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Exotic jewellery from Clara Saldarriaga

Something new and exotic has attracted tons of attention on the jewellery scene – the highly ornate and strikingly feminine designs by Clara Saldarriaga. Her marvellous creations are a unique blend of high-quality craftsmanship and beautiful, clean forms inspired by Nature.

At the core of the eye-catching collection lies the designer’s inspiration from Colombia’s rich flora and fauna, which results in gentle, yet strikingly original pieces. Her jewellery is unique in the fact that it consists of real flowers, petals, leafs and seeds encapsulated in gold and silver. This adds an otherworldly feature to the intricately stylized pieces as the wearer develops a personal relationship with them as new patterns and colours start to emerge.

The pre-Hispanic influence is clearly visible in the enthralling pieces, such as the $450 pheasant ring in etched gold and its $650 equally striking serpent version, which wraps around the finger. The highly ornate pair of frogs are retailing for $550 and the delicately feminine Medellín’s wild orchids are sold for $340 gold and $280 with longevity being at the root of the brand.

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The nature-inspired gems carry a unique feature in that they effectively extend the life of a plant, turning them into exquisite creations. Upcoming pieces are a sublime blend of raw Colombian emeralds and filigree from Mompox  – a colonial port city. Only the highest level of craftsmanship is employed to wield such fine quality of fabulous designs that etch the best of Nature in gold and silver.

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The cuffs are strikingly intricate and wrap delicately around the wrist in a way that accentuated the feminine form, which is difficult to achieve for heavier, bigger jewellery. Clara Saldarriaga’s original pieces are a statement-making accessory that any modern, fashionable woman would appreciate.

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Time has never been classier

New materials are always changing the way timepieces are worn and the statement that they make. With phosphorescence becoming more and more prevalent in everything from clothes to accessories and even cars this Spring it’s no wonder that the new de Grisogono Tondo by Night (priced at £7,200) follows the trend closely.

With its intricately illuminated diamond dials it creates a staggering glow effect in the dark – one that is sure to raise quite a few eyebrows. In addition it boasts the remarkable pearly photoluminescent composite fibreglass technology, where the addition of minute particles of mother-of-pearl enhances the inherent luminosity. It comes in a variety of eye-catching colours and is fully customizable for a nice personal touch.

The contemporary watch is lighter, stronger and exhibits considerably less friction and improve efficiency thanks to the state-of-the-art materials used in its making. The piece is water-resistant and can withstand depth of up to 30m. Illuminated from the inside, the sophisticated movement has been intricately developed to display a gem-set oscillating rotor on the dial. The innovative PLF (photoluminescent composite fibreglass) technology allows for a longer, brighter glow – day and night.

With its signature neon bright and cool exterior, the Tondo by Night collection boasts remarkable craftsmanship in addition to its sleek design and luxurious execution. All in all – the ultimate in contemporary accessories.

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Delvaux with a twist on its iconic classics

Delvaux – the oldest fine leather goods company in the world and highly regarded by the Belgian royal family – has freshened and fine-tuned its historic handbags. In reviving its iconic designs the brand has brought in the highly-regarded designer Christina Zeller who has helped develop cult styles for Mochino, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix and Givenchy. When it comes to bringing the brand out of its slumber the former model was a natural choice.

With a small team of two designers Christina has reinvented some of Delvaux’s most iconic designs – Le Brillant (priced at £12,650). The box-shaped bag is constructed from 64 pieces of leather with concealed seams and an elegant buckle. The more geometric Le Tempête (priced at £9,800)is graceful in an almost austere way with its clean, cut lines. Perfectly balanced in its use of leather and metal – this bad is feminine and sleek, but makes a strong bold statement. Le Madame (priced at £1,400) based on a classic 1977 style has introduced some nice changes in the design with chunkier metal clasps and more feminine shapes. The biggest advantage of bringing on board such a talented designer has to be the amazing array of vivid colours Zeller has introduced that range from warm sunny yellow to hot pink and spring green. Some bags demonstrate a bold eclectic mixture of different leather – plain and exotic skins complementing each other in an eye-catching way.

One of the products worth mentioning are the sublime mini versions that start at £1,400 of each style and are sold under the line Temptation.

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Return to the 70s

The Spring season sees a lot of elements from the 1970s being incorporated into the male wardrobes. Rich earthly tones, bold geometric patterns and the revival of the statement shearling coat are making a comeback and being reimagined in fresh ways.

Statement fabrics take centre stage with moleskins and corduroy trousers in eye-catching 1970s colours, such as chocolate brown, dark ochre and deep orange. Separates remain key with cashmere, silk and linen being the predominant fabrics of choice as evidenced by Kiton’s wearable sports jackets.

Amongst British tailors channelling the 1970s it’s worth mentioning Savile Row’s Richard Anderson, in its made-to-order range. Their russet cotton or velvet corduroys (priced at £195) are classy and dapper at the same time with customers being able to choose between the amber corduroy three-piece suit (priced at £1,400; double-breasted version, £1,195), a fawn moleskin two-piece (£1,300) that is casual, and a rust velvet-cord three-piece (from £1,350) that makes an edgy statement. The masculinity of the 1970s shines through in the longer-fitted jackets with broader lapels, high armholes and trousers fuller through the top of the leg.

Elsewhere, Prada’s rich gabardine designs are superb in their retro styling as made evident by a rust suit (£2,190), olive shirt (£535) and a chocolate crepe de Chine scarf (£170), while versions in brown gabardine (£2,175) are worth mentioning too, with their silvery sheen and shawl collars boasting the appeal of vintage eveningwear.

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Footwear doesn’t fall behind the current tendencies as evidenced by Jimmy Choo’s ubiquitous elegance that shines through in the new Ronan zip boot (£550) in deep burgundy, brown or black made from high-quality calfskin, or the more robust suede Roger (£650) with dramatic toe-caps.

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Signature Touch High Performance Smartphone by Vertu

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Self-described as ‘a powerful blend of cutting-edge technology, stylish design and the finest materials’ the new Signature Touch line by Vertu is a remarkable piece. Its crisp, clean aesthetic is the first thing that draws the attention, but its functionality and high performance are also worth mentioning.

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This extraordinary smartphone of a new generation has been developed in a close collaboration with Bentley, and is a fine example of British luxury and meticulous craftsmanship.  Effortless luxury and exceptional technology meet to bring to life the ultra-premium smartphone with the winning blend of beauty and extraordinary functionality.

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Apart from being an unmistakable statement piece, the Signature Touch is packed with powerful technology, such as global 4G connectivity, rigorously tested with Bang & Olufsen; superior Dolby® Digital Plus sound reproduction; 13-megapiel sensor with dual LED flash and a lens of virtually scratch-proof sapphire crystal tuned with Hasselblad; 4.7” full-HD display, with 473 pixels per inch; robust case made of Grade 5 titanium alloy and a HD screen made from virtually scratch-proof sapphire.  The smartphone is shaped for comfort, delivering exceptional speed, effortless browsing and multi-tasking with the latest version of the Android platform.

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Each phone is rigorously tested to ensure it gives uncompromising toughness, the Signature Touch boasts unmatched connectivity, improved battery performance and console-quality gaming graphics. The line features a variety of choices like the sharp Pure Jet Leather for €9,900.00, the simpler Jet Calf for €7,900.00 or the uncompromising Pure Jet Red Gold for €16,900.00 – all made from high-quality leather and crafted to perfection. Customers are also welcomed to explore the personalized made-to-order option and leave their personal touch on the piece to truly boast their individuality.

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A wide variety of sophisticated colours, high-quality leathers and meticulous craftsmanship ensures your experience with Vertu is unique and in keeping with your core values.

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Limited-edition cigar boxes by Barbara Bloom

New York-based conceptual artist Barbara Bloom’s limited-edition cigar boxes are exquisitely-designed and practical at the same time. Inspired by the silver version gifted to the father of modern psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud by a patient in the far-away 1903, the set features 15 sleek boxes (9in x 6in x 3-1/4in). Each is a testament to her talent as an artist and designer as it displays a staggering blend of style, attention to detail and minimalistic beauty. All boxes are handcrafted, using the finest in silver and polished wood.

Apart from the fine craftsmanship, another detail worth mentioning are the witty inscriptions Bloom features on the boxes for a humorous twist. Her personal edition displays the words “Sometimes an inscription is just an inscription” in a nod to Freud’s famous statement “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”.
When asked the designer says she discovered Freud’s original case in the archives of New York’s Jewish Museum while working on the installation of her As It Were…So to Speak: A Museum Collection in Dialogue with Barbara Bloomexhibition in 2013, and was instantly drawn to its aesthetics, inscription – “Christmas, 1903”.
Inspired by his deep love for cigars as well as the subliminal, Bloom embarked on a venture to create something truly significant that could serve both as a holiday gift as well as an aesthetically pleasing accessory. They sell for$2,500 each and present a unique opportunity to own or gift something exquisite, inspired by an icon.

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Andraab – a wearable work of art

From peacock patterns to Mughal florals – Andraab is gracing the fashion scene with a line of hand-woven, vibrant textiles that are a must-have for every stylish woman this season. The founder of Kashmir Caravans – a pioneering local touring company – Andrabi, has taken luxury to a new level with the introduction of the exquisite embroidery.

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Their cashmere goods are all piece a wearable work of art, petal-soft to the touch and pleasing to the eyes. The minute patterns are the result of centuries of know-how and decades of relentless practice that has brought them at the top of the fashion pyramid. Each and every one of the embroidered leaves are sawn by specialists using super-fine silk thread to create that ethereal effect. Florals, zigzags, peacocks and candy stripes – the detail is staggering and the quality is truly one-of-a-kind. A buttercup-hued scarf finished with nandi bulls atop a rainbow of hand-embroidered roses sells for the modest sum of £215. The vibrant colours of the decorations contrast beautifully with the delicate grey nuance of the fabric.

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The brand’s newest collection of 100 per cent natural-dye shawls starts at £158 and features a dazzling array of intricately-decorated pieces that will complement any outfit. But it’s not all appearance and there are products to fit every taste and necessity, such as the more practical metre-long, unembellished travel-blanket-cum-über-wrap that retails for £985. The quality of every single piece shines through in the materials as well as the execution of the design with the fabric being soft and smooth to touch.

The brand secret lies in making few changes to the traditional Kashmiri styles, building on top of a design that has proven durable over centuries. Their breathtakingly intricate embroidery is the ultimate testament to luxurious excess as well as the classiest form of demonstrating stature and style.

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Luxurious sofa for your pet

This holiday season the creative team behind SPHEROLIGHT E.U. brings the ultimate gift for pampered canines and felines that love to live it up as much as their owners! The line of PETITURE SOFAS LARGE is a luxurious, top-quality Austrian product, designed with your pet’s comfort in mind.

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These luxurious goods are a statement for people who consider it very important for their furry companions to have an exquisite and functional spot to rest their weary heads. The minimalistic design of petiture fits perfectly with the urban décor of the modern home and is a statement on its own.

The simple but functional pet bed comes in a variety of colours, suitable for every taste – from elegant fawn and earthy tones to bold orange, fresh turquoise, bright fuchsia, verdancy or intense violet.

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The design is eye-catchingly simple and very easy to assemble, presenting the opportunity for element change if and when you grow tired of a particular colour. The materials used are of the highest quality and consist of solid-wood for the feet, backrest and plate, durable faux-leather for the surface and a soft multi-layered cushion. This is every pet’s dream!

Petiture comes in three sizes to fit everyone’s requirements and space availability – L, M and S with the covering of the special bed made of “Uranus” – artificial leather available in white, crème and chestnut and other colours on demand. Prices start at €1,499 with a small additional sum for shipping. cylKw6IThis is a product created from the vision for the blending of utility, comfort and class for all beings alike – a simple, clean, functional and comfy piece of furniture that will make your pooch or cat happy as can be.

Treat your pet to something extra special with this cosy bed that will become their favourite spot in no time. Or at least it’ll take their attention off that designer couch for a while.

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Sony’s new S90 4K is innovation at its finest

Two surprisingly voluptuous new additions to Sony’s 2014 TV range have just hit the market and they’re worth exploring in detail. Apart from boasting all the ‘must-haves’ of visual technology these days like 65-inch and 75-inch screens with native 4K resolutions, the new S90 TVs features an impressive twist – one that Sony calls ‘the perfect curve’. This feature encompasses a gentle bend to deliver Sony’s take on sort of concave screen format pioneered by LG and Samsung Electronics.

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The Sony curve is not as immediately obvious as on the rival curved screens. While Sony has clearly felt the need to follow the lead of its Korean rivals in adding a curved-screen option, the company has definitely gone its own way in the way the curve is applied. The dedication to finding a level of curvature that delivers that extra sense of immersion and focus without making straight horizontal lines in images is clearly visible in the S90 4K . The less dramatic degree of curvature on the new model also allows for a wider angle of the images without distortion. Perhaps best of all is the reduction of the steepness of the curve, which means on-screen reflections are not distorted as significantly as they are on heavily curved TVs.

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Sony has integrated a multi-angle speaker array into the S90s’ curved left and right edges, which produces a remarkably convincing ‘surround sound’ performance. Additionally this performance can be enhanced with one of Sony’s new TV-friendly subwoofers.

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The best news is that the introduction of the curved screen hasn’t influenced negatively any other aspects of quality, performance and appearance. The brand’s Triluminos technology for enhancing colours, and its 4K X-Reality Pro processing for enhanced upscaling of non-4K sources are still available. Overall, the new S90 are memorable for not one but two components – the barely visible curve and the top-notch sound.

The 65 and 75-inch 4K Ultra HD TVs will be retailing for £3,900 and £7,300 respectively and will be available just in time for the holidays.

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Boërl & Kroff – Taste the Difference

A new name has risen on the horizon of exclusive and delectable wines and it’s that of Boërl & Kroff. This new and utterly extraordinary champagne has yet to become a household name amongst wine professionals, critics or collectors, but it gaining popularity by the day.

Even though its story is relatively new – their debut vintage having been produced in the not-so-faraway ’95 – Boërl & Kroff were destined for greatness from the very beginning. With a vineyard less than a hectare in size their champagne is so exceptional that it is bottled only in magnums or larger formats. Only a handful of releases have trickled onto the market, including magnums from 1995 and 1998 (prices from €4,410), and a deep and rich 2007 rosé de saignée with only five available in the Boërl & Kroff collector’s casket (priced from €43,250).

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At this time only Richard Juhlin, regarded by many as the world’s foremost champagne expert, has been lucky enough to be the only one critic that has tasted each and every Boërl & Kroff vintage. His surprise and impression with their uncompromising quality and style has landed all nine champagnes – Boërl & Kroff entire range – outstanding reviews.
Every aficionado should experience the silky, smooth freshness and elegance of their champagne at least once in a lifetime. The wonderfully delicate texture is counterbalanced by a feeling of power, opulence and vinous concentration, producing a vin de plaisir of a new generation.

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The quality of the ingredients, the care that goes into the making process, the time it takes to acquire its exquisite taste and the limited edition of the production make it an incredibly costly champagne to produce, but it is truly a unique experience. Apart from the larger formats, B de Boërl & Kroff” vintages are available in regular bottles, starting at £250 – the ideal way to sneak a peek into a glamorous hedonistic experience of the taste palette. Currently there are three-Michelin-starred restaurants in Le Bristol and Paris – as well as other Michelin-starred restaurants in the Alps, the Côte d’Azur and Deauville that represent the brand.