Thursday, April 10, 2014

Limited Edition Vivienne Westwood Chivas Regal 18 Whisky

Speaking of art and just recently about the Vivienne Westwood Couture After Show Party - an interesting article about an extra-ordinary co-operation has fallen into my hands:

Just in time for her 70th anniversary the last year (would you have guessed it?) the grand dame and punk royalty Vivienne Westwood has designed a signature sleeve for the Chivas Regal 18yo bottle.
With her stylish four-piece design in Union Jack Vivienne Westwood has turned the Chivas Regal 18yo bottle into the style icon of whisky.
The co-operation has been presented first time at London Fashion Week 2011, where Vivienne Westwood, who celebrated her 70th birthday on April 8th, strutted some pieces of her Autumn/Winter collection on the catwalk – amongst it the stylish four-piece in Union Jack style for Chivas Regal 18yo Scotch Whisky.

The designer delightfully signed a few of the bottles before her very first show in Vienna. The hand crafted edition is limited to a 2,5k pieces, signed in gold, serially numbered and available world-wide at the price of 425 Euro. In the meantime some of the exemplars have already been auctioned for a way higher price.
Chivas is continuing a series of legendary co-operations with prestigious designers, such as Christian Lacroix, Andree Putmann and Alexander McQueen.

Tasteful co-operation:

The queen of punk has re-invented and revamped the premium blend scotch whisky and tailored a sophisticated silk coat in Union Jack print. The history of Chivas as well as the history of Union Jack reach back into the year 1801 – Vivienne Westwood took it as an inspiration for the exclusive limited edition.
”Only by looking at the past, we are able to create the future. I come from England, therefore the British culture is undeniable in my designs“, says the artist and designer, who happen to have a very special relation with Austria. ( Her spouse and former student Andreas Kronthaler is Austrian)
The foundation of this co-op between Chivas and Vivienne Westwood was the love of handy-craft and the profound knowledge about the meaning of the past for the future.
”The symbiosis with Vivienne Westwood is a colaboration on the highest fashion level. Artisan craftwork and exclusivity make the two of them a perfect match, the fact that we now haveVivienne Westwood ( flag-ship store) in Vienna is a great pleasure because the international character is made visible, ” says Doris Kurzbauer, head of marketing about the interplay of design expertise and whisky creation.

Limited edition:

Four hand-tailored pieces with golden embellishment are exuding masculinity and elegance. White golden, round logo buttons are keeping the coat together and giving it the typical Vivienne Westwood look. The designer has included an instruction, that describes how to put the four pieces together, so they build the coat. The colours blue and red are giving this special edition of Chivas Regal 18yo a touch of luxury – they represent precious stones sapphire and ruby which also are set on the crown of the Queen’s crown jewels. To top off this exclusive and extravagant creation the British fashion icon has added a crowning accessory – each bottle is carrying a blue golden ”flash” with her signature imperial orb around its neck.

Pernod Ricard has one of the most prestigious portfolios of drink labels such as: ABSOLUT Vodka, Havana Club, Rum, Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s Olmeca Tequila, Beefeater Gin and Mumm and Perrier- Jouet champaign.
From what I see on the pictures I think the coat looks opulent, wonderful and cool. Now I am just left wondering: for the price of 425 Euro – would you love to make such limited edition Vivienne Westwood for Chivas bottle yours or would you invest in one of her famous and unique tailored dresses?

New Porsche Design Spring/Summer 2014 Shoes Collection

Five years into the Porsche Design Sport collaboration, adidas and Porsche Design continue to combine leading-edge sport performance technology and sophisticated, minimalist design.

Their new Shoes Collection Spring/ Summer ‘14 will fit to many of our outfits. Weather our style is trendy and sportive, smart casual, or business. High-quality materials combined with stylish, functional and unique design. Choose your perfect model and dress up your daily style. What do you think about their P’1700 New Berlin Series in silver?

This trendy sportive sneaker made of a calf leather/suede combination is available as a high and low cut version and presents the perfect footwear for outstanding outfits. Casual sneakers meet extraordinary design and unique choice of colour.

You can combine your silver footwear style with other Porsche Design products.
Be Iconic. Wear Silver.

Character Unicum Limited Edition

The Bitter Unicum is offered to the temptation of customers with a special edition signed by Lorenzo Petrantoni, which offers pleasing aesthetic qualities and organoleptic characteristics. The all-new special series Character Unicum Limited Edition writes a new chapter in the centuries-old history of the bitter herbal and spices created in 1970 by by József Zwack, the court physician of the Habsburg emperor Joseph II.

The special packaging of this collection, created by Lorenzo, is infused with his wisdom style to create a work of great value, offering the look with hints of great pleasure. Globes, elegant dresses, barrels and drawings of herbs decorate the sides with exclusive pack that tells the fascinating story of Unicum and the family that created it.
Images and texts that Lorenzo Petrantoni obtained from publications of the late nineteenth century and contemporary approaches in making illustrations that are modern though born of ancient images.

Images and texts that, in the case of the Limited Edition Character Unicum, tell a refined product, the flavor and the result of expert craftsmanship and tradition.
Character Unicum Limited Edition is sold exclusively by Eat’s in Excelsior Milano, Galleria del Corso 4, priced at €80 ($110).

Diamond Jubilee Whisky by John Walker & Sons

From all whisky brands out there to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the name John Walker & Sons, the Scotch Whisky distillers by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen, holds a special meaning. Only 60 bottles of theDiamond Jubilee Scotch Whisky, made by Johnnie Walker distiller Diageo,have been produced for sale, and are being offered to known collectors of rare and expensive whiskies. One will be gifted to the Queen and the others will be sold around the world for £100,000 ($160,000) each.

The bottling, which took place 60 years to the day since the Queen’s accession on 6 February 1952, is a blend of rare malt and grain Scotch whiskies distilled in and maturing since 1952. At Royal Lochnagar Distillery, on the edge of Her Majesty The Queen’s Balmoral Estate, David Gates, Grantee of John Walker & Sons’ Royal Warrant, filled the the Queen’s decanter, as well as 60 further editions for sale around the world.

The concept was initiated by Richard Watling, ex-Diageo director and now chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust [QEST] which provides grants to British craftspeople and in doing so, keeps many highly specialized trades alive. He approached David Gates, who holds the Royal Warrant for Johnnie Walker at Diageo, to see whether the firm would create a blend to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The result is a blend not just of whiskies, but of a host of different crafts. The crystal diamond-shaped decanter is from Baccarat, its silver collar and stopper has been hand-crafted by Hamilton & Inches in Edinburgh and it resides inside a cabinet which has been made with wood from two of the Queen’s estates: oak from Sandringham and pine from Balmoral.

There are two hand-etched Cumbrian crystal glasses and the presentation is completed with a white leather hand-bound book personalized by the Queen’s calligrapher (and former QEST scholar), Sally Mangum.

The diamond-shaped Baccarat crystal decanters stand on a crystal base with six radial legs to reflect the decades of the Queen’s reign, and are adorned with Britannia silver, selected for its purity. All the elements will be housed in a chest made by cabinet makers N.E.J. Stevenson, incorporating oak from Sandringham and Caledonian pine from The Queen’s Balmoral Estate.

In case you don’t have $160,000 to spare and are wondering what it tastes like, the master blender for all Johnnie Walker whiskies, Jim Beveridge, said he issurprised and delighted by the way the Jubilee whisky has turned out. With as whisky as old as 60 years, sometimes it can be a bit crusty and the flavours can be a bit subdued. But this one is very vibrant. It has a fresh fruity flavour, and a finish which is smoky and also has an exotic fruit taste, he said.

A minimum donation of £1 million from the sales of Diamond Jubilee by John Walker & Sons will be given to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), a registered charity in England.

Game of Thrones Inspired Jewelry

The fourth season of the epic fantasy television series Game of Thronespremiered on April 6, 2014, on HBO. Specially for this occasion, a collection of jewelery inspired by the show hit retail jewelry brand Pyrrha. A collection of talisman necklaces and rings are result of partnership between the Vancouver-based jewelry design studio and HBO Global Licensing, the official Pyrrha forGame of Thrones collection.

This collection includes a range of handcrafted sterling silver and bronze unisex talisman necklaces and rings bearing the sigils (a magical emblem or symbol) of the powerful houses of Westeros – Targaryen, Stark, Baratheon, Tyrell, Lannister and Greyjoy.

“We were thrilled when HBO approached us to create an official Game of Thrones jewelry line,” said Pyrrha designer Wade Papin. “While designing the pieces, we felt it was important to embrace the spirit of this groundbreaking series while still retaining the signature Pyrrha style.”

Priced from $98 to $900 the collection is available through HBO’s online shop, Pyrrha’s website and its 8315 W. 3rd St. flagship locally as well as at select retailers nationwide.

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