THIS SEASON, LET’S REFRESH your outlook on leather. Embossed, tanned, monogrammed, burned — take your pick. Leather is never a cliché. Winter weather will surely present brisk breezes. Layering, stacking and mixing fabrics is your first defense, but no silhouette is complete without an accent of leather. Take a look beyond the classic bomber and motorcycle cuts. Be enlightened and travel with confidence with the subtle elements and spoils of leather.
Exotic excursions warrant the need for an exotic skin to protect your most treasured travel companion, your passport. The Italian-based firm Boratto Milano blends a love for beautifully handcrafted leather goods with everyday functionality in the design of its alligator passport cover. Store your travel identification and documents securely with stylish flair. $1,200.
A leather shoe is essential to an ensemble. Tel Avivian shoe designer Kobi Levi perfects the marriage of art and footwear. Onlookers will marvel at your global appeal in this British-inspired cyclist heel. Kobi Levi is no stranger to style; with clients like Lady Gaga singing his praise, you, too, can be among the elitists in style this season with The Bicycle. $1,600.
Aviation aspirations? Go Slow and see your entire day from a different view. The 24-hour dial on this timepiece fundamentally changes the way you look at your watch and provides a much better consciousness about the progression of your day. Swiss movements and unique aeronautical design elements, plus a vintage leather strap, make this treasure a keeper for your repertoire of timepieces. Slow O Watch, $300.
Ivy & Aster
Blush is the new black with Ivy & Aster’s newest creation. Celebrate life in color and dance against tradition. Besides, who needs another boring basic? Infuse this gem in your wardrobe and prepare to be riddled with accolades. $1,000.
Brunello Cucinelli delivers a thriving variety of leather goods this season. How are we to pick? We won’t! We will give you a few clues. Whether it’s fur-lined sneakers or the leather trolley bag, you will be covered in spoils. Known globally for colorful cashmere collections that travel well, this Italian fashion brand is a must-have for this season. Calfskin sneakers with fur, $1,295; merino leather trolley (in stores only), $6,925.
The name is Loveless but the collection will have you at hello and falling in love more. Known for vivid exotic skins in vibrant colors, Jada Loveless remains an essential for the female executive. Black calf hair and black matte alligator trim make the Louisa Bowler handbag a definite for winter arm candy. $5,850.
Staples are necessary in any wardrobe arsenal. While you make a mad dash to catch your next flight, finish your ensemble with this topper. No more bad hair days — assert your style with this classic. Price available upon request.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Come home, kick back and relax. The Avery chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams makes the perfect leather accent for your home office or study. Your next destination will be comfort. Forget the idea of your father’s leather recliner and introduce a new era of leather style in your décor. $3,150.
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FOR THOSE OF US PASSIONATE about wellness pursuits and who feel most at peace close to the sea, there’s nothing quite like the synergy offered by a floating spa integrated into the setting of a luxurious cruise ship. I’m sailing through the Mediterranean from Rome to Barcelona, discovering along the way that the Crystal Life Spa & Beauty Salon on board the Crystal Serenity provides not only the element of high-end indulgence but also the cruise line’s signature commitment to attention and service.
CONSIDERING THAT JUST A LITTLE more than a century ago — 1910, to be exact — Miami’s population was only about 5,400 people, it’s easy to see why this South Florida hot spot has long been considered a boomtown. And the evolution continues to impress as the city gears up to welcome an array of new services, amenities and experiences.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
Ethiopian Airlines added a daily non-stop between Brussels (BRU) and Addis Ababa (ADD). The carrier previously made stopovers in Vienna (VIE) three days a week, increasing the journey time from seven hours to nine.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Last month, British Airways announced plans to offset carbon emissions from all its flights within the United Kingdom. The initiative begins next year and carbon emissions are offset via the United Nations’ carbon offsetting scheme, which invests in carbon reduction projects around the world, such as reforestation and rainforest protection.