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Smythson stories: how the Mara diary is made*



Making of a Smythson diary Mara midnight

“Our Featherweight paper is the same paper that’s used for bank notes. It’s extremely thin but durable enough to be written on without the ink showing through.”

I’m being taken on a personal tour of Smythson’s Hertfordshire bookbinding workshops, where its famous diaries are produced, from printed page to hand-finished leather covers. My guide is pointing out each artisanal technique while I take in the familiar sky blue paper hue that serves as a permanent presence throughout the premises. (more…)



Look, frame, what do you see?*



Giorgio Armani Films of City Frames BFI

Now more than ever, fashion is part of the entertainment system. And no one knows this better than Giorgio Armani. An early believer in the commercial clout of red carpet dressing, his ad campaigns are cinematic extravaganzas worthy of their very own film awards.

Armani’s passion for cinema extends for another season to Films of City Frames, an initiative designed to give a platform to emerging filmmakers from four of the world’s most prestigious film schools. Their brief? To create a short film based on real life, set in the film school’s city – and starring Armani ‘Frames of Life’ eyewear in a supporting role. (more…)



Buy it now: The Very Exclusive sale*



Peter Jensen Peanuts Sweatshirt Very Exclusive

If you’re not familiar with Very Exclusive, let me enlighten you. It’s a new e-commerce site that’s positioned at a contemporary price point, selling fashion and beauty brands including Carven, Joseph, Equipment and By Terry. The buy is a good mix of work-appropriate classics and more fun, fashion-forward pieces. (more…)



EXCLUSIVE*: Alexander Lewis Resort 2016 – the woman, the situation, the mood



Alexander Lewis resort 2016

All of Alexander Lewis’s passions collide this week with the unveiling of his Resort 2016 collection. The half-Brazilian, London-based designer, whose collections are based on envisaging a situation for his women and building a narrative and collection around that, has always focused on pre-collections. But as we all know, the so-called in-between season has recently flourished into the most important money-making season on the calendar.

For Resort 2016, Alexander Lewis imagines his muse in a sophisticated Sao Paulo setting, getting dressed for an evening with her girlfriends, having taken a dance class with voguing duo Aya Sato and Bambi. (more…)