New & Noteworthy

Chef Eric Ripert’s temple to all that is piscine, Le Bernardin (212.554.1515, www.le-bernardin.com ) has been at the top of Manhattan’s food chain since it opened in 1986. But while Ripert has...
A year after chef Christopher Kostow won three Michelin stars at The Restaurant at Meadowood (707.967.1205, www.meadowood.com ) , he made a surprising move: He closed for three months and rethought...
Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, partners in the wildly experimental Chicago restaurant Alinea, devised an even more daring concept for Next, a shape-shifter whose menus are inspired by a specific...
The Asian decorative art of maki-e is an ancient one, involving intricate designs created from thin layers of gold dust (or other metallic powder) coated in lacquer from an urushi tree. During the...
Although Faber-Castell’s history spans more than 250 years, the German maker of pens and pencils continues to innovate. In recent years, it introduced the notable Graf von Faber-Castell line of high-...
David Oscarson, the irreverent St. Louis pen maker, is known to produce designs based on themes such as the Mayan apocalypse. But his most successful creation was Pierrot and Pierrette, a 2005...
Jack Row—a 26-year-old goldsmith in Birmingham, England—made his debut in the luxury pen market last year with Architect, a collection of fascinating intricacy and modernity. Employing both centuries...
When Greg Kwiat took over as CEO of the storied vintage jeweler Fred Leighton two and a half years ago, he knew that keeping up the inventory of rare collectible jewelry would be a challenge. "It...
Harry Winston looked no further than its robust archives for inspiration for Ultimate Adornments, its most ambitious collection in decades. Some of the 40 elaborate, one-of-a-kind pieces recall...
Leave it to a fashion house to see fine jewelry through a different lens: Without the constraints of a jewelry heritage, Chanel Fine Jewelry created a series of daring new designs with its 2011...
Viren Bhagat has been called the JAR of India: Like JAR, the legendary yet elusive jewelry designer Joel Rosenthal of Paris, Bhagat produces very few pieces for a select group of buyers. And while he...
The German jewelry house Hemmerle seems to know no boundaries when it comes to raw materials, freely mixing aluminum, wood, and lava stones with exceptional gemstones and diamonds. "We have lifted...
To say that this 11-carat fancy intense-blue diamond is one of a kind is almost an understatement. Less than 0.3 percent of all diamonds are blue, and because of this gem’s extraordinary size and...
Cartier’s famous panther first slinked onto the scene in 1914, in a drawing commissioned by Louis Cartier to decorate an invitation. But it was not until the 1930s that Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s...
When Beverly Hills designer Martin Katz meets with a gem dealer, he typically asks, "What do you have that is weird and different?" Rather than seeking traditional sapphires, diamonds, and rubies,...
With 11 sugarloaf-cut emeralds, 2,000 diamonds, and more than 18 months of work, Taiwanese designer Cindy Chao created this exquisite Equinox cuff (price upon request). It is one of just eight...
Gucci has reached beyond the brand’s shiny, hard edges, creating a rich vintage look for a fall line of exceedingly functional travel bags. This duffel, made with distressed lambskin and a...
Old is new with Isaia’s richly textured topcoat. The company employs a 14th-century Tuscan method of processing wool to create the characteristic curls of its Casentino cloth. The process, which...
RLX Ralph Lauren has grown from a collection of stylish sports gear to a full-blown line of apparel and accessories designed to meet even professional athletes’ demands. For its high-performance gear...
The bomber jacket, worn by aviators for decades, is the quintessential symbol of cool masculinity. It has made a return to the fashion runways this fall, and Stefano Ricci, staying true to the brand’...
Prada has captured the retro spirit of fall with an exceptional collection of bold, geometric twill neckties based on 1920s and ’30s designs ($215 each). With flashes of bright color and patterns,...
Ermenegildo Zegna has delivered the fall’s most tempting sportswear collection. It features a range of stylish pieces in luxuriously relaxed materials, including (from far left) a suede coat with...
Leave it to the Neapolitan suitmaker Kiton to bring back la dolce vita with a remake of its own 1960s velvet dinner jackets (about $5,500). Kiton’s glamorous rendition for fall is a versatile piece...
The revered Parisian footwear brand Berluti, established in 1895, has transformed into a full-fledged men’s luxury brand with its first show-stopping ready-to-wear collection. The fall 2012...
It is not easy to make a statement—at least, not a good one—with a man’s belt, but David Yurman does just that with a series of inlaid buckles featuring gemstones such as agate and tigereye. "Belt...
One of the world’s most luxurious knitwear brands, Brunello Cucinelli has raised the bar even higher with a new collection of down-lined cashmere sweaters. Hand-knit at Cucinelli’s Solomeo...
The Italian fashion brand Corneliani has introduced for fall an array of soft, supple shirts in jersey blends that give any suit an updated image. This must-have jersey shirt (left, $265) moves with...
The tried-and-true leather brand Bally brings considerable expertise to its new made-to-order collection Scribe. The footwear line presents leather and exotic skins in a range of styles, but the...
With his fall 2012 collection, Tom Ford makes it clear that his stylish suits are not just for fashion-conscious gentlemen and A-list celebrities: He can dress just about any man with one of five...
"The collection has an element of power," says Louis Vuitton menswear designer Kim Jones. "The clothes make the man look heroic." Indeed, Jones has delivered the strongest collection for fall 2012,...

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