August 03, 2011
By Jessica Flint | Shopping


Leave it to New York titans Ivanka Trump and Wendi Deng Murdoch to one-up the tradition of girlfriends giving each other knotted embroidery-floss friendship bracelets: The pair collaborated on designing a set of $1,100 Ivanka Trump diamond-encrusted resin friendship cuffs to celebrate the release of the new Murdoch-produced film Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. The movie is a tale of enduring female friendship. "For months there were emails and sketches going back and forth between us," says Trump of the friends' design process. "We really wanted to create something special and unique that we both would wear to symbolize the connection and bond between close friends, and someday pass down to our own daughters." Trump and Murdoch got to know each other years ago when they were both living at Trump Park Avenue. "I adored Wendi from the first time that I met her," says Trump. "Wendi is an inspiration to me as I now contemplate the kind of mother that I want to be … Her support and loyalty to those who are close to her is unflinching." $1,100 for a pair of bracelets, or $650 each;

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The limited-edition Snow Flower and the Secret Fan resin and diamond cuffs. Photo courtesy of Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry

July 27, 2011
By Departures Dispatch | Shopping


Adventurer Dave Munson has thrown spears with the Masai in Tanzania, gone shark diving in Bora Bora and fought bulls in Spain. While teaching English in Mexico, though, he decided he needed a scholarly bag that could not only hold his lesson plans but also keep up with his life on the road. After sketching his ideal design and working with a local craftsman, he founded Saddleback Leather Co., a line of leather travel bags and accessories. A favorite is the versatile Waterbag, made from a giant piece of thick, full-grain boot leather and sewn with the same industrial heavy-gauge thread used to make sails and airbags. The water- and dust-resistant rucksack has two handles (one fixed and one moveable), no breakable parts such as zippers, buttons or snaps, and can be carried open, folded over, rolled up or carried as a backpack. All Saddleback bags come with a 100-year warranty—that's how confident Munson is of their durability. $645;

Photo Courtesy Saddleback Leather Co.m

July 20, 2011
By Departures Dispatch | Shopping


David Yurman is best known for his sterling silver bangles and baubles, but his newly unveiled fall 2011 collection, which will land in boutiques in September, is notable for the jewelry designer’s use of gold. Yurman, who works side by side with his wife, Sybil, and son, Evan, is also introducing three new themes as part of the gold-heavy collection: the delicate Lantana style, featuring rubellites and diamonds; the bolder and celestial Tapestry series; and Starburst, a full range of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings that honor Sybil's love of fireworks.

Photo Courtesy of David Yurman

July 06, 2011
By Sarah Smith | Shopping


A very special delivery is on its way to Prada boutiques in New York, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas: a chic, limited-edition crocodile bag lined in soft nappa leather and adorned with a metal tag (imprinted with a code number unique to the line). The bag comes with either a flap or snap closure and is available in three classic colors: black, tobacco brown, and red. Inside is an added bonus: a detachable mini-clutch. Only 22 of these leather masterpieces have been crafted, and they're due to hit stores next week, so move quickly. Price upon request at Prada, 841 Madison Ave., NYC, 212-327-4200; 343 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-8661; 3720 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 702-740-3000..

Photo Courtesy Prada

June 22, 2011
By Departures Dispatch | Shopping


Sleeping on a set of luxe sheets is heaven, but ironing them is decidedly not. Thankfully, the new Pratesi 2.0 collection includes Infinito sheets, a set of non-iron Italian linens that can go from the dryer to the bed without wrinkling. Available in off-white with a tone-on-tone appliqué and in a beige shade (called "rope") with white detailing, the linens are a modern addition to the century-old company's elegant home fabrics. The 2.0 collection is heavy on neutral shades but also features the colorful indigo and burgundy jacquard Cina set inspired by founder Federico Pratesi's extensive collection of scarf ties. All are available on Pratesi's new website and in only three boutiques worldwide: the Pratesi store in Los Angeles, New York's ABC Carpet & Home, and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong. The first online deliveries ship July 1; pre-order now to make sure they don't sell out. Full set from $1,200 at

Photo Courtesy Pratesi

May 18, 2011
By Departures Dispatch | Shopping


Burberry's two-year old Brit line has a chic new London home—and its first European location—at Burberry Brit in Covent Garden, which opened May 12 with a Champagne party and concert to kick off its collection of casual weekend wear for men and women (think quilted safari jackets and jersey tees sporting the signature Burberry check print). The label has a young, hip and tech-savvy following, and in addition to showcasing the fashion looks on shiny-black lacquer and polished chrome hardware, the space also embraces synergies with other mediums. For example, it has been outfitted with an enhanced audio system for stage performances, touch-screen video walls that play show footage and live-stream content, and iPod docking stations in every dressing room so that guests can enjoy their own playlists. At 41-41 King St.; 44-203/425-7020;

Photo courtesy of Burberry

May 04, 2011
By Departures Dispatch | Shopping


Angela Missoni admits to being an avid Havaianas aficionada, adding to her collection every time a new color or style comes out. So she partnered with the cult Brazilian flip-flop maker for a limited-edition set of sandals that landed in boutiques April 29. The four styles include two sandals and an espadrille for women, and a unisex flip-flop. All come in vibrant summer colors and in the fashion house's signature zigzag and wave patterns. The finishing touch: The sandals are packaged in a crocheted Missoni shoe bag that weaves together the colors of the Italian and Brazilian flags. Styles range from $60-$130 and are available at Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Jeffrey's and Missoni boutiques nationwide.

Photo Courtesy Havaianas

April 20, 2011
By Sarah Smith | Shopping, Books


The new boutique from publishing house Assouline, which opened April 15 in London, is much more than a simple bookstore. Assouline Books, Gifts & Lounge, a 1,000-square-foot space set within the venerable Liberty of London department store, is really a cultural salon of sorts. With more than 1,000 Assouline titles in stock, on topics ranging from fashion, art and design to history to travel and food, the shop also offers a collection of vintage tomes that guests can peruse at the classic library table. In addition to the books, the boutique also has literary gift items, like leather book bags, vintage bookends, candles with a "library" scent and a limited-edition Goyard trunk that can shelve up to 100 books. Whereas most libraries forbid food or drink, here it's encouraged: The lounge serves shoppers French Champagne, Italian and Turkish coffee and a variety of teas and homemade sodas. Regent St.; 44-207/573-9680;

Photo Courtesy James Harris for Assouline

April 13, 2011
By Departures Dispatch | Shopping


The image of a bespectacled Gregory Peck as attorney Atticus Finch in the 1962 movie To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most iconic in film history (the performance also earned Peck an Academy Award). So it's fitting that on the heels of the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee's novel, Oliver Peoples worked with the actor's son, Anthony Peck—who kept the original pair of glasses worn by his father during filming—to introduce the new Gregory Peck frame, in boutiques now. The style has a round P3 lens shape and an exaggerated keyhole bridge, and comes in black, buff and two tortoiseshell esque shades called cocobolo and raintree. The Peck family's portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Los Angeles Public Library. $315 at Oliver Peoples boutiques;

Photo Courtesy Oliver Peoples

April 05, 2011
By Departures Dispatch | Shopping


Spring is in the air—and with it, the desire to change one's fragrance. Here, two new options to consider. Bulgari's Mon Jasmin Noir is a multifaceted floral scent inspired by the black jasmine, a fictional flower that symbolizes feminine sensuality and whose scent changes depending on the time of day. Parfumeurs Olivier Polge and Sophie Labbé created a blend of golden cedrat, musky nougatine, precious woods like cashmeran, cedar and patchouli, and two types of jasmine (sambac absolute and angel wing). Maison Martin Margiela just introduced its first perfume, called (Untitled) in keeping with Monsieur Margiela's custom of not appearing in public. The unisex scent and distinctive bottle are also consistent with the house's knack for reincarnating forgotten traditions. The fragrance relies on green notes, the unsettling, almost bitter freshness created by galbanum, box green, lentiscus, cedar and bitter orange. The vial resembles something out of an olden-day apothecary with its round stopper, Olivetti typewriter font and white string-tied neck. Mon Jasmin Noir, $105, is available at (Untitled), $140, is available at

Photo Courtesy Bulgari