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Imagine a delightful luxury moment engaged in the simple pleasure of taking pen to paper. A little sip and nibble of deliciousness add to the enjoyment while your thoughts swirl and imagination flies. The paper crisp and texture smooth, the cold pen warms with your touch, the gentle scratching sound that rises from each written word, soothing and melodic. You recline to reflect, sinking back into the plush chair, the scent of tea and petit fours perfumes the room. You reach for a petit four, the flavor bursts on your tongue as the sweet treat melts in your mouth… Pictured: Period Gustavian fall front writing desk, Montegrappa gran Teatro Le Fenice Fountain pen, Christian Lacroix fleurs de Seville scented candle, 1950s coral opal cocktail ring, Designers Guild Watelet China mug, Smythson runway textured leather notebook, Petit fours, Designers Guild Watelet China tea plate, Designers Guild Watelet China white tea pot,…

The Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Yearbook is an annual publications started in 2007, paying tribute to the world of images and highlighting contributions from the most famous names in this domain.  Jaeger-LeCoultre has been involved for many years in the world of photography. First, in 1938, the Manufacture created a camera called “Compass” which was equipped with the latest technical functions of the time and was very tiny. Then, the brand has also established long term relationships with the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris and the Elysée Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. Every year, the editorial content is peppered with a wealth of cultural and artistic themes, as well as musings on extraordinary lifestyles and trends. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Yearbooks An annual event eagerly anticipated by Jaeger-LeCoultre connoisseurs, the Yearbook is a luxurious publication that helps to raise the brand’s profile and establish its presence in the world of photography. Available in English and…

Chapter 1 Introduction: Why Meta-luxury? Luxury, as a concept, has been used in many different ways. As a term, ‘luxury’ has amassed a multitude of meanings and, in that very process of accumulation, its true meaning has become diluted. Th e word luxury has its roots in Latin: luxus, meaning ‘abundance’ and ‘sumptuous enjoyment’. Roman history relays a number of accounts of the term, often with the decidedly insalubrious connotation of sinful enjoyment, or with a pejorative tone, deriding the extravagance of the nouveaux riches. Th e Greeks had a number of words for luxury, each with its own subtle, or in some cases less subtle, connotations. Today, the generic, middle-of-the-road definition sees luxury referring to those goods whose price makes them exclusive, affordable only to a limited number of affluent individuals. While in principle this concept is sufficiently precise, it is in fact rather blurred. How expensive? How exclusive?…

BENTLEY THE BOOK Much like the cars themselves, a stunning illustrated volume profiling the history of the Bentley brand, a name synonymous with innovation. Their 200 mph vehicles feature the finest leather and luxuriant veneers, as well as the latest in-car technologies. This was James Bond’s first car, the dream of founder W. O. Bentley a fast car, a good car, the best in its class and a vision that is still unfolding. A Breathtaking Array of Images From conceptual sketches to artistic portraits and vintage press materials capture a unique blend of meticulous craftsmanship and precision engineering. Inside to greet you is detailed insights into the bespoke manufacturing process as well as a presentation of individual models from the very beginning to the present day. In addition, there’s a fascinating examination of the philosophy behind the brand, detailing how the spirit of Bentley has evolved over time‹including a look…

The book “Meta-luxury Brands and the Culture of Excellence” is a must-read for all luxury industry professionals. In a world where the word ‘luxury’ has been overused and its meaning diluted, MetaLuxury is a welcome and needed book to refer to for focused and renewed perspective to the terminology and industry.  Meta-luxury = “beyond luxury” … Beyond luxury indeed! Meta-luxury sets out to define the ultimate meaning of true luxury, exploring it as both a culture and business model. Through the concept of Unique Achievement and the pillars of Craftsmanship, Focus, History and Rarity, the authors examine what is at the heart of true luxury and its implications for brand and business management. A unique series of conversations with an eclectic array of world-renowned craftsmen, artists, academics and heads of unique brands, brings insightful illumination to the paradigm of meta-luxury. Conversations include: Salvatore Accardo, Hans Peter Danuser von Platen, Paolo…

Beautiful as the gems it features, The Impossible Collection of Jewelry by Vivienne Becker is a gorgeous book filled with a jaw-dropping selection of wearable pieces of art by masters in the art of jewelry making. “In this magnificent collection of the most spectacular jewels of the twentieth century, fine jewelry historian Vivienne Becker selects the quintessential bijoux that represent the milestones of jewelry design of the last one hundred years. From Art Nouveau to the brink of the new millennium, Becker’s selections range from the Wiener Werkstätte and Tiffany Studios, Egyptian-inspired Art Deco masterpieces by Cartier and midcentury designs by Verdura for Chanel, exquisite creations by DeBeers, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Graff, to modern designs from a new generation of innovative artists.” published by ASSOULINE The jeweler allows me to wear the sapphire blue lake on my finger, the emerald green leaves around my neck, and take the…

From the foreword through to the back cover, each lovely page unfolds the secret world of Coco Chanel in the book CHANEL: Three Weeks in 1962. Capturing the icon in intimate photos: gorgeous, private, elegant shots from professional photographer Douglas Kirkland, who was a young man of twenty-seven when he was sent on  assignment to photograph Coco Chanel in France at her couture house. Intensely private, the icon warmed to him and it showed in the photos. Each image makes you feel as though you are right there, experiencing this privileged world! Enchanting Book! We loved that the advise Mademoiselle passed on to the author had a life lasting effect – those who love Ms. Chanel, feel the same way. This book is captivating from the first page to last. For more information about the book and author Douglas Kirkland, visit www.glitteratiincorporated.com by Angela Tunner VIDEO Douglas Kirkland on Coco…