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Nino Cerruti style



Nino Cerruti

It’s not even the end of January and already fashion’s legends are crossing the great divide.

While the death of Andre Leon Talley has rightfully dominated the news (everyone it seems has a heartfelt story of his larger-than-life persona), another – more understated – style elder quietly passed away at the age of 91 last weekend. Nino Cerruti (affectionately known as Il Signor Nino) was the grandson of a textile entrepreneur, whose Cerruti 1881 brand was a mainstay of 80s menswear, pegged alongside Armani as the epitome of relaxed masculine elegance. In fact, Giorgio Armani cut his teeth at Cerruti in the 1960s before going on to start his own label. (more…)



Function first: Hermès Birkin 3-in-1



Hermes Birkin 3-in-1 bag

The iconic Hermès Birkin has had a pragmatic update – and I prefer it.

The Birkin 3-in-1 is a capacious boxy leather vessel in its raw state, but with the added canvas pocket-flap, takes on its usual recognisable form. Use the pocket-flap portion on its own and it serves as a slender but good-sized clutch. Yours for $14,400… (more…)



Noguchi at The Barbican



Noguchi sculptures - The Barbican

If you’re in London for Frieze and need some zen time out from the frantic pace, here’s my tip. Go and chill at the Barbican.

The Noguchi show just opened two weeks ago at Barbican Centre and it’s a perfect stroll through the artist and designer’s timeline.

Isamu Noguchi was a sculptor and multidisciplinary designer, creating everything from theatre sets to kids’ playgrounds to furniture and of course, the now-classic Akari lighting. (more…)