• Villa Lena - A reason to go to Tuscany

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Villa Lena, the popular artist retreat and agriturismo in rural Tuscany, is one of many reason to visit Tuscany.
    Much of Villa Lena’s 500 hectares estate is sunlit dappled woodland teeming with life, including wild boars and of course the forest's diamonds- tartufi bianchi.

    These ancient woodlands of Palaia that surround the hilltop Villa are the setting for the Truffle hunt. An experience that is not only beautiful, but takes you to the heart of an important autumnal tradition in Tuscany, and joining the ‘silent hunt’ means that you are not only searching for some of the best white truffles in Tuscany, but doing so with the most sincere respect for nature.

    For bookings and further information on the above, visit villa-lena.it.


    Written by Fashion Tales

    TEKLA and JACQUEMUS launch homeware and sleepwear collection.

    Copenhagen-based homeware brand Tekla has collaborated with French fashion brand Jacquemus on a collection of sleepwear pieces and products for the home.
    The collaboration is rooted in the shared values held by Tekla and Jacquemus, resulting in a collection that further draws on parallels between their aesthetic universes.
    “This collaboration between our two brands came naturally and spontaneously. I have always dreamed of developing a bedding and homewear line, with TEKLA it was the perfect match. I’m a great fan of the brand and I feel we share the same universe and inspirations.” Simon Porte Jacquemus

    The collection features a bold use of stripes in a consistent colour palette, developed by Jacquemus in response to Tekla’s classic pieces. The patterns are used across percale bedding, a linen bedspread, terry towels and a bathrobe, classic poplin sleepwear, and sleepwear-inspired pieces including tops, shorts, a bra and a bandana.

    Playful elements – a lovers’ towel made large enough for two, a strapless top inspired by men’s boxers, and a bathrobe with an exaggerated belt and button-through closure inspired by traditional sleep shirts – are present in the collection, alongside more functional details like removable co-branded canvas tags on bedding.

    Much like Tekla, Jacquemus represents a modern approach to luxury, one that’s inclusive and focused on beautiful pieces that are made to the highest standards.” Charlie Hedin, Founder and Creative Director at Tekla.

    Jacquemus and Tekla combine their visual universes for the launch campaign, capturing the collection against the dramatic landscape of Nonza beach in Corsica. The images echo Tekla’s own visual language and the striking settings Jacquemus is known for. Prominent Danish photographer and long-time Tekla collaborator, Philip Messmann, captures the campaign.

    All pieces in the collection are crafted using Tekla’s high-quality, 100% organic cotton percale, poplin and terry fabrics, and 100% French flax linen.
    The collection arrives in time for the festive season, launching 30 November 2022 exclusively at teklafabrics.com, jacquemus.com and in-store at Jacquemus’s Avenue Montaigne location.

    The sleepwear pieces start from €45/£35/50 USD to €195/£160/ 215 USD.
    Bedding single sets start from €160/£140/180 USD and doubles start from €270/£225/295 USD. The terry pieces start from €125/£105/140 USD.

    courtesy of Tekla/Jacquemus
    campaign by Philip Messmann

  • CHANEL - Dakar 2022/23 Métiers d'art show - Why Dakar?

    Written by Fashion Tales

    The choice of Dakar to present the CHANEL 2022/23 Métiers d'art collection on December 6th, 2022,
    is the result of meetings three years ago with friends of the House who have lived there,
    who are carrying out artistic projects there, who are planning to do so, or who are simply interested in its creative effervescence.

    Dakar is an influential artistic capital on the international scene, especially in all the fields that are dear to us such as fashion, cinema, dance, literature, contemporary art, and music.

    Going to Dakar means engaging in a dialogue with the country that welcomes us. The honour bestowed upon us must go hand in hand with concrete actions in terms of creative dialogue, transmission of know-how and sustainable development.

    More than a fashion show, this event will be part of a three-day programme, on December 5th, 6th and 7th, 2022. It will be designed for guests, whether they are artists, designers, personalities from the world of culture, students, lovers of art and crafts, journalists or fashion editors, mainly from Dakar and Senegal.

    In order to pay tribute to this artistic stronghold, it seems essential to us to have a long-term approach. The choice of venue for the show is part of this goal: in our own way, we will contribute to the renovation of the former Palais de Justice.

    In January 2023, la Galerie du 19M will come to Dakar for several months to launch, with the support of IFAN (Institut fondamental d’Afrique noire), exchanges and creative dialogues with Senegalese personalities, celebrating the richness and diversity of the embroidery and weaving trades in a programme that is free and open to all. The aim of this programme is to promote the transmission of know-how and to encourage vocations among the general public, schoolchildren, students, families and craft lovers. Between contemporary creation and traditional know-how, the new collaborations will be exhibited in a second time in la Galerie du 19M, Porte d'Aubervilliers, in the Greater Paris area.

    These projects will only be truly meaningful if there is also a longer-term contribution to society and the local environment beyond the show. To ensure this is the case, CHANEL intends to create a positive lasting impact by co-developing and supporting several entrepreneurial initiatives with Senegalese organisations and experts. These will focus on the key areas of transmission of savoir-faire, responsible and regenerative agricultural practices for raw materials and circularity.

    In all its dimensions, this event, which we invite you to join, is the starting point of an ongoing exchange between CHANEL and Senegal.

    Images by Malick Bodian with Ibrahim Kamara

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