Diptyque opens at IFC

HONG KONG—The story of diptyque reminds me of the store in Greenbelt 5 called AC+632.
Whenever I walk into AC+632 I see all sorts of things brought in by Chito Vijandre and Ricky Toledo from their travels abroad. You could say there’s something very French in that store.
Diptyque, on the other hand, began in Paris in 1961. It was opened by three friends with a passion for travel and design.

founders
L-R: Yves Coueslant (The Stage Designer), Christiane Gautrot (Designer), Desmond Knox-Leet (The Painter)

The store on the bohemian side of 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain became known as a kind of “chic bazaar” for fans who loved their avant-garde fabrics, decorative items, wooden toys, and all kinds of knickknacks the trio brought back from travels to the Far East and Africa.
In 1963 they introduced colored and scented candles, which were such a hit, it eventually became the main focus of their business: the diptyque label was born.

candles

Today, 50 years later, the diptyque brand is synonymous with world-renowned fragrances and scented candles. It counts among its many fans Karl Lagerfeld, Philippe Starck, Andree Putman, Jane Birkin, Christian Lacroix, Manolo Blahnik, Ines de la Fressange, Pierre Herme, and John Galliano.

Diptyque

John Galliano x Diptyque

Found in 40 countries around the world, diptyque recently opened its first stand-alone boutique in Asia at Hong Kong’s International Finance Center or IFC Mall. The 270-square-foot space was by designed by “couturier of interior design” Olivier Lempereur.

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Eric Cauvin, Commercial Director of diptyque showed us the entire product lines which includes 38 scents of candles, 13 kinds of eaux de toilette, bath and body care products, and home fragrances.

Eric at Diptyque

Lunch followed at Lane Crawford’s Café Costa

Costa at Lane Crawford

Stanislas, Sophie, Eric
L-R: diptyque’s Stanislas Le Bert (Area Sales Manager Grand Export), Sophie Lambert (Chief Operating Officer), and Eric Cauvin

At night the official opening at the IFC store was highlighted by a ceremonial lighting of candles headed by Sophie Lambert, Mr. Clement Yang, managing director of Vitel International Company; and Elisa Barthelemy, wife of the Consul General of France.

Ceremonial lighting of candles, Diptyque IFC

Also spotted (from L-R): Stanislas Le Bert, Sophie Lambert, Cheuk Wan Chi, Fan Chiang, Barney Cheng, Lisa S, Clement Yang, Mme. Elisa Barthelemy, and Eric Cauvin

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diptyque is at Shop 1080, Podium Level 1 ifc mall, No. 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong.
In the Philippines, it is available exclusively at Rustan’s department stores.

To know more about the products, go to http://www.diptyqueparis.com/.

What’s new: Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012

The transparent Lockit bags and clutch in sheer nylon voile, with a smaller Monogram canvas purse inside

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2 transparent Lockit_JMC

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3 transparent Lockit EW_JMC
1 transparent Clutch_JMC

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The Speedy in bleached denim, woven with silver thread

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14 speedy GM bleu_JMC

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13 speedy MM bleu_cc_JMC
11 clutch bleue_JMC

A new Zippy wallet

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For men there are the wooden sunglasses

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The lucky red sneaker
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The leather shoes
7a

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7b

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The pajamic look for traveling in style + comfort (if you ask me)

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Plus, the traveler’s shoes that pack flat, they’re amazing

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If only all shoes could do this

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LV016

13a

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http://www.louisvuitton.com/

Philippines featured on History’s ‘Hidden Cities’

Via: abs-cbnNEWS.com

MANILA, Philippines – History Channel host Anthony Morse spent two weeks here last August to shoot an hour-long episode of Hidden Cities, a show that aims to take a look at a country’s forgotten treasures.
The episode, which will be aired on History at 9 PM, Wednesday (January 4), will feature Manila, Corregidor, Palawan and Kalinga, and an interview with former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

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Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks, who toured Morse around Intramuros and other parts of the city, described the episode as “a very good portrayal of our side of the country.”
“It’s a good way of selling the country… Some people have only seen poverty and the Manila bus crisis, which are not too pleasant,” Dy told abs-cbnNEWS.com.
“I hope they will have more features on the country’s history and culture,” he added.
Asked how it was working with Morse and the rest of the production staff, Dy said: “It was fun… It’s a very popular show with a huge following… It’s not really that formal. It shows an insider’s perspective. It’s one of my favorite shows.”
Hidden Cities premiered last November 23, 2011 with an episode on Vietnam. The show aims to cover seven different countries across Asia this season.

http://hiddencities.historyasia.com/

Walk like a Parisienne

What do Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola in Repetto

Madonna

Madonna in Repetto

Kate Moss

Kate Moss in Repetto

Katy Perry

Katy Perry in Repetto

Agyness Deyn

Agnyess Deyn_CDG

Angelina Jolie, and Scarlett Johansson have in common?

Angelina Jolie in Repetto Scarlett Johansson in Repetto

They all wear Repetto shoes!
Spotted at Greenbelt 3: Repetto opening this late January, or February 2012.

Repetto boardup

The Bench group, with over 20 brands in their roster, brings to Manila the most coveted pair of ballet flats from France.
It started in 1947 when Rose Repetto designed her first ballet shoes upon the advice of her son, choreographer Roland Petit.
Produced in a tiny workshop located close to the National Opera of Paris, Repetto instantly became the shoe for every dancer.
Nine years later, upon Brigitte Bardot’s request, the first Repetto ballerinas were designed using the le cousu retourné technique, where the sole is sewn inside out before being turned out, bringing an unmatched comfort and flexibility.

Brigitte Bardot in Repetto

Very soon, Manila girls will find out why many women and celebrities can’t resist Repetto’s appeal and comfort. And for that, we’ve got Bench to thank for.
To know more, go to http://www.repetto.com/.

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