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12 Fragrances: Part 1

Launched last week, 12 Fragrances is our review of the vital smells that have defined the last 100 years. Check back each week for a new run down.

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Jicky / 1889. Designed by Aimé Guerlain for Guerlain (LVMH)

As with most histories, what’s less important is whether …

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Tautz time: Patrick Grant (Classic Dialogues)

In just a few short years at the helm of a Savile Row tailoring establishment, PATRICK GRANT has carved himself a niche as the figurehead for a new approach to suiting. SEB LAW meets him to discuss craftsmanship, the art of bespoke and perfectly-blended whisky.

Patrick Grant is a man …

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What Do I Wear to Bed? 12 Fragrances

The fragrance world is thought of as one of smoke and mirrors, the apogee of advertising and branding. Yet, though right now we’re at the point of maximum bombardment, we want to make the case that scent is not a seasonal afterthought: the artistry and magic of the perfume world

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Chats: Michael van der Ham (Classic Dialogues)

One of the leading lights in the new vanguard of British designers, Michael Van der Ham lets SEB LAW into his exquisitely-crafted world and penchant for dressing strong, independent women.

I sit down at Michael van der Ham’s show at lunchtime on the fourth day of London Fashion Week. I’m …

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Lou Dalton Chats (Classic Dialogues)

THE CRAFT: John-Michael O’Sullivan meets LOU DALTON at her studio on the edge of Spitalfields, finding her perfectly at ease with her place in the location’s rich tailoring lineage.

Lou Dalton’s workspace is tucked into the middle of a nineteenth-century furrier’s workshop on Spelman Street, at the point where the …

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Actually Good Fashion Films: Wes Anderson for H&M

Actually Good Fashion Films is part of an occasional series where we like to highlight internet hashtag content which is above average, ie effort has gone into it and that effort has not been wasted. (See also: Actually Good Music Videos.) For this installment, please feast your eyes on everyone’s

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Actually Good Fashion Films: The Tale of Thomas Burberry

Actually Good Fashion Films is part of a masterbrand where we highlight above average bits of luxury branded content, music videos, etc, which are better than one would normally expect. In this particular instance, we would like to draw your attention to Amy Winehouse hagiographer and noted documentarist Asif Kapadia’s …

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Actually Good Fashion Films: Spike Jonze for Kenzo

Actually Good Fashion Films is part of an occasional ‘cross-vertical’ series in which we highlight hashtag content which exceeds expectations. For this installment, former music video maker and Coppola clan associate Spike Jonze delivers a magnificent dance film ‘inspired by the DNA’ of Kenzo’s new fragrance. Enjoy the madness.

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Kris Van Assche (Classic Dialogues)

Perhaps better known for captaining Dior Homme post-Slimane, Paris-based designer Kris van Assche’s own brand has quietly become the go-to brand for understated simplicity with a masterful finish. SEB LAW talks to a designer at the top of his game.

We caught up with Kris just after his AW12 Paris …

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James Long (Classic Dialogues)

Just why is London at the forefront of menswear? SEB LAW meets menswear designer JAMES LONG to find out 

“I Love London!” James Long tells me, halfway through our meeting. “My team is in London, my inspiration is in London, why would I go to Paris or Milan?” He’s got …

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