Archive for March, 2010

Ragazze Ornamentali Borsetta

I came across this workshop this weekend while having a stroll in Le Marais. I just felt in love with their clutch bags and the quality and sleek yet classic design of this brand.  You can chose from different leather types and colours for the inside and outside and the number and look of the chain handle.

The summum of what I like: handcrafted and customisable and not yet known from the mass.

Where: http://www.ragazzeornamentali.com

Bodega X Lacoste high end sneakers in limited number

Lacoste has teamed up with Bodega on the Esteban high top sneaker. “ The Esteban comes in muted brown shades, and features a collar lining print reminiscent of traditional American Indian art and textiles. Soft luxurious nubuck uppers feature an embroidered Lacoste croc logo in tone-on-tone light brown and Bodega branding embroidered in the soft leather on the tongue. Each shoe comes with three sets of interchangeable laces.”

Makes me want to travel just by the sound of their description.

Limited to: 250

Where: http://www.24teeth.com/collection/bodega-x-lacoste/bodega-x-lacoste

Andy Warhol’s Ferragamos

You can’t buy these shoes without knowing the story behind them. “But what’s with those specks of paint?”.

Salvatore Ferragamo (1898-1960) designed only one style for men in his lifetime. Andy Warhol owned a pair and, naturally, he painted in them. In 2006, the Ferragamo family bought those paint-specked Warhol shoes at an auction and authorized copies are available at the Ferragamo flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York.

Where: http://www.doverstreetmarket.com/

‘Objets trouvés’ scarves by Philippe Roucou

The ‘Objets Rrouves’ range of scarves from Philippe Roucou are all 100% silk and are printed with  polaroid pictures. Different models are available in a very limited number. Themes are renewed once in a while so better be quick.

And for the sceptics, they look good even wrapped around your neck or hanging on a rack. (or on the wall for the fetichists)

Where: buy online on http://www.reborn.ws/shop/PhilippeRoucou/ or find resellers on http://www.philipperoucou.com/

Pradalphabet by M/M Paris

Art and design duo M/M Paris have reinvented the alphabet for Prada and will release five limited edition collectible t-shirts shortly. Each shirt will be decorated with one letter on the front and the Prada-M logo on the back. A special made-to-order service also exists, if you’d ever wanted your own name spelled out on a Prada t-shirt. (glad my name carries 7 letters at €175 each). Come with an exclusive 64 pages album explaining the project and also an essay by the Italian writer and philosopher Federico Nicolao.

Where: in any Prada store in May or in preview on http://www.mmparis.com/
(Merci Aurélia)

Eco-friendly products for your craft and DIY project by Tinted Mint

Tinted Mint offers eco-friendly products and accessories for crafts, DIY and gift packaging. From unique washi (masking) and fabric tapes, stickers, pins and buttons, to translucent wax paper file folders, wood block print wrapping paper and beautiful furoshiki cloth wrappers – DIY customization is simple and resourceful.

I am already thinking of wrapping my Brompton bike and my helmet with these multi-coloured tapes.

Obviously, each order will be wrapped and packaged by hand.

Where: http://www.thetintedmint.com/

Liberty pattern & Merci French design collaboration

Liberty teamed up with another international shop, this time the Parisian concept store, Merci. The products have been designed by Marie France Cohen, the creative director of Merci and all use the distinctive Liberty patterns. The range in limited editions includes everything from gillets to brooches to mugs and is in both stores and on-line.

Where: http://www.liberty.co.uk/fcp/categorylist/dept/fabrics_merci