Category Archives: luxe

Is the Playboy Era Over?

Full disclosure: I have never been a huge Playboy fan. I didn’t buy its attempt to squeeze together soft porn and good writing. On the other hand, there is no doubt that its brand was for many years iconic. It was one of the things that defined an era, especially the swinging sixties.

So I agree with Cooper Hefner that Playboy’s recent decision to go non-nude and sell the mansion is weird.   with these moves, Playboy loses its upper middle class bohemian lifestyle identity.  And perhaps this is a recognition that this really only had meaning in a male dominated culture. The women involved were by and large exploited rather than treated as equals.

So is this all over now? Are we headed in a different direction? And if so, what is it? How do you define it? Whatever it may be, I think we do need something that pulls us towards a more open enjoyment of the pleasures that life has to offer. So ok, perhaps a bit less unzipped male ego, but no neo-Victorian revivals please!



Pssst … Mind if I Ooogle your Luggage?

The title of this post might sound weird, but what if the luggage looked like this?

Chivas 12 "Made for Gentlemen" by Globe-Trotter Limited Edition Luggage Set

Of course, no one travels with stuff like this anymore. Though some did in the good old days when one never left home without … errr … hel,p.

So where does the above extravagance come from? It is a collaboration between Chivas and a very high end luggage maker, by the name of Globe Trotter. On its webpage, Chivas exhorts us to “live with chivalry” — meaning only a pop or two before lunch.

Lux Exposé has the details. I enjoyed this last tidbit.

The most exciting part of the trunk, apart from a drawer to hold up to eight watches, leather covered hangers to hold pristine suits, is a beautifully crafted mini bar with mirrored back for serving Chivas Regal Scotch whisky. American white oak trimmed drawers have been handmade as a tribute to the oak casks that housed Chivas Regal 12YO.

The price tag? Well, if you have to ask, then this is not for you.