Crabtree & Evelyn is the place
to go for gifts that capture the essence of English style with simple
luxuries for the bedroom, bathroom and garden, and gifts that will
be appreciated well beyond the holiday season, starting with their
new Holiday Home Fragrance Collection ($7·50$25, 1).
Consisting of scented candles, botanicals, room sprays and environmental
oils in four distinct fragrances (Moroccan Spice, Winter Apple,
Vanilla Truffle and Warm Evergreen), the line is designed excite
the senses and compliment your individual style. Available at all
Crabtree & Evelyn stores and online at www.crabtreeandevelyn.com.
socks, a fun way to protect your iPods, digital cameras, and cell
phones ($10 at Target stores nationwide and www.littlemissmatched.com,
2), come three to a pack and are machine washable. So be
sure to change them up every now and again!
Isle of View (pronounced I
love you), a Boulder, Col.-based publishing company, has released
the new Isle of View Insight Deck ($15·95, 3). The
50-card deck, created by artist, author, poet and "acronym
savant" Russell McDougal, features colourful contemporary pop
art and original acronyms. Each acronym is a familiar word, translated
letter by letter into phrases, to uplift, entertain and enlighten.
Beautifully boxed, the Isle of View deck is a delightful stocking
stuffer, secret Santa, party or "just because" gift. The
cards can be used as a daily word, love note, or divinatory spread
like esoteric decks. The deck is available online at www.isleofview.biz
and fun, hip stores everywhere.
The hectic holiday season is when a woman
wants to have time to enjoy the private ritual of a bath and beauty
treat. Borghese have wrapped these soothing, pampering pleasures
in a luxurious gift box, Borghese Bellisimo Tuscany Holiday Gift
Set ($49·50, 4), designed to refine your beauty and
polish your spirit while indulging in the essence of Tuscany with
these favorites to pamper, protect and soothe. The Set includes
2·5 oz Crema Saponetta cleansing cream, 6 oz Fango (mineral-enriched
Italian active mud for face and body), Botanico Eye Compresses (30
pads), 1 oz Cur aForte moisture intensifier (a high-performance
firming moisturizer that intensifies the skin's capacity to retain
moisture), 1 oz Cura Di Vita Protettivo protective moisturizer SPF
15 (a luxurious lightweight moisturizing lotion), 8·4 oz
Bagno Di Vita hentle foaming gel for bath and shower, and 6 oz Tono
Body Crème (a lightweight, quick penetrating body treatment
that helps restore moisture balance to parched skin). The Gift Set
can be purchased at Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com,
and Lord & Taylor.
Elizabeth Arden's World of Color
Holiday make-up collection ($39·50 with any $21 or more Elizabeth
Arden purchase, 5) has a dazzling colour collection every
woman needs to look her best this holiday season. Encased in a purple
python cosmetic case, the collection consists of two colour palette
inserts, cool and warm, each with five eye shadows and one cheek
colour; Double Density Mascara in Black, three lipsticks in Autumn,
Fiesta, and Soft Red, Double Ended Lip Gloss wand in Pink Champagne
and Sparkle Rum, Lip Pencil in Taupe, Eye Pencil in Smoky Black
and three make-up brushes for cheek color, eye-liner and eye shadow.
The Collection is currently available at Elizabeth Arden counters
Inspired by Russia's "magnificent
age" of opulent splendour, the Noël Home Fragrance
Collection of glass-poured candles, angels "cherub"
soaps, potpourri, and incense ($3·50$28) is a classic
Christmas collection that projects a timeless elegance. The line
blends rare ingredients of frankincense with spices, cranberry,
orange, and Siberian fir. Available at all Crabtree & Evelyn
Stores and online at www.crabtreeandevelyn.com.
Taking inspiration from the finest of
Parisian confectionaries, Crabtree & Evelyn introduces the Tout
Bon! Soap Collection in individual square bath pieces and gift
sets of six and nine ($6·50$16). These tempting sets
are infused with varied fragrances such as Mojito Lime, Strawberry
Cordial, Butter Cream, Warm Apple Pie, Banana Cream and Raspberry
Mocha, guaranteed to make an elegant gift for the most discerning
person on your guest list. Available at all Crabtree & Evelyn
stores and at www.crabtreeandevelyn.com.
White & Warren's Charm Gloves
($110) at www.whiteandwarren.com
is simultaneously delicate yet fashionable, in warm cashmere with
distinctive charms. Functional has never looked so good.
Scanty Clothing Company, based
in Venice, Calif., makes some of the best women's loungewear and
sleepwear designs on the market today, all from proprietary prints
that are fun and memorable. Their holiday 2005 line includes the
Karma Pajama set ($85 at Cheeks, Pittsburgh, Pa.), the Peace Love
PJs ($85 at Tupelo Honey, Aventura, Fla., 7) and the decadently
sexy Faces Niteshirt (US$55 at Urban Zen in Lake Oswigo, Or.).
Men are notoriously hard to shop for come the year-end gift-giving
season; but not so if your first stop is Cartier. They have
a plethora of gift items that that special man in your life will
appreciate, including of the most coveted men's briefcases, bags,
belts, key rings, pens, money clips and men's furnishings.
We are particularly enamored with the distinctive
Pasha de Cartier Fountain and Ballpoint Pens. Encased in graphic
black-and-white platinum finishing detail, our favourites are the
Pasha de Cartier Ballpoint Pen in black composite and platinum-finish
detailing and the Pasha de Cartier ballpoint and fountain pens with
Cartier's Cigar Humidor, an amber, honey-coloured
casket in Indian rosewood with ebony marquestry and linear motifs,
bears the Cartier seal in the form of an art-déco design;
and is the height of luxurious, sophisticated indulgence for the
enlightened cigar connoisseurs in your family.
Cartier Cufflinks (8) and key rings (9)
can also serve as stocking stuffers; and the beautiful hand-crafted
cufflinks (in black lacquer and mother of pearl) and the platinum-metal
finished heart-shaped keyring from Cartier will bring him many years
of enjoyment. All these items are available at Cartier Boutiques.
Men's accessories are expanding as jewelled collar
stays, with sparkling diamonds, polished platinum, and gold monograms,
add additional panache to the collared dress-shirt. The Stayclip
Signature Series, designed by world-renowned jeweller, Lester
Lampert, features hand-crafted 14 ct gold or platinum collar stays
with monograms and diamond enhancements. The Stayclip Signature
Series can be enhanced with a single diamond setting, a diamond
tip or a fully diamond-encrusted edge and personalized with raised
or pierced monograms.
The original Stayclip Collar Stay Organizer is
an innovative collar stay storage system to keep stays neat, paired
and organized. Each Stayclip storage system features patented stays
with circular openings at the rounded end, allowing them to slide
neatly on to the Stayclip for easy storage. The Signature Series
sets of eight can be purchased starting at $3,140 for the 14 ct
gold stays and $7,800 for the platinum stays (10). Fourteen-carat
gold pairs begin at $690 and platinum pairs start at $1,500. All
designer stays take approximately four to six weeks to handcraft.
For more information on Stayclip, visit www.stayclip.com.
Carl DeSantis founded the DeSantis Collection
catalogue as a means of bring unrivalled quality, genuine customer
service and European classics for the well-dressed man; and his
exacting standards, passion for European style and knowledge of
executive wardrobe essentials have served to open up an under-served
niche in the menswear market. The range of products and services
run the gamut from elegant yet comfortable sportswear, fine footwear,
pocket squares (11), cufflinks and other accessories to the
innovative CustomEase made-to-order shirt and trouser programme.
Recently, Mr DeSantis introduced the internationally patent-pending
watch cuff design, featured on his custom dress shirts. Meticulously
crafted, these shirts allow wearers to showcase their fashionable
timepieces through a fabric frame in the cuff. An avid watch collector,
the billionaire businessman quipped, I was tired of hiding
my assets! He created this unique design for himself, but
everyone who saw it was so intrigued. He then decided to include
the cuff in the collection. It has been such a tremendous success
that he will be offering both a custom-made and ready-made version
of the Watch Cuff Shirt. For more details, go to www.DeSantisCollection.com.
more in the December 2005 issue of Lucire.
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