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When you’re out and about on the street there are three things people notice about you first: your coat, your bag and your shoes. With these three items you can really make a statement whether that’s through style or colour. We decided to take a look at the statement handbag to see what has been fashionable through the ages, and what you should look for when buying a bag. History of statement handbags In the...

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Online-only – Christie’s is pleased to announce details of the online-only auction of Luxury Handbags, open for bidding from 3 to 12 June 2014. Revitalise your summer wardrobe with one of a sumptuous array of luxury handbags in bright and vibrant colours.  If you are looking for something more unusual, the sale features a colourful selection of exotic skin examples, ranging from a deep blue matte alligator Birkin to a bright orange ostrich Birkin. Offering the opportunity to acquire beautiful handbags,...

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Il Gufo is a name that immediately conjures up a whole world: the world of “children dressed as children” which is also the corporate slogan of this Italy-based company founded in 1982. The story of this company is a series of small steps made one after another. It goes from the bibs that 30 years ago Giovanna Miletti—founder of the brand—sewed as a hobby for her children when they were at school, to the transition...

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Fratelli Barbini has been working on the production of Venetian mirrors for over 50 years. Founded in 1962 by the sons of Angelo Pacifico Barbini, who had been the owner of from 1945 to 1962, the company is currently owned by Guido Barbini. While the Barbini family have worked on Murano glass production, it is the creation of glass mirrors that they have come to specialize in over the years with many exquisite designs proving...

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I Vassalletti artisans. When the creative mastery of an artisan is held within the grain of the wood, a simple piece of furniture becomes a real piece of art. This is how I Vassalletti works on the most refined wood-essences, transforming them into interior design gems of modern architecture.  Variety is what distinguishes these home decor company products. A meticulous dedication to handcrafting is so visible in each and every style: curiosity towards new shapes and...

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A success story With exquisite vocation for design, Riflessi of Italy boast a perfect blend of aesthetics, functionality and practicality, as well as great respect and attention to sustainability. In the last decade, the company has experienced a rapid evolution that has seen production expand from mirrors to a wide range of furnishings. These include tables and multi-function consoles, sideboards, chairs and more recently lamps – all in the name of elegance and functionality. Thriving...

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Aries Cerat was founded in 2010, with a single goal – to change the way people understand high performance audio. Many contemporary top line audio products claim the title of the best, but all give their own signature. However, Aries Cerat focuses on the one most important thing – the music. Always thinking outside of the box, they attempt to innovate audio solutions in order to deliver the best in sonic performance, and reach perfection...

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Marie Antoinette’s shoes or Artioli, shoes have always been important for fashion as well as for private use. And no matter whether you are a ‘boots are made for walking’ (Johnny Cash) kind or you approach the subject like French footwear designer, Christian Louboutin: “a shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk,” you have to admit that today, the fashion world is going through a Renaissance of footwear. The recent trend...

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The true brilliance of a diamond only comes to light when artistry and modern technology are combined to create a gemstone that outshines them all. Taking Dayekh Gems to new heights are two brothers who know their sparkle from their glitter.  Cutting a diamond in the twenty-first century involves cutting-edge technology. With lasers for precision work and computers that scan rough stones to flag up flaws, while calculating the size of the largest possible cut,...

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Swiss watch making is getting ever closer to jewellery, with BEDAT & Co leading the way. BEDAT & Co produce sophisticated watches inspired by the glamorous Art Deco style. Founder Simone Bédat started out in the watch-making business at age 15, working in prestigious watch companies Camy and Raymond Weil before starting her own business with her son Christian in 1996. Since 2006 a new team has continued the Bedat legacy, with the same design...

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