design

Veja performance trainers: form or function?



Veja performance trainers Condor

You should by now be no stranger to Veja. You know, the cult French eco-trainer brand seen on every tastemaker of note, recognised by its minimalist white V10 sneakers with the distinctive V logo. There was a good piece in the FT recently (sub req*) on how the brand rose to €60 million turnover.

But two things jumped out at me. (more…)



R.I.P Pierre Le-Tan



Pierre Le-Tan

“My father gave me the taste of drawing and being a collector. Today, I collect cracked pieces of porcelain…. It may be a bit ridiculous.”

I always loved the work of Pierre Le-Tan, the illustrator who passed away last week, but I didn’t really know much about him. He was a passionate collector (of everything), a Jean Cocteau aficionado (he lived in Cocteau’s former Paris apartment in Place du Palais-Bourbon) and an early success (more…)



The perfume that never was



Marni perfume bottle Sybarite

Exhibition idea! All those incredible ideas, expensive mistakes, too impossible-to-produce design innovations that never came to fruition.

Example: this Marni perfume bottle by design firm, Sybarite, who created Marni’s global retail identity during the Consuelo Castiglioni years. Sybarite founders Torquil McIntosh and Simon Mitchell’s fragrance bottle never made it to stores, as Castiglioni decided to keep it for her own private collection.

“It nearly launched until Consuelo decided she loved it so much she didn’t want the public to have it,” (more…)



Wardrobe NYC – the denim edit



Wardrobe NYC Denim

Wardrobe NYC has been going for a few months now. The premise is a series of capsule wardrobe ‘packs’; you buy four or eight pieces at a time and the styling is as classic and cool as it gets, so you’re not going to get fashion fatigue with them! (more…)