2020, the exhibition is being held in Baden-Baden’s Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa. During a week-long process, prominent artists used light, granite, canvas, photographs and bronze to create works especially for this event as a personal tribute to Karl Lagerfeld.



Among the exhibitors are contemporary artist Gregor Hildebrandt, international graffiti artist MadC, light artist Susanne Rottenbacher, and Berlin’s photo artist Kiki Kausch, whose first work was in fact a portrait of Lagerfeld.



Karl Cool Exhibition Germany



Mr. Lagerfeld left behind a rich treasure of artworks, collector’s items and photographs including little-known images for Rolls Royce that are being made available for the exhibition for the first time by publisher and Lagerfeld confidant Gerhard Steidl.



An extract of the Karl Cool tribute will go on display at Le Bristol Paris at the start of 2020. The Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc will also show Karl Lagerfeld’s signed, 14-part Rolls Royce series from April 16 to May 16, 2020. Guests of Oetker Collection of hotels will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase the works. The prices range between €5000 and €33,000.



Karl Cool Exhibition Germany



Mr. Steidl reminisces, “Fashion was of course the subject of his professional photographs. We used the term ‘private photographs’ for anything else. These were portraits of people whom he liked as well as abstractions, architecture and landscapes. Of all these photographic worlds it was the abstractions that I liked best."


]]>
Fendi's new campaign takes Baguette on a Roman holiday http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5913 Fendi Baguette campaign 2019 rome



November 26, 2019: From the iconic Trevi Fountain to the imposing Fendi HQ in Rome, Kiernan Shipka takes a trip in the magical city with her real-life best friend, the movie director Christian Coppola, in the new episode of #BaguetteFriendsForever!



Weary in her glamorous hotel room, Kiernan is day-dreaming surrounded by her Baguette bags, when she is suddenly snapped out of it by a honk at her window. Waiting for her on a yellow Vespa scooter is Christian, her best friend, ready to ride out for their Roman adventure.



Fendi Baguette campaign 2019 rome



Together they explore Rome eating gelato in the typical narrow lanes of the city, tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain and make a wish, all the way up to Palazzo Della Civiltà Italiana, FENDI headquarter, where they play along its arches and statues.



Fendi Baguette campaign 2019 rome fendi HQ



The FF embossed large and mini Baguette in pink and blue pastel shades, and the newly added Men’s one in brown leather with a surprising touch of the Nano Baguette worn as a belt – all these versions of the Baguette skip gaily along with the two explorers.




]]>
Missoni launches first store in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5912 Missoni store Marina Bay Sands Singapore



November 26, 2019: Luxury fashion brand Missoni sets its sight on Asia with the launch of their first flagship store in Singapore at luxury mall The Shoppes by Marina Bay Sands. This marks a new retail milestone for the luxury Italian brand that has been well loved internationally for its vibrant knitwear designs. 



The new store, located in the Luxury Zone of the mall, was personally designed and conceptualised by Angela Missoni herself, showcasing the most iconic elements of the brand while harmoniously bringing together the characteristics of the space in which it stands. The boutique features Missoni’s Womenswear, Menswear, Beachwear and Accessories collections alongside the new M Missoni collection designed by Margherita Maccapani Missoni.



“It’s very exciting to have this opportunity to bring the Missoni brand to Singapore’s most iconic luxury mall. Singapore is the perfect location for us to debut our flagship boutique and we hope this will open up new doors for Missoni to expand the brand within the whole Southeast Asia region,” Angela Missoni said.


]]>
The iconic Sunflowers jacket by Yves Saint Laurent to be auctioned http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5911 November 26, 2019: Inspired by and a tribute to Vincent van Gogh, Yves Saint Laurent’s Sunflower jacket has seen much praise. Now up for auction by Christie’s. The jacket is estimated to be sold anywhere between €80,000 to 120,000 on November 27, 2019.



Yves Saint Laurent Sunflower Jacket inspired by Vincent van Gogh



On the occasion of his Spring-Summer 1988 Collection, which was paying tribute to the great masters and here more specifically to van Gogh, the great fashion designer conceived two jackets inspired by the artist’s favorite patterns: Irises and Sunflowers.



Van Gogh was influenced by Japonism, as would be Yves Saint Laurent later on. This movement, born during the 1867 Universal Exhibition, inspired the painter considerably. Indeed, the golden-brown nuances of Japanese prints and the bright colors of the South of France resulted in the creation of his Sunflowers series.



The jacket is specifically inspired by van Gogh’s ‘Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers’, one of his last paintings and the last one of the seven paintings series to be sold on the market. This work, which was the most expensive art piece ever auctioned in 1987, (£29 million, which now equals to around £62 million), revealed the painting to the public and inspired Yves Saint Laurent who, the following year, dedicated this Haute Couture masterpiece to the master.



Yves Saint Laurent Sunflower Jacket inspired by Vincent van Gogh



This magnificent jacket with a yellow organza background entirely embroidered with glass beads, sequins, rockeries and ribbons, lined with yellow silk satin, of incredible delicacy, is the result of the exceptional savoir-faire of one of the greatest embroidery houses in the world: Maison Lesage.



More than 600 hours of work were necessary to create this jacket’s multiple nuances and details, making it one of the Haute Couture’s greatest achievements. Therefore, it counts among the most exceptional designer pieces in the world.



Apart from the Sunflowers jacket worn by Naomi Campbell on the runway in 1988, currently in the collections of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, not more than four copies have been made.


]]>
Ulysse Nardin launches the Blue Eyed Anchor, special edition for India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5910 Ulysse Nardin Blue Eyed Anchor India Limited Edition



November 25, 2019: Offering the country a mechanical solution of disconcerting purity, Ulysse Nardin has introduced a special edition of the Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar watch for India, in a striking version of Rose Gold & Steel. Simple to use with a correction forward and backward, this piece is imbued with the values of innovation, reliability and high-precision. Its UN-153 calibre is entirely manufactured in-house—including the Silicium balance-spring.



Halfway between a perpetual calendar, which doesn’t need correcting before the year 2100, and a simple calendar that requires five manual adjustments a year, the annual calendar is mechanically programmed for one year: it recognises months composed of 30 and 31 days, but not February. It therefore only needs to be corrected once a year.



But where classic devices involve up to thirty components, Ulysse Nardin has developed a system containing around only a dozen elements. Taking forward from the simple calendar developed for the UN-118 calibre, the annual calendar needed only three additional wheels.



Ulysse Nardin Blue Eyed Anchor India Limited Edition



The new UN-153 calibre beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour, proof of its extreme precision. The model also includes a chronograph feature.



An incarnation of the extraordinary history of the manufacturer, this limited edition of 50 pieces is equipped with the latest technological advances in chronometry, conveying the ever vibrant spirit of Ulysse Nardin.


]]>
Australia's beachfront Bather's Pavilion re-opens http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5909 Bather's Pavilion Australia Louis Roederer Terrace



November 25, 2019: Located in Balmoral in Australia, luxury dining establishment Bathers’ Pavilion has re-opened after a significant transformation. The grand dame of the north shore plans to deliver the best of coastal dining in Australia through several new concepts, ranging from beach snacks right through to fine dining, with an exciting new line-up of talent both in the kitchen and front of house.



New interiors and floor plan create a series of spaces that unfold from the casual to more formal. The fine dining restaurant and adjoining private dining room, The Good Room, flow through to a new Chef’s Table for 12. This is a unique Bather’s experience with a bespoke menu paired with wine by the sommelier. There’s a 350-strong wine list and water views from every seat.



Bather's Pavilion Australia Cocktails



The restaurant spills into a new lounge and bar with 25 wines by the glass, a 20-strong cocktail list with five non-alcoholic cocktails in partnership, and a snacks menu that includes Ortiz Spanish anchovy focaccia fingers and Emmenthal cheese gougères. The former café has grown up into Bathers’ Bistro, created for breakfast catch ups, long lunches, and family dinners with mussels, parfait, and riesling-cured salmon alongside steak and chips, whole roast chicken and gourmet pizzas.



For the first time, the incredible panoramic first floor “Louis Roederer Terrace” opens to the public on Sundays for lunch. Expect Champagne, chilled Gulf prawns, steak frites, and people watching along the Balmoral waterfront. This adjoins the reinvigorated events and functions space for up to 170 guests by the water.



Bather's Pavilion Australia Chefs Table



The expanded Kiosk at Bathers’ now offers takeaway beach picnic hampers, artisan ice pops, fish and chips, as well as Bathers’ Pavilion merchandise. The adjoining Sunroom is the perfect respite for sandy feet and wet bums to catch some shade and transforms into a casual bistro private dining space.



The interiors remains sympathetic to the building’s 1920s heritage and Mediterranean charm. Its coastal location is celebrated with pastel blue and white stripes and sailboat walnut detailing. Custom and designer furniture pieces are carefully curated amongst a selection of significant contemporary Australian artworks to retain the grand home feel. The upstairs gallery remains open to the public with a revolving series of artworks from local and renowned artists.



Bather's Pavilion Australia fine dining


]]>
Converting methane into energy, BMW & Straus Organic Dairy Farm deliver sustainability goals http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5908 November 25, 2019: The BMW Group and California’s Straus Organic Dairy Farm have announced a partnership that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from farming while simultaneously delivering the cleanest possible fuel to electric vehicle (EV) drivers in California. 



BMW electric vehicle Straus Organic Dairy farm



A methane biodigester at Straus Organic Dairy Farm captures methane from cow manure, which would otherwise enter the atmosphere as a powerful greenhouse gas. This methane is transformed into renewable energy, which is exported to the public power grid, replacing the need for fossil fuels. By delivering a ‘double’ emissions reduction, biodigesters can produce electricity that has negative carbon intensity, according the California Air Resources Board.



“With the current climate change crisis; the relationship that we’re forging with BMW is essential,” said Albert Straus, founder and CEO of Straus Family Creamery. “In addition to being a great collaboration, we are developing the blueprint for a model that can generate revenue for other farmers throughout California.”



Over the coming years, the BMW Group anticipates that the renewable energy generated by partnerships like this will equal the electricity needs of every BMW and MINI electric vehicle in the state of California. 



For the BMW Group, this initiative is a further step in facilitating the use of renewable energy for electric vehicles. The BMW ChargeForward pilot program, which operates in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, makes it possible for participating owners to charge their vehicles with as much solar energy as possible, while also helping the stability of the public electricity grid.


]]>
Bonhams to auction Art deco jewellery from Cartier & Lacloche http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5907 Art Deco Aquamarine Diamond Necklace Cartier



November 22, 2019: Granting a rare vision into Art Deco jewelry styles from 1900s, coveted pieces from Cartier and Lacloche Frère, along with jewels with an impressive provenance, will go under the hammer at Bonhams London Jewels sale on December 4, 2019.



Leading the sale is a spectacular Art Deco Aquamarine and Diamond Necklace by Cartier, dated circa 1940, estimated at £100,000 - 150,000, and a pair of Art Deco Aquamarine and Diamond Drop Earrings, also by Cartier, circa 1935, estimated at £40,000 - 60,000.



Art Deco Diamond Enamel Bracelet Lacloche



Two further sale highlights that are anticipated to capture interest from buyers globally are by Lacloche Frères, a name synonymous with creating some of the finest and most creative jewellery in the Art Deco period. Lacloche Frères was one of 30 out of 400 companies selected to exhibit at the seminal Exposition des Art Décoratifs in Paris in 1925. During the exhibition, objets and innovative jewellery created by Lacloche Frères received great acclaim, with the company winning a Grand Prix for their display of fabulous jewels.



Bonhams will offer An Art Deco Diamond, Enamel and Gem-Set Picture Bracelet attributed to Lacloche Frères, estimated at £120,000 - 150,000.  Dated 1925, this bracelet is an example of the fascination with exoticism that had swept through French creative design in the early 1920s. Its articulated panels are pavé-set with diamonds, overlaid with cherry blossom motifs, with black enamel branches, cabochon ruby blooms and cabochon emerald leaves. 



Art Deco Emerald Diamond Necklace Cartier



A private collection 24 of Art Deco timepieces, 22 of which are by Cartier, will feature in the sale.  Dating from 1908 through to the end of the Art Deco period, these timepieces represent the pinnacle of luxury, elegance and craftsmanship that Cartier, and a select few major Parisian jewellery houses, were associated with in the early decades of the 20th century.



Clocks are also on the offer. Louis Cartier’s collaboration with master clockmaker Maurice Couët helped catapult Cartier’s table clocks to the highest level of inspired craftsmanship, sophistication and refined beauty. Of royal provenance, An Art Deco Nephrite and Gold Grande Sonnerie Desk Clock by Cartier, circa 1925, is expected to catch the eyes of buyers at Bonhams. This clock belonged to Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of King George V and Queen Mary, and younger brother of King Edward VIII and King George VI, and has a pre-sale estimate of £50,000 - 80,000.



Art Deco Aquamarine Diamond Earrings Cartier



A historic Emerald (of Mughal provenance), Rock Crystal and Diamond Necklace by Cartier, 1912, from The Collection of Vita Sackville-West, the gifted poet, novelist, writer and renowned gardener is also part of the sale.



The auction will offer a total of 168 lots. 


]]>
Six Senses Bhutan welcomes its 4th lodge, Six Senses Gangtey http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5906 November 22, 2019: As intrigue towards Bhutan increases, travel options are gaining steam as well. Following the successful launch of three lodges in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha earlier in 2019, Six Senses Bhutan has now opened its fourth lodge, Six Senses Gangtey.



Six Senses Gangtey Bhutan Bird watching bridge



Launched in October, this is when black-necked cranes arrive from Tibet to enjoy the clear skies and pleasant weather. Indeed, the new lodge is called the “Traditional Bird Watching Bridge” due to its cantilevered bridge-like building and floor-to-ceiling windows. This prime perch sits at an elevation of 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) and offers unobstructed, 180-degree views of the cranes’ nesting grounds and valley below. Characterized by rolling hills, pine forests and grassy marshlands dotted with rural villages, the glacial Phobjikha valley is a designated conservation area.



The design is inspired by Bhutanese farmhouse architecture and incorporates local stone and hand-hewn timber. It uses traditional building techniques to blend with its natural setting. Dining areas along with a library and games room have been incorporated.



The lodge is furnished with eight suites, each with a valley-facing, panoramic view, and a private outdoor balcony equipped with daybeds as well as binoculars for bird watching. There is also a two-bedroom villa with its own private spa treatment facilities. Interiors are subtle with uncluttered lines and a natural palette of earth tones and warm fabrics. Weathered timber floors and textured walls set the backdrop, while comfy leather armchairs and footstools invite guests to unwind after days spent trekking and exploring. Bukhari stoves and locally-woven throws add extra warmth.



Six Senses Gangtey Bhutan lodge suite



Six Senses Gangtey boasts a dedicated spa featuring two swedana rooms designed specifically for herb-infused steam therapies. The inclusion of a sodalite crystal sets positive intentions through breathing and meditation. This is followed by Bhutanese chanting and singing bowls, promoting stillness, happiness and well-being.



The lodge’s signature restaurant Baa Zam – “bridge” in Dzongkha – features hearty western and locally-influenced dishes, such as the Charred Pumpkin Risotto made with local short grained white rice and Bjobchee Takthuk, a signature Bhutanese pasta-like dish of organic potatoes and buckwheat from the valley.



While trekking and hiking, you can decide to stay at Six Senses Gangtey for the entire visit. Six Senses, however, offers the option of planning a tailor-made circuit of all four lodges. Six Senses Bhutan anticipates the opening of its fifth lodge in Bumthang in March 2020.



Adding further encouragement, Six Senses Bhutan is offering a special preferred rate for Indian residents only, from October 13, 2019 to February 29, 2020.


]]>
Christian Louboutin launches new sneaker - HAPPYRUI http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5904 Happyrui Christian Louboutin Sneakers



November 21, 2019: Welcoming the festive season with a new sneaker, Christian Louboutin’s HAPPYRUI low-top is set to spearhead the Maison’s sneaker offering for Spring/Summer 2020.



Following the immensely successful RED RUNNER which took its cues from the world of running and the AURELIEN inspired by the basketball courts, Christian Louboutin once again returns to sports to create the HAPPYRUI.



Happyrui Christian Louboutin Sneakers



This season, the designer pays tribute to the iconic tennis shoe that made fashion history both on and off the courts in the 70s. Boasting a new specially developed rubber platform outsole and a singular upper, the HAPPYRUI low-top sneaker is stylish and easy to wear.



Its new metallic CL signature echoes 1970s’ varsity letters. The contrasting toe cap and singular eyelet system nod to vintage retro style. The HAPPYRUI mixes materials and textures including suede, lamé leather and a shimmering sequin body, while some versions also come with signature spike-adorned a toe cap.



Happyrui Christian Louboutin Sneakers


]]>
Louis XIII remakes rare oak Tiercons for the next century http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5903 Louis XIII cognac



November 21, 2019: Louis XIII, one of the finest cognacs in existence, takes their traditions and values seriously. Continuing to preserve their recipe, LOUIS XIII’s Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau has remade their Tiercons, to be continued to be used by the next generation of cellar masters.



The eaux-de-vie for LOUIS XIII Cognac are matured in dedicated French oak casks. The most exceptional are aged in the rarest casks LOUIS XIII possesses: the tierçons. The centennial tierçons were originally used to transport the cognac arranged three by three on horse-drawn carriages - hence the name. Handmade in the French oak forests, they play a critical role in the aromatic development of LOUIS XIII cognac. Their fine staves allow the delicate exchange between the eaux-de-vie, the wood and the cool air in the cellars. A tierçon is irreplaceable. As the years go by, they have to be carefully restored using the old staves of another: a sacrifice that led Mr. Loiseau to find out how to recreate them.



Baptiste Loiseau, Louis XIII Cellar Master



The journey starts with the seed of a rare and special oak in the Limousin forest. It takes between 150 to 180 years of slow, steady growth before these trees reach the ideal shape and size for felling. After the logs have been split, the LOUIS XIII Wood Masters select the perfect planks. They are stacked and left to dry in the open air for 3 years to acquire their full aromatic potential. Only then can they be transformed into staves and bent into their barrel shape. Next comes the heating process, when the unique oaken identity of a LOUIS XIII tierçon is revealed. 



Louis XIII oak Tiercons heating process



On completion, each new tierçon is filled with their young, finest and richest Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie and left to mature. Over time, it gradually releases the full scope of its aromas and woody notes. When the tierçon is getting older, as of 50 years, it will be filled with our older finest and richest Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie which will reach the perfect ageing development and which will be part of the LOUIS XIII blend in the future, when myriad aromas intertwine to create a magnificent final blend.


]]>
Crowne Plaza in Okhla, New Delhi, hosts Lucknow Food Festival http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5902 Korma Sheermal Lucknow Indian food

November 20, 2019 – A 15-day food festival which unravels the mysteries of Qaisar Bagh Palace and explores the royal etiquettes of dining and living is the Jashn-E-Lucknow food festival at Edesia, Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla. Embark a culinary journey to the city of ‘Chikan’ and ‘Kebabs’ as they recreate the culinary bylanes of Hazratganj, Chowk and Aminabad right here in Delhi.



Feast like a Nawab as the ‘Bawarchis’ (Chefs) at Edesia whip up secret recipes from the royal ‘Dastarkhwans’ and iconic eateries of Lucknow. The secret recipes include Galauti Kebab with Ulta tawa paratha, Murgh Malai Kebab, Baked Badam ka shorba, Paya Yakhani Shorba, Murgh Lucknawi Korma, Sheermal, Taftan, Kulfi and the list of delicacies are endless!



Sultani dal roti parantha Lucknow Indian food



An ode to the last Nawab of Awadh Wajid Ali Shah, Edesia has been transformed to the spectacular Qaisar Bagh palace built by the Nawab himself with mesmerizing royal elements which include: Royal Dastarkhwan/Bawarchi Khana, Pari Khana (where queens used to live), Jilaun Khana (Jail), Madhushala (the bar), Royal décor elements such as Bughhi, Meena Bazaar (Marketplace to buy Lucknawi Chikankari kurtas and other regional handicrafts) 



Mr. Sumit Sinha, Director of Food and Beverage, Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla said, “Regional cuisines are witnessing an unprecedented popularity in the last few months. With Jashn-E-Lucknow, we give our guests a taste from the royal kitchens of Awadh. We are also recreating the iconic street food joints of Lucknow as they are the soul of the cuisine.” 



The festival will continue till November 30, 2019.



 


]]>
Faberge unveils new festive Star Lockets http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5901 November 20, 2019: The Russian jewellery brand, Fabergé has introduced two new pieces to their celebrated Festive collection – the 18k Rose Gold Locket with Diamond Set Star Surprise and the Palais Tsarskoye Selo 18k Yellow Gold Locket with Teal Enamel and Diamond Set Star Surprise. Continuing with their tradition of producing miniature egg pendants, these new Star lockets are a playful way to create your own legacy and festive traditions, becoming future heirlooms.



Faberge Star Locket 2019

 

These delicate lockets – perfect for gifting – open to reveal a white gold and diamond Star surprise inside. The minimalistic 18k Rose Gold Locket with Diamond Set Star Surprise features a Gemfields ruby set within the button which opens the locket.

 

In contrast, the bold Palais Tsarskoye Selo 18k Yellow Gold Locket with Teal Enamel and Diamond Set Star Surprise features a painstakingly hand painted lustrous enamel in a wintery teal, with shining diamonds set within the gold motifs. Highlighting Fabergé's joy of surprise, the star is 'en tremblant' – creating heightened sparkle and liveliness as the wearer moves.



Faberge Star Locket 2019



These new pendants take inspiration from the Polar Star. This timeless celestial constant has been used for thousands of years to help travellers find their way home – which is, after all, the most important journey of the season.

 

Prices start at approximately $6,500.


]]>
Continuing with their partnership, adidas X Missoni Vol. 2 is launched http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5900 adidas X Missoni Vol 2 colorful sneaker shoes



November 20, 2019: Following the success of the first collaboration, which quickly turned the knitted Ultraboost sneaker into a cult favorite, the latest adidas x MISSONI collection features an even more extensive offering.



The adidas x MISSONI partnership interprets sportswear in a contemporary way; redefining classic running garment silhouettes, and transforming colors into a living matter that follows and frees movements. Energy, strength and agility are emphasized and enhanced with form fitting pieces, all brought to life in iconic Missoni colors. For Vol. 2, the new Pulseboost sneaker has been perfectly engineered.



The latest adidas x MISSONI campaign captures the vivacity of the collection through powerful imagery and a futuristic video, encapsulating the energetic spirit of the collection. The choreography and contemporary dance movements appear to project themselves toward the camera lens as if, at times, the action will break through.





Time to get the colour power coursing through your feet!


]]>
The Ritz-Carlton debuts its 100th hotel in Perth http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5899 The Ritz-Carlton Perth Australia Overview



November 19, 2019: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C opened the gates of The Ritz-Carlton in Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, overlooking the city's beautiful Swan River and Kings Park. The opening of the hotel also marks the 100th Ritz-Carlton property globally and heralds a much-anticipated return of the iconic luxury brand to Australia.



Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader, The Ritz-Carlton, said, "Perth as a destination has so much to offer the luxury traveler, from its stunning landscapes to its superior produce and wine. Our Ladies and Gentlemen at The Ritz-Carlton, Perth are looking forward to providing guests with enriching experiences that are deeply engrained in the local culture and destination and which will create unforgettable memories."

 

Guests can enjoy a bike ride to the famous Blue Boatshed at Crawley Edge, go foraging with one of the hotel's chefs, or enjoy a luxury picnic. The hotel offers 205 elegantly-appointed guestrooms including 19 suites, which feature sweeping city and Swan River views. The rooms boast Frette bedlinens and bath amenities by iconic British luxury brand Asprey. The design of The Ritz-Carlton, Perth draws multi-sensory inspirations from the stunning natural beauty of Western Australia. In the lobby, soaring 13-meter high ceilings and a custom chandelier echo the cascading waters of the Karijini gorges in the state's remote Pilbara  region. 



The Ritz-Carlton Perth Australia Guestroom

 

A 277-square-meter signature Ritz-Carlton Suite is the epitome of luxury living, offering separate sleeping, living and entertainment areas where floor-to-ceiling windows offer magnificent vistas and fill the space with natural light. The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge will feature mixology demonstrations, five culinary presentations per day, as well as personalized excursions and journeys of wellbeing. The club also features a unique outdoor alfresco terrace with stunning views.

 

The dining scene in Perth is set to be lit on fire with Hearth, the hotel's signature restaurant and lounge which offers bold new interpretations of the classic Australian barbecue. Acclaimed Western Australian Executive Chef Jed Gerrard will take guests on a gourmet journey that celebrates the stories of local culture and traditions, showcasing the finest and freshest produce from the region's farmers, fishermen and artisans. Songbird is set to become Perth's go-to cocktail venue and hotspot for sunset drinks, with an extensive drinks list featuring local spirits, craft beers and wines. Evening views over the Swan River will be accompanied with original cocktails that focus on native Australian botanicals, created in-house by a team of expert mixologists.

 

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Perth will allow guests to nurture the body and invigorate the mind with treatments inspired by Australia's finest natural healing products in four specialized treatment rooms. The spa also a modern fitness centre and yoga studio for post-flight stretches and meditation.



The Ritz-Carlton Perth Australia Exterior



The impressive Elizabeth Quay Ballroom is available as a single space or three smaller rooms. The Bell Tower and Swan River rooms are also customizable, all with stunning views over Elizabeth Quay.


]]>
Ermenegildo Zegna unveils its new concept boutique in New Delhi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5898 Ermenegildo Zegna New Delhi boutique



November 19, 2019: Revamping its decade old store, Ermenegildo Zegna has launched its new concept boutique in New Delhi, inside the DLF Emporio Mall. With its first renewal in a decade, this bold revamp of the New Delhi space represents an opportunity to strengthen Zegna's retail presence in India and reflects its ongoing commitment to this important market for the brand. 



The 150 square meters of luxury retail space and a contemporary mix of exclusive design elements, the New Delhi boutique, designed by Zegna's in-house architects, conveys the Ermenegildo Zegna brand DNA and showcases the entire range of collections through a full journey, from Ermenegildo Zegna XXX collection to Z Zegna, from the Ermenegildo Zegna contemporary formalwear to the latest in leisurewear and a wide range of textile and leather accessories. 



Ermenegildo Zegna New Delhi boutique

 

Customers can also experience the exclusive services of Su Misura and Personalization, conceived to meet the needs of a man who looks for high quality standards and enjoys the privilege of choosing his own fabrics and finishes to create his personal look.


]]>
Gucci launches Oviparity, limited-edition artbook by Yorgos Lanthimos http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5897 November 19, 2019 : Inspired by the vision of Gucci's Creative Director Alessandro Michele, Greek photographer, film and stage director, producer, and screenwriter Yorgos Lanthimos has created a striking and thought provoking portfolio of images for the brand’s Cruise 2020 collection, shot at the Leda Gallery of Villa Albani Torlonia in Rome. Gucci gives it a form of an artbook.



Gucci Oviparity Yorgos Lanthimos 



Villa Albani Torlonia was designed in the mid-18th century by the architect Carlo Marchionni and was influenced by key figures such as Giovanni Battista Nolli, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Johann Joachim Winckelmann. The villa was a cultural powerhouse, hosting countless discussions on the rise of the new neoclassical style, concerts, dances and masked comedies.

 

The artbook’s title, Oviparity, nods to the Greek myth of Leda and the Swan, as it is a zoological term meaning the production of eggs by an animal. In some versions of the story, Leda, having been seduced by Zeus in the form of a swan, lays two eggs from which two of her children are hatched.



Gucci Oviparity Yorgos Lanthimos

 

Ms. Lanthimos' images depict elderly men and women whose powdered white skin mimics the pallor of marble. They pose like statues or artists' models and interact with young people wearing colourful and patterned Gucci outfits, who are in the full flush of youth.



Often these young and aged bodies embrace or touch each other tenderly, prompting the viewer to consider the relationship between the eternal, beautiful sculpted statues and their transient, living subject matter: humanity.

 

The atmosphere of sumptuous, historical art and culture is perfectly captured by Mr. Lanthimos' lens. No stranger to theatricality, Mr. Lanthimos has not only written and made films – and is an award winner at Cannes and an Academy Award nominee – but has also directed theatre. His blackly comedic style is compelling and unsettling, and well suited to the surreal dreamscape that Mr. Michele has created around Gucci.



Gucci Oviparity Yorgos Lanthimos coffee table book

 

Priced at €70 (£60; $80), Oviparity will be distributed by IDEA Books, a London-based independent publisher. It will also be available at Gucci Garden in Florence and Gucci Wooster in New York.


]]>
Rolls-Royce adds Cullinan to the Black Badge family http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5895 Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan front view



November 15, 2019: Introducing a more powerful, distinct version of its highly popular Cullinan, Rolls-Royce has added the model to its Black Badge family – a darker version of the brand, which doesn’t compromise yet on the core values of the brand. 



Created to satisfy overwhelming demand from younger, more adventurous clients, Cullinan in its silver badge guise, was launched to global acclaim in 2018. This super-luxury SUV how now been transformed to assume a stronger, Black Badge personality.



The achieve Black Badge’s dark shade, multiple layers of paint and lacquer are meticulously applied and hand-polished 10 times, representing the most comprehensive surface finish process ever applied to a solid paint colour. The Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, which has also undergone transformation for this special class of vehicles, is presented in high gloss black chrome. For the first time this finish extends onto its mounting plate, creating the darkest Black Badge yet.



Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan side view



The ‘Double R’ badge on the front, flanks and aft invert to become silver-on-black, while chrome surfaces such as the front grille surround, side frame finishers, boot handle, boot trim, lower air inlet finisher and exhaust pipes are darkened. While they appear black, the vertical grille bars remain polished, reflecting the blackened surfaces that surround them to add a frisson of movement that hints at the motor car’s dynamic intent.



The overall effect artfully emphasizes the imposing proportions and confident stance of the car. This is further dramatised by all-new 22-inch forged alloy wheels, reserved exclusively for Black Badge Cullinan. The gloss black and polished design also creates the perfect stage for the marque’s first ever coloured brake caliper. The high gloss Red paint has been specifically developed to withstand the rigours of elevated temperatures generated by the motor car’s uprated braking system while still offering a perfectly smooth finish befitting of Rolls-Royce.



Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan interior



And then there is Black Badge Cullinan’s Technical Carbon veneer. As said by Sir Henry Royce, “When it does not exist, design it”, a collaboration between the marque’s designers, engineers and craftspeople saw the creation of a new luxury material. A naked-weave carbon-fibre finish has been developed to create highly accurate repeating geometrical shapes that produce a powerful three-dimensional effect. Each leaf of Technical Carbon is finished with six coats of lacquer before being left to cure for 72 hours, then hand-polished to Rolls-Royce’s hallmark mirror finish. This process takes 21 days and is only deemed complete once every piece is inspected by a craftsperson to ensure complete reflective uniformity across each of the 23 pieces within the car.



The Starlight Headliner casts a low light over the lavish leather seats. Presented in fine Black leather, handwoven with 1344 fibre optic lights, it is a true reflection of the sky at night and incorporates eight brilliant white shooting stars that dart at random predominantly over the front occupants.



For the Black Badge Cullinan, Rolls-Royce created a bold new leather colour, Forge Yellow. The Infinity lemniscate motif is embroidered into the fold-down rear arm-rest. This simple but potent symbol is also incorporated in the illuminated treadplates and engraved on the brushed and darkened steel clock case. 



Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan interior



Black Badge is far more than an aesthetic treatment. Key to the visceral thrill of Black Badge Cullinan is the Architecture of Luxury, Rolls-Royce’s proprietary all-aluminium architecture that not only delivers extraordinary body stiffness but its flexibility and scalability allowed Cullinan to be fitted with all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering in its silver badged guise. These dynamic features have been comprehensively re-engineered for Black Badge.



The Architecture of Luxury has been engineered to meet size and weight requirements of different propulsion systems. When the driver presses the ‘Low’ button situated on the gear selection stalk, they unlock Black Badge Cullinan’s full suite of technologies. This is asserted by the proud amplification of the motor car’s 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 through an entirely new exhaust system, announcing its arrival with a deep, authoritative basso profundo.



The twin-turbo V12 of Black Badge Cullinan generates an extra 29PS creating a total output of 600PS. A further 50NM of torque has been added to the system, bringing the total to a 900NM.



Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan back side



Black Badge Cullinan benefits from a Bespoke transmission and throttle treatment that creates a sense of urgency without ever undermining its Rolls-Royce peerage. To bolster confidence when exploiting Cullinan’s alter ego, the braking bite point has been raised and pedal travel decreased. Redesigned brake disc ventilation also allows consistency in these changes while braking at elevated temperatures.



Black Badge Cullinan is now available to commission.





The concept of Black Badge was launched with Wraith and Ghost in 2016 followed by Dawn in 2017. The Black Badge family defines taste patterns of a new generation of super-luxury consumer. These unapologetic and highly dynamic products responded to those who refused to be defined by traditional codes of luxury. This highly successful alter ego is codified by the mathematical symbol that represents a potential infinity, which is placed discreetly within the motor car’s interior.


]]>
The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai offers Lebanese cuisine with Chef Ali Elbourji http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5894 November 15, 2019: Luxury hotel, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai brings Chef Ali Elbourji, of Ayamna, from Atlantis, The Palm Dubai, to the Souk restaurant from November 20 to 24, 2019 for a special Middle Eastern showcase.



Lebanese cuisine Mezzeh



Chef Ali will collaborate with Taj’s Souk’s own Chef Simoun Chakour to offer guests the opportunity to explore the finer nuances of Middle Eastern cuisine. Chef Ali is known for his innovative cuisine that pays homage to the tastes, flavours and traditions of Lebanon. Chef Simoun, also a Lebanese master chef, has spent more than ten years in India and has been instrumental in making Souk the city favourite that it is today.



The rooftop experience at the Souk will feature an elaborate Levantine menu created by both Chef Ali & Chef Simoun. Guests can experience flavours of authentic Lebanese cuisine with a fresh, modern twist with dishes including traditional mezze, flavour-packed appetizers, soups, Lebanese mixed grills, and classic Lebanese desserts. Popular dishes such as Shrimp Kunafa and lobster with saffron will also feature on the menu.



Coordinates: Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Time: 12:30-15:00hrs & 19:00-23:30hrs

For reservations:  Call +91 22 6665 3272


]]>
Raniwala 1881 launches Ready-to-Wear line with jadau & polki http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5893 Raniwala 1881 Ready to wear jewelry line



November 15, 2019: Taking time-honored techniques and materials such as jadau and polki, and fusing them with contemporary designs, Raniwala 1881 has launched a modern, ready-to-wear line of jewelry. 



The Ready-to-Wear line comprises pieces of ‘everyday jadau’, allowing the category to stay fashionably versatile outside traditional occasions and bridal functions. This spirited, head-turning collection draws inspiration from bold Art Deco styles, alongside traditional motifs such as the crescent, peacock, lotus, paisley and star. The exquisite range of chic earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and more, are crafted with 14k gold, jadau, flat-cut polki diamonds, blue sapphires, corals and emeralds, amongst others.



Raniwala 1881 Ready to wear jewelry line



Created for the pragmatic, urban Millennial who is always on the go, these pieces seamlessly travel from an elegant luncheon to an evening gala. These modern ‘heirlooms’ can be easily passed down from one generation to another, in the same way that traditional polki and jadau jewellery have been.



The ready-to-wear line is available at the Raniwala 1881 experience centre in Jaipur, and will be showcased at select exhibitions and pop-ups across India.


]]>
Gucci launches a new line of small stores - Gucci Pin http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5892 Gucci Pin Flora Hong Kong Holiday 2019



November 14, 2019: You know how we put a pin on the map – for destinations we have traveled or want to travel in the future? With the same inspiration, Gucci announced a series of temporary stores named Gucci Pin, inspired by the pins seen on interactive digital maps, which will launch in different waves during the upcoming year.



The Gucci Pins will engage with shoppers in cities over the world. The stores will be revealed throughout the seasons in diverse iterations and in major locations such as Paris, Seoul and Hong Kong as well as cities which don’t have a Gucci store. 



For every Gucci Pin location, an accompanying immersive digital interactive activation will further enhance the experience, including new innovations in AR technology explored for some stores in 2020.



Gucci-personalized pins, featuring the patterns of the themed stores, will appear on Google Maps in some countries to further highlight the location. Additionally, a special section on the Gucci App will immerse the user in a unique digital experience, with AR and filters planned for Snapchat and Instagram, allowing users on different digital platforms to experiment with Gucci Pin themes.



Gucci Pin Flora Hong Kong Holiday 2019



The first Gucci Pin stores, dedicated to the 2019 Gift Giving collection, celebrate the famed Flora pattern marrying it with the Ophidia, one of the House’s beloved lines of handbags, distinguished by the GG motif and the Web stripe. Interestingly, the floral design was hand drawn by illustrator Vittorio Accornero in 1966 for a silk scarf, a one-of-a-kind gift for Princess Grace Kelly. Inside Gucci Pin Gift Giving locations are a lineup of women’s ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories – featuring women’s bags in differing silhouettes including a new jewelry case, small leather goods such as wallets and card holders crafted in GG motif printed with the flowers and insects of Flora, in brilliant colors, and trimmed with red, yellow or white leather. 



Gucci Pin Gift Giving will open in five locations beginning with Hong Kong Canton, leading on to Fukuoka Iwataya in Japan, Seognam Hyundai Pangyo in Korea, Denver Cherry Creek Shopping Center in the US, and Paris Galeries Lafayette, France.



In early 2020, the next wave of Gucci Pins will celebrate Chinese New Year. For the Gucci Pin Mickey Mouse, the Disney character is printed on a collection of ready to wear, shoes and accessories, crafted from GG motif. The Gucci Pin Mickey Mouse locations will feature a baggage carousel style conveyor belt built into their structures. Gucci Pin GG Psychedelic stores will open between late January and March 2020, and will be dedicated to luggage, accessories and ready-to-wear with the all-over multicolour GG and stars motif.


]]>
Michael Kors drops a versatile #MKGO Sea & Ski collection for the holidays http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5891 November 14, 2019: Just in time for the holiday season, Michael Kors has launched its dynamic #MKGO Sea & Ski capsule collection, which will surely please all travellers.



Michael Kors #MKGO Sea Ski Capsule Collection



The new capsule offers the best of both worlds with pieces designed for sea, ski or—for the ultimate globe-trotter—both. Featuring pieces which will satisfy all weather conditions, #MKGO Sea & Ski has a fresh mix of sporty silhouettes like cozy ski sweaters, sleek bikini separates, rich faux fur coats and glossy puffer jackets.



The capsule’s color palette includes bold sapphire, twilight blue and classic black and white. Add pops of bright dandelion to brighten even the coldest days. 



Michael Kors #MKGO Sea Ski Capsule Collection Bella Hadid



For accessories, the season’s utilitarian backpacks, barrel bags and belt bags take you effortlessly from slopes to sand and back again. And depending on your destination, pom-pom beanies, snow boots, surf sneakers, leather trainers and sunglasses add the perfect finishing touch.



The new capsule is available in Michael Kors stores worldwide and on MichaelKors.com


]]>
Miele launches Generation 7000 built-in appliances http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5889 November 13, 2019: Innovating to create and execute the most advanced home appliances, Miele has launched its Generation 7000 built-in appliances, which make cooking simpler and more intuitive than before. 



Miele Generation 7000 oven with camera



To give an example, Miele has devised the first camera, which is able to withstand the intense heat of a pyrolytic oven. What’s more, a clever guardian watches over cakes as they bake to ensure they never become too dry. The in-oven camera relays images in HD quality to a smartphone: This allows the current state of food to be assessed and temperatures and degrees of doneness tweaked remotely. Miele is the only manufacturer with a camera compatible with pyrolytic self-cleaning where temperatures can reach 440°C. At the end of a programme, the oven door is automatically opened, a cooling fan sets in, reducing the temperature in the oven fast and, if requested, switches to food-warming mode. This prevents residual heat causing food to overcook. Loaves of bread and succulent roasts come out of the oven done to perfection, even if you forget to take the food out of the oven or guests are late.



The new induction hobs can cater for up to 6 pots and pans placed and moved around anywhere on the ceramic glass screen, dispensing with the need to select or join rings. 



Miele Generation 7000 induction hob



The new G 7000 dishwashers go about their work almost autonomously as they dispense and start automatically if their owner so wishes. To achieve this, these models are equipped with an automatic dispensing system with a reach of around 20 cycles. This way, they adapt flexibly to everyday needs, as regular starts are programmable, but can also be started impromptu from the convenience of a smartphone. 



Coffee connoisseurs will welcome the first built-in fully automatic machine able to process three on-board bean types and does away with the cumbersome tasks of cleaning and descaling. Descaling, the irksome chore of cleaning milk lines and degreasing the brew unit, is now fully automatic on Miele’s new models, thanks to special cartridges.



The Generation 7000 spans the entire gamut of built-in appliances, including ovens, induction hob units, dishwashers, steam ovens, microwave units, coffee machines and many more. The large majority of new Miele kitchen appliances are connectivity-enabled using WiFi. Alongside remote controls, the Miele@mobile app gives users access to more than 1200 inspirational recipes. Ingredients can be ordered from a delivery service straight from the app. With RemoteService, future software updates can be downloaded to an appliance for installation with great ease. This makes installing new applications or services much easier. 



Miele Generation 7000 oven with camera



Generation 7000 built-in appliances are available in four design lines (PureLine, VitroLine, ArtLine and ContourLine) as well as in three colours (graphite grey, obsidian black, brilliant white).


]]>
JW Marriott debuts in Maldives with a new resort http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5888 JW Marriott Maldives Resort Spa Overview



November 13, 2019: Luxury hotel brand, JW Marriott, has opened JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa on Vagaru island, Shaviyani atoll in the Maldives, debuting the brand in the area. The new resort is located just 55 minutes via seaplane from the capital of Male, Maldives.          



The new JW Marriott hotel features 60 villas, starting at approximately 2,520 sq. feet, which include private pools and wooden sunbathing decks. Duplex Overwater Pool Villas and single-story Overwater Pool Villas are set on stilts overlooking the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, with a choice of sunrise or sunset views. Beach Pool Villas and Duplex Beach Pool Villa come with direct access to the pristine white sandy beaches of the private island.



JW Marriott Maldives Resort Spa Overwater villa



The resort draws inspiration from the natural surroundings and local Maldivian culture, incorporating colors and materials that highlight the island. Thatched roofs on villas are reminiscent of inverted dhoni boats, the traditional Maldivian wooden fishing vessels, and slanted roof tips recall white herons dipping their heads into the water.   



The resort offers an array of fitness and spa amenities. The resort’s overwater gym, open-air pavilion, daily workout classes, yoga sessions and easy movement and breathing exercises will provide guests with numerous opportunities to relax and reconnect with their surroundings. The signature Spa by JW is a sanctuary for indulging in head-to-toe pampering and luxurious treatments.



The JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa offers five restaurants, featuring a remarkable array of fine-dining choices; from classic Maldivian seafood to exotic Thai cuisine on a treetop restaurant, wood-fired brick oven pizzas and Japanese teppanyaki, along with a chef's garden to supply the resort with daily fresh produce. Three full-service bars will serve up old and new world wines with over 300 labels to choose from, fine Japanese sake and handcrafted cocktails with over 98 different types of rum available. Guests can also enjoy 24-hour in-villa dining services.



JW Marriott Maldives Resort Spa villa interior



To entertain children, Little Griffins, a Family by JW kids club, features a 43 foot-long pirate ship, kids sleeping area, a servery, games and educational activities. Adults, on the other hand, can enjoy an adults-only infinity pool, as well as a clubhouse complete with a cigar room, shisha room and billiards table.



The private island where the JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa sits holds a stunning natural reef just meters from the shore teeming with sea life for guests to take in. An on-site marine biologist oversees the health of the reef along with organizing diving and snorkeling excursions and other water sports.


]]>
Aman launches Camp Sarika at Amangiri in Utah http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5887 Amangiri Camp Sarika Utah



November 12, 2019: A serene resort encircled by the raw wilderness of the Utah desert, Amangiri has drawn travellers to Utah’s starkly beautiful landscape of deep canyons and vermillion rock formations for a decade. To herald its 10th anniversary, the resort will soon welcome guests to Camp Sarika by Amangiri – 10 tented-pavilions with individual private plunge pools on a luxury encampment surrounded by 600 hectares of raw wilderness in the heart of the desert, close to Amangiri.



Opening in April 2020, Camp Sarika will offer its own main pavilion and restaurant, two spa suites, one main swimming pool and a Jacuzziset in unparalleled proximity to nature. The camp is located a 30- minute hike or five-minute drive from Amangiri, and while guests at the camp enjoy full access to the resort’s facilities whenever they desire, everything they need will be conveniently located at Camp Sarika. 



Amangiri Camp Sarika Utah bathroom



Camp Sarika aims to  encourage a private and peaceful connection to its dramatic surroundings. The camp includes five one-bedroom tented pavilions and five two-bedroom tented pavilions. Designed by luxury travel company Luxury Frontiers, the tented pavilions will mimic the spaciousness and clean lines of Amangiri, where natural materials reflect the light-transforming, undulating surface of the desert outside. 



Paying homage to the wilderness setting, the open kitchen will feature a rotisserie grill, with dishes served on cedar and slate carving boards. Reserved for residents of the camp during the day, the restaurant will also be open to resort guests for dinner. Two spa suites will offer an extensive menu of spa therapies inspired by traditional Navajo wellness practices, while yoga and guided meditation will be offered al fresco, allowing guests to reground themselves within the astounding natural beauty of the Utah desert. 



Amangiri Camp Sarika Utah pool



The camp will also enable a deeper immersion in Native American culture, with storytelling and star gazing around the fire every evening. The intimacy exclusive to Camp Sarika, with inspired facilities and unbounded access to Utah’s vast expanses of magical scenery at its doorstep, makes the camp the ideal destination for larger groups or families desiring a private insight into the destination or a very special place for an important celebration. 



A salon, a yoga pavilion and a comprehensive gym finish Camp Sarika, which will surely add a new dimension to the extraordinary all-season destination of Utah, providing another setting in which to embrace the pristine and astonishing beauty of the American Southwest.


]]>
Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh becomes Airbnb's first royal host http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5886 City Palace Jaipur Rajasthan



November 12, 2019: The 300 year old City Palace of Jaipur, home to Jaipur’s Royal Family, is steeped in history, and located in the heart of Jaipur, Rajasthan. From November 23, 2019, the Gudliya Suite at the City Palace will become accessible to outside guests, and will be available to be booked for the first time ever on Airbnb, with His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh becoming the first Maharaja to offer a stay at his palace on Airbnb, in order to help support the women’s empowerment initiatives of the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation.



Guests will be able to book and stay in the luxurious Gudliya Suite, located within one of the private sections of a royal palace that, until now, has been used for the royals and their special guests. The Suite includes its own lounge, kitchen, luxurious bathroom and private, indoor swimming pool.



Gudliya Suite City Palace Jaipur Rajasthan



Guests will truly get to experience what it’s like to live like royalty as they would be hosted by the down-to-earth modern Royal, the dapper, polo-playing 21-year old Maharajah Padmanabh Singh..  



Built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of the city of Jaipur, the City Palace exemplifies the best of 18th century Rajput architecture with and other architectural influences of later periods. The interiors contain ornate chambers, large and airy reception halls, crystal chandeliers, gilded wall decorations, intricate carvings and in addition to the royal residence, the sprawling palace complex houses a large, internationally recognised museum.



Guests will be looked after by a private butler and guide who will arrange curated city experiences including shopping tours, guided walks through local museums and other excursions.  Authentic Rajasthani meals may be enjoyed on a terrace offering an amazing view of the surrounding Aravalli hills and forts overlooking the palace, and peaceful afternoon tea can be had in the company of the resident peacocks who live in the Palace’s lush gardens. 



City Palace Jaipur Rajasthan



The Palace has never been available to be booked by outside guests before. Proceeds from each booking will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting rural women and artisans in Rajasthan. 




]]>
Wellness resort brand, Chiva-Som, announces Zulal Wellness Resort, Qatar http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5885 Zulal Wellness Resort Qatar



November 11, 2019: The renowned luxury wellness resort brand, Chiva-Som International Health Resort, has announced the launch of a new wellness destination in Qatar and its largest wellness destination, the Middle East’s first full-immersion wellness resort, and the world’s first centre for Traditional Arabic Integrative Medicine (TAIM), slated to open in the second quarter of 2020. 



Msheireb Properties, a leading developer in Qatar, has appointed Chiva-Som to operate and manage Zulal Wellness Resort in Khasooma, a private coastal location to the north of Qatar. The name “Zulal”, which refers to “purified water”, is inspired by a people’s historic journey in the continuous search for water, the seed of life - a concept that encapsulates the history, culture and heritage of Qatar. 



Zulal Wellness Resort Qatar



The new Zulal Wellness Resort will offer high international service standards rooted in traditional Qatari hospitality. Spanning 280,000 square metres, the resort is around one hour drive from Qatar’s international hub in of Doha. A specially developed menu of Arabic and Mediterranean wellness cuisine, as well as cutting-edge architecture and services inspired by local heritage, will ensure the position of Zulal Wellness Resort as a true showcase of Qatari culture.



Zulal Wellness Resort will actively cater to families alongside its adults-only offer. The estate will feature a Family Wellness Resort with 120 guestrooms and suites which will welcome guests of all ages, promoting family bonding through shared experiences while also offering dedicated children’s activities. The development of the family offer presents an opportunity for families to experience, learn and practice wellness together, introducing children to healthy living from an early age. The adjacent Wellness Resort with 60 suites and villas will cater to individuals, couples and groups of adult wellness travelers looking for total immersion and world-class programmes and facilities.



Zulal Wellness Resort Qatar



The resort’s design reflects a local inspiration while echoing the principles of the Chiva-Som flagship in Thailand. Landscaping will feature ponds and water features arranged around a series of serene shaded walled gardens; a narrative inspired by memories of sea-bound travelers finding welcoming shelter in local villages. 



Staying true to Chiva-Som’s core principles, the resort will operate sustainably and adhere to environmentally friendly practices, as well as use some locally developed specialty products. Exceptional facilities will set a new standard for health resorts the world over, featuring fully integrated holistic programmes alongside state-of-the-art international treatments.


]]>
Catherine Zeta-Jones & daughter Carys Douglas feature in the new Fendi campaign http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5884 November 11, 2019: Taking ahead its Peekaboo campaign of featuring families and relationships, FENDI, this time, featured the iconic, Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and her daughter Carys Douglas.



Fendi Peekaboo Catherine Zeta-Jones Carys Douglas



As the pretty duo arrive in Rome with their Peekaboo bags, Catherine and Carys show their unique yet special bond celebrating the renovation of life by blending tradition and innovation and recalling the FENDI dualism and DNA.



They share a unique, playful camaraderie as they elegantly dance under the colonnade of Palazzo Altemps, a Roman historical building and share moments among the statues of Palazzo Della Civiltà Italiana, the FENDI HQ in Rome.



From the regular shape to the XS version, the Peekaboo bag is lit-up by the distinctive Pequin, FENDI signature logo-no-logo pattern. Elegant and iconic, the Pequin embodies the timeless beauty of Catherine Zeta-Jones and her daughter reflecting their powerful connection.



Shot for the very first time together, the Douglas girls give to this episode a beautiful vibe, shaping the story with their strong yet delicate attitude and making it a real unforgettable family memory.



Watch the video on our YouTube channel.




]]>
Aman presents their Private Jet http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5883 Aman Private Jet Exterior



November 8, 2019: The world’s most remote destinations are often its most exceptional. And Aman’s dedication to offering ease of access and the finest service available has now taken to the skies, with the launch of the Aman Private Jet – an airborne extension of the Aman resort philosophy. Introduced long after Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts launched their private jet, the Aman jet will prove to be no less luxurious.



Available for charter to facilitate existing multi-destination Aman journeys, to creating bespoke itineraries incorporating several Aman destinations around the world, or for use between non-Aman destinations, journeys can be tailored specifically to the needs and interests of its guests. Each booking is fully customisable and every itinerary flexible, with passengers having access to their very own Aman Jet Concierge, who will plan every detail of their travels.



Aman Private Jet Interior



Aman’s Bombardier Global 5000 seats a maximum of 12 passengers. The Aman Private Jet is best in-class in terms of speed, range and field performance, promising the smoothest ride possible for a restful flight.



To celebrate the launch of the jet, Aman has curated four new journeys, incorporating multiple Aman properties, that explore some of the world’s most beguiling destinations in a unique and insightful Aman way. These include ‘Bali & Beyond’, ‘The Secrets of China’, ‘Indochina Past & Present’, and ‘From the Himalayas to the Sea’. 



Aman Private Jet Interior



Apart from all flights, private transfers and accommodation at Aman properties, each of these journeys includes private tours of key cultural sites plus a host of exclusive privileges at each resort. These range from personalised spa treatments and traditional blessing ceremonies, to unique culinary and cultural experiences.



 


]]>
Wellness integrated private club Bian to launch in Chicago http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5882 Bian Chicago



November 8, 2019: BIÂN, a luxury private member’s club opening in downtown Chicago in 2020, aims to offer an innovative and peerless approach to the concept of living well.



Envisioned by Principals Robb Leone, Joseph Fisher and Kevin Boehm and Partner Mar Soraparu, Chief Medical Officer Angelo Costas, MD and Aesthetic Medical Director Julius Few, MD, BIÂN is built on a foundation of holistic wellness, vitality and social wellbeing. The club weaves Eastern and Western philosophies; concierge medicine; a signature apothecary; extensive yoga, fitness, pilates and studio programming; chef-driven food and beverage offerings; cutting edge therapeutic modalities; luxurious spa and beauty services and grand social gathering spaces – all in one dynamic, design forward space.



Bian Chicago Bar



The name BIÂN is derived from a legendary Chinese physician from 300BC, Bian Que, who had a multidisciplinary approach to medicine, incorporating acupuncture, meditation and yoga with traditional medical philosophies. He is also credited as the first person to take a patient's pulse as an early diagnostic check of health.



The first of its kind, the 21,000 square foot BIÂN offers an elite level of comprehensiveness as well as collaborative health and wellness plans for members. Members can experience areas like vibrant dining/social areas; a bustling bar; a listening room with more than 1500 vinyl records organized by mood and experienced through a Macintosh sound system; a fireplace nook for reading or quiet conversation; a nap room for restorative sleep and more. BIÂN members will also enjoy networking opportunities, unique workshops and other programming that make up a thriving, like-minded community.



Apart from multi-purpose fitness studios and areas, an array of healing treatments and services, such as Cryotherapy and LED light bed therapy are available at BIAN. The club’s spa features restorative experiences ranging from Rolfing and gua sha to silk peels and rejuvenating facials. Members can also take advantage of medical grade offerings inclusive of BOTOX, fillers, body toning/sculpting, micro-needling, laser treatments, non-invasive surgical procedures and soon-to-be-announced treatments exclusively available to BIÂN members.



Bian Chicago listening room



BIÂN has collaborated with the Boka Restaurant Group for their food and drink program. A curated selection of natural food and beverage offerings includes energizing smoothies, juices and elixirs; organic wine and spirits; artisanal coffee and tea and an extensive food menu developed by Michelin-starred Chef Lee Wolen. A holistic apothecary will also present BIÂN specialty products, along with Chinese and Western herbs and tinctures. 



Several medical services are available to all members, such as blood diagnostics, IV treatments and vitamin shots. For BIÂN Concierge Medical Members, doctors, medical staff and an on-site lab serve all acute and preventative primary care needs, including an annual executive physical, same-day/next-day appointments and other exclusive services.


]]>
A. Lange & Soehne launches new watch concept, Odysseus http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5881 A. Lange & Sohne Odysseus watch 2019



November 7, 2019: In a huge new beginning for the heritage German watchmaker A. Lange & Soehne, the brand has launched a new timepiece concept called Odysseus, the sixth one (after Lange 1, Saxonia, 1815, Richard Lange and Zeitwerk) in its repertoire. For the first timepiece in stainless steel, the Saxon watchmakers developed a tailor-made self-winding movement with a large day-of-week and date display.



The ODYSSEUS is a sporty-elegant watch. The prominent design of the stainless-steel case with a diameter of 40.5 mm and a height of 11.1 mm, featuring an integrated stainless-steel bracelet, embraces traditional brand elements and reinterprets them. This applies particularly to the sculpted, slightly cantilevered middle band of the three-part case. Its surfaces are decorated with a satin contour finish and the edges are emphasised with a chamfer. Specially sealed, tapered buttons for correcting the date and the day of week are arranged at 2 and 4 o’clock.



A. Lange & Sohne Odysseus watch 2019



The Odysseus is the first Lange watch with a water-resistant case and a screw-down crown, exposed to a test pressure of 12 bar.



Located on the right, the Lange outsize date in the classic double aperture is complemented with an equally large day-of-week display on the left. The outer verticals of the frames echo the curvature of the bezel. The typical Lange font is used for both displays. The newly developed mechanism consists of 99 individual parts.



The dial is made of brass and has several levels with different surfaces. Just like the outer scale of the subsidiary seconds dial, the notched baton appliques made of white gold lie above concentric lines, a technique called azurage. They contrast against the grained inner surfaces of the main and subsidiary dial. A bevelled, argenté-coloured flange ring with a printed minute scale frames the dial. The number 60, printed in red at 12 o'clock, provides a colourful accent. 



A. Lange & Sohne Odysseus watch 2019



The stainless-steel bracelet’s length can be adjusted in small steps, up to 7 millimetres, thanks to a safety deployant buckle. By pressing the pusher embossed with the Lange signature, the bracelet can be pulled or pushed to adjust the desired length. It is not necessary to open the buckle. The bracelet can also be extended by adding further links.



The Odysseus’ new L155.1 DATOMATIC manufacture caliber features a unidirectionally winding central rotor with a centrifugal mass in platinum. When fully wound, the mainspring barrel delivers a maximum power reserve of 50 hours. To guarantee high rate accuracy regardless of external factors, the new self-winding calibre operates at a frequency of 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour. The newly designed balance is regulated with four countersunk poising screws that are flush with the outside of the balance-wheel rim. This design reduces turbulence despite the higher frequency. Together with the freely oscillating balance spring made in-house, the minimised air resistance has a positive impact on the movement’s rate accuracy and energy efficiency.



A. Lange & Sohne Odysseus watch 2019 mechanism



The oscillation system of the ODYSSEUS is held by a balance wheel bridge secured at two points. It is manually engraved with a wave motif. Other movement decorations also express the concept of combining traditional facets with new ones.


]]>
The Ritz-Carlton opens in Pune, India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5880 The Ritz-Carlton Pune India exterior



November 7, 2019: Opening up in the dynamic, growing city of Pune, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel has launched its second hotel in India. 



Situated in the heart of Pune’s downtown and across from the prestigious Poona Golf Club, the hotel is ideally located for travelers seeking to take in the sights and unique experiences of this metropolis. 



In the classic Ritz-Carlton style, the hotel’s design reflects a seamless union of classical grandeur and timeless sophistication, offering both traditional and modern points of view. Design motifs inspired by Indian silhouettes and classic chandeliers gracefully evoke a local design sense. Celebrating the history and spirit of the city, guests will be invited every evening to toast to golden hour at Aasma, the hotel’s rooftop lounge, where they can learn the meaning behind the venue’s name and enjoy skyline views. Locally relevant experiences such as a sourcing trip for sustainable ingredients or a joint golf tour with a Pro at the adjoining Golf course are also available for guests.



The hotel features 198 guestrooms and 35 plush suites, designed to be refined and relaxing sanctuaries that are also the largest in the city. The Ritz-Carlton, Pune’s Presidential Suite is spread across 3,154 sq. ft and includes two bedrooms, a walk in closet, a spacious living room and dining area, private bar and in-suite treatment room. Guests staying on the Club Level floors will enjoy access to a signature Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, an urban sanctuary on the 18th floor that features picturesque views of the golf course, private check-in, a dedicated Club Concierge, and a variety of culinary presentations throughout the day.



The Ritz-Carlton Pune India guestroom



The Ritz-Carlton, Pune captures the essence of the destination with five signature dining experiences. Gourmet world cuisine at Three Kitchens and Bar welcomes guests by offering three residential-style kitchens. The modern Japanese restaurant Ukiyo features a long sushi counter and robata grill complemented by an expansive selection of sake while The Ritz-Carlton Tea Lounge brings the time-honored custom of afternoon tea to the city. Vida Bar & Grill is a craft cocktail destination and Aasma, the rooftop lounge, serves Indian cuisine, which are inventive adaptations from the royal kitchens of India.



The 25,000 sq. ft. wellness floor includes a Fitness Studio and Yoga Deck. The Ritz-Carlton Spa with its 8 treatment rooms and Express Pods combines bespoke services, custom facials and unique treatments steeped in Ayurveda traditions.



The hotel also boasts 35,000 square feet of banquet facilities suited to gatherings of all kinds, from business meetings to social affairs. With access to a beautiful outdoor foyer and deck area, the ballrooms are perfect for intimate gatherings and romantic weddings alike.


]]>
Good Earth celebrates 10 years of Sustain with fashion presentation http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5879 Good Earth Sindhu Indian traditional wear



November 7, 2019: Indian brand Good Earth celebrated ten years of its clothing label – Sustain by hosting its first independent fashion presentation – SINDHU. The collection traversed the history of India through fabrics, motifs, weaves, embellishments, and clothing, as seen through the Good Earth lens. 



The 72 ensembles showcased during the show included Good Earth’s first-ever Menswear collection. Speaking on this milestone, Mrs Anita Lal, Founder and Creative Director, Good Earth said, "SINDHU…is a tribute to the nomadic groups, travellers, traders, innovators, patrons, lovers, artisans, so many who were intermediaries of a multitude of ideas and innovations from one place to another; the Banjaras, Rabaris, Kutchis, gypsy tribes like the Romani and numerous others with intermingled stories, that have enriched our culture and rendered our heritage unparalleled."



Good Earth Sindhu Indian traditional wear



The pivotal craft of the collection is Ajrak, a time-honoured craft of the communities of Kutch, that has been explored in new, contemporary prints and patterns recreated in different mediums such as the Fostat Brocade, a 15th century, hand-blocked Ajrakh pattern originally from Gujarat, but found in Fustat Egypt, which has been reinterpreted in silk brocade by the master weavers of Benaras.



The second leitmotif that ties the collection is Ajrakh Mingora, named after a region in Swat valley, which is a signature pattern of clouds, lotuses, dots, and fish scales created in traditional hand-blocked Ajrakh in natural dyes. Besides Ajrak, Sindhu showcased the richness of crafts from across the country - traditional Mashru from Bhuj along with lighter cotton silk stripes in bright jewel tones handwoven in Benaras, Bandhini tie-and-dye with highlights of the painstaking rai-dana variety from Bhuj, and the folk Chaand (crescent Moon) motif from Bikaner, Punjabi Phulkari, Sindhi taanka (embroidery), Rabari mirrorwork, folk beading, varq, leheriya and hand-block prints. 



Good Earth Sindhu Indian traditional lehenga



Sindhu presented a multitude of traditional and contemporary silhouettes. Salwars, knee-length kurtas (pashka), chogas, large shawls or chadars, long jackets, kediyo tops with long dresses, dushalas, lehengas, angrakhas, and saris were seen in traditional womenswear. While a range of structured jackets, pants, short tops, overlays, and flowing maxis were some of the contemporized silhouettes of the collection.  



Good Earth’s debut Menswear line, Abeer, is designed for the global traveller, rooted in culture, featured structured jackets, draped tunics and trousers, kurtas, shirts and jumpsuits. 



Good Earth Sindhu Indian traditional menswear



Traditional Madder, Indigo, and Syahi (inky charcoal), with additions of ochre, rani pink (fuchsia), and emerald and jade greens created a truly Indic colour palette for Sindhu. Tie-ups, tassels, embroidered ponchos (trouser cuffs), delicate crochet potlis in metallic zari, and motifs of peacocks, camels, and desert palms in Zardozi made for a vision of ancient, artisanal splendour. 

 

Select styles of the Sindhu collection have launched at Good Earth Khan Market. The collection will be retailed through pret drops across the year and also via bespoke orders.


]]>
Tod's announces Walter Chiapponi as new Creative Director http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5877 Walter chiapponi Tod's Creative DirectorNovember 4, 2019: Luxury leather and fashion brand Tod’s has announced the appointment of Walter Chiapponi as Creative Director of the women's and men's collections of the brand, starting from the Autumn-Winter 2020/21 collection.



Having worked with Valentino, Gucci and Bottega Veneta previously, Mr. Chiapponi does have an impressive era of experience behind his back. 



Diego Della Valle, President of Tod's Group, states: "Walter Chiapponi is a talented Italian creative who knows and is able to combine Tod’s Italian lifestyle with a touch of modernity, without ever losing sight of the high quality and craftsmanship that represents the brand’s DNA.”


]]>
The Postcard Hotel goes international, announces expansion http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5876 The Postcard Hotel Galle Sri Lanka



November 4, 2019: A recent entrant in the Indian luxury hotel space, The Postcard Hotel, is all set to receive guests in Sri Lanka and Bhutan. After starting three hotels in Goa, the brand’s first international venture will be the stunning mountain setting of Bhutan and the historic town of Galle in Sri Lanka. 



With over Rs 1,000 crores of assets under management today and projects underway across South Asia, The Postcard Hotel is looking at owning or managing over USD 1 Billion (Rs 7,000 crores) of assets in 5 years. The Postcard Hotel is on track to open 50 hotels in 5 years in experiential destinations across the world. The investment will be a mix of buying off the asset, taking a long term lease on the asset or managing it as a management company. 



The Postcard Dewa in Bhutan has 15 suites, located with a spectacular hilltop view of the Thimphu valley and surrounding forests. The hotel is a comfortable 40 minute drive from the Paro International airport. As the only carbon negative country in the world, 72% of Bhutan is forest covered. 



The Postcard Hotel Dewa Bhutan



The Postcard Galle, in Sri Lanka, positioned above a beautiful lagoon, offers 180 degree vistas of the Indian Ocean. Inspired by the city that surrounds the hotel, this Postcard has 10 intimate suites offering the view and the sound of the ocean along with true Sri Lankan hospitality by passionate local experts. The city of Galle is extraordinarily diverse. From the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Galle Fort; the vast range of beaches that cater to exciting water sports; lively bars or complete relaxation on tranquil beaches. There are also secluded coves and unspoiled spots for the ultimate escape. Blue whales can be sighted just two hours away from the hotel. 



Transformative experiences and local community are at the heart of The Postcard Hotel's offering. Each hotel will offer unique experiences that are true to its surroundings, giving guests a sense of the neighbourhood and the destination in a way never seen before. The experience within the hotel, too, is in keeping with the times, resulting in no set breakfast hours, no buffets and definitely no sugary welcome drinks. In its place, will be authentic local experiences, from food, to design, to artisanal welcome cocktails, to defining your own check in and check out hours and immersions with the local community.


]]>
Ulysse Nardin presents the Hourstriker Phantom with Devialet http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5875 Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Phantom



November 4, 2019: Partnering with Devialet, the French company that creates high definition audio with its luxury speakers, watchmakers Ulysse Nardin are creating a limited edition of striking watches, which provide an enhanced audible experience as well!



The resulting Hourstriker Phantom provides an exceptional acoustic performance which makes it an unparalleled striking watch in the watchmaking industry. The watch rings on the hour and half-hour on command, not only telling you the time, but also hearing it.



Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Phantom



With a classic striking mechanism, a hammer hits a timbre generating sound frequencies, when emitted, tells the time on command. However, in the Hourstriker Phantom, the heel of the timbre is fixed by a system of torsion arms that change the direction of the action forces induced by the timbre vibrations. In a classic system, the forces produced are essentially in the watch’s movement, which generates a small amount of air that is then displaced by the various components of the watch. With the Hourstriker Phantom, the action forces created by the timbre find their way outside of the watch itself. These forces are vigorously transferred using a transmission arm to a thin membrane, which is found on the bottom side of the watch. As the membrane has a large surface area, a large amount of air is displaced, which results in a high sound level. One could compare this to a loudspeaker and its cone and membrane.



The bottom side of the watch is perforated with eight openings under its membrane that allows the sound to travel and contains the UN-610 automatic manufacture movement. The result is stunning and all the sonic potential of this timepiece appears to be released, amplified, and enhanced. Its fully polished 43 mm titanium case also amplifies the sound and extends its resonance to 85 decibels, an unrivaled level of sound in the world of watchmaking.



The watch’s face is adorned with a satin-brushed anthracite dial inspired by German physicist and musician Ernst Chladni’s figures, formed by the materialization of vibratory waves. Hidden under this sculpted lace-like net, tinted glass obscures the watch’s movement for an ultra-contemporary look. At three o’clock, a small rose gold chip disappears and reappears depending on whether you want to activate or deactivate the striking mechanism (ON/OFF button). Costing CHF 72,500, the piece is enhanced by a black alligator strap and will be sold as a limited edition of 85 pieces, evoking the 85 decibels that it majestically reaches.


]]>
RJ unveils first in-house tourbillon with a Spider Man inspired watch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5873 RJ Arraw Spider Man watch



October 31, 2019: The wildly worshipped MARVEL Studios chose RJ to create Haute Horlogerie watches inspired by the amazing Spider-Man. The second MARVEL collaboration timepiece created by RJ, the new ARRAW Spider-Man Tourbillon, channels Spider-Man's iconic style through every component, down to its plates, bridges, and gear. The launch also marks RJ's first movement manufactured completely in-house. The innovative Spider-Man inspired central tourbillon movement was developed and produced wholly in-house at the new RJ Studio in Eysin, located on the shores of Lake Geneva.



Marco Tedeschi, CEO and Creative Director of RJ comments, "For the first time, a character and his universe inspired us not only in the aesthetics, but also in the technicality of the movement. And it is no coincidence that we have chosen a tourbillon: light, rapid and ethereal. Its increased power reserve of more than six days makes a fitting tribute to Spider-Man's own endurance and performance."



RJ Arraw Spider Man watch



The hours and minutes are displayed in a unique peripheral format, made possible by a planetary gear system that orbits 360° around the tourbillon. The movement's construction is entirely and uniquely coaxial. A 12-factor gear ratio allows the planetary minutes system to empower the progression of the hours. The hands have been shaped to mimic the legs of the Spider icon.

The grade 5 titanium tourbillon cage and the going train wheels feature an openwork design shaped like a spider web, emphasizing lightness. Affixed on the main plate, the black eyes of the Spider-Man mask stand out thanks to their distinctive contrast finishing. Made in a 45 mm case adorned with the RJ BUMPERS in rubber, the ARRAW Spider-Man tourbillon is available in two materials with each version limited to only 10 pieces.



The first, in red, is crafted in a high-performance composite that combines superposed layers of black carbon and red fiberglass. The second variation is made entirely of carbon in stealth black. Its shimmering grey and anthracite tone imparts the piece with a strong yet sleek look, perfectly suited to Spider-Man.



The ARRAW Spider-Man Tourbillon case has no crown. This mechanism enables faster winding than with a traditional crown. To set the time, the wearer presses a concealed push button under the strap at 6 o'clock while turning the hoop in either direction.



RJ Arraw Spider Man watch webbed box



For the first time the ARRAW watch box has also been customized with Spider-Man's attributes. Made of black wood, the watch box resembles a spider thanks to the eight spider legs fixed to the side. Spider-Man's web and logo are also engraved on the lid. Inside the box, the watch appears captured in a spider web made of steel. This part is removeable, making the watch box easy to repurpose as desired.


]]>
Artists to gather in Cape Town for Rolex Arts Weekend http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5872 October 31, 2019: More than 200 renowned artists and arts leaders from South Africa and around the world will gather at Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre Centre on February 8 and 9 to attend the Rolex Arts Weekend. The Arts Weekend, a series of public events – talks, readings, exhibitions and performances, including two world premieres – will feature the work of the 2018−2019 protégés of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative with their mentors. 



Rolex Arts Weekend Berlin



The two-day celebration is the culmination of the current cycle of the programme, which pairs master artists with emerging artists in several disciplines for a period of creative exchange in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. 



Through the various events, the protégés will demonstrate the insights they learned from their mentors over the course of the mentoring period. This interchange between generations is integral to Rolex’s dedication to passing on knowledge, in this case, perpetuating excellence in the arts. 



The Rolex Arts Weekend is being curated this year by Fruzsina Szép, the Hungarian born Festival and Artistic Director of Lollapalooza Berlin who also served as an Arts Initiative nominator, helping to identify suitable potential protégés for the programme in 2018−2019. 



The mentor and protegee pairings include protégée Khoudia Touré, a pioneer in urban street dance, under the mentorship of Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. Architecture protégée Mariam Kamara, originally from Niger, will be accompanied by mentor Ghanaian-born British architect Sir David Adjaye. Under literature, mentor Colm Tóibín helped fellow Irishman and protégé Colin Barrett completed his first novel, The English Brothers. Music protégé Marcus Gilmore, an innovative young drummer from the United States, has been mentored by Indian musician Zakir Hussain.



Along with the vivid performances and discussions in these four disciplines, attendees will also have the opportunity to hear international artists debating the role of culture in society and the interdisciplinary nature of their work in two separate panel discussions led by Prof. Homi Bhabha of Harvard University.


]]>
Gaurav Gupta unveils his first store in Hyderabad http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5871 Gaurav Gupta store in Hyderabad



October 31, 2019: Banjara Hills, one of the most elite neighbourhoods of Hyderabad, is adding to the glory to ace couturier Gaurav Gupta’s new couture store. Launching his first store in Hyderabad, the Gaurav Gupta franchise store will be an experiential retail space unraveling the couturier's dreamscape, with an added focus on bridal couture, occasion wear and bespoke customization.

 

Marking 15 years of merging indigenous Indian construction and embellishing techniques with his idea of the future, Gaurav Gupta has continuously delivered a world that is Indian at its core and boundless in its form. An avant-garde hybrid of the sari and gown, his sari-gown has been spotted everywhere from the red carpet to wedding cocktails, and quickly gained ground as a wedding wardrobe must-have. Today, he has expanded his repertoire to include jewellery, led sustainability in his creations, and launched more stores in the country.

 

Architecturally, as an ode to the city of Nizams, the romance of the regal old and new have been brought together in a harmonious contrast. The store is outlined with curvilinear walls, beveled mirror edges are interspersed in the space to create a feeling of infinity.



Gaurav Gupta store in Hyderabad

  

Commenting on the Hyderabad opening, Gaurav Gupta said, "I have always been enamored by the regal opulence and history of Hyderabad along with the elegance with which people dress here even today. I am delighted to be here in this exciting market to showcase our avant-garde couture, to the modern functionality of our bridal wear and occasion wear. We promote the idea that you can use your wedding outfits multiple times."

 

This location will be the brand's fifth store as an addition to the four Gaurav Gupta stores currently operating at Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli and DLF Emporio in New Delhi, Kala Ghoda in Mumbai and the recently launched Galleria 1190 in Kolkata. 



 


]]>
Sotheby's International Realty expands into Cyprus http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5869 October 29, 2019: The Sotheby's International Realty network currently has more than 23,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in nearly 1,000 offices in 71 countries and territories worldwide. Broadening the horizons even further, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC announced its expanding presence in Europe with the opening of Cyprus Sotheby's International Realty. Cyprus Sotheby's International Realty is owned and led by Andrey Manukovskiy, chairman, and Anastasia Yianni, chief executive officer, who have practiced real estate in Cyprus for 19 years.



Cyprus



"The luxury real estate market in Cyprus continues to grow due to the appeal of the Mediterranean lifestyle, the sunny climate and our hospitable culture," said Ms. Yianni. "From a global perspective, we are noticing interest from Europe, China, India, and Russia.” 



Cyprus Sotheby's International Realty is located in Pafos and will serve the luxury residential markets of Limassol, Pafos, Nicosia, Larnaca and Agia Napa." Cyprus continues to attract high-net-worth individuals from a variety of markets around the world due to its strategic location and high quality, high yield investment opportunities," said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby's International Realty.



In 2018, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $112 billion. Cyprus Sotheby's International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm's brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby's auction house and worldwide Sotheby's International Realty marketing programs.


]]>
Jaeger-LeCoultre presents a watch made with a meteorite http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5868 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3



October 29, 2019: In 2013, Jaeger-LeCoultre first introduced the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 to mark the maison's 180th anniversary. Combining a third-generation interpretation of the Gyrotourbillon with an intriguing and highly unusual instantaneous digital display chronograph, it represents mechanical sophistication of the highest order. But still, Jaeger-LeCoultre wanted to move ahead. 



Jaeger-LeCoultre is now presenting a new version of the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3, which marries the technical tour-de-force of its signature multi-axis tourbillon to the finest of artistic craftsmanship. The Gyrotourbillon 3 harnesses the exceptional skills of the manufacture's Métiers Rares artisans to elevate the rare and precious timepiece to a new level. With various elements of the dial showcasing hand-guillochage, engraving and grand feu enamel, this new model introduces the rarely seen craft of meteorite inlay.



On the dial side, the intriguing geometric markings of the silvery-grey meteorite are complemented by the subtle glitter of deep blue aventurine and the glow of pure white grand feu enamel. This harmonious interplay of materials, colour and surface pattern is complemented by the warmth and richness of the pink gold case and dial details.



Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3



Found in Namibia, the Gibeon meteorite chosen for this watch is an iron-nickel alloy with an octahedrite crystal structure, formed by the cooling of the asteroid fragment in outer space over the course of billions of years before it crashed to earth in prehistoric times. The abstract geometric patterns of the intersecting crystal structures shimmer gently when the material catches the light, their irregular arrangement making every slice of meteorite subtly different from all others.



It is on the back of the movement that the meteorite truly takes centre stage. A lively yet subtle mixture of colour and texture – blued screws, ruby jewels, the shiny aspect of the hand-chamfered and hand-polished jewel countersinks, bridges and plates, and the matt finish of the brushed borders of the German silver plates – offsets the abstract geometric patterns of the meteorite, which adorns all of the plates and bridges.



It is work of the utmost refinement and precision, measured in fractions of a millimetre.


]]>
Inspired by Egypt, Christian Louboutin introduces Elisa http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5866 October 24, 2019: “Egypt was my first imaginary world. Nefertiti, the pyramids, hieroglyphs... I dreamed of it every day,” says Christian Louboutin. No wonder then that the designer has created a fascinating handbag inspired by that magnificence. 



Christian Louboutin Elisa handbag 2019



Launching for Spring/Summer 2020, Mr. Louboutin’s brand-new handbag Elisa is set to capture imaginations. The bag is named after Elisa Sednaoui, Christian Louboutin’s muse and Ambassador, but also a mother, model, actress, social entrepreneur and film director of Italian, Egyptian and French descent. 



Details of the handbag evoke the splendour of ancient Egypt, including the twist lock clasp. Imagined as a mystical talisman, its lines echo the rounded rectangular contours of the pharaoh's cartouche. Inspired by hieroglyphs, the iconic CL signature is reworked in the shape of a celestial disc. Endowed with an accordion pleat for greater versatility, the sophisticated architecture of the Elisa bag mirrors the proud lines of the Amon temple in Luxor.



Christian Louboutin Elisa handbag 2019



Elisa’s flat bracelet-like gold chain speaks of Parisian elegance and doubles Elisa’s purpose as a piece of jewellery. Whether large, small, mini or belt bag, the Elisa adapts to the many lifestyles and needs of the modern woman. The colours and materials range from the iconic Louboutin red to softer shades of pink and pale grey.



The Elisa bag will be available online from October 29, 2019 and in Christian Louboutin boutiques all over the world from November 2, 2019.


]]>
Franck Muller announces Ranveer Singh as brand ambassador http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5865 Ranveer Singh for Franck MullerOctober 24, 2019: Combining its creative forces to create complicated timepieces with another complex personality, watchmaker Franck Muller has shaken hands with Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, to further expand its presence in India.



Viraal Rajan, Managing Director, Time Avenue Pvt Ltd who has partnered with Franck Muller to open its first boutique in India, said, “We are elated to welcome Ranveer Singh as the Brand Master of Franck Muller in India. He is synonymous with youth, fun and perfection, just like the Franck Muller brand which wows the watch world with boldness, creativity and exceptional know how.”



The Franck Muller boutique, located at Palladium Mall, Mumbai, houses some of the most exquisite watches of Franck Muller - from the Vanguard, Master Square, Crazy Hours, Colour Dreams to the Long Island.


]]>
Missoni launches new brand, M Missoni http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5864 October 24, 2019: Italian fashion brand Missoni recently launched a new side of Missoni, Missoni M. Considered as a piece of the Missoni DNA, this new fragment will ignite new stories, takes and interpretations.



Missoni M fashion style



M Missoni is a free-spirited angle, using the archive as a lively place and a treasure trove, irreverently playing with authorized appropriation. The familiar Missoni codes are flipped and turned into a new aesthetic, experimenting with bits and pieces that are recycled, repurposed and upcycled: scarves turn into dresses, leftover yarns into pullovers, furnishing fabrics into coats. Scraps of different fabrics are sawn together. 



Missoni M fashion style



An old perfume ad is used as a print, surplus buttons are amassed into necklaces. Old logos, long lost prints get a new life. The approach is fun and free, contemporary and responsible to booth, translating into pieces of clothing that can be mixed and matched according to individual whims, making the needs of daily life, everywhere, easy and playful.

  

M Missoni, ultimately, is an open source, ready to be reused, remixed, respected for days on end.


]]>
Marriott's Autograph Collection welcomes second hotel in Australia http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5861 October 18, 2019 - Marriott International recently announced the opening of Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection. Midnight Hotel is the first Marriott International hotel to open in Canberra, Australia's capital city. It is situated in Braddon, one of Canberra's emerging inner-city suburbs, that buzzes with culture and creativity.



Midnight Hotel Autograph Collection Canberra Australia



Midnight Hotel features 199 premium guest rooms, as well as a signature restaurant and bar. Designed by acclaimed Australian architects, Fender Katsalidis Architects, Midnight Hotel's design and décor is highly sculptural, contemporary and combines contrasting materials in polished concrete, glass, metal and brass finishings. Created solely for Midnight Hotel, guest rooms feature custom-made artworks from artist Thomas Bucich's Relic series that incorporates natural materials, including reclaimed wood and bark plated in copper or nickel. Original artworks also adorn the common areas, including multimedia, neon-lit artworks from Australian artist Tom Adair's Uncovering Braddon series, which capture Canberra's cultural neighborhoods. 



To continue their fitness regime while traveling, guests also have access to a heated, indoor pool with cabana style seating, a sauna and shared and private gym spaces. 



Midnight Hotel Autograph Collection Canberra Australia

 

The hotel’s signature restaurant, Braddon Merchant, is a bright, modern deli-style eatery with a smart European feel. Offering a thoughtful menu comprised of fresh, simple dishes as well as a range of deli produce, boutique products and to-go options, Braddon Merchant champions fresh produce and local suppliers. For an evening cocktail, Midnight Bar presents an evocative, dark and moody bar for visitors and locals. Offering a curated seasonal menu crafted with locally sourced ingredients and a selection of local and international wines, cocktails and beers, Midnight Bar is a stylish destination for cocktails as well as nibbles.

 

"Midnight Hotel is the first premium brand delivered by the company and an exciting addition to Canberra," said Rien Donkin, General Manager of Iconic Hotels, "Midnight Hotel is unique in design, thoughtful in spirit and affords a prime inner-city location with exemplary guest service. We are proud to be recognised as part of Marriott International's Autograph Collection and excited to share our city's story with our global guests,"


]]>
Fendi Baguette goes tiny! http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5860 Fendi Nano Baguette



October 18, 2019: The iconic Baguette bag designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi in 1997 has now been shrunk in a tiny and quirky Nano-sized version. Perfectly embodying the brand’s creativity and irony, the Nano Baguette plays with the proportions of the legendary bag while staying loyal to its unique style and DNA.



Adapting to the millennial taste of nowadays, the Nano Baguette is a bold fashion statement that mirrors the quality and craftsmanship of its regular-sized version, requiring even more attention and eye for detail. Extremely versatile, it can be worn in multiple ways: crossbody thanks to the detachable fine chain strap, or paired with the other bags with the practical clip and buckle on the back. 



Fendi nano baguette



The infinite variations of materials – from iconic Selleria leather to precious croco – and colours celebrate the identity and pursue the evolution of the Baguette in the year of its bold comeback. 



The Nano Baguette is available in FENDI boutiques worldwide and on fendi.com.


]]>
Gucci announces its Carbon Neutrality http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5859 October 18, 2019: Luxury brand Gucci has been operationally embedding its long-term sustainability strategy into the business over the last few years and has taken some next ambitious step to become entirely carbon neutral, recognising that additional measures are required in the immediate, given the urgent need for climate action. Gucci is, therefore, offsetting all remaining Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions annually from its own operations and the entire supply chain through four critically important REDD+ projects that support forest conservation around the world. As an unprecedented commitment to sustainability leadership in luxury and fashion, Gucci’s supply chain has become carbon neutral. 



Gucci Carbon Neutrality



Gucci was one of the first luxury brands to adopt the Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L), which acts as a benchmark to measure progress, during the implementation of Gucci’s 10-year sustainability strategy (2015-2025). A series of 2025 targets were created as a driver of this strategy against a 2015 EP&L baseline, including an objective to reduce GHG emissions by 50%. GHG emissions were also reduced by 16% and currently account for 35% of Gucci’s total footprint. Significantly, the supply chain is responsible for the bulk of these emissions (around 90%) as is generally the case with all luxury fashion companies. Gucci has made significant inroads in line with its targets over the last years and with its new carbon neutral approach, the company will continue to focus on avoiding and reducing its GHG emissions as a priority to reach its target by 2025. 



 “A new era of corporate accountability is upon us and we need to be diligent in taking all steps to mitigate our impacts, including being transparent and responsible for our GHG emissions across our supply chains,” said Marco Bizzarri, President & CEO of Gucci. 



As the first priority in its carbon neutral approach, Gucci has implemented a series of initiatives around low-impact alternative and sustainable materials, sustainable sourcing, and manufacturing efficiencies to avoid and reduce its impacts across the supply chain. These initiatives have already shown promising results by avoiding around 440,125 tons of CO2 in 2018 and they will be continuously amplified. Then, on an annual basis, as a final measure to enhance these efforts, Gucci will offset the remaining GHG emissions across the entire supply chain supporting the conservation and restoration of vital ecosystems around the world.


]]>
RJ celebrates Batman's 80th anniversary in Paris with its Villains Watch Series http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5855 September 9, 2019: Call it a like-minded partnership, Swiss watchmaker RJ marked the 80th anniversary of Batman with a special event held at its newly opened Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées concept store in Paris. Until September 22, fans have the opportunity to see and experience RJ’s new collaboration watches created with DC Comics to celebrate two of the Dark Knight’s greatest nemeses: ARRAW Two-Face and ARRAW The Joker.



Batman and RJ watches event in Paris



By joining forces with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, RJ combines high-horology and iconic DC characters. The RJ X BATMAN VILLAINS collection was built on the global success of their first Batman watch collaboration project with Warner Bros. Consumer Products in 2014, which was launched to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman. 



For the 80th anniversary, RJ channels its dark side with the RJ X BATMAN VILLAINS. Each limited to only 100 pieces per series, both the ARRAW watches are the first collaboration watches to be presented in an ARRAW watch case.



RJ Arraw Joker watch



The Joker chronograph, inspired by the criminal mastermind, perfectly reproduces the aesthetic of the comic strip Super-Villain. Design cues from his flamboyant character appear through the watch, from his lethal razor-tipped playing cards to his striking facial make-up. The dial is a stylistic reinterpretation of The Joker’s face, with an intricately airbrushed finish that evokes the make-up of the Gotham villain. 



RJ Arraw Joker watch



The 45 mm ARRAW Joker case is crowned by a titanium bezel that is laser engraved with an intentionally chaotic The Joker motif. The ARRAW hands are also uniquely stylized with playing card “Aces” at their tips. The back of the titanium case features a bold laser-engraved portrait of the Joker himself. As part of the collectors’ edition, the watch comes with an exclusive deck of The Joker playing cards.



RJ Arraw Two-Face watch



The Two-Face watch is a remarkable interpretation of the complex and conflicted villain and former Gotham City district attorney who was once one of Batman’s biggest allies, now turned nemesis. RJ designed the ARRAW Two-Face to be instantly recognizable with a distressed outer bezel, in which the laser-engraved titanium bezel and calf leather strap have been intentionally structured along the right-hand side to echo the symmetrical disfiguring of Two-Face. The clean, structured left side carries a laser-engraved coin, which Two-Face famously flips to make life and death decisions. 



RJ Arraw Two-Face watch



On the watch this coin serves as a rotating second hand. Like the watch itself, the calf leather strap is designed to present one clean and one distressed side. The straps that come with the ARRAW Two-Face can easily be swapped by simultaneously pressing the screws with the Batman logo on the watch lugs. As part of the collectors’ edition, each watch comes with an exclusive double-headed coin.


]]>
Rare diamond jewels highlight Bonhams' Jewels Sale in New York http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5854 September 9, 2019: As the Fall auction season advances, Bonhams announces highlights of its upcoming sale of New York Jewels on September 26, featuring exceptional diamonds and colored stones, an array of antique and modern jewelry, together with signed pieces by great houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. The sale comprises 144 lots with estimates ranging from $3,000 up to $1.2 million. 



Blue diamond ring Sotheby's auction 2019



Highlighting the sale is a rare fancy colored diamond and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels from a private collection (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000). The emerald cut diamond is accented by round brilliant-cut diamonds.



The Van Cleef & Arpels section of the sale also includes a very fine emerald-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond ring, weighing 6.09 carats; a fine carved emerald, pearl and diamond necklace; an oval-shaped Burma sapphire ring weighing approximately 21.56 carats; and an iconic 18k gold and ruby butterfly brooch, circa 1940.



diamond emerald onyx bracelet Sotheby's auction 2019



The sale features a selection of diamonds in a variety of cuts and colors, including a fine unmounted round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 11.11 carats with E color and VS2 clarity; a cushion-shaped modified brilliant-cut Fancy Deep Pink diamond ring weighing 2.42 carats and an impressive Fancy Yellow diamond ring weighing 24.64 carats.



Highlighting the Art Deco section includes a very fine diamond, emerald and onyx bracelet, circa 1925, and two lots from the estate of Joseph Schildkraut, a German silent film actor. The first lot is an elegant gentleman’s smoking set decorated with diamonds, circa 1925, comprising of a black lacquer lighter and cigarette case signed Cartier NY, and an onyx cigarette holder still containing an original monogrammed cigarette. The second lot is a diamond and enameled open face pocket watch made by Cartier circa 1925, also monogrammed with Joseph’s initials.



pearl emerald engraved necklace Sotheby's auction 2019



A highlight exhibition tour will start at Bonhams Los Angeles on September 6-9, then to Bonhams Hong Kong on September 16-18 by appointment only, leading up to the full exhibition at Bonhams New York starting September 21 at noon.


]]>
Ulysse Nardin explores daring materials for its new Executive Free Wheel Limited Editions http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5853 Ulysse Nardin Executive Free Wheel Tourbillon Osmium Limited Edition



September 9, 2019: Bold watchmaker Ulysse Nardin’s Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel has been known to be a mechanical mastery, a symphony of aesthetic artistry and a highly functional work of art. A tour de force in mechanical watchmaking, the Free Wheel has a fantastically futuristic movement that makes it the Swiss watch manufacture’s most refined and audacious timepiece to date.



Supplementing the perfect mechanism, Ulysse Nardin gives a new shine to its Executive Free Wheel by using four daring materials on its dial and barrel cover, making it a visual feast. It is manufactured in a limited edition of just 18 timepieces for each design.



The Osmium version has a dial made from osmium - which is not only the world’s heaviest metal but also the rarest, densest, most stable element. This version of the Free Wheel has a white gold case which frames the diamond-like osmium crystals. Osmium is a trace element found in alloys mostly in the platinum group and used by manufacturers when extreme hardness is required. Offering a textured, sparkling look, the watch is an engineering and esthetical marvel.



Ulysse Nardin Executive Free Wheel Tourbillon Aventurine Limited Edition



The next one, displaying a deep blue aventurine dial, is reminiscent of the starry night sky. A form of translucent quartz, the name “aventurine” derives from the Italian a ventura, which can mean “by chance” or simply “let the adventure begin”. Used before in the Ulysse Nardin men’s Blue Aventurine Genghis Khan 789-80, this mineral’s aventurescence provides a shimmering effect, much similar to what you would witness on the ocean’s surface in the dark of night.



Ulysse Nardin Executive Free Wheel Tourbillon Straw Marquetry Limited Edition



Our particular favorite, the third style of the Free Wheel is made using a rare, 17th-century technique, once practiced by nuns in convents. Straw marquetry has been revived and used by Ulysse Nardin to adorn the face of one of its Free Wheel models. Lightweight straw means there is no issue of pressure on the dial and barrel cover. The face design uses shiny, black-dyed straw – every stalk cut and prepared painstakingly by specialized artisans – adding a sleek, masculine veneer to the dial.



Ulysse Nardin Free Wheel Executive Carbonium Limited Edition



The fourth version is composed of an aeronautical-grade carbon fibers, Carbonium, which is approximately twice as light as aluminum. The carbon and pre-pregnated resin composite is made with ecologically-sourced components, making a markedly smaller impact on the environment than any conventional carbon composite. Aesthetically stunning, Carbonium Gold is a product of the intimate fusion of carbon filaments and gold particles within a thermosetting matrix. The resulting gold-veined effect is bold and elegant.


]]>
Sotheby's to auction The Ultimate Whisky Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5852 Sotheby's Whisky collection auction



September 9, 2019: Fine scotch whiskey has never been out of demand. Acquiescing to the trend, Sotheby’s is presenting The Ultimate Whisky Collection, one of the most valuable collection of whisky ever to be sold at auction. A most comprehensive range of prestigious Scotch whisky coming from a private ‘cellar’, the collection is estimated to bring in the region of $4.8 million.



The sale will open for online bidding on September 27, 2019, and culminate in a live auction on October 24 at the Olympia event space in West Kensington, London, alongside RM Sotheby’s sale of collectible motor cars on the same day, an annual highlight on the European collector car calendar since 2007.



Sotheby's Whisky collection auction Macallan in Lalique



The Ultimate Whisky Collection is defined by its strong representation of The Macallan bottlings. Comprising half of the lots in the sale and with a combined estimated value in excess of £2.2 million, this is the most comprehensive collection of the Macallan Fine and Rare series ever offered at auction. 



The outstanding line-up is headed by the originally-labelled 60 years old The Macallan 1926 from cask #263. Cask 263 yielded only 40 bottles, considered the ‘holy grail’ of whiskies; 12 bottles were labelled by Peter Blake, 12 by Valerio Adami, and two bottles were sold individually and given private labels, one of which was hand-painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon. The remaining 14 were bottled as the anchor for the Fine and Rare series and labelled as such, making them the oldest bottles in the iconic ‘Fine and Rare’ series, both by age and by vintage. 



In the last two years, three versions containing liquid from Cask 263 have all broken records at auction, but the fourth bottling from this cask has not been seen at auction for over a decade. The Macallan 60 Years Old, Fine & Rare Series is the only bottle required to complete both the full collections of bottlings from cask 263 and the Fine and Rare vertical, a series to which The Macallan is continuing to add releases annually.



Sotheby's Whisky collection auction Macallan Rare Miniature bottles



Another beautiful part of the collection is two complete Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collections presented in bespoke, hand-made cabinets commissioned by Sotheby’s and designed by British craftsman James Laycock. A rare collection of Macallan Fine and Rare Miniature bottles in an exclusively commissioned lockable wall-mounted cabinet, also designed by Mr. Laycock, is also part of the auction.



Glenfiddich and Balvenie’s oldest bottlings, including Balvenie 50 year old 1937, Glenfiddich 50 year old (1st and 2nd releases), and Glenfiddich 64 year old 1937 are available under the hammer, so are Silvano Samaroli’s iconic releases, including Bowmore 18 year Bouquet, Laphroaig 15 year old Sherry Cask 1967, Laphroaig 1970, Springbank 12 year old and Ardbeg Sherry Wood 1974.


]]>
Gucci & Saks Fifth Avenue collaborate for special collections & Gucci's first genderless perfume http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5850 Gucci & Saks Fifth Avenue window display



September 5, 2019: Gucci and Saks Fifth Avenue have joined forces to celebrate Gucci ready-to-wear and accessories at Saks, as well as the House’s first genderless fragrance, Gucci Mémoire d'une Odeur.



The exclusive Gucci collection designed for Saks features 22 one-of-a-kind looks and accessories for men and women. Showing Alessandro Michele’s signature style language, these collectable looks feature ornate colorful fabrics, modern tailoring and standout outerwear pieces, including capes and coats. Specially created accessories for Saks include Gucci Zumi top handle bags crafted in precious skins, a sandal with a leaf motif that wraps around the ankle, mules with a crystal studded tiger head on the toe and the Gucci Grip watch. 



Gucci & Saks Fifth Avenue window display

 

Transcending gender and time, Gucci Mémoire d'une Odeur blends Roman Chamomile and Indian Coral Jasmine to establish a new olfactive family, Mineral Aromatic, which is a mix of scents and emotions: airy, musky, transparent and authentic. This new modern fragrance will be available for purchase at Saks Fifth Avenue New York.



To celebrate further, Gucci will take over the iconic department store with dedicated windows and in-store displays. The windows on Fifth Avenue, 50th and 49th Streets will highlight the Saks exclusive ready-to-wear and accessories, Gucci Mémoire d’une Odeur and Gucci Beauty. The windows will include green hand-brushed boiserie, green carpeting and velvet curved sofas, vintage TVs, and mannequins in Gucci ready-to-wear and lipstick. The special Gucci in-store installations will include handbags, Gucci Mémoire d’une Odeur, Saks exclusive women’s ready-to-wear, men’s ready-to-wear, and shoes. 



Gucci & Saks Fifth Avenue window display for genderless perfume



Gucci’s Saks Fifth Avenue New York takeover will be on display through September 23, 2019.


]]>
Bonhams London Jewels Sale to highlight rubies, sapphires & Mario Buccellati http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5849 A ruby and diamond bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels

 

September 5, 2019: Following suit on Bonhams’ weakness for coloured gemstones, the Bonhams London Jewels sale this September will be led by with Van Cleef & Arpels’ rubies, Kashmir sapphires and Colombian emeralds, all going under the hammer on September 24, 2019. 



Our eyes are caught by a superior collection of “Mystery-Set” jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels. The mystery setting is their most famous invention, encapsulating Van Cleef & Arpels’ spirit for innovation and exceptional craftsmanship. It includes a ruby and diamond bracelet (est. $120,000-180,000); a ruby and diamond ‘Bellegarde’ necklace (est. $49,000-73,000); a ruby and diamond Bombé ring (est. $24,000-36,000); a pair of ruby and diamond ‘Lampion’ earrings (est. $36,000-49,000); and a ruby and diamond ‘Noeud Ruban’ brooch (est. $30,000-43,000).



A ruby and diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels



Two impressive Kashmir sapphires are also expected to garner attention.  The first, a Sapphire and Diamond Three-Stone Ring, features an oval-cut sapphire, weighing 5.16 carats, set between brilliant-cut diamonds. It is estimated at $97,000-150,000 and accompanied by three reports confirming its Kashmir origin and no evidence of heat treatment. The second ring, also a Sapphire and Diamond Three-Stone Ring, dated circa 1900, boasts a cushion-shaped sapphire, weighing 4.46 carats, set between cushion-shaped diamonds, with smaller old brilliant-cut diamond highlights. It has a pre-sale estimate of $120,000-180,000 and is accompanied by four reports stating that the sapphire is of Kashmir origin, with no indications of heating.



A diamond and emerald brooch by Hennell



Emeralds are represented by two notable pieces in the sale: the first, an Emerald and Diamond Bracelet by Graff, set with a row of step-cut Colombian emeralds and diamonds, estimated at $120,000-180,000. The second, an Art Deco Emerald, Diamond and Enamel Brooch by Hennell, the distinguished British jeweller, is dated circa 1925 and contains an engraved emerald, dated 1813-14, which is thought to have been presented by the Mughal Emperor Akbar II to Lady Mary Hood. It has a pre-sale estimate of £40,000-60,000 (US$49,000-73,000). 



Along with all this magnificence, 20 pieces from the private collection of the Buccellati family are set to be offered at Bonhams this September. The lots, all designed by the great Mario Buccellati, the “Prince of Goldsmiths” himself, date from 1919 to the 1960s, and span Buccellati’s meteoric rise from a small firm operating in Milan to one of the world’s most recognised jewellery houses.



Bangles by Mario Buccellati



Highlights from Buccellati include a Varicoloured Gold and Multi Gem-Set Bangle by Mario Buccellati, circa 1930-1940, estimated at $9,700-15,000. The bangle, set with cushion-shaped and circular-cut amethyst and varicoloured tourmalines, features three of the elaborate engraving Buccellati is perhaps best known for: ‘modellato’, ‘rigato’ and ‘ornato’. 



A silver gold emerald necessaire by Buccellati

 

The sale is not complete with the artistic brooches by Andrew Grima and a superb one by Lalique as well.


]]>
The Oberoi, Mumbai offers a Caribbean repast this September http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5848 Signature dish by Chef Marcel Ravin



September 5, 2019: As is the penchant of The Oberoi, Mumbai to invite illustrious chefs, the Michelin starred Chef Marcel Ravin is making an appearance at Vetro, to offer a unique compilation of his travel recipes across the Caribbean islands and the Southern seas.



Chef Marcel combines the culinary style of his Caribbean origins with the treasures of the southern land and sea, and brings them to Monaco. Marcel Ravin brought with him the memory of dishes from his native land: spices, produce and remarkable recipes. 



Signature dish by Chef Marcel Ravin



Cooking seasonal fruits and vegetables, which are freshly harvested from local sources, is a top priority for Chef Marcel. At the Blue Bay, the signature restaurant of Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, the plants picked close to the restaurant are at the centre of the dish; the meat and fish are accompaniments.



Highlighting this unique Creole cuisine in a contemporary, beautiful way, Chef Marcel will be offering dishes such as ‘Calalou soup with herbs and okra’, ‘Langoustine, Moringa plan stew with fish eggs’, ‘Interpretation of a Chicken Colombo with Madras Rice’, and ‘Avocado soufflé with vanilla ice cream’.



Signature dish by Chef Marcel Ravin



The special culinary showcase will be offered at Vetro between September 26 to 29, 2019. The menu will be available as a Lunch Menu Du Jour which will feature a 3 course tasting menu at Rs. 2500 plus taxes and Dinner will showcase a 4 course Chef’s Gourmand menu at Rs.4500 plus taxes. Each course may also be paired with a selection of old and new world wines.



*The images presented here do not showcase the special menu for The Oberoi, Mumbai, but some signature dishes by Chef Marcel Ravin


]]>
Sotheby's to auction extraordinary jewels from an Asian American collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5847 Cartier sapphire diamond brooch auction Sotheby's



September 4, 2019: Sotheby’s is all set to unveil a group of extraordinary jewels from an Important Asian American collection, coming to auction this autumn in New York and Geneva. This extensive jewellery collection was assembled by a prominent female collector, who over the course of five decades acquired important pieces from top jewellery houses – in particular

Cartier. She also greatly admired the work of Van Cleef & Arpels and owned several jewels by ‘the King of Diamonds’, Harry Winston. 



On the one hand, she purchased a core of more substantial, classically styled pieces adorned with important diamonds and gemstones; and on the other, she was drawn to light-hearted jewels, which she treasured and enjoyed wearing on a regular basis.



Cartier sapphire diamond bracelet auction Sotheby's



At the heart of the collection is an extraordinary Art Deco sapphire and diamond bracelet created by Cartier in 1927 – during what many consider the golden era for the prestigious jewellery house. The bracelet is adorned with a sensational Burmese sapphire weighing 47.07 carats, flanked by two stunning pear-shaped white diamonds weighing 9.27 and 8.60 carats respectively (estimate: $2-3 million).



The collection will be divided between Sotheby’s sale of Fine Jewels in New York on September 25, and the flagship auction of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva on November 11 and 13. Highlights from the collection will go on view for the first time in New York and Los Angeles in September. This will be followed by an international tour with stops in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, London and Geneva.



gem set cartier suite of jewelry sotheby's auction



Another exquisite Art Deco piece by Cartier: a sapphire and diamond brooch from 1937, is also part of the collection (estimate $150,000 – 250,000). A fine, intricate, vibrant Gem-set and Diamond suite (Cartier, France) comprising a necklace suspending a 72.70-carat pear-shaped aquamarine, a 39-carat aquamarine ring and pair of multi-colored stone earrings (estimate $70,000 - 90,000) will be available at the New York sale.


]]>
Home decor brand Beyond Designs unveils a grand Living Room http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5846 Beyond Designs Living Room decor



September 4, 2019: Indian home décor brand Beyond Designs has unveiled a grand new living room design that is opulent with majestic accessories and materials. 



In line with their signature style, the designers use timeless, luxe materials like brass, onyx, crystals, velvet fabrics, leathers, etc., to compose a mesmerizing palatial space adorned with statement furniture pieces, accessories and furnishings. 



Beyond Designs Living Room decor



The sofa in wood is finished in antique gold polish and is done up in velvet fabric upholstery. The elegant leather chair has antique rivets, while the other one in wood has floral fabric upholstery. The side tables with brass base are fitted with glass top, while the center table with a gleaming onyx stone top is supported by cutwork glass legs. 



The grand chandelier in the corner is made of brass and crystals. The fireplace crafted out of stone has a mirror in wood with gold leafing work on its mantel.



Beyond Designs Living Room decor onyx table



Classical elements and styles are put together to create a contemporary space. The ornamentation, jewel tones and precious materials and finishes still create a functional and livable space.



Coordinates: Khasra –No 432,433, 434, Ground Floor, Sultanpur (Pillar No.P 89), M.G. Road, New Delhi


]]>
BMW introduces the 2020 i3s Edition Roadstyle & i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5845 BMW i3 and i8 cars



September 4, 2019: Luxury car manufacturer BMW has introduced two exclusive editions to its BMW i lineup of electric and PHEV vehicles. The i3s Edition RoadStyle takes the quickest and sportiest i3, the purely electric s model, and adds aggressive Fluid Black paint with exclusive details not available before. Just under 1000 units of the special edition i3s will be available worldwide. The i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition will be available in Coupe and Roadster models, both featuring a very elegant combination of E-Copper trim with special details and interior touches. The i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition will be available in limited 200 units globally, on first-come, first-serve basis.



The i3s Edition RoadStyle features Fluid Black exterior paint with E-Copper finishing touches to the kidney grille inlays, front bumper air deflectors and side skirt accents. The 20-inch double-spoke light alloy BMW i wheels are finished in Jet Black. The cabin features a Dalbergia Brown natural leather interior with a Dark Oak matt fine wood trim and exclusive headrests embroidered with “Edition RoadStyle”.



BMW i3 and i8 cars



The all-electric i3s is powered by an eDrive motor producing 181 hp @ 4,100 rpm and 199 lb-ft of torque from 0 rpm. A 120 Ah / 42.2 kWh battery allows for a range of up to 153 miles and a 0 to 60 mph sprint of 6.8 seconds.



The BMW i3s uses recycled plastics, renewable raw materials and natural fibers, thus giving priority to sustainability. Over 80 percent of the surfaces visible to the passengers are made from recycled materials or renewable resources.



BMW i3 and i8 cars



The BMW i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition is the final chapter in the story of a very special car which, since its launch in 2014, has become the world’s most successful plug-in-hybrid sports car. Both the i8 Coupe and Convertible feature Sophisto Grey metallic paint with E-Copper accents applied to the 20-inch radial-spoke BMW i light alloy wheels, kidney grille inserts and side skirt accent. The tailgate inlay is finished in High-gloss Black while C-pillar trim elements in Shadowline. The brake calipers are also painted High-gloss Black and feature blue detailing and BMW i badging.



BMW i3 and i8 cars interiors



The door sill plates display the words “Ultimate Sophisto Edition” and an interior badge adds the car’s status as being “1 of 200”. E-Copper detailing carries into the i8’s interior. The i8 Coupe and Convertible Ultimate Sophisto Edition combine 369 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque with all-wheel drive, a CFRP passenger cell and an aluminum chassis to deliver an emotion-stirring, visceral driving experience. The i8 Coupe will sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.2 seconds with the Roadster right behind in 4.4 seconds, all while delivering 69 MPGe.



BMW i3 and i8 cars


]]>
MB&F & L'Epee 1839 come together for a futuristic piece, inspired by T-Rex http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5843 MB&F & L'Epee 1839 T-Rex clock



August 29, 2019: Collaborating for their 11th piece together, MB&F and clockmaker L’Épée 1839, this time, took inspiration from prehistory. Unveiling T-Rex, this animated clock has a minimalist clock-face of Murano glass and steel, suspended between two jointed legs that end in taloned feet — much like the (almost) comical appearance of T-Rex. 



The name, however, also inspires feelings of the confluence of power and presence conveyed in the taut limbs of this clock. The literal time capsule formed by the spherical, skeletonised body is a subliminal yet insistent allusion to the fossilised bones that contain all we know of a prehistoric era. 



Two slim steel hands arch outwards from the centre of the Murano glass dial, indicating the hours and minutes. Behind the dial is a 138-component movement by L’Épée 1839, crowned by a balance beating at the rate of 2.5Hz (18,000vph). The clock is wound with a key at the back of the movement for a maximum power reserve of eight days, while time-setting is accomplished at the centre of the dial with the same key.



MB&F & L'Epee 1839 T-Rex clock engine



The legs of T-Rex are modelled directly on actual Tyrannosaurus Rex bones, using 3D scans of fossilised dinosaur skeletons as references to create verisimilitude in the final design. Alternating polished and sandblasted segments allow light to interact with the legs in such a way that make T-Rex seem agile and coiled to move, although the entire clock itself weighs approximately 2kg and its joints are fixed in place for stability. 



Designer Maximilian Maertens was the creative incubator for the eventual rise of T-Rex as the 11th collaboration between MB&F and L’Épée 1839. The 1993 film Jurassic Park was a big influence on Mr. Maertens, being the first movie he remembered watching as a child. In the course of designing T-Rex, he even came up with a little backstory to inform the process of developing the perfect balance of mechanical and organic visual elements. “The story takes off from ideas given to me by past projects of MB&F, that we have a pilot in his starship discovering new planets. Eventually he got so far out in space that the only way back to Earth was via a black hole, but it time-warped him back to the time of dinosaurs and the starship was fused with a hatching dinosaur egg. You see the remnants of the starship in the body of the clock and the movement, the dinosaur appears via the legs, and even the black hole remains part of the design, via the dial that sinks inwards towards the centre where time originates”.



MB&F & L'Epee 1839 T-Rex clock



This fascinating T-Rex clock comes in three limited editions of 100 pieces each, with Murano glass dials in green, deep blue or red, for a retail price of CHF 22’500 + VAT


]]>
Tag Heuer becomes Title & Timing Partner of the Porsche Formula E team http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5842 August 27, 2019: Luxury brands TAG Heuer and Porsche have entered a long-term agreement for their Formula E engagement, as the Swiss luxury watchmaker becomes Title and Timing Partner. The Porsche works entry into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/2020 will be under the name of TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team.



Tag Heuer Porsche partnership



Both brands have a list of shared achievements throughout their history of involvement in motor racing. For Porsche, a noteworthy highlight is the “TAG-Turbo made by Porsche” which powered Formula 1 cars in the 1980s and won two Constructors’ Championships (1984 and 1985) and three Drivers’ Championships (1984-1986). The Swiss watchmaker, Heuer, was already involved in motorsports in the 1970s, teaming up with Jo Siffert who drove for Porsche from 1966 to 1971 and won a number of endurance races, as well as contributing to Porsche’s victory in the 1969 in the World Sportscar Championships. In the 1990s, TAG Heuer became a sponsor of the Porsche Supercup and still continues its role as partner for several Porsche Cups today. 



Tag Heuer is also one of the founding partners of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, which continues to gain momentum and fans all over the world.



Stéphane Bianchi (CEO of LVMH Watch making division and CEO of TAG Heuer), said, “We are truly honored to begin our partnership with Porsche, a move which further strengthens our presence in Formula E. Beyond sharing the same passion for motorsport and having the same challenger spirit, our two brands have the same uncompromising love for quality and technology. TAG Heuer is looking forward to supporting the team on its journey into Formula E and the upcoming races.”



We are looking forward quite eagerly to the new car that will be born out of this partnership!


]]>
Good Earth extends collaboration with Soneva Fushi via new collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5841 Good Earth X Soneva apparel collection



August 27, 2019: After the launch of a pop-up shop at Soneva Fushi earlier this summer, Indian brand Good Earth, announced an extension of its collaboration with Soneva, by launching the Good Earth X Soneva Holiday Edit, a capsule collection, spanning both Home and Apparel. The Holiday Edit has been designed by the Good Earth design team over a year and travels to the Maldives. 



The color palette for the Holiday Edit represents the hues of the lush, tropical island home to Soneva Fushi. The collection is reminiscent of turquoise waters, white sands, blue lagoons and wild flowers, in tones of aquamarines and emerald greens to vibrant fuchsias and whites. Corals, tropical foliage and the gorgeous island flowers – Hibiscus, Frangipani, Palms and Sea Jasmines are all artfully commemorated as motifs and prints across the home collection as well as the apparel line.



Good Earth X Soneva home collection



The Good Earth x Soneva Apparel line is replete with flowy silhouettes, ranging from Kaftans, Overlays, shift dresses, shirts, Bali pants & shorts in aquas, sea greens and cerise in lightweight Mulmul, Crepe and fine Tissue Chanderi fabrics. Accents of embroidery and shimmer add a hint of understated glamour to the collection, making each outfit perfect for an afternoon soaking in the sun or a candle-lit dinner under a canopy of stars. Scarves, bandanas, and bags also form the capsule collection. 



Again offering the easy island lifestyle in homeware, the Good Earth x Soneva Home collection offers collectibles across Dining, Décor & Gifting categories. 



The collaboration celebrates the symmetry of both brands’ influences for the conscious world traveler. Rooted in the philosophy of mindful living, the foundation of the Good Earth x Soneva Holiday Edit is to evoke a sense of wonder and responsibility towards nature.



Good Earth X Soneva home collection



The collection will be available across Good Earth stores in India and worldwide on its web-boutique, as a travel capsule under the umbrella annual collection – Maladvipa, to be launched in September.



The collection will also be available for international travelers at the Good Earth x Soneva pop-up at Soneva Fushi, Maldives.


]]>
Jaeger-LeCoultre presents a fully gem-set version of Rendez-Vous Moon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5840 August 23, 2019: To coincide with the 76th Venice International Film Festival – La Biennale di Venezia, watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre is presenting a dazzling new interpretation of that most beloved of astronomical complications, the moon phase.



Jaeger-LeCoultre Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon



The new Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon pays tribute to feminine strength and beauty, presenting the watchmaker’s emblematic moon phase function in a magnificent new setting. Echoing the serene beauty of the night sky, the icy sparkle of diamonds is warmed by pink gold and complemented by glowing white mother of pearl.



This new, fully gem-set interpretation of Dazzling Rendez-Vous follows the launch of Dazzling Rendez-Vous Night & Day (in white gold or pink gold) and Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon (in white gold) at SIHH in January this year, followed by the ruby-set Dazzling Rendez-Vous Red, on the occasion of Shanghai International Film Festival in June.



The Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon bezel comprises 108 diamonds, forming two concentric rings around the watch case. Designed to maximise the presence of each stone, the claw setting allows light to pass through the diamonds from every angle, while minimising the visible metal. In Dazzling Rendez-Vous the fine gold claws hold the diamonds high, giving an impression that they’re almost floating around the watch case, rather than anchored to it. To complete the case, diamonds are also set into the lugs and the winding crown.



Jaeger-LeCoultre Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon



The fully-set bracelet is a masterpiece in itself: Jaeger-LeCoultre’s gem-setters have bezel-set 310 diamonds (22.27 carats), linking them seamlessly together to form a river of diamonds that wraps around the wrist as softly as a ribbon. The moonlight-white mother-of-pearl dial abounds with subtle details: on an outer ring, diamonds mark the hours; on the main hours ring, each of the applied pink gold numerals is set on a separate mother-of-pearl ‘tile’, all anchored by an inner circle of 47 diamonds.



Visible through an opening at 6 o’clock, the new design features a shiny mother-of-pearl moon floating against a starry aventurine night sky, and playing hide-and-seek behind a cloud of carved mother-of-pearl as it cycles through its different phases over the course of a month.


]]>
Sotheby's collaborates with Anna Hu for the Magnificent Jewels & Jadeite 2019 sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5839 August 23, 2019: Sotheby’s Hong Kong has collaborated with Chinese haute joallierie artist, Anna Hu to offer her latest jewellery creations, titled Silk Road Music Collection, at its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale. Specially commissioned for this collaboration, the collection features five pieces inspired by the musical and cultural exchanges that took place on the Silk Road - an ancient trade route connecting the East and West. 



Anna Hu Dunhuang Pipa necklace



Leading the collection is The Dunhuang Pipa Necklace, designed and mounted by Anna Hu, set with a 100.02-carat fancy intense yellow diamond (est. US$5 – 6.25 million), which will go under the hammer on October 7 in Hong Kong. Transformable into a brooch and an earring, the necklace is designed for modern-day women who appreciate intricate designs with a versatile twist.



Ms. Hu, comments, “It is absolutely a pleasure to collaborate with Sotheby’s on this project, and be given the opportunity to work with the 100.02 carat yellow diamond, which is a true gift from nature. I want this collection to speak to my Chinese root, and I thought the beauty of jewels could be enhanced with a touch of the traditional yet exotic music that once flowed through the Silk Road.”



Anna Hu Magpie brooch



Another beautiful piece is the ‘Conch Pearl, Gem Set and Diamond Brooch, Blue Magpie’ (est. US$190,000 – 225,000), inspired by an antique Blue-and-White Flower-Bird motif on a circle-squared porcelain plate from the National Museum of History, as well as the works of Giuseppe Castiglione, the Jesuit missionary and painter at the imperial court of China, Anna extracted the essence of Eastern arts and applied it in the design of the Blue Magpie Brooch. Paved with over 500 gems, two blue Magpies perch on delicate tree branches, resulting in a colourful creation that combines Chinese aesthetics and Western aristocracy.



Anna Hu Appassionata ruby ring



A ruby and diamond ring, Appassionata (est. US$80,000 – 100,000), takes inspiration from romantic piano blues, where Ms. Hu plays with five rare rubies, which represent the black piano keys, to create this beautiful musical jewellery. Outlined with diamonds, the ring glides over three fingers elegantly as a wonderful interpretation of a classical jazz riff.


]]>
Rolls-Royce's Ghost sunsets with a final limited edition collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5836 Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith limited edition collection



August 20, 2019: As is the nature of Rolls-Royce, the marquee brand is bidding adieu to its highly popular and majestic model Ghost, as it approaches its remarkable 10 year tenure. 



In doing so, the marque is offering collectors an extremely limited Zenith Collector’s Edition of Rolls-Royce Ghost. The Collection of just 50 Zeniths will feature the highest levels of Bespoke ever seen on a Ghost Collection car.



From the Silver Ghost, the motor car that established the moniker of ‘The Best Car in the World’ over 100 years ago, to 200EX, the experimental car that introduced the concept of a contemporary expression of this nameplate at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009, Ghost has offered patrons of the marque a modern, lithe and driver-focused Rolls-Royce. When production of Ghost began in 2009, patrons across the world were drawn to its elegant lines and it quickly became, and remains to this day, the most successful Rolls-Royce motor car ever to be built. The reduction in average age of a Rolls-Royce customer to around 43 is in part testament to Ghost’s global success.



Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith limited edition collection ingot



The new Ghost Zenith Collection draws many references from 200EX, with perhaps the most significant being the inclusion of a commemorative ingot, made from the original 200EX Spirit of Ecstasy, melted down and set in to the centre console of each of the 50 Zeniths. The Collection’s own Spirit of Ecstasy and clock are engraved with the name of this highly anticipated collection.



Furthermore, 200EX is immortalized in a complex engraving on the centre console of Ghost Zenith. A blueprint inspired artwork enlarged to a point of abstraction has been divided into 50 distinct parts, allowing each Ghost Zenith customer their own personal and individual work of art. 



Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith limited edition collection center console



In the interiors, ambient light emits through perforated leather enhancing the architectural elegance of Ghost’s interior. One will also encounter a complex piece of marquetry, created by the master craftsmen and women in the marque’s legendary woodshop. Available in either wood, Technical fibre or piano finished veneer, the door marquetry transitions from the driver’s suite to passenger suite, emphasizing the dual nature to Ghost.



The famed starlight headliner is presented in a unique Shooting Star configuration. Shooting stars fire at random across the cabin roof, adding an extraordinary sense of theatre. This surprise and delight feature consists of over 1,340 individually mapped and hand-woven fibre optic lights.



Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith limited edition collection interiors



Reminiscent of its Phantom counterpart, The Ghost Zenith Collection’s exterior styling takes on a new interpretation of its own - a special two-tone application with a gloss-contrast paint finish. Patrons may select three different colour-ways, Iguazu Blue with Andalusian White, Premiere Silver with Arctic White or a daring Bohemian Red with Black Diamond, with multiple variants available highlighting the flexibility of the model. 



These extraordinary motor cars, which represent the final opportunity to acquire this landmark, transformative luxury product, are currently being hand-crafted. The order books for this seminal Collection will close imminently.


]]>
Designer duo from Jade launch 'Monica & Karishma Couture' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5834 Monica & Karishma Couture lehenga



August 13, 2019: Monica Shah and Karishma Swali are known for their Indian luxury label Jade. Coming from the same house, the duo have now launched ‘Monica & Karishma Couture’ – a label set to elevate the bridal dressing experience for the New Age bride. 



The label is conceptualised with an aim to reinvent Indian artistry and enhance the entire experience of crafting a bridal outfit from scratch, through limited-edition handcrafted pieces that have high artisanal value. Under Monica & Karishma Couture, the designers will co-create the outfit with the bride, making the process immersive and experiential for her. 



Monica & Karishma Couture lehenga



At any point, one can find only three pieces of any Monica & Karishma Couture outfit. The entire packaging will be personalised too – intricately crafted ensembles will be lovingly packed in a special trunk, along with a hand-painted sketch designed and signed by the designers. The outfit transcends from being a mere piece of clothing to a keepsake in the couture connoisseur’s collection. 



Launching their first collection under the label, La Muse Mystique, it includes contemporary embroidered jackets, A-line lehengas lush with opulence and regalia, airy and ethereal sheath skirts, sarees that drape around the body like second-skin, Victorian blouses, Mughal-inspired Anarkalis, and lacy gowns that feel like soft breeze on the skin. 



Monica & Karishma Couture lehenga



The palette of La Muse Mystique offers the perfect festive mood with the fantastical hues of Midnight Green, Lunar Silver, Coral Rose, Turquoise, Fuchsia Pink, Aegean Blue, Mandarin Orange, Garnet Red, Twilight Purple, Persian Violet, Insignia Blue, Emerald Green and Oxblood, among many others.



Most of the collection under the 'M&K Couture' line is crafted using the Ek Taar technique, where pieces are intricately crafted with just one thread. Ek Taar as a technique is not only complex and laborious, but also versatile. It’s been a part of the communities from Kashmir to Kutch for ages, who used it for every kind of clothing – from everyday clothes to their own bridal trousseaus. Each piece can take up to 9000 man-hours to create.



Monica & Karishma Couture lehenga



On the idea for a separate label made exclusively for brides, Ms. Shah shares, “We completed ten years in Indian fashion last year. We felt like it was time to take things to the next level. We wanted to go a step further in not only bringing a bride’s dream wedding outfit to life, but also building a unique experience for her."


]]>
Forevermark unveils six short films on 'Moving Giants' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5833 Elephants in Venetia Limpopo Natural Reserve



August 13, 2019: Coinciding with World Elephant Day 2019, Forevermark, the diamond brand from De Beers Group, has unveiled a compelling six-part short film series revealing the epic journey of one of the world’s keystone species, elephants, as they embark on one of the largest and longest translocations ever undertaken in South Africa. 



In 2018, De Beers Group announced that it was commencing a major conservation initiative titled Moving Giants that would see around 200 elephants translocated from its Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR) in South Africa to a national park in Mozambique co-managed by NGO Peace Parks Foundation and the Mozambique government. The aim of the initiative, which would take around three years to complete, is to protect and sustain the natural habitat, and the future survival of the animals and plants it supports, at the VLNR, while helping to facilitate the restoration of the elephant population in Mozambique.



Elephants in Venetia Limpopo Natural Reserve



The six-part film series tells the moving story of the first 48 elephants and what it takes to translocate these majestic creatures a staggering 1,700km to Zinave National Park. Each episode is told through the eyes and experiences of the varied group of experts, partners and collaborators involved in the project.

 

In July 2019, De Beers Group announced that it had successfully carried out its second translocation as part of Moving Giants, translocating a further 53 elephants from VLNR in South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique.



To watch all the six films, visit the Forevermark website.


]]>
Fendi launches the new Kan U style handbag http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5832 Fendi Kan U bag



August 9, 2019: Luxury brand FENDI has launched a new style of handbag for the season with the Kan U bag. Presented for the first time in the FENDI Prefall 2019 Collection, this multifunctional shape is ready to become the new contemporary style of the brand.



Its timeless structural design merges with modern functionality through the practical flap closure, enriched by the iconic FF logo metallic buckle and a hot stamped FENDI Roma signature, giving the bag a distinctive FENDI trait.



Fendi Kan U handbag



Kan U comes in smooth leather versions - available in a modern colour-palette, from brick red to beautiful purple - and in luxurious black styles in shiny leather



Kan U is available in three sizes. The Large, featuring an adjustable leather strap with metallic buttons. The Regular, including the adjustable leather strap and an aged-gold chain handle. The Mini, with a long and sliding aged-gold chain. All straps and chains are removable, allowing the bags to be worn multiple ways.


]]>
Ralph Lauren introduces RL50 handbag this season http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5831 August 9, 2019: Designing a special handbag to celebrate Ralph Lauren 50th anniversary, the RL50 handbag is available in the market in a combination of materials and colours. 



Ralph Lauren RL50 handbag



The RL50 handbag is symbolic of the designer’s personal mission to create “enduring style” – and it’s already been seen on the arms of the celebrity set around the world. The RL50 tote fuses equestrian details and leather craftmanship that are central to the brand’s heritage with an air of practical sophistication for the modern woman.



Ralph Lauren RL50 handbag



Inspired by Lauren’s vintage travel bag, the streamlined silhouette of the RL50 is functional. With its belted body and curved topline, the design comes in four sizes (mini, medium, large and oversized) and a variety of materials (including calfskin, ayers snakeskin, alligator and ostrich) to suit all tastes.


]]>
Manish Malhotra forays into bridal jewelry with Raniwala 1881 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5830 August 9, 2019: Indian designer Manish Malhotra, after several other associations, has ventured into bridal jewellery in collaboration with Raniwala 1881, a heritage jewellery brand from Jaipur. The entire range will first be available exclusively at Manish Malhotra’s flagship store in New Delhi. 



Manish Malhotra Bridal Jewelry



The launch of this new jewellery line follows his latest launch of Manish Malhotra haute-couture make-up.



The collection will comprise a wide array of necklaces, earrings, rings, pendant sets, maangtikas, maathapattis, bracelets, bangles, brooches, buttons, cufflinks for men, and more. The first chapter of this association pays tribute to heritage jewellery making techniques and captures the beauty of handcrafted jadau



Manish Malhotra Bridal Jewelry



The collection will also include an expansive range of chandbalis, danglers, studs, jhumkis, kadas, chokers, layered necklaces in a combination of uncut polkis; perfected in traditional jadaau and open setting. 



Making of Manish Malhotra Bridal Jewelry



Commenting on starting his own jewellery line, designer Manish Malhotra said, “During my early days, I used to create jewellery for actors, create matching beads, put little crystals, break the big pieces and string together other materials to create something that complements the garment. So, this came like a natural progression to me. It took a while to come up with this but finally, I’m glad to present my own idea of a modern Indian jewellery, that best reflects the spirit of today’s young yet eclectic, audacious and enriching global citizens."


]]>
IWC Schaffhausen introduces new watch for the right wrist http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5829 IWC Right Hander watchAugust 9, 2019: In a first for the brand, IWC Schaffhausen has presented a new version of its Big Pilot’s Watch to be worn on the right wrist, known as the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Right-hander”. 



It has a generously proportioned case diameter of 46.2 mm, and the same eye-catching design seen throughout the family, which imitates easy-to-read cockpit instruments. The twist in this revised edition is the positioning of the crown, which is located on the left-hand side of the case. The “Right-hander” is much more practical to operate for those who wear their watch on the right wrist



Driven by an IWC-manufactured 52010 calibre, the “Right-hander” has a stainless-steel case with a soft-iron inner case, which protects the movement against the effects of magnetic fields. The automatic Pellaton winding is fitted with ceramic components and builds up a seven-day power reserve in the twin barrels.



The strap is crafted in black calfskin leather. The slate-coloured dial features a power-reserve display situated at “9 o’clock”, a small seconds hand at “3 o’clock”, and a date display at “6 o’clock”. The luminescent indices and hands guarantee optimum legibility.



The new watch - released as an edition of 250 pieces - is available at IWC boutiques and authorised retailers from August 2019 with three months exclusivity in Australia and France.


]]>
Ritu Kumar introduces debut Home Collection with a signature style http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5828 Ritu Kumar Home Collection Dinner Set



August 9, 2019: Indian designer Ritu Kumar has expanded her passion for Indian textiles and designs by introducing Ritu Kumar Home, a contemporary take on traditional Indian fabrics, architecture and motifs. Featuring a wide range of bed linen, wallpapers, table ware and home décor, the collection comprises a versatile and modern selection of pieces.

 

Seen through a vintage lens, Ritu Kumar Home evokes nostalgia of long summer days, decadent winter nights, the leisurely strolls around the street avenues of Calcutta which would often lead one to the imposing Victoria Memorial. It reminds one of the pitter patter of monsoon days and mornings in quiet nooks.



Ritu Kumar Home Collection Furnishings



Researched and recreated from museum quality Indian textiles, the Ritu Kumar Home collection takes inspiration from the Jamaavar shawls of Kashmir, the city of Nawabs and the jaalis of the havelis of Lucknow, the exquisite crafts of Masulipatnam and the vegetable printed Kalamkaris – a craft that can never grow old with its stylized plant and animal motifs. The repertoire from Sanganer and Bagru School of Rajasthan has been heavily researched and recreated as well.



Ritu Kumar Home creates ethereal pieces in many tones of cracked white, porcelain, marigold yellows, dusty rose and mehendi to meenakari jewel tones. The colors are rustic, organic and are inspired from vegetable dyed bases.



Ritu Kumar Home Collection Dinner Set



The collection is available at select Ritu Kumar stores and online at www.ritukumar.com.


]]>
Thai Pavilion restaurant opens pop-up at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5826 August 7, 2019: Taj Hotel’s iconic Thai Pavilion restaurant has opened a pop-up at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives, to offer islanders a taste of authentic Thai cuisine. The pop-up is available till August 17, 2019. 



Thai Green Curry at Thai Pavilion Mumbai India



Standing tall for the last 25 years, Thai Pavilion was introduced after intensive cuisine and culture study in the 1990s. It was the first Thai restaurant that opened in India and has been the talk of the town since the last two and a half decades. 



Chef Sheroy Kermani, along with the team at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, has worked together to bring in a number of Thai delicacies for an unforgettable dining experience. He shares, “The best of ingredients have been flown directly from Thailand specially for this pop up to ensure that our guests savor some of the finest and authentic royal Thai cuisine at our over water restaurant Deep End.”



Enjoy an excellent pairing of food including appetizers and soups such as Crispy soft-shell crab with pomelo salad, Tempura prawns with tamarind sauce, Raw mango and water chestnut salad to Spinach and sweet corn soup. Seafood and meat lovers will savor Lobster with pepper garlic, Crispy fried fish with tangy sauce and Thai herbs, Classic Thai style roast duck on a bed of spinach, Stir fried pork with chilli garlic & holy basil and Crab meat in roast curry paste. From the Pepper and tamarind fried edamame, Potatoes flavoured with ginger, Peppers & mushroom in light soy to Palm hearts with cashew nuts, vegetarians have a whole array of flavor-packed varieties.



Deep End Restaurant at Taj Exotica Maldives



The pop-up will also offer set vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus. The non-vegetarian meal includes Grilled chicken supreme with peanut sauce, Spicy prawns’ soup flavoured with lemon grass and birds eye chillies, Lamb shank with basil and chilli and Thai red curry with an option of prawns or chicken. The vegetarian meal includes Corn cakes flavoured with red curry paste & Thai herbs, Spinach & sweet corn soup, Palm hearts with cashew nuts and Thai green curry with vegetables.



Don’t miss inventive desserts such as Diced water chestnut with coconut cream, Warm Toffee pudding, Lemon grass crème brulee, Macaroon flavored soft centered chocolate dollops, Exotic cut fruit platter and Trio of gourmet ice-creams & sorbets to end the meal on a sweet note.


]]>
Inspired by adventure & romance, Faberge launches collection to celebrate Eid http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5825 August 7, 2019: In celebration of Eid al-Adha, jewelry and watchmaker Fabergé has launched the Crescent Collection, which includes an 18k yellow gold pendant, ring and earrings.



Faberge Crescent Collection pendant diamonds emerald



These hand-crafted pieces are inspired by an enchanting story from the early 1960s, when a mysterious former French secret service officer, Charles Antoine Roger Luzarche d'Azay, gave his collection of 18 exquisite Fabergé cigarette cases to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Years later, friends of M. Luzarche d'Azay explained that Charles had been in love with the glamorous French aristocrat Princess Cécile Murat – who was already married.



Faberge Crescent Collection ring diamonds emerald



Fabergé was inspired by his devotion and by the enigmatic symbols that decorate the cases, including crescent moons and a golden map of the Nile with precious gems marking cities along its course. Curators are still unsure as to the symbol’s meanings. Does they symbolise midnight trysts or covert adventures? Fabergé prefers to leave those questions unanswered and to celebrate the crescent moon as a symbol of beauty and devotion, while the emerald has long been associated with eternity, the heart and the renewal of love.



The Crescent Collection displays delicate patterns and superb workmanship, with elegantly detailed, fluted 18k yellow gold crescent moons, picked out by a line of diamond pave with a sparkling emerald star nestling in the new moon’s curving arms.



Faberge Crescent Collection earrings diamonds emerald



The collection is launching in August 2019 to coincide with Eid al-Adha and will be available exclusively at the Fabergé concession in Harrods, the Fabergé boutique in the Dubai Mall, and online at faberge.com.


]]>
Fendi invites Mr. Doodle to give it a makeover http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5824 August 7, 2019: As part of its ‘F is for… FENDI’ campaign, Italian brand FENDI invited Mr. Doodle for an iconic performance at its headquarters.



Fendi Peekaboo Mr. Doodle



25-year-old artist form London, Sam Cox aka Mr Doodle is an artist known for his unique style of drawing doodles. He doodles walls, rooms, furniture, vehicles, buildings and anything he can get his hands on, all the way up to this latest extreme makeover of the FENDI HQ.



Captured in a fun video, Mr. Doodle takes his pen to create giant mirrored letters spelling out FENDI, ROMA and FF, the iconic FENDI double F. Two days of drawing in a never-ending creative stream. He doodles designing character by character and connecting all the drawings together to give life to the all-over spectacular Doodle’s pattern in black and yellow tones.



But what captures our eye is the iconic Fendi Peekaboo also going through the makeover! For the design of his Peekaboo bag, Mr. Cox mixes elements from his creative world, DoodleLand with the FENDI universe. Small funny creatures in black and white give life to the pattern on the bag, contrasted by a strong use of yellow on FENDI, FF and ROMA. The Peekaboo Bag featuring this “repetitive” pattern seems to show two identical sides, while each element is different from the other, resulting in a one-of-a-kind Peekaboo bag.


]]>
Aman to debut in Saudi Arabia with three new resorts http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5823 AlUla Saudi Arabia



August 7, 2019: Debuting in the deserts of Saudi Arabia in 2023, Aman has partnered with the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), to develop three distinct resorts in North West Saudi Arabia, in AlUla, a place of extraordinary natural and human heritage.



The three resorts will offer an incomparable insight into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its magnificent unspoilt natural landscapes and archaeological sites, which have long remained undiscovered. The architectural developments by Aman will include a tented camp; a sublime resort close to AlUla’s spectacular heritage areas; and a ranch-style desert resort nestled in an otherworldly setting.



Hegra AlUla Saudi Arabia



AlUla covers 22,561sq km, and includes a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and ancient cultural heritage sites dating back thousands of years to when the Lihyan and Nabataean Kingdoms reigned. The most well-known and recognised site in AlUla is Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 52-hectare ancient city, Hegra was the principal southern city of the Nabataean Kingdom and comprises more than 100 well-preserved tombs with elaborate façades cut from the sandstone outcrops surrounding the 2nd century BC walled urban settlement.



Elephant Rock Saudi Arabia



All three projects will embrace eco-tourism standards in line with RCU’s commitment to sensitive development. Aman aims to ensure its destinations are pervaded by a tranquil simplicity offering unmatched opportunities for exploration and discovery.


]]>
Latique launches new bridal jewelry collection 'Blooming Fables' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5821 Latique Indian Bridal Jewelry Polki Cuff



August 5, 2019: Every bride knows just how she wants to look on her wedding day, and the perfect dress is always incomplete without the right jewelry. Keeping this in mind, Latique has launched their new bridal jewelry collection “Blooming Fables”. 



Transcending through time and history, the collection is an ode to the Indian heritage with the sole purpose of adorning the modern contemporary bride. Keeping in touch with tradition, the purest and softest gold is hammered into fine sheets and mounded around diamonds and gemstones. 



Latique Indian Bridal Jewelry Polki necklace



With the endeavor to create jewelry that compliments the wearers’ personality, the brand’s founder and designer, Latika Khanna and her master craftsmen have perfected this art over the years making pieces befit for a queen. 



Latique Indian Bridal Jewelry Polki earrings



Available at: The Oberoi, 443, Udyog Vihar Phase 5, Sector 19, Gurugram, Haryana


]]>
Gucci presents Imitatio Vitae, a book by Marina Cicogna http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5820 Gucci Imitatio Vitae Marina Cicogno

 

August 2, 2019: Alessandro Michele and film producer, screenwriter and photographer Marina Cicogna together present IMITATIO VITAE, an editorial project, dedicated to the ancient Venetian capitals of the Palazzo Ducale (the Doge’s Palace).



Giving us various glimpses of everyday life in the fourteenth century, from life in the fields to marital relations and family groups, cosmology and astrological houses, the capitals of Palazzo Ducale take us back in time. Sculpted by unknown but extraordinary masters, forever exciting, enabling us to touch a distant past, they are deemed a “course of divinity and of natural history” by English art critic John Ruskin.



Gucci Imitatio Vitae Marina Cicogno front cover

 

These masterpieces of Italian Gothic graced the Palace until the end of the 19th century before being removed to protect them from the ravages of time. Photographs by Ms. Cicogna as well as those drawn from the CameraphotoArte archive tell us about these works of art, one by one, like the frames of a film sequence. These are collected in a volume which is a result of Mr. Michele’s passion for antiquity, Marina’s “discovery” of works of art of unexpected originality and beauty, produced by Gucci, in collaboration with Venetian publisher Marsilio. 

 

This is a Venice which has been captured over the centuries in the writings of famous poets, writers and critics; an extraordinary Venice. Film director Pier Luigi Pizzi rediscovered them after more than a century and showed them to Ms. Cicogna, who made them the inspiration behind this book project.



Gucci Imitatio Vitae Marina Cicogno back

 

The book contains a collection of images, commentary, contributing short texts, thoughts, reactions, and reflections by prominent international figures from the world of cinema, culture, art and contemporary society. “In the 14th century, only a privileged few could read or write. Forget photography, cinema,” Ms. Cicogna observes in her introduction, “and let’s reflect on the fact that these artisans could describe animals, warriors, ladies, zodiac signs, men from other cultures and religions, as well as baskets filled with flowers, fruits, vegetables just by carving them into stone. Who wouldn’t be enchanted?”. 



Gucci Imitatio Vitae Marina Cicogno



The volume, which will be available in Italy from mid-September 2019 and abroad from February 2020, examines and reveals the inextricable relationship between art and life.


]]>
Exhibition on Ramayana to be hosted at The MET http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5819 Ramayana paintings at The MET New York



August 2, 2019: Ramayana, the major epic from the Indian subcontinent, will be the focus of an upcoming exhibition opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Drawn from The MET collection, the exhibition will showcase 30 outstanding paintings that narrate the heroic and adventurous tale of Rama's rescue of his beloved wife, Sita from the evil king Ravana. Together with his brother Lakshmana and his ally Hanuman, Rama assembled a massive army of monkeys and bears, and traveled to Sri Lanka to confront Ravana and rescue Sita. The Ramayana also poses deep philosophical questions about kingship, morality, and Rama's role as a divine manifestation (avatar) of God Vishnu.



The works, presented in the exhibition, were produced for the Rajput and Pahari courts of north India between the 17th and 19th centuries. They include a rare 19th-century painting titled Tantric Form of Monkey God Hanuman, a recent gift from Steven Kossak and a new addition to The Met collection, which is a highlight of the exhibition, being displayed publicly for the first time. The paintings and textiles that will be on view capture the collective visual imagination of court artists in their efforts to give form to the dramatic 2,500-year-old Sanskrit narrative, which consists of more than 24,000 verses.



The exhibition, being held between August 10 and August 23, is made possible by The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation Fund and organized by Kurt Behrendt, Associate Curator in the Department of. Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with the hopes of bringing a touch of wonder and magic that is the Ramayana. 



Exhibit Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, South Asian Exhibition Gallery, Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries, Gallery 251, Floor 3


]]>
ChaoBella hosts 'Travelling Dimsums' festival in New Delhi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5818 Black Diamonds Dimsums ChaoBella Crowne Plaza Okhla hotel



August 2, 2019: ChaoBella, at Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla, is hosting the ‘Travelling Dimsums’ festival this monsoon with a wide selection of steamy delights. 



According to Chef Sumit Sinha, Travelling Dimsums is an endeavor to bring out hidden gems such as Duck Dumplings and Flower Dumplings from twelve regions of China including Beijing, Shanghai and many others. 



Duck Dimsums ChaoBella Crowne Plaza Okhla hotel



The menu includes some never heard before variants such as Black Diamond that takes its colour from the edible squid ink and Rainbow Dimsums that uses extracts from seven flowers in its coating. 



Other interesting dim sums at the festival would be - artistic Flower Dim sums, therapeutic Chicken Shiitake Pouch and many more. A special Travelling Dimsums guide narrates the tale of origin of each Dimsum from mainland China in order to take the guests on a culinary journey to the land of Dimsums. 



Mushroom Bao ChaoBella Crowne Plaza Okhla hotel



The festival will take place from August 5 to August 20 between 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm and 7 pm to 11:45 pm. 


]]>
Gaurav Gupta debuts fine jewellery collection at India Couture Week 2019 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5816 July 31, 2019: Gaurav Gupta who is a leading beacon of dramatic, cultural shift in the way the modern Indian bride and groom wear couture, celebrates the brand’s 15th year with his new couture collection “Undercurrent”. The collection was showcased at FDCI India Couture Week, for which Gaurav has drawn inspiration from the fierce, rhythmic, concentric waves of the ocean. With an avant-garde lens, the collection defines sculpting as a science of new couture. 



Gaurav Gupta India Couture Week 2019



Epitomizing Mr. Gupta’s vision of the glocal bride, a charismatic, graceful yet playful and well-travelled intellectual who wants to have fun, was global influencer and founder of Post for Change, Diipa Khosla. She was seen in an unending ethereal lehenga, layered in ombre hues of champagne, which was handcrafted with 150 meters of organza and finely embroidered with pearls. The perfect accent for this was a special Liberation necklace, designed by Mr. Gupta in the shape of wings interwoven together, stylized to project the movement of a bird gracefully taking flight. Each piece of this necklace was set under a microscope, a delicate combination of rose cut and full cut diamonds - 8000 pieces in all, created over eight months. The highlight of this Gaurav Gupta construction is that every feather is scooped from the backside to keep the necklace light on the wearer.



Diana Penty for Gaurav Gupta India Couture Week 2019



A vision in green-gray, actor Diana Penty concluded the show in the night’s highlight piece, a sculpted mermaid gown, in light organza, layered in the brand’s indigenous techniques. Japanese iridescent bugle beads, placed all over her look, lent an electric yet feminine glitter to her look. This was accessorized with statement ear cuffs from Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewelry, sculpting the ear with three exquisitely woven and specially shaped diamonds.



Gaurav Gupta India Couture Week 2019



The outfits, that instill a feeling of movement and depth of layers, fantasy and dimension are perfectly molded to flatter and fit the body well in shades of violet and lava red. The collection also boasts of bold ivory whites and ecru which the modern bride embraces as she accents it with Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewelry.



Gaurav Gupta India Couture Week 2019



In this collection, Gaurav adds a dramatic flamboyance to his menswear. The GG groom in all his dapperness, is a true embodiment of a Centaur. With futuristic embellished tuxedos, classic embroidered bandhgalas and sherwanis in aureate jacquards, smooth velvets and brilliant suiting make a confident statement. The colors are kept classic in monochromatic blacks, whites, ivory and midnight blues.


]]>
Tarun Tahiliani & Swarovski present 'Bloom' at India Couture Week 2019 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5815 July 31, 2019: The new Indian bride envisions her wedding as a special extension of her personality, with unique décor, lush colors and candid memories to treasure for life. Personalization is in ever sliver, from invitations to keepsakes. Tarun Tahiliani’s new collection “Bloom”, captures the metamorphosis of the Indian bride with a synthesis of different cultures, a reflection of today’s generation.



Tarun Tahiliani India Couture Week 2019

  

A collection with more than 80 pieces spanning bridal couture, occasion and festive wear, heralded the coming together of technique, craftsmanship and innovation with lightweight lehengas and shararas, to anarkalis and fusion-style jumpsuits. 



Tarun Tahiliani India Couture Week 2019

 

Mr. Tahiliani’s ‘non-show-stopper-show-stopper’ donned a simple but stunning ‘work in progress’ white tulle gown paired with a dainty net mask meant to cover the face and emphasize the outfit, making a statement about its own identity and of the craft and workmanship that has gone into its making. 



Tarun Tahiliani India Couture Week 2019

 

In this collection, the new bride steals the show in soft pastels like peach, dusty rose, blush pink, a rich palette of electric blue, deep violet and plum and earthy Indian hues. Diverse embroidery styles – from Kashmir-inspired Kashida, to Jammevar and Resham thread embroidery make sure the bride is not weighed down by her outfit. Floral motifs bring a glamorous exquisiteness and drama to each piece, as Swarovski crystals adorn customized crinolines for each lehenga. Juxtaposing iconic European construction with classic Indian styles, the new collection exemplifies an ‘India Modern’ aesthetic. 



Tarun Tahiliani India Couture Week 2019

 

“We Indians love the winking light, the luminescence and sparkle of a diamond, especially for weddings. And so, it is an honour once again to collaborate with Swarovski to create magical garments using traditional Indian techniques.” says Mr. Tahiliani.



Tarun Tahiliani India Couture Week 2019

 

The Tarun Tahiliani man is understated elegance, with special emphasis on fine fabrics and impeccable tailoring. This season, the menswear collection from Tarun Tahiliani focuses on fitted tone-on-tone sherwanis, Mughal-inspired kurtas with multiple fabric layers in different heights, pre-constructed kamarbandhs and period-inspired stoles to make the groom look his part perfectly.



Tarun Tahiliani India Couture Week 2019



 


]]>
India Jones Mumbai welcomes aboard Chef David Wang http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5814 India Jones Mumbai new Chinese menu



Chef David Wang for India Jones



July 31, 2019: India Jones at Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai has recently welcomed on board Chef David Wang as their Chinese MasterChef. With over three decades of experience, Chef Wang showcases the fine flavors from cultural melting points of Beijing and Hangzhou, in China, as well as from shores of Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Jakarta. 



At India Jones, his signature menu highlights include the Cantonese Style Grouper done two ways, Seven Spiced Soft-Shell Crab, Sichuan Style Crackling Duck and more. Adept with Shanghai style and Cantonese cuisines, he is an expert at the traditional Peking duck. Chef Tang is all about the techniques and processes, which guests can see at the India Jones show kitchen as he tosses and fries traditional and authentic food just for them.


]]>
de GRISOGONO presents a high jewelry Mediterranean collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5812 de Grisogono Mediterranean high jewelry collection ring



July 25, 2019: This summer, watch and jewelry brand de GRISOGONO, celebrates its roots by presenting unique Haute Joaillerie creations featuring turquoise. Constantly inspired by its Mediterranean heritage, de GRISOGONO cultivates a love of colors, shades and contrasts which have been its identity since it began. It combines these gems with the warmth, richness and voluptuousness of Mediterranean flora and the magnificence of the sea. 



A generous and sensual necklace is made of 11 cabochon-cut turquoises, carefully selected for its size and depth of color forming a spectacular creation. The dainty and graceful brilliant-cut diamond evokes perfection and richness. 



de Grisogono Mediterranean high jewelry collection necklace



Composing a set with the turquoise necklace, a ring picks up the fan motif emblematic of the Ventaglio collection, unfurling on either side of the gem, the pleats of the fan are composed of diamonds, pink sapphires and brilliant-cut amethysts. What better jewel to accompany you for a seaside summer cocktail? 



de Grisogono Mediterranean high jewelry collection earring



The two turquoise drops in the earring evoke the grace of a sea or ocean waves. Sapphires and snow-set emeralds rub shoulders like two sensual currents rising towards the ear. Retaining a light and flowing feel thanks to a titanium structure, they perfectly flatter faces gently tanned by the Mediterranean sun.


]]>
Tumi launches the 19 Degree Aluminum in a striking shade http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5811 TUMI Banyon Leaf 19 Degree Aluminum luggage set



July 25, 2019: This Fall, TUMI introduces a unique seasonal color in 19 Degree Aluminum - Banyon Leaf. 



The 19 Degree Aluminum features a reinforced frame case design, snap closures, and die-cast corner caps for additional protection. The expertly appointed interior features lightweight lining with embossed diamond pattern that complements its striking exterior. This Fall 2019 season, TUMI celebrates the feeling of Enlightenment, constantly strives to pursue a deeper understanding of how its customers live and travel. TUMI’s goal is to provide its customers with freedom—from worry, frustration, and distraction.



TUMI Banyon Leaf 19 Degree Aluminum luggage set



As a frequent traveler and longtime TUMI user, Hollywood actor Chris Pratt endorses the brand. Past April, Chris Pratt showed off his pre-journey packing skills in a lighthearted video in preparation for his first trip to Hong Kong kicking off TUMI’s regional campaign. This Fall, he returns as the star of TUMI’s Asia Pacific and Middle East campaign to appreciate all the details that go into perfecting the journey. “I live out of my TUMI – it allows me to effortlessly move through my journey and makes me feel at home wherever I go,” says Mr. Pratt.


]]>
Louis Vuitton to release the Multi Pochette Accessoires in October http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5809 Louis Vuitton Multi Pochette handbag



July 24, 2019: In October 2019, Louis Vuitton is launching the Multi Pochette Accessoires (a French term meaning, “multi pouch accessory”). Chic and customizable, it is perfect for city life and modern living. It adapts itself to situations, desires, the time of day or even different ways of dressing. It is based on a contemporary reinterpretation of the House’s iconic pouch, the Pochette, now experimenting with layering and a cross-body style.



This time, it is available in an entirely customizable version, combined with two detachable elements: a miniature version of the pouch and a round coin purse with a zip. The two straps can be worn in two ways and it is also possible to combine different elements. Firstly, a jacquard sports handle (featuring the “Louis Vuitton Malletier” signature), available in two colors, green and pink, make it the perfect companion for city outings, and secondly, a delicate chain for evening fun.



Louis Vuitton Multi Pochette luxury handbag

 

The historic Monogram also lends itself, featured in its classic size and in miniature on the back of the coin purse. The unique accessory will be available worldwide and outlines a contemporary and evolving femininity that is in constant motion.


]]>
Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla release new fine jewelry collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5807 July 19, 2019: Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, one of India's most coveted couturiers, have expanded their fine jewellery segment with a new collection – The White Whisper. 



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla The White Whisper pearl collection



The collection, which draws inspiration from the delicacy of chikankari embroidery and its floral motifs, is a spectacularly refined expression of a unique craft, made of natural pearls. The designs have been bought to life in collaboration with Saboo.



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla The White Whisper pearl collection



This collection is deeply romantic and every piece in this collection has been designed by the duo. “I believe this meeting of Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla’s exceptional design aesthetic with our treasure trove of exquisite diamonds and gemstones, impeccable craftsmanship and devotion to detail in fabrication will create a new benchmark for beauty in fine jewels,” says Krishna Saboo, who has a seven decade long legacy of creating master pieces in the world of jewels. 



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla The White Whisper pearl collection


]]>
Jaipur Jewels opens first franchise store in Varanasi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5806 Jaipur Jewels store Varanasi



July 19, 2019: As Tier 2 and tier 3 cities continue appearing on the radar of luxury brands, Indian luxury brand, Jaipur Jewels, has opened a franchise store at Yashri Jewelers in the cultural capital of India, Varanasi. The boutique, that spreads over a space of 2400 sq. ft, features the finest collections in jadau, gold, diamonds and gemstones. 



Jadau kada by Jaipur JewelsJaipur Jewels, with a legacy of over 150 years, has been exhibiting in Varanasi for years. They believe this new relationship will strengthen their connect with the esteemed customers and tourists in Varanasi and the neighboring towns.



The brand’s heritage of royalty and luxury are reflected by the contemporary elegance of the boutique. The display includes popular collections like Kanaka, Historique and Signature Collection. Each collection is unique and depicts endless stories of culture and inheritance. Featuring a bridal lounge, the boutique offers an imitable experience along with customization of bespoke wedding jewelry. 


]]>
Adidas by Stella McCartney takes sustainable fashion to a new level http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5805 July 18, 2019: At a time when there is a continued push to create a more sustainable future, the world is producing an estimated 92 million tonnes of textile waste every year. Keeping this in mind, Adidas by Stella McCartney and partners are helping create more sustainable design solutions. 



adidas by Stella McCartney Biofabric Tennis Dress



The unveiling of the Infinite Hoodie, a 100% recyclable hoodie and Biofabric Tennis Dress, created with Microsilk and cellulose blended yarn, created in partnership with Evrnu and Bolt Threads respectively, coincide with the launch of the adidas by Stella McCartney Fall/Winter 2019 collection. 



This collection features innovative fabrics, created in sustainable ways, without compromising on performance and style. Adidas’ focus has been on designs made with repurposed plastic, which can be remade and can be biodegraded. These three aspects will remain to be the focus areas for the sports brand.



adidas by Stella McCartney Infinite Hoodie



The inspiration behind the current line was simple - create products that not only perform for the athlete, but also for the world at large. Adidas aims to combine the brand’s sports industry expertise with specialist knowledge to bring about a waste-free world. Ms. McCartney, with her long history of making nature-friendly apparel, is certainly the perfect designer to partner with for.



“Fashion is one of the most harmful industries to the environment. We can’t wait any longer to search for answers and alternatives. By creating a truly open approach to solving the problem of textile waste, we can help empower the industry at large to bring more sustainable practices into reality. With adidas by Stella McCartney we’re creating high performance products that also safeguard the future of the planet,” Ms. McCartney said.


]]>
MB&F launches Legacy Machine No.2 in Red Gold Blue http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5804 MB&F Legacy Machine 2 in red gold blue



July 18, 2019: The first edition of MB&F’s Legacy Machine No.2, launched in 2013, is still one of the most forward-looking expressions of traditional mechanical watchmaking in the market. The brand had created one version of the LM2 in 18k red gold then. Six years later, MB&F has come back to the beautiful precious metal with the LM2 Red Gold Blue. 



For MB&F, Legacy Machines are wondrous tributes to the inventions by the greatest watchmakers in history, such as Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823), Ferdinand Berthoud (1727-1807) and Antide Janvier (1751-1835). The contemporary look endowed by the otherworldly appearance of Legacy Machine No.2's dual flying balances, suspended high above the dial from four gracefully arcing arms may at first appear paradoxical. However, the LM2 is a timepiece tracing its lineage back over 250 years having one of the rarest mechanisms in the history of watchmaking: the dual regulator. 



MB&F Legacy Machine 2 in red gold blue



The stars of the LM2 are undoubtedly the dual “flying” balance wheels. The two fully independent regulating systems beat at their own rate. The complex movement was conceived for MB&F by award-winning watchmakers Jean-François Mojon and Kari Voutilainen. Limited to just 12 pieces, LM2 Red Gold Blue offers a more elegant take on the original industrial aesthetic of the first LM2s and will be the last-ever LM2 to be crafted in 18K red gold.


]]>
The Merchant of Venice releases fragrance Imperial Emerald http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5803 Imperial Emerald fragrance by The Merchant of Venice



July 18, 2019: Luxury fragrance house, The Merchant of Venice, is launching an all-new scent, Imperial Emerald. Its creator, perfumer Jordi Fernandez, has masterfully bottled a timeless fragrance befitting royalty with notes of Egyptian Jasmine and Lily of the Valley and White Musk as the base. 



Inspired by the beauty and majesty of the peacock, a symbol of immortality and regal bearing, this mystical composition is enclosed in a beautifully decorated bottle of over-lapping peacock feathers. 



Imperial Emerald fragrance by The Merchant of Venice



Imperial Emerald pays homage to the foreign lands, whose histories are inextricably connected with that of Venice, using raw materials rarely used in perfumery. This new scent, that upkeeps the brand’s mission, offering customers an original olfactory experience, will be available in the UK from September. 



This floral fragrance will be available for £250 at Harrods from September 2019 onwards.


]]>
Good Earth India announces two new exciting ventures http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5801 July 16, 2019: Good Earth, founded by Anita Lal in 1996, celebrates the heritage of India and Asia through its unique design stories. The leading design house has recently announced two new exciting ventures. 



Good Earth pop up at Soneva Fushi Maldives



Firstly, it is collaborating with Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, as a part of which, Soneva Fushi in Maldives will host a Good Earth pop-up shop at the resort. It is the first milestone in a larger association between the two, including a special holiday edit collection launch in August. Together they will share a glimpse of the brand, including bestsellers to signature products, consciously created for world travelers looking for design-led, thoughtful products while on a holiday. This curated collection will be available at Soneva Fushi until November. Common values and a shared belief in slow living and reconnecting with nature make them a perfect match.



First Blush by Anavila at Good Earth



Concurrently, Good Earth will be presenting the exclusive launch of a festive collection, “First Blush” by Anavila Misra. The collection includes saris, blouses and apparels made using techniques like printing, Khatwa and pleating that give subtle yet beautiful textures to the flowy silhouettes, complimented by soulful Indian hues like vermilion, cinnamon and cardamom. Along with New Delhi, the exclusive launch is also planned in the vibrant cities of Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. 



First Blush by Anavila at Good Earth



We hope you have a Good experience!


]]>
WOMO, Italian men's cosmetics brand, enters India with Genesis Luxury http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5798 WOMO Mens Products



July 12, 2019: At a time when Indian men have been paying attention to personal wellness and appearance, WOMO, the men's cosmetics brand owned by Percassi, has signed an exclusive long-term agreement with Genesis Luxury, a Reliance Brands Limited company, for its entry into India. 



This agreement with Genesis Luxury foresees multichannel opportunities in India and the opening of a flagship store in Mumbai by the first half of 2020 with WOMO’s product lines and the services of Bullfrog, the barbershop acquired by Percassi in 2014. 



WOMO Mens Products



Sanjay Kapoor, Founder and President of Genesis Luxury, believes that WOMO and Bullfrog enter the Indian market at a perfect time as its male consumers become increasingly image conscious. 



 


]]>
Christie's New York to auction the collection of Lee Radziwill http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5797 Lee Radziwill Christie's auctionJuly 12, 2019: Auction house Christie's has been entrusted with the sale of The Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill in October 2019. The personal collection of the late Ms. Radziwill will be featured in a dedicated exhibition and sale at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center, New York to celebrate her singular elegance, style and intellectual curiosity.



Ms. Radziwill, whose connoisseurship and love of art was nurtured from a young age, was regarded as one of the world’s greatest style icons. The contents of the collection offer a glimpse into Ms. Radziwill’s fascinating life, spanning her years as a prominent socialite, princess, designer, and are witness to a momentous era in American history. The collection includes fine and decorative art from her homes in Paris and New York along with books, costume jewelry, photography and memorabilia.



The sale content details of this landmark auction will be announced in the coming weeks with a complete sale catalogue available in September 2019. Christie’s invites an international audience of collectors, designers, tastemakers, and admirers to pay tribute to such an extraordinary life and legacy. 


]]>
Switzerland's Grand Hotel Quellenhof reopens after renovation http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5796 Grand Hotel Quellenhof Fireplace



July 11, 2019: The completely renovated Grand Hotel Quellenhof has reopened its doors after comprehensive renovations that took place over a short period of 5 months and called for an investment of CHF 45 million. 



The story of Grand Resort Bad Ragaz began with the discovery of the 36.5-degree thermal water in the Tamina gorge 777 years ago. Famed Swiss interior designer, Claudio Carbone, designed the new concept, centred around both the hotel’s history and its thermal water. A total of three new thermal water fountains, a continuous flow of fresh thermal water for consumption, were installed throughout the resort during the renovations. The new furniture, curtains and light fixtures perfectly harmonize the history of the hotel and its modern, stylish interior.  Over 150 years, countless statesmen, movie stars and royal family members have enjoyed their stay at the Quellenhof, one of the crown jewels of the Swiss luxury hotel industry. 



Grand Hotel Quellenhof King Suite



The hotel now offers two new restaurants – Verve by Sven and Memories, conceived by top chef Sven Wassmer. Memories will celebrate contemporary Alpine cuisine while Verve by sven will focus on health and lifestyle cuisine. The interior of Verve is characterized by natural materials and a subtle color palette with highlights such as a living wall. The hotel bar, at the center of the restaurant, is harmoniously integrated into the space. Sustainability being the need of the hour, the restaurants are consciously moving away from the traditional breakfast buffet and offering breakfast options with fixed items instead. 



A charming glass wine cellar, which can hold around 4,000 bottles and an elegant reception desk, have been added with the aim of making the spaces on the ground floor, the heart of the hotel. The fireplace in the middle of the hotel lobby, illuminated by hundreds of Swarovski crystals, is surrounded by comfortable yet stylish lounge chairs. Unusual light fixtures, inspired by nature, create an entirely new atmosphere in the Grand Hotel Quellenhof. A 16-meter-high chandelier in the lobby, with 2,500 clear and blue spheres of various sizes, presides over all four floors, calling to mind the image of a flowing waterfall. A new King Suite has been added, with which, the entire resort now boasts a total of five top suites. 



Grand Hotel Quellenhof Chandelier



The renovated hotel, completely booked in the first few days, has received extremely positive initial feedback from guests, who were particularly enthusiastic about the new restaurants. The renovations have successfully preserved the history of the Grand Hotel Quellenhof, while allowing it to continue to grow at the same time. 


]]>
The Lodhi, New Delhi offers a taste of Japan this monsoon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5795 Caterpillar roll Japanese sushi



July 11, 2019: Renowned Japanese stalwart Chef Noboru Ozeki, who has spent more than 1,00,000 hours mastering the intricacies of Japanese cuisine, is geared to take guests on a delicious journey, providing all with a classic dining experience straight from Japan to the heart of New Delhi. 



From Soba noodles and Maguro Sashimi to Hamachi Carpaccio and Seaweed salad, the all-new signature menu at Elan, a restaurant at The Lodhi, New Delhi, ensures a traditional Japanese experience.  



Spicy tuna uramaki Japanese sushi



Treat yourself to a Japanese lunch or dinner this monsoon between July 10 to August 31, 2019. A meal for two, or should we say, a gastronomical trip to Japan, will cost you INR 4,000 (plus taxes). Bon voyage!


]]>
Gucci opens first High Jewelry boutique in Place Vendome, Paris http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5792 Gucci Place Vendome High Jewelry Boutique



July 8, 2019: Place Vendôme, the iconic epicenter of high jewelry, welcomes Gucci’s first high jewelry boutique designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele. 



The new boutique displays the brand’s first high jewelry collection, called Hortus Deliciarum, which comprises of more than 200 one-of-a-kind pieces. Mr. Michele’s passion and poetic vision come through, using personally sourced unique stones that are at the heart of this new collection. The collection is trio themed; paying homage to classical emblems of eternal love and the majesty of the animal kingdom, while being centered on singular solitaires re-defined with maximalist allure.



Gucci Place Vendome High Jewelry Boutique



The boutique at 16 Place Vendome is elegantly muted, contrasting the distinct, saturating hues in Gucci’s boutiques across the world. It is designed to dramatically illuminate the col-orful vibrancy of the jewelry itself. Within the collection, colored gemstones evoke a spec-trum of colors of a mythical garden in full bloom. The brand’s fine jewellery collections will also be available at the boutique.



Gucci Place Vendome High Jewelry Boutique



Even though the boutique is lavish and much different from Mr. Michele’s other store de-signs, the jewelry itself is as bold and vivid as his apparel collections. This new step signals the arrival of Gucci’s savoir-faire into the universe of high jewelry. 



Gucci Place Vendome High Jewelry Boutique


]]>
Be your own perfumer with Jo Malone London this summer! http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5791 Jo Malone London Fragrance Combining PaletteJuly 8, 2019: Perfume brand Jo Malone London’s new Fragrance Combining Palette is a sleek, travel-ready palette to effortlessly encase two solid perfumes for scent on-the-go. The British brand offers choice of two, from a selection of ten of the brands most-loved scents, such as Pomegranate Noir, English Pear & Freesia, Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Peony & Blush Suede, Mimosa & Cardamom, and Oud & Bergamot. 



The customers can then create their own irresistible pair. The new solid perfume formula has a light, smooth texture containing pure beeswax which ensures a rich scent when applied to the skin. The fragrances can be worn solo or layered together to create a compelling combination. When you want to try a new combination, simply use the enclosed pin to pop the two scents out of the palette, and purchase refills from the brand.



Each pair costs INR 2400 and is available at Jo Malone London boutiques in Palladium Mall in Mumbai, and Select Citywalk Mall and Promenade Mall in New Delhi.



Tip? Jo Malone London recommends applying the richer scent of the two first when mixing them up!


]]>
Missoni indulges in the world of Italian fashion with new book http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5790 Missoni book 2019



July 5, 2019: Massimiliano Capella, Professor of Costume and Fashion History at the Bergamo University, Italy, has released his new book, “Missoni, La Grande Moda Italiana” to give us a dip into the world of great Italian fashion. The book is a special edition limited to 899 hand numbered copies. Each copy is unique, enriched with exclusive original fabrics provided by the fashion house, and applied by craftsmen.



It is conceived as an element of design including original fabrics, drawings, graphics, color trials, dress patterns that dialogue with one another. The aim is to celebrate language and style that has become a mode of artistic expression, cultural and social revolution since the early 1950s when Rosita and Ottavio Missoni first stepped into fashion.



The thematic sections of the book, each introduced by text that includes the words of the Missonis themselves, highlight the critical artistic decisions that contributed to the success and recognizability of their fashion house.



Offering a look into the past and history of the brand, what you will find here is a kind of illustrated timeline with varied features that have underpinned the Missonis’ international triumphs. The section “From the Runway Scandal of 1967 to the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in 1973”, covers the fundamental steps that led the house to global visibility, from imaginative collections for the home to important collaborations with the world of cinema and theatre.



The Missonis’ creative path naturally made its way to the exhibition spaces of great museums, as we see in the celebratory section of the pictorial and graphic art by Ottavio Missoni and in the final section of the book, ‘An Artful Style’. Maria Pezzi said at the end of the 1970s, that even though Missoni’s creation are pieces worthy of a museum, “wear them, too”. The volume illustrates just how Missonis’ fashion became contemporary language, visual culture that has become an integral part of our history.


]]>
Gigi Hadid is the new face of Michael Kors' Wonderlust http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5789 Michael Kors Gigi Hadid Wonderlust perfume



July 5, 2019: Michael Kors’ Wonderlust, launching in summer 2019, is the brand’s new eau de parfum, which is going to be endorsed by the vivacious supermodel Gigi Hadid. 



Wonderlust is an oriental gourmand fragrance that aims to capture an infinite desire for adventure. Being a blend of luxurious blossoms with delectably spiced notes, each ingredient charts a course to far-off destinations. It is an everyday escape to never-ending explorations with exotic notes such as Pink Pepper, Sri Lankan Sandalwood and Italian Bergamot to name a few.



Michael Kors Gigi Hadid Wonderlust perfumeMs. Hadid describes the parfum as a “vacation in a bottle”, as she modeled for the campaign that was shot in Turks and Caicos by Inez & Vinoodh. Michael Kors’ jet-set aesthetic and Ms. Hadid’s own adventurous spirit make her the perfect ambassador for Wonderlust. According to Michael Kors, Ms. Hadid has all qualities one wants in a travel partner, making her the perfect face for the fragrance.



The brand is set to introduce Michael Kors Wonderlust Sublime in August 2019. It is a sensual, oriental, floral fragrance. It has notes of bold dianthus flower—the heart of every Michael Kors Wonderlust fragrance and the exotic Tiaré flower from Tahiti. The luminous orange flowers wrap and transport you to the time of the golden hour allowing you to let go and experience it to the fullest.


]]>
Beyond Designs unveils an extraordinary Bar Room collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5787 Beyond Designs Bar Room Decor



July 3, 2019: Indian luxury interiors and furniture brand, Beyond Designs, has unveiled a stunning bar room that is extravagant in its design, materials and feel.



Composed like an art work using exquisite materials like semi-precious onyx stone, brass, frosted mirror glass tiles, bevelled mirror, leather and velvet, the designers create a marvelous space that immerses you in a world of edgy sensations.



Beyond Designs Bar Room Decor



Experts at fusing breathtaking materials in unforeseen, imaginative ways, Beyond Designs makes the bar into a place where art, design and creativity are expressed in a unique manner. The bar counter is made of onyx stone with a brass top, the base in wood with frosted mirror tiles. The bar stools are upholstered in mustard velvet fabric, with wooden and brass legs. The hanging lights feature cutwork glass while the wall unit for bottles and glasses are shaped with bevelled mirror and glass. The mirrors have a wooden frame with black matt finish and brass borders.



Beyond Designs Bar Room Decor



The ornateness, coupled with perfect cocktail recipes, will make your bar room the centre of the house. 



Coordinates: Khasra –No 432,433, 434, Ground Floor, Sultanpur (Pillar No. P 89), M.G. Road, New Delhi, India

Tel: +91-11-26804180, 26804183


]]>
Ortaea uses Mozambique rubies for new collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5786 Mozambique ruby cuff by Ortaea



July 3, 2019: One of the most beautiful and radiant stones found on earth is the ruby, a stone that is best known for its striking color. Besides being the birthstone of July, rubies have also been associated with longevity and career success. With all of these aspects, one could not help but feel elated at the sight of a ruby. 



Mozambique ruby earrings by OrtaeaHitting the stage now is the Mozambique ruby, a stone that outshines all the other rubies in terms of color, size, and brilliance. What makes this ruby extremely unique is its silk inclusions, increasing the net worth and rarity of the stone. 



Jewellery designer Ortaea is using the Mozambique rubies against a backdrop of 18kt white gold in their new ruby jewelry set. The cuff sees a harmonius dance between diamonds and rubies, while the earrings see an abstract tumble of diamonds and rubies together.



The collection is available at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge.


]]>
Gucci introduces Augmented Reality on its app for shoes http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5785 July 1, 2019: Luxury brand Gucci is strutting the way forward in digital communications, retail and technology. Very recently, the brand’s app has introduced a pioneering augmented reality technology that allows customers to virtually “try on” its Ace sneakers. 



Gucci App Sneakers Try On



The technology will allow Gucci to provide an engaging experience and an opportunity for customers to interact with upcoming shoe collections. Wannaby, Gucci’s technology partner for this launch, has recently released an accurate shoe AR Try-on technology that was acknowledged by industry leaders and AR professionals all over the world.



Gucci App Sneakers Try On



The Gucci App will enable users to explore what different models of Ace sneakers might look like to wear, through augmented reality. People can pick the Ace sneakers of their choice on screen, point their mobile device’s camera at their feet and virtually “try-on” the selected pair. The technology – available only on iOS - allows Gucci to present the newest models of the Ace to its. Linked to the Gucci website, customers can immediately purchase the Ace sneakers of their choice.



Customers can also take photos of themselves “wearing” their favourite Ace models and share these on social media platforms.


]]>
The first LVMH Swiss Watch Manufactures Exhibition to be held in Dubai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5784 July 1, 2019: Stéphane Bianchi, President of the LVMH Watch Division, and Jean-Christophe Babin, President of the Bvlgari Group, have announced the first LVMH Swiss Watch Manufactures Exhibition, which will take place in Dubai at Bvlgari Hotel in January 2020. 



LVMH Watch Exhibition in Dubai



The exhibition will include Bvlgari, TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith. The four watch brands will introduce their latest watchmaking efforts to the international media and retail partners at the exhibition. 



“In between Geneva in January and Basel in March, we have had in the recent years two major product presentations in the first quarter. This early discovery of our strategies, news and novelties has allowed our media and retail partners to better plan the year ahead and as such we have decided on this set up for 2020 to balance the scheduling of the other events”, declared Mr. Babin.



LVMH Watch Exhibition in Dubai



Bvlgari, TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith, however, have also confirmed their presence at Baselworld 2020, which will happen in late April/early May. “We remain very supportive and loyal to Baselworld and the Swiss watchmaking industry. However, it was not possible for us to go 13 months without a global presentation of our products and brands. This additional event further confirms the LVMH commitment to the strategic and profitable watch category,” said Mr. Bianchi.


]]>
MB&F introduces the HM7 Aquapod in Platinum Red http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5783 MB&F HM7 Aquapod Red



July 1, 2019: Machine maker MB&F has never disappointed watch connoisseurs, and they are sure to be pleased with the arrival of the HM7 Aquapod Platinum Red. 



Unlike its Titanium Blue, Red Gold and Titanium Green predecessors, the HM7 Aquapod Platinum Red has an eye-catching red bezel, made in sapphire crystal, and is equipped with interchangeable rubber straps, which come in red, black, or white. Further, it boasts three-dimensional numerals for the hours and minutes and a tourbillon bridge, which is also made in sapphire crystal. The flying tourbillon of the HM7 engine is revealed like never before, highlighted by a halo of high-luminosity AGT.



MB&F HM7 Aquapod Red



The self-winding, 391-component engine of HM7 Platinum Red was developed entirely in-house at MB&F. HM7 Platinum Red will be made in a limited series of 25 pieces.



Beyond all of these features, perhaps the HM7 Aquapod Platinum Red’s most unique feature is that it is modeled after a jellyfish. 



Interested customers should know that its current retail price is CHF 155,000 + VAT (USD 165,000 / EUR 144,000 before taxes). Happy buying! 


]]>
Tom Brady tackles new role as IWC Schauffhausen's global ambassador http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5781 Tom Brady for IWC Schaffhausen



June 27, 2019: Tom Brady, the well-renowned American football player who has already taken home six Super Bowl titles, four Super Bowl MVP Awards, three League MVP Awards, and 16 Division titles, is now partaking in a new venture off the football field: serving as a Global Ambassador for IWC Schaffhausen, the Schaffhausen, Switzerland-based watch manufacturer. 



IWC Schaffhausen’s CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr is extremely pleased with Mr. Brady joining the company, as he stated, “Tom Brady is arguably the best quarterback of all time, but also an admired role model. On the field, his focus is on performance and precision; off the field, he is a true gentleman, incredible father and husband while also embodying elegance and style.”



Mr. Brady proved that the feeling was mutual. “I am honored to be partnering with IWC Schaffhausen, a brand I’ve long admired, not only for their timeless design but their precise engineering and attention to detail,” said Mr. Brady. His collection includes several IWC watches, among them a Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Miramar and the iconic Portugieser Perpetual Calendar. 



Mr. Brady is more than qualified for the role as he never fails to display his exceptional style during public events. This cooperation will surely merit great success for both the star athlete and watch company. 


]]>
George Daniels' Space Traveller I to lead Sotheby's 'Masterworks of Time' auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5780 George Daniels' Space Traveller I Pocket watch



June 26, 2019: Chronicling the history of watchmaking from the Renaissance through to the present day and embracing each of the European epicentres of the watchmaking industry over time, an extraordinary collection of over 800 long-unseen pieces – unparalleled in its scope and comprehensiveness - will be offered in four dedicated sales by Sotheby’s at various locations (London, Geneva, New York and Hong Kong between July 2019 and October 2020).



‘Masterworks of Time’ encompasses all the ground-breaking technological and artistic innovations of the last 500 years: from early watches with German ‘stackfreeds’, to double dialled astronomical timepieces, superb enamels, form watches, musical and automata pieces, tourbillons, and complicated timepieces. The watchmakers represented read as a ‘Who’s Who’ of international horological giants, including A. Lange & Söhne, Abraham Louis Breguet, Ferdinand Berthoud, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, and Frères Rochat, through to the 20th century horological legend, George Daniels. 



George Daniels' Space Traveller I Pocket watchSpeaking of which, the sale is headlined by the legendary George Daniels Space Traveller I. Mr. Daniels, the pre-eminent horologist of the 20th century, completed the Space Traveller I in 1982 to commemorate the 1969 American moon landing. The watch was described by Daniels as “the kind of watch you would need on your package tour to Mars”.



Widely regarded as the greatest watchmaker of the 20th century, Mr. Daniels is internationally recognised for his many contributions to the horological world, working entirely alone to create his exceptional watches. He made a mere 23 pocket watches during his life time, and of them all, it is the Space Traveller that is the most revered. Space Traveller I is not only one of the most technically accomplished watches of all time, it is was also of enormous personal significance to Mr. Daniels, who treasured it and often wore it as a showpiece. 



The Space Traveller was built with both solar and sidereal time, equation of time, and phases of the moon, as well as utilising Mr. Daniels’ famous independent double wheel escapement, which has captivated collectors since its inception in 1974. With this piece, the watchmaker created an extremely precise watch without the high number of wheels and trains normally necessary for precision timepieces. The pocket watch is estimated at $900,000 to 1.2 million. Where this watch finally goes remains to be seen!


]]>
Christian Louboutin's new Festiloubi collection is a bright burst of pop! http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5779 Christian Louboutin Festiloubi Fall 2019 collection



June 26, 2019: Trust Christian Louboutin to open the season with a playful, tongue-in-cheek style of accessories. Continuing on from the Fall-Winter 2019 theme of his extraordinary journeys, the Festiloubi collection is a celebration of joy, optimism and unbridled creativity.



Christian Louboutin Festiloubi Fall 2019 collection



These new pieces are bursting with colours and materials recalling the vitality of youth. From rainbow patterns to colour-blocked styles, the vibrant hues on women’s shoes and handbags evoke the thrill of amusement parks and fairgrounds. Over on men’s, Cyclade blue and the Maison’s signature Loubi red also have a starring role, playing out in sneakers and slides.



Christian Louboutin Festiloubi Fall 2019 collection



With a focus on summer styles, espadrilles are a star attraction offering an elegant interpretation of the collection’s theme. Gros grain ankle ties and featherlight cork platforms exemplify Mr. Louboutin’s constant pursuit of the perfect line. In women’s sandals, the new innovative colour pop bubble heel uses cutting edge technology to express the idea of levity as a direct visual interpretation.



Christian Louboutin Festiloubi Fall 2019 collection



From vivid sneakers to city shoes, men’s styles experiment with materials and textures: lame leathers, lurex and high-shine embellishments radiate light, quilted and python effect satins offer a refined sense of luxury and colourful prints.



Christian Louboutin Festiloubi Fall 2019 collection



Handbags and accessories also get the feel-good treatment, with the Marie Jane bucket bag returning in a hand-crafted rainbow patchwork assembled from the Maison’s iconic soles. The Paloma tote is revisited with a transparent PVC body and bold eye-catching colours, while the men’s Kypipouch hints to Christian’s love of travel and antiques.



Christian Louboutin Festiloubi Fall 2019 collection



The Festiloubi collection is available worldwide at Christian Louboutin website and boutiques.



http://christianlouboutin.com


]]>
Iconic wellness resort, Chiva-Som, to reopen its doors http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5778 Chiva-Som Thailand bedroom



June 26, 2019: One of the earliest example of providing a healthy lifestyle, Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand, has announced the resort will reopen its doors on October 15, 2019, ahead of the originally planned date of November 1, 2019. This date will mark the completion of the top-to-toe renovation – the first major works since its inauguration 24 years ago. 



The resort is being reimagined with Chiva-Som’s new signature interiors, which use teak, Thai silk and bamboo, complemented by a light and airy, calming and contemporary colour palette. The latest work includes changes to the Health & Wellness area, which is being uplifted with more natural light. The Spa and Physiotherapy treatment rooms will be refined and refreshed, including the addition of a new hydrotherapy suite and flotation chamber, while the Bathing Pavilion will now incorporate a sunbed area at one end under a glass roof, separate male and female changing rooms plus a brand new hydro pool delivering new hydrotherapy functions. The Niranlada Medi-Spa will welcome a warm, luxurious and relaxing atmosphere, home to the very discreet facial analysis room, various treatment rooms and a make-up room for guests requiring a little extra pampering.



Chiva-Som Thailand exterior



The last of the public areas, the popular Taste of Siam restaurant, is being reconfigured to accommodate additional seaside tables for up to 100 guests. The open kitchen will be brought indoors to create a casual, interactive dining experience, while an improved layout ensures guests will always enjoy uninterrupted sea views, come rain or shine.



Those who wish to experience Chiva-Som’s new era can avail an exclusive offer to celebrate the early reopening on October 15, 2019 and save up to THB 11,500 per person per night, along with receiving a wellness voucher of THB 1,000 per person per night.



Chiva-Som Thailand spa

 

For more information and reservation, email at reservation@chivasom.com or call the resort at +66 (0) 3253-6536.


]]>
The Oberoi Mumbai hosts 'Confessions of a Culinary Traveller' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5775 France Corn Puree with veggies Vetro MumbaiJune 24, 2019: Mentored by the celebrated 7 time Michelin star awarded Chef Carme Ruscalleda, among others, Chef Christian Stoop is one of the most innovative new chefs in The Oberoi Group. The Oberoi, Mumbai is welcoming Chef Stoop from The Oberoi, New Delhi to Vetro at The Oberoi, Mumbai. 



Chef Christiaan Stoop’s menu promises to take diners on a four-course trip through various European countries. Of German origin and having worked in acclaimed kitchens in Europe, Chef Stoop brings a fresh perspective to the various cuisines. Fresh Spring vegetables on a bed of Corn Purée are accompanied by a small dollop of Black garlic reduction. France is represented by the Lamb Loin with Potato Gratin and mint jus, while the subtle flavours from the United Kingdom are represented by Poached cucumber topped by a sweet note of Seabuckthorn and crunch of Hazelnut. And three kinds of mustard come together to form the punchy sauce from Spain, accompanied with Confit Salmon and Puffed Amaranth.



And, as all journeys must to end at home, the German chef completes the four-course menu with his version of Bavarian crème served with a raspberry sorbet and fresh thyme leaves.



German Bavarian Creme with raspberry Vetro MumbaiOther European signature dishes include the Pressed lamb shoulder with Potato gratin,  pickled red cabbage and red wine jus; Barbequed Eggplant with BBQ sauce, Feta Cheese and Pine Nuts; Confit Salmon with pickled seasonal vegetables, mustard sauce, Black garlic and puffed amaranth; and the White leek veloute with mushroom croustarde and pistachio. 



The menu brings in a variety of ingredients, flavours and textures, with every course distinctly different from the previous one. The week long showcase will see the finer nuances of European cuisine that combines traditionalism revisited with creativeness, with a focus on only the finest seasonal ingredients, that celebrates the culinary art of European gastronomy.



The special culinary showcase will entail Chef Christiaan Stoop’s Tasting menus at Vetro, between July 11 to 14, 2019. Each course may also be paired with a selection of old and new world wines from the ‘Best of Europe’ by the hotel’s Sommelier. 


]]>
Christie's achieves $109,271,875 for Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5774 Mughal Collection auctioned by Christie's



June 21, 2019: Following the success of the global tour, specially designed New York exhibition, and a marathon twelve-hour auction, Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence achieved $109,271,875, with 93% sold by lot and 92% sold by value, establishing the highest total for any auction of Indian art and Mughal objects, and the second highest auction total for a private jewelry collection. Sale registrants came from 45 countries across five continents and there was extensive participation across all sale channels with notable institutional bidding. Over the course of the sale, three world auction records were set for Indian works of art and 29 lots achieved over $1 million. 



Mughal Collection auctioned by Christie's



The top lot of the sale was A Belle Époque Devant-de-corsage, by Cartier, Paris, 1912, which sold for $10,603,500 to a private collector in the room. Additional top lots included The Mirror of Paradise, 52.58 carats, D Color, IF, which achieved $6,517,500; The Shah Jahan Dagger which sold for $3,375,000, establishing the record price for an Indian jade object and record for a piece with Shah Jahan provenance; An Antique Imperial Spinel, Pearl and Emerald Necklace, which realized $3,015,000; and the Golconda Diamond Rivière Necklace, from the collection of the Nizams of Hyderabad, which sold for $2,415,000. Other notable results included important signed pieces by Cartier, including A Spinel, Natural Pearl, Diamond and Emerald Bead ‘Imperial Moghul Necklace’ and Earrings, that sold for $1,935,000. 



Mughal Collection auctioned by Christie's



Contemporary pieces by JAR and Bhagat were also 100% sold, greatly exceeding estimates. Impressive prices were achieved for bejeweled Mughal objects including An Enameled and Gem Set Model of a Parrot, which realized $1,035,000; and an Enameled and Gem Set Huqqa, that achieved $759,000, establishing the world auction record for an Indian huqqa. Drawing key inspirations from the Maharaja of Indore and his palace Manik Bagh (‘Palace of Rubies’), the bespoke New York exhibition evoked the artistic dialogue of the East and the West with the incorporation of Jalis, latticed screens, dreamlike floral installations including an orchid canopy, juxtaposed with art deco influences, featuring luxurious marquetry, brass light fixtures, and lacquer-paneled cases, paying homage to architectural notes found from Indore to Rockefeller Center. 



Mughal Collection auctioned by Christie's



Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer of Christie’s, said, “We are very honored to have been entrusted with this magnificent and diverse selection of jewels, art and objects from the larger Al Thani Collection. The strong results today, after twelve hours of non-stop bidding, in front of a packed room and with phone and online bidders from all over the world, reflect the exceptional quality of this special collection and position it among the most storied private collections ever featured at auction.”



Mughal Collection auctioned by Christie's



The Al Thani are the ruling family of Qatar.



Mughal Collection auctioned by Christie's


]]>
Ermenegildo Zegna launches hand-threaded Claudio sneakers http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5773 June 21, 2019: Ermenegildo Zegna’s latest sneaker - Claudio - is inspired by the combination of streetwear and luxury craftsmanship. My Claudio is an evolution of the brand, with hand-threaded lace, and fully personalised features, in honour of the craftsmanship that defines Zegna.  



Zegna Claudio sneaker



Zegna continues its XXX iconography, matching the sole with its icon. The shoe is extremely light, with the illusion of a heavy silhouette, and My Claudio’s hand-threaded laces reflect the artisanal value that defines Zegna Leather Accessories. Marked by its iconic thread of lace, My Claudio is a canvas for streetwear and sneaker enthusiasts alike. Selecting from a range of 12 colour laces, 10 colour smooth calf leathers, 3 colour midsoles, much can be personalised. Zegna allows crafting each piece of the sneaker as per your individuality: this is where sophistication meets relevance. 



Zegna Claudio sneaker



Its light touch and versatile design mean you can wear with a suit, a t-shirt, jeans, or trousers. Dress up or down for all occasions and events. 


]]>
Ralph Lauren presented with an honorary UK knighthood http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5772 Ralph Lauren KBE knighthoodJune 21, 2019: Over his career spanning more than five decades, Ralph Lauren has been recognized with the Key to the City of New York from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for his outstanding civic contributions, and the French Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, in recognition of his contributions as a designer, business leader, and philanthropist. And now, he has been made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) for Services to Fashion. Mr. Lauren was presented with the honorary knighthood insignia by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Mr. Lauren is the first American fashion designer to be recognized with an honorary knighthood.



Mr. Lauren's philanthropic commitment focuses on those suffering disproportionately from cancer because they lack access to quality health care. Ralph Lauren Corporation established the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Ralph Lauren Corporation, in partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, established the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care in Harlem, New York.



Other notable American recipients of an honorary UK knighthood or damehood include former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush; former New York City Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudolph Giuliani; Angelina Jolie; Steven Spielberg; Bill and Melinda Gates; and Angela Ahrendts. 


]]>
Gucci collaborates with Melet Mercantile on Montauk Space http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5771 June 21, 2019: Gucci and Melet Mercantile’s shared vision for bringing communities together and connecting the past with the present – across decades, cultures and genres – melding common values in a spirit of pure reciprocity has got the form of a creative collaboration. Gucci x Melet Mercantile brings a new and unexpected experience to the East End in New York, that would not be possible without the support of the Montauk fixture and icon Bob Melet. 



Gucci Melet Mercantile Summer 2019 collection



Melet Mercantile Montauk Outpost is well-known to locals as a destination for rare vintage finds. The space features an array of bespoke oddities including art prints, vinyl records and books carefully sourced from the corners of the world by founder Bob Melet himself. 



The space will feature a highly-curated selection of Gucci merchandise with a focus on the Towards Summer collection, as well as a range of vintage goods from Bob’s personal collection. The Towards Summer collection captures the essence of effortless warm-weather dressing. Utilizing materials such as straw matt, wicker, and canvas, this playful selection encompasses a large range of categories including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, handbags, accessories, shoes, jewelry, childrenswear and more. 



Gucci Melet Mercantile Summer 2019 collection



The distinct store concept and visual treatment were designed exclusively for the Montauk space. Dusty Blue walls and fixtures adorned with Melet’s signature wall-mounted fish and vintage skateboards are complemented by ornate clothing rails and floral prints from Gucci’s PreFall 2019 collection. These elements live harmoniously together among the existing aesthetic of Melet Mercantile while introducing Gucci’s free-spirited ethos to Montauk. Gucci x Melet Mercantile will be open from July 3 – July 28, 11am – 6pm daily and is located at 102 Industrial Road in Montauk, New York.


]]>
Ermenegildo Zegna presents SS'20 Couture collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5768 June 18, 2019: With millions of tons of clothes going into trash, coupled with the imminent need to keep up with trends and fashion dynamics, the consequences are gruesome and unfavourable. Hence, major fashion houses are now taking up the reigns to create change. The Ermenegildo Zegna XXX SS’20 show is where the brand takes up the challenge. 



Ermenegildo Zegna SS 20 Couture collection



The runway unfolds below extremely high ceilings that once hosted Area Falck: a monument to steely modernity that over the years slowly turned into a metropolitan wasteland. The dismissed area, however, will soon be re-qualified by Milanosesto into a hub for health and science, along with green and residential areas, gaining a new continuity with the city and a new meaning, reverting from waste to opportunity. It is the same philosophy Zegna is applying to textile resources, to create new fabrics from existing ones. #UseTheExisting is the byword. 



The silhouette is neat: boxy blousons, voluminous coats, sleek three-button blazers and slim one-button jackets with 3D patch pockets are paired with lean yet soft trousers or fuller ones. Generous pockets migrate from the sportier items onto tailored ones while tailored details move to sport pieces, suggesting a mix of categories that expands the possibilities of use. Knits increase the modularity of modern dressing. Firm yet extremely light fabrics - wools, technical silks - enhance the precision of the lines and the weightlessness of the sartorial construction, with flattened crinkles, photoprints of graphic assemblages and progressive stripe patterns giving rhythm to the surfaces. 



Ermenegildo Zegna SS 20 Couture collection



The “Achill” suit, entirely made with wool remnants from Zegna’s Achill farm, discarded during the process of suit making and then remixed and rewoven, fully closes the circle of traceability and sustainability. In keeping with the functional mood, accessories are pragmatic: boldsoled printed boots or derbies; signature Claudio sneakers; wearable notebooks and pouches in small geometric shapes. The color palette matches that of industrial elegance with mineral hues of cement, steel, carbon and matt black with earthy tones of brass, rust, red blaze, sand and matt gold and light notes of nude, aqua, leaf green, teal and oxidized copper. 



Ermenegildo Zegna SS 20 Couture collection



“It is our duty as denizens of this world to live responsibly” - says Zegna’s Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori – “I want to do it using the creative means I have at my disposal, which extend from the materiality of fabricmaking, to the exquisite technicality of tailoring to the highly communicative aspect of show-making. Everything is connected, and everything conveys the same idea: we do not need to create the new from scratch, but we can reuse and reinvent the existing, getting progressive fabrics out of discarded ones, translating traditional techniques into innovative lifetime tailoring, turning an abandoned place into an area of creation”.


]]>
Michael Kors presents Resort 2020 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5767 June 18, 2019: The American luxury clothing brand, Michael Kors, recently showcased its Resort 2020 collection at Academy Mansion in New York. The collection was a take of the brand on silhouettes and structures to emphasise femininity and power. 



Michael Kors Resort 2020 collection



With a strong focus on tailoring, using elegant men’s wear fabrics like glen plaids and checks yet incorporating feminine tropes in peplums and ruffles, adding flourish to shoulders and the closures of coats and jackets. 



Michael Kors Resort 2020 collection



To blur out the line between masculine and feminine, Mr. Kors used punk embellishments with prim polka-dots, added ruffle trims to otherwise strictly cut jackets and coats, creating a bridge between different eras: Shoulders conjured the can-do 1940s, and sequins brought to mind the disco slink of the ’70s, which were also a reference for his lively Fall outing. 



Michael Kors Resort 2020 collection



Michael Kors Resort 2020 collection



This was a demonstrative collection, all the way down to the collectible studded Aran sweaters.



Michael Kors Resort 2020 collection


]]>
Paul Smith designs for Men in Black: International http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5766 Paul Smith Men in Black International costume



June 18, 2019: Employing bespoke tailoring for the Men in Black secret agents appearing in Sony Pictures’ ‘Men in Black: International’, the British luxury apparel brand, Paul Smith, has created a capsule collection of apparel and accessories featuring a host of aliens and icons from the film.



Paul Smith Men in Black International tieIn collaboration with costume designer Penny Rose, Paul Smith supplies the universe’s most formidable alien-policing organisation with tailoring to suit their intergalactic work. Together, Mr. Smith and Ms. Rose designed custom pieces for five of the agency’s most illustrious men and women in black, as well as outfitting the wider cast of crime-fighters. They have designed tailoring for Agents H and M. Agent H challenges the constrictions of the Men in Black uniform with a colourful lining (a known feature of Paul Smith tailoring) and a pair of Paul Smith signature stripe socks that give an irreverent finish. Agent M wears a two-button double-breasted trouser suit.



To accompany the suits, a wide variety of accessories were created that include recognizable Paul Smith designs infused with icons from the franchise. Accessories include a black tie with a repeated sunglass graphic, a pocket square and a lightweight scarf that come with a colourful motif featuring a host of alien characters, a money clip and cufflinks that all feature the new Men in Black logo, socks in four bold colours with alien motifs embroidered above the ankle, and an alien print leather wallet and iPhone case.



Paul Smith Men in Black International cuff linksPaul has embellished the signature charm shirt by replacing the traditional buttons with sunglasses, aliens and Men in Black logo charms. The capsule collection features pieces for men, women and children and centers on Paul Smith’s “A Suit To Travel In.” Additionally, casual pieces in the collection include an alien print hoodie and sweatshirt, plus a refined polo shirt.



The Paul Smith and Men in Black: International capsule collection is available at PaulSmith.com and selected Paul Smith shops and wholesale partners now.


]]>
Ulysse Nardin extends the Diver Chronometer collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5765 Ulysse Nardin Diver white watch Fred Buyle



June 18, 2019: Already a favorite among free spirits, the Diver by watchmaker Ulysse Nardin has a contemporary and eye-catching appearance both outside and in. In addition to the deep blue and all-black versions, this line now includes the Diver Great White. 



Ulysse Nardin Diver white watchThe Diver Chronometer redefines functional elegance with its audacious design. A diving watch crafted to withstand up to three hundred meters of potentially deadly water pressure, its inverted, concave bezel with domed sapphire glass is a breakthrough in exquisite watchmaking. The face heralds the mechanical marvel of the UN-118 movement with its silicium technology - a specialty of the Manufacture - within its 44 mm case, visible through the open back.



Superluminova on the indexes and hands makes the hours and minutes visible, not only in the dark of night, but also at great depths. The face is adorned with a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock and a date and small seconds at 6 o’clock, all nestled within the unidirectional rotating bezel.  



The numbers on the face have been redrawn to read 0-15-30-45. Even the rubber and titanium strap of the Diver has been cleverly reworked with the clasp replaced by a pin buckle and streamlined with just one easily identifiable Ulysse Nardin signature “element”.  Sturdy, blue rubber guards protect the crown. 



Ulysse Nardin Diver white watch Fred BuyleThe Diver Great is a limited edition of 300 pieces. 



Free diver and Ulysse Nardin ambassador Fred Buyle said, “The main advantage of freediving is that we don’t have a lot of gear. I basically only travel with a wetsuit, dive watch, a pair of fins, a mask, and of course my photo equipment. A dive watch is the most crucial accessory for a free diver. When you’re freediving, you have a special relationship to time—sometimes it passes fast and other times it seems to slow down or even stop. Your watch almost becomes a friend, so I am always wearing my Ulysse Nardin Diver timepieces. I rely on my watch to monitor my perception of time. An automatic watch is key as it gives you the peace of mind that you won’t run out of battery in the middle of a remote expedition.”


]]>
Grand Hotel Quellenhof to get two new fine dining restaurants http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5763 June 14, 2019: Two-Michelin starred Chef Sven Wassmer, the Culinary Director at the Grand Hotel Quellenhof in Switzerland, is all set to launch two new restaurants at the 150 year old, renovated hotel.  The signature restaurant will be called Memories, and it will be one of Switzerland’s first gourmet restaurants where diners without a reservation also can try and grab a spot, as the coveted counter seats around the open show kitchen will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Chef Wassmer’s new health and lifestyle restaurant – Verve by Sven – was also announced at the same time.



Chef Sven Wessmer team



A visit to Chef Wassmer’s signature restaurant is intended to be an experience that guests will remember for the rest of their lives. “Memories and emotions are closely intertwined – and that’s what my team and I want to evoke in our guests,” he said. 



The interior design is also an expression of Chef Wassmer’s personality and the atmosphere he wants to create at Memories: “I’m very approachable. The restaurant is supposed to resemble my living room – so there’s no dress code. I want my guests to feel completely at ease. I’m keen to enter into a dialogue with them and enable them to take part in creating memories of their evening in my restaurant.” The open show kitchen of Memories, in particular the six counter seats, are designed to encourage this one-on-one contact. The first come, first served concept at the open kitchen’s counter is a novelty on the Swiss fine-dining scene, offering spontaneous diners a chance to grab one of these sought-after seats on the same evening. “Nowadays, people make plans on the spur of the moment,” says Marco R. Zanolari, General Manager of the hotel. So there is a need to provide guests with the kind of flexible dining option that they are looking for. 



Sven Wessmer restaurant concept



The interior also pays tribute to the Grand Hotel Quellenhof’s 150-year history, with the wooden parquet sourced from the original Quellenhof, which opened on July 10, 1869. After a long period of meticulous restoration, it has found a new home in Memories.



On five evenings each week, guests will be able to enjoy a seasonal 9- or 12-course meal at Memories. 



In addition to his signature restaurant, Chef Wassmer is also opening a new health and lifestyle restaurant – Verve by Sven – at the Grand Hotel Quellenhof. “Healthy cuisine is no longer a question of abstention, although this notion is still uppermost in many people’s minds,” says Chef Wassmer. Instead, the aim is to show guests how delicious conscious and healthy nutrition can be. “We work with authentic products that are sourced from producers we know, and prepare them in a very gentle and sustainable way. But we don’t want our cuisine to be dogmatic. We’re rather trying to convince guests with its simple and clear style,” explains Chef Wassmer. 



Diners are served food that is not only sustainably produced, but also purchased on a fair-trade basis and, wherever possible, grown according to biodynamic principles of agriculture. In addition, Chef Wassmer and Verve head chef Sebastian Titz are keen to combat food waste and work according to leaf-to-root and nose-to-tail principles, i.e. they use the whole plant and less well-known cuts of meat in their cuisine too. While the Memories restaurant offers vegetarian dishes but no vegan alternatives, Verve by Sven is consciously aimed at guests who have a variety of dietary preferences. Breakfast, in particular, will play a key role at the new restaurant: “With a view to health and sustainability, we are consciously moving away from the traditional breakfast buffet and offering breakfast options with fixed items instead,” reveals Chef Wassmer.



Chef Sven Wassmer food ideas



In future, the restaurant’s buzzing atmosphere will be enhanced by the integrated bar, at the rear of which will be a walk-in glass wine cellar with space for around 4,000 bottles. The bar will become the Grand Hotel Quellenhof’s latest attraction and is not only aimed at hotel guests, but also at a local clientele. Here, too, Chef Wassmer’s team is taking an unconventional approach: “Although we will be offering classic cocktails, our primary focus will be on creative drinks that contain little or no alcohol at all. We will serve them alongside contemporary bar snacks.” Amanda Wassmer-Bulgin, Wine Director at the Grand Hotel Quellenhof, knows that strong alcoholic drinks are less popular today. She will, therefore, even be offering the option of completely non-alcoholic beverages to accompany each course of the menu served at Memories – something that only very few restaurants offer.



Sven Wassmer’s signature restaurant Memories will be open from June 25, 2019, from 7 p.m. For more information about the restaurant and reservation enquiries, visit the restaurant’s website. Verve by Sven will be open daily from July 1, 2019, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. (breakfast), 12 noon to 2 p.m. (lunch), and 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. (dinner). The bar is open daily from 10 a.m. For further information about the Verve by Sven restaurant, visit the restaurant’s microsite. For reservation enquiries, please e-mail at restaurants@resortragaz.ch.


]]>
Missoni presents a fearless Resort 2020 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5762 June 14, 2019: Named ‘Urban Safari’, luxury brand Missoni’s Resort 2020 collection indeed exemplifies the sophisticated, yet curious explorer in us. 



Missoni Resort 2020 Collection



The collection is relaxed and free-spirited where silhouettes and fabrics are easy flowing. Familiar Missoni motifs are re-interpreted to create new patterns, combining imagination and experimentation. The iconic codes of the Missoni DNA are updated with exotic influences.



True to the theme of the ‘safari’, the assortment has a tropical mood where zebra motifs, revisited leopard spots, multicolor foliage and the new Missoni artsy camouflage create a kaleidoscopic array of patterns juxtaposed to the brand’s signature bold geometries.



Missoni Resort 2020 Collection



Jacquard mini dresses are worn also as vests on fluid maxi dresses. Shirts take center stage: from the bowling styles shown in a patchwork of different materials to the fitted silhouettes with roomy sleeves and the more classic options punctuated with knitted details. They are paired with high-waisted pants or with the new skirt pants injected with an easy-chic attitude.



Micro aviator jackets crafted from sartorial fabrics introduce a mannish touch, while the classic tuxedo comes in a knitted version enriched with metallic accents.



Missoni Resort 2020 Collection



Sandals have leather laces which wrap around the ankle while mini bags have been developed in collaboration with Iacobella Gaetani. Silk scarves embellish the belts putting the focus on the waist, but also the hats and the bijoux, including metallic chokers and cuffs.



Like talismans, pendants reveal handmade decorations with a tribal spirit, while other metal and enamel good luck charms are embellished with zodiac signs.


]]>
RJ's new Marine Mykonos watch is inspired by the Greek isles http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5760 RJ Marine Mykonos watch



June 12, 2019: Swiss luxury watchmaking brand RJ has captured the essence of summer life in the Greek isles in a 10-piece limited edition series from the ARRAW Marine collection. These timepieces were inspired by the most iconic symbols of Mykonos, from the blue of the Aegean Sea to the Greek windmills and the mighty rocks that form the Cyclades island. 



RJ Marine Mykonos watchEach ARRAW Marine Mykonos special edition case, crafted in grade 5 titanium, comes adorned with the signature rubber RJ Bumpers that define the ARRAW collection. The unique composite bezel combines sand with a high-performance resin created in-house by RJ. The unique sand-infused bezel is secured to the case with a metal grid whose shape alludes to the iconic windmills of Mykonos. This hue refers both to the color of the sea as well as the legendary blue of Mykonos. The chronograph counters have been rhodium-plated to coordinate with the arrow-shaped, satin-finished hands, so that the limited-editions remain faithful to the ARRAW Marine family.



The RJ-2040 self-winding chronograph movement displays a 30-minute counter at 9 o'clock, a 12-hour counter with a date aperture at 6 o'clock, and a small seconds counter at 3 o'clock. The transparent sapphire crystal case back allows a fascinating look at the oscillating weight, designed to reference the iconic windmills of Mykonos. The ARRAW Marine Mykonos special edition comes with a blue alligator strap that has been manually patinated to project the same casual ease that characterizes life in the Greek isles. 



Only 10 ARRAW Marine Mykonos special edition watches will be available throughout the world, sold exclusively at Kessaris in Mykonos and Nammos Beach.


]]>
Paul & Shark launches a three-drop collection with Greg Lauren http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5759 June 12, 2019: The Italian apparel brand, Paul & Shark, has collaborated with Greg Lauren, the multi-talented American artist, designer and actor, to create a menswear collection that will be delivered over three drops spanning till June 2020.



Greg Lauren & Paul & Shark



The first drop of the collection, which will in in stores, features seven designs, representing Mr. Lauren’s signature deconstructed/reconstructed aesthetic. These unique pieces are handmade in Mr. Lauren’s workshop in Los Angeles which include hoodies, work jacket, two pairs of pants, a peacoat and a beanie. Barneys New York, Kith Miami, L’Eclaireur, H. Lorenzo, Browns, Joyce, Antonioli, Dover Street Market Ginza and Corso Como Seoul will be carrying the collection. 



The second drop will be presented on June 20 during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris, being available in the market only after January 2020. The third and the final drop will be revealed in June 2020.



Greg Lauren & Paul & Shark



“Greg Lauren has shown great respect and enthusiasm for what Paul & Shark represents and he has managed to create a perfect alchemy between his personal vision and the style of the brand, as well as building a marvellous relationship with our style department,” said Andrea Dini, President and CEO of Paul & Shark.



Mr. Lauren is also the newphew of fashion designer Ralph Lauren.


]]>
Michael Kors launches #MKGO Rainbow Pride collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5758 June 12, 2019: Inspired by Pride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that launched the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world, Michael Kors’ new #MKGO Rainbow celebrates inclusion, diversity and the vibrancy and vitality of the LGBTQ+ community. 



Michael Kors #MKGO Rainbow Pride collection



Bright, optimistic hues and rainbow motifs lend energy and graphic appeal to classic silhouettes, casual-cool separates and signature logo accessories. Key products include a sequined T-shirt dress, star-speckled high-top sneakers, a rainbow-quilted Whitney shoulder bag and more. 



In support of the community and the principles that inspired #MKGO Rainbow, Michael Kors has designed a special #MKGO Rainbow Pride T-shirt. For each of these shirts sold, Michael Kors will donate 100% of profits to God’s Love We Deliver, a non-profit organization and longstanding pillar of the LGBTQ+ community that cooks and delivers 1.8 million meals annually to those too sick to shop or cook for themselves throughout the New York metropolitan area. Designer Michael Kors has been personally involved with the organisation for over 30 years. Founded in 1985, the non-profit was initially dedicated to serving those with HIV/AIDS. 



Bella Hadid in Michael Kors #MKGO Rainbow Pride collection



“Pride is about celebrating your authentic self and remembering all the incredible people who came before us to get us where we are today.This capsule is about getting dressed with joy and celebrating each other,” says Michael Kors.


]]>
Gemfields partners with Valani, Misahara & Paul Morelli http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5752 June 6, 2019: Gemfields, a leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones, has collaborated with various fine jewellery brands for some very exciting collections, all of which were on display at Couture Las Vegas recently.



Valani ruby earrings



New York-based jewellery brand, Valani, specialises in innovative, bespoke pieces. Heena Shah, Valani’s designer, has a love of emeralds – favouring special cuts for her intricate rings. The Andromeda and Temps Perdu collections are inspired by nostalgia. The Andromeda series took shape after a moment’s discovery of a shared fascination with celestial formations by Ms. Shah and her son. The collection attempts to capture a glimpse of the galaxy with magnificent gemstones. Temps Perdu draws upon floral and lace motifs, handcrafted to amplify the beauty of the centre gem. The bewitching Crosby Pair earrings feature two mesmerising Zambian emeralds, totalling 6.71ct, while the Arduin Ruby Set presents an arresting array of over 11ct of perfectly matched rubies with 6ct diamonds set in 18k white gold.



Valani emerald rings



“Sourcing emeralds and rubies from Gemfields supports Valani Atelier’s mission of responsible sourcing and transparency in the jewellery industry. Collaborating with people around the world to create incredibly rich pieces in a sustainable way that is equitable and uses materials responsibly is the most rewarding aspect of my career,” Ms. Shah said. 



Gemfields has also collaborated with Misahara, again a New York fine jewellery house, in three one-of-a-kind new designs for Misahara’s bespoke TIME Collection. Time is an essential element in Gemfields’ Zambian emeralds, which were forged more than 450 million years ago deep in the Earth’s crust. Lepa Galeb-Roskopp, Mishara’s founder and designer, was inspired by protecting Mother Earth. Her designs honour the passing of time to call attention to the sustainability issues facing the world. Galeb-Roskopp said, “Misahara is committed to using only the highest quality gemstones and working with Gemfields has allowed us access to the very best the world has to offer. I also prefer to use gemstones with spectacular intense colour that provide an added aura of sophistication." 



Paul Morelli emerald earrings



Misahara’s handcrafted suite features the Serene Eyes Ring, with 10.67ct emeralds and .80ct white diamonds set in 18k oxidised yellow gold; Calming Climbers Earrings, with 3.01ct emeralds and .20ct white diamonds set in 18k yellow gold and the Waterfall Necklace, with 6.27ct emeralds and white diamonds set in 18k yellow gold. Misahara’s measure of future success is based on sustainable practices at every level of the supply chain. 



Paul Morelli emerald earrings



The 35-year old fine jewellery House of Paul Morelli is rooted in his parents’ family tradition of hand stitched theatre costumes. Paul Morelli’s luxury fine jewellery - from made-to-order, to timeless classics, to signature pieces – blends this tradition with current influences. On display at Couture Las Vegas for the first time, the brand showcased a dazzling ring featuring a 5.88ct Zambian emerald framed by 7 carats of diamonds set in platinum. Paul said, “Emeralds have been sought after and prized for centuries. Ancient civilisations independently held this quintessentially green gemstone in the highest esteem."


]]>
Gucci presents Cruise Collection 2020 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5751 June 6, 2019: Italian luxury brand Gucci has been encouraging liberal thoughts and freedom. The brand has associated with several groups and organisations to take a stand for what is right. Alessandro Michele, the brand’s creative director, has left no occasion to express his support for things and activities he believes in. Last year the brand donated $500,000 to March For Our Lives, a gun violence prevention organisation. This year, he has taken a step forward to raise his voice to fight for the freedom of women. 



Gucci Cruise 2020 collection



The brand’s latest Cruise Collection 2020, thus, celebrates the freedom of women. The right for freedom to live by their choice and their rule. The collection was a glass shattering take on the way women are miscontruted in the society. Midway through the show, a purple jacquard pantsuit with ‘My Body, My Choice’ splashed in big bold letters came down the runway. This was followed by ensembles with a uterus embroidered on the front of the dresses. In place of the ovaries were blooming pink flowers. 



Gucci Cruise 2020 collection



This year's show location, at The Capitoline Museums in Rome, adds up to the list of historical places that Gucci has chosen to present their collections in. The Capitoline Museum is considered to be one of the first museums in the world and poses to be a very personal memory of Mr. Michele.



Gucci Cruise 2020 collection\\


]]>
Rolls Royce unveils the Wraith Eagle VIII collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5750 Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII cars



June 6, 2019: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled its latest collection car, Wraith Eagle VIII, on the shores of Lake Como at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. This masterpiece by Rolls-Royce, a collection of just 50 Wraith Eagle VIII motor cars, will tell the epic tale of one of the most pivotal moments of the 20th century.



Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown braved uncharted skies to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919. Alcock and Brown flew non-stop from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland in a modified First World War Vickers Vimy bomber aircraft. The bi-plane was powered by twin 20.3 litre, 350 bhp, Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines. It is from this remarkable engine that this collection takes its name, marking 100 years of this highly unanticipated adventure!



Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII car



The exterior of the Wraith Eagle VIII Collection Car is evocative of Alcock and Brown’s compelling night time adventure. Swathed in Gunmetal with a Selby Grey upper two-tone, the colours are separated by a brass feature line. The black grille vanes draw immediate reference to the Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engine cowling on the Vickers Vimy aircraft, the wheels are part polished with a translucent shadow finish. Within, the finely executed interior mirrors the exterior hue.



Selby Grey and black leather are accented by brass, redolent of the brass sextant so integral to the success of the transatlantic journey. Executed in a contemporary fashion, the material populates key areas throughout the cockpit of the Collection. Brass speaker covers depict the estimated flight distance of 1,880 miles and ‘RR’ monograms are embroidered in brass coloured thread onto headrests. A flash of brass complements the navigator door paniers, while the door of the driver includes a brass plaque with Churchill’s quote commending the duo’s remarkable achievements.



Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII car



Inspired by the night time flight of the heroes, the fascia represents a modern-day abstract interpretation of the view the pair would have enjoyed as finally, their craft cleared the thick fog and cloud. In a fusion of contemporary and traditional practises, Smoked Eucalyptus wood is vacuum metalized in gold before being inlaid with silver and copper, to depict the rich detail seen in night time images of the Earth from above. The scene extends to the centre console providing both an emotive and immersive experience for today’s occupants – the cockpit is in perspective with the headliner. 



Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII car



Below, the brass-stitched quilted sides of the centre tunnel provide a direct nod to the V12 engined Vickers Vimy. The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective has masterfully fabricated a clock with an iced background effect which glows a faint green in night time driving conditions. The red hour hand sits atop compass inspired lines on the clock’s fascia, while the landing location coordinates are engraved below. Just 50 of these highly collectable motor cars will be created for discerning collectors.


]]>
Zoya presents jewelry inspired by folktales from world over http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5748 Diamond ruby ear cuffs Zoya



June 5, 2019: Renowned for translating design inspiration into rare pieces with impeccable craftsmanship, Zoya, the diamond boutique from the House of Tata, is captivated by the curious and imaginative stories that have been told and retold over generations. Thus, the brand created “A Treasury of Tales”, a jewelry collection that finds its muse in the rich and varied tapestry of folktales from around the world. This glamourous line of wearable jewellery is sculpted in gold and diamonds with the finest stones such as fancy cut diamonds, topaz, tanzanite and yellow sapphires.



ruby tanzanite ring Zoya



Looking West, the course of the radiant sun and moon is imprinted using yellow sapphires and diamonds in pieces inspired by the Norwegian fairy-tale – East of the Sun and West of the Moon. The occult plumage of the firebird that glows brightly emitting red, yellow and orange gleams; and the three galloping horses that depict the transition from day to night from Russian Folktales inspire a range of rings and earrings crafted using diamonds, rubies and sapphires. 



Diamond tanzanite ring Zoya



Twelve Dancing Princesses of the German folklore are portrayed in boat shaped diamond earrings and jhumkas settled with alternate diamonds and rubies. The intricately designed huggies earrings depict the elegant beauty of the swans of the German fairytale – Wild Swans. On the other hand, in the folklore of Native American tribes’ turtles are considered lucky, often associated with healing, wisdom and spiritual knowledge. 



Turning East, the Japanese stories - Matsuyuma Mirror and The Firefly Princess sparkle with themes of love and contentment. The gleaming earrings in diamonds are reminiscent of flickering fireflies and the cyclic journey of life while the imagery of mirror reflections has been captured in rings crafted in the finest rubies. 



Wild swan earrings Zoya



The popular Chinese mooncake made during the mid-autumn festival is seen in a motif used to design a ring while a rose inspired cut-out in a gold topped ring renders the Chinese folktale – The Blue Rose. Inspired by the great adventures of the Arabian Sailor, Sinbad on the ocean, leaning diamond lines curve into waves symbolizing the powerful water of the sea. The truly heroic tale of Scheherazade has been used in designing earrings with a beautifully placed emerald at its heart.


]]>
London jewelry brand Ortaea launches bridal collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5747 June 5, 2019: The UK-based fine jewellery brand, Ortaea, has unveiled a beautiful bridal collection, featuring one of the most sought after gemstones, the pink diamond. This precious gem is known for bringing beauty and harmony to the wearer, making it the perfect partner to a proposal or as wedding day jewellery.



Ortaea Bridal Collection with Pink Diamonds Wedding ring



Showcasing Ortaea’s expert craftsmanship and ability to celebrate the unique beauty of each stone, the range includes a series of 18kt white gold and pink diamond rings and earrings. Full of