Thursday, June 25, 2009

Louis Vuitton’s new campaign features former astronauts

Louis Vuitton’s latest ‘Core Values’ ad campaign marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The campaign, shot by Annie Leibovitz, features Buzz Aldrin who walked on the moon in 1969, along with fellow astronautes Sally Ride and Jim Lovell.

The brand has launched a dedicated website,,
on which Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell and Sally Ride discuss how the experience of space changed their lives.

Store-exclusive bags on the rise

In May, Gucci introduced the exclusive edition Shanghai Dragon bag to mark the opening of its flagship store in Shanghai Golden Eagle. The bag, paying tribute to ancient Chinese drawing arts and mythical twin Dragons, released in a limited edition of 200 pieces, retailing at RMB7,490.

This was followed by another Gucci Group brand Bottega Veneta, which launched a limited edition bag named the Shanghai Duette in copper ostrich, to celebrate the opening of its seventh store in China, in the same Shanghai shopping mall where Gucci opened its flagship.

The latest to create a store-exclusive line was Louis Vuitton, with its new versions of the iconic Neverfull bag paying tribute to resort cities such as Deauville (France), Kämpen (Netherlands), Porto Cervo (Italy) and Puerto Banus (Spain), whose names are stamped on the monogram canvas. The bags are exclusively sold at Louis Vuitton stores in the corresponding resort cities.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Harry Winston links the art of tattoo with diamonds

Harry Winston’s Tattoo collection features six brooches inspired by 1920s American sailors’ tattoos clusters hearts with love-birds and ribbons of baguette diamonds (pictured above, £156,400), or a pavé heart pierced by a dagger (pictured below, £135,300). A sketchbook of 12 vintage tattoo designs is available for bespoke commissions.

Via: FT How to Spend it

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Liana Yaroslavsky's limited edition coffee tables

The Leningrad-born, Paris-based Liana Yaroslavsky's first collection of coffee tables are like miniature museums: a blend of furniture and fine Baroque art within plexiglas cubes. Each table is made with precious and rare materials which are often one-of-a-kind: Murano crystal chandeliers, Napoleon III tapestries, original Versailles flooring and Bohemian crystals. Among the variations is Cocaïne (featured above), which is available in a limited edition of 12 pieces.

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