How lucky is Susie, of Style Bubble, to have been one of the few people invited to visit Louis Vuitton‘s original workshop in the Parisian suburb of Asnières? From 1859 to 1977, the Asnières workshop was Vuitton’s sole production facility and two adjacent homes were where generations of the Vuitton family resided. So fascinating, right?! In addition to all the luxurious vintage trunks, I’m smitten with the gorgeous Art Nouveau details, from one of my favorite periods in decorative art and history. Be sure to check out the rest of Susie’s tour and a peek inside the atelier as it functions today.
Deconstructed jackets over finely knit sweaters on top of quilt printed dresses, all layered over two-tone, textured leg wear . . . Gary Graham‘s fall collection oddly makes perfect sense, and thus provides me with fresh layering inspiration. I’m also loving the use of burgundy, grey, rust, and bright red, a color palette common to other fall collections we’re seeing on the runways. Swoon!
(images by HonestlyWTF, Manitobah Gatherer Tall Mukluks $269)
Several years ago I was lucky enough to visit Hangzhou, one of the most beautiful cities in China, home of the legendary West Lake, and a place I’ve been wanting to revisit ever since. So you can understand how excited I was to discover Amanfayun, a new Áman resort on the outskirts of the ancient city. In the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, the resort boasts 47 dwellings with stone floors, camphor-wood walls, and clay-tiled roofs. With breathtaking views of thirteenth-century bodhisattvas and Buddhas carved into the nearby cliff, Amanfayun seems like the perfect place to appreciate the serenity of what Marco Polo once described as “the city of heaven.”