Bugatti created a buzz during the Milan Fashion’s Week launching its new Lifestyle Collection under the headline of “Art, Forme, Technique.” The renowned Academy of Fine Arts, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, in Milan set the stage for Bugatti’s launch event which hosted 750 international guests and the Bugatti Brand Lifestyle Team including Franca Sozzani (editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia), Jonathan Newhouse (Chairman & Chief Executive Condé Nast international), Jean Alesi, Lapo Elkann, Daniele Cavalli, Teresa Missoni, James Goldstein, Hofit Golan and many others. Read more
Stylist and blogger, JJ Scholl, has created a beautiful line of classic and vintage-looking accessories for scooters and bicycles inspired by the jet-set lifestyle of her great uncle, Dr. Scholl (yes, THAT Dr. Scholl – the foot care guru who was, himself, an adventure traveler).
Classic Americana heritage reinvented for the modern traveler, her designer scooter accessories are for wanderlust spirits and refined commuters. With two pieces in the collection thus far, she has captured the luxury of old world travel combined with the tasteful design of modern stylish accessories.
Sarah Jane Williams creates custom crafted luggage, trunks and cases in incredibly unusual shapes and designs under the name Williams British Handmade. Made with elegant bridle leather and hand-forged metal work by Joe Macneil of Macneil Metalcraft, these bespoke pieces from Sarah Williams are both unusual and beautiful. Read more
It’s hard to believe that Tom Banwell has no formal art training and is largely self taught when you look at his expertly crafted collection of leather and metal Steampunk Gas Masks & Helmets. The masks and helmets are an impressive display of workmanship, complete with mechanical parts, fully wearable and entirely original. Read more
Hat and accessories designer Eva Nip’s Napoleon pillow is a candy shaped throw pillow made of stitched leather, crafted in fun colors. The whimsical accent piece, originally made of felt, is now available in leather.
Originally designed in felt (shown below), the leather version adds sophistication and luxury to the design:
Available in tan pink, brown and ivory leather with matching stitching:
images courtesy of Behance and Spell
See more of Eva Nip’s work here.
Talented leather artisan Kara Ginther creates beautifully carved Brooks saddles. The intricately engraved bicycle seats are created in various colors, styles and types of leather.
She turns a ‘blank slate’ into a unique and functional piece of art, embellishing it with imagery that encompasses everything from western, nautical and nordic styles to floral, graphic and patterned ones:
Kara Ginther engraved leather Brooks Saddle Seats:
Nautical 2 (private commission):
Limited edition of 20 for London’s Tweed Run:
Artifact and Herringbone for a tandem bike:
Thistle (private commmission):
A paisley inspired design for Ahren of Banjo Cycles:
for Black Sheep:
For Topanga Creek Bicycles:
Kara at work in her studio:
Kara Ginther also carves boots, luggage and more. Visit her site for more information.
all images courtesy of the artist
It’s rare that I see something in person (as opposed to online) where I simply must stop and find more information about it. The Justice Bodan Steelshell Messenger Bag was one such item. Read more