bangkok: ceo books store opening

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at first glance, bangkok's retail scene doesn't seem to comprise any appealing diversity for those with niche interests. it takes in-depth knowledge of the city, and dare we say navigation skills, to discover its many hidden gems. and one which falls into that category is ceo books, a quirky little establishment tucked away in the labyrinthine sukhumvit maze. set up by thai graphic designer chris grisana, it's a specialised art book shop and meeting space for kindred creative spirits. ceo books carries a wide selection of homegrown and international indie magazines and books from, all with the aim to showcase these to local art + design practitioners and aficionados. but even as a farang creative, you're likely to pick up a few pointers - if not a purchase or two - when you drop by. location: all(zone) building, 120/7-8 sukhumvit soi 49, second floor [sukhumvit].

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global: lanvin homme cross-training sneakers

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since launching the must-have sneakers a few seasons ago, lanvin homme's forward scope on this particular type of footwear has further evolved into rather stunning style statements. intended for the man-on-the-go, whether it's for travel or adventure, the french luxury brand introduces its latest series of cross-training sneakers. lanvin homme has come up with a hybrid palette of noble fabrics and hi-tech elements. the look is distinctly modern but the use of patchwork of luxurious materials give the sneakers a artisanal, if not couture finish. lanvin homme's new sneaker collection features nine differently treated varieties of leather combined with both discreet and overtly bright colours: grained and smooth calf, calf with metallic cubes, rubberized calf, grained goat, mesh, technical fabrics, plastic inserts. a style statement at its best, these cross-training sneakers also allow you to put a playful spin on a dressy outfit. the lanvin homme cross-training sneakers are available at select lanvin stores across the planet, but can also be purchased online. check out the video for all the fancy sneaker styles.

osaka: diesel store renewal

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since opening in 2010 the diesel shibuya flagship in tokyo has been diesel's prime retail showcase in the land of the rising sun, but the recent renewal and expansion of the diesel store in osaka has provided the italian fashion brand with another and similarly grand presence. located on nagahori dori, a bustling thoroughfare in the heart of the city, the store occupies 260 sqm. [2,799 sq.ft.] spread over the ground and second floors of a modern highrise building. the interior design captures natural materials in a number of modern settings, each different for each collection and with parquet flooring that ties it all in. the women's collection is presented on the ground floor while the men's domain is situated one floor up. a dedicated section with a different design has been reserved for the diesel black gold and diesel home collections, two new additions to the store. another introduction is the glorious chain café, a laid-back diner serving a number of tasty japanese and western bites. the menu also features branded café memorabilia, in addition to wines and olive oil from the diesel farm in italy. especially for the opening limited edition items have been designed that'll be exclusively available at the store. location: 3-12-9 minami senba [minami senba].

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amsterdam: amsterdam drawing 2014

© vous êtes ici / koen taselaar - multittled #6 (a hammock between a rock and a hard place) [2013]

amsterdam drawing is an annual art fair with a focus on art work om paper. launching today is the third edition, rallying 50 contemporary art galleries from around the planet to a make-shift venue on the industrial premises of ndsm wharf. the event focuses on a niche section of the art market, and is exclusively dedicated to contemporary paintings, collages and drawings on paper. works on paper in visual arts have a dedicated group of followers, while to many artists, paper is the preferred carrier of their art. a drawing, collage, water colour or painting on paper brings the artist physically closer to the material he or she uses, which results in an intimate experience for the viewer. amsterdam drawing not only aims to lure collectors but also seeks wider exposure for contemporary art on paper [on through sep 21]. this year's participants include lmakprojects [new york], annet gelink gallery [amsterdam], ron mandos [amsterdam], galerie bernard jordan [paris] and tomio koyama gallerylocation: ndsm wharf, tt. neveritaweg 6 [amsterdam noord].

© galerie martin kudlek / alexander gorlizki - summit [2014] and galerie michael sturm / carolin jörg - berg 3 [2013]

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 16th arrondissement a new upscale restaurant recently opened its doors that has the well-heeled totally transfixed. called victoria 1836, the establishment sits on the second 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 the wine list to match, especially in the bubbly department. and once you've sipped a glass of the jolliest of nectars, you may as well head straight for the dance floor after dinner. say what? yes, dance floor. opening very 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

global: eastpak x andrea crews

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eastpak has launched its second collab collection with paris-based creative collective andrea crews. in turn, the quirky french invited french artist marcel samba to blend in his designs to the brand’s popular line of bags. aptly entitled stay true, samba based the collection on the gangsta-dream, a symbol-infused fantasy universe populated by dollars, diamonds and sharks. the colour scheme is red, black and white, captured in a style that is radical. but the playful and innocent drawings bring out the powerful poetry in the many violent subjects. the eastpak x andrea crews collection is available at select stores across the planet, including andrea crews [paris], colette [paris], i.t [hong kong], galeries lafayette [beijing] and wut berlin [tokyo]. 

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tokyo: kapok store opening

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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].

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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

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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].

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