There’s no doubt about it—London is one of the best cities in the world for luxury shopping steeped in years of tradition and heritage. British and foreign brands alike have called the capital’s most exclusive areas their home for years, whilst luxury labels have clambered to bag a space in some of London’s most desirable shopping locales. So if you’re looking for some top quality shopping in heart of the city’s most refined and beautiful areas, look no further than our top five picks.
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“Its a call to action. We’re creating a soulful economy from artisans all over the world” says Donna Karan as she exuberantly details the earthy-chic housewares, textiles, jewelery and gift items for sale at the Urban Zen Holiday Marketplace. The pop-up shop, opened in Nov 21 and remain until Jan 4th, and is housed adjacent to Urban Zen on Greenwich street in the West Villiage of Manhattan. I met Donna who is greeting shoppers (and journalists) and is sitting at at one of the set tables in the cozily lit marketplace. She is wearing her signature tribal leather necklace (she must have many), bangles and a quintessential black uniform and floats around like an excited teen. Clearly this is a passion for her.
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Let’s be frank. No one needs anything but well-crafted pieces made of durable, refined materials are the hallmark of conscious consumerism and is the antidote to cheap throw-away fashion. When giving, go for a top luxury brand that your loved ones will adore. Case in point our covet list below which will inspire awe those gifted.
For the ladies, Fendi, the Italian family owned brand known for furs, and their infamous 90’s baguette, new it offering is the “peekaboo”. This one in painted python. Or if you’re yearning for an American classic then do Tiffany &Co’s crocodile satchel. It will have a place in your bag museum for years.
It’s not a cliche’ that diamonds are forever and the venerable brand Cartier’s diamond and emerald secret watch is a one of a kind show piece fit for a literal queen. Chanel’s lion time-piece is pure lavishness on a wrist. Both are more of an investment that pure purchase.
If the lady has an unusually spicy style then go for these turquoise and emerald Chicuita dangles from deGrisogono. They too are one of a kind but will make an ensemble look drop dead gorgeous. For footwear we chose Roger Vivier’s pink crystal encrusted ballet flats for intense foot-bling. And Rene’ Caovilla’s kitten heel with mink fur poof are jewelery for the feet.
There is something very delicious about wearing a fine fur. Its warmth and touchable softness, a girl cannot tire of. I’ve never regretted buying a fur that causes personal delight when wearing. Our picks are this brightly-hued chubby from Frenchman Yves Solomon and the of-the-moment must have, the fur vest; this one from Timo Weiland.
A watch is a sign of power and style for important men and you can’t go wrong with Swiss watch-maker, F. P. Journe’s chronometre’ or the Roman jeweler, Bulgari’s platinum Octo. Both have a masculine gentility that he will love and will become the go-to time-piece in his watch cabinet. Salvatore Ferragamo’s lux crocodile sneaker is great for that business titan in your life who needs to look pulled together even when he plays. Rimowa’s special edition luggage in partnership with Neville Wakefield, is their latest installment in practically indestructible travel-cases for globe trekkers. The whimsical Hermes, is
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