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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.