A friend of mine from New York, Ilona Hamer, started her own swimwear line last year called Matteau Swim. Ilona is a well-known stylist (doing a lot of work for Unconditional Magazine, Styleby, Russh and more) who also got a great eye for design and style. The line is beautiful with modern and classic pieces, very simple yet very tasteful. In their spring and summer campaign (I believe the girls when to Mexico and Coqui Coqui Hotel if I am not mistaken) they have shot their pieces for summer’16. My favorite set is the yellow one, almost mustard in the tone, worn by Phoebe Tonkin and photographed by Alexandra Nataf. The brand has also got a beautiful and inspirational Instagram, which you wouldn’t want to miss for one bit – find it here.
I have quit using all other perfumes other than the ones I have got from Byredo. I wouldn’t call it an obsession, but I would definitely say there something more to it in these scents than any other fragrances out there. At the moment I am using ‘Flowerhead’ for the warmer period of the year (since its lighter and as the name reveal; its got a beautiful flower scent), and ‘Bal D’Afrique’ for the colder seasons. However my new favourites are ‘Blanche’ and ‘Bullion’ (also trying Mojave Ghost at the moment). Two amazing and very fresh scents. Blanche has got blonde wood, musk and sandal wood in it with a heart of peony and violets. Bullion on the other hand is a bit similar yet a lot different with its leather accord and magnolia. If you visit their very sleek website you’ll also very soon discover their extended product lines such as leather accessories – pieces which I am hugely crushing on since they launched at Barney’s. When Byredo opened up their first store in Soho last year I visited a but too often to have a look at their luggage and hand bags. Though those are definitely investment pieces, which is both unfortunate and fortunate. In the meantime I can please myself with a new fragrance at least.
In usual order; I am obsessing over some items at 1st Dibs. Print called ‘Boating in Antigua, 1961′ from Slim Aarons, ‘Double Onos 55′ pendant brass lamp from Florian Schulz, steel contract bench by George Nelson for Herman Miller, chair and ottoman in velvet with chrome motif in bamboo, monumental vase by Nils Kähler, coffee tables from Karl Springer, and Italian chairs with nickel balls.
The price awarded duo Fredrik Nathorst and Jacob Skragge, founders of the jewellery studio All Blues, recently launched their new collection called “Hungry & Satiated Snakes”. The jewellery are inspired by a snakes constant ability of changing its shape and form, which is illustrated in the design of their new pieces. The 18 carat carved loops above named “Satiated Snake” earrings are available here (definitely a favourite of mine). Though I would not decline a hammered ring in either silver or gold, nor these very sleek and polished hoops. You can find the rest of the collection at their online shop All Blues.
The Line, which also is goes by the name The Apartment, has recently opened up their third store in the US – this time outside New York in the very classic vacation area of The Hamptons. However this is only a pop-up store in the heart of Amagansett, which unfortunately closes its doors at end of the summer. If you haven’t got the possibility to swing by any of the three locations (Soho NYC, Los Angeles or Hamptons), make sure to pay a visit to their online store where you must certainly will find something dreamy to purchase (or look at) as above items.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen opened up The Row’s New York flagship store a couple of weeks ago with the very posh but discreet address; 17 E 71st St, New York – just down the block from the Frick Collection. It’s the second home of the luxurious brand and the very sleek and minimalistic three-story townhouse does not only show the sister’s latest collection and essentials, the brand’s eyewear collection with Oliver Peoples along with the new shoe collection. The very tasteful space also includes artwork by Jean Michel Basquiat, Borge Jorgensen and Keith Haring, which is for sale – including the furniture.
The absolute coolest slip-in for this summer comes from Sanayi 313. The pointy model is one of the hottest models of the season even though I must admit that the slip in with visible toes is a favourite of mine. The boutique Sanayi 313 also offers bags in similar craftsmanship and texture – all very chic for the warmer vacation season.
So I just recently discovered this cute, yet very cool, interior boutique in Palma de Mallorca. La Pecera Mallorca is the name of this very place, which not only offers great pieces of mid century furniture and modern pieces, but also creates the chicest espadrilles and hats on the island. I am going to Valdemossa on the west side of the island in August for two weeks and I have already put down several to-do’s while there. Last time I went I stayed at this magical little place. Nevertheless, La Pecera is a go-to boutique for sure and I can’t wait to get my hands on one of those hand made sombrero straw hats.