Written by Ben Blaschke

This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of WGM.

Butterfly Lovers

Summer is fast approaching and nothing says heat like a playful handbag. Italian brand Furla has the perfect cross-body bag for the coming season. The St Farfalla Patch is part of the Furla Club collection. Its vintage design matches with the elegant butterfly patch on the main flap of the bag. All leather, this light handbag is perfect for a stroll in the park or a fun lunch with the girls.

Kiss on the lips

Summer is the season to be loved. Be prepared, this kiss-proof lip stain lipstick by Dior – Dior Addict Lip Tattoo – may change makeup habits forever with its 10-hour “tattoo” tint. The shades boost the natural color of the lips with a subtle luminosity. Dior color technology blends stains and pigments to create no-transfer shades with a comfortable, bare-skin sensation. The lipstick comes in several shades, but our favorite so far has to be the Coral Lip Tint.

Shining Bright

Shaped as a calabash, Queelin’s Wulu Sautoir necklace is a thing of beauty. The 38-inch necklace is made in 18K rose gold with black onyx and red agate. The shape of the fruit is considered extremely auspicious in Chinese culture because it resembles that of the number 8. The sound of the word eight is similar to “fortune”, thus the connection. The now French-owned brand is rich in history with Chinese roots that are showcased in the maison’s creations.

Checkmate in style

Not even Russian star Garry Kasparov made chess this elegant. Crystal specialist Baccarat has designed a beautiful, avant-garde set that will delight both chess strategists and home décor experts alike. The set in midnight black and clear crystal is available in a limited -edition numbered series of 50 sets. It was designed by Japanese studio Nendo as a tribute to Baccaratʼs iconic Harcourt glass. The 16 midnight black cut-crystal pieces and 16 clear cut- crystal figures have each been hand-cut from a whole Harcourt n°3 glass by a highly skilled French craftsman.

Take a walk on the wild side

Raw yet elegant is the best way to describe Savage, Dior’s fragrance for men. The dark blue bottle contains a unique elixir that will sustain the long summer days and hot summer evenings. Radiant top notes burst with the juicy freshness of Reggio di Calabria Bergamot. Ambroxan, derived from precious ambergris, unleashes a powerfully woody trail. Sauvage is an act of creation inspired by wide-open spaces – an ozone blue sky sprawled above a rocky landscape, white-hot beneath the desert sun. It is a perfect companion for the approaching season.

T for Travel

Tumi is a must-know name for all those who like to travel in style without compromising on quality or convenience. Supremely durable, ultra-lightweight and attractive to boot, the Tegra-Lite X Frame Large Trip Packing Case will see users through the longest trips. The bag is not only stylish but was also made to be as travel-friendly as possible. The outer material is constructed from lightweight, rugged Tegris composite material, offering travel-ready strength and impact resistance. Our favorite feature is the Features Omega Closure System, designed to significantly reduce damage to the zipper.