Everyone is doing one! So here is ours, Hint's first annual holiday gift guide. Mostly unisex, more items added daily...
Joya Studios porcelain "Prism" candles, hand-cast and poured in Brooklyn.
$25 at Opening Ceremony
Cat Tipi x United Bamboo cat house, using canvas panels, birch poles, and suede lace.
$62 at United Bamboo
LaClaire skin art (aka temporary tattoos) from Belgium.
€45 ($62) at LaClaire
Venessa Arizaga "Love U Baby" bracelet for Opening Ceremony.
$70 at The Corner
(clockwise from top left: LaClaire, Cat Tipi x United Bamboo, Venessa Arizaga, Joya Studios)
Patternity for Richard Brendon "Warp and Reason" china set.
£35 - £85 ($57 - $140) at Richard Brendon
Kai D "Made in English" tweed wool in blue, hand-made in New York.
$95 at Kai D
Byredo "Lanes" candles in three scents: Bibliothèque, Cotton Poplin, or Fleur Fantôme.
$95 at Byredo
Ursa Major "Bigger Kahuna" gift set, including the complete range of men's grooming products.
$125 at Ursa Major
Patrik Ervell green lambskin suede cap.
$126 (was $180) at Patrik Ervell
Sleepy Jones "Sol" men's pajama bottoms, for all night and all day, available with or without matching top.
$128 at Sleepy Jones
FRENDS "Taylor" headphones in white and gold.
$199 at FRENDS
Carven "Mountain" Fair Isle beanie, in red mohair blend.
$215 (£131) at Oki-Ni
(clockwise from top left: Ursa Major, Kai D, Sleepy Jones, RETROSUPERFUTURE)
RETROSUPERFUTURE "Novanta" sunglasses, made to commemorate the label's new New York store.
$230 at RETROSUPERFUTURE, 21 Howard Street, NYC
Haerfest black and gold duffel bag in leather, canvas, and PVC.
$260 (was $439) at Haerfest
Moscot sunglasses in collaboration with the ACE Hotel, in acetate and titanium, edition of 400.
$275 at Moscot
Orley "Camo" lambskin and silk jacquard gloves, made in Italy.
$295 at Orley
Maison Martin Margiela lock-and-key necklace in black leather.
$308 (was $440) at Maison Martin Margiela
Prism "Capri" sunglasses for her, in camouflage with black mirror lenses.
£265 ($434) at Prism
Prada bracelet with leather flower
$695 at Prada
Braun Prestige digital watch in stainless steel.
$750 at Project No.8
Damien Hirst for Alexander McQueen "Forgiveness" silk scarf.
$1175 at Alexander McQueen
(clockwise from top left: Braun Prestige, Orley, Moscot, Damien Hirst for Alexander McQueen, Carven)
Feverish hoarding of Balenciaga began the moment Nicolas Ghesquière announced his exit from the house earlier this year. The hardcore hunt for the museum-worthy works of art accelerated with the news he'd been tapped to succeed Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton. Now comes an online sale for the febrile collector in us all.
On Friday, November 29, at 11 am (French time), the concept site RESEE.com will make available 40 or so pieces of Ghesquière-era Balenciaga — including some from his first collection, Les Dix (spring 2002) — as well as Edition, archival remakes of Cristóbal Balenciaga's greatest couture hits.
"These pieces are sourced from a tight network of sellers both in Europe and America," say RESEE's founders Sofia Bernardin and Sabrina Marshall (formerly of Vogue and Self Service, respectively), who hint that another stash of Ghesquière for Balenciaga may be unveiled at a future time. "We are both such huge admirers of his work and we wanted to pay homage to these strong, defining pieces from his time at Balenciaga."
It's one month from now: December 21, 2013. You might be out of town for the holidays, but tourists in hair-pulling, children-pushing shopping mode will be trolling the city in force. Here's a list of all the labels that will be carried there.
As previously reported, the new Dover will occupy the century-old museum-like structure at Lexington and 30th in Murray Hill, in the newly-christened NoMad district of Manhattan. The site is near Ace Hotel, Kitsuné, and Marc Jacobs' preferred show venue, the Lexington Avenue Armory. The opening of Dover in the area could very well trigger a mass migration of other designer boutiques, as the opening of Comme des Garçons in Chelsea did years ago.
Marking the 10th anniversary of Alexander McQueen's skull motif (spring '03), the house has partnered with Damien Hirst on a series of 30 extraordinary large scarves. As seen below in the short film by Sølve Sundsbø, each limited-edition design is adapted from the artist's Entomology series to create a kaleidoscopic juxtaposition of butterflies, beetles, spiders and other insects with a skull in the center. The result is a marriage of the two Brits' fascination with nature and its bounty of strange creatures.
$515 - $1175 in chiffon, pongee, twill or cashmere, available beginning November 15 at Alexander McQueen stores worldwide and online.
Comme des Garçons' Market Markets are becoming legendary. At the semi-annual shopping events, one is given a giant shopping bag upon entry, then let loose among thousands of men's and women's archival pieces in a massive warehouse somewhere. Often John Waters can be spotted perusing the racks, living up to his biggest-fan status.
This time, London has the honor — again. Calling the space Cardboard City, Comme says it's their "biggest, most epic and fantastic shopping festival ever." The stock goes back nine years and, as usual, will be replenished daily. The discount of (up to) 75% brings normally inaccessible suits and statement pieces into hoarding range. Hence, the giant shopping bag.
November 21-24, 10 am - 7 pm
The Biscuit Factory, V22 F Black Halls
Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG
Open to the public
Riccardo Tisci never runs out of ways to make you feel special. His new Givenchy women's boutique in Paris, a collaboration with architect Joseph Dirand, is a reinterpretation of the Givenchy boxes used to deliver haute couture items to the house's most moneyed clientele. Each room is its own box, decked out in felt walls, dark green breccia marble, golden mirroring, black lacquer, anthracite, and ceppo stone. A round marble staircase connects the rooms, which naturally includes a VIP salon.
And, if you're still unsure of the house's dark, aristocratic elegance, a limited edition of the HDG (House de Givenchy) bag has been produced — specifically, five — in beige ostrich, white python, and black lizard. Should you be interested in the price, ask at the store.
Givenchy, 36 avenue Montaigne, Paris
No stranger to history, Vivienne Westwood has collaborated with five British heritage brands for her new ♥s line — as in Loves. Combining her punk, historical, and environmental inspirations with the brands' individual craftsmanship, each collaboration embodies her 'buy less, choose well, make it last’ ethos.
The five brands are Globe-Trotter luggage, Gloverall coats, Johnstons of Elgin cashmere, Lock & Co hats and Pantherella socks. Each continues to operate in Britain, and some utilize the same methods they've always used. For example, every Globe-Trotter suitcase is riveted, lined and leather-trimmed by hand on original Victorian machinery at the Globe-Trotter factory in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. For Dame Vivienne, they created a cream and a midnight blue case, the interior of which feature her signature blue and red tartan.
Available from the second week of November at Vivienne Westwood locations at 44 Conduit Street, 18 Conduit Street, World's End, select International stores and online
The part of Céline's fall/winter 2013 collection with the red-and-blue check patterns, a clever riff on the jumbo shopping bags of Canal Street, now bears another clever twist. Behold the Fortune Cookie bag, an apparent reference to the Chinatown restaurants and markets that dot Canal Street and the area. So yummy you could eat them, the shoulder bags are a limited capsule range for winter, available in dough-colored calfskin, as well as army-green mohair and blue or navy madres canvas.
At select Céline stores worldwide
Amid a Slurpee swirl of colorful bags this season, Prada goes back to basics for its new Saffiano briefcases. The Italian house has developed a new treatment that gives leather a professorial saffron patina. The lining, too, is made to look old-school with its soft sheep leather, while the steel hardware is semi-polished — for a worn-in look without the wait.
$2400-2750 in select Prada stores worldwide and online