Enthusiastic festive gift-givers have even more reason to hand out the presents this year. Considering what a challenge 2020 has been, we reckon your friends and family – and even you – deserve a reward for simply making it through.
If you are contemplating gifts that will put a smile on a recipient’s face, you can’t go wrong with Hermes. There’s
something for everyone among the brand’s Christmas offerings. For her, we suggest accessories in uplifting shades such as pink and red. Our favourite is the scarlet Roulis Mini bag made of printed calfskin and adorned with Hermes’ chaine d’ancre link that is inspired by a ship’s anchor chain. Anotheritem we’d love to receive is a 90cm silk-twill scarf featuring a fantastical, highly detailed Where’s Wally-esque print.
For him, Hermes suggests a handsome accessory such as a plaid silk tie with playful accents like a rocket on the
underside or a double-faced ochre and olive green silk-twill scarf. Of course, many other items would work for either
gender. The Netflix addict in your life who cannot get enough of the chess-centred miniseries The Queen’s Gambit would appreciate the Hermes chess set in mahogany and leather marquetry. How’s that for a good move?
The first Casa Loewe boutique in South-east Asia recently opened at Ion Orchard, following other openings of the concept store in Madrid, London, Tokyo andBeijing. The new store carries thebrand’s full range of products for men and women, but what makes the Casa Loewe concept special is its focus on art of all kinds. This includes exhibited
works by artists, such as a hand-dyed tapestry by American textile artist Josh Faught, as well as carefully selected furniture such as the vibrantly coloured Utrecht armchairs by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld.
If there’s a brand that’s known for its way with cashmere, it’s Loro Piana. The company’s latest innovation is an intriguing, soft, fur-like material called Cashfur. Debuting in the brand’s Fall/ Winter 2020 collection, it is created by working cashmere into very thin ribbons that are joined to an equally thin silk thread. These are then worked onto circular knitting looms that accentuate its wool-like texture. The final steps involve meticulous finishing so
the surface of the material is perfectly even.
FOR STYLISH SPACES
With many still working from home, it’s no surprise if more folks currently prefer to focus on dressing up their living spaces instead of themselves. Enter Berluti’s colourful new home and office collection. Leather-covered items include trays, magazine holders and vases, some of which are updated versions of iconic designs dating back to 1950. For instance, a set of leather boxes designed by Austrian industrial designer and artist Carl Aubock II in 1951 has
been updated with an exterior wrapped in Berluti’s Venezia calf leather.