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November 1, 2013

License to Thrill

By Chris Boyle


Make all their days merry and bright with this holiday season’s most decadent buys.

British accessories designer-of-the-moment Charlotte Olympia, known for her endearingly quirky designs, pays homage to an American icon with the launch of a limited-edition line inspired by the long-running Archie Comics series.

The cartoonishly cute capsule collection includes retro pumps, platform wedges, and clutches featuring prints of original covers and comic strips ($1,095).


Combining the craftsmanship and expertise of the prestigious houses of Hermès, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Les Cristalleries de St. Louis, the Atmos Hermès clock is at once a deceptively complex timepiece (composed of 190 precision-assembled parts) and a painstakingly wrought work of art (just 176 pieces were produced).

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Rendered in handcrafted crystal, it makes for a commanding desk accessory ($38,500).

Denise Persad at Hermès in New York



See the bigger picture: The new, ultra-thin Curved OLED HDTV from LG is now available stateside for the first time.

Weighing in at less than 38 pounds at 55 inches in size, its unique, gently curved screen design and revolutionary WRGB technology turn your home entertainment system into an IMAX-caliber viewing experience ($9,999).

Customer Service at Magnolia Design Center at Best Buy in New York

(212) 366-1373


For the ultimate glamour girl, Guerlain’s cult favorite Kiss Kiss lipstick comes dressed in 18K yellow gold and diamonds (199 to be exact, for a total of 2.2 carats), available at Saks Fifth Avenue this holiday.

Designed by jeweler Hervé Van Der Straeten, the ultra-luxe lipstick case can be engraved with a name or personal note, and—not to worry—is easily refilled with one of 15 customizable shades ($62,000).

John Cruz at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York

(212) 753-4000


The brainchild of Wharton grad Nadine McCarthy Kahane and former W Accessories Director Brooke Magnaghi, Stone & Strand makes it easy to shop for fine jewelry online (even custom and one-of-a-kind designs) with a carefully edited roster of jewelry designers—everyone from talented up-and-comers like New York-based Alison Lou to established names like red carpet favorite Stephen Webster.

Launching for the holidays, these one-off Ana De Costa stunners showcase breathtaking Gemfields emeralds and were designed exclusively for the site ($85,000).

Stone & Strand CEO Nadine McCarthy Kahane

(917) 972-1235

Available in decadent fabrications like croc and heavily studded pony hair (in addition to the house’s unmistakable plaid), Burberry’s cheeky take on the teddy bear, released just in time for the holidays, is less cuddly, more chic—and makes the perfect gift for modern moms-to-be ($1,095).

Customer Service at Burberry in New York

(212) 407-7100

Launching in November, Louis Vuitton’s spring 2014 Icons collection was inspired by the life, work, and wardrobe of noted architect, designer, and photographer Charlotte Perriand.

The new capsule collection is a streamlined series of classic wardrobe staples (both ready-to-wear and accessories) that were designed to be mixed and matched with ease—a must for the well-heeled traveler (Piment Damier Couleurs Mobil tote, $2,360).

Liz Egusquiza at Louis Vuitton in New York



Beloved by the likes of Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor for his show-stopping jewels, David Webb—much like his designs—was one of a kind.

In honor of the 65th anniversary of his eponymous marque, Assouline has released a limited-edition, leather-bound tome entitled David Webb: The Quintessential American Jeweler.

Just 65 will be sold, each accompanied by a zebra brooch made especially for the occasion. For the passionate jewelry collector, there’s no better gift—except one of Webb’s original baubles, of course ($5,000).

Customer Service at David Webb in New York

(212) 421-3030


Featuring graceful, organic shapes rendered in gleaming precious metals and pavé diamonds, the new Willow collection from David Yurman was inspired by the tranquil trees surrounding the iconic jewelry designer’s Hamptons home.

This standout cuff wraps sensuously around the wrist for a look that’s equal parts soft and strong (five row Bypass Willow bracelet in 18K yellow gold and diamonds, $19,500).

Cara Scalsani at David Yurman in New York



For those discerning gentlemen who prefer their drinks shaken, not stirred, the Bond Mixologist Box from Ralph Lauren offers everything he’ll need to outfit his home bar—from a custom Laguiole paring knife to buffalo horn bowls—all housed in an automobile-inspired, carbon fiber embossed Italian leather box.

007 would certainly approve of the exclusive set, a numbered limited edition of only 50 ($6,995).

Richard Blanchette at Ralph Lauren in New York

(212) 434-8000


Set in red and cream leather with Macassar ebony wood and walnut detailing, Linley’s Bespoke Monopoly Set is a luxurious update on everyone’s favorite board game—not to mention a timeless heirloom that will be treasured for years to come (about $7,970).

Michael Willis at Linley in London


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