design

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…)



Buy it now: Demellier SS19



Demellier SS19 Miami - affordable luxury leather tote bags

Demellier bags have had a major boost since I first discovered them in 2012. Quick back story: I discovered them in the best way, when I was at an event talking to someone and my eyes kept resting on somebody elses’s bag across the room. When I found the owner and quizzed her about her bag, she revealed it was her own design. That was Mireia Llusia-Lindh, then a corporate consultant whose frustration at not being able to find a practical and sensibly-priced bag for work led her to design her own. Classic founder story! We made friends and I’ve followed her success – and the evolution of the brand name – since.

The Duchess of Sussex (aka Meghan Markle) is another fan, whose high profile patronage has shot Demellier bags into the mainstream. Actually, Demellier bags have developed from the original laptop-friendly totes into smaller fashion bags, offering more choice, colours and price points. (more…)