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July 1, 2013updated Mar 12, 2014

Summertime Splurges

By Chris Boyle


Just like the weather, this season’s luxe launches are heating things up.


Since the storied house’s founding in 1781, Asprey has created breathtaking jewels for discerning royals, both in its native Britain and beyond.

Just in time for summer’s garden parties, the aptly named Lotus Flower fine jewelry collection is punctuated with delicate blossoms set off by briolette-cut, vibrantly colored gems, including sapphires, rubies and tanzanite (necklace, price available upon request).

Stephen Webster

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Stephen Webster and Tiret New York have teamed up to create a new series of stunning jewelry watches perfect for day-to-night wear.

The ultra-feminine Fly By Night timepiece pays tribute to Webster’s enchanting fine jewelry collection of the same name.

A bright white enamel outer dial is set with diamonds and blue sapphires for a pretty pop of color on the wrist (price available upon request).

Matt Stephenson at Stephen Webster in New York

(310) 246-9500


Fendi’s iconic accessories designs have long inspired handbag lust, and with the relaunch of its Selleria line this summer, fans of the brand will have their pick of eight new models (including an updated take on the best-selling Baguette style and an all-new envelope clutch called the Alda).

The name of each bag reflects the number of hand-applied stitches in its construction, underscoring the thoughtful craftsmanship and artisanal technique behind every piece (Peekaboo 1522 handbag, $4,000).

Robin Steiner at Fendi in New York

(212) 759-4646

Astier de Villatte

Brighten up your summer home with charming new designs from the ongoing collaboration between Paris-based ceramics brand Astier de Villatte and New York designer John Derian.

Using his famous decoupage, Derian injects everything from tea sets to serving platters with a quirky, vintage feel that’s perfect for laid-back entertaining.


A new candle inspired by the artist’s favorite Cape Cod getaway will evoke lazy beach days long after high season’s end (Provincetown candle, $85, and salad bowl, $408).

Amy Lipkin at John Derian Company in New York

(212) 677-8408


Renowned British perfumer Roja Dove is the nose behind some of the world’s most coveted fine fragrances.

Having recently debuted at top luxury department stores around the world, the eponymous Roja Parfums is a collection of scents for both men and women with intriguing names like Fetish and Scandal that hint at the complex composition of the notes within.

With a rich base that pairs vanilla and leather, complemented by hits of jasmine and lavender, Danger Pour Homme is every bit as bold and intoxicating as its moniker would suggest (parfum, $389 for 50ml).

Maddie Marlow at Bergdorf Goodman in New York

(212) 753-7300

P’9981 Gold BlackBerry

A smartphone that offers both brains and beauty, Porsche Design’s new P’9981 Gold Black Berry launches in July. The ultra-limited, gilded device—just 25 numbered pieces will be available worldwide—boasts a stainless steel case with gold-tinted titanium coating and touches of real-deal 24K gold (price available upon request).

Giancarlo Incalza at Porsche Design in Beverly Hills

(310) 205-0095

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