LIVING From a book of photographs from a quiet, pandemic-stricken Italy by our own travel editor, to a Bentley-branded paperweight and letter-opener, our gift selection this month is eclectic and tasteful
You’ve read in Lucire how quiet parts of the world have become with the COVID-19 pandemic, and travel editor Stanley Moss has documented this in his photographic collection, Inverno, featuring black-and-white photographs (the synopsis calls them ‘postcards’) from his base in Vicenza, Italy. He adds, ‘There is a sparseness, a sharpness, a constant, hard light. Every day proceeds roughly the same. Nobody is around. The piazzas are empty. Don’t leave home without your mask. And wait.’ Check it out at Amazon.com, where it’s available as a paperback for US$11·99.
With the demise of the Mulsanne, Bentley’s sole factory saloon is the Flying Spur, always considered the more sporting of the duo. Complementing the real thing are a range of accessories, including Flying B mascots that serve as a paperweight, a letter-opener, and a bottle-stopper, as well as 1:43 scale resin model re-creations of the car.
Each accessory is presented in a Bentley-branded gift box, and the bottle-stopper can be paired with Bentley’s leather bottle holder and leather tray.
The scale models follow the production colours exactly and mirror the real cars’ Blackline specification.
The products can be found at shop.bentleymotors.com/collections/flying-spur. Retail prices range from £60 for the letter-opener to £85 for the scale models (including UK VAT and excluding shipping).
Marika Vecchiattini, an enthusiast on fragrances, has authored The Handbook of Great Italian Perfumery: Fifty Years of Exceptional Scent, published by Silvana Editoriale under the patronage of the Accademia del Profumo (Academy of Perfumery). Vecchiattini aims to explore the Italian way of creating fragrances with her new book, with a short introductory chapter dealing with the 16th century, before a detailed anthology of 100 famous Italian perfumes beginning from the 1970s. And this is no simple handbook, for Vecchiattini ends it with a list of c. 7,000 fragrances made in Italy over the last half-century, detailing manufacturer, perfume type and production year. The book is available online and in selected bookstores. More information can be found at the publisher, www.silvanaeditoriale.it.
Ermenegildo Zegna and Leica Camera have collaborated on a collection of camera accessories, now available. The collection includes camera holsters for Leica Q2 and M cameras, cross-body bags, wrist straps, wallets and other items. Some feature Zegna’s exclusive Pelletessuta special woven nappa. Distributed via Zegna flagship stores and online at zegna.com and leica-camera.com. •
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