May 21, 2018

In a world of mass production and market saturation, finding a diamond in the rough is, well, like finding a diamond in the rough! But just within the walls of the Esplanade shopping center, you will discover a gem of a jewelry boutique. Rarity and purity are two promised qualities you will encounter in the jewelry display cabinets of Irene Lummertz.

In the commercial rush to introduce the shiniest thing to the market, novelty is sold as beauty. The market prioritizes manufacturing a kind of beauty rather than discovering beauty itself. Not so for Irene Lummertz. Each of her pieces are truly organic, ne...

May 14, 2018

“The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment.”

These words were spoken by a man who understood what luxury branding really offers. 

The longevity of luxury brands is evidence to the fact that things of quality have no fear of time. How do they protect themselves from the fad of fashion? By offering a way of life, rather than merely a product. Luxury brands elevate themselves by giving someone the opportunity to become their best self. A lifestyle of luxury is exactly what Neiman Marcus embodied for Texas ra...

May 7, 2018

It is only fitting that Gucci, one of the world’s most esteemed fashion houses, was born in the city of Florence.  As you may know, Florence is the pinnacle of Italian craftsmanship where the greatest craftsmen, Michelangelo, himself was born! 

Working as a young hotel employee first in Paris then in London, Guccio Gucci was privy to handling leather goods of the finest quality as he serviced the urbane guests of the late 19th century. Similar to Michelangelo, the young Florentine was propelled to create beauty himself. As there can never be too much of a good thing, Gucci returned home to Florence...

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