• Love. Want. Need. Hillier London
    25th May 2010

    Hillier London

    AUTHOR Penny Brewer
    PHOTOGRAPHY Toby McFarlan Pond
    At Last! After winning Accessory Designer Of The Year in 2009 and designing the most covetable accessories for labels such as Marc Jacobs, Luella, Loewe and Giles, Katie Hillier has finally decided to create her own accessory line, Hillier.

    ‘It's something that I have been thinking about doing for the last five years and we decided (myself and my team Nancy Sandison and Rachel Pelly) that we wanted to start something of our own. I have always wanted to work in fine jewellery’

    Remaining true to her ‘luxury-with-a-wink’ essence and losing none of the fun aesthetic integral to all that she does, Hillier has created a selection of pendants featuring exquisite freehand doodles of adorable woodland creatures, all captured elegantly and playfully in gold with a single exquisite diamond.

    Despite the seemingly frivolous and fun designs these pieces are impeccably hand-crafted, artisanal in their workmanship, created in either yellow, white or rose gold and set with a diamond eye available in a rainbow of colours.

    Three joyful bunny rabbits (her favourite animal), a wise owl and mischievous squirrel are amongst some of the whimsical and enchanting pendants from Hillier. My favourite is the cheeky little yellow gold mouse with a claret diamond eye, there’s also a cute snail, oh and an adorable sausage dog. Actually, I’d quite like one of each!

    For more information (and to watch a super cute video) Click here

  • On the Radar Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project
    14th May 2010

    Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project

    AUTHOR Penny Brewer

    A cultural collaboration for the future of London

    Earlier this week Louis Vuitton announced an exciting partnership with five of London's leading cultural institutions. In collaboration with the Hayward Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, South London Gallery, Tate Britain and Whitechapel Gallery, the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project is a three-year incentive to allow young people from all across London to gain invaluable experience within the arts.

    Following the sponsorship of numerous exhibitions at major institutions, and the success of the Louis Vuitton Art Talks series at which artists interact closely with the invited audience, Louis Vuitton wanted to celebrate the opening of the New Bond Street Maison with a major new project that would extend opportunities to younger, often less privileged people to access the art world.

    Of the project, Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO, Yves Carcelle, says: " As the leader of the luxury industry we believe that we naturally have a responsibility to the world around us. Moreover, transmitting savoir-faire and creativity is one of our founding cornerstones. Preserving the past and preparing for a brighter future are fundamental”

    The investment will facilitate a programme to give young Londoners between 13 -25 from all areas of London, recruited from schools and community youth groups, unique access to those who shape the British contemporary art scene. As well as the five art institutions committee Members of the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project, who include artists such as Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Michael Landy, Keith Tyson, will be pivotal in providing opportunities for the young participants. Priceless advice, encouragement and support from those who have already achieved so much in their own careers will add a vibrant cultural dimension to the lives of those successfully enrolled in the scheme.

    Mayor of London, Boris Johnson who has endorsed the project: “What is particularly exciting is that Louis Vuitton wants to use its cachet and its cash to involve young people in the arts and is working together with such high profile cultural institutions. This chimes with so much of our work at City Hall to provide positive opportunities for young people and to promote culture in these difficult times. London needs businesses like this to think creatively about what they can give back”.

    This is a great opportunity for London’s dynamic youth to gain unparalleled insights into the art world and embrace a creative spirit synonymous with the Louis Vuitton brand. For more information on this inspiring and educational project click here

    Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project - Press Conference.
  • On the Radar El Rubon Cubano
    7th May 2010

    El Rubon Cubano

    AUTHOR Zoe Hodge

    Prepare to Rumba!

    El Rubon Cubano is a fortnightly shindig, which celebrates the essence of Cuba, where music is central to the culture.

    Forget Sunday as a day of rest and start the new week with a traditional Cuban cocktail, (mine’s a Mojito!) and get warmed up and ready to Rumba! Hit the floor with David Martinez from Cubana Danza who’ll be teaching you all those sexy Cubano moves.

    Prepare for an authentic explosion of sound from Carlos Miguel and his band Azucar Morena who’ll be playing Son, Bolero, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Timba and Salsa.

    Click here for more details.