Category Archives: luxe

Tell Your Rich Uncle that You Need this Experience

What experience? This one

It costs €600 per person. And it has all the makings of a perfect evening for two at the Peninsula.

The place is over the top. Here is a view of the Bar Kleber

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The Peninsula is something

Squillions and years have been spent to create a new Palace Hotel on Avenue Kléber, a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe (“a boring hotel district without any fun restaurants”, as the receptionist in the Peninsula’s Chinese restaurant candidly described it, when I asked for alternative suggestions because her dining room was full to walk-ins on a Sunday afternoon). It’s been beautifully done – with the original 19th century Haussmann details restored and glorified – and, as you’d expect from the brand, the rooms are luxurious to a fault. It all looks and feels lavish, from the silks and leathers and marble fittings in the toilets, to the Japanese bidet toilets (a badge of civilization, if ever there was one.)

The reviewer points out that the food, however, may not be the main attraction.

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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!

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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.