paris: victoria 1836 restaurant opening

© victoria 1836 / photography: nicolas matheus

the city of light hasn't exactly been short of chic eateries. it has a reputation as the undisputed capital of luxe, pulling in a sophisticated demographic from far and beyond that loves to indulge in its many delights. the city's history is inextricably linked to many a hedonist ruler who, not surprisingly, has left paris with a lifestyle culture and infrastructure that's rivalled by very few other places, and it's one that continues to evolve in innovative ways. on the site of a former late-night haunt in the leafy victor hugo area of town, a new upscale restaurant recently opened its doors that has the well-heeled totally transfixed. called victoria 1836, the establishment sits on the ground floor of a rather grand 19th-century hôtel particulier or townhouse, and is the latest venture of benjamin patou.

the celebrated hospitality entrepreneur enlisted french interior designer sarah lavoine to design a matching interior, and we dare say it's one that pushes all of our buttons. the setting is welcoming, homey even, but created with sheer luxury in mind. the design is distinctly contemporary with nods to the building's historic past, featuring natural materials such as oak, marble and cut stone that effortlessly blend into the lofty space. mid-century inspired chairs and sofas are paired with simple, classic tables, and the linear motif of the fluffy carpet corresponds with the beautiful design of a series of pendant lamps.

mind you, the light fixtures at victoria 1836 are true eye-cacthers, including the more modestly-sized wall lamps. the design of the bar adds a touch of shiny glam to the place. a collab of sorts with chivas regal, it features a lit curved roof replete with whiskey bottles. so, what's the menu like victoria 1836? chef alexandre auger has gained extensive experience at a number of lauded establishments, and is now a rising star himself. very much a place for any time of the day - yes, we mean from breakfast to a late dinner - the restaurant's offerings is cosmopolitan to say the least, listing many classic bites and dishes, in addition to a number of fashionable asian-fusion concoctions.

needless to say, this place has quite a wine list to match, especially in the bubbly department. and once you've sipped a glass of that mesmerizing nectar, you may as well proceed straight for the dance floor. say what? yes, dance floor. opening shortly on the premises is an eagerly anticipated night club, designed by none other than rock star-turned-interior designer lenny kravitz. location: 12 rue de presbourg, second floor [chaillot].

© victoria 1836 / photography: nicolas matheus

tokyo: kapok store opening

© kapok

kapok has come a long, long way. what was initially a single shop in hong kong - set up by paris transplant arnault castel - has grown into a directional pan-asian chain that has now planted a flag in tokyo's boutique-infested harajuku maze. the store occupies a 90 sqm. [969 sq.ft.] ground floor unit of modern low-rise structure, situated around the corner from highly popular cat street, and features a d.i.y. chic interior that's similar to other kapok stores. the shop façade is encased in glass that matches well with the low-key aesthetic. the front section has been given an industrial grey make-over that corresponds well with the exposed utility pipes that line the ceiling.

faux suspended staircases run along both windows and serve as whimsical shelving, backed up by a collection of displays in a matching hue. the back of the kapok store contrasts with a setting in plywood, captured in walls and flooring. kapok's offerings are manyfold and are marked by a timeless quality, ranging from men's + women's apparel items and bags, to sunglasses, watches and fragrances, all tightly curated. the new shop's brand list is elaborate, and carries a string of coveted names from asia and further beyond, including mismo, uniform wares, berayah, sandqvist and betina lou. location: 6-13-4 jingumae [harajuku].

© kapok

paris: hedi slimane - sonic

© hedi slimane - lou reed

it's no secret hedi slimane is obsessed by contemporary culture's edgier side. over the years the french designer has garnered a cult following with his distinct fashion aesthetic, but not exclusively. photography is an important sidekick of his, and he has been masterfully documenting heroic rock icons for many years. opening thu - sep 18 at fondation pierre bergé - yves saint laurent in paris is hedi slimane - sonic, an elaborate photo exhibition which presents a selection of slimane's studio portraits from 15 years of musical archives. mind you, some of the black + white prints will be exhibited for the very first time here, and it'll include portraits from lou reed to brian wilson, and from amy winehouse to keith richards. the presentation will be completed with a video installation, juxtaposing the happening musical cycles of london ([2003-2007] and california [2007-2014] in a documentary style, painting an alternative portrait of two generations of performers and their fanbase. location: fondation pierre bergé - yves saint laurent, 5 avenue marceau [champs-élysées].

© hedi slimane - amy winehouse and brian wilson

new york: céline store opening

© céline

one of today's most coveted womenwear brands, céline kicked off a global retail masterplan last year and it has now come into effect stateside. the paris-based fashion house has added a new store in soho, its second in new york city. the store occupies a 4,400 sq.ft. [409 sqm.] ground floor space, featuring the quirky-chic retail aesthetic that was first introduced in london. the retail setting is an oasis of beige nuances, captured in walls, ceilings and custom-made fixtures. also included in the design are a marble floor inlaid with semi-precious stones, enormous back-lit ceiling panels, and the building's original steel pillars which give a distinct contrast. a specially commissioned chandelier and floor lamps by danish designer thomas poulsen a.k.a. fos heighten the sense of luxury. the new céline store carries the brand's full range of apparel, shoes, bags and eyewear collections. location: 67 wooster street [soho].

© céline

london: nudie jeans - grim tim stone mason replica

nudie jeans drops the first of four exclusive styles due for release over the next year. as of wed - sep 17 the so-called grim tim stone mason replica can be snapped up at select stores across the planet, and only 30 pair will be available at the denim brand's store in london. the original jeans were a pair of the sharp bengt model, handed in for repair at the nudie jeans store in melbourne. lee, the owner and stonemason by trade, wore his jeans every day for nine months straight, and the result proves that stonemasonry is ideal for breaking in denim, unlike any other trade. lee's jeans have seen many hours in the repair shop and the nudie jeans repair specialists have skillfully preserved it. needless to say they're now part of the nudie jeans archive. the grim tim stone mason replica is produced in a limited run of only 300 - with only 30 available at the nudie jeans repair shop in london - and comes in a 100% organic 13.5 oz. japanese selvage denim. each pair is numbered 1-300, and is presented in its own recycled card box, held together with a natural leather belt and booklet detailing the journey behind the original user story. london store location: 19 d'arblay street [soho].

© nudie jeans

paris: l'isolé bar opening

© l'isolé / photography: julot bandit

it has been pulling in-the-know night crawlers to its doorstep for a little while now, but on tue - sep 16 the colour-infused l'isolé officially opens its doors, and just one week ahead of the hoopla that is paris fashion week. launched by guillaume le donche and antoine galabert, two well-connected young lifestyle veterans, this members-only bar + club features two distinct spaces: a main room, centered around a bar and a dj booth, and a second and more intimate secret room with a mixologist cocktail bar and the so-called kairaoke, a karaoké space for jolly singalong banter, dedicated to the glory of hiphop, r'n'b and soul from the 1990s to 2005. the space has been designed by paris-based agency le creative sweatshop and boasts walls, floors and ceilings dipped in primary colours.

as dynamic as the hipster scene in the city of light, l'isolé's interior is an evolving affair as the venue's visual art director inès longevial will design a new paint scheme every few weeks, powered by the typographic work of graphic designer julien drapier. the main room is all blue with contrasting red flooring. a striking feature is a glass-encased stairway which leads to the restrooms, and which presents a collection of bold ceramic designs. the secret room boasts an opposite colour scheme, spiced up with yellow chairs. l'isolé's lineup features a quirky mix of well-known and up and coming names from happening music scenes across europe and beyond. location: 14 rue frochot [montmartre].

© l'isolé / photography: julot bandit

new york: voir dire

© johannes vogt / cyril duval - baby, baby, baby oooh, like baby, baby, baby nooo [2014]

new york-based conceptual artist cyril duval a.k.a. item idem has landed his first solo exhibition in his adopted hometown since relocating there from tokyo. known for works and collabs that straddle art, fashion and media, duval continuously delves into today's visual culture, or rather the blatant side of consumerism, finding gems he regularly literally incorporates in his often flamboyant works. opening sat - sep 13 at johannes vogt gallery in chelsea is voir dire, an exhibition of new works which is centered is a presentation of new works centered around duvalʼs fascination with the visual tropes of late capitalism, and his quirky embrace of their inherent promises and failures. on display are a series of wall works created from détourned cross-stitch patterns of popular disney princesses in dyed bamboo artist frames. in another body of work, the artist created support structures of heavily branded cereal boxes and acrylic panels, and which hold a motley collection of altered and found objects. the gallery's back room is dedicated to the premiere large-scale screening of joss, a video that duval has made in collab with chinese artist cheng ran. location: 526 west 26th street, suite 205 [chelsea].

© johannes vogt / cyril duval - portrait of mussolini as prometheus [2014], the sum of all fears [2014] and exhibition setting

adelaide: aesop store opening

© aesop

aesop may have closed down its inaugural store in adelaide, but a brand new one has opened instead. situated on the ground floor of the historic tavistock building, a late 19th-century structure built in victorian style, the shop features a contrasting modern interior by local practice genesin studio. the design heightens a sense of openness through white walls adorned simply with product shelves crafted from solid timber and blackened steel rods. blonde tasmanian oak is the dominant element here, captured in counters and flooring. adding an elegant edge to the abundant natural palette are counters inlaid with antique green marble, and which correspond colourwise with strategically placed potted ferns. a downright raw counterpoint appears in the form of a makeshift side table, crafted from imperfectly stacked concrete disks. the new aesop store carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: 232 rundle street [cbd].

© aesop

jakarta: euphoria project

© euphoria project

a decade ago only a handful of luxury brands represented modern lifestyle, huddled together in generic airconditioned malls. but a fast-growing savvy middle class has not only diversified jakarta's retail scene in a big way, but has also spawned a creative industry that's getting more and more attention from abroad. adding to this crisp new infrastructure is euphoria project, a very aptly named event if we may say so, which connects young indonesian consumers with an edited range of emerging indonesian brands that know how to cater to their needs. its second edition is currently held at central park mall and once again features contemporary fashion, accessories and other lifestyle items in an outdoor pop-up market setting. participating fashion brands include denim n realityhippearce,kiveedanjyo hiyoji and koultura. added to the enticing platform that euphoria project has provided is an art showcase by gladys angelina x gema semesta, plenty of tasty food offerings, music gigs and even a fashion show [on through sep 14 / 10am-10pm]. location: central park mall, jalan parman 28 [jati pulo].

© euphoria project

new york: band of outsiders flagship store opening

© band of outsiders

it's without a doubt manhattan's most anticipated store opening of the season. we're talking the new band of outsiders flagship in soho. following a much-publicized entrance in tokyo's competitive retail arena late last year, this is a renewed collab with architecture practice lot-ek. the store in new york occupies a 2,400 sq.ft. [223 sqm.] ground floor space - mind you, an equally sizeable section at the back of the store is home to a showroom and offices - and is an extrapolation of sorts of the one in the japanese capital, featuring a similar modularity concept and semi-utilitarian palette. a collection of large custom-made trunks on casters lock to each other to form an elongated display and storage unit that runs the length of the space, accompanied by a gigantic canopy made of road cases hanging overhead.

the dangling structure serves as the main lighting source of the retail space. the very same cases are used along the walls to create a system of hanging racks for the merchandise. the back wall serves as a mural with imagery changing every season. band of outsiders' new outlet carries the brand's full range of men's and women's collections, including the forthcoming footwear collection, and a rotating range of exclusive collab products with other brands. and keeping things very laid-back and very soho is the presence of milk bar's newest outpost on the premises, serving a wide range of its tasty delicacies, with an emphasis on cookies. location: 70 wooster street [soho].

© band of outsiders - designer scott sternberg looking happy