In our weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news from around the world. This week’s highlights: Pierre Cardin stars in a new documentary, Collina Strada and Browns builds an exclusive collection using repurposed fabric, and LG’s new high-tech face mask
Escape to an exotic locale with Banyan Tree Group’s Ultimate Getaways 2
Why you should care: For those of us yearning to travel again, Banyan Tree Group’s Ultimate Getaways 2 is the perfect excuse to do so. Three-day/two-night gift certificates are now available for purchase at substantially lower rates across its 30 luxurious properties worldwide. Each gift certificate also includes curated activities like spa treatments and water sports, while offering flexible travel dates (until 20 December 2021). We suggest you purchase a gift certificate fast – preferably to an exclusive and exotic destination like the Maldives or Morocco – as this limited-time offer is only valid till 2 September 2020.
Space Cowboy, a new eyewear collection by Gentle Monster and Diplo
Why you should care: Gentle Cowboy’s latest collaboration sees the South Korean label embark on a new eyewear capsule collection with Grammy award-winning DJ Diplo. The Space Cowboy collection features two aviator-style frames – dubbed the Lone Wolf and The Cub – made with lightweight premium titanium and detachable clip-on lenses in four striking colours handpicked by Diplo. Each pair of sunglasses also has adjustable dials for customisation of temple lengths – a first for any Gentle Monster eyewear. The collection will be available at both Gentle Monster’s physical boutiques and on its website from 2 September 2020, with each pair of sunglasses retailing for S$495.
Pierre Cardin stars in a new documentary
Why you should care: Legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin, who turned 98 in July, is no stranger to the public eye – he is known for his ’60s futuristic fashion, and for frequently shocking the world with his radical overhauling of haute couture. Now, the prolific designer stars in a new documentary, House of Cardin, which showcases his seminal life and work in fascinating detail. Directed by Todd Hughes and P. David Ebersole, the documentary features exclusive interviews with Cardin himself, his closest collaborators, protégés like Jean-Paul Gaultier and Philippe Starck, as well as stars he’s dressed, such as Naomi Campbell and Sharon Stone.
The Collina Strada x Browns exclusive capsule collection is made from T-shirts destined for Ghanaian landfills
Why you should care: There are few fashion brands more dedicated to sustainability than Collina Strada. The New York label’s latest exclusive capsule collection with British fashion brand Browns is made from discarded second-hand clothing purchased at Ghana’s Kantamanto market in Accra. Through an ongoing partnership with The OR Foundation – a US-based non-profit organisation that explores the second-hand clothing trade in Ghana – Collina Strada has successfully repurposed fabrics which would otherwise have ended up in landfills. Both Collina Strada and Browns will be donating a percentage of the wholesale cost to The OR Foundation.
Omega’s latest Seamaster lends a hand to ocean conservation efforts
Why you should care: The Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition is named after the partnership between Omega and Nekton, a non-profit research foundation committed to protecting the seven seas. Since 2019, Omega has supported a series of Nekton expeditions to explore and conserve the Indian Ocean. Forged from stainless steel, the watch is water-resistant to 300m and has an in-house Calibre 8806 movement with 55 hours of power reserve. On its caseback, a Nekton submarine medallion is engraved with Omega’s Naiad Lock. The timepiece comes in a laser-ablated black ceramic dial, and can be paired with either a durable rubber strap (S$8,100) or sleek steel bracelet (S$8,550).
Amazon’s new luxury platform is set to launch this September
Why you should care: In an effort to expand its reach in the fashion industry, e-commerce giant Amazon will soon be launching a new luxury fashion platform, featuring international accessories and ready-to-wear brands. Although Amazon has yet to reveal the participating brands, it has announced that fashion brands will be able to exercise full control over their own concessions on the site, while also having access to Amazon’s distribution and storage infrastructure. The new luxury platform will first launch in the US this September.
A new high-tech face mask by LG that purifies the air you breathe in
Why you should care: LG’s PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier is a lightweight face mask equipped with two H13 HEPA filters that protect you from airborne pathogens. More impressively, the mask also comes with two fans that adjust their speed according to the wearer’s own rate of breathing, so that it feels more comfortable and breathable. It can also last for up to eight hours on low-power mode, powered by a rechargeable 820mAh battery. Cleaning the mask isn’t going to be much of a hassle either, as the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier comes with a storage case that has ultraviolet LED lights to clean its surface while charging. LG plans to start selling the high-tech face mask in select markets by the end of the year.
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