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The Left Bankers are not so much an art movement as a social phenomenon, not so much something invented as stumbled across; not a group, but a series of individuals unknowingly connected by shared experience, ambition and ability, both artistic and practical. I first coined the name Left Bankers late in 2010 after becoming aware of a number of artists who had exchanged life in the City of London for a more creative direction – but in doing so they were employing the skills and contacts they had made in the City to develop their art, further their own objectives and create new opportunities for others. In fact, their number also includes people who have not left the City of London, but who have nevertheless already answered the call to follow their creative urge and have been able to realise their artistic ambitions. What is particularly interesting about them is…

Born on the 16th of October 1854 in Dublin, Ireland, Oscar Wilde was to become one of the most well known personalities of his day, and one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London. Early Life The second of three children, Wilde was born to intellectual parents who were both professionally and socially quite successful. From 1871 until 1874, Wilde studied at Trinity College in Dublin and was an incredible student, winning scholarships as coming first in his class in his first year of studies. In 1974, he moved to Magdalen College in Oxford to continue his academics. While at the school, Wilde became known as an extremely flamboyant dresser and played a large role in both the aesthetic and decadent movements. Society Life & Early Works After graduating from Oxford, Wilde began living in London as a bachelor. He published a book of poems that was well…

“Among the noble cities of the world that Fame celebrates, the City of London of the Kingdom of the English, is the one seat that pours out its fame more widely, sends to farther lands its wealth and trade, lifts its head higher than the rest.” —William FitzStephen, c. 1180 Expanding on Assouline’s popular series, The Light of London showcases a new collection of evocative black-and-white images by Jean-Michel Berts. In the twilight of dawn and dusk, when the stately avenues and gritty side streets are empty and silent, London’s smorgasbord of architecture both medieval and modern can be seen with new eyes. Jean-Michel Berts’s camera obscura exposes the unique character of this majestic city when the bustle of the global capital is stilled. “Architecture is the cultural reflection of a civilization” Jean-Michel Berts Jean-Michel Berts has been a photographer since age sixteen. With his first Rolleiflex camera he became…

“I have devoted my life to the study and appreciation of precious gems, revealing their true beauty. Perfection and artistic creation have always been my daily concerns.” —Alexandre Reza Beautiful book and stunning photos. A must-read for all lovers of fine jewelry! For the past six decades, gemologist Alexandre Reza has been one of Paris’s—and indeed the world’s—most exclusive jewelers, a master artisan and purveyor of exclusive gemstones based in Place Vendôme, the heart of fashion and luxury. To experience his ornaments is to discover history reborn: The diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies of his collections have seen the most extravagant centuries and epochs, from French monarchies and Persian dynasties to the Italian Renaissance. And yet Reza’s precious stones are never meant to be an antiquated homage to a prestigious past; a creator by instinct, Reza takes history as inspiration rather than for reproduction. His handcrafted pieces mix ages and…

I was sitting and looking out the window the other day at 24 inches of snow blanketing my yard. I should have been thinking about how beautiful it was, but instead I found myself griping, “Boy, is this chair uncomfortable!” I’d still rather be sitting than shoveling, but I had to wonder who made this chair, and what they were thinking. I bought it because it was apple green and I loved the color. I wasn’t thinking about whether it would be comfortable and functional. Sometimes it seems like the nicest looking chairs are the worst to sit in, and the comfiest ones look terrible. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. Modern Functionalists in Bauhaus Germany Several movements have merged functionalism with great design and beauty in furniture. The Modern Functionalists at the Bauhaus in Germany come to mind first. In the 1920s, they created functional chairs with…

Born in 1839 in the town of Aix-en-Provence, France, Paul Cézanne was to become one of the most influential painters of the 19th century. As a post-impressionist artist, his work laid a concrete base for the transition from the art landscape of the late 19th century, to the fundamentally different world of art in the 20th century. His work also created a bridge between what is referred to as Impressionism and the later area of work called Cubism that emerged in the early 1900’s. Cézanne’s paintings have proven to be a truly enduring body of work. Hallmarks of the Masters Work As an artist, Cézanne possessed a mastery of design, tone, composition and color. His paintings are clearly recognizable because of the unique brushstrokes that were characteristic of his work. Choosing to ignore the traditional laws of perspective, he painted in a way that made each object in the piece appear…

As you know, the gorgeous Michelle Williams has taken on the role of Marilyn Monroe in the movie “My Week with Marilyn”. Marilyn Monroe had a trademark glamorous look, so we thought you’d enjoy a story illustrating both a look back at the 1950’s cosmetics she used and today, how to get beautified Marilyn Monroe 2.0 Style as Celebrity Makeup Artist and Beauty Expert, Melanie Mills, introduces new to the market, innovative products for looking like this Hollywood star. Whether you’re curious or just wanting to imitate the stunning starlet, you’ll be a big hit with this classic beauty look! And, take a look to see how much cosmetics have changed in 60 years! Duplicate Marilyn Monroe’s iconic look with helpful hints from Celebrity Makeup Artist and Beauty Expert, Melanie Mills. MARILYN 1950’s: Pond’s Cold Cream was applied at night before bed. MARILYN 2.0: To get flawless skin like Marilyn’s,…

With the earliest clocks, timekeeping was almost an afterthought. They were initially designed as mechanical calendars to accurately record the seasons, religious holidays and even curious superstitious practices. Calendars continued to be incorporated into clocks and watches even after the purpose of minute by minute timekeeping became more prominent. With the best antique clocks and watches, a calendar shows the mechanical genius and craftsmanship of the maker. Technology and the Clock Calendar attachments can include indication of the year, month, day-of the-month, day of the week, moon phases, high and low tide, sun rise, sun set, signs of the Zodiac and more. Every important horologist throughout history has made a contribution to this technology in the never-ending human quest to understand our universe. The Perpetual Clock Henri Robert, creator of the perpetual calendar clock (1794-1874), likely began his career working with Abraham Louis Breguet (1748-1823) of Paris. Breguet’s most complex…

GUILTY PLEASURES For all our readers in the UK, there is a fabulous documentary series you must see. UK: BBC 4 TV 27th June 9pm Guilty Pleasures: luxury in ancient Greece UK: BBC 4 TV 4th July 9pm Guilty Pleasures: luxury in the Medieval world Written and Presented by Dr Michael Scott A quote from Dr. Scott about Luxury: “Luxury isn’t just a question of expensive and beautiful things for the rich and powerful,” says Dr Scott. “It feeds into ideas of democracy and patriotism, of social harmony and epic courage, not to mention our values as individuals and our relationships with the divine. Indeed the most fascinating thing about luxury is that it is almost impossible to define, and yet we all know it when we see it, because we each have our own ideas of what luxury is (for some – including me – it might be as…

Collecting is an age-old hobby, a passion to buy, hunt for and accumulate treasures. But it seems that the drive to collect beautiful things has disappeared, primarily with the forty and under crowd. They appear to be far more interested in gadgets than objects. You may argue that serious collecting doesn’t begin until one has gone through college, married, and had children and a house. Maybe you have to be in your mid-40s to decide to invest in a collection. But that doesn’t seem right. I started collecting before I was ten. Back in the early 60s, kids collected baseball cards, dolls, stamps, coins (who didn’t have those little blue books?), Tonka toys and so on. Today what do they collect? Video games, Facebook friends, and iPhone aps. I believe that collecting is a bug that you catch early on and continue to nurture through adulthood. It’s no surprise that…

Every element of design in our world produces classics. Fashion and interior design both enjoy timeless influence from iconic stylists and their creative designs. Music spans generations and influences up and coming musical artists, and classic movies continue to fill must watch lists. Classics fill our lives with beauty and historical context. That which is timeless and endures trends, evokes a sense of loyalty, and is priceless, a classic typically represents the period in which it was created. And so it is with classic literature. Enhancing a Personal Library For some it’s a pile of favorite books stacked beside the bed. For others it’s a wall of floor to ceiling book cases with a tapestry of novels, journals, magazines and stylish storage all vying for attention on shelves lined with favorite titles and memorabilia. Yet, however large or small, a library without classic literature is missing a key element of…

Today, conversation between brand and consumers is a valuable way for those that love them to get to know their favorites better and make some new favorites. For luxury brands, especially since the definition of luxury has changed, paving the way for more accessible luxury that feeds the need of the quality-seeking masses. In this increasingly digital world, reaching out to consumers and sharing the stories of your brand is the new way. Ever wonder if your favorite luxury brand is on Twitter? EAT LOVE SAVOR did too. We compiled an extensive list of luxury brands from around the world that have accounts. Here’s our list of Luxury Tweeters; those brands you know or may not know yet! More to come. Something to Add? This list is by no means exhaustive and there are more coming; We’ll be adding more as they are discovered! Find a broken link? If you…

If you use a Moleskine journal for your day-timer, notes, sketches or whatever your daily life requires, then you know how great these special books are. There are many journals available, but none compare to the quality and history of Moleskine. First, where quality and appearance is concerned, their hallmarks are the bound coated paper cardboard cover, an elastic band handy for keeping it all together, a stitched spine, deliciously cream colored acid-free paper, round corners, a ribbon bookmark and even a pocket that expands, at the back of the book. This is a solid book that feels good to the touch and is a pleasure in which to write. Moleskine (pronounced mol-a-skeen’-a) is produced by an Italian company of the same name located in Milan. The Evolution of the Moleskine Journal The modern version of these books were fashioned after the descriptions written by author and travel writer Bruce…

There are many books, both fiction and non fiction that take us on a journey. Trips through exotic places or places known, painting a lovely picture of the scenery and life that goes on down the streets and across the hills. Words so beautifully laid out as to paint the perfect picture, so well described, you can almost smell the atmosphere. There are so many to choose from depending on your desired genre and any that incorporate food into the adventure. Books are even better if they are recommended by a friend. Read a book, and you can go afar! Top 10 Travel Books 1. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James An enchanting classic, written by Henry James (a famous American Author) that explores the differences between traveling and living, between the Old World and the New World. It explores America and Europe as seen through the eyes…