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American Luxury from Louis Vuitton

Aug 30th, 2010 | Categories: Luxury, Made in the USA | by Michael Williams

Yes, you did read that right…American luxury. It seems the esteemed French luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton manufacturers some of the their fine leather goods right here in the USA. My business partner was showing me her beautiful new leather Vuitton bag and right away I said “I think that is made in the U.S.” With a quick check of the label we discovered it is indeed an American made bag. Pretty amazing when you think about it.





Wants & Desires | IWC Portuguese

Feb 9th, 2010 | Categories: IWC, Luxury, Watches | by Michael Williams

Recently at the SIHH watch fair in Geneva, Switzerland watchmaker IWC unveiled the update to its popular Portuguese line of watches. The Portuguese — which was originally introduced in 1939 — is by far my favorite model from what could be my favorite maker. To celebrate the launch of the new collection, IWC made a short film with Jean Reno called The Spirit of Navigation, which is interesting once you can stop thinking about Jean Reno in Ronin. (Side note: remember that Audi car chase?) The Portuguese collection is inspired by the great Portuguese seafaring explorers and the IWC film explains the interesting connection between time and navigation. Essentially, time is navigation and vice versa. Portuguese to me is the perfect combination of beauty, precision and luxury. I hope to own one soon. In the interim, I suppose I will just have to enjoy the five new Portuguese timepieces pictured below via the internets.

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Portuguese Automatic in Stainless Steel with the black alligator strap.





Olch in Vanity Fair.

Mar 5th, 2008 | Categories: Luxury, Magazines, Men's wear, New York City, Preppy, Style | by Michael Williams

Mister Alexander Olch is featured in the Fanfare section of the April issue of Vanity Fair.

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Full disclosure, Olch is a client.

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Only in New York | Luxury Moving.

Feb 26th, 2008 | Categories: Luxury, Media, New York City, Real Estate, Service | by Michael Williams

fre2.pngNew York is the capital of the service universe. If you have a crazy idea for a company, New York City is the one place that has enough people with the disposable income to make it a success. With everything in the world being “luxury” these days, companies have to work hard to find new services that distinguish themselves to the 10021 set. Enter Flatrate Elite, the high-end moving company that provides the world’s only true luxury moving experience. The company professes to have thought of everything, from providing you with your own private “elite liaison”, to setting up all of your electronics, to moving your rare wine collection. This really seems like something Michael Shvo would think up. How long until Flatrate Elite is the official mover of the W New York Downtown? Also, how has this not been covered in New York Magazine?

Literally, all you need is a Centurion Card and a lot of nice stuff that needs moving. You barely have to know your address. Okay, all you have to know is your name and how to use your cell phone. That’s it!

More info from the company’s website.

“Led by your personal Elite Liaison, we’ll handle everything you need for your move from start to finish. From planning and logistics, to unpacking and setup, we’ll move you to your new home while beautifully managing and protecting your art, antiques, wine collection, pianos, buildings, and more in the process.”





Mad Man | Michael Kors.

Feb 7th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Fashion Week, Luxury, Mad Men, Mid-Century Modern, Style, Suiting, TV | by Michael Williams

I hate fashion trend stories. I hate runway photos for the most part too. I just don’t get much out of them generally. Over the past few years I have had a fixation with “The Ivy League Look” of boxy Sack suits and skinny ties. One of the first posts on A.C.L. was about the TV show Mad Men and my obsession with the style of the era. That being said, I have never really been too interested in Michael Kors. This season is different. For Autumn Winter 2008, Michael sent a bunch of guys dressed like Donald Draper and Roger Sterling down the runway and I loved it. The collection was The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. While I was looking at the runway photos, I found a trend and did a trend story. I never thought I would see the day when the dusty old Sack suit crowd would be influencing designers like Michael Kors. The question is, will his fall advertising campaign carry the inspiration further? Will he feature models stepping out of a 1961 Lincoln Continental instead of the usual private jet? Only time will tell…

For complete coverage of the Michael Kors here.

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Photos via Men.Style.com




The Devil is in the Details | New Designer a. a.

Feb 4th, 2008 | Categories: Design, Fashion Week, Luxury, New York City, Suiting | by Michael Williams

On Sunday, I helped organize the press for a new and very talented designer called Antonio Azzuolo. His line a. a., is made up of beautifully made men’s Bespoke tailored clothing and accoutrements. The designer took inspiration from “the elegant bespoke look popularized by the Rolling Stones in the mid-1960′s.” The guys at The Moment seemed to think Antonio was channeling Gossip Girl’s Chuck Bass. The show was styled by my good friend Sally Lyndley who incidentally was being profiled by the Dallas Morning News. Sally helped Antonio bring the collection to life. I look forward to seeing a. a. receive a lot of well deserved recognition as the new company grows.

Some pictures from the presentation below.

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Designer Antonio Azzuolo works the details…

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Photos via Jason Frank Rothenberg




Pharrell the Blasonneur for Louis Vuitton.

Jan 26th, 2008 | Categories: Design, Luxury, Paris, Style | by Michael Williams

The only thing better than hiring a celebrity to wear your clothes or appear in an advertising campaign, is to have a celebrity wear your clothes, appear in an ad campaign and collaborate with the brand. When that marketing perfect storm emerges, you get Pharrell Williams’ new jewelry collection Blason. The luxury brand cum streetwear range has been generating buzz all over the internets, Kanye even blogged about it. LV and Pharrell recently held a party to celebrate the launch on the collection at the Paris shows.

Pharrel in Paris

FROM WWD: “Several years in the making, the collection — named Blason, the French word for coat of arms — is slated to arrive in 21 Vuitton stores in April, including locations in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris and Tokyo. Retail prices are expected to range from about 1,400 euros, or $2,070 at current exchange, for a yellow gold ring to 420,000 euros, or $620,760, for a necklace in white gold and diamonds.”

I also thought this was interesting from the WWD piece:

“Meanwhile, having recently taken delivery of an Hermès Haut à Courroies bag Williams had custom-made in purple baby crocodile, he said handbags and watches are probably his next fashion project, though the rap star and producer couldn’t yet say for which brand.”

Some images from the collection and the promotional video after the jump.