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Louis Vuitton The Art of the Journey arrives at Bond Street



Raw Edges Concertina Chair for Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades

Dear LVMH, please can you slow it down with the store openings, exhibitions, out-of-the-way fashion shows and, well, everything else? I’m breathlessly trying to keep up. Next week is the Dior Cruise show and the long awaited re-opening of its Bond street flagship, this week was Cannes, Vuitton Cruise and a rather excellent exhibition opening in the LV Bond Street Maison.

Louis Vuitton’s The Art of the Journey is a must-see if you love product design innovation. It spans the entire store, with exhibits starting in the usually-only-for-VIPs top floor private apartment and working their way down. (more…)



How to buy an Hermès fragrance



How to buy an Hermes fragrance

There are many ways to buy an Hermès fragrance. In department stores, at airports, online. But for the best experience, in keeping with the poetic Hermès approach, I’d recommend buying from an Hermès store. This way, you get personal service (hunt out the charming perfume ambassadors in Bond Street, and Sloane Street) and get to experience all the delightful little Hermès touches, of which of course, there are many. (Here’s one I experienced: when I tested the scents, they were sprayed onto an Hermès ribbon, which was then tied to my wrist. Fabulous, no?) (more…)



THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Céline, M.I.H Jeans, Brooks Brothers, Estée Lauder



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

1. M.I.H JEANS LAUNCHES A POP-UP SHOP
mih jeans pop-up shop in Soho
Happy Birthday M.i.h Jeans! Chloe Lonsdale is celebrating 10 years of M.i.h Jeans with a pop-up shop and mini-collection called The Cult Denim Project. Selling ten favourite M.i.h pieces, it includes the chambray boiler suit, which is also one of my favourite M.i.h looks. (more…)



Coming soon: Uniqlo X Olympia Le-Tan



Uniqlo X Olympia Le-Tan

There’s something about the French Uniqlo collabs that really hit the mark for me. The Ines de la Fressange collections are consistently good and the Lemaire ones have some great knitwear and bold colour pieces. Just arrived at Colette is a Uniqlo X Olympia Le-Tan collaboration which should be landing soon in international Uniqlo stores. (UPDATE: It’s arrived>>> here!) (more…)