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The Artistry of La Perla

La Perla Creative Director Quote

Italian luxury lingerie brand La Perla believes “Lingerie is a part of life.”

Founded over six decades ago on the ideals of female empowerment, an obsession for the finest quality and the need for intelligent design La Perla is living proof that a historic brand can adapt, innovate and transform into today’s modern world while still holding true to their roots.

Any women who loves lingerie knows the name La Perla, their pieces are all at once breathtaking, glamorous and seductive but the craftsmanship behind those pieces is unparalleled.

Last week the La Perla Boutique in the Forum Shops at Caesars invited me to an exclusive look at the Spring Collection and a lesson in the Artistry of La Perla.

The main inspiration of the SS18 Collection is the hidden beauty to be found within stones.  The beautiful fluid patterns that are discovered once you cut through a stone.

Showcased in three stunning collections: The Maison Collection, Crystal Forms and Garnet this season is a masters class in fine Italian craftsmanship.

With a heritage of being designed and created in Italy, it is no wonder that La Perla’s lingerie is synonymous with sophisticated artistry and meticulous expertise.

Before I introduce you to the SS Collection it’s important that I share a little about the artistry La Perla uses to create these stunning pieces. These techniques which Italian artisans have used since the 18th and 19th centuries are works of true art.

La Perla is known for three classic Italian techniques in their lingerie pieces: Leavers Lace,  Frastaglio, and Soutage.  These sophisticated techniques are the key to the uniqueness and quality that is La Perla.

La Perla Leavers Lace

Leavers Lace is named after the loom which makes it. Characterized by very elaborate processes to weave the weft and warp, the ability of the leavers loom to work with a very high number of threads means that the lace created stands out thanks to the high definition of the pattern and a particularly fine gauge. It is the most exquisite and precious lace in the world.  There are only 1,200 Leavers looms in the world.

La Perla Frastaglio

Frastaglio is an antique Florentine fretwork technique.  Precious flat stitched embroidery is trimmed on a transparent veil of tulle and then attached onto silk by a meticulous stitching process that done completely by hand.   The embroidery is individually placed on the silk in a way that sits perfectly against the skin.

La Perla Soutage Technique

The Soutache process consists of a loop similar to a ribbon, made of silk or other material, which is meticulously attached by hand onto a fabric base in such a way as to form a design.

These three techniques are used both together and as single components in the Spring/Summer 2018 Collections.

La Perla Maison Collection

La Perla Maison

The Maison Collection is iconic, classic and timeless. It is the core of La Perla and a permanent collection offered year round.  Handcrafted from specialty silk sourced from Como Italy and finished with Frastaglio embroidery this cult collection was created by La Perla founder Ada Masotti over 30 years ago and remains the same today.

La Perla Crystal Forms Collection

La Perla Crystal Forms

The Crystal Forms collection is inspired by waves crashing on the rocks and releasing light effect similar to crystal facets.  The collection utilizes Leavers Lace, metallic threads and silk georgette to create these gorgeous watery patterns.

La Perla SS18

La Perla Garnet Collection

The Garnet Collection utilizes both the Soutache technique and Leavers Lace as well as embroidered tulle, patterned tulle and silk georgette to recreate the movement of stones veins.

I have always admired the quality and beauty of La Perla lingerie but somehow now after learning about the techniques and artistry involved in making them it is so much more to me.  The La Perla Boutique is like an Art Gallery showcasing these timeless techniques.

View the full La Perla SS18 Collection at the La Perla Boutique in the Forum Shops at Caesars.

La Perla Artistry and Techniques

FURLA Opens at Forum Shops

Furla Opens Boutique At The Forum Shops

FURLA’s SS18 Collection is  a feast for the eyes!

Fruits of every color you’ll want to sink your teeth into. If your vibe is to stand tall like a pineapple and wear a crown, maybe a pineapple shaped handbag is just the right amount of sweet to compliment your mood. Or if you are craving a healthy dose of vitamin C maybe a few slices displayed on your weekend tote is just what you have been looking for.  If life gives you lemons.. show them off on an Instagram worthy crossbody bag!

Furla Spring Summer 2018 Collection

FURLA, the iconic Italian leather goods retailer, opened the doors last week to their first Las Vegas Boutique in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

If you follow my blog you know that FURLA is one of my favorite handbag designers- my Metropolis Satchel is seen on repeat in my OOTD photos.  So OBVIOUSLY I was beyond excited about the opening and was invited to get a sneak peek a few hours before the store opened where I viewed the SS18 Collection and sat down with FURLA CEO of the Americas Scott Link to find out the secret to FURLA’s success.

 Q: Until the past few years I think FURLA wasn’t as well known in the US as it was in Europe.  Now EVERY girl knows what a Candy Bag is.  How do you credit the recent success that FURLA has had in the US Market?

SL: I THINK THE Candy bag really helped because it was one of the first collections with our current designer Fabio. If you look at FURLA’s history our biggest growth has been in the last 6 years since Fabio came aboard.  Candy changed FURLA and then Metropolis really put us on the map and the continued playfulness in design themes and staying true to our Italian heritage is the next evolution of it.  The US is really to run wild with FURLA.  This is a big year for us.

Q: What inspired the Spring Collection?

SL: In Italy Italians are really big about only eating what is in season. The inspiration was centered around fruits of the season in Italy. A nod to our Italian history and heritage.  We did it in fun playful ways by mixing fruits with flowers, birds and butterflies and then really punching up the colors of the bags and just having fun with it.  

Q: What is THE must-have bag in the collection?

SL: Any of the fruits! They are eye grabbing, fun, colorful and playful.  We made a slightly larger version of the classic Metropolis this season because as smart phones are growing ladies are noticing they are having a harder time fitting their phones in their bags so we re-designed to accommodate that need. Our Creative Director’s test of bags is that if he hands you a bag you should smile.  If you don’t smile there is more work he needs to do on the bag.  I think every bag in this collection brings a smile!

Q: What sets FURLA apart from other brands?

SL: I think it’s that we have a really wonderful tradition and heritage centered around Italy and its craftsmanship which is really important to us. A majority of all of our products are still made in Italy, all of our leathers are Italian leather and as much as it might be easier to change that it is something we stay true to.

Q: How does a classic brand like FURLA stay relevant in a social media fast fashion culture?

SL: One of the things that we are doing is instead of just doing four collections a year we are trying to infuse newness every month. A new story with a 360 view of that story through digital marketing, store windows, the staff training and customer’s newsletters.  We have shifted the bulk of our advertising dollars to a digital platform and we launched the FURLA Society  which will continue to evolve this year.  We love the idea of the characters and the bags intermingling.

Q: You mentioned the  FURLA Society, what is it?

SL: We worked with a new agency out of the UK to really take our campaign from print to a more digital platform. It’s about an inclusive luxury.  A campaign that everyone can feel a part of.  A playfulness centering around how the bags have a life of their own. The bags turn into the people and the people turn into the bags.  We love it because we really believe that a bag is an expression of who you are and how you want to be seen in the world. The FURLA Society plays that up.

Q: How do you define luxury?

SL: We focus on “Inclusive Luxury”.  At FURLA we say we have “stolen” the best things out of luxury meaning beautiful store designs, beautiful packing and an incredible service level but we place emphasis on that everyone really feels welcome. Whether you are there just to look, buy a $50 key ring or a $1,000 bag you will receive the same type of service and to me that’s what luxury is really all about- making people feel really welcomed no matter what they buy or don’t buy and leaving them with an experience that is memorable and they will share with others.

Q: Why open a boutique in Las Vegas?

SL: Las Vegas is a crossroads of the world. Everyone comes to Vegas from all income levels, all areas of the world and we thought it was the perfect place to really introduce them to the new FURLA. We felt The Forum Shops- maybe because of it’s Italian heritage (LOL)– really worked for us.  What we love about The Forum Shops is that it is so inclusive. It has every brand and every demographic in it.  It wasn’t just exclusively a luxury retail center. It felt akin to us and our idea of “Inclusive Luxury”.

Q: Men’s line – Furla ZEUS – what is the buzz around this exciting new line?

SL: We launched mens in a very serious way about a year ago and it’s a replica of the womens collection in terms of providing a really great product at an affordable price point but also still having a personality to it. We aren’t doing basic boring work bags.  They definitely have personality and character.  The Vegas Boutique doesn’t carry FURLA ZEUS because there just isn’t enough space but it is available online and in our New York boutique.

Q: What do we have to look forward to in the Fall collection?

SL: Fall is really exciting. It is centered around strong women and interpreted through sports inspiration.  There is a nod to rock climbing, fencing, ice skating and boxing.  It was about Fabio speaking to that we think the FURLA woman is a strong woman who has her own ideas.  Its subtle in the details- some of the hardware resembles rock climbing hooks and there is also some beautiful silver mesh on some of the bags to represent fencing. It’s really stunning.  We are also incorporating some high tech fabrics such as nylon, weatherproofing and quilted down into the bags not just leather. To make the bags more durable and lightweight for an active lifestyle.

FURLA Boutique Forum Shops

FURLA Spring Collection 2018

FURLA Spring Summer 2018 Collection

FURLA SS 18 KeyRings

FURLA Spring Summer Collection 2018

FURLA Spring Summer 2018 Collection

FURLA Spring Summer 2018 Collection

Why You Should Switch from Coffee to Tea

Why You Should Switch from Coffee to Tea

I have been making a HUGE effort to cut down on my caffeine intake (which has gotten out of control lately) so, recently I have been experimenting with herbal teas.

Why switch from coffee to tea?  Well, there are numerous health benefits to making a switch from coffee to tea (I made a whole list for you at the end of this post) which include everything from increasing energy to glowing skin and getting a better nights sleep.

I quickly learned on this tea journey that a grocery store tea bag just wasn’t gonna cut it- because I’m fancy like that..lol.  I need flavor.

Luckily I found the most flavor packed tea purveyor on the planet, Palais des Thés.

French brand Palais des Thés is known throughout the world for its incredible selection of single-estate teas, rare Grands Crus teas and unique signature flavored teas and infusions.

All of their ingredients are sourced directly from the countries of origin in order to ensure the highest quality. Not only do they care about quality and flavor they also care about our planet!  The environment, sustainable development and fair trade are priority issues for Palais des Thés.  They work closely with all of the plantations they buy from to ensure there is no child labor and no enforced labor, that respect for the environment through clean farming methods is being practiced including no deforestation.

They have a wide range of flavor packed teas including both caffeinated and herbal.

Palais Des Thes L'Herboriste No 119

Palais de Thes L’Herboriste collection of herbal infusions is a collection of delicious blends of healthful aromatic plants, fruits and spices which not only taste amazing but also create a feeling of well-being and calmness when sipped.

My favorite is L’Herboriste N°119.  This flavor packed tea is not only a treat for the taste-buds but also good for you!  The magical blend includes turmeric (anti-inflammatory and antioxidant), licorice (aids in digestion) and verbena (anti inflammatory, relives anxiety, reduces inflammation, reinforces the regenerating action) as well as apple, cinnamon, ginger, lemon balm, lemongrass, blackberry leaves, lemon myrtle, curcuma, pink peppercorns, chili and flower petals.

This tea has so much flavor there is really no reason to add any sweetener. The licorice gives the tea a warm spicy kick while the floral notes feel light and fresh.  Sheer perfection.

5 Reasons to Switch from Coffee to Tea

Try it for yourself.  Click HERE to shop Palais des Thes Teas. 

*I received this product complimentary from Palais des Thés. All opinions are 100% my own. #OctolyFamily #Gifted #HonestReview

Why you should switch from coffee to tea

Men’s Watch Trends 2018

men's watch trends 2018

Can you believe 2017 is almost in our rear-view window?

It doesn’t feel like that long ago when I was preparing for the arrival of 2017 and thinking about what I wanted to accomplish, setting goals and resolutions for the year.

Time is a funny thing but the New Year is all about looking ahead so let’s take a peek at what is predicted to be one of 2018’s hottest trends: men’s timepieces.

Believe it or not the smartwatch has NOT de-throned the luxury watch as the ultimate statement of style and status.

Analog watches are still the cornerstone of the modern man’s wardrobe. No style icon worth their salt, whether a secret agent or a rap legend, would be seen without a classy timepiece attached to their wrist, and for good reason. A fine watch will add a sense of refinement to any look whether it’s red carpet black tie, boardroom chic or simply streetstyle.

A great timepiece can be to a man what a luxury bag is to a woman; a solid investment into your personal style. And, just as there are certain trends in the handbag industry, watch makers follow trends as well and who better to help showcase the trends than Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot.

For 2018 there are two standout trends in the niche of men’s timepieces that land on two opposite ends of the spectrum:  Ornate and Minimalist.

men's watch trends 2018

Ornate watches are just what you might think, bedazzled, bejeweled and brightly colored accents, intricate watch faces and innovative materials. The Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire timepiece (above) is about as innovative as it gets.

This stunning timepiece is made of sapphire crystal.  The case middle, bezel, and case back are all cut out of blocks of sapphire crystal, which is scratch resistant and is almost as hard as diamonds.  The Ornate timepiece trend is all about wearing your personality on your wrist.

men's watch trends 2018

Sleek, minimalist designed watches will be equally as HOT HOT HOT in 2018.

The idea behind this trend is to make the experience of glancing at the watch straightforward.  Get the time and then get right back to your task without any distractions.

Think understated but sophisticated. Trendy large uncluttered and uncomplicated faces, subtle straps and slim hands. Colors like black or silver emphasize the modern look.

Millennials are leading the charge with this trend, mainly because the minimalist designed analog watches create a sense of relief from the constant barrage of technology.  Checking your watch for the time rather than your smartphone gives you a break from the endless stream of push notifications, Facebook notifications, and emails.  A break from the anxiety.

These Classic Fusion timepieces from Hublot are clean, concise and luxuriously minimalistic.

men's watch trends 2018

Hublot Forum Shops

Hublot Forum Shops

TREND ALERT for the Ladies: one of 2018’s biggest trends steals from the guys:  Boyfriend watches are EVERYTHING for 2018. Wear any mens watch to instantly show your style know-how.

Check out these gorgeous Hublot timepieces in person at the brand new Hublot Boutique located in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.