hailing from the alsace region in france, heschung was founded in 1934 as a modest family business. it actually still is, making men's and women's shoes that pair artisanal quality with a timeless elegance that's so sought-after these days. the shoes are manufactured by skilled craftsmen at the brand's factory in steinbourg and a newer unit in hungary, using top quality materials. heschung already operates a network of stores across france but still sees room for further growth given the recent launch of a third store in paris. situated in leafy neighbourhood of st.-germain, in the same street where it had set up its first store in the french capital years ago, heschung occupies a 250 sqm. [2,691 sq.ft.] space, spread over two levels and decorated in a clean simple style. accommodating both a shop and a showroom, a section of the store also features a workshop which allows shoppers to view first hand how craftsmen make the shoes. the new heschung store carries the brand's full range of men's and women's shoes. location: 18 rue du vieux colombier [st.-germain].
carwan gallery was founded in beirut in 2010 by architects pascale wakim and nicolas lecompte and started out as a pop-up art and design venture, the first of its kind in the region. for three years the duo staged pop-up shows at various locations abroad, aiming to foster a relationship between designers and craftsmen through commissions. this has resulted in more than 15 international creatives finding new artistic inspiration in middle eastern crafts to reinvent traditional techniques and create unique contemporary objects. but carwan gallery has now left the nomadic trail to settle permanently at gefinor center, a landmark complex by architect victor gruen in the heart of the lebanese capital. the gallery occupies a spacious ground floor unit with a raw utlilitarian edge, wrapped around in huge floor-to-ceiling windows that allow in floods of daylight.
the objective is to continue to create exhibitions related to cutting edge design and unique contemporary objects at carwan gallery's new space and elsewhere, in addition to providing creative and design-related consultancy services and assistance to collectors, architects, and interior designers. celebrating the new venue's kick-off is a cool presentation of curated design objects by many of the international artists and designers that it represents, including nada debs, philippe malouin, india mahdavi, bernard khoury and lindsey adelman. the opening of carwan gallery's new venue at gefinor center was festively celebrated with an intriguing food design installation by charbel el hachem and carlo massoud. special guest india mahdavi especially flew in to present the landscape series which she exclusively designed for the gallery, and to sign her new book entitled home chic. location: gefinor center, rue clémenceau, block e, ground floor [hamra].
no eccentricity is as stylish as british eccentricity, and jimmy choo captures this brilliantly with its new and mischievously festive men's cruise 2014 collection. the new range of models focuses on formal styles for holiday dressing with fun details such as holographic prints in a rainbow of metallic hues, inspired by the kaleidoscope of intergalactic colours seen on a night of celebration. shown here are three styles from the collection we think are the most fun to wear the coming holiday season. the jimmy choo men's cruise 2014 collection is available at the cobbler's dedicated men's flagship stores in london, hong kong and tokyo, in addition the jimmy choo boutiques in amsterdam and st. moritz. but if you reside elsewhere, these seasonal trophies can also be purchased online.
ghurka is an artisanal bag and accessories brand based in new york city. taking its name from the heroic brigade of ghurka soldiers in the colonial british indian army, the brand's aesthetic is very much inspired by their officers' campaign gear and bears a distinct classic signature. after opening two stores in homebase new york, ghurka shifts its focus to the u.s. west coast to open a flagship store in san francisco, a familiar town for the heritage brand as founder marley hodgson successfully operated a boutique there back in the 1980s and 1990s. the new store has in fact opened on the very same street and features an interior that's as timeless as ghurka itself.
measuring 1,000 sq.ft. [93 sqm.], the design highlights of the new boutique include original art nouveau vintage bakery casework that dates back to the turn of the century, sourced by ghurka c.e.o. john reuter himself. a hand-painted, large-scale strategic military map mural adorns the back wall and a selection of cherry-picked props complete the theme. the store's official opening is on tue - dec 10 with a private event that benefits the san francisco zoological society, an ideal partner as ghurka is all about travel, adventure, and exploring the planet...in great style, that is. the new ghurka flagship store carries the brand's full range of business and casual leather goods, as well accessories including wallets, pouches, and gifts. location: 245 post street [union square].
miami is once again the pulsating epicenter of the annual art, design and fashion hoopla, and if you're in town there's plenty of cool places to go. but there's one venture that's going places itself, entertaining the crowds with pretty cool stuff. we're talking the crystal-covered ice cream truck of new york-based pop band heartsrevolution. this mobile pop-up has been created to inspire a young demographic to push the boundaries of media and culture and to create a world of their own. the striking truck is in miami right now, visiting morgans hotels properties where the band will be selling toys, japanese candy, limited edition prints, clothing, and more straight out of the truck. they've launched today but here's their schedule for the coming week:
while many brands and retailers worldwide are only now discovering the added value of creating shop culture rather than old school marketing their wares, the phenomenon has flourished for many decades in japan. rooted in a culture that has a finely tuned aesthetic and social sensibilities, and great appreciation of artisanal crafts, shopping in the land of the rising sun can be an exceptional experience that's nowhere else to be found. it's hardly surprising that artisanal french luxury brand hermès feel right at home in japan, and the maison hermès ginza - its flagship store and japan headquarters - is not only a bold architectural statement but also nurtures this valued relationship through innovative art exhibitions and window installations by leading japanese and international artists. the current window installation by los angeles-based korean artist christina kim anticipates the coming holiday season.
entitled snow country, the installation is in fact the artist's ode to japan and based on her infatuation with the country which started at an early age. it's a collage of experiences layered with memories. the shop windows are an orchestration of 300 rows of yo-yo puffs mathematically arranged and precisely ordered, but made to appear organic and random. it's very much a three dimensional set-up, and an effort to dissolve the separation of outside and inside. mind you, each dip-dyed yo-yo puff is made by hand from recycled fabric scraps and running yardage using a traditional american recycling technique from the 1930s. strung from floor to ceiling, the puffs animate gently in the air, mimicking snowflakes and petals floating towards the earth. lining the windows are reflective pearlescent sheets of different opacities and shades. location: maison hermès ginza, 4-1-5 ginza [ginza].
hôtel americano consistently ranks in the shortlist of places in new york city where the superfuture demographic loves to stay, play and what not. adding up to the venue's coolness is artico, a newly opened rooftop lounge and restaurant. adventurously straying away from its mexican roots, the space has been entirely redesigned and transformed into a cozy, and lush space that features cocktails curated to celebrate the culture and cuisine influenced by europe's nordic region. artico features a dimly-lit dining area on an enclosed terrace, furnished with sleek chairs clad in comfy sheepskin and matching tables, and obviously with sweeping views of chelsea.
the cozy lounge area is perfect for after-dinner drinks, and features both lounge sofas, individual design chairs and a well-stocked bar. artico's menu by executive chef joseph buenconsejo - such an appropriate name for the job! - obviously takes cues from the nordic region as well. it lists a selection of fish dishes, from pickled mackerel to lobster sausage and alaskan king crab, but also other delectable options. to quench your thirst in nordic style there's carlsberg beer or hot gløgg for the more adventurous, but if you prefer your beloved pinot - be it noir or blanc - or your usual bollinger bubbles, that could obviously be arranged too. location: hôtel americano, 518 west 27th street, 10th floor [chelsea].
nick thomm is a creative jack of all trades. an acclaimed melbourne-based artist, designer and film director he's dabbled in a plethora of disciplines and still sees room for innovation. with a keen eye for contemporary culture, thomm has launched a skate deck series and the latest edition is dedicated to iconic british model and bad-boy-object-of-desire, kate moss. entitled skate moss, the new deck features a variety of spliced up kate moss imagery in thomm's signature collage aesthetic, screen-printed on 100% canadian maple wood - it's a 7-ply premium maple construction of 8 x 32 inches to be precise - and handcrafted in north america. the new skate moss deck is exclusively available online [worldwide delivery].
inconspicuous historic places with a utilitarian vibe usually make the most fascinating setting for a cool bar or restaurant. well, if it's all done properly of course. and such is the case with riley street garage, a new diner in a former garage as its already name implies, tucked away in a sidestreet in downtown sydney. the building was designed in art deco style by architect e.b.wilshire, featuring wunderlich colortex brick and textured cement render and an ornate steel awning over façade that adds a striking edge. the building wasn't only home to a garage but also accommodated a machine shop, car wash, offices, staff rooms and a service station. fast forward to 2013, the place has been transformed into a gastronomic full service station by hospitality guru brody petersen, albeit with a little help from design studio rad.
aiming for an aesthetic found in new york's meatpacking district, much of the original elements of the building have been retained and a range of spectacular design finishes, including rich leathers, steel, brass and copper detailing have been blended in. the main focus is the grand bar which seats 30 guests, situated opposite two distinct dining areas. the kitchen brigade is headed by chef regan porteous who serves modern australian cuisine, captured in a wide variety of appealing dishes, from light and tantalizing oysters and whitefish sashimi to a more chunky and savoury grassland scotch fillet or organic chicken with apple and onion vinaigrette. there's a drinks list which is equally plentiful, listing canadian and irish whiskey, craft beers and plenty of classic cocktails with a riley street garage twist. location: 55 riley street [king's cross].