In our weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news around the world. This week’s highlights: Origify by Bosch fights art forgery, Net-a-Porter’s exclusive Toteme capsule, and something smells Fabuloso
An icon reimagined by Pharrell Williams
Here you have it—the new Louis Vuitton Speedy P9, an iconic bag from the ’30s, reinvented by Pharrell Williams, the Maison’s men’s creative director. A way to conjure the “attitude and hustle mentality” of Canal Street on Lower Manhattan, New York City, the bag is reimagined in relaxed, supple grained calfskin, lined with the finest lambskin. Find it in various happy colours, with the Louis Vuitton monogram silkscreen-printed to a hand-painted effect. Prices start at S$13,300.
Devialet looks good in Fendi
Spotted on the recent Fendi Men’s autumn/winter 2024 runway was the Fendi x Devialet Mania, an outstanding 360° stereo speaker with acoustic mapping technology that adapts its sound to its environment—whenever, wherever. Engineered by Devialet’s team of haute technologie engineers and wrapped in a technical FF case of brown, tobacco and gold (there’s also grey and black with silver), it furthers Fendi’s pursuit in the fields of music and technology, and should arrive in stores sometime this summer.
It’s clean, it cares, and it “fills your home with joy”—it’s Fabuloso, the household cleaning staple of the ’80s. Not that it ever went away for good, but it’s made some sort of return in the form of uh, cologne. MSCHF, an American art collective from Brooklyn, just launched a Fabuloso scent in purple and gold, so you are filled with joy, too. It arrives alongside the restock of the “popular” WD-40-inspired scent, which if we were to choose between smelling like a fresh kitchen or multi-purpose lubricant spray… we choose the kitchen. We choose joy. Yours for US$48.
L’Epée 1839’s spirit animal
Here’s another timepiece for the Lunar New Year. Swiss clockmaker L’Epée 1839 recently unveiled the Dragon, a clock inspired by the zodiac animal that represents power, strength and prosperity—everything one desires in a fresh start. As both functional clock and kinetic art, the mechanical sculpture features a vertical in-house movement (a Swiss-made Calibre 1853), with gears and springs reflecting a dragon’s anatomy, and is hand-finished with a mix of satin brushing, polishing and engraving. Available in three limited editions (88 pieces each) in gold, red or palladium.
Fight art forgery the smart way
They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but still, no one wants to pay good money for something that isn’t the OG. On a path to fighting art forgery is Origify from Bosch, which uses optical recognition to provide works of art with digital fingerprints. This fingerprint, based on high-resolution image data, is stored in a cloud, and whatever artwork you have (oil, watercolour, wood carving, any kind of medium) can be authenticated via an app.
Net-a-Porter’s exclusive Toteme weekend capsule
Valentine’s Day is on the way. If your better half is into some luxe coats and cashmere wear (with Scandinavian sensibility), Net-a-Porter’s exclusive Toteme weekend capsule might be the way to go. The Swedish fashion brand, which has been seen on A-lister celebrities like Gigi Hadid and Jennifer Lawrence, just launched a 32-piece collection for the fashionable laid-back, spanning ready-to-wear and accessories in leather, cashmere and soft jersey. See the full collection here.
In case you missed it:
Louis Vuitton’s first men’s fine jewellery collection
Comprising 18 rings, pendants, necklaces, tags, gourmettes, bracelets and earrings, Les Gastons Vuitton pays tribute to the house icons, the monogram and trunk, in contemporary ways.
Luxury fashion’s pathfinders who have hit the ground running
As the new year dawns with its first blush, we profile luxury fashion’s pathfinders and linchpins who have hit the ground running.
Astrology’s influence on Singaporean travel
Skyscanner’s latest revelations reveal how the ancient art of Zodiac readings and astrology continue to shape the travel decisions of Singapore’s Millennials and Gen Zs.
Featured photo by Louis Vuitton