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."
With every designer building a lifestyle brand, wouldn't you want your lifestyle to be as vibrant as Basso & Brooke's wondrous, spangly prints? Now's your chance.
Capping off an explosive ten years, which included a Fashion Fringe win, the London duo has announced the launch of an online store, featuring all the unique colors and digital themes that have defined their universe. Think fireworks, topographic maps, abstracted houndstooth, and wild Technicolor graphics. These appear on high-quality men's shirts, handcrafted shoes, leather totes, custom-blended teas, candles, tech accessories, and bicycles made with 4ing Japanese. Bicycles!
Looking to spring, Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke are working on a capsule range of digital leather sneakers with Italian brand Diemme (available now for pre-order), as well as handmade backpacks with UK brand John Chapman.
Visit Basso & Brooke
While Seven New York — the underground shop forced to surrender to the endless construction on the Donald Judd Foundation next door — is no more, its founder and buyer Joseph Quartana has found a new outlet for his razor-sharp sensibility. He's the guest fashion and creative director of Inverted Edge, a women's e-tailer that specializes in emerging and established designers out of Asia — whether they live there, work there, studied there, or have Asian origins (including Australia).
"Girls pining over the loss of Seven should have a peeksy!" he says. Absolutely, and they should be prepared to put their money where their mouse is. Because even though it's based in Singapore, Inverted Edge ships globally. Labels include Taiwan's Daydream Nation (schooled at Central St. Martins), Ground Zero (Hong Kong), KTZ (based in Bali — who knew?), Thakoon, Opening Ceremony, and Kaal E. Suktae from Korea.
As Seven was the first in the States to sell Bernhard Willhelm, Gareth Pugh, Haider Ackermann, Juun J, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Peter Pilotto, no doubt Inverted Edge will be just as sharp.
Visit Inverted Edge
Here's your chance to score mint-condition Jean Paul Gaultier from the time he earned his enfant terrible moniker. We're talking the 80s and early 90s, when he scandalously transposed gender, ethnic, and class-based dress codes. The East London store House of Liza, specialists in late 20th-century obscure vintage, is currently hosting an archive sale featuring some of the most iconic pieces ever designed by the provocateur of Paris.
Roughly 50 women's and men's items are on sale now, starting with his first men's collection, “L’homme-Object” (spring 1984), through his “Le grande voyage” women's collection of fall 1994. Highlights include sequined knits from his Russian Constructivist-inspired 1986 collection to the infamous cone-bra knit dress from the "Le Charme coincé de la Bourgeoisie" collection of 1985.
Deals can be found, but don't think they don't know what their modern masterpieces are worth. The cone-bra dress, for example, will set you back over $14,000.
As of today, Givenchy has a shiny new website. Combining the scroll-down simplicity of Tumblr with the crisp white background of an art gallery, Riccardo Tisci went for a "very visual and instinctive access."
All of Tisci's collections, projects, and accolades on behalf of the French house are present and accounted for, as well as an in-depth historical look at the house's founder, Hubert de Givenchy. Fanatics will surely swoon over a section devoted to Givenchy’s identity and codes, including nine recurring themes ranging from ambiguity to "urban couture."
Currently there is no e-tail, but you can bet your Rottweiler prints it's coming — in early September, to be exact.
A ton of weird and wonderful jewelry has just dropped at Dover Street Market's e-shop. Amedeo skull cameo ring — check. Delfina Delletrez eye-and-pearl earrings — check. Hattie Rickards bullet ring — check. Bunney initial badges — check. Plus: Ann Demeulemeester, Husam El Odeh, Repossi, William Welstead, and more. They can ship worldwide, so go crazy!
Let's face it, there are some pretty compelling reasons why vintage gets a bad rap. But vintage isn't all smelly nylon shirts with enormous collars and pit stains that only make themselves known upon purchase. Sometimes that sad shirt is a forgotten gem that just needs a little TLC and a good cleaning. That's where Cotton Love comes in. Creative director Ruth Nixon says the London-based e-store's particular brand of hand-picked vintage has "all the integrity and quality of craftsmanship vintage offers, but in keeping with contemporary tastes." Secondhand never looked so new and relevant, especially when placed on an elegantly designed website with an abundance of white space and very affordable prices.
Showing the timelessness of the impeccably curated pieces, Cotton Love has also added several lesser-known jewelry labels of the witty variety. Think ANVE, Antiatoms, and Otaat, which is designed by Albert Chu, who has worked with Maison Martin Margiela in an architectural capacity. It's all so po-mo it hurts.
Visit Cotton Love
Big changes are afoot at Versace. Just two days after announcing a bold new digital strategy for its second line Versus—one that would not include its six-season designer, Christopher Kane—today Versace announced that it was stepping into the online fray itself with the debut of a splashy e-store. All the goddess gear anyone could possibly want is here in one place, as well as men's, jewelry, and home, of course modeled heavily on Donatella and her luxe rock 'n' roll aesthetic. This comes as good news for those who live in Europe or the USA. For the rest, if won't be long—these days, Versace isn't kidding around.