Swiss Maison d’Horlogerie Baume & Mercier presented its newest watch collection Clifton at an exclusive evening at The Cigar Lounge, The Address Downtown Dubai, last week, at an event themed to reflect the masculine Clifton collection territory and its historic roots in the “Golden Fifties”. Both urban and classic, from its clean lines down to its finishes, Clifton was created specifically for a male clientele wishing to purchase a timepiece to accompany them through every moment of their lives, transcending both personal and professional spheres. The collection features a total of nine references, including the emblematic Clifton 1830, a particularly sophisticated watch which took direct inspiration from the historic model, four 41mm automatic pieces, two 39mm red gold pieces and two moonphases.
The “H&M for Brick Lane Bikes” is a men’s capsule collection combining the function of cycling wear with great city style for both on and off the bike. The 11 piece collection has been designed by H&M, tested, and approved by Brick Lane Bikes, one of the world’s leading custom bike specialists. Inspired by both vintage pieces and today’s sports performance, the collection is made from more sustainable materials as part of H&M’s Conscious work. It will be launched March 7, 2013 in approximately 180 stores worldwide including Kuwait, as well as online.
Globally acclaimed menswear brand, recognized for its exquisite Turkish craftsmanship and tailoring, has opened its first store in the Middle East in the new extension of The Avenues Mall, phase III. With modern and slim cuts to emphasize the style-conscious man’s elegance on business as well as social occasions. Visit them at The Grand Avenue and get your classical contemporary premium look from the experts in menswear fashion.
H&M just released their trend guide for women and men for the upcoming autumn and winter 2012. Big shoulders and a marked waist shape are still going strong. Leather, patterns, and a pen skirt are some of the must-haves for women. While for men, classic tailoring in shades of greys, mustard and wine-red, with a tweed blazer, short pants and some nice scarves would do the trick.
I received an invitation from International Famous Franchises & Al Sallal Projects Trading Company for dinner with the CEO of Harrys of London, Mr. Giuseppe Bonfiglio, at Sabah wu Masa restaurant at 360 Mall.
Short after I arrived, Mr. Bonfiglio, and some of the company’s staff showed up, and joined us at the table. Now let me tell you something, there’s nothing more charming than meeting someone with passion towards what they do, a true passion that is. And that’s exactly what the inspiring Mr. Bonfiglio was all about throughout the evening.
He is a very humble man with a great experience, a huge amount of devotion, and a true love for cultures, travel, and above all, shoes!
We spent sometime chatting over dinner, then decided to head to the store, Harrys of London, where we heard such inspiring stories about the place, the shoes, and a whole lot on how each pair is made.
When you first enter Harrys of London, you get a feel of the typical British style and a royal touch of elegance, that you really wouldn’t miss!
They carry a small collection for women, that is available only in Kuwait throughout the Middle East region, and is getting bigger with the launching of their new branch soon.
Mr. Bonfiglio took charge, and started sharing with us the story behind their best-selling pairs and styles.
It felt like each pair goes under a generous amount of research before it is produced and carried out in the store. The Fabric, the sole, the downing, the footbed, and the movement..Nothing was made out of a coincidence, it all has a team working hard behind it day & night.
Even the fabric that you see carried out by other high-end brands is not the same with Harrys of London! One of the insights we learnt is that their Suede comes from the uniquely soft African Kudu Antelopes, which are specially sourced in South Africa and Tanned in England; with amazing natural characteristics that is often noticeable, and therefore no two pairs are ever alike.
They have so many options for men with style. It’s the kind of shoes you’d wear and it changes your entire look.
They also carry a line of Alligator skin shoes, made specially for collectors, and men who seek nothing but the top-notch. They carry this line in 4 permanent colors, however, they would custom-made an order for any color or design you’d like to have! Sweet! And a GREAT gift idea, I’d say!
The work of detailing that goes into each pair of the Alligator shoes is fascinating! Starting with choosing the skin, and for Harrys of London it always has to be the Alligator’s belly as it’s always smoother than any other area of the skin.
Another ravish fact is how they perfect the pattern on both shoes of each pair, despite the authenticity of the used skin. They actually, use the skin of 2 alligators for each pair of shoes! They cut into the same place of the belly skin to guarantee that the pattern of each pair looks the closest to one another, as you can notice in the picture below! A true work of art!
Another thing they chose to be unique while doing is their advertising method. They tied up with British illustrator, Chris Burke, to create an advertising method that relates to the British culture in a way like no other advertising was done. And the reaction they are getting back home is great!
Another thing they did not forget is ‘accessories’, starting with socks, available in so many colors, and made of Sea Island cotton and blended with cashmere to provide a luxuriously soft construction.
They also make belts, passport holders, and wallets. All the essentials of a modern, elegant man.
Thank you Mr. Giuseppe Bonfiglio for such an inspiring tour! Loved every bit of it.
Harrys of London is located at 360 Mall.
H&M just announced their next guest designer collaboration for Autumn/Winter 2012 with Maison Martin Margiela! The avant-garde French fashion house; a highly respected and credible fashion house among the fashion industry, and one of the most important and influential within the past three decades. The collaboration features re-editions of Maison Martin Margiela garments that have been reinterpreted for H&M.
The collection will be available from November 15, 2012, in around 230 stores worldwide and online for ladies and men.
We are very happy to present Maison Martin Margiela pieces with H&M, offering a new interpretation of our vision. The democracy of our fashion has always been at the centre of our creativity, and the collaboration with H&M allows us to push this instinct further. We will bring together the contrasting universes of the two houses in ways that will surprise all. ~Maison Martin Margiela
H&M just released Autumn 2012 lookbook for women and men! I dunno how you guys feel, but I’m not ready for summer to be over just yet! Great collection though, love the dominant statement pieces.