Quote of the day: Mario Carnicelli



American Voyage Mario Carnicelli Bus stop, Washington, 1966

“As soon as I arrived, I was immediately fascinated. I felt as if I was living in another dimension. I was captivated by the carefree spirit and the freedom that America offered with its mix of cultures and traditions. I was struck by the crowded streets and the decadent window displays and the people who crossed each other without ever stopping. For me, America appeared to have a face that was instantly translatable into images.” (more…)



Louis Vuitton fragrance for men is coming



Louis Vuitton fragrance for men

When Louis Vuitton launched its very ‘feminine’ floral and oriental Les Parfums line in 2016, it swerved the trend of the moment by marketing it strictly to women and not as gender-neutral.

As I expected, it has now brought out a men’s collection.

Gender-neutral fragrances are great (I prefer them as they usually feature either clean, green and citrusy notes, or smoky woods and leathers), but for a brand they have fewer marketing opportunities. (more…)



R.I.P. Judith Leiber



Judith Leiber by Gordon Munro

Rest in peace handbag legend Judith Leiber, who died within hours of her husband last weekend at the age of 97. Her story was fascinating. An émigré from Budapest, she set up her own company in New York after learning her trade at Hungarian handbag-makers, Pessl. Her bags were a favourite of First Ladies – notably Nancy Reagan – but it was when she evolved from leather and satin to her surrealist crystal designs (in the shape of fruits, flowers and even Humpty Dumpty), that she found a cult following in showbiz A-listers and serious collectors. (more…)