Brands

Harrods Salon de Parfums: see, touch, smell



Floraiku fragrance at Harrods Salon de Parfums 6th floor

It takes a lot to get me to an 8.30am press launch, but the addition of seven new boutiques to the Harrods Salon de Perfums did the trick. Joining the original ten boutiques, this 6th floor haven is a destination for serious scent seekers.

Let’s talk personalisation and experience, two big lifestyle trends that are a gift to luxury retailers. At Harrods they’re expected by wealthy overseas customers, who demand excellence and uniqueness from every visit. With bricks and mortar retail struggling overall, it’s the ‘wow’ experiences that get people talking and – crucially – returning for more. (more…)



Positive fashion: Nisolo shoes



Nisolo shoes elayna leather sneaker

Love the Elayna trainer from ethical artisanal startup, Nisolo. Lean Luxe brought the brand to my attention by praising it for its non ‘Etsy factor’ branding and operation. What the hell does that mean? It referred to the often twee, not-quite-there brands that have good intentions but don’t quite cut it on execution and delivery. (more…)



THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Helmut Lang, Sephora, Mackintosh, Pat McGrath Labs and more!



Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands and industry stories currently buzzing on my radar…

1. HELMUT LANG’S RADICAL RELAUNCH

HELMUT LANG FALL 1999 RTW

The most interesting part to me about the new Helmut Lang structure, hiring an editor, instead of an overall creative director, is the plan for a regular reissue of archive Helmut Lang pieces. (more…)



Chanel eyes: new formulations and retractable brushes



Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Powder Eyeshadow L-R Desert Rouge, Noir Satin, Talpa
Isn’t perception a fascinating thing? I perceive Chanel beauty as a classic brand, so when I’m presented with anything slightly off-piste it’s not too scary as it’s always done with such finesse and elegance I don’t feel like I’m being tipped out of my comfort zone. (more…)