Louis Vuitton Sewelô

Louis Vuitton announces its participation together with Lucara Diamond Corporation and the HB Company of Antwerp, in a unique collaboration to transform a rare and exceptional diamond specimen, a 1758 carat diamond, the second largest rough diamond ever discovered.

April 19th, 2019 will go down as a history-making moment in the long story of the divine diamond: the day when the monumental 1758 carat rough diamond, now named Sewelô, meaning Rare Find in the Setswana language, was recovered at the Lucara Diamond Corp.’s 100% owned Karowe mine, Botswana. It is the second largest rough diamond ever discovered and the largest to come out of Botswana.

Roughly the size of a tennis ball, measuring 83mm x 62mm x 46mm, weighing 352 grams, the Sewelô is the second largest rough gem diamond in recorded history, eclipsed only by the Cullinan, at 3106 carats, discovered in South Africa in 1905, and fashioned into historic diamonds that are now in the British Crown Jewels and royal collection. The Sewelô is also the largest, exceptional rough diamond to be recovered from Lucara’s state-of-the-art Karowe mine in Botswana.

Remarkably, the diamond remained unbroken thanks to Lucara’s high-tech XRT circuit, a highly advanced recovery process that avoids crushing the diamond-bearing rock, a drawback of previous processes. Initial analysis of the Sewelô characterises the stone as ‘near gem quality’ with ‘domains of high-quality white gem’, while detailed studies of the stone, its composition, qualities and potential will continue for several months.

The Sewelô is spectacular not only for its immense size but also for its intriguing characteristics
of shape, colour, formation and composition. The rough crystal is largely covered in a very thin layer of black carbon, enveloping yet hinting at the 2 billion-year-old secrets hidden within; the full extent of variations in colour and clarity of the diamond yield is still unknown. This was exactly the kind of extreme rarity, unconventional and challenging, to appeal to Louis Vuitton’s sense of adventure and creativity: an extraordinary, idiosyncratic diamond specimen, a wondrous miracle of Mother Nature, mesmerizingly mysterious, with its contradictions of darkness and light, and hidden depths of beauty and lustre, waiting for the right expertise and sensibility to be revealed to the world.

Karowe, meaning ‘precious stone’, is Lucara’s 100% owned diamond mine that is situated on the northern fringes of the Kalahari Desert and came on stream in 2012. It is renowned for the quality and size of the diamonds it produces, specifically superlative Type IIA diamonds – chemically pure, and with exceptional limpidity – of over 10 carats. These have included the 1109 carat Lesedi La Rona, and the 813 carat Constellation.

Karowe uses the most advanced processing technology in the world, and puts corporate and social responsibility, sustainability and the safety and welfare of its workers, at the heart of the business. Boasting a workforce which is 98% comprised of Botswanan nationals, the huge success of the mine has brought great economic and social benefits to local communities. Lucara is committed
to ensuring the Sewelô has a positive, lasting impact on Botswana. As part of this mission, when the astonishing 1758 carat rough diamond was discovered last year, the mine invited the people of Botswana to submit ideas for a name. The winning submission, Sewelô, or Rare Find, one of 22,000 entries, was announced and the stone officially named at a gala event last summer in the presence of the President of the Republic of Botswana.

Louis Vuitton is working closely with master diamond cutters, HB Company, from Antwerp, studying the Sewelô in minute detail, using the very latest scanning and imaging technology to assess the final potential of the stone, and plan the optimum yield of individual finished, cut and polished diamonds. The first step is to open a window onto the stone, in order to gain visibility into the heart of the Sewelô, and plot various permutations of size, colour and shape. Diamond-cutting is an age-old, near-mystical blend of art and science, expertise and intuition. Advanced, cutting-edge technology will play a crucial role in the entire process from initial scanning and planning to the cutting and polishing which is estimated to take a year to complete. The unique properties of the Sewelô, its size and black surface coating, mean that new nano-technologies have to be used in place of standard equipment. In a spirit of creative collaboration with HB Company, Louis Vuitton will be involved at every stage, ensuring that the maximum light, life and fire, character and charisma will be unleashed from the magnificent rough crystal. The size of the diamond will enable production of Made-to-Order Louis Vuitton Cut diamonds, each complex, each skillfully fashioned in the form of one of Louis Vuitton’s emblematic Monogram, the rounded flower and star-shaped motif.

Finally, in a characteristically barrier-breaking initiative of innovation and individuality, Louis Vuitton plans to use the extraordinary variety and abundance within the Sewelô to offer clients the opportunity to create bespoke, custom-cut diamonds. This industry disrupting move allows for the ultimate personalisation and exclusivity, remaining entirely in tune with Louis Vuitton’s heritage of special, made-to-order commissions. In this way, the client will be intimately involved in the entire creative process, in the life and story of an extraordinary, magnificent diamond from its source in the famous Karowe mine in Botswana, Africa, to a refined masterpiece, conceived and crafted in Paris, Place Vendôme – from the centre of the earth to the heart of High Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton

VHS & Chill

Love love love this! Let’s go back to the future this summer and get one of those amazing retro accessories from Louis Vuitton’s S/S 2020 collection. Spotted on the runway, there were bags modeled after VHS cassettes and cases.

Not sure if you are familiar with the DVD’s predecessor – VHS, I definitely am. It was all the rage when I was a kid, finally we were able to tape our favorite TV shows. My mum still has her basement filled with a gazillions of this tapes. Quiet a sentimental memory.

The Louis Vuitton S/S 2020 Video Tape Clutch with its faux magnetic tape strip is my favorite and will range around €4200. Obviously Nicolas Ghesquière will be watching «The Backpack is Back» next season as this is written on the cassette sticker with DIY scrawl. Another quite interesting model is the matching tote bag that looks like a shelf with stacked VHS cassettes. Also a wallet will be part of the collection.

It is not the first time a VHS cassette was the style inspiration for a bag. In 2017, Forever 21, that filed for bankruptcy last year, launched a funny clutch for the price of € 25 with the sticker saying «VHS or Chill». Still, I prefer the Louis Vuitton one…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton and Forever 21

Louis Vuitton Trunk and Sneaker Box

Unveiled at Atelier Louis Vuitton in Miami Design District, the hardsided Sneaker Trunk and Sneaker Box, in contemporary Monogram Eclipse canvas, join Louis Vuitton’s Trunk universe and promptly establish themselves as a sneakerhead’s essentials.

Inspired by the iconic Wardrobe Trunk, the Sneaker Trunk is designed to display a large collection of footwear. Impressive double doors open up to eight drawers for high-top sneakers and six drawers for low-top sneakers. Playful in execution, two mirrors have been specifically designed and added to the base of the trunk to admire pairs while trying them on. The Sneaker Trunk’s drawers and Sneaker Box’s walls give way to Monogram doors, revisited in a transparent allure, allowing one’s sneakers to remain on full display. In the Sneaker Box, shoes are placed atop a delicate slope, all the while tucked away in their special case.

The sky’s the limit!
Stackable, the transparent door of the Sneaker Box can be opened from the front allowing boxes to be piled on top of one another, as high as you can dream. The magnetic slope on the Sneaker Box hides two secret drawers, homes to shoe care products and other essential accessories. On the Sneaker Trunk, seven visible drawers home all shoe care products and other necessities.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton

Hermès Dreams for the Holiday Season

Christmas is only 16 days away. If you like to shop before the frightful Christmas rush, you’re in luck. Hermès just released its perfect holiday season collection and those gift ideas are so beautiful that you should add them to your shopping list now.

LoL, Sandra

Birkin Sellier Faubourg
20cm bag in Madame calfskin, matte crocodile, Swift calfskin, Sombrero calfskin and Epsom calfskin. LOVE THIS!

Winged Pump in suede goatskin

Bracelet in Madame calfskin and gold metal

Hippomobile Allumettes 
Rectangular Tray in porcelain, design by Gianpaolo Pagni

Hermès Vivace Saddle in calfskin

Vinyl Boombox in Swift calfskin and streaming canvas

Serpentins Large Oval Dish in porcelain, design by Gianpaolo Pagni

Cityback Chimères Dragon Backpack in tufts Togo calfskin

Cap in glazed calfskin and Gard-robe pop printed silk twill, design by Gianpaolo Pagni

Niloticus Necklace in rose gold, black  spinels and diamonds

High Flyer Scarf 
140 cm in cashmere and silk, design by Dimitri Rybaltchenko

Photos: © Hermès

The Pouch

No doubt about it: 2019 has been the year of the clutch and The Pouch iconis the It-bag everyone is dying to get their hands on thanks to Daniel Lee at Bottega Veneta, who is also responsible for the It-shoes of both seasons. He created this ultra modern must-have with its slouchy, oversized silhouette that’s big enough to hold your phone, wallet, sunglasses and more. Show it off in-hand or tucked in the crook of the arm.

The Pouch comes in many different colour options
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Celebrities and street style stars have been carrying the new The Pouch’ bag on repeat, undoubtedly the reason why clutch bags have become a fashion staple. Whether worn with jeans and a sweater or a red carpet look, the clutch reached new levels of outfit possibilities.

My favorite: The Pouch in dark blue


It also comes in crocodile, metallic and intreccio.
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It’s not just The Pouch that everyone is loving… there are many more Bottega Veneta bags you should have a look at. Keep scrolling to discover how the Italian Maison made its way back to become the label of the year! And the see the preview for S/S 2020 at the end of the post…

The Pouch fits a lot of things in the must-have large size.

Good news is that Net-à-Portericon and Matchesfashionicon are expecting some serious restock of The Pouch. Stay tuned and keep on checking by clicking on the highlighted text or contact your personal shopper!

LoL, Sandra

For S/S 2020, The Pouch will also be available with a chunky chain. Very cool!

Photos: Courtesy of Bottega Veneta / Getty, @newbottega, @black_mag

Michael Fux Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collection

With the presentation of his latest Rolls-Royce Cullinan today, Michael Fux has commissioned a series of 12 one-of-a-kind Rolls-Royce Bespoke creations.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has dozens of colors reserved for numerous clients around the globe. Among the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars he has commissioned, Mr. Fux ‘owns’ ten Bespoke colors, more than any other patron of the brand. These colors can only by used by, or with, the permission of the client.

• Fux Fuxia Pearl (Phantom)
• Fux Fuxia (Dawn)
• Fux Blue Candy (Dawn)
• Fux Intense Jade Pearl (Phantom)
• Fux Aequus Green Jade Pearl (Wraith)
• Fux Purple Candy (Phantom Drophead Coupé)
• Fux White (Ghost)
• Fux Red Candy (Phantom Drophead Coupé)
• Fux Yellow (Phantom Drophead Coupé)

2019: ‘Fux Orange’ (Cullinan)
Mr. Fux challenged the designers to match the color to a vibrant orange ladies wrap that caught his eye in South Florida.
Working together for nearly a year, the teams delivered the perfect surface application of more than seven layers of finish polished by hand for multiple hours in the Surface Finish Center. The exterior even features black Cullinan wheels with pinstripe wheel centers in the bright ‘Fux Orange.’

The interior is decked in hand-crafted Arctic White leather with offsetting Orange stitching and Orange Rolls-Royce ‘RRs’ on the headrests. Arctic White is carried over to the box grain leather fascia, steering wheel control stems and carpets. The designers brought color contrast with ‘Fux Orange’ finished fascia veneer and lambswool floor mats.

2018: ‘Fux Fuxia Pearl’ (Phantom)
The ‘Phantom in Fuxia’ is Mr. Fux’s tenth commission.
The exterior color features the pearlized feature from his 2015 Fux Intense Jade Pearl with the bright vibrant hue from his 2017 ‘Dawn in Fuxia’.

2017: ‘Fux Fuxia’ (Dawn)
The ‘Dawn in Fuxia’ is finished a vibrant color, matched to a flower that Mr. Fux found in Pebble Beach in 2016. Mr. Fux had just been presented with one of the first highly personalized Dawn’s in the world in his eponymous color ‘Fux Blue.’ He then presented fuchsia petals from the Pebble Beach lawns to the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Team with a challenge to them to create a second Bespoke Dawn.

2016: ‘Fux Blue Candy’ (Dawn)
‘Dawn in Fux Blue’ is a stunning duo-tone blue and white Dawn sporting an exterior hued in Mr. Fux’s latest Bespoke ‘Fux Blue’. The magnificent finish including the Fux Blue Bespoke colored hood. The bright Arctic White interior offsets the luscious Fux Blue exterior and includes the sleek Piano White fascia and Bespoke Arctic White hand-wrapped steering wheel. The Arctic White leather surrounds the compartment and adorns Dawn’s rear deck. The white interior is highlighted by the vibrant Fux Blue Bespoke lambswool carpet creating a visually striking image.

2015: ‘Fux Intense Jade Pearl’ (Phantom)
This Phantom with ‘Fux Intense Jade Pearl’ exterior finish and a Fux Aequus Green interior matches the Wraith he commissioned in 2014. The interior is appointed in the highest quality leather in a vibrant color theme matching green throughout the front and rear compartments. More than a year of Bespoke color design went into this ‘One-of-One’ work of art that complements Mr. Fux’s Bespoke Wraith commissioned in 2014, and his collection of stunning, colorful Rolls-Royce motor cars.

2014: ‘Fux Aequus Green Jade Pearl’ (Wraith)
The two-tone car is presented in two specially developed colors; ‘Fux Aequus Green’ and Cornish White with Jade Pearl accents. Inside, the vibrant coluor theme continues with matching green across the interior, including leather seats, floor mats and carpets, leather covered stalks and steering wheel, with veneer parts. In true Michael Fux style, attention has been paid to even the smallest details with the speakers, front and rear vents and rear view mirror casing finished in the car’s unique green hue.

2011: ‘Fux Purple Candy’ (Phantom Drophead Coupé)
This Bespoke-named exterior color is a deep luscious ‘Fux Purple Candy’ finish with exterior and Arctic White exterior with contrast purple stitching. This is including the leather floor mats and boot finishing. Arctic White Veneer is used from fascia to the deck. The bespoke steering wheel comes with Arctic White veneer spokes and hand-crafted Arctic White leather.

2010: ‘Fux Arctic White’ (Ghost)
The exterior paint and trim are covered in a hand-polished Fux Arctic White paint, while the interior is upholstered in matching Arctic White leather. The white leather covers all interior surfaces including the steering wheel. Complementing the paint scheme is a matching presentation key box. In a bold break from stylistic tradition, Mr. Fux has had the traditionally veneered dashboard painted with a matching lacquer instead. All the interior leather is stitched with a contrasting Consort Red thread. Arctic white lamb’s wool floor mats overlay Consort Red carpets in the interior.

2010: ‘Fux Red Candy’ (Phantom Drophead Coupé)
The exterior is finished in ‘Fux Red Candy’ hand-polished to a high-luster.
The interior is upholstered in matching Arctic White leather. The white leather covers all interior surfaces including the steering wheel. All the interior leather is stitched with a contrasting Consort Red thread. Arctic white lamb’s wool floor mats overlay Consort Red carpets in the interior for a colorful finish.

2008: ‘Fux Yellow’ (Phantom Drophead Coupé)
This Phantom Drophead Coupé features an exterior Bespoke in ‘Fux Yellow’. The entire interior is in matching yellow leather, including the seats, headrests, steering wheel, door panels and, even the interior of the boot.
The trademark lambswool carpets are dyed in a perfect match. High-gloss carbon fiber is used in place of the traditional of wood veneer Rolls-Royce have been replaced by cutting-edge carbon fiber. The entire dashboard is black with yellow leather controls with the yellow hue extending throughout the cabin from the console, and the rear deck.

You might be wondering why I am showing this car collection. There are two reasons for it. First, I LOVE cars and second, how cool would it be to have this collection to match your daily outfits…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and via Instagram @fuxwithmichael

The Shoe of the Year: Bottega Veneta’s Heels

This summer, I promise you that you won’t be able to walk outside without seeing someone wearing those mesh heels or strappy sandals. Just released, they already have the fashion world at fever pitch scrambling to buy a pair before they’re sold out.

Leather sandals (available in different colors, such as turquoise, white and black)
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The shoes in question are created by Bottega Veneta, the Italian designer label put firmly back on the map upon securing an alum of Phoebe Philo, the former Director of Ready-to-Wear at Céline, 32-year-old Daniel Lee, as its new creative director.

Embellished leather-trimmed mesh pumps
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Daniel Lee’s debut collection for Bottega Veneta focused on an «elevated way of dressing for real life» – the designer referenced Milan’s elegant street style as his starting point. His new footwear has outstanding details thanks to the angular square toe and the rubber-injected base to add stability to the fluted heel. If your size is sold out, stay calm, restocks are expected later this month.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Bottega Veneta

Luxury Drops for the Sporty Girls

Today’s post is dedicated to the new luxurious drops for the sporty girls – a must for extreme athletes who are into high fashion. These items may be too precious for actual use but can serve as the perfect decor for sport lovers.

Ping Pong Set James Monogram Eclipse Canvas by Louis Vuitton (€1500)

Table tennis, anyone? Ideal for travel, this sporty set includes two professionally designed ping-pong paddles, regulation balls in a custom holder, and an exclusive cover crafted of masculine Monogram Eclipse canvas, accented with an LV Circle medal.

Basketball by CHANEL (€1990)

As part of the accessories of the Métiers d’Art Paris-New York 2018/19 collection, this basketball is available in black with either silver or gold detailing. It comes with the matching harness that’s either detailed with silver or gold hardware on the black leather sling. Let’s start playing basketball…

Skateboard by CHANEL (Price on request, on the US website $7700)

With this, the skateboard has officially become a luxury item. The cruiser-style must-have by CHANEL is crafted from black lacquered wood that is accented with a white interlocking logo. Its underside features an embossed quilting pattern referencing the French house’s signature technique.

Surfboard by CHANEL (Price on request, on the US website $8900)

On the surfboard you can see a standout silver detail on the board which is made from aluminum, glass and polyurethane.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Louis Vuitton Lipstick Case

After LOUIS VUITTON‘s Petite Malle iPhone case and the Horizon wireless earphones, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the newest chic gadget the French Maison has come up with: a monogrammed lipstick case that makes my heart leap with joy.

For those who prize their lipstick above almost all else, the monogrammed bullet case comes in two colorways: classic chocolate with gold metal casing and light tan with silver accents.

Inspired by 1920s-style jewellery holders, it fits up to two lipsticks (or anything else like hair clips, and some cash – it is perfect for partying) and secures with a lock. The best part of all is that it comes with a chain so you can wear it as a long necklace, across your body, or even attach it to your purse as a stylish accessory.

In case you felt your lipsticks needed dressing up, here you go! Available in the US for $1390 from February 22, 2019 here. The launch date for Europe has not been confirmed yet.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton and via Vogue

Furniture Trunks For Connoisseurs

Two young renegades from Louis Vuitton have revived the tradition of furniture trunks with contemporary accessories, Sonos speakers for one. These trunks are the sort that a porter carries into your first class cabin on the Titanic or velvet clad Pullman couchette. T.T.TRUNKS opened in a new Paris boutique on Faubourg St. Honoré where the world’s most elegant travellers come to stay at Le Bristol Paris. EDEN BEING have curated a collection of these revivalist trunks inspired by five of the Oetker Collection hotels: Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Le Bristol Paris, Eden Roc – St Barths, Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa, and The Lanesborough London. Each trunk model below comes in 5 different color combinations which are designed for one of the designated hotels.

T.T.Trunks
Eden Rock – St Barths Millésime trunk
€ 120,000

Farewell to the drinks cabinet, introducing the drinks trunk. Closed it exudes an air of mystery, opened it is an invitation to party. A masterful example of intelligent design by French malletiers, the T.T.Trunk’s Millesime stores everything the wine and cocktail connoisseur might think of. There is an easily portable case incorporated with space for a bottle and two glasses, to disappear together at a moments notice. An Eden Being limited edition designed for Eden Rock – St Barths lined in Goya Red with a discreet logo.

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Eden Rock – St Barths Dandy trunk
€ 39,000

A trunk for today’s dandy, for the man about the world, with a zest for life’s many amusements. These cases will keep you uber organised on your travels with excellent compartmentalisation for cufflinks and sunglasses, ensuring you have the right watch at the right time. There is an inbuilt charging unit for phones and ipads, and Sonos speaker. Nickel clasps, smooth cowhide and craftsmanship exude first class luggage. This Eden Being limited edition is designed, in marine cowhide with vibrant sky blue interior and a discreet logo, for Eden Rock – St Barths, where the Dandy owner would be completely at home in the splashy surroundings, from yacht to pool party.

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Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc Havana trunk
€ 9,400
Designed for the cosmopolitan traveller and cigar smoker who appreciates all the craftsmanship synonymous with this mellifluous pleasure. Paying homage to the finest Havanas, this trunk ceremoniously transforms a languid smoke with a stylish assemblage of accessories, while intelligent design makes capacity. An Eden Being limited edition for Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in blue with discreet logo.

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The Lanesborough Mademoiselle trunk
€ 7,500
Glamorous world travelers can carry a selection of their treasures with them across cities and continents in refined style. This case is a work of artisanal perfection conceived by the two Parisian malletier behind T.T.Trunks. It opens up to display your jewels and watches in colourful order, making the choice all the more enticing. An Eden Being limited edition for The Lanesborough in shades of lilac, and with discreet logo.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of T.T.Trunks and Eden Being