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15 years of the Louis Vuitton city guides

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This November will witness the launch of the 15th edition of its city guides, each of which invites readers to explore one of the world’s top destinations through insider tips and recommendations.

The latest edition of The Louis Vuitton city guide covers all of the world’s continents. The guidebooks are available for a total of 15 cities, including Paris, New York, San Francisco and Moscow. Journalists and authors reveal their favorite hotels, restaurants, boutiques and cultural attractions in each city, presenting more famous landmarks alongside some of each city’s best kept secrets. (more…)

Violin played on the titanic as the vessel sank auctioned

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The recent news suggests, that the Legends and Hollywood claim that a violin was played as the great ship Titanic sank to its watery grave. The accident that killed approximately 1,500 people in the 1912 still haunts people today and is known to be one of the most tragically solemn events in the history of shipping. Wallace Hartley was a violinist and band leader who boarded this ship more than a century ago, to entertain passengers onboard the vessel. As the ship began to sink after hitting an ice berg, Hartley is said to have led his fellow musicians in playing the hymn, Nearer My God To Thee. The violin on which this solemn tune was played was a gift from his fiancée Maria Robinson and this piece of memorabilia has been auctioned for a whopping £1,000,000 (nearly $1,617,300)!

Currently, the authenticity of this violin is being debated, but that certainly hasn’t stopped it from being auctioned away for an incredibly huge amount. The violin was rediscovered in 2006, after having spent the best of its life stowed away in an attic in Yorkshire. According to Titanic specialist auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son, the instrument has been tested and proven authentic over a period of seven years!

The latest Louis Vuitton suitcases for winter 2013

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Louis Vuitton has recently revealed at a line of suitcases poised for a deluxe winter. Chic, colorful and stylish, incidentally, it also happens to be apt to implement the aforementioned arty effort. Part of the luxury collection for winter 2013, the latest Louis Vuitton luggage reveals LV’s haute heritage and the ancient art of handcrafting high quality leather goods, upheld by the Parisian label. The fashion house has dished out only the best, be it handbags or trolley, since its inception. Joining that long-revered list of travel genius is the new Pegase 45 suitcase in trendy colors including pink indien and monogrammed to perfection. Crafted in luxe Vernis leather, it is available in a practical cabin size version and equipped with a durable outer cover.

For the longer haul, on the other trolley towing hand is the Pegase 55 Epi Electric. Unlike the ultra-feminine 45, the medium size suitcase is somber and minimal. An apostle of sophistication, it is glossy and glamorous in Epi leather but for those with more classic-favoring palates, the 55 also comes in the LV staple monogram canvas ($3,200). Priced at $4,650, it is the uber-stylish travel companion and needless to say, every fashionista worth her weight in luxurious leather should bag one.

Ritz-carlton tianjin is the 10th ritz in the middle kingdom

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As per a recent news, The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu, the luxury hotel operator have announced their newest luxury hotel in North East China with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin. Tianjin also known as ‘The Port of the Emperor’ will feature an art deco style property and will be the company’s 10th property in China. The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin is located in the modern downtown business district by the Haihe River and takes its architectural inspiration from the neo-classical style of the early 20th century with stately hotel rooms arranged around an expansive courtyard in true European tradition.

Featuring 277 luxurious art deco guestrooms and 53 suites designed by hospitality designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon, the rooms feature stately chandeliers, buttressed stone outdoor balconies and charming views of downtown Tianjin. The walls feature hand painted murals of traditional European scenes and Chinese imperial paintings with elegant soft furnishings that create a sense of history and place. (more…)

Dolce and Gabanna to design a Christmas tree for Claridges, London

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This year Claridges will celebrate Christmas D&G style. No we are not kidding, one of the top luxury properties of London has joined hands with Dolce & Gabbana add bling in the festive glamour. Claridges go hand in hand with the London feel, it has the exact English aroma floating all around which fascinates us and makes us fall in love with the city every time as if it were the first. This year’s Claridge’s Christmas tree is to be designed by the dynamic duo so expect some fashionable holiday revelry.

“We are delighted to welcome Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to spread their special Christmas magic in our lobby this year,” said Thomas Kochs, Claridge’s general manager. As expected, it will be an Italian winter at hotel as the designer duo decks it up in their traditional aesthetic by dousing the Christmas tree in the colors of Southern Italy, festive glasses baubles and handmade Sicilian puppets. “Both Claridge’s and Dolce & Gabbana are synonymous with timeless glamour, innovative spirit and traditional family values that are so important at this time of year.” The luxury Mayfair hotel, however, is no guest to designer glamour. It has earlier collaborated with John Galliano and Alber Elbaz of Lanvin for its iconic Christmas tree. For the Italian designers, on the other hand, this is a chance to celebrate their heredities, “our Christmas tree isn’t only a celebration of Christmas as we celebrate it in Italy, but it’s also a tribute to the artisanal Italian tradition, the same that we love to export worldwide with everything we do.” The tree in Christmas-y question will be unveiled on November 26.

Marion cotillard returns as the face of lady dior

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The French couture brand has recently launched the first three images from its latest Lady Dior campaign, starring French actress and style icon Marion Cotillard. Shot by Tim Walker, the images provide a glimpse of the bags from the 2014 Lady Dior Resort collection, highlighting a pop art feel and combining primary colors with white and black. The first image shows Marion wearing bright red lipstick and an electric blue dress, which matches the handbag worn around her wrist. The luxury bag is accented with subtle green and purple highlights.

The second photograph presents a more dramatic contrast, showing Cotillard in a black dress against a white and yellow backdrop. At the center of the frame is Dior’s classic bag in graduated colors from bright yellow to red. Cotillard poses barefoot, with her hair slicked back for a refined yet modern look. An icon of contemporary French cinema, Marion Cotillard is also known for her elegant style, and she has been a Dior brand ambassador since 2008.

Largest condominium at Miami beach goes up on sale

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In the heart of Miami Beach resides the upscale Lincoln Road retail district, is a 28,000+ square foot duplex penthouse and rooftop space by Miami-based luxury real estate brokerage, Zilbert International Realty. This customizable space, zoned for both residential and/or commercial use, is currently the largest condominium on the market in Miami Beach. And at $29 million, the 605 Lincoln Road Penthouse also comes with the possibility of naming the building.

The rooftop of the former Sony Music Building along with the entire sixth and seventh floors is being occupied by the Penthouse which is an iconic Art Deco landmark building. A stone’s throw away from the ocean and bay, 605 Lincoln Road is across the street from the world renowned New World Symphony and Park, and steps from national retailers, restaurants, theaters and more. This property will also be the gateway to the new Miami Beach convention center.

Around 10,000 sq ft of space at the sixth floor along with 10-foot ceilings and wrap around windows and views, while the top floor, which is connected by a floating concrete staircase, offers an additional 10,000 sq ft with similar wrap around windows and a soaring 14-foot ceiling. A private rooftop spread over 8,000 sq ft si also available for an expansive garden, perhaps a pool and/or entertaining area. Buyers will also have the unique opportunity to design the Penthouse which house 10 bedrooms and 10 full bath and five half bathrooms. Jeff Miller of Zilbert International Realty, one of the firm’s top producing agents, is the exclusive sales agent for this rare property.

Jaeger-lecoultre’s amvox2 chronograph

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What is the first thing that captures your mind when you hear the name, Sean Connery? Your answer will definitely be the Bond movie Goldfinger and his jaunty good looks right? But more than his sharp suits and debonairish style, it was his Aston Martin DB5 and all the awesome gadgets that came along which captured the minds of everyone and still continues to do so after 50 years since it was first screened. Though many of them belonged to be the movie props, but thanks to premium watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre who has been with Aston Martin since 1959, we have a James Bond-like watch. It might not trigger fog-screen or rocket launchers, but it’s a proper Aston Martin accessory.

Lately, Jaeger-LeCoultre has joined hands with Aston Martin to turn their AMVOX2 Chronograph watch into the world’s most expensive car key. The original AMVOX2 Chronograph featured a groundbreaking vertical-trigger chronograph and crystal sapphire surface that controls the chronograph function. The crystal sapphire surface on the new AMVOX2 Transponder watch can be used to lock and unlock the doors and even briefly flash the headlights of an Aston Martin to locate it. It will be offered to Aston Martin DBS and Aston Martin Rapide owners and is priced at $34,000 making it the most expensive car keys.

World’s best designed bar of the year, Atrium Champagne Bar, london

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Foster + Partners’ design for the Atrium Champagne Bar has won the top award for bar design at the 2013 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards in the ‘Restaurant or bar in a hotel’ segment. The hotel in question is London’s trendy ME Hotel.

The cathedral-shaped atrium is a shrine to champagne and more. With a skylight over 24 meters high, it serves as a reminder of a young Indian Jones, uncovering it under a monolithic plinth and climbing down to get a drink! Although, one would picture Harrison Ford guzzling his favorite tipple here minus the mythical garb even. But just you wait until the walls come to life courtesy creative projections and you’ll be sitting right in the middle of a maritime imagination, as reported in LL.

AS per Industry experts, at the UK and International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards say that the nine-story high pyramid, clad entirely in white marble, with a highly reflective, black polished granite floor is the hotel’s main spatial event. And that rather than works of art littering the lavish space, the projections celebrate its magnanimous proportions, “giant jellyfish rise upwards as if from the depths of the sea, and the triangulated panels of the marble cladding are illuminated and animated like origami.” (more…)

Enjoy a perfect glass of baileys chocolate luxe with Rube Goldberg machine

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When you get something as attractive as the new Baileys Chocolat Luxe, all you are left to do is bless the company for manufacturing such an exquisite delicacy. The company’s latest decadent mixture of the Irish whiskey, cream and Belgian chocolate is here to give you in sinful chocolate indulgence. The most appropriate way to have the same is how the massive Rube Goldberg Machine serves you. It pours the perfect blend of Baileys, chocolate and ice, in its latest advertising campaign. The Rube Goldberg Machine is a contraption that makes a simple task into an over complicated, mechanical yet magical process, using a system of pulleys and chains. The contraption filmed in the advertisement is entirely real, and there is no CGI used throughout the spot making it even more spectacular.

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