Le Purgatoire Paris – a taste of Paradise?

Le Purgatoire Paris – a taste of Paradise?

This month, there is the opening of a special place in Paris. It is called Le Purgatoire which means Purgatory in french. Well it could look like the doors of hell but finally it is more a taste of paradise that you can get from there. It is a new space, arranged as a Loft at 54, Rue Paradis in Paris – France. I do not need to explain the exquisite play in words between the name and the address. Basically it is a 100m2 for Receptions, shows and artistic exhibitions. When modern gastronomy meets Contemporary Art. The place was opened thanks to the aim of Alain Cirelli, a genius famous french chef. He started his profession at Lasserre in 1983 and since then he never stopped creating and being entrepreneurial. After many years of successes, he opens Le Purgatoire. A wide space in the city center of Paris, dedicated to…

IOMA Paris, Intelligent Skincare

IOMA Paris, Intelligent Skincare

Last Month we got an invitation to discover a new skincare brand called IOMA PARIS. They describe themselves as the first real “Evidence-based” skincare brand. According to the brand, IOMA debuts a revolutionary and innovative skincare concept with proven and measured results. Take the guesswork out of the effectiveness of your skincare regimen through use of the most advanced imaging and probe-based technology, combined with targeted and customized skincare regimens, for an entirely customizable treatment program with quantifiable, optimized results. The pioneering project of an inspired visionary, Jean Michel Karam, Phd, IOMA ’s evidence-based approach to skincare diagnoses complexion imperfections, constructs customized regimens for care of the skin and measures and quantifies the effectiveness of its protocols. The brand was born via the amazing meeting of Hightech experts and Beauty professionals. Different know hows that would bring to life an amazingly simple concept: Beauty by the evidence. The skincare business is…

iCloud, the new Mobileme.

iCloud, the new Mobileme.

Apple announced yesterday the launch of its iPhone 4S. It is not the revolution but an evolution. Basically all you who were waiting for the new iPhone to get one…. well now it is time. I will not talk about the 8MP photo camera, or the HD1080P videos, or even a quite revolutionary Voice control (that makes Android and Blackberry out of order)… no. I will talk about iCloud. The story started with iTools in 2000. This one only the Apple freaks will still remember. Then, the online synchronization service from Apple became .Mac in 2002 and had finally the good formula for Developers and non-developers. It took them until 2008 and the launch of iPhone to start reviewing their site and came up with MobileMe. MobileMe brought extra fonctionalities like synch your mails, calendar, contacts and pictures + storage + “find your iPhone” application. Since then, sharing content online…

How Internet decreases the world’s cultural landscape?

How Internet decreases the world’s cultural landscape?

The digital revolution started in 29 October 1969 when for the first time one network was made between Leonard Kleinrock’s Network Measurement Center at the UCLA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science  and Douglas Engelbart’s NLS system at SRI International (SRI) in Menlo Park, California. This was the starting point for Internet. Today, we have 2.1 billion people online or at least using internet regularly. Are we experiencing a new revolution? It is hard to say no. At the end of the 19th century, the industrial revolution changed the way we were manufacturing products. The steam-machine technology brought new possibilities and changed the world. The end of the 20th century brought the Digital culture into a huge phenomenon and today we believe we are facing a new revolution, the Digital revolution. 30% of total global population is online now. Out of this huge technological breakthrough, social networks and the way Media content is used brought new paradigms. Some…

Sisley Eau d’Ikar – the new video

Sisley Eau d’Ikar – the new video

Sisley is launching in October its new masculine fragrance called EAU D’IKAR. Eau d’Ikar gets its inspiration on the myth of Icarus. In greek mythology, the main story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall from the sky. For Sisley, Ikar is a name that represents a poetic intention. The deep desire of men to fly. Not to challenge the sky but to take off of the land, gain lightness and an intense feeling of freedom. Ikar is courage and fantasy. It is a powerful man that knows his limits and plays with it. It is a man who are not afraid of looking into the limitless boundaries of the sky. If you want to read more, check my full…

Victorinox Damascus 2011 – Intelligent luxury

Victorinox Damascus 2011 – Intelligent luxury

Victorinox is launching a beautiful pocket knife called the Victorinox Damascus Limited Edition 2011. It is based on the Victorinox Climber, their Alpinist and trekking tool. The creator of the Swiss army knife reinvents itself each year by bringing to the market surprising products generated on the trail of its heritage. Before summer, they launched a very original product called the Victorinox Tomo in partnership with Abitax Tokyo. Now they tell a new story thanks to the exploration of a special stainless steel technique: the Damascus steel. According to history, Damascus steel was a term used by several cultures from the Medieval period onward to describe a type of steel used in swordmaking from about 300 BC to 1700 AD. These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be not only tough and resistant to shattering, but capable of being honed to a sharp and resilient edge. Today, the term…

Chanel, Mugler… which train would you catch?

Chanel, Mugler… which train would you catch?

At Luxury Activist we realized that Trains and Fragrances are very linked. Not that trains smell or that Fragrances look like trains, but we realized that 2 of the market leaders in the fragrance business decided to use a similar story to illustrate their iconic fragrance: a train travel. The First one was Chanel with it’s famous N.5. We can see a very elegant film in which a woman takes a train and lives an intense adventure, mostly thanks to the fragrance.  The second one is Thierry Mugler who basically does the same for it’s iconic Angel Fragrance. Of course the 2 brands are different so the execution is different. But we can really ask ourselves why trains? Here below are some differences and similarities between the 2 movies. – Both have a woman, Audrey Tautou for Chanel and Eva Mendez for Mugler.              …

Stephanie Fonteyn, passion and color!

Stephanie Fonteyn, passion and color!

Stephanie Fonteyn is an English painter, living in Switzerland where she works. She grew in an artistic environment and start painting in 2002. She is a self-made Artist and Painter and we can see she has her own style. She is this week at the Comptoir Suisse, a popular fair in Lausanne – Switzerland. When I visited the Comptoir, I had the chance to discover Ms Fonteyn’s work. I like the spontaneous way she paints. I am not sure that Marylin and Ms Hepburn would be my choices, as they are very mainstream themes but “it is the Comptoir Suisse”. It needs to be a little more democratic.  Anyway, I discovered online other paintings from Stephanie fonteyn which I definitely really find more interesting. Color is an important point to the Artist as she uses it like an expression of emotions. Since 2002, she explored different themes that her translation…

Top Posts of the week – 16.09.2011

Top Posts of the week – 16.09.2011

Happy hour, it is the weekend that starts! Here are the top posts of the week in terms of readers. Wishing you all a nice weekend. LA 1- Thierry Mugler Le gout du Parfum Thierry Mugler Parfums is launching for this winter, a prestigious and innovative collection of 4 fragrances based on their best-sellers. It is called Thierry Mugler Le Goût du Parfum, “the taste of Fragrance” in english. http://luxuryactivist.com/beauty/thierry-mugler-le-gout-du-parfum   2- Sisley Eau d’Ikar, new fragrance for men I got an invitation from Ms Sonja Glavas, Marketing and PR manager for Sisley Cosmetics for the presentation of their new fragrance for Men: Eau d’Ikar. Eau d’Ikar gets its inspiration on the myth of Icarus. In greek mythology, the main story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. http://luxuryactivist.com/beauty/sisley-eau-dikar-new-fragrance-for-men   3- Sally Mann, photographer of a life time What…

“Customary Beauty” at mor.charpentier gallery – Paris

“Customary Beauty” at mor.charpentier gallery – Paris

This month at mor.charpentier gallery there is a new exhibition called CUSTOMARY BEAUTY. Several artists are participating to it: Alexander Apóstol, Milena Bonilla, José Dávila, Laura Gannon, Terence Gower, Pablo León de la Barra and Mateo López. The curatorial ambition of this exhibition is to interpret this transformations not like a failure but as a peculiar form of beauty generated by the routine. It also has an aim to initiate a dialogue between Western artists and Latin America, between First World and its distorting mirror that is Latin America. Through differentiated languages​​, the artists participating in this exhibition reinterpret the unpredictable dimension of modernism and reinvest the geographical and mental spaces that once inhabited this doctrine. Photos and videos witness all these changes and bring a different look on the evolution of society. Mor.Charpentier gallery continues its aim to reveal different talents from Latin America, which refreshes the parisian art landscapes. Curator: Natalia Valencia. « Customary Beauty » 10th September – 29 October 2011 galerie mor ! charpentier 8, rue Saint-Claude Paris 3ème T +(33) 0 1 44 54 01 58 contact@mor-charpentier.com – www.mor-charpentier.com  

DEWULF, the Triton Pendant – Luxury design

DEWULF, the Triton Pendant – Luxury design

Hi, I discovered a very interesting designer called James DeWulf. All the Industrial Design world knows his unique work on hightech and luxury concrete furniture. He is launching a very original, elegant and interesting Light fixture called Triton Pendant. From sinks, tables, fireplaces, outdoors pieces, and coutertops, James DeWulf developed his own style. And today he is evolving towards other materials like glass and metal. In 2004, the artist established DeWulf Concrete, a small design studio and since then he has been working for Architects, interior decorators or even retail stores. He has invented the concept of Concrete-Couture or Concrete Design. It is the art of blending top qualitative and hightech concretes in order to integrate luxury concrete pieces in a contemporary environment. During the past years, James DeWulft design and work grew into a full-scale product line and it is available at exclusive stores. He has several projects, from Los…

Balenciaga Paris – L’Essence

Balenciaga Paris – L’Essence

Balenciaga is launching a new fragrance under Balenciaga Paris line. It is called Balenciaga Paris l’Essence. It is a more intense version of the original fragrance, a more intimist approach. Charlotte Gainsbourg is still the timeless beauty of one of the most elegant fashion houses in France. When Balenciaga launched Le Dix in 1947, the Fashion house started writing its legend in the Fragrance history books. A great fragrance defying time and trends. In 2010, under the impulsion of Nicolas Guesquières artistic guidelines, the Brand launched Balenciaga Paris. A beautiful and elegant fragrance, already a classic somehow. Nicolas Guesquière asked his Muse, Charlotte Gainsbourg, to embody the fragrance line. Now, one year after the launch of Balenciaga Paris, the Brand is launching a more intense version called L’Essence. It is the essence of Balenciaga, something less institutional and more intimate. According to the creative director, it is a closer look…

Thierry Mugler, le Goût du Parfum

Thierry Mugler, le Goût du Parfum

Thierry Mugler Parfums is launching for this winter, a prestigious and innovative collection of 4 fragrances based on their best-sellers. It is called Thierry Mugler Le Goût du Parfum, “the taste of Fragrance” in english. Thierry Mugler always writes its own track in the middle of the Fragrance industry landscape. Since 1992 and the launch of Angel, a true olfactive UFO, Thierry Mugler cultivated the art of surprise by offering new fragrances, always  out of the box. A*men, Mugler Cologne, Alien and recently Womanity are the witnesses of Mugler courage to reinvent himself no matter trends or fashion influences… He reinvented high-perfumery and offered to the world a new olfactive family thanks to Angel: the Gustative notes. The Praline note of Angel opened a window on a new way to formulate oriental fragrances towards a more “tasteful” path. Since then, and always loyal to its heritage, Thierry Mugler Parfum capitalizes…

Vacheron Constantin, First shop in the USA.

Vacheron Constantin, First shop in the USA.

This month, the Swiss Watch brand, Vacheron Constantin, is opening its first US store in New York. The opening will take place on the 12th september and the store is located on 729 Madison Avenue at East 64th Street New York. Vacheron Constantin was founded 250 years ago and its relationship with the US is a long love story.  According to the brand, 180 years ago, on September 17th 1831, Jacques Barthélémy Vacheron wrote a letter stating his intention to expand business to the US. Just one year later, in 1832, the company established its first agent in New York. By mid-century, business had taken off, helping Vacheron Constantin to take firm root in the United States and ushering in an era of close cooperation with New York.  the building, built in 1908, is the work of architect William E. Mowbrayand. It is reminiscent of the Palazzo Strozzi, a 15th century Florentine palace. Located on the southeast corner of Madison Avenue…

Scarlett Johansson, the Voice.

Scarlett Johansson, the Voice.

At Luxury Activist, we discovered that Scarlett Johansson sings! And it is not bad at all. Who remembers the famous “Bonnie & Clyde” song by Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot? It is based on an English language poem written by Bonnie Parker herself a few weeks before she and Clyde Barrow were shot, entitled “The Trail’s End”. Here is the original text written by Bonnie herself: The Trail’s End by Bonnie Parker  “You’ve read the story of Jesse James of how he lived and died. If you’re still in need; of something to read, here’s the story of Bonnie and Clyde. Now Bonnie and Clyde are the Barrow gang I’m sure you all have read. how they rob and steal; and those who squeal, are usually found dying or dead. There’s lots of untruths to these write-ups; they’re not as ruthless as that. their nature is raw; they hate all the law, the stool pidgeons, spotters…