Brands

The super-rare Cartier ‘Cheich’ watch just sold for $1.1 million at Sotheby’s



Cartier watch with red strap

Vintage Cartier watches seem to have a magic aura unmatched by other watch brands. Why? Because they push the envelope of outer design and are popular with watch nerds, design nerds and pop culture fiends alike. (Example: Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier Tank was bought by Kim Kardashian in 2017.)

The unique Cartier ‘Cheich’ watch was originally created as a prize for the person who won two consecutive Paris-Dakar races (aka The Dakar Rally, a gruelling bike race through France and into the African desert), in what was known as the Cartier Challenge. (more…)



Uniqlo LifeWear: Salut, Paris!



Uniqlo Letiquette LifeWear magazine

Uniqlo’s LifeWear magazine continues to be a masterclass in branded printed content. This season’s issue has a collab with L’Etiquette magazine, showing off the best in French casual style (above), plus an interview with John Pawson (who knew he was a Uniqlo outerwear stan?) and a wholesome photo portfolio of Harvard athletes off-duty (think Take Ivy with a sportswear twist – below). (more…)



Trend report: Margaret Howell SS23



Margaret Howell SS23 Collection

The Margaret Howell SS23 look book is in and I can honestly say it’s the best ever.

It’s giving post-punk-meets-90s-Vogue-Italia vibes, with an air of Stella Tennant tomboy in the best possible way. I think a big part is the hair and casting, aided and abetted by the very off-piste styling (by Beat Bollinger). (more…)



Perfect pairing: watch and bangle



Jennifer Alfano watch

A single chunky chain bracelet or slim bangle with a steel sports watch make a perfect pairing.

Rather than a stack of Love/Juste un Clou bracelets, or Van Cleef Alhambras, I prefer a less identifiable bangle from Le Gramme or a chain from Sophie Buhai* or Jennifer Alfano. It’s a good fall-back look for adding a suggestion of glam to plain sweaters or shirts, as demonstrated in this Jennifer Alfano profile, (above).

Alternatively, how about a watch with a chain strap? (more…)