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This a personal homage to all Tiffany’s women designers and designers who celebrate femininity through splendid, breathtaking creations. To a company who celebrates self-empowerment, and to all our mothers and grandmothers who teach their daughters confidence and substance… Hats off!

As far as I remember, my grandmother has always been the epitome of style. I remember her Chanel scent before going out in the morning, her satin dresses in the evening, her kohled eyes, the sound of her heels when she came back from dinners, her boudoir full of clutches, lipsticks, body lotions… And, of course, her wood boxes filled with all kinds of jewels. For someone who owned so much jewelry, it always surprised me how she would always wear the same set for months (generally a necklace with a gold bracelet)—whether if it’s to go shopping in the afternoon, or for more glamorous outings. I was fascinated.

As I grow older, I finally came to the conclusion fine jewelry is deeply meaningful for women in my family, whether it was a family heirloom, a strong statement that reflects their personal history and/or investments from themselves to themselves. I also realized it’s not even about the price tag, but there is something more substantial attached to the items; the way these ladies would carry themselves, their elegant manners, the eloquence of their speech … and the way they would subconsciously caress it. There was a certain power attached to it—that certain je-ne-sais-quoi that lifts any boring outfit into something that is proper to their character. I remember the long afternoons at my grandmother’s jeweler – where she would spend hours editing a piece – adding more stones, crafting some pendant. She would be meticulous, and that would drive the poor old man crazy.

And as I grow older, I realized I adopted the same jewelry standards. I rather own fewer items that are super fine than own a lot of pieces that are ”cheap”. I rather wear one the four Tiffany’s gold chains that I own, repeatedly for months and will never get bored if it. More than investments, it’s something that becomes part of your identity: How I would save for it, choose it, pick it and the best part is – how I know it would stay forever in my very own wood box.Which is probably why I have a certain obsession with Tiffany’s key designers, like Paloma Picasso or Francesca Amfitheatrof, who have a strong simplicity in their aesthetics, but so relative to their ideology or personal stories, that I can’t help but be reminded of my grandmother’s own quintessential pieces. I guess from all the things these women have in common, it’s the confidence I would want to teach my daughter. Just like I was taught by her Great-grandmother. The epitome of style.

Photo: Josée Lecompte

 

   

 

Tis the season of getting our s*** together! So long warm days, we’ll miss our lazy afternoons, late-night drinks in some terrace and let it all go for the sake of la dolce vita. I don’t know about you but we, the #MFBSquad, had an amazing summer. It’s time to get back to work, and with new seasons come new goals and projects! #Letsgetit! 

When it comes to wearing earphones, if you want my opinion, it’s like wearing sunglasses. Chances are that you’re not using them for their mere utility (aka listening to music/avoiding X-rays) but for them to act like the invisible cloak did for Harry Potter. Dodge unnecessary conversations and/or pretend you didn’t see that ancient classmate when it’s too early for your brain to put together words, or for the simple reason that you didn’t apply your lipstick well (because you were about to miss your commute once again) and rushing into your office to fix it… Chance you’re wearing them also for the style, they’re too cute and the gold in the earplugs match the studs of your boots… But then, the brain mess that gets to you when the cable is tangled discourage you from fetchin’ em from the depth of your bag … until you see him/her crossing the street towards you and… Oh God Oh Hey!

OK, I’m Exaggerating but You Get My Point ?

And then, there’s perfection: everything you ever wanted in earphones all rolled into one. Shoutout @Sudiosweden! A cute leather case where to put them, different earplugs sizes (because nothing is more annoying than plugs that keep falling from your ears), a cable clip to avoid that tangling mess (seriously, doesn’t it feel like a universal joke on you?), an integrated mic and remote with a nice studio sound system (you can even take your calls at the touch of a button)! And a very cool design (Swedish always do it better when it comes to technology). That my friends is my back-to-Work techy must! It’s a bit more expensive than the regular Apple earphones but seriously folks, worth every penny!

Check’em out here: Sudio Klang

 

 

Bonjour MesdamesMesdemoiselles et surtout… Messieurs,

Tis the season in between seasons… Indeed, early autumn is the period when one wonders how one should dress. Warmly as mornings are quite chilly or light, as come lunchtime, the degrees gained make it quite warm, and by that I mean before months of living at -15°C, 5-10°C feels like beach temperature.

This leads to my subject of this month, the trench.

Owning a good trench coat is essential. Of course, its classical use is under the rain in order to protect your suit but it can do much more than that; especially during spring or autumn, when you have to wear a coat but your wool overcoat is way too warm.

Beige is a perfect pairing with all you blue garments and lighter colours. For black and dark grey suits, a black or grey trench would be advised. This example is perfect for both business and semi-formal occasions. Imagine all the chinos you could wear with that shade: maroon, burgundy, green, cream… Double-breasted gives it an edge of course.

Burberry is quite famous for theirs but of course you can find great ones under other brands and much less painful on your wallet.

Cheers!

Charles

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.” John Locke, English philosopher

Trench: Le 31 (Simons)

Scarf: Black Brown (The Bay)

Trousers: Le 31(Simons)

Shoes: Rudy’s Paris