Globe-Trotter make what are widely held to be the best suitcases in the world. They have been handmade in Britain since 1897. They are my favourite suitcases and I just purchased this 21″ trolley case. So, why are Globe-Trotters so great? Well, first, of course, they look fabulous; simple and confident and old and modern at the same time. And they are handmade in Boxbourne, Hertfordshire by master craftsmen.
They are also extremely robust, and were originally tested for strength in Hamburg’s Zoological Gardens where a 1 tonne elephant stood on one with its full weight; no damage was done. They are made of Vulcan Fibre, which was invented in 1895 and is constructed of a number of layers of special paper that is coated with resin. The frame is made of ash and they are lined in cloth. They feature strong locks which are made by Cheney, a long-established British locksmith.
Bruno Bordese is a genius and these combat boots are amazing! Unfortunately mine are worn out now. Does anyone know where I can find an extra pair?
(Approx. $200,000 USD)
Royal Salute, the renowned Scotch whisky maker which is very well known for its unparalleled and very exquisite rare blends, has created the limited edition, “Tribute to Honour” – exclusively blended by master blender Colin Scott and presented in a handcrafted bottle which was carefully designed by expert craftsmen. The super-premium offering called “Tribute to Honour” was specially created to pay homage to the oldest of royal jewels which hails from the British Isles, known as the Honours of Scotland. Recounting the storied past of these noble jewels, which are dated from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, comes in the form of countless legends and notable tales of a remarkable journey through Scotland’s rich and intriguing history.
After several store openings in 2010 and 2011, Bell & Ross continues its development strategy with the opening of its first boutique in Paris, the birthplace of the brand. The Store is located in the Village Royal, in the heart of the Madeleine District.The Village Royal is a very refined and prestigious location steeped in history and home to many luxurious brands.
Bell & Ross Store (Paris)
Le Village Royal
25 rue Royale
T: 00+ 33 (1) 40 07 98 52
Michael Young (UK) and EOps have come together to create the EOps Noisezero i+ Eco edition in-ear headphones with Remote and Mic for iPod, iPhone, iPad.The World’s First Cornstarch Ear-budsThe EOps Noisezero i+ Eco edition uses revolutionary eco-friendly cornstarch bio-plastics for the ear-buds and the microphone housing. In the design process, Michael Young and EOps found that by using cornstarch bio-plastics to build the ear-buds acoustics chamber, natural feeling mid tone can be achieved. The unique horn shaped ear-buds chamber optimized acoustics performance for brilliant treble and the extra large bass reflect port at the back provides super strong bass whilst celebrating these as design features.The form factor of the ear buds was also designed to assist the ease of positioning and passive noise isolation. The user can hold the slim part of the ear buds when inserting the silicone ear tips into the ear canal, and then rotate the ear buds 90 degrees such that the silicone ear tips can achieve good acoustic seal in the ear canals for best audio results.Color
- €90 EUR
Lionello Balestrieri was born in Cetona in 1872 into a family of humble origins. When his family moved to Rome he enrolled at the Istituto di Belle Arti and then at the same institution at Naples where he was taught by Domenico Morelli and, privately, by Gioacchino Toma. In 1897 he moved to Paris where he earned his living as an illustrator. As a result of his friendship with the musician Giuseppe Vannicola he became so drawn to the musical circle that the subject matter of his art was mainly either musicians or music.At the Esposizione Universale di Parigi in 1900 Balestrieri won a gold medal with the painting “Beethoven” and it was as a direct result of this prestigious award that, in spite of the fact he was still young, he obtained a highly esteemed post in the eyes of Italian artists, that of the President of the Society of Italian Artists working in Paris.Following the financial success of the gold medal work, in 1910 Balestrieri returned to Italy, to Cetona and to Naples to visit his teacher Domenico Morelli. During his stay in Naples he also got to know Salvatore di Giacomo and it was the start of a lasting friendship between them.In 1911 he went to Brittany where he had the opportunity to observe the work of the Pont-Aven artists who certainly influenced him, so much so that following this trip his work shows a lightening of his palette and in the same way he was attracted to the predominant style of this period – Art Nouveau.When the War broke out in 1914 Lionello Balestrieri moved to Naples and that same year he was appointed Director of the Museo Industriale and then also of the Istituto delle Arti Industriali. In the first two decades of the 20th century Balestrieri’s themes became increasingly Futuristic. Indeed he took part in the Venice Biennial together with the Futurists in 1926. Following this avant-garde period he returned to the study of life, exhibiting in 1930 at the XVII Biennial. At the end of the 30′s he left Naples and returned to Cetona until his death in 1954.
I love these new 2011 Valentino suits. A shame they’re all too big for me:-(
The Château Virant olive oil pure, unrefined oil extracted using only mechanical methods. It has a unique taste and a low acidity rate (lower than 0.3 grams per liter). It owes its fine flavour to the Aglandau olives which are among the best olives in the Aix en Provence and Salon de Provence area.
Go check out this amazing record! You will not regret it!
(Models: Barbara & Tsanna. How to Spend It 2011)
This large, stainless steel wine cooler from Scholtès, the XRV L 27 is rather imposing. The cooler offers 284 bottle capacity, divided between the 267 bottle ageing compartment with wines stored at preset self-regulating temperature range of 10°C to 14°C, and the 17 bottle cooling compartment where temperatures are set between 4°C and 7°C. Main features of this vibration-free wine cooler include natural aeration system, warm/cold automatic double circuit, total light insulation, 6 wood shelves and adjustable feet. Measuring W70 x D70 x H189 cm, the wine cooler is priced at
Boffi Mini Kitchen is back. In the late 60s, Italian architect and product designer Joe Colombo designed a series of objects he called Total Living Units. Some of those units were perfect for kitchen use. The Boffi Mini-Kitchens are fine representatives of the Total Living Units family, designed by Mr. Colombo for Paolo Boffi, who owned a kitchen manufacturing company. The Carrellone mini-kitchen was unveiled at the 13th Milan Triennale in 1964, earning Gold Medal, and the company produced and sold several of the units.
Now, forty years later, the Carrellone is back as a full-scale production mini kitchen. Whereas the 1963 original unit was built of wood and metal, the new Carrellone is made from a white Corian. But the award winning original design is still in place. This Boffi Mini-Kitchen contains everything you need in a kitchen – a stove, a refrigerator, a can opener, drawers for tableware, working surfaces and storage for cookbooks. Best of all this compact kitchen uses a single electrical plug. Sleek and space-saving design with full functionality from the Carrellone Boffi Mini-Kitchen.
The Villa Savoye is considered by many to be the seminal work of the Swiss architect Le Corbusier. Situated at Poissy, outside of Paris, it is one of the most recognisable architectural presentations of the International Style. Construction was substantially completed ca. 1929. The Villa Savoye was designed as a weekend country house and is situated just outside of the small village of Poissy in a meadow which was originally surrounded by trees. The polychromatic interior contrasts with the primarily white exterior. Vertical circulation is facilitated by ramps as well as stairs. The house fell into ruin during World War II but has since been restored and is open for viewing. Corbusier designed the building to use a flat roof, a move he said was for functionality, though may have been partly due to way it looked for him. Indeed the roof failed its functionality, as the roof leaked, causing the owners to attempt to take Corbusier to court. However at the same time WW2 broke out, and Corbusier left the area, leaving the building in a state of disrepair.
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In fact the name Countach LP500 was a lie or more pleasant a plan, the car was equipped with a normal 4l engine, the engineers only planned a 5 litre engine and published the characteristics, values and technical specifications as well as the predicted output. There was not enough time, man power and money to develop a new engine with bigger bore and stroke, we had to wait some years before it occured.The prototyp had a very futuristic dashboard with electronic indication of the cars state, tire pressure control and so on, things you can find 30 years later on production cars have already been thought of by Bertones designers.On the left was display of the car showing where a fault was located, the colour indicated the seriousity.
Still diggin’ this concept reissued concept from BMW. BMW took the wraps off a new show car called the M1 Homage at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Hotel Villa d’Este to commemorate 30 years since the launch of the M1 supercar, which has been discontinued since 1981. Recent rumors have indicated BMW is planning a new supercar. Powered by popular 5.0 liter V10 engine.
The quintisentially British luxury of the Connaught hotel has been given a classic update in the form of it’s sensational new bar, designed by internationally renowned designer, David Collins. Collins, famous for his work at The Blue Bar and The Landau, has gracefully updated what was once the American Bar as part of the Connaught’s recent £70 million refurbishment.
Mayfair London W1K 2AL
+44 (0)20 7499 7070
Fox Umbrellas: Thomas Fox founded Fox Umbrellas in 1868, under the reign of Queen Victoria and they introduced the first nylon-covered umbrella in 1947. Today, the process of making Fox Umbrellas has changed very little and the company still continues to produce all umbrellas by hand.
Japanese design company Gallery1950 has teamed up with uniform experiment to produce this vibrant, multicolor floor mat. Featuring a visually stimulating block design, the plush floorpiece has been broken down into a series of rows and columns that invite you to just smile and be happy. Made in Japan, the rug mat includes a small, branded label attached to the underside and is priced at $130 USD.
Colette and Super Motors create a special version of the Super 50/100 scooter.colette and Super Motor Company have teamed up to create a special colette version of their Super 50/100 motorcycle. It pays homage to past initiatives like the Matra Bagheera by Courrèges. It’s distinctive colette blue en white colour scheme has been stretched to an extreme, by replacing every chrome part with a fresh coat of gloss white.Powerdercoated (not painted) the most durable coat for metal parts.Exhaust, luggage rack, Middle carrier, engine covers, rims, shift pedal, brake pedal, centre stand, foot rests & side stand, chain cover, white and blue rear shocks, tailor made seat in white leatherette.colette limited edition of 10. 50ccprice : 2000 € + 145 € for the start (Registration) by Jour-J Racing.Accessoiries (by order):Middle carrier powder coated black: 25 €Grab bar powder coated black: 30 €Exhaust power coated black: 90 €To pass an order for the classic model available in several colors, please write to : firstname.lastname@example.orgSuper Motor Company was founded early 2009 by two petrol veined cousins. The Hettinga cousins.Both had love affairs in the past with classic motorcycles and subsequently fast motorcyles. But also lots of near death experiences racing or crashing them. After growing up a little the conclusion was simple: “Been there and done that”.Inherently they were looking for a different kind of transport. Less costly (if you crash it), fast enough, stylish, not likely to break down, easy and cheap to maintain and one they could sell to like minded enthusiasts.The time was right for something new and simple and most of all practical.usable. So they decided to do it themselves and design and produce a new ‘cub’ inspired motorcyle.It took them two years to develop their dream product. It was a long process of testing, tweaking and innovation. But 2500 emails, several factory visits, and 8000 kilometers later, they had a product that matched their expectations and of course of their future clients. The Super was born!The motorcycle basically is a aesthetically and technically updated cub (the so called asian scooter). At the moment Super Motor Company is selling three versions. They are all semi-auto four-strokes that come in 50cc and 100cc variations. These beauties are already gracing the streets of Amsterdam and are also being sold in England, Germany and Belgium.
Best game ever!
For all you analog synth lovers out there!
- €45 EUR
This is a three-dimensional paper construction mounted onto a double-page photolithograph; when the folded sheet is opened the construction pops up. Created by Andy Warhol and published in 1967 by Black Star for Andy Warhol’s Index Book, an absurd and revolutionary volume designed as “a children’s book for hipsters”. Size: 10 3/4 x 16 x 2 inches (275 x 400 x 45 mm). Not signed. A classic Warhol work of Pop Art from his Factory period, at the height of the New York psychedelic scene.
- $300 USD
The culinary ambassador of Provence: Aioli sauce is a typical mediterranean recipe. Known all around the world this sauce is made with 100% natural ingredients and new-laid eggs.Serving suggestion: excellent with fish, shell-fish and seafood. Delicious as well with meat, or as a dip.Aioli flavoured mussels : Steam 15 big mussels per person, add a small spoonful of aioli to the broth and serve with rice or potatoes.
(Advertising Agency: Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R Interactive Tel Aviv, Israel. Chief Creative Officer: Gideon Amichay . Executive Creative Director: Tzur Golan . Creative Director: Yariv Twig, Photographer: Yoram Aschheim)
Vegetable art from Magimix ad by Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R Interactive .
The new Leica M9-P will cost $7995.00 and will start shipping in July, 2011. Black (010-703) and chrome (010-716) versions will be available. The new features are:Display cover glass made of SapphireVulcanite leatherette with either a black paint top cover or a silver chrome top coverPure Leica look without Leica logo and M9 lettering on the front sideClassical “Leica” engraving on the top coverThere will be also a new silver chrome handgrip for M8.2, M9 and M9-P (catalog # 014-487) with a price tag of $300.
Old traditional luggage are still the sexiest luggage around..
Pierre Legras Champagne House introduces us with its new Vintage 1990! Aroma is very fine with fresh mushroom, spices and candied fruits notes. The palate is fresh and rapidly accompanied of matured citrus and candied fruits. Palate is also long, net, and elegant.
You can order champagne directly to the house and have a delivery at home, everywhere you are !
Fast absorbing gel serum to pamper delicate eye zone Provides lifting action on eye contour Strengthens skin tissues & tightens eyelids Neutralizes dark pigments & reduces fat by Cafexyl complex Effectively lightens dark circles & diminishes puffiness Leaves eye zone relieved & brilliantProduct Line: Christian Dior – Homme Eye CareProduct Size: 15ml/0.5oz
I really love the design of British watch makers Uniform Wares new 150 line. To me, this wristwatch is a timeless classic. Very cool indeed!
- $150 USD
Now this is something I like, Designed and engineered around the engine of a 1952 Vincent Black Shadow. This is so rad, tough and rough!!!!!! Love!!!!
Louis le Brocquy (born 10 November 1916) is an Irish painter born in Dublin. His work has received many accolades in a career that spans seventy years of creative practice. In 1956, he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, winning the ‘Premio Acquisito Internationale’(a once-off award meaning it was acquired by the Nestle Corporation) with A Family (National Gallery of Ireland), subsequently included in the historic exhibition Fifty Years of Modern Art Brussels, World Fair 1958. The same year he married the Irish painter Anne Madden and left London to work in the French Midi.
Lovely organic gin from my neighbours in Sweden.
One of a kind house in the ward of Aoba in Sendai, Japan. This is really cool! Project description:
The owner is a husband as an energy related company agent and his homemaker wife. The plot they purchased is located relatively near the Sendai downtown and this project is based on the concept of living with their newborn son.A soundproof room is arranged for the family whose hobby is movies.The garage lay open space for the masters cherished car and the wifes medium sized bike. LIFT became an peculiar cantilever volume stretching out obliquely into the sky. The second floor holds a court yard in the center which provides open space in the compact volume. From the living room with the face-to-face kitchen and the dinning space for lying on the floor, the borrowed scenery of the court yard and the balcony provides placid atmosphere. LIFT gives deep perspective in its compact volume. An open urban lifestyle would be there.
Since 1929, the workers of the Mailly Grand Cru Estate have produced rare and elegant champagnes from a unique soil classified as Grand Cru. The vineyard is located in Mailly Champagne, one of the 17 Grand Cru of the Champagne area which counts 319 “crus” or vine-villages. Mailly Grand Cru is the property of 77 vine-owners and covers 160 acres (70 ha) situated on the northern slope of the “Grande Montagne de Reims” and is classified 100% Grand Cru, the top of the range.
Mailly’s current range contains 10 different styles of Grand Cru champagne in four collections: The Classic, The Specials, The Artistic and the Prestige and the prestige cuvee L’Intemporelle Vintage 2006 is a blending of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay and presents golden tones shimmering with burnished yellow highlights and a steady stream of fine, delicate bubbles.
Lying 264-meters below sea level, Ma’In Hot Springs is the inspired site for the well appointed Evason Ma’In Hot Springs. Set like an oasis in the dramatic terrain, the location is easily accessible and defines the resort and spa experience in the Middle East – making it a destination of choice for those seeking the perfect retreat to relax and be pampered whilst enjoying the therapeutic benefits of Ma’In hot spring waterfalls.
Evason Ma’In Hot Springs
P.O. Box 801 Madaba
T: +962 5 324 5500
(Photographs: Arnaldo Genitrini, Osman Akuz, Ghassan Aqel)
I love this house!
As released at the 1963 Turin Auto Show, the 350 GTV stirred much attention. Not until the release of this car, Lamborghini was only manufacturing premium tractors.Ferruccio Lamborghini, who was very wealthy in the sixties, decided to change the companies’ image and direction starting with the 350 GTV. In only a year the first Lamborghini automobile was created in the corner of their tractor factory. Shortly after the prototype was finished, Ferruccio’s auto manufacturing plant was completed in Sant’Agata Bolognese.A small group of men including Giotto Bizzarrini, Franco Scaglione, Georgio Neri and Lucciano Bonacini were responsible for the first Lamborghini road car. Bizzarrini, who worked for Ferrari developing the GTO, specifically designed the engine and chassis for the Lamborghini 350 series. It was this engine that set the basis for all future Lamborghini engines that would come after it.For most of the GTV’s life, it remained engineless due to clearance problems. Indeed the capable engine that Bizzarrini developed would not fit due to the tall downdraught webbers. After being ignored for over 22 years, a large restoration on the car was undertaken. During this process, the chassis was modified to accept the production 350 GT V12.In 1964, at the Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini released the first road-going version of the GTV. Having conceptualized and created his production car in less than two years, Lamborghini proved his versatility. Great talent from Giotto Bizzarrini and Carrozzeria Sargiotto helped ensure high engineering and build standards, standards which still lay the foundation of Lamborghini products today.
- ($23 USD) Lamborghini: Miura Countach Diablo Murcielago (Haynes Great Cars)
- ($23 USD Lamborghini: Supercars from Sant’Agata (Haynes Classic Makes)
- ($161 USD Lamborghini: Forty Years
- ($84 USD) The Lamborghini Miura Bible
- ($25.04 USD) Lamborghini Countach: The Complete Story (Crowood Autoclassics)
- ($58.99 USD) amborghini (The Legends Series)
- Lamborghini Official Site
(65 x 50 cm/ 25.5 x 20 inLimited edition Le Corbusier Lithograph in colors. Signed and dated in the plate. Printed by Mourlot, Paris.)
Sagrantino di Montefalco Docg: DryIt is a wine of great structure obtained exclusively from Sagrantino grapes from the local Sagrantino vines. Thanks to its rich content in tannins and phenols it ages well. It requires, however, a long period of refining, first in wood and then in bottles.
Montefalco Rosso Doc : Created from the combination of sangiovese (60-70%), sagrantino (10 –15%) and other grapes (Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon, etc.) In particular the mixture of sangiovese and sagrantino leads to a characteristic and well structured wine suitable for all types of meals.
The Valentini family settled in Montefalco about 1920, dedicating itself to agriculture, vine growing and olive grinding, on the slopes of the so called “Alzatura” hill. This family is nicknamed “Vocale” pronounced Bocale, and it is this same word which in dialect is used for a wine tankard and a 2 litre oil bottle.Today one branch of the family has started to work in vine growing and wine production again and has a small farm called “Bocale” with five hectares of land.
(Designed by Mountain Dew And BBDO)
This is most crazy skate park I’ve ever seen! – The park opened in Henderson, New Zealand June 4 with an invitational skate competition and will be open through the month. “We’ve had fantastic feedback from the skating community,” says Bingham “But the nostalgic-retro aspect of the idea seems to have appealed to a much broader audience and age bracket, not to mention pinball enthusiasts everywhere.”