The making of the Mulberry Del Ray

It’s always amazing to ‘see’ the craftsmanship behind an object of beauty. The worn fingers an indication of an ingrained skill. That’s luxury.

Coach launches flagship store in London

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Located at 41 New Bond street, the affordable US brand Coach (which is a popular tourist buy for visitors to the USA) opened it’s first European Flagship Store in London on September 7th. In time for London Fashion Week and the company’s 70th anniversary.

To celebrate the launch, Coach created the “41 Collection” which features three new and exclusive styles (e.g The WI) representative of London neighbourhoods.

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Tai Tai rejects create profits

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Hong Kong’s elite group of women known as ‘tai tais’ are providing a local business man and owner of Milan Station with the goods he needs to furnish the desire for designer handbags. By authenticating and recycling old ‘it’ bags, Byron Yiu has become a very rich man.

A brilliant idea to take advantage of a growing trend to sell last seasons bag in order to buy this seasons newest offering and it also means that his stores now house a range of limited editions and rare bags that would otherwise be sitting in closets.

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Volvo Concept You

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The new Volvo Concept You, debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show boasts an ‘intuitive’ car design inspired by Danish design legend Georg Jensen and door panels made of fine fabric designed Oscar Jacobson.

Peter Horbury, Volvo’s VP of Design claims: “The design of the wheels, the grille and details in the innovative headlamps have been inspired by the exquisite works of world-famous Danish design house Georg Jensen. Their precious items capture the essence of Scandinavian design. Uncluttered, organic surfaces and superb craftsmanship that radiate timeless luxury.

This eternal beauty of Georg Jensen design is what we are aiming for with the whole concept car. Just like the finest luxury goods, this design should feel handcrafted and durable enough to stand the test of time.”

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Louis Vuitton’s New Island Maison Store

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Opened just yesterday, Louis Vuitton’s new store concept – an Island Maison on the Marina Bay Sands, marks a significant moment in the brands expansion into Asia.

The store, with interiors that speak to it’s nautical theme also boasts an art gallery with work from designers AND celebrities. This is a move that is not too surprising and fits well with the other celebrity stories of the brand told by the photography of Annie Leibovitz.

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Target and Missoni

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With US superstore Target now collaborating with Italian luxury brand Missoni (as they have done in the past with Liberty of London), are luxury brands devaluing themselves or actually gaining a following of aspirational customers?

Missoni products made especially for Target customers ranged from $2.99 – $100 and not surprisingly sold out in no time. What does this mean for the few who can afford the more expensive Missoni products?

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Luxury Bicycles in China?

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The Telegraph reports that luxury bicycles are the must have in china. With the bike back in vogue after a few years of car fever, these high end models by Ferarri and other luxury car manufacturers are commonly seen on the streets.

It appears that gone are the recognisable visuals of old black bikes laden with people and goods…

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Mercedes Benz F125! Research Car – the future?

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Exhibiting at the 2011 IAA is the new Mercedes F125! Research Car. A luxury and environmentally friendly vehicle created to explore the  possibilities for cars of the future. As a concept it has been built to include what Mercedes see as future trends in transportation, focussing not on the next generation of cars, but the generation beyond that. It’s a beautiful piece of engineering and design for sure.

What’s interesting though is that we are all focussed on no emissions, but what will society have evolved to in 2025? What will be the big questions then? I think the issues will be different and that unfortunately, we are actually building for the present, based on our limited view of the future – instead of building for what the future will really hold.

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Ribbon Chair / Tom Vaughan

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Tom Vaughan’s Ribbon Chair is absolutely stunning – a beautiful piece of furniture and art. In fact, his entire range of furniture that invites the lines of the body to interact in harmony with natural materials is just phenomenal. See also the S Chair.

Product that shows it’s origin

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I recently came across Bole Flooring; Hardwood flooring with natural curves reminiscent of the trees they came from.

Using a custom designed CAD/CAM process of complex algorithms developed by a Finish engineering company and the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology, the company scans the wood, identifies imperfections and creates a natural floor that is bespoke and quite honestly, truly beautiful.

Perhaps the ultimate in luxury – taking nature, using it’s inherent properties, combining it with a highly sophisticated technical process and installing it in your home.

This product captures what many consumers are looking for today. Something different, something natural, something to talk about.