Monday, August 23, 2010

The Classicist: Made in the Shade – Porsche Design Heritage Collection

August 17, 2010 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Unlike some collections whose famous names reflect only lucrative licensing deals, products bearing the Porsche Design label have a pedigree that’s strongly linked to the famed sports car marque. The Porsche Design Studio was established in 1972 by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, designer of the iconic Porsche 911 and grandson of the founder of the [...]

The Classicist: London’s Williams Evans & the “Affordable” Bespoke Shotgun

August 10, 2010 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Bespoke shotguns have been part of the wealthy British gentleman’s essential sporting kit since the turn of the last century. They’re as much a part of the English country house persona as tweeds, wellington boots and Range Rovers. Such guns are often passed down from father to son and are cared for like the precious [...]

The Classicist: Royal Ascot, Henley, Cowes & the English Summer Season

June 17, 2010 by admin · Leave a Comment 

The English summer season is in full swing with the year’s most important and stylish sporting events on the horizon, maintaining the British traditions of horse racing, tennis, rowing, polo and sailing with elegance and ardor. Lord’s Test Cricket has passed, but the Royal Ascot races, the Wimbledon tennis championships, Cartier International Polo, the Henley [...]

The Classicist: The Mystery of Out of Africa Author Karen Blixen’s Hermès Luggage

May 25, 2010 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Hermès has uncovered a couple of remarkable pieces of bespoke luggage in its archives, made for famed Danish Out of Africa author Karen Blixen, aka Isak Dineson, in the 1930s. The Art Deco tobacco-colored crocodile skin cases, one ordered in 1930 and the other in 1935, contain every conceivable article an aristocratic author could need [...]

The Classicist: Rash of New World Records Says “The Rich Are Back”

May 23, 2010 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Following an incredible number of record-breaking sales of some of the world’s most expensive items, from cars to art to watches, diamonds and estates, that have taken place just in the past two weeks, we are hereby making an official declaration: The Rich Are Back. While the economic recovery has been slow to materialize in [...]

The Classicist: $90 Million Picasso, Crichton Collection & More in Megabucks May Art Sales

May 12, 2010 by admin · Leave a Comment 

May is shaping up to be a megabucks month for the art market with some of the world’s most notable collections of modern and contemporary master works crossing the block. Topping the list is a rarely-seen Picasso that’s expected to fetch up to $90 million at Christie’s landmark Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art [...]

The Classicist: Dunhill Custom Tailoring for Spring & Summer

May 11, 2010 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Back in March we reported that London luxury goods firm Dunhill was opening a new custom tailoring floor of its Madison Avenue flagship store in New York, the first of its kind in the U.S. Now we have more details of their custom tailoring program, featuring a selection of over 250 of the finest British [...]