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Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene



Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene by Chris Stein

Never not buying books about 1970s New York! Here’s a brilliant one on the New York downtown scene by Blondie’s Chris Stein. Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene looks like a time capsule of New York at its run down, romanticized best, encompassing legendary characters (William Boroughs, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol) amongst city streetscapes and New York nightlife. (more…)



Positive fashion: Richemont launches affordable Baume watches



Baume watches sustainable timepiece

Loving the sound of Richemont’s new brand, Baume watches, a millennial-minded offer that riffs off its recently acquired watch company Baume & Mercier. Marketed as an entirely separate entity, the association with the luxury Swiss line won’t do it any harm. (more…)



Louis Vuitton fragrance for men is coming



Louis Vuitton fragrance for men

When Louis Vuitton launched its very ‘feminine’ floral and oriental Les Parfums line in 2016, it swerved the trend of the moment by marketing it strictly to women and not as gender-neutral.

As I expected, it has now brought out a men’s collection.

Gender-neutral fragrances are great (I prefer them as they usually feature either clean, green and citrusy notes, or smoky woods and leathers), but for a brand they have fewer marketing opportunities. (more…)



R.I.P. Judith Leiber



Judith Leiber by Gordon Munro

Rest in peace handbag legend Judith Leiber, who died within hours of her husband last weekend at the age of 97. Her story was fascinating. An émigré from Budapest, she set up her own company in New York after learning her trade at Hungarian handbag-makers, Pessl. Her bags were a favourite of First Ladies – notably Nancy Reagan – but it was when she evolved from leather and satin to her surrealist crystal designs (in the shape of fruits, flowers and even Humpty Dumpty), that she found a cult following in showbiz A-listers and serious collectors. (more…)