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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…)



THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Uniqlo, John Lobb, Dries van Noten, Niijournal, WattsWhat 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. WHAT TO BUY FROM UNIQLO X J.W.ANDERSON

Uniqlo J.W. Anderson LifeWear
Uniqlo unveiled its J.W. Anderson LifeWear collaboration last week, which will launch with 33 pieces in September in the U.K. My guess is that the menswear will sell better than the women’s and those ruffle skirts will get left on the rail. I love the tartan Ultra Light Down Jacket as a vivid insulation piece to wear under another layer. (more…)