Just a quick message regarding the second Private album. I’m still busy in the studio recording and writing and doing everything I can to get it ready for you guys. It’s gonna be so HOT! So far it’s in a very different direction than our debut album. Hopefully we’ll be able to shoot some video footage for you when the three of us are together so you can follow the process in the recording studio.
Built in 1817 right in the middle of the historical district of Kavala, in northern Greece, Imaret is an unexpected oasis of tranquillity and superior service.The monument is a rare example in Europe, a masterpiece of late Ottoman architecture.The variety of decoration, the quality of the delicate structures, the interaction between indoors and open spaces and the adaptability of the functional structures, create an original complex of high aesthetic and cultural value.Imaret is a member of the exclusive Historic Hotels of Europe!
Imaret Hotel *****
30-32, Th. Poulidou str.,
Bell & Ross unveils yet another limited edition timepiece – the BR 01-92 Compass – designed to re-imagine an aircraft’s cockpit, similar to its other watches.The dial features two concentric discs, which have 12 minute and 60 minute graduations, and a vertical white line to tell the time.The bezel has two windows divided by a bar, to mimic that of a horizontal plane. The watch is limited to 500 pieces and will be released in October 2010.
The Design Laboratory at Central Saint Martin’s in London was commissioned to reinterpret this bottle in Warhol’s style, 3 colours – red, blue and yellow.The result…champagne that pops even before it’s opened, and as a 2002 Vintage it tastes as good as it looks.
A wise old gambler once said, “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em”. Sage advice no doubt and exactly what our new billfolds are all about.These svelte sheaths are about as low tech as you can get, just a single piece of Horween shell cordovan, three folds, and voila your cash is snugly secured in horse ass leather for safekeeping. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
After winning the first two Formula 1 World Championships in 1950 and 1951, Alfa Romeo officially withdrew from motor racing to concentrate on a new line of road cars. Although these cars were not as glamorous as the pre-War Alfas, they were still clearly inspired by the designs of old. At the end of the decade work was started on a new racer, built around the road cars’ 1.6 litre four cylinder engine. This slow process eventually resulted in the TZ1 model, launched in 1963, it featured a new tubular chassis and an aerodynamic body designed by Zagato.To construct the new GT racer, Alfa Romeo created a new competition department and dubbed it Autodelta. Two years later the highly successful Giulia 1600 GTA was constructed specifically for Touring car racing, which the GTA dominated the following years. In the mean time Alfa Romeo and Autodelta worked on a completely new competition car that was intended to restore Alfa’s old reputation. Code named ’105.33′, the new car was designed by Alfa’s experimental department and then sent to Autodelta in 1965 to be further developed.When Autodelta received the first prototype, it was powered by a TZ2 derived four cylinder engine. The engine was installed behind driver’s compartment, complying with the latest racing design trends. A completely new V8, displacing just under 2 litres, was designed by Autodelta and mated to a Colotti 6-speed gearbox. The chassis consisted of three large aluminium tubes; two longitudinal side members and one fitted transversely at the rear. Suspension was by double wishbones front and back. It was equipped with the latest vented Girling discs all-round.Simply dubbed 33, the new racer made its debut in the 1967 season. In later years the cars were known as 33/2 for their 2 litre displacement, to distinguish them from the larger engined evolutions. In competition trim the high revving quad-cam V8 was good for at least 270 bhp. It made a victorious debut at a hill-climb in Belgium, but reliability issues dominated the rest of the season. For 1968 a slightly revised engine and new bodywork improved both performance and reliability. After its debut race the 1968 33/2 is now commonly referred to as Daytona. Alfa Romeo finished third in the World Championship.In September of 1967 Autodelta took the wraps of a quite remarkable 33 variant; a road car! Technically, the 33 ‘Stradale’ was virtually identical to the racing car, except for a longer wheelbase and a down-tuned engine. More importantly it featured a Franco Scaglione penned body, which to this day is considered one of the most beautiful designs ever. Thanks to the aerodynamic body top speeds of well over 250 km/h were easily achievable. At least four chassis were supplied to Italian coach-builders and used for exciting design studies.Featured is one of the four design studies based on the 33 Stradale. Dubbed Iguana, it is the first Alfa Romeo penned by Giorgietto Giugiaro for his newly founded Italdesign design studio. Unlike his previous and later designs for Alfa Romeo, Giugiaro’s Iguana does not excel in the looks department.
Elliott Erwitt (b. 26 July 1928 Paris, France) is an advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings — the master of the “decisive moment”.
This is one of Dadd’s most sensitive and lyrical compositions among his Bethlem figure studies, and shows his superb control over the medium of watercolour. ‘Poor Crazy Jane’ was a popular ballad, one of several versions of the story of a girl driven mad by her lover’s desertion, and destined to wander the countryside. The figure is clearly drawn from a male model, suggesting that he was sometimes able to get his fellow-patients to model for him.
Via our friend at AquireMag … Available exclusively at Ralph Lauren’s flagship store on 867 Madison Ave., The Tartan Leather Luggage Collection is a new line of bags stylized beautifully with classic Tartan Plaid printed on leather.
The best stories. A village that caresses the eye and attracted a host of artists at he turn of the twentieth century. A village whose heyday came in the middle of the 1950s, when a young Franco-Russian filmmaker brought cameras and crew to its sun dazzled beaches to make his first feature film: And God Created Woman. The shock wave created by Roger Vadim revealed a resplendent creature, a leg-end: Brigitte Bardot, rocketing to fame in the village she chose as her home, which would bask in the glory of those years forever. In its pearly haven, artists, film stars, playboys and top models would spend sun-soaked days and starry nights in affairs and adventures that have since entered the pages of history. In the Spirit of Saint-Tropez is illustrated with numerous previously unpublished photographs.
As a Range Extended Electric Vehicle, this supercar pushes the boundaries of both performance and sustainability. It is proof that the most beautiful, fast cars on earth can also be responsible. The C-X75 is today what other luxury cars will strive to be tomorrow.
French candle makers cire trudon released a limited edition candle for selfridges, the london superstore. ‘s’ scent is rather fresh smelling, reminding me of camomile, vanilla, amber, liquorice, a hint of mild spices and a rather famous christian dior concoction. the special edition candle comes in a black hand blown glass with silver emblem.
Faber-Castell is celebrating its 250th Anniversary and to mark the occasion, the brand creates a massive birthday box set featuring many of the brand’s best known creative tools ranging from pencils to pencil crayons and pastels.
Magnusson offer the most advanced wine cellar in Sweden where your wines are stored and kept at the right temperature, moisture and light. Magnusson act as a bank where your wines are as secure as in a safe with locks, cameras and full insurance. Magnusson know what you wines are worth, how they will develop in value and which wines offer good commercial value. You will receive a certificate showing how long and under which conditions your wines have been stored with us.
Brown Safe is the premier provider of antique collector vault doors and other vintage security creations.Our long standing ties to an extensive network of security institutions and banks allows us to locate these scarce and timeless legends, while our extensive experience constructing oversized vaults provides the skill set necessary to extricate and relocate these weighty monoliths to their new home.
Via Luxist … Famed London luxury goods house Asprey has come out with a luxurious new line of luggage created in collaboration with Globe-Trotter, makers of fine travel cases since 1897. The five-piece Londoner Luggage collection, manufactured by hand in England, was designed by Bruce Hoeksema, Asprey’s newly appointed creative director. The luggage comes in Asprey’s signature royal purple with purple genuine crocodile handles and trim, and matte black with oxidized metallic corners and black crocodile handles and trim. The cases are lined in durable hemp linen with a leather hand stamped Asprey label and signature Asprey locks. The hand stitched crocodile corners were chosen to complement the classic regimental stripe of the removable webbed luggage straps that secure the suitcases.
Via Archdaily … The building is located in a landscape of unique beauty, the result of a natural and evident growth. The mountain, topped by a castle, is covered by a blanket housing through a system of aggregation by simple juxtaposition of pieces generated fragmented target tissue that adapts to the topography.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was the final large pre-war Rolls-Royce. Introduced in 1936, it replaced the Phantom II and it was the only V12 Rolls-Royce until the 1998 introduction of the Silver Seraph. 727 V12 Phantom III chassis were constructed from 1936 to 1939.
Via our friends at Yanko Design … This is a plug for the world to become more environmentally friendly. It’s a plug you’d plug into the wall to access power, but not just that! No way, that’s too simple. This one lights up in a way that shows you the way, the truth, and the light! This “Insic Wall Socket” encourages you to use power only so long as you need it. This isn’t just a dormant tool, nay, this one’s encouraging you to be the green crusader you’ve always aspired to be.No plug, no light. Plug with no working instrument – ability to check the standby energy. Energy with a working instrument – energy display and encouragement to use the minimum. Lovely!
A celebration of the finest designs of the Golden Age of automotive design. The Allure of the Automobile presents eighteen of the world’s rarest and most brilliantly conceived cars from 1930 to the mid-1960s, including masterpieces from Bugatti, Dusenberg, Delage, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Ferrari. Created for the privileged few (and in some cases previously owned by Clark Gable and Steve McQueen), these luxurious, custom-built automobiles embodied speed, style, and elegance; they influenced and were influenced by contemporary art, architecture, fashion, and design. Many of the featured automobiles are one of a kind or were built largely by hand and in small numbers. The racing motorcar is a potent symbol of twentieth-century modernity, embodying speed, style, elegance, and good design. Whether a practical tool or part of a celluloid fantasy, the automobile remains a powerful symbol embedded in our collective cultural consciousness. This book contains an illustrated text with period photographs of the cars, exploring the evolution of the automobile from the opulent and luxurious French custom coachwork models of the early 1930s to post–World War II triumphs of German engineering to the supremacy of Italian sport-car design in the second half of the century.