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In conversation with Jean-Christophe Babin
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In conversation with Jean-Christophe Babin

Portrait We had a delight speaking with Mr Jean-Christophe Babin, the CEO of Bvlgari.     What novelties can we expect in the coming months and for the coming season?/ What are some of the key items launched by Bvlgari in the second part of the year?   Many and immediately. We have just launched the new High Jewelry collection, Barocko. It remains one of the most important moments for the brand and we didn't want to give up. We obviously have adapted our launch with a digital approach,  starting early July with top clients discovering the new 2020 Barocko collection at home with the possibility to immediately order it or get access to the masterpiece most interesting for them in order to try on them physically. The kick off will be followed by a sequence of physical events starting in Roma in September and followed by China, USA through the end of the year. Also for watches Bvlgari launches do not happen once a year as you might know. We started last January during the LVMH Dubai Watch Week with a first batch of new impacting novelties. Among them, the smallest tourbillon for ladies watches with Serpenti Seduttori and the new Octo Finissimo S which is 100m water resistant. Late August during the Geneva Watch Days, we will proceed to our second wave with a brand new, cool and smart unisex collection alongside with our 6th world record within the Finissimo collection. And last but not least, we will introduce a new Gerald Genta model. It is not ending in Geneva since on the other hand – high jewelry creations – we are usually introducing our new collections and unique pieces during the second half of the year. These stunning creations will be launched from September to November.    Therefore, despite the COVID-19 crisis, I can say that we will have covered 2020 without any disruption both commercially and media. In terms of Accessories in August we will unveil an important collaboration with a young and talented designer for a capsule collection and in September we will present the new Spring Summer 2021 collection in occasion of the Milan Fashion Week. We have just announced the Rome hotel, in the eternal city home of the brand, which will be ready in 2022 by adding an important gem to the collection of the wonderful Bvlgari hotels collection around the world. We are also continuing with our patronage activities thanks to the restoration of the Torlonia collection, the largest in the world of sculptures and as every year, we will attend the Maxxi Prize in Rome for the awarding of young international talents. We also continue our partnership with Save the Children and the fundraising we do through a dedicated collection inspired by the designs of B.Zero1 and Bugari Bulgari. These are just some of the most important projects of this year. Bvlgari does not stop and continues knowing that luxury above all plays an important role. It is a necessary symbol of rebirth and well-being and as Bvlgari we know that we can contribute significantly through the excellence of our creations and the magic they generate.        How has COVID-19 affected your way of working, and what projects in support of the cause have you started in this time being?   COVID-19 has certainly changed our way of working, but above all to face everyday life. In Bvlgari, smart working mode had already started more than a year ago, even if only one day a week, since it was an experimental phase. Today we understand that it is actually a different but extremely efficient way of working. We have learned to optimally use tools such as zoom, skype, teams, WhatsApp call. Certainly also in the future it will help us to balance the frequency of business trips that will be significantly reduced by planning meetings and business weeks digitally with a consequent greater efficiency of time and budget.         What were your beginnings like working for Bvlgari?   When I arrived in Bvlgari, I remember spending a lot of time observing and studying the history of this wonderful brand, and I still understand its importance today. I always thought that the consistency of the jeweler was born precisely from its founder, Sotirio Bulgari, who with great vision has created a brand that is still a symbol of Italian excellence in the world as the magnificent, contemporary and daring roman jeweller, master of coloured gems. I decided to give importance to iconic signs by giving them consistency across all product categories. The Snake, for example, which has its origins in the history of the Greeks and Romans, today is reinterpreted in a contemporary design that we find in the Serpenti collection in jewels, watches, in the head that closes the leather accessories or that decorates the silk products, in the neck of the bottles of our fragrances and it is often a symbol that we find inside our hotels. A single iconic sign reinterpreted consistently and transversely. I also believe in the audacity of the brand. The same that inspired Sotirio and that today we carry on in creativity, in colors, in the joie de vivre that we transmit through the product. Finally Rome. I immediately fell in love with the eternal city. The house of Bvlgari, the continuous inspiration that we draw from the eternal city, crosses its monuments, its architecture and its colors and to which we proudly demonstrate gratitude through important restorations such as the Scalinata di Trinità de Monti or the Polychrome mosaic of Caracalla. Until the restoration of the incredible Torlonia collection, the most important private collection of ancient art in the world, which represents the celebration of our cultural roots, of an aesthetic sense that still, belongs to us and distinguishes us today.       How do you think Covid-19 will affect the luxury industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?  COVID-19 certainly had an immediate impact, which made everyone a little vulnerable. It made us equal, but also made us understand how everything can change in an instant, how much the planet must be respected, how much we must observe what and whom we have around. In general, however, luxury and fashion have always proved to be great protagonists of rebirth following great crises. If we think about the second post-war period, fashion through big brands has reinvented women, given well-being through creativity and excellence in manufacturing. We talk about moments of great inventions and in which design has expressed its full potential.      Tell us more about the Bvlgari Virus Free Fund.   The fund's project was born from the desire to be able to continue to give concrete support in the fight against COVID-19 but also against any type of virus. Over the past few months, we have witnessed the shocking and detrimental effects of COVID-19 on every aspect of our society throughout the world. We can never let this happen again. Bvlgari vows not only to contribute to the fight against COVID-19, but also to work with the global leaders in Medical Sciences at Oxford University, to nurture the most talented minds of tomorrow. For this reason, Bvlgari announced the establishment of the Bvlgari Virus Free Fund, a financial program, which will support economically high-end institutions pursuing innovative research strategies to achieve remission and cure of different types of virus. In particular, the Bvlgari Virus Free Fund will help two major institutions: University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, which brings together investigators who are designing and developing numerous vaccines as well as Rome’s Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases, which Bvlgari already supported at the kickoff of the COVID-19 emergency by financing the purchase of a hi-tech microscope.  I am honored and proud to have the opportunity to support Oxford in this common goal of eradicating viruses and stopping future pandemics in their tracks.      Can you share with us more about the #SAVETHEFUTURE initiative.   As a response to schools’ closure due to the COVID-19 emergency, Bvlgari and Save the Children supported children and their families through distance learning initiatives of which we told through the hashtag save the future. In particular, in Italy, the Punto Luce delle Arti – the educational center dedicated to arts and crafts, co-designed by Bvlgari and Save the Children - was at the forefront in distant learning and other activities aimed to reinforce the resilience of children and youth. Save the Children has in fact adapted its programs in order to allow education to continue in remote.  This has involved the provision of digital tools, online classes and dedicated support to mothers and fathers during this crisis. #Save the future is only one piece of a bigger project that started more than ten years ago, with a partnership between Bvlgari and Save the Children which allowed us to raise almost 100 million dollars and helped more than 2 million children in more than 34 countries through interventions in emergency situations, education and projects such as “youth empowerment”,which allows us to show a possible path in the world of work to teenagers who live in extremely precarious situations. “Give Hope” is our communication message, because through education it is possible to transform opportunities into reality.      Will there be any new Bvlgari hotels opening in the coming time? We have just announced the start of works for the Bvlgari Hotel in Rome, which is slated to open in 2022. Bvlgari was founded in Rome and the city has always been a source of inspiration for the brand. The new Roman hotel will be strategically located in the central Piazza Augusto Imperatore in the very heart of the eternal city. The building was built between 1936 and 1938 to a design by architect Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo, and faces two of the most iconic Roman landmarks, the Ara Pacis and the Mausoleum of Augustus, the first Roman Imperator. The Hotel collection will continue to grow. In 2021 the Bvlgari Hotel in Paris will open which was planned for this year and has been postponed for the lockdown. Also in the forecast are the already announced openings in Moscow and Tokyo. We are also working on new openings in America between New York, Miami and Los Angeles.     What is the most exciting part of your job and what makes it exciting for you?   Considering the moment just lived, we are facing with new challenges. An ambitious goal that I want to pursue is keep my clients and teams highly motivated, aligned and determined despite their temporary physical dispersion and providing them with the best Bvlgari ever - from creativity, craftsmanship to CSR and human relationships - to turn this crisis as an accelerator in our quest for worldwide leadership in jewelry and jewelry watches.    We had a delight speaking with Mr Jean-Christophe Babin, the CEO of Bvlgari.     What novelties can we expect in the coming months and for the coming season?/ What are some of the key items launched by Bvlgari in the second part of the year?   Many and immediately. We have just launched the new High Jewelry collection, Barocko. It remains one of the most important moments for the brand and we didn't want to give up. We obviously have adapted our launch with a digital approach,  starting early July with top clients discovering the new 2020 Barocko collection at home with the possibility to immediately order it or get access to the masterpiece most interesting for them in order to try on them physically. The kick off will be followed by a sequence of physical events starting in Roma in September and followed by China, USA through the end of the year. Also for watches Bvlgari launches do not happen once a year as you might know. We started last January during the LVMH Dubai Watch Week with a first batch of new impacting novelties. Among them, the smallest tourbillon for ladies watches with Serpenti Seduttori and the new Octo Finissimo S which is 100m water resistant. Late August during the Geneva Watch Days, we will proceed to our second wave with a brand new, cool and smart unisex collection alongside with our 6th world record within the Finissimo collection. And last but not least, we will introduce a new Gerald Genta model. It is not ending in Geneva since on the other hand – high jewelry creations – we are usually introducing our new collections and unique pieces during the second half of the year. These stunning creations will be launched from September to November.    Therefore, despite the COVID-19 crisis, I can say that we will have covered 2020 without any disruption both commercially and media. In terms of Accessories in August we will unveil an important collaboration with a young and talented designer for a capsule collection and in September we will present the new Spring Summer 2021 collection in occasion of the Milan Fashion Week. We have just announced the Rome hotel, in the eternal city home of the brand, which will be ready in 2022 by adding an important gem to the collection of the wonderful Bvlgari hotels collection around the world. We are also continuing with our patronage activities thanks to the restoration of the Torlonia collection, the largest in the world of sculptures and as every year, we will attend the Maxxi Prize in Rome for the awarding of young international talents. We also continue our partnership with Save the Children and the fundraising we do through a dedicated collection inspired by the designs of B.Zero1 and Bugari Bulgari. These are just some of the most important projects of this year. Bvlgari does not stop and continues knowing that luxury above all plays an important role. It is a necessary symbol of rebirth and well-being and as Bvlgari we know that we can contribute significantly through the excellence of our creations and the magic they generate.        How has COVID-19 affected your way of working, and what projects in support of the cause have you started in this time being?   COVID-19 has certainly changed our way of working, but above all to face everyday life. In Bvlgari, smart working mode had already started more than a year ago, even if only one day a week, since it was an experimental phase. Today we understand that it is actually a different but extremely efficient way of working. We have learned to optimally use tools such as zoom, skype, teams, WhatsApp call. Certainly also in the future it will help us to balance the frequency of business trips that will be significantly reduced by planning meetings and business weeks digitally with a consequent greater efficiency of time and budget.         What were your beginnings like working for Bvlgari?   When I arrived in Bvlgari, I remember spending a lot of time observing and studying the history of this wonderful brand, and I still understand its importance today. I always thought that the consistency of the jeweler was born precisely from its founder, Sotirio Bulgari, who with great vision has created a brand that is still a symbol of Italian excellence in the world as the magnificent, contemporary and daring roman jeweller, master of coloured gems. I decided to give importance to iconic signs by giving them consistency across all product categories. The Snake, for example, which has its origins in the history of the Greeks and Romans, today is reinterpreted in a contemporary design that we find in the Serpenti collection in jewels, watches, in the head that closes the leather accessories or that decorates the silk products, in the neck of the bottles of our fragrances and it is often a symbol that we find inside our hotels. A single iconic sign reinterpreted consistently and transversely. I also believe in the audacity of the brand. The same that inspired Sotirio and that today we carry on in creativity, in colors, in the joie de vivre that we transmit through the product. Finally Rome. I immediately fell in love with the eternal city. The house of Bvlgari, the continuous inspiration that we draw from the eternal city, crosses its monuments, its architecture and its colors and to which we proudly demonstrate gratitude through important restorations such as the Scalinata di Trinità de Monti or the Polychrome mosaic of Caracalla. Until the restoration of the incredible Torlonia collection, the most important private collection of ancient art in the world, which represents the celebration of our cultural roots, of an aesthetic sense that still, belongs to us and distinguishes us today.       How do you think Covid-19 will affect the luxury industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?  COVID-19 certainly had an immediate impact, which made everyone a little vulnerable. It made us equal, but also made us understand how everything can change in an instant, how much the planet must be respected, how much we must observe what and whom we have around. In general, however, luxury and fashion have always proved to be great protagonists of rebirth following great crises. If we think about the second post-war period, fashion through big brands has reinvented women, given well-being through creativity and excellence in manufacturing. We talk about moments of great inventions and in which design has expressed its full potential.      Tell us more about the Bvlgari Virus Free Fund.   The fund's project was born from the desire to be able to continue to give concrete support in the fight against COVID-19 but also against any type of virus. Over the past few months, we have witnessed the shocking and detrimental effects of COVID-19 on every aspect of our society throughout the world. We can never let this happen again. Bvlgari vows not only to contribute to the fight against COVID-19, but also to work with the global leaders in Medical Sciences at Oxford University, to nurture the most talented minds of tomorrow. For this reason, Bvlgari announced the establishment of the Bvlgari Virus Free Fund, a financial program, which will support economically high-end institutions pursuing innovative research strategies to achieve remission and cure of different types of virus. In particular, the Bvlgari Virus Free Fund will help two major institutions: University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, which brings together investigators who are designing and developing numerous vaccines as well as Rome’s Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases, which Bvlgari already supported at the kickoff of the COVID-19 emergency by financing the purchase of a hi-tech microscope.  I am honored and proud to have the opportunity to support Oxford in this common goal of eradicating viruses and stopping future pandemics in their tracks.      Can you share with us more about the #SAVETHEFUTURE initiative.   As a response to schools’ closure due to the COVID-19 emergency, Bvlgari and Save the Children supported children and their families through distance learning initiatives of which we told through the hashtag save the future. In particular, in Italy, the Punto Luce delle Arti – the educational center dedicated to arts and crafts, co-designed by Bvlgari and Save the Children - was at the forefront in distant learning and other activities aimed to reinforce the resilience of children and youth. Save the Children has in fact adapted its programs in order to allow education to continue in remote.  This has involved the provision of digital tools, online classes and dedicated support to mothers and fathers during this crisis. #Save the future is only one piece of a bigger project that started more than ten years ago, with a partnership between Bvlgari and Save the Children which allowed us to raise almost 100 million dollars and helped more than 2 million children in more than 34 countries through interventions in emergency situations, education and projects such as “youth empowerment”,which allows us to show a possible path in the world of work to teenagers who live in extremely precarious situations. “Give Hope” is our communication message, because through education it is possible to transform opportunities into reality.      Will there be any new Bvlgari hotels opening in the coming time? We have just announced the start of works for the Bvlgari Hotel in Rome, which is slated to open in 2022. Bvlgari was founded in Rome and the city has always been a source of inspiration for the brand. The new Roman hotel will be strategically located in the central Piazza Augusto Imperatore in the very heart of the eternal city. The building was built between 1936 and 1938 to a design by architect Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo, and faces two of the most iconic Roman landmarks, the Ara Pacis and the Mausoleum of Augustus, the first Roman Imperator. The Hotel collection will continue to grow. In 2021 the Bvlgari Hotel in Paris will open which was planned for this year and has been postponed for the lockdown. Also in the forecast are the already announced openings in Moscow and Tokyo. We are also working on new openings in America between New York, Miami and Los Angeles.     What is the most exciting part of your job and what makes it exciting for you?   Considering the moment just lived, we are facing with new challenges. An ambitious goal that I want to pursue is keep my clients and teams highly motivated, aligned and determined despite their temporary physical dispersion and providing them with the best Bvlgari ever - from creativity, craftsmanship to CSR and human relationships - to turn this crisis as an accelerator in our quest for worldwide leadership in jewelry and jewelry watches.   

Louis Vuitton presents the new men's Spring & Summer 2021 collection in Shanghai
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Louis Vuitton presents the new men's Spring & Summer 2021 collection in Shanghai

Fashion Week Resurgence is the mantra of our moment in time. Carried by hope, it conveys the act of surging: rising up, uprising, progressing. Some solve crossword puzzles. Nuance is my game. The term “manifesto” comes from the Latin word for “obvious”. Stating the obvious is not in my nature, but I am a believer in the power of documentation. As I restart my engines at Louis Vuitton and take off for a future of new possibility, I look back at my port of departure. Under my artistic direction, I see my Louis Vuitton Men’s collections as my platform of nuance. I strive to employ fashion to reflect and affect ideals of inclusivity, unity and humanity. Through nuance, I believe in making my mark with poise, style and grace.        It’s my desire to imbue the traditional codes of luxury with my own progressive values. Nuance, like sarcasm, can be difficult to understand. Every season, my team updates The vocabulary according to Virgil Abloh: A liberal definition of terms and explanation of ideas. Under ‘I’ for ‘Irony’: “The presence of Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton.” For all intents and nuances, I have often spelled out the interceptive reality of myself as a black man in a French luxury house. I am well aware of my responsibilities. Rather than preaching about it, I hope to lead by example and unlock the door for future generations.       Using the language of nuance, I hope the imagery speaks for itself: Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz as an ironic parallel to my journey into the fashion establishment (and a pendant to The Wiz, which re-appropriated the film with an all-black cast); Black musical icons as humanitarians whose appeals unify race, gender, culture and creed; Flower fields as a metaphor for diversity and a symbol of traditional Parisian confection ; Heaven on Earth as a surreal concept of time and progress in society. I use these images to trick the spectator’s preconceived ideas, overwrite embedded race associations, and tackle prejudice on a subconscious level. I would like it to serve as a Trojan horse for the mind. Resurgence is the mantra of our moment in time. Carried by hope, it conveys the act of surging: rising up, uprising, progressing. Some solve crossword puzzles. Nuance is my game. The term “manifesto” comes from the Latin word for “obvious”. Stating the obvious is not in my nature, but I am a believer in the power of documentation. As I restart my engines at Louis Vuitton and take off for a future of new possibility, I look back at my port of departure. Under my artistic direction, I see my Louis Vuitton Men’s collections as my platform of nuance. I strive to employ fashion to reflect and affect ideals of inclusivity, unity and humanity. Through nuance, I believe in making my mark with poise, style and grace.        It’s my desire to imbue the traditional codes of luxury with my own progressive values. Nuance, like sarcasm, can be difficult to understand. Every season, my team updates The vocabulary according to Virgil Abloh: A liberal definition of terms and explanation of ideas. Under ‘I’ for ‘Irony’: “The presence of Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton.” For all intents and nuances, I have often spelled out the interceptive reality of myself as a black man in a French luxury house. I am well aware of my responsibilities. Rather than preaching about it, I hope to lead by example and unlock the door for future generations.       Using the language of nuance, I hope the imagery speaks for itself: Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz as an ironic parallel to my journey into the fashion establishment (and a pendant to The Wiz, which re-appropriated the film with an all-black cast); Black musical icons as humanitarians whose appeals unify race, gender, culture and creed; Flower fields as a metaphor for diversity and a symbol of traditional Parisian confection ; Heaven on Earth as a surreal concept of time and progress in society. I use these images to trick the spectator’s preconceived ideas, overwrite embedded race associations, and tackle prejudice on a subconscious level. I would like it to serve as a Trojan horse for the mind.

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Chopard’s creative genius pays tribute to Nature
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Chopard’s creative genius pays tribute to Nature

Jewelry Official partner to the Cannes International Film Festival since 1998, Chopard annually unveils an Haute Joaillerie collection named Red Carpet. A great lover of Nature, Caroline Scheufele has chosen this subject as the main theme for the 2020 Red Carpet Collection. The first creations provide a foretaste of the 73 models that will compose this precious “jewellery casket” inspired by natural enchantment.        The Red Carpet Collection: an annually reiterated feat: Since the 60th anniversary of the Cannes International Film Festival, Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie workshops have annually achieved the feat of composing a collection that includes as many creations as the year of the Festival's existence. An ambitious challenge proposed by Caroline Scheufele – Co-President and Artistic Director of the Maison – to her Artisans, who represent the combined know-how of more than 30 different crafts. Today, the Chopard ateliers, located in Geneva, are the largest Haute Joaillerie workshops in Switzerland: sculptor-jewellers, lapidaries, gem-setters and polishers. From simple lines to generous volumes, from working on gold to precious stones, these talented craftsmen push back the limits of the possible and, by combining their talents, give life to the jewels in this prestigious collection. Living up to its Red Carpet name, it is destined to sparkle on the Palais des Festivals steps as it adorns the most beautiful actresses during the official presentation of their films.     Celebrating an entrancing natural environment: This year, Caroline Scheufele will unveil a range of 73 treasures. The creative soul of Chopard and initiator of its Journey to Sustainable Luxury, she has decided to celebrate the environment, along with its flora and fauna, by choosing 'Nature' as the main theme of this 13th collection.     Chopard is thus exclusively revealing the first creations stemming from the brilliant talent deployed in its workshops: an “Owl” jewellery watch featuring two dials surrounded by multicoloured sapphires forming the eyes of the nocturnal creature; a pair of “Orchids” earrings featuring incredibly natural-looking sapphire petals and tsavorite buds; “Gingko” earrings and ring composed of pear-shaped emeralds, tsavorites and yellow sapphires in shades evoking the foliage of this majestic tree; as well as a series of “Polar bear” and “Seal” diamond rings. And a “Swan” ring in Fairmined-certified ethical 18-carat white gold set with a 9.1-carat white opal cabochon (Mexico), as well as with ceramic and with brilliant-cut diamonds and sapphires.     Point of sale : Chopard Boutique - P.C. Hooftstraat 53, Amsterdam  Official partner to the Cannes International Film Festival since 1998, Chopard annually unveils an Haute Joaillerie collection named Red Carpet. A great lover of Nature, Caroline Scheufele has chosen this subject as the main theme for the 2020 Red Carpet Collection. The first creations provide a foretaste of the 73 models that will compose this precious “jewellery casket” inspired by natural enchantment.        The Red Carpet Collection: an annually reiterated feat: Since the 60th anniversary of the Cannes International Film Festival, Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie workshops have annually achieved the feat of composing a collection that includes as many creations as the year of the Festival's existence. An ambitious challenge proposed by Caroline Scheufele – Co-President and Artistic Director of the Maison – to her Artisans, who represent the combined know-how of more than 30 different crafts. Today, the Chopard ateliers, located in Geneva, are the largest Haute Joaillerie workshops in Switzerland: sculptor-jewellers, lapidaries, gem-setters and polishers. From simple lines to generous volumes, from working on gold to precious stones, these talented craftsmen push back the limits of the possible and, by combining their talents, give life to the jewels in this prestigious collection. Living up to its Red Carpet name, it is destined to sparkle on the Palais des Festivals steps as it adorns the most beautiful actresses during the official presentation of their films.     Celebrating an entrancing natural environment: This year, Caroline Scheufele will unveil a range of 73 treasures. The creative soul of Chopard and initiator of its Journey to Sustainable Luxury, she has decided to celebrate the environment, along with its flora and fauna, by choosing 'Nature' as the main theme of this 13th collection.     Chopard is thus exclusively revealing the first creations stemming from the brilliant talent deployed in its workshops: an “Owl” jewellery watch featuring two dials surrounded by multicoloured sapphires forming the eyes of the nocturnal creature; a pair of “Orchids” earrings featuring incredibly natural-looking sapphire petals and tsavorite buds; “Gingko” earrings and ring composed of pear-shaped emeralds, tsavorites and yellow sapphires in shades evoking the foliage of this majestic tree; as well as a series of “Polar bear” and “Seal” diamond rings. And a “Swan” ring in Fairmined-certified ethical 18-carat white gold set with a 9.1-carat white opal cabochon (Mexico), as well as with ceramic and with brilliant-cut diamonds and sapphires.     Point of sale : Chopard Boutique - P.C. Hooftstraat 53, Amsterdam 

Maium launches completely new designs for AW20
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Maium launches completely new designs for AW20

Fashion Maium welcomes a brand-new jacket to their collection, The Lightweight. An extra waterproof layer for the winter, a light breathable jacket for the summer. The lightweight parka is a fully waterproof all-weather shell. A jacket that comforts you through thick and thin. Along The Lightweight, Maium introduces their first ever made bucket hat in various colors for a full waterproof protection.     The Lightweight: Made to travel in style, the lightweight packable handily folds into your bag or purse due to the light texture of the fabric. The jacket remains to have the iconic Maium essentials, allowing to easily transform the jacket into a poncho for on the bike or scooter. This newest addition has even more features such as a practical hood with adjustable court stops and cap. The jacket is equipped with a high collar to protect mouth and nose from the stormy days.  Adjustable waist and cuffs are introduced to make a more feminine look. Made from 77 recycled PET bottles and PFC free, this jacket follows the range of sustainable rainwear. With a colorful range of Reflective, Black, Blue Navy & Fluo Orange Maium’s lightweight jacket is definitely a statement piece.     The Bucket: In addition to the lightweight jacket, Maium is introducing their first ever made bucket hat. The Bucket is a fully waterproof head protector that is perfect combinable with the jacket. It’s just a hat, and does not transform as you might be used from the jackets. Also, the hat is made from recycled plastic bottles to comfort you with a complete sustainable look. In order to prevent from losing it, The Bucket is equipped with an adjustable court-stop. Designed and tested by bad weather experts, this is a must have for a complete outfit to conquer the rainy days. Maium welcomes a brand-new jacket to their collection, The Lightweight. An extra waterproof layer for the winter, a light breathable jacket for the summer. The lightweight parka is a fully waterproof all-weather shell. A jacket that comforts you through thick and thin. Along The Lightweight, Maium introduces their first ever made bucket hat in various colors for a full waterproof protection.     The Lightweight: Made to travel in style, the lightweight packable handily folds into your bag or purse due to the light texture of the fabric. The jacket remains to have the iconic Maium essentials, allowing to easily transform the jacket into a poncho for on the bike or scooter. This newest addition has even more features such as a practical hood with adjustable court stops and cap. The jacket is equipped with a high collar to protect mouth and nose from the stormy days.  Adjustable waist and cuffs are introduced to make a more feminine look. Made from 77 recycled PET bottles and PFC free, this jacket follows the range of sustainable rainwear. With a colorful range of Reflective, Black, Blue Navy & Fluo Orange Maium’s lightweight jacket is definitely a statement piece.     The Bucket: In addition to the lightweight jacket, Maium is introducing their first ever made bucket hat. The Bucket is a fully waterproof head protector that is perfect combinable with the jacket. It’s just a hat, and does not transform as you might be used from the jackets. Also, the hat is made from recycled plastic bottles to comfort you with a complete sustainable look. In order to prevent from losing it, The Bucket is equipped with an adjustable court-stop. Designed and tested by bad weather experts, this is a must have for a complete outfit to conquer the rainy days.

Exclusive Editorial by Allan Hamitouche
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Exclusive Editorial by Allan Hamitouche

Men Exclusive new editorial captured by the lens of Allan Hamitouche.     TEAM CREDITS: MODEL : DAVID PRINCE @ 16MEN PHOTOGRAPHY : ALLAN HAMITOUCHE STYLIST : JEREMIE CHEGRANE  STYLIST ASSISTANT : GEOFFREY SAUVAGE EDITOR: TIMOTEJ LETONJA Exclusive new editorial captured by the lens of Allan Hamitouche.     TEAM CREDITS: MODEL : DAVID PRINCE @ 16MEN PHOTOGRAPHY : ALLAN HAMITOUCHE STYLIST : JEREMIE CHEGRANE  STYLIST ASSISTANT : GEOFFREY SAUVAGE EDITOR: TIMOTEJ LETONJA

Hiša Denk, Slovenia
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Hiša Denk, Slovenia

Food Hiša Denk is a restaurant with family tradition going back to 1972. Today’s generation has a vision to create a special dining experience using the finest produce from the local region and combining the best of the past with modern skills and techniques. In June this year the restaurant was awarded their first Michelin star.     Hiša Denk is located between the picturesque wine roads of Austrian Styria and Mariborsko Pohorje. Their restaurant and rooms are a fine example of modern architecture, its simple exterior is pleasing to the eye, with interior spaces that flow naturally into each other. The furnishings have been specially commissioned to provide comfort and a sense of tranquility. There are two interior dining spaces and a sheltered outdoor terrace overlooking a peaceful garden.   Hiša Denk continues to build on the family culinary tradition featuring the finest produce of Styria. Their chefs take pride in every detailed element of the dish to give the diner a delightful experience. They aim to excite our guest with dishes based on local tradition with a 21st century twist. Their extensive wine list offers a fine selection of Local, National and International white, red, and orange wines.   Every dishes is precisely detailed and incredibly delicious. We highly reccomend it.     For bookings and more information visit theri website: http://www.hisadenk.si Hiša Denk is a restaurant with family tradition going back to 1972. Today’s generation has a vision to create a special dining experience using the finest produce from the local region and combining the best of the past with modern skills and techniques. In June this year the restaurant was awarded their first Michelin star.     Hiša Denk is located between the picturesque wine roads of Austrian Styria and Mariborsko Pohorje. Their restaurant and rooms are a fine example of modern architecture, its simple exterior is pleasing to the eye, with interior spaces that flow naturally into each other. The furnishings have been specially commissioned to provide comfort and a sense of tranquility. There are two interior dining spaces and a sheltered outdoor terrace overlooking a peaceful garden.   Hiša Denk continues to build on the family culinary tradition featuring the finest produce of Styria. Their chefs take pride in every detailed element of the dish to give the diner a delightful experience. They aim to excite our guest with dishes based on local tradition with a 21st century twist. Their extensive wine list offers a fine selection of Local, National and International white, red, and orange wines.   Every dishes is precisely detailed and incredibly delicious. We highly reccomend it.     For bookings and more information visit theri website: http://www.hisadenk.si

Gucci Fall-Winter 2020-2021 Advertising Campaign, The Ritual
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Gucci Fall-Winter 2020-2021 Advertising Campaign, The Ritual

Fashion Titled The Ritual, the new Gucci advertising campaign follows the reversal of perspective that characterized Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s vision for the Fall-Winter 2020-2021 show, where the audience was invited to witness what goes on behind the scenes, behind the curtains. Further exploring the idea of looking at things from a different point of view, new possibilities opened up.     Consequently, models were asked to be the authors of the new campaign and were given the brief to simply inhabit the looks in their daily lives from the comfort of their own, intimate spaces and record themselves doing so. The lens is thus that of this eclectic cast of characters, and the result is a deeply personal, honest and candid series of self-portraits.     With freshness and authenticity, these hyper-real images depict one’s home as a personal creative laboratory, whose inhabitants are free to have fun and experiment using their imagination: they acted as photographers and storytellers, producers and scenographers. The different formats echo the array of tools used, ranging from disposable cameras to camera phones, adding to the variety of results and telling of individual decisions about how the protagonists wish to be seen.     “I decided to let the clothes travel towards the houses of the cast of models – the characters that have embodied my stories for years; individuals I chose precisely, over time, for their uniqueness that usually brings my campaigns to life. I asked them to represent the idea they have of themselves, to go public with it, shaping the poetry that accompanies them. I encouraged them to play, improvising with their life”, Alessandro Michele explained.   By ceding control, a new type of creativity is unleashed. So here’s the Gucci community, knitting, gardening, sunbathing, brushing teeth, hanging out on the roof of a building, jumping off a bed, with pets, even playing darts while skateboarding indoors on a polished wooden floor.  Though the scenarios are every day, the images are anything but, showing how Gucci’s magical Romanticism inspires a peculiar, emotional dreamlike quality.   Surprisingly, a certain consistency fosters the whole visual experiment of self-portraits and their footage, a consistency that speaks of an infusion of Gucci, even from afar.   #GucciTheRitual   Credits:   Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher Simmonds Photographer/Director: models Hair stylist: models Make up: models Titled The Ritual, the new Gucci advertising campaign follows the reversal of perspective that characterized Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s vision for the Fall-Winter 2020-2021 show, where the audience was invited to witness what goes on behind the scenes, behind the curtains. Further exploring the idea of looking at things from a different point of view, new possibilities opened up.     Consequently, models were asked to be the authors of the new campaign and were given the brief to simply inhabit the looks in their daily lives from the comfort of their own, intimate spaces and record themselves doing so. The lens is thus that of this eclectic cast of characters, and the result is a deeply personal, honest and candid series of self-portraits.     With freshness and authenticity, these hyper-real images depict one’s home as a personal creative laboratory, whose inhabitants are free to have fun and experiment using their imagination: they acted as photographers and storytellers, producers and scenographers. The different formats echo the array of tools used, ranging from disposable cameras to camera phones, adding to the variety of results and telling of individual decisions about how the protagonists wish to be seen.     “I decided to let the clothes travel towards the houses of the cast of models – the characters that have embodied my stories for years; individuals I chose precisely, over time, for their uniqueness that usually brings my campaigns to life. I asked them to represent the idea they have of themselves, to go public with it, shaping the poetry that accompanies them. I encouraged them to play, improvising with their life”, Alessandro Michele explained.   By ceding control, a new type of creativity is unleashed. So here’s the Gucci community, knitting, gardening, sunbathing, brushing teeth, hanging out on the roof of a building, jumping off a bed, with pets, even playing darts while skateboarding indoors on a polished wooden floor.  Though the scenarios are every day, the images are anything but, showing how Gucci’s magical Romanticism inspires a peculiar, emotional dreamlike quality.   Surprisingly, a certain consistency fosters the whole visual experiment of self-portraits and their footage, a consistency that speaks of an infusion of Gucci, even from afar.   #GucciTheRitual   Credits:   Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher Simmonds Photographer/Director: models Hair stylist: models Make up: models

Palm Angels and Clarks Originals have released the limited-edition Desert Boot
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Palm Angels and Clarks Originals have released the limited-edition Desert Boot

Accessories Palm Angels and Clarks Originals have released the limited-edition Desert Boot in the year that marks the 70th anniversary of the original Clarks desert boot, an icon which has remained unchanged since its release in 1950. The boot is constructed using Clarks Originals signature all-natural crepe sole and finest suede from its historic UK partner tannery Charles F. Stead.     Palm Angels x Clarks will be available on the Palm Angels e-commerce and in selected stores worldwide, starting on Tuesday, July 28th. Palm Angels and Clarks Originals have released the limited-edition Desert Boot in the year that marks the 70th anniversary of the original Clarks desert boot, an icon which has remained unchanged since its release in 1950. The boot is constructed using Clarks Originals signature all-natural crepe sole and finest suede from its historic UK partner tannery Charles F. Stead.     Palm Angels x Clarks will be available on the Palm Angels e-commerce and in selected stores worldwide, starting on Tuesday, July 28th.

Balenciaga will open its newest flagship in Rome
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Balenciaga will open its newest flagship in Rome

Fashion On August 4th, 2020, Balenciaga will open its newest flagship, a largescale store in the heart of Rome. BALENCIAGA PIAZZI DI SPAGNA—located at the foot of the Spanish Steps—introduces a location-specific concept to showcase men’s, women's, and kids’ ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, and accessories on two full floors.     Glass doors and windows facing the street are curved inward, creating convexspaces that reveal a wider view of the store’s interior from outside. Inside, roomsopen up to one another, each a variation of the theme that came before it. The floors of each room are made from a variety of codified textures: asphalt-like, interlocking concrete tile, and logo-carved carpet in cement grey and theatrical red.     Influenced by the culture of preservation and drama that surrounds this newest flagship, its walls are partially obscured behind glass or red curtains, weaving elements from a museum or stage into the brand signatures. Industrial mirrors, lacquered metal, and extruded aluminium round out other details that transpose the signatures of public, civic architecture into a private, retail space.       BALENCIAGA PIAZZA DI SPAGNA ROME 67-69 Piazza di Spagna 00187 Roma Italy On August 4th, 2020, Balenciaga will open its newest flagship, a largescale store in the heart of Rome. BALENCIAGA PIAZZI DI SPAGNA—located at the foot of the Spanish Steps—introduces a location-specific concept to showcase men’s, women's, and kids’ ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, and accessories on two full floors.     Glass doors and windows facing the street are curved inward, creating convexspaces that reveal a wider view of the store’s interior from outside. Inside, roomsopen up to one another, each a variation of the theme that came before it. The floors of each room are made from a variety of codified textures: asphalt-like, interlocking concrete tile, and logo-carved carpet in cement grey and theatrical red.     Influenced by the culture of preservation and drama that surrounds this newest flagship, its walls are partially obscured behind glass or red curtains, weaving elements from a museum or stage into the brand signatures. Industrial mirrors, lacquered metal, and extruded aluminium round out other details that transpose the signatures of public, civic architecture into a private, retail space.       BALENCIAGA PIAZZA DI SPAGNA ROME 67-69 Piazza di Spagna 00187 Roma Italy

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