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TT Vol. 35
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Over the past month, we’ve started listening to a lot of classical music. We listened to the King’s College Choir on Christmas Eve, then switched to WQXR, the local classical station here in NYC. Now we’re on Sofiane Pamart, a Parisian classical pianist with a modernist bent. More melodic than Philip Glass, and incredibly relaxing for working during the day; London sounds like a magical carnival. His newest album is Planet Gold, and each song is named after a specific city, much like the scents in an Astier de Villatte candle shop. (Spotify Link) (YouTube Link)
After a years long courtship and a few court cases, Tiffany & Co. is officially a part of the LVMH empire after their acquisition closed this week. The executive layoffs started almost imediately: Creative Director Reed Krakoff is out, and Alexandre Arnault is in. Tiffany had a record setting holiday season and announced the acquisition of an 80-carat diamond that will be its largest stone ever offered for sale. It will be made available to the public in 2022 in conjunction with the re-launch of its Fifth Avenue flagship store:
We were also delighted to learn about the existence of the Tiffany Diamond, which has only ever been worn by Audrey Hepburn.
Instagram addicts quickly noticed that Bottega Veneta, one of the fashion world’s hottest brands, had deleted its account this week (and also its Facebook and Twitter accounts):
No official statement has been made yet, but the speculation is that the accounts will re-start at some point soon in the future, possibly after their new Global Social Media Manger hire can implement their new strategy (this job posting has since been taken down). We hope this is the case, rather than some abstract way of creating “exclusivity” around the brand. Meanwhile, the very fine New Bottega continues churning out content for those who can’t live without.
We previously linked to allegations of Alexander Wang’s checkered history of sexual assault, and those reports were recently amplified here and here. This ecstasy-spiked water is a depressing sampling of the accusations:
Though the designer has denied the allegations, we wonder how his stockists are feeling (the brand recently made a splashy yet horribly timed launch with LN-CC). His brand has been shrinking over the past few years, though with his family factory connection in East Asia, we don’t believe he needs to be responsive to any outside shareholders. Despite this insulation, don’t expect this to blow over soon.
Raquel & Chris
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