Secret Places

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.

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Gary Graham Fall 2012

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!

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Manitobah Mukluks Giveaway

Throughout history, Canada’s First People wore mukluks and moccasins to protect their feet while at the same time keeping them light to survive the elements of nature. Today Manitobah, founded by siblings of Aboriginal and European descent, is keeping the tradition alive by creating authentic, handmade, and functional footwear. Not only is the Canada-based company connecting their past with the present but a large part of their mission is to revive the arts by way of business-building partnerships with Aboriginal artists and elders. For the past couple of months, Lauren and I have been practically living in our beyond comfortable, shearling and leather mukluks. So in celebration of our newfound obsession, we’re partnering with Manitobah to give away a pair of their Gatherer Mukluks to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment below, follow Manitobah on Twitter or like them on Facebook, and a winner will be selected at random on Monday, February 13th. (Sorry, limited to US & Canada residents only. Color selection subject to availability. Winner will be announced and contacted by email. Good luck! xx ***Contest is now closed. Congratulations to Naomi S.!

(images by HonestlyWTF, Manitobah Gatherer Tall Mukluks $269)

Amanfayun

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.”

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