— December 18, 2014 —

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Love Want Need: Markin Fine Jewellery

We know we just posted about jewellery a few days ago, but we can't help but share with you something really amazing that we found out about during the successful opening of Lovers & Friends in Gough Street, 2 words: Mechanical Jewellery (both words operative). We got really excited when the brand manager showed us this pair of drop earrings that open up to a bee!

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It comes in this color too:

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Very close to the Lovers & Friends shop, in Elgin Street is a hidden treasure: MARKIN Fine Jewellery. This "unusual" location is supported by an original concept - besides a jewellery store, there is a workshop, art gallery and bar.

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The store will give customers an opportunity to touch the brand philosophy and personalize their jewellery items. There is a special area separated from the showroom by a transparent wall, so they can also look inside the jewellery-manufacturing process, witnessing the most spectacular procedures such as steaming, laser engraving and soldering.

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Every quarter, a new local or international artist, selected by the Art Director, will have a personal “pop-up” exhibition. The purpose of these activities is to attract young talent, which will contribute to one of the brand’s main goals: bringing forward a new era of creativity, based on the highest standards of beauty and ethics. Let us show you some of their jewellery that we find interesting, the arch bridge:

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This pearl pendant:

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This planetary gear:

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This spiral ring which you can use to mark birthdays/ anniversaries with the little black balls:

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This ring:

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This stone necklace that opens up to a wonderful surprise:

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These cufflinks:

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And many, many more in their shop! We really love the concept and will be back soon for some shopping.

— December 17, 2014 —

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Trend Alert: White for Spring 2015

Dreaming of a white Christmas? The season for red, gold and green may be upon us now, but we are clearly spotting a trend on whites coming very soon. Spring 2015 exudes class and timelessness in pieces in solid colors such as white. We are over the moon with these white masterpieces by The Row and Balmain:

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Ellery created a lean, attenuated silhouette, and elaborating it with rich textures. Ellery's way of rethinking formal clothes gets us very, very excited to try on the pieces from the Spring 2015 collection. These whites below are a favorite:

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Cèline and Loewe also has some amazing white pieces. Celine implacably cool, as always and Loewe: precise and chaotic.

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If we have to categorize these two BCBG Max Azria and Chalayan white dresses, they will have to be under '"Goddess-y".  Chalayan being romantic and rigorous at the same time. Picture4

And here's AWAKE and Whistles for something less formal, but is as fresh and beautiful.

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A few more top looks in white, Hermès and Christophe Lemaire:

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A favorite, Camilla and Marc, always tastefully tempered, delivered more than one piece of great work in white. Clothes we would totally wear!

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— December 16, 2014 —

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Christmas Wishlist: Havaianas Special Collection

Staying home or jetting away this holiday season? Here's an easy gift idea for you and your friends: a special collection of Havaianas made specially for you this Christmas. Pick a red pair and be on point with this season's festivities.

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The Slim Crystal Poem features a sparkly floral embellishment  on a slim metallic strap for added glamour.

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It's the season for glitter and gold! The Slim Metal Mesh takes your look from day to night with a trendy metal mest that is hand sewn to the slim, metallic strap with a Havaianas logo charm!

 

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Show some love with Swarovski crystals!

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Check out these other picks which we think are lovely gifts to receive:

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s1_1s1_0slim crystal mesh_A_brancoYou can purchase Havaianas at LCX: Shop F11, LCX, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui and in Lovers & Friends, Gough Street Central and The Pulse for the widest range of Havaianas in Hong Kong. Or simply go to the Havaianas website for full stockist information. Happy shopping!

— December 15, 2014 —

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Christmas Wishlist: Sophie Birgitt's Spangled Angles

It's only a few more days 'til Christmas, some of us are still on the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift…and many of us are wishing! Here's a gift idea your special one will love: Sophie Birgitt Jewellery. It's new, modern, and sophisticated. Sophie Birgitt is the 4th generation designer of a Belgian family steeped in modern design history. She has lived in Belgium, Paris, Ho Chi Minh City and now Hong Kong.

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The inspiration for the brand comes from Sophie Birgitt’s European background and cultural sophistication blended with an Asian lifestyle. Her source of creativity is the modern architecture of her favourite cities with a focus on her adopted home of Hong Kong. Constant inspiration is drawn from her eclectic urban lifestyle, which is reflected in each piece. The designer mixes strong-and-edgy with delicate-and-feminine aesthetics by playing these contrasts against one another. The woman who wears Sophie Birgitt Jewellery is in search of unique, luxurious, one of-a-kind-pieces of jewellery that embrace simplicity and sophistication but yet maintain their sense of timelessness. Look at this beautiful ring below in chocolate diamonds and 18k gold:

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The designer collection features architecturally inspired rings and earrings that are contemporary and structural yet incredibly sensual. Each piece of jewellery is an original work of art handmade by Sophie Birgitt in her studio and crafted from precious metals such as 18 karat yellow, white and rose gold. This ring below in black rhodium plated gold and black diamonds is a statement your special one would love to make:

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Each piece is handmade and crafted to perfection with the utmost care, expertise and dedication. Just look at this totally kinetic masterpiece in yellow gold and diamonds:

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She will definitely get the message with this "Between the Lines" ring:

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The sensuous touch of ancient craftsmanship and the unique soul of every artefact are embedded in every piece of jewellery. This skinny prism is also an ideal gift:

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…or enjoy the sunrise by midnight with this character-driven masterpiece infused with love and passion:

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Sophie Birgitt’s respect for nature and our planet translates in a responsible sourcing process that is straightforward, eliminating as many pollutants as possible and choosing sustainable raw materials. This philosophy allows ethics to meet aesthetics, ensuring the emotional value of each piece of jewellery is supported by a transparent and ethical supply chain. See more of Sophie Birgitt's fine jewellery in her website for more gift ideas:

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