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Sometimes, I’m glad I can’t afford to buy myself a ride. ‘Cause if I did, I’d end up with this furious-looking Maserati Alfieri. Yes, I know, it is still a concept car. Never mind. Like I said at the beginning, I can’t afford that 4.7 liter V8 that pushes out 460 horsepower anyway. Keep calm and save some money.

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Is there a better way to enjoy your fine spirit collection than in French crystal glasses by Saint-Louis? I’m an absolute fan of their tumblers, shots and other cups. You really got to touch a glass to appreciate how fine, precise and litterally cutting-edge the glasses are. If there’s any Old Fashion cocktail fan around here, I bet you wouldn’t mind a little Trianon or Caton or Manhattan!

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Laguna Bath tub by aLEGNA

A masterpiece in its essential simplicity and uniformity. This masterpiece is made with wood monolithically formed as one unit. Laguna Basic has smooth lines and a stable form that reflect the warm aura of ‘flowing water. The perfect ergonomics will give you the pleasure of a dip in this pool. This rectangular model can ‘be achieved even in non-standard sizes to fit all needs. From designer company aLegna.

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christmas-selection-hype-means-everything-2Clockwise from left: Isaac Reina leather passport cover (shop), Reel Art Press The Rat Pack Master Edition hardcover book (shop),  Leica M Monochrome (shop), MontblancMeisterstück 149 fountain pen (shop), Smythson small leather notebook (shop), Galerie Perrotin ‘Les Seins Miraculeux” by Sophie Calle (shop), Rimowa multiwheel 68 cm suitcase (shop).

 

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Many of us are still looking for the perfect Christmas gifts, that’s why your favorite blog is feeding you everyday with a selection of gift ideas to make your friends and family happy. Let us then introduce a young quality brand: Shinola, a Detroit-based company dedicated to producing American-made products, including watches, bicycles, leather goods, journals, shoe polish, and even cola.

“The world thinks of Detroit as supercool right now because there’s a sense of grittiness and toughness, but there’s also a sense of excitement and optimism here,” says Daniel Caudill, Shinola’s creative director, who has overseen the opening of both Shinola boutiques—one in Detroit and the recently opened shop in N.Y.C.’s Tribeca. As a matter of fact, Shinola launched their collection in France in collaboration with Colette Paris. Check out our selection of their best leather goods below and add that on your list to your Santa before it’s too late!

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christmas-selection-hype-means-everythingI’ve decided I wouldn’t spend my next few week-ends running across Paris to find the perfect Christmas gifts, should it be for me or for my beloved ones. Instead, I would just seat behind my desk at home in my PJ and take advantage of some online resellers’ free shipping policies! I’ve started with Mr Porter, which you shouldn’t be surprised about if you’re a regular of this blog. We dudes don’t have much choice when it comes to online shops for proper menswear. If it weren’t for Mr Porter, I’d be short a few shirts and scarves and ties and shoes in my weekly rotations! Stay tuned for daily “wishlist” items in fashion, design, books, skincare, watches and many more until we reach Christmas day!

Clockwise from left:  Tom Dixon scaled-up blackened metal jack paperweight (shop), John Lobb monk-strap shoes (shop), Smythson leather watch roll (shop), Master-Piece leather-trimmed cordura backpack (shop), Aesop Mandarin facial hydrating cream (shop), Czech & Speake leather-bound manicure set (shop).

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After the final whistle at an ecstatic Stade de France, members of the French National Team – Franck Ribery, Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye and Raphael Varane – unveiled the new French National Team home kit to be worn in Brasil next year. It arguably combines the best in performance innovation with insightful design details; the new Nike French soccer kit gathers a sort of French tradition and national pride with a high-tech textile. Let’s just hope this uniform will turn out to be a vintage to remember!

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Totally digging that house on the cliff. Crisp, white, square, angular, levitating… The perfect summer house that build on a pretty coast or even better, an island. I’m thinking Ibiza. Warm weather, transparent waters, a pool, some escort girls… Pretty picture huh? Stop by the Fran Silvestre Arquitectos website for more crazy architectural projects like this one!

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What a beautiful concept by designer Artem Shykov! A piece of art that high-fidelity audio freaks would buy for the design only! A classic tape player/recorder in a handsome professional design body. Not very useful in a world where iPhones can record hours of talks in the palm of a hand but at least, you get to live like we’re back in the 50s!

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You know at HME we like to dream and have you dream with us, let’s then take a look at $14M New York condo super couple Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady just acquired on the 47th floor of the One Madison Park glass tower. The home is basically a three-bedroom, full-floor condo crafted by Danish designer Thomas Juul-Hansen. It features some of the most stunning views of the Big Apple available (see the dining room below)! You better not be sacred of heights…

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