G'Vine the first-ever Gin distilled from a grape spirit was awarded a gold medal for its "Exceptional" rating of 94 points at this year’s International Review of Spirits Competition by Beverage Testing Institute. Noted spirits expert Gary Regan described G’Vine as “exceedingly intriguing” and “incredibly seductive.”
The base for the G'Vine infusion is unique to the Gin family. The rare green grape flower, which lasts just two weeks after blossoming in June, is handpicked and carefully macerated in the Ugni Blanc grape spirit grown in the region of Cognac. In a second step, the neutral grape spirit, much smoother and more suave than the traditional grain spirit associated with the gin production, is then distilled in small batches with a unique combination of nine botanicals, chosen for their purity and aromatic properties: ginger root, liquorice, green cardamom, cassia bark, coriander, juniper berries, cubeb berries, nutmeg and lime. The green grape flowers, the Ugni Blanc neutral spirit and the botanicals infusions are then blended in perfect proportion and copper-pot distilled a fifth and last time for an exquisite marriage.
Chanel has launched a limited edition Chanel bike included in the spring/summer 2008 Chanel collection Chanel. Designed to celebrate Coco Chanel's passion for the sport, the Chanel bike offers a plush, quilted-leather seat, functional saddle bag and double-C logo accompanied by an 8-speed gear reports Luxist. $12,400
Chanel's "J12" GMT automatic watch, created by Jacques Helleu and produced in the Chanel watchmaking workshops in la Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, is aimed at world travelers. The new "J12" simultaneously displays the time in two different time zones: the local time in the zone visited, which is shown on the main dial, and the home time, which is shown on the 24-hour calibrated bezel. The hour is indicated by the additional chrome-plated hour hand featuring a red arrow
Designed by DGFdesign for the tenth anniversary of the Italian company ClaraVox, Dogma is a sound system offering a bold look and high-precision sound quality.
The ClaraVox Dogma loudspeakers are Ferrari red and at 64" tall the hand-made enclosures of fiberglass and carbon fiber, look more like art. $59,000
Flatlift has created a suite of media furniture that includes 50 carats of "diamond dust" reports Crave
The high-gloss cabinets include automated drawers , dust flashes when illuminated an LED stripes that can "change colors according to your mood,"
Flatlift TV stand starts $142,000.
Lamborghini, the Italian super sports car manufacturer has produced a pack of limited edition Christmas tree baubles.
The ceramic baubles in box-sets of three are finished in a special orange glaze, Arancio Borealis, one of four colors in which Lamborghini's super lightweight car, the Gallardo Superleggera, was launched earlier this year.
A set of slow-burning candles in the special orange color are also available. With the Lamborghini shield imprinted on one side, the candles are as suitable for year-round use as they are for Christmas.
Lamborghini's Christmas collection also includes 2008 calendars and even a set of 20 Christmas cards featuring the €1 million Lamborghini Reventón, alongside the candles and baubles.
For Lamborghini enthusiasts who are more interested in what's under the tree than hanging off it, shoppers should head to their nearest Lamborghini dealer in London, Birmingham, Manchester or Edinburgh, for a range of ideal gifts from Collezione Lamborghini. Alternatively, the official collection is available on-line at www.lamborghini-store.co.uk.
Cashmere scarves in two shades of grey, and gloves and jackets will guarantee a warm winter, while a whole host of stocking fillers for grown-ups could help solve Christmas shopping crises. Choose from key rings and men's cufflinks, to exclusive leather bags, wallets and briefcases. A new ladies' range of personal leather items, including purse, wallet and make-up bag, as well as an extensive range of clothing for both men and women, make perfect gifts for family, friends or colleagues.
For children, Lamborghini colouring books and crayons are ideal presents for junior car enthusiasts, while T shirts in ages from two to teens come in a range of Lamborghini colours.
And for anybody who's lusted after a Lamborghini car, don't disappoint them: model cars come in a range of scales from matchbox-size to 1:18, for pocket-money prices. And who knows, next year, it could be the real thing parked alongside the Christmas tree!
Evian and Christian Lacroix have teamed up for the Evian Limited Edition Bottle By Christian Lacroix. Evian pret-a-porter features frosted lace pattern over the bottle and the Haute Couture version, a glass bottle in the shape of an ice queen with a voluminous alpine skirt reports Luxist. The pret-a-porter bottle will sell for around $6 in gourmet grocery stores.
peter beard's work has been reproduced in a massive book by taschen, and in the size that they were meant to be seen – some of them as foldouts. this huge book, limited to a run of 2,500 copies, has 200 pages of reproductions of beard’s diaries, punctuated with photographs, feathers, stones and other memorabilia, and almost 300 pages of collages. the smaller works are magnified to show every detail, and all color illustration are color-separated and reproduced in Pan4C, the finest reproduction technique available today, which provides unequaled intensity and color range.
this beautifully crafted book comes with a wooden stand and a companion volume that features an image index, early works and photos, a handwritten essay from the sold-out first issue of blind spot magazine and an interview with beard by stephen m. l. aronson. Price $2900