To understand mass hysteria, one only needs to search for iPhone accessories. Everyone’s jumped on the bandwagon, including the high-end dealers. Most of the fancy lot, like Vuitton or Gucci, offer flat, snug-fitting slip cases where the entire device must be removed for use.
Enter Valextra, aka the Italian Hermes. They’ve produced a “Star Trek communicator” in their signature leather with black piping. This one is $320 and there are others, as well. Barney’s New York has the rights in the U.S. otherwise you need to waltz into one of their showrooms in Italy, drat the luck!
Once again, leave it to Italy. When I saw this, it occurred to me that there is a GAPING hole in the designer market aimed at retail sluts. People are out there spending HUGE amounts of money on fabulous marble bathrooms with high-end chrome fixtures and Pratesi, Frette or Versace towels that cost a small mint. So why are we falling short on the ass-end, so to speak?
Armani Casa, with its beiges, tans, blacks and grays, could clean up. Literally. Hermes as well, though this is probably too vulgar for them, despite the fact that France is still fascinated with those little jacuzzi’s for “the man in the boat”. They already sell scented drawer liners, for crying out loud. (Set of 5 sheets 16″x24″ is $45)
Then there’s the logo crowd. I can already think of a few people who would wet themselves on the spot if they saw a roll of toilet paper with the canvas patterns of Louis Vuitton, Gucci or Fendi.
So there’s another multi-million dollar idea I should have kept to myself.
Benvenuti in Seletti.
A gucci museum opening up as we speak for their 90th anniversary is just one more reason to go to Florence. But DAMN, this is a big space!
Gucci – world of gucci.
You knew it would happen. The iPad cover from Rodeo Drive. Everyone’s jumped on the bandwagon with their offerings. Some are quite nice, some are quite expensive. It’s no surprise that Hermes would find a way to produce the costliest calfskin cover on the market, coming in at $1,400. Meanwhile, Coach, of all places, seems to have turned out the nicest zip-around case with a briefcase-style handle for the bargain price of $198. Enjoy.
If you look at the world’s best high-end luxury houses, I don’t think you’re going to find a men’s leather wallet with this level of detailing. Not Gucci, not Louis Vuitton, not Alfred Dunhill. Even Hermes, in all of its Divine splendor, doesn’t stitch the top edges of the credit card slots. Not even for $1,000, which is what a basic calfskin wallet will run you there. EVERYBODY simply turns the top edges over, glues them, and scores a line across the top where the stitching should be.
This one below runs a whopping $75. (But if you want to class it up, they’re more than happy to make one on demand in alligator for about $620.)
Mulholland Luxury Leather Goods | All Leather Small Classic Billfold.
Even Hermes and Asprey don’t get this carried away with travel game prices, and they make better stuff…
You knew it was only a matter of time. From the new “Fiat 500” line…
Gucci – iPad case. 256575FOO7N1060.
An interesting article on the making of one of the greatest shoes/slippers on the planet:
Made in Italy | The Iconic Gucci Loafer | A Continuous Lean..
It seems Chanel, Gucci and Hermes have jumped into the bicycle customization world. These hover in the $4,000-6,000 range unless you want them to use something saucy like crocodile. 🙂
The finer things….