Design

LVMH is backing cool jewels



Repossi Robert Mapplethorpe New York Times

An update from the world of fine jewellery. LVMH has quietly taken a majority stake in my favourite cult fine jewellery brand Repossi. According to Business of Fashion (paywall), LVMH (which owns Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chaumet and Bulgari) has upped its stake from 42 percent in 2015, to 69 percent in 2018. I’ve not heard much on the Repossi front lately, but BOF reports that it has been expanding its retail network, with shop-in-shops in Dubai, London and Doha, with New York and Tokyo to come. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: Diarte knitwear



Diarte Byron fair trade sweater

I’m on the lookout for a new lightweight red sweater and this one piqued my interest on How To Spend It.
The bright red cotton sweater is by Madrid-based brand, Diarte, which is based around everyday basics drawing inspiration from ‘natural landscapes, contemporary art and strong architecture’. (more…)



Retro realness at the TWA Hotel



TWA Hotel David Mitchell

Gotta love the kitschness of the new TWA Hotel rooms.

Designed by New York City firm Stonehill Taylor, they boast Knoll furniture, rotary phones, special TWA toiletries, and custom-built not-so-mini bars stocked with Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne, Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Cognac and Belvedere Vodka (can of Tab not included).

Plus a view onto JFK’s runways and the historic TWA Flight Centre. (more…)



Denim update: Chimala – Japanese do it better



Chimala Monroe Jeans

Further to my jeans post, I tried the 701s. Oh dear oh dear, what was I thinking? Great if you’re 7 feet tall, fugeddaboudit otherwise! The denim was nice though.

On the white 501s front, I bought a pair of the 501 cropped from Next of all places (first thing I’ve ever bought from Next I think!), because they had my size and they do click and collect. I have to say, the shopping experience was smooth and painless. The jeans are OK, not particularly cropped but I’ll just turn them up like I do my other ones. (more…)