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Guo Pei: Natural Pursuit of Beauty

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Life is like climbing a mountain; some people stand up and want the world to see themselves, and some want to see a different world. Guo Pei is very much the latter. She said that when you do not expect to be in the forefront, you will enjoy the process. If you set a strict target, the process will present more restraints, or turn into a pressure eroding your life when you cannot handle the pace, bringing more physical and spiritual suffering. So, she is someone who does not set strict goals or expectations in life. Instead, she has one path to undertake: indulging in beauty, creating beauty, spreading beauty, focusing on every step of the moments. When Paris haute couture circuit called, when museums competed to exhibit her creations, when Time listed her name on the 100 Most Influential People… she found that while you are standing on top of the mountain to see the world, the world also sees you.

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Guo Pei is unlike any other; how would you describe the characteristics of your own creations? I am someone who loves life very much, and very emotional. I hope life is full of love, warmth and sunshine, and my creations share the sentiment. Beauty is the outlook of being happy and feeling blessed. I truly love beauty; even if I am a carpenter, or a florist, or a salesman, I will still pursue beauty. It is a warm sunshine from your state of mind.

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Compared to ready-to-wear, designers have maximum freedom with haute couture; however, freedom is always relative, and so, what are the restrictions in haute couture? Freedom should also be contained. You can get the most of freedom when reflecting the limitations. In making clothes, when you have less room for creativity, the turnover may be quicker and easier; and when it has the greatest room for freedom, you are also dealing with greater demands and costs from various angles. To be successful in your pursuit of inner freedom and spiritual pleasure is to satisfy your heart’s desire, even when you might lose something else while gaining the freedom you want. It took me almost ten years to establish the foundation for freedom of artistic expression and freedom of the soul.

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Beauty should be an indiscriminate right; how do you feel about haute couture becoming an exclusion for a lot of people? Haute couture is actually very welcoming, and I never discriminate my guests; often, people exclude themselves. I think every girl has at least one dress that accompanies her all her life, carrying all her happiness, all her emotions. Many people might have spent a lot of money buying useless things; you might open the wardrobe and see not one piece of clothing is worth keeping. For example, girls nowadays usually have dozens of jeans when they don’t actually need all of them, and end up wearing only a few pairs over and over. Jeans also have cultural value; it is better to buy a genuine pair. You can wear them until they show signs of natural wear and tear, yet you will hate to part with them, because they have become a part of your life, a very meaningful jeans. This is a life attitude which I sincerely hope people will recognize.

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What do you think about junior designers? What are their strengths and difficulties? Growing with time is a part of happiness, and the phrase “Time makes a hero” resonates with me. I am very grateful to my generation, for giving me the much needed opportunity to grow together with the Chinese fashion industry. If I am part of the young designers in the current generation, it will be difficult for me to say that I will be where I am today, or if there is a future for me. It is a crowded field with strong competition and everyone has very little space. I have strong sympathy for them; I want to remind them to slow down and focus on long-term growth, for the next 10 years, and then 20 years, 30 years, and even 50 to 60 years, instead of rushing the pace for the first five to ten years; we might be able to do it in the past, but for the young designers today, it might be very difficult for them to do so. Their advantage is having a high starting point; as soon as they graduate, they might have reached the equivalent of my ten-year career, perhaps in twenty years they will surpass thirty years of my experience. However, it could be very difficult for them to stay for two decades, and the progress of time also means that the requirements to be in the industry are getting harder.

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Would you share simple tips or rules for those of us struggling with fashion? What to wear depends on the environment. For work, I suggest wearing a relatively formal dress, presenting a strong character no matter your position. The best option is to have a slight structure on the outfit, nothing too loose-fitting. For social occasion, you need to know what message you would like to convey, what kind of person you want to be in the eyes of others. Many people think that what they wear is their own business, totally unrelated to other people, while in fact, it influences how people define you, and who will approach you. If you want to enter a certain circle, you must first have the same image that they have before catching their interest, and then slowly the conversation and relationship develop.

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Vintage Combination

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Bell & Ross’ Vintage WW1 Edición Limitada is indeed a collector’s item dedicated to cigar aficionados. The color scheme of the watch displays shades of brown that immediately evoke the iconic browns of Cuban cigars, and the design of the Arabic numerals covered with gold dust arouse a vintage atmosphere reminiscent of the traditional cigar craftsmanship. To enhance the meeting between the world of cigars and watches, Bell & Ross has chosen to present the watch in a case of Makassar ebony, which can be transformed into a humidor with humidifier and hygrometer, holding up to 50 cigars. With this limited edition of 99 watches dedicated to cigar lovers, Bell & Ross, again, demonstrates its excellent watchmaking skills.

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The Brilliance of Fireworks

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Japanese luxury jewellery brand, TASAKI, has launched a new jewellery collection on the theme of “dazzling night sky”. Inspired by beautiful fireworks and stars lighting up the night sky, the collection features a new series of 5 firework-motif items, each with its own unique charm, and a new item in the popular star-motif series. Spirea, an elegant and dramatic necklace that expresses the flowing traces of dazzling fireworks, evokes the sensitivity of spirea with clear and radiant diamonds. TASAKI’s Creative Director, Thakoon Panichgul offers collections with beautifully feminine finish that are modern and intelligent yet romantic and sexy.

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Grovemade Wood Watch Review

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Despite being in a time when people are talking about smartwatches like the forthcoming Apple Watch, Grovemade has given us something very different while equally as special in my opinion.

Made with a wooden face and a clean leather band, the Grovemade Wood Watch is a wonderfully designed piece that is incredibly unique.

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Offered in two shapes and wood tones with different leather bands, the Grovemade watch is a unique and comfortable watch. While the face diameter is a bit smaller than what I am used to, it sits nicely on my wrist without feeling too small. The leather band is a little tough, though molds nicely around the wrist.

It can’t make phone calls, check your texts, or any of the fancy things a smartwatch does. In fact, it does a lot less than a tradition watch can as there are no extra dials or dates shown. But that isn’t what this watch is made for. This watch is dead simple and is not looking to be any more than that.

Learn more at www.grovemade.com

New bikes on the block: Freddie Grubb celebrates cycling and design

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Nestled among a quaint parade of Georgian shop fronts on London’s Amwell Street, Freddie Grubb is a new British bicycle brand hoping to shake up London’s saturated bicycle market with its contemporary take on the traditional town bike. ‘The London cycling market is getting pretty saturated with relatively cheap and cheerful bicycles in the mid price bracket (£300-£500),’ explains Jack Pattison, Freddie Grubb founding director. ‘We were keen to produce a product that wouldn’t just look good in a showroom, something that would stand the test of time.’

Tailor-made for city cycling, the brand’s debut range of four bicycles are inspired by British models from the 1930s and 50s with compact geometry, neat lug details, gently curved forks and Porteur or swept handlebars that allow for a more comfortable ride. While the brand is affectionately named after Frederick H Grubb, the maverick pioneer of British cycling, the four models take their titles from London’s hidden rivers; the Ravensbourne, Effra, Fleet and Walbrook.

As well as showcasing the brand's debut bicycle range in a variety of colours - which they plan to change seasonally -sizes and combinations, the newly opened Islington store offers London's style-conscious cyclists a wider lifestyle experience with a selection of furniture, lighting and accessories that chime with the bicycle's refined styling.
Goods on offer include speakers from Danish brand Vifa and minimalist lighting from Montreal-based Lambert & Fils. A special collaboration is on the cards for the upcoming London Design Festival and a range of Freddie Grubb bicycle accessories are also on the horizon.

 

‘We wanted to approach the design of our products with the same ethos that we would a piece of furniture,’ says Pattison, while co-founder, Malcolm Harding adds, ‘Our bicycles are all about detail. They are designed and built in London (in Deptford Creek to be specific) with handmade frames and quality components.’

‘Cycling is huge at the moment and it certainly doesn’t look as though it will slow down any time soon,’ enthuses Pattison. ‘Apart from a wonderful healthy way to scoot about town, in cities like London it’s probably the quickest and easiest way to get from A to B. Our aim is introduce a bit of style into the equation.’

 

Read more at http://www.wallpaper.com/lifestyle/new-bikes-on-the-block-freddie-grubb-celebrates-cycling-and-design

Clarrods Interior Copenhagen

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Rustic, homemade goods. Clarrods Interior is a relatively new addition to Copenhagen’s fine collection of decor stores. Aged wood and iron, the cornerstones of good Scandinavian construction, add the “Scandi-edge” to their products; they look like they’d survive the winter. Ideally, the buyer designs their own furniture, as the store is capable of customized orders, but there are also ready-made pieces, smaller items, and even a few bicycles.

The Big Drawback is that the store is [seriously] only open on Saturday, but convenience is sacrificed in favor of expert knowledge and guidance. If you’re looking for unique, competitively-priced furniture that’s both practical and fashionable (a rare thing), Clarrods is a good place to check out.

Welcome to the world of Clarrods Interior!

Established in 2012, our focus has continuously been on simple shapes and minimalistic silhouettes. The constellation of timeless design and raw discreet details is the foundation for Clarrods Interiors and most of our products are built in Denmark in combined qualities such as iron, wood and marble. Our essential and unique designs can easily stand alone or be integrated into any setting.

Please note that each product is handmade and as such there may be variance in wood, colour and finish.

We hope you enjoy our collection

 

Pictures from: http://www.paulinaarcklin.net/