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A glance At the lat­est prod­ucts from the most ex­clu­sive lux­ury brands stow col­lec­tion

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Stow, an evolv­ing col­lec­tion of lux­ury travel ac­ces­sories, is mak­ing waves across the globe, and has al­ready be­gun gar­ner­ing at­ten­tion in the Mid­dle East.

Crafted from high-qual­ity, “but­ter-soft” leather, the brand’s del­i­cately moulded phone charger cases, jew­ellery rolls and trin­ket boxes are in­tri­cate but com­pact, care­fully en­vis­aged to an­swer both the prac­ti­cal and style needs of the modern trav­eller.

Launched in 2013 by Carol Lovell, the brand is a di­rect at­tempt to find the per­fect travel ac­ces­sory. Each piece is hand­made by mas­ter crafts­men in the Span­ish pue­blo blanco of Ubrique, one of Europe’s most vi­brant cen­tres for lux­ury leather ac­ces­sory pro­duc­tion. Colours are vi­brant and con­tem­po­rary, with bold con­trast­ing Ital­ian goat’s suede lin­ings, chunky gold hard­ware and Stow’s sig­na­ture orange zip pull.

All pieces con­tain a tiny leather ‘stow­away’ en­ve­lope for keep­sakes and me­men­toes, and ev­ery­thing can be per­son­alised with gold foil and em­bossed ini­tials. Per­sonal mes­sages can also be em­bossed on the back of the en­ve­lope.

De­signs hark back to the golden age of ex­plo­ration and are named af­ter the nine­teenth- and twen­ti­eth-cen­tury ex­plor­ers that in­flu­enced them. The Jeanne ring box, for ex­am­ple, re­calls Jeanne Baret, the first woman to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the world in the 1700s. There are other ex­am­ples of such in­flu­ences across the range.

Fol­low­ing the launch of its re­versible Voyageur watch col­lec­tion, Korloff has up­held its tra­di­tion of adding an ac­ces­sories line to its watch col­lec­tions. In this case, the new watch col­lec­tion has been twinned with a new writ­ing in­stru­ment.

The brand is al­ready known for its so­phis­ti­cated writ­ing in­stru­ments, so it was com­pletely nat­u­ral for Korloff to cre­ate a line of Voyageur pens to match the watch.

The orig­i­nal­ity of this col­lec­tion is that the watch ro­tors can be seen when the pen is turned to write. The colours used in the pens of­fer a sub­tle re­minder of the key fea­tures of the watch - the var­i­ous en­grav­ings of the watch are also used on the pen body; the plane for the St Louis 1919 Col­lec­tion, plus the Joshua Slocum logo for the Nav­i­ga­tor pen, and a very mas­cu­line Grand Prix in­spi­ra­tion with the IP Black model.

Pens are avail­able in three-mi­cron pal­la­dium, three-mi­cron IP Pink and IP Black. Ro­tors are avail­able in dif­fer­ent colours (blue, red or black), as are the dis­creet coloured screws. There’s also an en­graved ring with the se­rial num­ber on each pen lim­ited to 1,700 pieces world­wide. Sony Mo­bile re­cently un­veiled a new-look Xpe­ria brand with the first X Se­ries smart­phones. The Xpe­ria X se­ries em­bod­ies Sony Mo­bile’s new brand vi­sion through adding new lay­ers of in­tel­li­gent tech­nol­ogy across Xpe­ria fea­tures.

The next-gen­er­a­tion Xpe­ria cam­era takes spon­ta­neous cap­ture to an­other level al­low­ing you to shoot in sharp fo­cus, even for spurof-the-mo­ment shots. The all-new Pre­dic­tive Hy­brid Aut­o­fo­cus in Xpe­ria X and Xpe­ria X Per­for­mance is de­vel­oped in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sony’s cam­era en­gi­neers, it lets users choose their sub­jects and then pre­dicts its mo­tion, so ac­tion can be cap­tured in per­fect fo­cus, free from blur.

The Xpe­ria X se­ries in­cor­po­rates Sony’s smart bat­tery man­age­ment to de­liver up to two days’ bat­tery life. Not only will it keep the phone run­ning for longer from one charge, Xpe­ria X se­ries ben­e­fits from a bat­tery life­span that’s up to twice as long with Qnovo’s Adap­tive Charg­ing tech­nol­ogy and Sony’s smart bat­tery man­age­ment sys­tem.

The Xpe­ria X fea­tur­ing the Qual­comm Snap­dragon 650 pro­ces­sor and the Xpe­ria X Per­for­mance in­tro­duc­ing the Qual­comm Snap­dragon 820 pro­ces­sor for ul­tra-fast con­nec­tiv­ity.

Mclaren is this year cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary in For­mula One, and is us­ing that cel­e­bra­tion to part­ner with S.T. Dupont on a range of leather goods and other ac­ces­sories iden­ti­cal to the ones cre­ated for Mclaren driv­ers Fer­nando Alonso and Jen­son But­ton.

French brand S.T. Dupont was se­lected by Mclaren to equip its driv­ers and en­tire rac­ing team for their travel re­quire­ments. And this year, the two world cham­pi­ons sport the colours of the new col­lec­tion.

The col­lec­tion makes use of el­e­gant ma­te­ri­als, per­fect fin­ishes and, in 2016, for the very first time, tech­ni­cal leather: a di­a­mond per­fo­rated full-grain leather with a bril­liant black fin­ish along with a Mclaren-rocket red top­stitch­ing.

There’s also the Mclaren 2016 ball­point pen, based on the Défi model. It’s a stream­lined writ­ing in­stru­ment that of­fers ex­cep­tional writ­ing com­fort thanks to the ideal flu­id­ity of its gel ink. Its tapered body­work com­bines a high-pre­ci­sion in­jected metal frame­work and a cas­ing made from di­a­mond per­fo­rated full-grain leather with a bril­liant black fin­ish. For spring/sum­mer 2016, the Tod's col­lec­tion for men ap­plies the house phi­los­o­phy of pro­duc­ing stylish, prac­ti­cal and re­laxed de­sign to a range of jack­ets, shoes and bags.

Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the world of art and the craft of the ar­ti­san, the col­lec­tion fea­tures hand-painted con­trast­ing colour de­tails—a look ap­plied to the shoes and small leather goods, and also to out­er­wear.

Of course, Tod’s is most fa­mous for its footwear, and for spring/sum­mer 2016 there are a num­ber of new de­vel­op­ments in this area. Chief among them is the ar­rival of a new sig­na­ture de­tail for the house: the Leo Clamp. This metal fea­ture is found on the iconic Tod’s Gom­mino shoe and also on moc­casins and loafers. A sturdy, geo­met­ric branded band, the Leo Clamp is pro­duced through a process that in­volves tra­di­tional tech­niques of hot metal cast­ing.

The well-known Mar­lin Hyan­nis­port style, a deck shoe named af­ter a boat owned by John F Kennedy (and now in the pos­ses­sion of Diego Della Valle, pres­i­dent and CEO of Tod’s), takes a more ur­ban ap­proach this sea­son, in­cor­po­rat­ing a pol­ished edge, which en­riches its cel­e­brated rub­ber sole. Mean­while, the Easy Ur­ban styles high­light the crafts­man­ship that char­ac­terises the qual­ity of Tod's—five mod­els range from a clas­sic lace-up to a moc­casin. Here, rub­ber and fine leather over­lap for a new sport­style sole.

ac­ter­is­tic street fur­ni­ture of iron rail­ings, grates, balconies and lamp­posts.

For the leather goods col­lec­tion, em­bossed leather re­places cast iron. The tra­di­tional craft of leather pro­duc­tion and em­boss­ing re­sults in leather ac­ces­sories that cap­ture the same uniquely Bri­tish amal­gam of heavy in­dus­try and hand­crafted con­struc­tion.

Au­tumn/win­ter 2016 sees the No. 9 col­lec­tion ex­tended to in­clude new colours and bags for both men and women. For women, a clutch is added fea­tur­ing a brushed metal buckle iden­ti­cal to that on a Paul Smith brief­case taken from the archive, the side pleats of the clutch fea­ture un­ex­pected ashes of colour, a hall­mark of Paul Smith de­signs.

Em­po­rio Ar­mani has un­veiled its au­tumn 2016 watch col­lec­tion, which the brand says echoes au­tumn’s rich jewel tones. Sleek, slimmed-down sil­hou­ettes and modern fin­ishes up­date the most pop­u­lar ranges, while three new mod­els have been added to the range. Firstly, the Au­tumn Gold set of watches in­tro­duces a new fash­ion­tone plat­ing made in a modern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of an­tique gold. This an­tique gold-tone plat­ing is paired with strik­ing brown di­als, and, for men’s styles, with straps in the grey her­ring­bone fab­ric used in Em­po­rio Ar­mani out­er­wear, or in brown croco leather, or sil­i­cone. Mean­while, the Shades of Blue range en­hances so­phis­ti­cated gun­metal and stain­less steel. There are watches here fea­tur­ing this hue in bracelet and leather strap op­tions. The el­e­gant com­bi­na­tions of gun­metal, sil­ver and deep blue add depth and tex­ture to the most pop­u­lar men’s watch ranges.

Gufram re­cently part­nered with Paul Smith as part of its 50th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions, pre­sent­ing the Gufram & Paul Smith Psy­chdelic Cac­tus. The prod­uct is a spe­cial, lim­ited edi­tion of the Gufram Cac­tus de­signed by Drocco and Mello in 1972, de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Paul Smith.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Gufram and Paul Smith goes be­yond de­sign; the Cac­tus in its bright green ver­sion also ap­pears wo­ven into or printed onto gar­ments and ac­ces­sories in the Paul Smith Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’16 col­lec­tion in­clud­ing shirts, ties, scarves and socks, pic­tured above.

“Gufram and Paul Smith are two di­men­sions de­scend­ing from the 1970s,” said Charley Vezza, Global Cre­ative Orches­tra­tor at Gufram. Mont­blanc has un­veiled a new line of bracelets. De­signed in a va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als from wo­ven leather to stain­less steel, the new Bracelets are a stylish yet func­tional way to give a for­mal look a more ca­sual feel or to give a re­fined twist to leisure at­tire.

In­spired by the out­doors and ac­tive life, a wo­ven bracelet evokes the thrill and ad­ven­ture of moun­tain climb­ing with its modern cara­biner clo­sure, a snap lock partly brushed and partly matt-pol­ished steel en­graved with the snow­cap and the Mont­blanc name. Just like two ropes, two slim straps in ei­ther black, grey or red wo­ven leather, or with straps of wo­ven steel, cir­cle the wrist. The coloured leather de­signs add a play­ful touch to any look, while the wo­ven steel de­sign cre­ates a more for­mal so­phis­ti­cated al­lure.

Bold and mas­cu­line, a bracelet in wo­ven printed brown leather with pol­ished steel box makes a dis­tinc­tive state­ment. The wide flat printed leather pat­tern con­trasts with the matt-brushed stain­less steel clos­ing dec­o­rated with a Mont­blanc en­grav­ing. The ul­ti­mate in el­e­gant sim­plic­ity, an open stain­less steel ban­gle with a rounded sil­hou­ette firmly wraps it­self around the wrist. The per­fect com­ple­ment to a tai­lored suit or a more ca­sual blazer, the pure de­sign is en­hanced with en en­grav­ing of the sig­na­ture 3-ring mo­tif and the Mont­blanc name.

Each de­sign in the new Bracelet col­lec­tion al­lows the modern man to make his mark by ex­press­ing his own per­son­al­ity through his choice of ac­ces­sory. Self-as­sured and al­ways seek­ing to push bound­aries, the ev­ery­day ex­plorer sets out to rein­vent busi­ness style, pair­ing his favourite suit with the so­phis­ti­ca­tion of a Mont­blanc bracelet.

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