04 Feb What is the Definition of Luxury: Blurred lines between the ordinary and the exclusive
The Day Bag with a twist
Antoine Amato Uno, Brown Onyx with Amethyst top, from £7700
Add personality – or even multiple personalities – to your day look, courtesy of a structured handbag with a bold, quirky twist. The classic ‘Uno’, handcrafted and hand-painted in Italy, works crocodile skin with colourful python print. The best bit? The top is interchangeable, thanks to an innovative clip on-and-off system. So yes, you can truly change your bag to suit your mood.
Anabela Chan, Gold Bloomingdale earrings, £1590
Diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend – especially when they come in the form of glittering floral cocktail earrings. Set in 18k white gold, with rhodium vermeil, and 386 hand-pavé set white diamonds, these limited-edition sparklers are sure to charm your entourage at that Christmas soirée. And did we mention there’s a matching ring?
The Luxury of Time
Boucheron Reflet Medium, £3690
A luxury watch adds the ultimate finishing touch to your look, and lovers of classic, inimitable style, will find the Reflet Medium irresistible. Inspired by the striking silhouette of the Vendôme Column in Paris, the sleek stainless style design features a gadroon dial, encrusted with four-diamond indexes, an invisible clasp and interchangeable straps. Très chic.
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Czapek Quai Des Bergues, £10,850
Luxury Swiss watchmaker François Czapek began creating bespoke timepieces over 150 years ago. Today the heritage brand is enjoying a revival, which is evident in its contemporary updates to iconic pieces. A case in point is Quai Des Bergues, which now comes in rainforest green, and features a handcrafted alligator strap and engine-turned dial with architectural guilloche design.
Doris Hangartner Lagoon Tourmaline and Emerald ring, POA
A colourful jewel-encrusted ring is the perfect addition to every cocktail outfit. Fit for royalty, this bespoke 18K rose gold, African tourmaline (8.14 ct) and emerald (0.52 ct) comes handcrafted by goldsmiths in Doris Hangartners’ Zürich atelier – making it authentically one of a kind.
The Sound of Music
Devialet Gold Phantom, £2490
The only way to really ‘vibe’ your music is to feel the physical impact of ultra-dense sound – which translates into investing in one of the world’s best sound systems. The Gold Phantom amplifier/speaker is engineered with extreme power, clarity and precision and your beats can be played via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or 4.5 kilowatts. Please don’t stop the music…
The Perfect Stocking Filler
Maison Ves, £65
Maison Ves uses tongue-in-cheek humour in its brand messaging, and humorous hashtags on its candle vase to hook into a social media-savvy audience. But the brand also works with rare and precious materials, such as vetiver root, patchouli, tuberose and musk, making for a sumptuous gift.
The #PS. ILOVEYOU pink onyx candle jar is a lovely keepsake with its rose gold lid that doubles up as a coaster.
The Rocker’s Edition
Adding the Blue by Chrissie Hynde, starting £265
In 2015, Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders’ enduringly cool singer/songwriter produced an oil painting of a ceramic vase. This marked the beginning of her first body of art work, amounting to nearly 200 canvases in all. Keen Pretenders’ fans and art enthusiasts alike will relish the chance to dip into Hynde’s world through her paintings, thoughts and anecdotes, in this signed limited edition of Adding the Blue, published by Genesis Publications.
The Clever Jewel Keeper
Rapport Jewellery Trunk, £495
If you long to store your jewels in sophisticated order, Rapport’s jewellery trunk is just the ticket – and replete with gorgeous details. Aside from being crafted from grained-leather and lined with soft suede, there are three separate compartments to generously accommodate up to eight watches, and 11 divided sections for jewellery, necklaces and rings. You’ll never lose anything again. (Model: J134 -Red Dimensions: w 280xd 220xh 150 mm)
The Clutch with a difference
Alexander McQueen Knuckle Crystal and Bead-Embroidered Clutch, £3690
Alexander McQueen’s AW18 collection is laden with artisanal accessories, including this cream leather Knuckle box clutch. It’s been delicately crafted in Italy with dense bead and Swarovski crystal-embroidered beetle and ladybird motifs, and it opens to reveal a delightful blush-pink suede interior.