The Commandments of Style

Bottega Veneta, founded in early 1960’s creates bespoke consumer goods with a primary focus on men and women’s ready-to-wear clothing, small leather goods and select home items.  The company was launched by Vittorio, who ran the company and Laura Moltedo who was it’s creative director and president for many years.  Interestingly this luxury goods company, unlike its competitors does not put any label’s or logos on its goods and the only label will be found inside.  It is best summed up by its philosophy of when your own initials are enough – which is so exhilarating for a luxury brand.  With a showroom in New York it’s headquarters are in Milan.  The company merged with Gucci in July 2001.

Most of us will instantly recognize their trademark handbag made of woven leather strips.  This much sought after bag is uniquely crafted from the finest materials.  More recent incarnations include soft suede and plenty of fringing.

Visit the official Bottega Veneta site here

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All you need to know about Cardigans…

Hola Gorgeous friends,

No capsule closet would be complete without a cardigan.  This garment is named after James Brudenell, 7th Eat of Cardigan, a British Army Major General who lead the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War.  The word “cardigan” is a variation from the Welsh Ceredigion.  Legend has it that fame achieved by Lord Cardigan let to its ascent to popularity.

The modern day Cardigan owes quite a significant credit to Coco Chanel who detested the manner in which tight-necked sweaters ruined hair when pulled on that she opted to wear the Cardigan.

Modern day Cardigans come in a plethora of styles, colors and patterns.  Some are made from luxurious cashmere.  They can be machine or hand knitted.  Generally worn during the cooler months they can be dressed up or for leisure time dressing.

As these photo’s clearly illustrate even the British Royal Family are often seen with a cardigan on.  Famous feminine faces such as Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Saldanha and Amal Clooney often wear them.  Even Justin Bieber wears them so there is no doubt just how popular a cardigan is.  PS – My favorite is Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cardigan – so stylish.

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In the bag – What tote to buy now…

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The next must have wardrobe item is a work tote or everyday hold all.  The word tote means carry.  Boy do I carry everything but the kitchen sink with me!  Traditional totes have two handles but given the enormous array of merchandise on offer this is just a descriptive.

The deciding factor here has to be ease of getting to the contents of the bag quickly -without wanting to hurl the bag down onto the pavement due to any abyss like behavior being exhibited by not finding keys etc.

A bag showing abyss like tendencies generally remains in the dark recesses of the closet.

Take a read at the stir caused when Balengiaca showed off a bag which resembled an IKEA blue bag Read here.

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