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08 Sep


Saipua Soaps

September 8, 2014 | By |


Our shop has never smelled better with these beautifully designed, handcrafted soaps.

Saipua is a small family owned business located in the Hudson Valley, NY, and has been making olive oil based soap since 1999. The soaps are carefully crafted in small batches using food-grade vegetable oils, butters, herbs and extracts. Each bar is hand cut, air dried and cured in the Saipua workshop. Saipua means soap in Finnish.

Happy that we are Saipua’s first Dutch dealer. Come and smell for yourself!

€ 9,75 per soap bar.



17 May


Tatoueurs, Tatoués: Tattoos on Show

May 17, 2014 | By |

l_exposition__tatoueurs__tatou__s__au_mus__e_du_quai_branly_268020337_north_883xFrom the origins of body art 3,000 years ago to contemporary artwork, a new Paris exhibition from HEY magazine and tattoo artist Tin-Tin charts the history and significance of tattoos throughout civilisation.

The latest show at the Musée du Quai Branly features artwork from some of the biggest names in the business, but here, the canvas is the body. The exhibition presents an anthropological trip through time and the history of tattooing in all its forms.

Tatoueurs, tatoués from Tuesday May 6 2014 until Sunday October 18 at the Musée du Quai Branly, 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris





11 Mar


V&A’s Clothworkers Centre

March 11, 2014 | By |

23-The-Clothworkers-Centre-for-Textiles-and-Fashion-Study-and-Conservation-yatzerThe Victoria & Albert Museum’s new Clothworkers’ Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation is an impressive one-of-a-kind space that promises to take visitors on a journey through the history of fashion. The centre aims to bring the V&A’s extensive textiles and fashion collection together under one roof for the first time. A definitive haven for researchers, students and enthusiasts alike. Dedicated to the storage, conservation and study of the textiles and fashion, the new centre aims to encourage access to this extensive collection by offering visitors and researchers state-of-the-art facilities that provide a truly unique opportunity to inspect and study the in excess of 104,000 items it houses, up close. From tiny fragments of Egyptian textiles to heavy tapestry and carpets, accessories and underwear to embroidered 18th century court dresses, the collection is one of the world’s largest and the most wide-ranging of its kind.

The Clothworkers’ Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation is unquestionably a must-visit space. Entrance is free and by appointment, with public tours taking place on the last Friday of every month.




11 Mar


Magnificent Dingyao Basin

March 11, 2014 | By |

basin-2Sotheby’s Hong Kong is delighted to present The Clark Ding Basin, a magnificently Carved Dingyao Basin, from the collection of the legendary antique dealer Sakamoto Goro. The Clark Ding Basin, which has not been seen for over 40 years, is expected to fetch more than 7 million dollars during the Sotheby’s Hong Kong Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Spring Sales 2014 on April 8th.

Nicolas Chow, Sotheby’s Asia Deputy Chairman and International Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, said, “The Clark dingyao basin undoubtedly ranks among the very finest Song wares ever to come to the market and is perhaps the finest piece extant from this celebrated kiln. Sakamoto Goro, the legendary Japanese dealer, purchased it at Sotheby’s in London in 1971 and has cherished it for the last 40 some years. It is an extraordinary privilege for Sotheby’s to handle again the sale of this Song dynasty masterpiece.”


08 Mar


Trunks & Suitcases

March 8, 2014 | By |


Amsterdam’s Museum of Bags and Purses (Tassenmuseum Hendrikje) will show the history of traveling and the development of trunks and suitcases in the next exhibition that will run from March, 12, 2014.

The museum will show specimens that date from 1850 to the present. The small suitcases as we know them, were only introduced at the end of the 19th Century. Before, people traveled mainly by carriage, horse or on foot. Traveling conditions were often uncomfortable and dangerous and suitcases had to be weatherproof and robust.

For luxurious boat journeys traveling trunks were made ​​that could hold an extensive wardrobe. Louis Vuitton was one of the first, and well known, suitcase makers from the second half of the 19th century to make very durable suitcase sets.

Photograph: trunks by Wildschut. 

24 Feb


Flockhart Fabrics

February 24, 2014 | By |

858044_407262996030013_2086797454_o-1Flockhart Fabrics is an extraordinary collection of fabric designs from the 1940s and 50s being revived by Lucy Mackenzie, granddaughter of the original artists painter Eileen Guthrie and her sculptor husband George Kennethson. They hand-printed their designs from lino blocks and silk screens which still exist today, along with many other beautiful original pieces of fabric. While the designs were originally sold by Eileen at Primavera on Sloane Street, over the years the fabrics and blocks were carefully stored away and so it is that this beautiful archive of prints has remained largely unseen until now. We love it! No, we are in love with it!


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22 Feb


Oldest clutch in the world

February 22, 2014 | By |

article-2563664-1BAAC95200000578-281_638x451Believed to be the oldest bag in the world, this 700 year old clutch, will be displayed for the first time at the Courtauld Gallery in London. The bag was crafted around 1300 and originates from the city of Mosul, Northern Iraq. It was long thought to be a saddle bag or wallet. It is inlaid with beautiful scenes of courtly life in gold and silver, a masterpiece of luxury metalwork. 

Source: Daily Mail UK

19 Feb


Curiosities Collection

February 19, 2014 | By |

W’re in love wit the 1st Dibs Curiosities Collection! Have a look … 864899_l






29 Dec


The magic of Schiaparelli

December 29, 2013 | By |


Elsa Schiaparelli’s personal collection is being auctioned at Christie’s, Paris.

Italian fashion designer and rival of Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, was at the heart of avant-garde ideas in 1930s Paris. Known for her friendship and collaborations with artistic icons including Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Christian Bérard, Jean Cocteau, Alberto and Diego Giacometti, and Marcel Vertès, Schiaparelli was a key trendsetter within the contemporary scene.

Christie’s Parisian auction house is hosting a sale of 180 items from Schiaparell’s personal collection. This remarkable private collection features fashion – a dynamic combination of Elsa Schiaparelli’s own designs alongside other much-loved ethnic costumes and personal pieces – furniture, fine art and decorative arts which, together, evoke a unique inspirational sensibility. The star lots of the sale are a bronze Alberto Giacometti 1936 floor lamp modelled with the head of a young woman and a violet silk blouse, 1939, from Schiaparelli’s Astrologie Collection.

Source: Daily Mail UK



11 Dec


Chanel acquired first tannery

December 11, 2013 | By |

French fashion house Chanel has acquired its long-time lamb hide provider, the French tannery Bodin-Joyeux, to secured the production of their iconic bags.

Founded in 1860, the Bodin-Joyeux tannery has a long-standing family tradition of fellmongery and thanks to this exceptional craftsmanship, the company has become a key partner for the luxury industry – Hermès and Louis Vuitton are also clients. But despite the sale, they will not work exclusively with Chanel and will continue to provide skins for other luxury brands. Frédéric Bodin will remain president of Bodin-Joyeux, which employs 100 workers and produces 450,000 skins each year.

The purchase is just the latest in a series by the iconic French brand. Just last year they bought Scottish cashmere company Barrie Knitwear and French glove maker Causse through their Paraffection affiliate, which was set up in 1997 as a way of maintaining ancestral know-how and rare manufacturing skills.

Source: The Telegraph