Wednesday, October 27, 2010

deluxe: how luxury lost it's luster

Well this book has been out for awhile now, but I just got around to reading it. Nothing in it is truly shocking, but rather it's more of an account to how the luxury business has changed. Luxury used to be about quality, craftsmanship and was only available in limited quantities. Now luxury has gone mass- it's in every shopping mall and airport. There are few companies left that truly make luxury goods. The rest, (such as Gucci) are money driven corporate machines selling an image of luxury, not real luxury. It's terrible how many of these brands are producing more and more of their goods in China and other less developed nations. The way I see it, just about everything we buy these days in already made in China, so if I were to shell out a huge amount of money for a 'luxury' item, it would expect it to be made in Italy, France, etc. And even worse, many of these companies are not honest about where the goods are made. They often slap a 'Made in Italy' label on something that was made in China and only the final assembly was done in Italy. Although I don't often buy luxury goods, I spend about six months a year in China for my job. I have toured countless factories and I have seen first-hand the poor quality, child-labor and damage to the environment that often takes place here. Not all factories operate in this way, but in my mind, luxury brands to not belong here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

ink and wit

cute stuff from ink and wit:

rainy day friends mobile, $70.

birch wood print, $45.

paris friends stamp set, $110.

and check out their lovely blog

Monday, October 18, 2010

it's a birthday

the accessory label just
turned 2! they had a fun party filled
with champagne, sparkle and ice cream.
If you missed my previous post about
them, see it here.

images and article from rue

Friday, October 15, 2010


cute little home products from australian company chik

set of 3 wall plates. $100.

pear trees. $50, $80.

magnets, $18. found here

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

jonathan adler on hsn

jonathan adler is on hsn right now pimpin' his goods! check out some good stuff:

Monday, October 11, 2010

head to toe citrus

solid yellow and orange are all over the runways for spring 2011...


which one is your fave?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

ah, happy friday

sorry I've been gone awhile. I had some things to
take care of in the real world. but now I'm back!!
from here
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