The Bespoke Issue

The Shape of Light

How do you lend form to light? With glass, as glassmakers and bespoke light fittings expert Lasvit demonstrates. Yuen Lin Koh investigates The gentle vibrancy of the day’s first light, seen on the sparkle of a morning dew. The liveliness of sunrays scattered into a...

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The Asian Connection

Master tailors are not confined to the town houses of Savile Row or the ateliers of Italy; with the boom in Asian prosperity has come a boom in Asian style. Erica Wong speaks to a Singapore-based tailoring maestro about his unique style Shi Fu, or master, as Thomas...

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A Face in the Crowd

Does make-up all look the same to you? Are you tired of telling your Revlon from your Lancôme? If that’s the case, you might want to pay a visit to a small boutique where every foundation or eye-shadow is bespoke, says Caroline Davies Near the coffee shops and...

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It’s a Girl’s World

The elite British education system has never been more in demand. Yet some wonder whether educating boys and girls separately is an anachronism in a 21st century environment where they will work together in their business lives. Our columnist outlines her views on why...

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Bespoke By Design

Front Of House The Stilhaus is a platform for small enterprises to display their well-designed products Labels, a post card and QR codes hold details information dieForm Exhibition Gessaga Hindermann reinterpreted the oriental bazaar format without the clutter Looking...

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Generations of Soul

In which Darius Sanai experiences the latest model of the most iconic sports car of all, and an updated version of a modern legend  Porsche 911 C4S Convertible Pity is not an emotion that has commonly been projected onto purchasers of Porsches over the decades. Envy,...

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Force of Nature

Theaster Gates is a phenomenon — one of the world’s most influential artists, he features at number 56 on Art Review’s list of the most powerful people in art. Gates is also a plain-speaking social commentator and activist. Some of his most powerful work is on display...

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Custom Cuisine

Customisation continues to be the craze that consistently dominates the top of food trends and chefs are constantly challenged to satisfy and suit individual taste buds while balancing kitchen work flow and costs. Our columnist questions whether science can help and...

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Red Alert

The tongue-in-cheek combination of this classic button back Hackney Empire Luxury Chaise Longue covered in a vivid velvet printed with badgers, raccoons and quirrels would make this very British piece an eye-catching addition to urban conversions. houseofhackney.com...

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The King of Stealth

Moynat could justifiably claim to be the world’s most luxurious bag maker, but it doesn’t. It is both historic and brand new. It is owned by the greatest luxury tycoon in history, who doesn’t talk about it. Darius Sanai gets an exclusive insight into the luxury brand...

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From Paris With Love

This autumn, Singapore hosts two notable events: a Formula One Grand Prix, and the Pinacothèque de Paris’ first ever pop-up museum in the region. Marc Restellini, the owner of the fabled museum, talks us through its collection and his philosophy “A museum must not...

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An Acquired Taste For The Best

Jackson Hole or Hokkaido? Courchevel or St Moritz? None of the above, says Darius Sanai, rediscovering a childhood passion for why Austria offers one of the most involving ski experiences of all For a sport that essentially involves the same thing, namely gliding down...

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Couture for Everyday

For Winter 2013, Elbaz introduced the spirit of couture At Lanvin, drafters and pattern cutters work their magic Elbaz still sketches his ideas and pens down notes Every design has its own story to tell Every ruche, fold and drape is drafted on real women  ...

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Nautical Celebrations on Aqua Voyage

Have your private, personal boat party — without having to fuss over the small things. ANDREA SEIFERT shows how There is something about a sea voyage that lends itself to a celebration. Cruising the water on a luxury yacht is a true escape, and a welcome hiatus from...

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