bologna: fr boutique opening

© fr boutique

it's the first time ever that bologna has appeared on our radar, and it's for a good reason. nestled deep in the historic heart of this italian city, a recently opened, splendorous retail space raises the bar in luxury shopping for the entire emilia romagna region and beyond. it's called fr boutique, and is a collab effort of folli follie and ratti, two family-run businesses that have dominated this neck of the woods for two decades with a broad palette of high-end offerings. the initiative aims to provide next level shopping by not only providing the goods, but also a matching environment, one that's easy on the eye and incites to splurge.

the location, folli follie's original boutique on via clavature, a prominent pedestrian thoroughfare, has been transformed into a statement flagship store, courtesy of italian architect roberto baciocchi. the premises, measuring over 1,000 sqm. [10,764 sq.ft.], features a number of interconnected spaces, some with awe-inspiring lofty ceilings, and has two separate entrances for both the men's and women's sections. the design objective has been to create alluring spaces, but with an inviting, homey feel at the same time. the interior design makes clever use of the buildings' exceptional proportions, inspiring the architect to use a rich palette of materials and an equally diverse range of custom-made furnishings and fixtures.

fr boutique targets an in-the-know clientele, but one of all ages, including the most challenging demographic of all: finicky millennials. now more than ever, the combined store has all it takes – including the prerequisite, non-intrusive top service that defines many a leading store – to seal the deal with any client that walks in. the brand list is lengthy and varied, featuring a well-balanced mix of both luxury brands and leading names in streetwear, and not surprisingly, it reads like a who's who in the world of fashion, including names such as dolce & gabbana, nike, pleats please issey miyake, prada, and dior, which by the way, has been given a dedicated room on the premises. location: via clavature 15 [centro storico].

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amsterdam: masculinities

© barrie hullegie

launched only five years ago, the unseen fair's focus on what's new in photography and stir up a debate on visual aesthetics, has resonated well with professionals and aficionados alike. the event's upcoming edition, featuring over 50 galleries from around the planet, is once again held at amsterdam's westergasfabriek. the event's official programme includes lectures, an innovation platform and a book market, but also a string of interesting exhibitions and presentations across town. in the latter category falls masculinities, a showcase of photographs shot by barrie hullegie in collab with local creative studio glamcult. the works are on display at de school – a buzzing cultural hub tucked away in emerging suburban surrounds – on sep 22-24 [fri-sat 12pm-7pm + sun 12pm-5pm]. as the title already implies, it presents photos inspired by hullegie's fascination of the male coming of age, and captured from different angles and perspectives. location: de school, van breemenstraat 1a [de baarsjes].

© barrie hullegie

new york: maison kitsuné store relocation

© maison kitsuné

maison kitsuné previously operated stores at ace hotel and on rivington street, but now a new single shop has opened in soho, one of new york city's leading shopping districts. the paris-based brand secured a 1,400 sq.ft. [approx. 130 sqm.] retail space on the ground floor of a six-storey red brick structure built in 1900. the shop façade, along with the interior design, has been created by french designer mathieu lehanneur, and beautifully matches the building's architectural style. inside, shoppers find themselves in a setting of whitewashed walls with whimsical trompe-l’œil and french door moulding, stone flooring, and arguably the most striking feature, meandering bichromated steel tubes applied as clothing racks, light fixtures, furnishing, or as merely a decorative design element. additional furnishings include sleek metal shelving, upholstered ottomans, stone displays and lush potted plants. the new maison kitsuné store stocks the brand's full range of men's and women's apparel, accessories, shoes, and denim pieces, in addition to an exclusive capsule collection with the new yorkais slogan. location: 248 lafayette street [soho].

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london: dsm x london fashion week

© dover street market

london fashion week's newest edition has just kicked off and the dover street market store eagerly anticipates the event with a string of special installations and product launches across all floors. just recently, comme des garçons parfum reintroduced andy warhol's you're in, the iconic artist's scandalous original fragrance from 1967. originally, it consisted of coke bottles spray-painted silver and filled with a citrus scent, but now it comes in six unique matte silver industrial bottles, each featuring bold graphics inspired by the master and a different whimsical quote by the master himself. oh, and the fragrance? it's inspired by the original alright, but now boasts bitter orange, aldehydes and makrut lime zest as top notes, and jasmine, coriander leaf and pittosporum as middle notes.

legendary stylist and designer judy blame is present, showcasing jewellery pieces, t-shirts and accessories with an installation at the store's golden room, while a few steps away roberts | woods, the luxury concept brand by royal college of art graduate katie roberts-wood presents her without bound, without dimension installation with designs from her eponymous s/s 2018 collection. as an exclusive to the store, this year's lvmh prize winner marine serre presents her graduate collection radical for love in an installation on the first floor. other presentations and product launches at dover street market during fashion week include dsm x vans checkerboard, jijibaba, mademe x x-girl, loewe, and paul smith. location: 18-22 haymarket [st. james's].

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jerusalem: villa brown hotel opening

© brown hotels / photography: assaf pinchuk

despite its historic splendour, jerusalem has long been overshadowed by its rambunctious and fast-paced neighbour tel aviv, but the city has evolved in recent years, flaunting a contemporary side that ticks all our boxes. the villa brown hotel, a boutique property which opened in the historic old city centre a little while ago, adds up to a modern urban lifestyle with its design-led hospitality concept. the hotel occupies a meticulously restored 19th century villa in the heart of town, featuring 24 lavishly appointed guestrooms and suites. the project was supervised by local architects galit shifman bar-natan and michal cohen magen who also seamlessly added two new floors, including a rooftop terrace with lovely views of the neighbourhood.

property owner brown hotels from tel aviv obviously honoured the building's original architectural features, but has blended ottoman and some eclectic design elements into the interior design, and resulting in a series of exuberant settings that subtly touch upon the mystique of the middle east. as said, villa brown spices up the local scene, and does so with a tempting set of facilities for guests and visitors alike, including a garden bistro-café, rooftop spa and terrace, meeting room, lobby library, and last but not least, a unique underground cave bar, situated at the old water well underneath the house. location: 54 rechov ha'neviim [downtown].

© brown hotels / photography: assaf pinchuk

paris: irving penn

© condé nast / irving penn – girl with tobacco on tongue (mary jane russell), new york [1951]

following last year's hugely successful showcase at the metropolitan museum in new york city, marking the 100th anniversary of his birth, the elaborate restrospective of photographer irving penn [1917-2009] has jumped the big pond for a second edition in paris. opening on the landmark premises of grand palais on thu – sep 21, it's the first major retrospective of the legendary lensman since he passed away a few years ago, and is co-curated by maria morris hambourg, an independent curator and founding curator of the museum’s department of photographs, and jeff rosenheim, curator in charge of the aforementioned department of photographs.

the show explores penn's stellar 70-year carreer, presenting more than 235 photographic prints, all produced by the artist himself, as well as a selection of his drawings and paintings. as such, it offers a comprehensive vision of the range of genres he worked in: fashion, still life, portraits, nudes, beauty, cigarettes and debris. the original theater curtain backdrop that penn acquired in the french capital in 1950 and used for all of his small trades photographs will be included in the installation, along with two of his cameras. the traveling exhibition's next stops will be berlin and são paulo in the course of next year. location: grand palais, 3 avenue du général eisenhower [champs-élysées].

© the irving penn foundation / irving penn – mouth (for l'oréal), new york [1986]

berlin: comme des garçons store renewal

© comme des garçons / photography: gregor hohenberg

the comme des garçons pocket and black comme des garcons stores in berlin have been around for a little while – five-and-a-half years to be precise – and their shared premises on the ground floor of a late 19th century building in the mitte district have recently been given an upgrade, resulting in a single retail concept under the moniker comme des garçons. the transformation comes with a brand new interior, concocted by the brand's elusive creative honcho rei kawakubo. the interior is largely defined by whitewashed walls, black linoleum flooring, and scaffolding-like metal frames are installed across the retail space, serving both as an optical embellishment of sorts, and attaching clothing racks wherever needed.

mosaics of wall-mounted shelving in different sections offers ample space to present smaller goods. only the front section of the store flaunts a deviating aesthetic, featuring two transparent and dotted arches, a signature motif that's inextricably connected to the comme des garçons pocket collection. given the transformation into a comme des garçons store, it now stocks an extended range of lines, including comme des garçons comme des garçons, comme des garçons shirt, comme des garçons shirt boys, comme des garçons black, play comme des garçons, comme des garçons parfum, comme des garçons wallets, and gosha rubchinskiy. location: linienstrasse 115 [mitte].

© comme des garçons / photography: gregor hohenberg

bangkok: 10795 days of bummer

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portuguese artist rita gomes a.k.a. wasted rita [1988] not only has a provocative streak, but also a brutally honest way with words, laying bare her thoughts on colourful paper for the whole world to see. these scribbles reflect a variety of observations of the absurdities of life, sometimes angry, and always brutally honest. opening on sat – oct 7 [7pm] at wtf gallery in bangkok is 10795 days of bummer, an exhibition which sheds light on her textual musings. the show is held in collab with the portuguese cultural centre, and although the artist has consistently experimented with different media and formats, it focuses on her work on paper  a variety of doodles of what she may or may not have been feeling at a given moment, coming at the viewer with a seemingly artless air. in all these works, the artist calls attention to the flaws and affectations of mainstream culture around her with words and images that beckon the viewer to enjoy the liberating power of a bloody good laugh. location: wtf gallery, 7 sukhumvit soi 51 [sukhumvit].

© wasted rita

paris: a.p.c. store opening

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accessorizing is key – it's a fashion rule women have stuck to for ages, but it's something that a style-sensitive male demographic has only come to acknowledge these past few years. not surprisingly, the importance of accessories has inspired many fashion brands to boost collections, and in many cases, also create dedicated retail spaces. although it has a sizeable network of shops across its homebase paris and far beyond, a.p.c. lacked a store dedicated exclusively to accessories. well, that's history now. popping up in the french capital's leafy saint-germain district is a new standalone a.p.c. shop packed to the guilds with its coveted men's and women's shoes, bags, and small leather goods.

as always, the interior design is courtesy of french architect laurent deroo, and he created a setting that's defined by terracotta. the earthenware material is captured by the floor which extends upwards on one side, morphing into an elongated, tiered display space and storage that lines the entire wall. the structure is backlit which accentuates the erratic structure of the exposed brick wall, but also optically creates depth in the narrow space. directly opposite a comfy sofa is situated with mirrored walls as a backdrop. the new a.p.c. store carries the brand's full range of men's and women's shoes, bags and small leather goods. location: 40 rue jacob [saint-germain].

© a.p.c.

online: freitag zippelin

© freitag / photography: linda suter

when it comes to travel, we're pretty open-minded about destinations, mode of transport, and even on the topic of travel gear. freitag has added a new option to care-free roaming with the so-called zippelin bag. inspired by last century's iconic airship, it's once again crafted from recycled truck tarp, the brand's signature material, and allows globetrotters carefree travel anywhere. it's light and sturdy, enabling to carry skateboard ball-bearing rollers and at the same time solves the storage problem facing luggage owners without an attic or cellar to call their own. that's because when your down time is over, you simply let out the air, and the 85-litre bag shows its nifty adaptability.

rolled up, the zippelin takes up no more space in your closet than the two litres of booze you bought at duty-free. mind you, hidden away inside the bag is a common or garden bicycle inner tube you can inflate with a standard pump and, thanks to the zip, replace quickly and simply. interestingly, there's a sustainability edge to the product as freitag decided to launch the new bag through crowd-funding platform kickstarter, meaning that the company's production crew will have a precise idea of demand before sacrificing any truck tarps and cutting out the first bag from limited raw materials.

and this is important, because making a zippelin takes about five times more tarp than a small messenger bag. the reason for offering what is a small revolution in big travel bags to the innovation-crazy kickstarter community hinged on the size of the crowd and not on the funding. the zippelin is already geared up for production and inflation, and freitag has no need to pump any more into product development. the first 100 early birds will be available for eur 380 – that's a whopping 27% off the future retail price of eur 520 – with delivery next april. 300 units will be available for the standard kickstarter price of eur 420 with delivery next may. more units will also be available for the months following. the 30-day kickstarter campaign has just been launched and will end on thu – oct 12.

© freitag / photography: oliver nanzig