I had the pleasure of being interviewed for a feature on Rtister.com, a global home for the savvy shopper who loves to own something contemporary, special, and unique. Based in London, Rtister nurtures and hones emerging designers and merges them with some of fashion’s most established names to create a global platform that showcases the very best in contemporary womenswear.
Basharatyan V is a newly launched label by the talented & young fashion designer Veronica Basharatyan. The label specialises in creating outstanding, individually tailored women’s clothing using unique, luxurious fabrics. Collections are made of feminine and elegant pieces with silhouettes from simple cut dresses to over-sized shapes and body-con forms with some pieces featuring delicate prints of images and symbols.
The designer has recently took part in London Fashion Week 2014. She showcased Iceland-inspired, exquisitly fitted pieces featured in her AW2014 collection, which you can view through this link. You can also shop the label on the designer’s website, here, or through rtister.com
D’Albert is the brainchild of Yorkshire-born and London-based Julia D’Albert. Having won the prestigious Silver Shears Award from the Merchant Taylor’s Company, Julia went to complete her post-graduate studies in Pattern Cutting at Central Saint Martin’s and Creative Couture in Paris. She Launched her first collection SS2014, and she is the one to watch in 2014! All her pieces are Made in England.
Her first collection features a Modernist take on paneling and the perfect fusion of leather, wool and silk. The mix of colors she used is definitely an eye-catcher. Shop her collection on rtister.com.
A stay at the five-star Corinthia Hotel London already offers an unrivalled experience in the heart of the British capital, and now guests can combine the ultimate city experience with an exclusive day-trip to a historic estate in the English countryside, all while staying at one luxurious London address. The five-star hotel has just launched day trips to The Petworth Estate in West Sussex – a historic late 17th Century mansion which houses an important collection of paintings and sculptures.
Overnight guests at Corinthia Hotel London can be transported by helicopter (in minutes) or by Range Rover (in 1 hour 15 minutes) to the exclusive estate where they can experience a day living like lords and ladies of the manor. Activities on offer include game hunting, fly fishing and deer stalking (live or simulated depending on season and experience), and participants are fitted with everything from hearing protection to cartridges and guns. Non-hunting partners can enjoy a guided tour of the ancestral 17th Century home Petworth House, which has the largest private collection of Turner paintings, horse and carriage tour through the grounds and a look around at the plethora of local antique shops.
The day-trips offer a unique experience for GCC guests travelling to London; one that enables visitors to swap views of the London Eye and River Thames, thanks to the hotel’s idyllic city-centre location and close proximity to popular tourist and shopping sites, with a historic English country escape for a day. Guests can focus on a particular sport such as fishing, game hunting or deer stalking on the day, or Corinthia can tailor-make a day’s package including a combination or only focusing on simulated sports, depending on preferences.
Packages for the Petworth Estate experience start from $5,900 including two nights’ stay at Corinthia Hotel London. For more information on Corinthia Hotel London visit their website, corinthia.com.
Miss Selfridge Project #3 collection, inspired by London Street Style and Blog Culture, will be available at The Avenues Mall Kuwait starting this week.
Londonize.me is a newly launched online shopping website based in Dubai; dealing only with London fashion designers not available in the region in order to bring the latest London fashion to the GCC. They also offer fashion tips and share the latest fashion trends to their subscribers, Londonize yourself, here.
Egyptian Olympic team officials found themselves at the centre of an embarrassing fiasco involving their athletes and fake Nike team uniforms! Egypt’s country’s committee chairman, General Mahmoud Ahmed Ali told the Press, “we signed with a Chinese distributor in light of Egypt’s economic situation,” who sent him the counterfeit merchandise, including bags with “large Nike logos on the front, but the zippers have ‘Adidas’ written on them.” Two brands for less than the price of one!
Participating synchronised swimmer Yomna Khallaf tweeted how she had been given a series of crude knock-offs in her team clothing kit! And she also claimed she was forced to spend about $300 of her own money to buy genuine Nike gear after members of the Egyptian Olympic Committee in Egypt told her to take the gear or go without!
Yesterday, two days after the incident broke out, Nike announced it was donating gear to the Egyptian athletes! Seriously, Egypt?!
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.
New Coco Cream Tees by T-shirt Policy London have Arrived in Kuwait – Exclusively to “My Lollipop Boutique” In Villa Karizma, Sharq. The T-shirts come in Small, Medium & Large.
There are also Limited Editions available in these which are beautifully studded, with Swarovski Crystals & gold studs.
The T-shirts are also now available in Qatar @ Impression Boutique & in Egypt @ Hebz Boutique.