They endeavour to make the ordinary extraordinary and the everyday timeless. Rooted in deep heritage, they represent over 130 years of British luxury leather goods at their most refined, with an enduring dedication to unrivalled craftsmanship. Smythson has long catered to the highly discerning, from European Royalty and the Indian Maharajas to the likes of Grace Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert and Vivien Leigh. Influential figures, leading extraordinary lives, from Sigmund Freud to Sir Winston Churchill, recognised the timeless purity of tr heicreations.
The perception of owning a bespoke suit is still quite blurry and ‘far-fetched’ to many men these days. Most seem to think that you either have to be a major corporate lawyer or movie star. This couldn’t be further from the truth. This article will aim to debunk any other myths around buying bespoke suits.
Due to its geographical location, Eastern European mythology and folklore seamlessly blend influences from Asian nomads, the Orient, Ancient Greece, the Thracian and the European Slavic cultures, the result being something completely new and interesting, but still European.
'The beautiful potential of plants and other organisms to form living architecture inspired me to make a collection that is tangled like a maze around the body. Inspiration came from the way plants and their roots grow, and how roots have been used to grow living bridges in the forests of India. This tradition of growing bridges inspired me to re-envision my process of making a garment'.
Designers Alexandra Fischer-Roehler and Johanna Kühl have once again found inspiration in a floral element of nature: the iris, a delicate and striking blossom that combines mystic and earthly qualities and is symbolic of creativity and true love. Named after the eponymous Greek goddess, the personification of the rainbow, it has myriad facets. But in its purest elemental form, a white blossom, it serves as the recurring theme of the new Bridal Couture collection by Kaviar Gauche.
To provide a source of inspiration for the 2014 new festive illuminations, the New West End Company’s Bond Street Development Group delved deep into the archives to explore the heritage of the street, established in 1686 and now home to over 125 of the world’s leading luxury stores including more than 80 designer flagships which sees £1billion of spend annually.
The Sicilian mythology and the classic journey of Ulysses are the main inspirations for the creations of Dolce & Gabbana Spring-Summer 2014 Menswear collection, which include linen weaves, silk net, cotton, a bold print on one item of clothing or another - etchings of temples, antique coins or the faces of a Greek Gods like Zeus and Apollo.