Caudalie inaugurates UK flagship store and spa

French skincare brand Caudalie, which was founded in 1993 by Mathilde Thomas and her husband Bertrand using organic grapes as main ingredient, inaugurated its UK flagship store and spa. Located at 39 Monmouth Street in London’s Covent Garden, the boutique features exterior and interior design inspired by the Chateau Smith...

London’s Arts Club confirms hotel for its Dover Street site

The Arts Club, the private members club founded in 1863 in London’s Mayfair, has confirmed plans to open its own boutique hotel. With inauguration scheduled for late 2014, the hotel will include 16 rooms housed in what used to be office spaces on the second, third and fourth floors of...

Fleming London: backpacking in style

Even though backpacks have become visibly more popular over the last couple of years, I haven’t been able to come across many successful examples that have managed to infuse style into what an accessory born out of utilitarian purposes. However, when I first came across the backpacks produced by Fleming...

Christopher Raeburn Autumn/Winter 2014 Menswear

As fashion collections unravel and seasons unfold in vertiginous succession within the evolving narrative of sartorial history, it becomes undeniable that Christopher Raeburn is one of the few London-based designers whose creations demonstrate the capacity to be increasingly stronger and more accomplished. With ‘Polaris’, his Autumn/Winter 2014 menswear collection, Raeburn...

Acne Studios unveil biggest store in LA

Swedish clothing brand Acne Studios has inaugurated its largest store ever in downtown Los Angeles. Located on the ground floor of Claud Beelman’s Art Deco Eastern Columbia Building, the 465-square-meter boutique follows the design concept conceived by creative director Jonny Johansson and used in the brand’s Pelham Street store in London,...

Carlo Brandelli returns to Kilgour

Savile Row label Kilgour has confirmed that designer Carlo Brandelli is returning to its creative helm after having resigned in 2008. Brandelli’s departure was reported at the time as being down to disagreements with the then-owners over the brand’s direction but after Kilgour was sold in September 2013, its new...

An obscure object of desire

While rummaging through old folders on my computer, I found a photograph of the piece ‘Desire is’ by Irish artist Kathryn Maguire that has enthralled me ever since I took it in May 2010 in London’s Tate Modern. The work consists of the sentence ‘Desire is the very essence of...

Mark/Giusti Spring/Summer 2014 men’s accessories

Mark/Giusti is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favourite brands of accessories for men. Season after season, the talented guys behind it keep reinventing and developing new accessories that I find very stylish and extremely desirable. As the London-based brand’s latest collection ‘Deep Blue Sea’ is about to hit...

2013 RIBA President’s Medals winners announced

The winners of the 2013 President’s Medals were announced tonight (Wednesday 4 December) at an awards ceremony held at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in central London. In what seems to be unprecedented in the history of the awards (and in spite of a completely anonymous judging process),...