Karl Lagerfeld Opens First US Store

Last weekend, iconic French fashion designer and photographer opened a store in SoHo in Manhattan, offering garments from his own collection. Baroque Access finds out more



On April 7, Karl Lagerfeld opened his first store in the US, in SoHo, Manhattan. The designer, who is also head creative director of French fashion house Chanel, and head creative director of Italian fashion label Fendi, has opened various stores around the world offering his eponymous fashion label – but this store marks his first foray into US territory. It’s also in the same neighborhood as a magnificent Chanel Boutique, another testimony to this man’s genius and his Parisian style.


Of course, the décor of the Karl Lagerfeld store on West Broadway is as iconic as the designer himself, inspired by Lagerfeld’s personal home and studio, and giving the public an insight into his inimitable style. The designer’s personal library comprising a wall full of books and offering references to his exquisite furniture collection with antique mirrors has also been completely recreated in the new store.

In typical Karl Lagerfeld style, there are various playful elements, the most evident being a huge silver sculpture created by Kid Robot featuring Lagerfeld himself holding his much loved cat, Choupette.



Lagerfeld relaunched his label in 2012 and it has since transformed into a major brand. Sales of the label doubled in 2017. So it’s no wonder that the designer is expanding this brand, making it more available worldwide.

This store, the US flagship of the Karl Lagerfeld brand, will showcase Karl Lagerfeld Paris ready-to-wear collections for men and women. It’s 3,320 square feet in size, with iconic Lagerfeld details such as marble, red velvet seats and classic portraits of the designer himself. Everything epitomizes Lagerfeld’s creative vision and the elegance of his lifestyle.


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Numerous elements of the Karl Lagerfeld label will be featured in the SoHo store, including edgy clothing, accessories such as bags and small leather pieces, even children’s clothing. Lagerfeld has many projects that will be showcased here in the flagship store, including a make-up collection in collaboration with ModelCo, which will debut at the launch of the store and a capsule collection with model Kaia Gerber that will be released in September 2018.

The store occupies a space at number 420 on West Broadway that was once occupied by DKNY.

According to the luxury label’s CEO Pier Paolo Righi, “Opening the first Karl Lagerfeld store in the United States is an exciting milestone in our brand’s continued global growth. New York City is an international fashion capital with a modern spirit and energy that make it the ideal setting for our new flagship. With our West Broadway location, we can invite our consumers to immerse themselves in the complete Karl Lagerfeld retail experience and continue to build meaningful connections with them.”


If you would like to find out more about the store, or what it is showcasing, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com.

Christian Louboutin Dollhouse Collection 2018

French fashion and accessory designer Christian Louboutin unveiled his 2018 Fall shoe collection in a most unique manner – using the fantasy vision of a child’s dollhouse. Baroque Access has all the details



Ever at the forefront of innovation in his creativity, designer Christian Louboutin has done all sorts of extraordinary projects on his journey, including annual handbags that tell the story of a particular country (we’ve had Africaba bags as well as Mexicaba ones in the past two years), shoes inspired by Barbie – and now, his latest collection, for Fall 2018, is showcased in a children’s wonderland, a beautifully decorated doll’s house.



The famous brand has transformed a tiny space in its Paris showroom into an exquisite, meticulously designed doll’s house that features various famous landmarks that are situated along the prestigious Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau where the showroom is located.

The dollhouse was hand-crafted by Louboutin and his team and inside the various rooms, each with their own specific personality, is one of the designer’s striking shoes from his latest Fall 2018 collection.



Each exquisite room has been painstakingly recreated to house the Louboutin masterpiece; the result is a kaleidoscopic, dramatic display that highlights the shoe or boot in as much detail as it showcases the rest of the carefully thought-out room design. The designs of both the shoes and the rooms in the dollhouse are reminiscent of the swinging 1960s and 1970s with opulent, lush materials and colours that are not as commonly used in footwear in the present day.



Of course, despite the dollhouse being quite spectacular, it’s the shoes that manage to take center stage in every room. Highlights of this new, extraordinary collection include animal print boots with a heel that feature Louboutin’s signature red sole, and closed-toe shoes with what appear to be crystal heels. Also showcased are Louboutin’s ‘Love’ graffiti boots, following the success of his graffiti-inspired line from last season, plus the designer’s personal take on the jelly (plastic) shoe.



The 2018 Fall Collection also includes the ‘Loubi in the Sky’ series, the designer’s brilliant interpretation of the 1970s obsession with the future, with stiletto shoes inspired by space as the highlight.

Not to be outdone is the ‘Loubi in Progress’ series, where Louboutin elaborates on the concept of one person’s trash being another’s treasure. Materials such as paper were used in this series, as well as measuring tape to create some eclectic masterpieces.



Louboutin’s collection also features his collaboration with Michael Halpern, shoes that were featured on the runway at London Fashion Week in February this year. This included boots in animal print and firework sequins.


If you would like to find out more about this exceptional new Louboutin collection, which has yet to go on sale, but is on display at the Louboutin showroom in Paris, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide you with details of prices, sale dates and anything else you may require.

Hot Off the Runway – Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2018/2109 RTW Collection

One of the highlights of the Fall/Winter 2018/19 fashion collections in February and March was most certainly Chanel’s exquisite fabulous Ready to Wear fashion show in a forest setting at the magnificent Grand Palais. Baroque Access has all the details


Chanel’s signature details were also very evident – jewelled buttons, necklaces and bracelets interlaced with chains and beads, cabochon and pendant earrings… There was lots of classic tweed, also frayed or woven, alternating with all sorts of fabrics, including cotton canvas, soft knits, velvet and corduroy. Footwear included thigh-high and other boots as well as brogues in oxide gold leather. Pink leather fingerless gloves were a hit, as were the faux fur cuffs encrusted with feathers and huge colourful scarves adding warmth to the modern silhouettes.


Long, tubular silhouettes boasted square shoulders; clean, high collars and flared out with godets and peplums. The iconic Chanel jacket was seen longer, worn mid-thigh or short at the waist. The signature suit featured a twist with poncho peplums and the long, pencil-cut, straight or double-breasted coats added a touch of purity to the collection. Skirts and dresses featured pencil lines, sometimes interrupted with a slit, a godet and a slightly dropped waist. Belted trousers were voluminous and large overcoats skimmed the floor. All in all, a very dramatic take on what has come before.


There is a new Chanel handbag, named the ‘31’, with a generous shopper shape combining both smooth and quilted leather, printed cotton canvas or tweed. Some large bags in shearling were also evident. The 11.12 Chanel handbag was adorned with rhinestoned bark motifs, and the iconic Gabrielle bag returned in a mini version to match the outfits. In addition, Chanel’s signature camellia was transformed into a sparkling evening bag.



Evening wear was sophistication pushed to the extreme: Chanel’s little black dress was at its most refined while other fragile dresses in embroidered tulle and organza also made their mark, worn underneath a quilted down jacket finished with braid. Leather and lace combined over a little black dress with draped sleeves; leather was also shown as trousers, worn with a chiffon blouse with multiple ruffles at the elbows.



There was so much to see, so much to absorb… sheath dresses with chevroned ribbons, crepe blouses quilted at the shoulder and the wrists, black velvet barely powdered with silver, faux fur capes with feathers…

Chanel’s latest collection is magnificent, another coup by Lagerfeld who knows no bounds.


If you would like to find out more about this exceptional collection, or would like to find out where to purchase pieces from Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2018/19 Ready To Wear, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com, and we will help you in every way possible.

Divine Inspiration… Chanel’s Latest Couture Show

February is all about fashion and fashion weeks, so we’re starting off the month with some exquisite inspiration from Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture collection that was shown in Paris last week at the Grand Palais. Baroque Access has all the details



Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 Haute Couture collection reminded us of the beauty of spring, with décor composed of a bouquet of flowers surrounded by a trellis tunnel swathed in climbing roses, jasmine and ivy, with a fountain at its center.


Models were all crowned with fabulous floral hairpieces and tulle veils, wearing Chanel’s signature booties with a decidedly spring feel, in pretty candy-colored tweed, leather or embroidered tulle with transparent heels.

For spring, Chanel epitomizes femininity with layers and layers of silk tulle, chiffon and organza, pleated or enriched with botanical embroidery. The palette is full of gentle tones – tender pinks, coral, frosted lemon, mint, grey and pale taupe. More intense colors are also evident, including black, sparkling silver, ink, fuchsia, chlorophyll green and electric blue.


Chanel’s iconic tweed suit for spring is either pale pink or white. The straight or slightly trapeze cut jacket is defined with a relaxed collar, a newly revised kimono sleeve, a rounded shoulder and a faintly cambered back. This is what Karl Lagerfeld calls “the new attitude”, brimming with strength and character. He has also reinvented the iconic suit as a trompe-l’oeil dress or coat-dress, a long tunic or A-line jacket, worn with skirts or French culottes.

Attending this grand event at the Grand Palais on 23 January were numerous luminaries, including film director Sofia Coppola, French actresses Isabelle Huppert, Marion Cotillard and Julia Roy as well as writer Leila Slimani and British singer and actress Rita Ora. Models included newest face of the moment, Kaia Gerber, as beautiful as her famous model mother, Cindy Crawford; this was the 16-year-old’s very first couture show. Super models Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid were notably absent.

Chanel’s spring renaissance was extremely well received, as can be expected. For some inspiration of what we’ll be wearing come the warmer months, take a look at these exquisite photographs…


If you would like more information on Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture collection, or any of the other collections shown last week at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com, and we will provide you with all the information you require. We can also provide you with all the information on the upcoming February Fashion Weeks, in New York, Paris, London and Milan.  

Louis Vuitton Collaborates with Jeff Koons for a Second Chapter

Louis Vuitton will unveil the second collection of bags and accessories designed with the world-renowned American contemporary artist on October 27, 2017. Baroque Access finds out about his latest magical creations



This month, Louis Vuitton will launch a second collection put together with contemporary artist, Jeff Koons. Recognized as one of the most influential living artists, Koons has based these handbags and accessories on his ‘Masters’ series of paintings. The second chapter of what has already been a resounding success will debut on October 27 and will include the following masterpieces: Reclining Girl by François Boucher; Delightful Land by Paul Gauguin; Luncheon on the Grass by Edouard Manet; Water Lilies by Claude Monet; The Triumph of Pan by Nicolas Poussin (exclusive for Maison Louis Vuitton Vendôme) and Ancient Rome by J.m.W. Turner.


This new set of paintings relates to Koons’ connection to each of these iconic artists. “They are part of my DNA,” he says. “When somebody walks down the street with this bag, or sits in a cafe with this bag,” Koons says of the Manet Neverfull, “it’s communicating a love of humanism.”


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As with the first chapter of the Masters collection, Koons has also reconfigured the famous Louis Vuitton Monogram to bear his initials. This move represents a radical departure for Louis Vuitton, as the House has never previously allowed its iconic pattern to be reshaped.


Just as his legendary Gazing Ball paintings placed Koons within the lineage of art history, so this second collaboration puts the artist within the heritage of Louis Vuitton itself, and demonstrates the power of the artistic gesture to connect the present with a shared cultural history.


Elements from the new Jeff Koons/Louis Vuitton Monogram have been crafted by Louis Vuitton in metal and placed on the exterior of each bag, as has Koons’ own signature. The Master collection of handbags also feature a tag in the shape of the inflatable rabbit that has proved to be a signature motif in Koons’ work throughout his 40-year career, while a biography and portrait of the Master whose work has been referenced is featured on the inside of the bag.


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In recent years, Louis Vuitton has affirmed its commitment to an engagement with the world of art through a series of high-profile collaborations with the most influential artists of our times. Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Yayoi Kusama, Cindy Sherman, James Turrell, Olafur Eliasson and Daniel Buren have all worked with Louis Vuitton on commissioned artworks, the development of new products and the staging of fashion shows, expanding the French House’s role as both patron and curator in creating new ways for the public to experience the arts.

This relationship culminated in 2014 with the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, a distinctive art museum designed by Frank Gehry. The second series of the Jeff Koons Masters collection builds on that well-established and famous foundation, further exploring the intersection of fashion and art.


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The new collection of handbags feature the following masters’ works:


·         François Boucher - Reclining girl (1752). Located in the Alte Pinakothek museum in Munich, Germany.

·          Paul Gauguin - Delightful land (1892). Located in the Ohara Museum of Art in Kurashiki, Japan. Presently at the Grand Palais exhibition "Gauguin l'Alchimiste" in Paris.

·         Édouard Manet - Luncheon on the grass (1863). On display in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

·         Claude Monet - Water lilies (1916). Part of the Matsukata Collection in the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Japan.

·         Nicolas Poussin - The triumph of Pan (1636). On display in the National Gallery in London.

·          J.m.W. Turner - Ancient Rome (1839). Part of the collection of the Tate in London.


If you would like to find out more about the new collection, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide you with all the information you require.

The Real Deal

So what luxury products are we buying in 2017? Baroque Access checks out a report that has just been released by digital leader in the luxury resale market, The Real Real, offering an insight into what luxury goods people have bought in the first half of this year


So what is the state of the luxury market? According to The Real Real, it’s an interesting state of affairs. Named ‘The digital consignment queen’, this luxury secondhand online shopping store’s figures reveal that it’s the fastest-growing of all, with customers like America’s royal family (the Kardashians) and Saudi royalty. Today, the site boasts five million users, has sold over four million items and is expected to reach a figure of more than $500 million in revenue by the end of the year.

Founder and CEO of The Real Real, Julie Wainwright started the company in 2011 and says the secret to its success is simple; it’s trust, which is a major factor in luxury shopping as well as online purchasing.


So what brands have everybody been spending their money on this year? Top of the list is Chanel, followed by Hermès and then Louis Vuitton. Fourth in line is Gucci, which is doing 10% better than number five, Celine, proved by the fact that worn Gucci loafers sell for 80% of their original retail price.


Sixth in line is Christian Louboutin whose legendary footwear is extremely popular, in fact, according to the site, these and other high end shoes in the $500 range are selling faster than designer bags at the same price.

Some popular brands have dropped down the list, such as Burberry, which dropped four places to number 15 from number 11. In addition, Lanvin, which was number 20 on the list, is not in the top 20 anymore. Designer brands that have moved up the ladder include St Laurent, Vetements, Rosie Assoulin, Self-Portrait and Zimmerman, all of which grew exponentially. Latest brands to cause a stir are Supreme and Off-White, whose search rates increased an unbelievable 1,500% and 730% respectively in the past six months.

The number one accessory of 2017 is the backpack, which is selling 40% better than any other type of handbag and has also seen the largest growth in resale value. And we’re not talking about leather handbags here; nylon is even more popular, as the search rate for Prada’s Tessuto nylon backpack showed a 46% increase.


Another fascinating fact is that the retail site is selling more engagement rings than ever before – a rise of 150% in the past year. Who would have imagined that one would spend a fortune online on a diamond? Well, people do, and more of them than we ever thought possible.

 Another fascinating fact revealed by the Real Real report is that 33% more people are buying on their phones, instead of on their computers. And who are these buyers, you ask? Well, that’s another surprising fact – they are Generation Z, people aged 22 and younger.

The Real Real sees the luxury retail business as a $1.5 trillion industry, and they have certainly revolutionized it. From a site that started out at CEO Julie Wainright’s home to a premier site for online luxury consignment with over 600 employees in just six short years, The Real Real is the real deal, the premier site for online luxury goods.


If you would like to find out more about how to purchase on the Real Real, or about the site’s fascinating report, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com and we will assist you in any way possible.

Louboutin Inspired by Mexican Craftsmanship

Last year acclaimed luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin created the Africaba handbag, an African masterpiece. This year, he’s created the Mexicaba to celebrate Mexican craftsmanship. Baroque Access takes a look


French designer Christian Louboutin creates magnificent works of art that women all over the world love to wear on their feet, and in their hands. This master craftsman finds his inspiration for his iconic red-soled shoes and exquisite handbags from all over the world. Last year he chose West Africa as his inspiration for his first Treasure Tote, the Africaba, and this year he has chosen Mexico as his muse. He admits to loving Mexican design, and says his house is full of pieces he has picked up in Mexico over the years.


His latest creation, the Mexicaba, is a vibrantly colourful hand-woven tote, decorated with exquisite Mayan embroidery and beans made of wood and bone that together form mystical motifs of wild beasts. Aside from their incredible beauty and the uniqueness of each design, Louboutin has decided that every one of the Mexicaba bags that are sold will benefit Mexican artists and craftsmen as well as the foundation called Taller Maya, a Mexican design brand that sets out to preserve the authentic craftsmanship of those artisans who live and work in the Yucatan Peninsula and ensure them long-term economic empowerment.


These magnificent handbags, which are now available for purchase, celebrate the beauty and uniqueness as well as the tradition of Mexican craftsmanship. Created by the artisans in collaboration with Louboutin, the Mexicaba handbags are all lined with traditional Day of the Dead sugar skulls that have transformed into what Louboutin describes as “happy ghosts that will keep an eye on your belongings”.


The handbags were designed in time for Cinco de Mayo, an annual Mexican celebration held on 5 May. Since then, they have been available in Christian Louboutin boutiques for $1,490 each. Ten percent of the proceeds from sales of the ‘Treasure totes’ will be donated to support Taller Maya.


These beautiful limited edition handbags were inspired by the zest of Mexico and are stunning keepsakes, inspired by Louboutin’s love of Mexico’s embroidery, colors and pagan motifs.

Both Treasure Totes – the Africaba and the Mexicaba – were created with a charity in mind. The Africaba, which was produced by the women of La Maison Rose, a non-profit group in West Africa that assists young mothers in distress.


Louboutin enjoys working with artistans from all over the world. If you would like to find out more about the Mexicaba bag, or are interested in purchasing one, Baroque Access can assist. Contact us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com, and we will provide you will all the information you require.

Fashion Spotlight: America’s Cup Collection

We’re counting down the days to the 35th America’s Cup, which takes place this June in Bermuda. Sponsor Louis Vuitton has just brought out a beautiful new collection inspired by this historic sailing event – here’s the lowdown…


Iconic French design and fashion brand Louis Vuitton has been a long-time sponsor of the America’s Cup. To honour the 2017 race, which takes place from 26 May to 27 June 2017, the famous brand has created a stunning collection of men’s luggage and clothing for those racing as well as for those who want to look the part. Every single piece in this exciting collection evokes the spirit of racing. The colours of the America Cup – red, white and blue – are all incorporated into the collection with Louis Vuitton’s inimitable style and panache.


The collection includes a range of stylish garments and accessories that evoke yachting life on the high seas, from exquisite sunglasses and perfectly tailored marine blazers to sports bags, caps, shoes, backpacks… the list is endless.


The 35th America’s Cup kicks off on 26 May in Bermuda with qualifying races. Cup defender Oracle Team USA will start its match with the Challenger on 17 June. This exciting sailing event, the highlight of yacht racing around the world, was originally founded in 1851 off the shores of Britain. The America’s Cup trophy, then called the ‘Auld Mug’, was presented to the fastest vessel to sail around the Isle of White. The schooner named ‘America’ won the first race and from then on this iconic sailing competition has been known as the ‘America’s Cup’.


Louis Vuitton has been involved in sponsoring the America’s Cup for 32 years, since 1983 when the Louis Vuitton Cup was launched. In 2016, the Sultanate of Oman hosted the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event of 2016 at the end of February and after a spectacular racing session, team Land Rover BAR claimed the cup. The 2017 America’s Cup started in October 2016 with six of the best sailing teams in the world competing in the opening stages. After a spectacular racing season, team Artemis Racing claimed the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Bermuda.

Then, after two days of racing in Sweden, Emirates Team New Zealand vaulted to the top of the leader board and claimed the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg. The race to Bermunda continued as the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series shifted to Portsmouth in the UK. This time, Land Rover BAR team came out as victorious.


If you are interested in finding out more about the America’s Cup or about the stunning Louis Vuitton Collection that has been inspired by this iconic race, contact Baroque Access right away and we will assist. Mail us now, request@baroqueaccess.com.

Skiing in Courchevel? Shop Chanel While You’re There

One of France’s most famous jet set ski resorts offers visitors a touch of class with a special pop-up Chanel boutique for the 2017 winter season. Baroque Access goes shopping


 Chanel boutique in Courchevel, photos by Olivier Saillant

Chanel boutique in Courchevel, photos by Olivier Saillant

Open from mid-December right through until the end of April to coincide with the winter ski season, Chanel’s pop up boutique, located in the same store for the second year in a row, is a joy to behold. Despite the snow-covered slopes, the two-story store is selling must-have garments and accessories from the 2016/2017 Cruise collection, bringing a touch of vibrant Cuban colors to this chic resort.


 Chanel boutique in Courchevel, photos by Olivier Saillant

Chanel boutique in Courchevel, photos by Olivier Saillant

The store may be the same, but it’s been completely remodeled for this winter season, inspired by Cuba’s colors and architecture. The result is a marriage of Havana charm with Chanel chic. One enters through a dark wooden arch full of loopholes and arrives in an openwork structure featuring a solid cube in the middle where a spacious fitting room awaits. Both the ground floor and the lower level of the store are adorned with panels of a natural pigment, whilst the floor is covered with a deep pile carpet in shades of aubergine. There’s a stunning wrought iron staircase in the store as well, reminiscent of the one found at the historical Paris boutique located at 31, rue Cambon.


 Chanel boutique in Courchevel, photos by Olivier Saillant

Chanel boutique in Courchevel, photos by Olivier Saillant

Nestling inside the loopholes one finds Chanel accessories, including iconic watches such as the BOY.FRIEND, the J12 and the Première. This month, the store is adding a collection of High Jewelry creations to its Coco Crush fine jewelry. Ready-to-wear garments from the 2016/2017 Cruise collection as well as the latest collection of handbags are displayed on hanging rails in bronze-hued aluminum. There’s a long table and two large benches for private discussions with the sales staff as well as chaise lounges in black leather and brick red suede and poufs in exotic woods for relaxing in and soaking up the ambience.


If you would like to find out more about Chanel’s ephemeral boutique, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com. If you’re planning to visit Courchevel this winter season and would like us to book your travel arrangements for you, let our sister company, Baroque Travel assist. Mail them now, request@baroquetravel.com and they will arrange everything you need for your ski holiday in this magical resort.

What to Wear Next Spring Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel

Presented at the Grand Palais in Paris during Couture Fashion week earlier this month, Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-to-Wear Collection was a fashion force to be reckoned with. Baroque Access takes a look


Chanel’s latest collection is named ‘Intimate Technology’; Lagerfeld’s vision included models walking through kilometers of cables, metallic racks and computer cabinets. Chanel is the final word, the mistress of the digital universe, depicted by Lagerfeld in graceful, tender outfits where femininity takes control. A quirky mixture of comfortable tweed and audacious lingerie offerings in silk and lace, the Spring/Summer 2017 collection is fun, flirty and fabulous, a combination that only Karl Lagerfeld can achieve.

The new collection is not classic at all, Lagerfeld admits. It’s as modern as they come, with touch fasteners instead of buttons, denim, cotton and wool threads lining up like those electronic cables used on the runway, and explosions of color. Chanel’s signature pieces are evident throughout but they all have a new edginess. There are sleek clutch bags in perforated silver leather, flat shoes with crossover straps and huge pendant necklaces that look like ID badges and are tied with a snap hook.

Unlined jackets and big coats are worn over long skirts and pleated blouses – femininity with a flourish. Cotton voile gracefully envelopes coats and exquisitely immaculate dresses, decorated with camellias with ruffled edges. Camellias are everywhere in this collection; Madame Chanel’s favorite flower has returned.

Blouses are soft, dresses are silk, with motifs that are inspired by the digital world. The collection is fabulously feminine, with lace, silk and crepe georgette combining in delicate touches of powder, pale and candy pink, blush and peach all the way through to midnight blue.

Underwear is over-wear in this Chanel collection, with underslips, lace petticoats and pyjama trousers in exquisite silk and lace begging to be worn as daywear. In this stunning collection, chic lingerie reigns supreme, an elegant contrast to the fierce reality of our fast, automated world.  Yes, Chanel proves once again that femininity transcends time.

 Chanel’s latest collection was attended not only by fashion lovers and media; there was more than a sprinkling of interest shown from celebrities, including those one of the House’s ambassadors, Lily-Rose Depp, who attended with her mother Vanessa Paradis. Singer Usher and Young Thug were there, along with French actress Alma Jodorowsky, Chinese actresses Bai Bai He and Sandra Ma, and many other luminaries.


If you would like to find out more about this stunning collection, which is available worldwide including in the US, or are interested in purchasing some of the pieces, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com and we will help you in any way we can.

Venice Opens Its First High-End Shopping Center

The City of Canals’ first luxury department store will open shortly in the exquisitely rejuvenated Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, one of Venice’s most famous buildings, originally built in the 13th Century. Baroque Travel finds out all about it


Located at the foot of the famous Rialto Bridge on Venice’s legendary Grand Canal, the Fondaco Dei Tedeschi is going to be used for the same reason it was built, as a commercial trading center. In fact, when it was originally built in 1228, this majestic Renaissance palazzo thrived, as it was responsible for half of the revenue earned in the city at that time. Under Napeoleon, the Fondaco became a customs house, and then, when Mussolini ruled, it was used as a post office. After a fire gutted the building in 1505, it was restored to its former glory, but remained unused for centuries.


The building, which is currently owned by the Benetton family and has been since 2008, remained dormant for centuries. Three years ago, DFS, a luxury travel business owned by no other than Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), managed to get a lease to use the space. And now, in October, it opens with a new name, Galleria T. Fondaco dei Tedeschi, a high end lifestyle department store. The building has been completely refurbished and revived by the architectural firm OMA, with interiors created by Jamie Fobert, the designer famous for the spaces he created for Selfridges and Versace.


The new ‘mall’ is the first of its kind in Venice, where potential shoppers can enjoy a proper shopping experience. The rest of the city, with its tiny alleyways lined with little stores, is no match compared to the likes of Rome, Milan and Florence, not to mention the best on offer in London, New York and Paris. And though the purists are worried that it will change the city’s old world personality, its design should put their concerns to rest.


The historic building has not been transformed into a modern edifice, especially from the outside. In face, the redesign of the four-story Fondaco, is a perfect balance of old and new. One will still find old brick walls, the original archways, classic terrazzo floors and even untouched rooms. The store spaces themselves, whilst contemporary, are minimal with matt gold displays. The floor housing womens’ shoes, boasts some impressive solid marble tables that look like they’ve been there for centuries.

So what will one find here? There are more than 300 designer brands on display, such as Fendi, Armani, Gucci, Valentino and Max Mara. You’ll also find the Chanel watches, Loewe handbags, Burberry and Saint Laurent. Most of the products on offer are accessories and beauty collections, although there is a limited amount of ready to wear.


On the ground floor you’ll find authentic Venetian items, beautifully handcrafted pieces such as Murano glass, traditional masks and gondolier hats, as well as Italian delicacies such as olive oil, cheeses, truffles and pastas.

This new shopper’s paradise will also offer some excellent food in its restaurant created by one of the city’s best chefs, Massimiliano Alajmo, whose restaurant Le Calandre boasts three Michelin stars. The offerings are a lovely little café and patisserie and a restaurant offering lunch and dinner in the center of the ground floor.

A highlight of the building is its top floor, which has been converted into a terrace and event area. Various cultural programs and art exhibitions will be held there.

A date for the opening of this magnificent department store is yet to be announced. In the meantime, you can take a look at the exquisite interior photographs shown here.


For more information on this stunning department store and the luxurious products that will be on sale, plus its opening, contact Baroque Access and we will give you all the details as they become available. Mail us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com.

Madison Avenue Shopping - by Appointment Only

Best-known for offering internet shoppers quick access to couture directly off the catwalk, Moda Operandi has now opened on Madison Avenue - by invitation only. Baroque Access finds out more


Occupying two storeys of a 1910 townhouse just west of Madison Avenue on 64th Street, Moda Operandi Madison is not your conventional store. The plush showroom is by appointment only for a privileged few. And we’re talking very, very few, probably no more than 300 clients in a year, according to the brand’s CE, Deborah Nicodemus.

Those privileged few clients are able to order couture garments and have them expertly customized to their tastes and sizes. Confirmed couture designers include Giambattista Valli, Zuhair Murad, Ulyana Seergenko, Dice Kayek amongst others.


As privileged clients, the staff has all their details on tap, to ensure that every exclusive need is met. Their purchasing history is meticulously noted so that the staff know everything about their history; what they have purchased in the past, how the garments were customized, what they liked and didn’t like from each collection is carefully noted for future reference.

Cofounder of the e-commerce website Moda Operandi, Lauren Santa Domingo is one of the most authoritative figures on New York’s fashion circuit, a muse to famous fashion designers such as Proenza Schouler and is often featured on Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List. Lauren, who co-founded Moda Operandi in 2011, is also a contributing editor for Vogue. She says that this showroom offering is an addition to the perfect online shopping experience – it brings the online experience into the real world.


Moda Operando already opened a showroom in London in 2014, and the new Madison Avenue showroom will follow on its success and cater to its American customers. Exclusive clients spend in the region of $1,200 per order (and $5,000 per order during peak season fashion weeks) around seven to eight times a year.

These private by-appointment-only shopping visits offer an exclusive look at the latest couture garments shown on the runway as well as fine jewelry especially selected to cater to a particular customer. The process of ordering either a haute couture or demi-couture garment involves at least two to three fittings at either the London or the New York showroom or in the client’s home, if they prefer or the designer’s atelier. Once fittings are complete, it takes between eight and 12 weeks for the garment to be hand-crafted.


In New York City, it is difficult to tell if the store is open or closed for business. There is just one window facing the street displaying a beautiful couture gown. One has to enter this plush sanctuary to see the garments on display. Inside, the showroom is a haven of pastel-colored walls and blush suede furniture. One room is home to the fine jewelry, where pieces sell from $10,000 to $100,000, and the rest of the space is adaptable depending on the client’s requirements. Moda Operandi Madison and its London offering feature everything necessary for the bespoke wardrobe, from haute couture and up and coming designers to special occasion outfits, jewelry, shoes, handbags and accessories. As a private appointment can take hours, the showroom has a kitchen on site so that meals can be provided.

The Madison Avenue showroom will also be the venue for private designer trunk shows and small-scale private fashion shows for exclusive clients by invitation only. In addition to offering customers a bespoke service, Moda Operandi also offers personal shopping services.

The brand plans to expand worldwide, with the next showroom to open in Abu Dhabi in 2017, followed by other showrooms in the Middle East, Hong Kong and South Korea.


If you would like to find out more about this exclusive offering, contact Baroque Access right away, request@baroqueaccess.com and we will give you all the information you require to become an exclusive Moda Operandi customer.

The Most Exclusive Parisian Luggage Brand

The best-kept secret of those wealthy enough to enjoy it, this 200-year-old luxury designer brand doesn’t mind its low profile. You see, if you have the cachet to be carrying a piece of luggage or a handbag with the Goyard label, you’ve arrived. There’s no boasting required


Parisian luggage maker Goyard has a mysterious history that goes back two centuries, and the cachet to match. The brand’s 19th Century trunks are as sought-after, if not more so, than other luxe products such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci. But this brand has no need to advertise its wares. Those in the know don’t have to make a noise about vintage trunks that cost almost $60,000 each, and totes available in every possible color, all boasting the brand’s signature iconic design.


Things are about to change, though, as Goyard, which up until now has had no reason to advertise in upmarket magazines, could eventually succumb to being part of a larger conglomerate similar to rival LVMH (Moet Hennesy Louis Vuitton). But for the moment, Goyard remains exclusive, aristocratic and still relatively unknown.

Long known for its superior, quality luggage pieces, Goyard counted Maharajas, Royalty, billionaires and celebrities as fans. It’s also famous for its complete disregard for marketing and mass-production. A visit to the flagship store on Paris’ rue Saint-Honore, across the road from Louis Vuitton and other iconic brands, is a journey back in time, showcasing custom-made, hand-crafted vintage trunks in the past two centuries.


Not everything in the store costs a fortune. Those who have been let into this best-kept secret can pick up a selection of beautiful pieces, including tote bags, suitcases and overnight bags ranging in price from $1753 to $6,743. There are also beach bags, wallets, belts, dog collars, umbrellas, pens and other items to complete if you’re in the market.

One of the reasons to keep Goyard secret is the size of its store – if too many customers arrive at once, they have to wait outside, as it can only accommodate a limited number of people at a time. Assistants in white gloves are on hand to assist those lucky enough to get inside and purchase these masterpieces, each boasting hand-painted initials, seals and images.


Goyard was initially created in 1792 by Parisian Pierre-Francois Martin, who was known for his exquisitely crafted boxes and cases created to transport fragile items. As he had no children, the company was passed onto one of the workers, Louis-Henri Morel, who hired Francois Goyard, then 17, in 1845, who took over the company when Morel died. The business stayed in the Goyard family, who created the company’s signature soft, waterproof fabric, a mixture of linen and cotton. It was then bought by the Signoles family, who have run it since then.

These days, Goyard is better-known than in times past, and now boasts stores all over the world, including Brazil, Mexico, Spain, London, Italy, the US, including Miami, Madison Avenue, New York and California and all over the East, including Singapore, Japan and China.


A fan of the brand is Chanel’s very own Karl Lagerfeld – and that should come as no surprise, considering that Coco Chanel was also a customer. Each bag is in limited supply and can be customized by apprenticed artists trained in France, and is both technically and aesthetically remarkable.


Baroque Access can assist you in purchasing your own, customized stylish Goyard item. Just contact us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com, and we will assist you with any information about any Goyard product, as well as make sure you can purchase one of these coveted items.

Burberry's New Collection Will Launch in September

Last week, Burberry unveiled various elements of its first straight-to-consumer collection, including the ad campaign that launches on 19 September during London Fashion Week. Baroque Access has all the details


The latest Burberry ad campaign features items from Burberry’s September collection, which contrasts masculine and feminine styles across different periods in history. The spectacular photographs were taken in Liverpool at the Walker Art Gallery by renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino. The cameraman has also captured a series of portraits of Burberry artisans, men and women from mills and factories across the United Kingdom and Italy, whose passion and skill are involved in the creation of Burberry’s iconic range of products.


Burberry also revealed a portrait of the pattern maker, Piero Calosi, who created its newest bag, The Bridle, which is previewed in the new campaign. The Bridle is a bag for men and women, which takes its inspiration from classic British equestrian designs and Burberry’s outdoor heritage.

The entire collection of images by Testino (only two have so far been released and are shown here) will be revealed immediately after Burberry has shown its new collection at London Fashion Week on 19 September at 7.30pm. This coincides with the Fall/Winter 2017 Burberry collection being available immediately for purchase around the world.


At London Fashion Week, Burberry will showcase both its womenswear and menswear collections. In fact, from this show onwards, Burberry will replace its current four shows per year with two Fashion Week shows, combining menswear and womenswear collections on the runway for the first time.  Burberry’s inaugural straight-to-consumer garments are seasonless, immediate and personal, designed with a global audience in mind. This will significantly shorten the traditional time lapse between the runway show and the collection’s availability in retail stores.

Burberry also announced a partnership with The New Craftsmen, which will also launch on the evening of the Burberry show in September. A daily program of activities will be held at Burberry’s new show venue in London, ‘Maker’s House’, highlighting the inspiration behind the collection. The new venue, which will be the venue for the London Fashion Week Burberry show as well, is located in the heart of Soho in London, and will be open to visitors from 21 to 27 September, showcasing original works of art by a selection of craftsmen and artists who have used the latest collection as inspiration for the starting point of their work.


“This campaign sets out to honour the many skilled craftspeople who work on Burberry's iconic products,” said Burberry Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Bailey. On the collaboration with The New Craftsmen, he added: “Just as Virginia Woolf's Orlando is both a love-letter to the past and a work of profound modernity, this week-long exhibition aims to nod both to the design heritage that is so integral to Burberry's identity, and to some of Britain’s most exciting creators, and the innovation and inspiration behind their work.”

The latest Burberry campaign will be revealed in its entirety from 19 September and will run until February 2017.


If you would like to find out more about Burberry’s latest collection, or are interested in attending the show at London Fashion Week, let Baroque Access assist you with the details. Contact us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com, and we will get all the information for you. 

Christian Louboutin Africaba Bags

Everybody’s talking about Africaba handbags, innovative, beautiful creations that are hand-crafted meticulously in Africa with Christian Louboutin’s singular style and flair. Baroque Access finds out all about them


Africaba is a collaboration between legendary shoe and accessory designer Christian Louboutin and his longtime friend, Valérie Schlumberger. The two got together, working with a selection of talented women in Dakar’s La Maison Rose, a beautiful pink house that is also a place of safety and hope for vulnerable, marginalized Senagalese women and their children.

At this pretty place of safety, the women learn the traditional Senagalese skill of embroidery, which of course, is being put to good use to ensure them and their children a happier and brighter future. The exquisite hand embroidery perfected by these women is now being combined with the skill and craftsmanship exercised by Christian Louboutin to create a range of exquisite, unique handbags called Africaba.


Louboutin has not only assisted these 40 women in making their skills profitable, he also contributes 10% of his proceeds to benefit the programs at La Maison Rose through CSAO, the Company of Senegal and West Africa, a shop in Paris founded by his friend Valérie Schlumberger in 1995, to assist these women in making money from their skills and talent. The shop has not only opened up European markets to West African handicrafts, it has also built a strong relationship between the two continents.


The result of the collaboration between Senegalese artists and Louboutin is a range of exquisitely crafted handbags, each one completely unique, created to incorporate the bold West African style. You’ll see vibrant color clashes rubbing shoulders with bold graphic prints on each large paneled tote bag. The hand and shoulder straps are embellished using traditional beading techniques that blend perfectly with Christian Louboutin’s signature detailing. On other parts of the bag one finds familiar Louboutin design features, including a multi-bead embroidered crest and an embroidered logo panel.

The result is a range of extraordinarily beautiful handbags, each a rare treasure that guarantees funds towards a much-needed charitable institution and its inhabitants.


Let’s take a look at the journey each handbag takes, starting in France, where Christian Louboutin creates the handbag sketches. Once the sketch is done and the materials have been chosen, the story continues in Mali, where a community of over 160 women turn recycled plastic into yarn, from which they create vividly colored bracelets. These bracelets are sent to Dakar, where the women who live at La Maison Rose cut them into small beads. The beads that make up the Louboutin crest are then hand-embroidered in India by skilled craftpeople who are responsible for the embroidery done on all Louboutin products. The fabrics used in the handbags are from different West African textiles assembled in Senegal, using traditional Aso Oke weaving techniques. The fabric is then embroidered by women trained at La Maison Rose. The bags then head for Italy, where all Louboutin bags are assembled and the brand’s artisans finish the products with luxury leatherwork and finishings. They then head for Paris, to Christian Louboutin’s home, where recycled beads found at the city’s legendary Marche Aux Puces (fleamarket) are added to the bag to complete them.


If you would like to find out more about these exceptionally crafted masterpieces, or would like to purchase your own individually handmade Africaba bag, contact Baroque Access right away, request@baroqueaccess.com, and we will organise everything for you. And once you have purchased your Africaba bag, make sure to share your Africaba story with the hashtag #LouboutinWorld, for a chance to be featured on Christian Louboutin’s Instagram @LouboutinWorld.

Just in Time for Summer – Your New Wardrobe Awaits

It may not officially be summer yet, but it’s time to get your wardrobe ready for your vacation. Join Duca Sartoria in Dubai between 15 and 25 May for expert style advice at the Capital Club Dubai. Baroque Access has all the details


This May, exclusive men’s suits and garments for Summer 2016 will be available at a bespoke pop-up atelier at Dubai’s prestigious Capital Club. The Italian Gentlemen Pop-up Atelier will be brought to private guests courtesy of renowned New York men’s tailoring company Duca Sartoria. Whether you’re looking for suits, shirts and everything required for a summer vacation, you can attend this exclusive event by booking a personal one-on-one appointment with Mr. Max (owner Max Girombelli) at the atelier.


Duca Sartoria is a well-known luxury, custom made-to-measure company based in New York City that has offered exclusive bespoke tailored men’s suits to distinctive clients for over three generations. Owner Max Girombelli is always on hand to assist customers with their choice from a selection of quality fabrics, lining and details to provide them with everything required for a gentleman’s wardrobe.

From 15 to 25 May, Dubai residents and international visitors can experience this exclusive custom made-to-measure event. Max Girombelli will be on hand to personally assist customers in their bespoke requirements, whether it’s for an elegant occasion or for an entire wardrobe.


Mr Girombelli’s advice for summer 2016 trends? Choose lighter fabrics, brighter colors, and warm-weather necessities. Take summer as an opportunity to experiment a little with different hues. Swap out your classic navy blazer for a bolder royal blue one. Alternatively, combine a tonal sage green blazer and khaki cotton or linen pants. This is the secret to effortless style.

Duca Sartoria was initially launched in Milan by Max and his brother Roberto. Today, the brand is famous for its superb attention to detail, quality and personalized service. Its suits boast personalized lining and buttons as well as customized inside pockets, and the owner’s name is embroidered inside.


It takes five weeks from start to finish for a prestigious custom-made Duca Sartoria suit to be created and delivered. Every single suit is made up of more than 70 different individual pieces, and the fabrics used are of the highest quality. Tailoring involves meticulous attention to detail to achieve the highest quality suit available.


This is not the first time that Max Girombelli will be heading for Dubai –his pop-up atelier is so popular that he is constantly invited to return. And so, once again, he has been invited by Raza Jafar, CEO of the company ENSHAA that operates Dubai’s premier private business club, the Capital Club, to come and offer his exclusive service to club members. This includes personal fittings, selecting fabric, linings and anything else required to make the suit completely bespoke.


If you would like an exclusive private fitting in the coming weeks, let Baroque Access arrange this for you. Just contact us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com and we will make your personalized booking for you.If you would like to make your travel arrangements as well, we coordinate everything for you.

Chanel in Cuba

Last week, on 3 May, Karl Lagerfeld presented Chanel’s 2016/2017 Cruise Collection in Havana, Cuba. Baroque Access has all the details and photographs to keep you up to date


The magnificent Chanel 2016/2017 Cruise Collection show took place on the Paseo del Prado in Havana. The building has historic ties to France and was redesigned by a French landscape architect in 1928. The building includes eight stunning bronze statues of lions, which were Mademoiselle Chanel’s favorite animal. This is one of the reasons that the building was chosen to show the design house’s new collection.

The show began as the sun set and featured Chanel’s major cruise silhouettes, which were a blend of masculine and feminine designs, chic and edgy at the same time. British actress Stella Tenant modeled a long masculine jacket over wide trousers with turn-ups. The look was completed with flat two-tone shoes and a shirt with a fabric belt. This look epitomized Chanel’s spirit of bold modernity, and boyish femininity.

The underlying theme of the collection included a virtuoso interpretation of the traditional Cuban shirt, the guayabera, with its pockets, shoulder tabs and flat pleats. Lagerfeld mischeviously called these the “Cuban tux”. Other highlights of the show included a diaphanous blouse for day, paired with rolled-up chino trousers, while for evening, the guayabera was teamed with a tightly belted black and almond green flared skirt.

The entire collection exuded youthful energy and audacity. It is incredibly feminine and fluid and includes everything from dresses and jackets with scooped necklines to pencil skirts and ethereal frocks. Cuba’s legendary old Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Cadillacs feature as prints on many of the garments in pretty candy hues. The color palette is reminiscent of Havana’s Old Town, with lots of yellow, pink, coral orange, turquoise and bright green. There are also tobacco tones and shadowy, cloudy, smoky black and whites.

Chanel’s meticulous attention to detail is evident in the exquisite embroideries. Typically Cuban, they include cigar motifs and birds of paradise. The Panama hat is everywhere, although interspersed with sequined black berets and other accessories included woven flip-flops, sandals worn over cheeky ankle socks, crocheted backpacks and soft bundle bags.

After enjoying an unforgettable performance by Lagerfeld’s exquisite models, 600 stars and celebrities enjoyed an after party at the Plaza de la Catedral in Havana Old Town, the city’s baroque heart. The square, which was decorated in a tropical theme, is situated right in front of one of Latin America’s most beautiful 18th Century churches. Guests included Chanel’s ambassadresses Vanessa Paradis, Gisele Bundchen and Alice Delal, as well as numerous other celebrities such as actresses Tilda Swinton and Geraldine Chaplin, and many more.


If you are interested in purchasing any of the magnificent dresses in the latest collection, contact Baroque Access right away, request@baroqueaccess.com.

New in NYC – Brookfield Place

The new shopping mall in Battery Park City epitomizes the best of the best, with a number of luxury brands opening up shop there including Hermes, Gucci and Ermenegildo Zegna. Baroque Lifestyle takes a look


Manhattan has a new local retail hub where luxury is the name of the game. We’re talking about Brookfield Place, 250,000 square feet of retail therapy and dining options located at 250 Vesey Street in what used to be the World Financial Center. At a cost of an estimated $250 million, it’s been transformed into a sumptuous mecca of fashion and design just waiting to be explored.


There’s plenty to do at Brookfield Place, aside from shopping. This winter, gourmet foods and piping hot cocoa are on offer at the market, and the ice skating rink is in full swing, with plenty of people taking advantage of the great weather and spending time outside. For those who prefer a cosy atmosphere, there’s gourmet fare on offer at the upmarket French bistro, Beaubourg. And that is literally just a taste of what’s on offer.


When it comes to international luxury retailers, you will have your pick by the end of 2016. Currently there are the designer brands we already mentioned, as well as Bottega Veneta right next door to the local Tory Burch boutique. In December, Gucci, Drybar and Ermenegildo Zegna opened their doors, and the magnificent Hermès parfumerie will open on the ground floor come September (the mall has two floors).


We can’t wait for Hermès to open, as it’s being created by designer Denis Montel to resemble a stylish Manhattan penthouse complete with a sumptuous leather couch to relax in and even a kitchen table. Apparently the fabulous fantasy boudoir in the ‘apartment’ is quite luxurious, filled with exquisite fragrances, bath, body and hair products all lining wooden walls that have been cut into geometric shapes.


Another major opening that is eagerly awaited is the opening of a Saks Fifth Avenue department store specializing in men’s wear. The space was initially booked for a Joël Robuchon restaurant, but the chef pulled out, and Saks stepped in to offer fashionable men a great place to shop instead… 16,750 square foot of it. The store will open by spring 2017 and will specialize in ‘modern fashion’ as well as custom tailoring. It’s expected to offer a comprehensive, personalized experience, similar to what women enjoy in luxury stores worldwide, with personal shoppers, bespoke tailoring and a choice of both smart and casual clothing to suit every occasion.


To add to its popularity, Brookfield Place is also ideally located for those visiting New York. It’s located right opposite the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The structure itself is an architectural delight, with a vast glass dome pavilion that was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.


For more information on Brookfield Place, or information on visiting any of the 25 luxury stores located there, or its famous restaurant, contact Baroque Access right away, request@baroqueaccess.com and we will arrange everything for you.

Christian Louboutin's Stunning Men’s Shoes

Famous French shoe designer Christian Louboutin has been creating stylish footwear for fashionable men with impeccable taste since 2010. And now he plans to make men’s shoes as popular as those he creates for their female counterparts. Baroque Lifestyle has the lowdown


Up until now, Christian Louboutin has been more renowned for his women’s shoes, particularly magnificent stiletto shoes, each boldly emblazoned with a signature red-lacquered sole. Those women in the know, and those who can afford them, purchase as many of his exquisite shoes as they can. It makes sense that the shoe designer, whose creations are so coveted, should be fond of shoes himself. In fact, he apparently owns in the region of 400 pairs of shoes, which are scattered around the world in his various homes, in Cairo, Lisbon and Paris. In addition, some of his favourites are duplicated so that they don’t wear out.

With the same meticulous attention to detail used in creating his masterpieces, Louboutin’s own collection is organized according to style, colour and fabric.


In 2010, Louboutin decided to take his passion for men’s shoes and create some footwear for men himself. For the past five years he has concentrated on beautifully made dress shoes, or ‘city shoes’ as he calls them. These shoes have been handcrafted by 50 cobblers in a tiny workshop located just outside of Naples in Italy. These artisans are craftsmen whose families have been in the business for generations.

In 2015, Louboutin worked alongside these expert cobblers to ensure that they create exactly what he wanted for his latest collection. Each model is a classic shape bearing Louboutin’s signature unique details such as a colourful trim, grosgrain or patent leather, not to mention an extremely comfortable fit. He also plans to offer bespoke shoes in 2017.


Christian Louboutin’s shoes are renowned for their perfect balance, proportion and stylish finish. He has taken his passion for craftsmanship and attention to detail and used it in the new men’s wear collection, too, evident in models with names like the Derby and the lace-up Napoli, both of which were originally introduced in 2013, but have since been updated.

In addition to his collection of ‘dress styles’, Louboutin has decided to include a more whimsical collection that will offer velvet, spiked and beaded sneakers for those who are looking for the perfect casual shoe.

Since he unveiled his first men’s shoe collection in 2010, Louboutin has expanded not only the range and collection, but also the way in which he makes the shoes bespoke. A few years ago he began embroidering special personal tattoos on owners’ velvet or leather loafers. And did we mention that, like his women’s shoes, the men’s dress shoes also boast red-lacquered soles?


If you would like to purchase a pair of Louboutin’s signature dress shoes, or are interested in his latest collection of casual wear, contact Baroque Access right away, request@baroqueaccess.com, and we will arrange this for you.

The Italian Gentlemen Heads for Dubai

From 19 November until 2 December, exclusive men’s tailoring company Duca Sartoria will be at the prestigious Capital Club in Dubai hosting a pop-up atelier offering bespoke suits to international travellers


Mention the finest in Italian men ‘s tailoring and Duca Sartoria comes to mind. This famous luxury, custom made-to-measure company in New York City has been offering exclusive bespoke tailored men’s suits to customers of distinction for more than three generations. Owner Max Girombelli is always on hand to guide customers through the selection of fabrics, lining and details to ensure that they are offered everything required for a gentleman’s wardrobe.

From 19 November through to 2 December, visitors to Dubai as well as residents will be able to enjoy an exclusive custom made-to-measure event at the esteemed Capital Club. Max Girombelli will be on hand to personally assist customers in their bespoke requirements, whether it’s for an elegant occasion or for an entire wardrobe.


The Girombelli family has been involved in men’s fashion for decades. In fact, Max Girombelli’s uncle was responsible for discovering the talent of designer Gianni Versace. In addition, Girombelli’s father and older brother both worked closely with fashion designers such as Enrico Coveri, Franco Moschino and Marithé François Girbaud.

Max Girombelli worked in the family business for many years with his brother Roberto before launching Duca Sartoria in Milan. Today, the brand is famous for its superb attention to detail, quality and personalized service. Its suits boast personalized lining and buttons as well as customized inside pockets, and the owner’s name is embroidered inside.


It takes five weeks from start to finish for a prestigious custom-made Duca Sartoria suit to be created and delivered. Every single suit is made up of more than 70 different individual pieces, and the fabrics used are of the highest quality. Tailoring involves meticulous attention to detail to achieve the highest quality suit available.


This is not the first time that Max Girombelli will be heading for Dubai. He was invited by Raza Jafar, CEO of the company ENSHAA that operates Dubai’s premier private business club, the Capital Club, to come and offer his exclusive service to club members. This includes personal fittings, selecting fabric, linings and anything else required to make the suit completely bespoke. If you would like an exclusive private fitting, let Baroque Access arrange this for you. Just contact us right away, request@baroqueaccess.com and we will make your personalized booking for you.


If you would like us to make your travel arrangements as well, our sister company, Baroque Travel, will do this for you. Either contact them separately, request@baroquetravel.com, or let Baroque Access coordinate everything for you.