Refresh the Set With These 10 Luxury Items Making Waves in the Culture

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1. VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

2. CARTIER SANTOS

3. BLU ATLAS ATLANTIS

5. LUXURY SNEAKERS

10. LUXURY BELTS

Step into the spotlight with our selection of 10 luxury must-haves that are currently taking the fashion world by storm.

From the intricate designs of Van Cleef & Arpels to the pioneering Cartier Santos, and the vibrant hues of Louis Vuitton duffle bags to the cutting-edge chic of luxury sneakers, this list is your gateway to the latest in high-end style. 

1.VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

 

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In the glittering world of high jewelry, few names shine as brightly as Van Cleef & Arpels, twinkling with the allure of a star-studded night sky. 

Born from a tale as romantic as the pieces themselves, Van Cleef & Arpels embodies a vision of love, grace, and artisanship. 

Each meticulously crafted piece whispers stories of grandeur and finesse, a legacy gracing the necks and wrists of royalty and celebrities alike. 

From LeBron James to Kate Middleton, and of course,  the iconic family photo of Offset and Cardi B, Van Cleef has draped the elite in elegance, making cultural waves with each appearance.

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Dive into their collections, from the nature-inspired Alhambra to the sleek Perlée, and you’ll find each line tells its own story. 

Whether it’s delicate flowers, whimsical animals, or celestial bodies, Van Cleef & Arpels brings them to life with a flourish of precious metals and gemstones, ensuring every piece is a ticket to a world of wonder and sophistication.

2.CARTIER SANTOS

 

Step into the legacy of the Cartier Santos, and you’re not just checking the time; you’re making a statement.

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With its bold square bezel and unapologetic screws, the Santos doesn’t just tell time; it declares it with an air of aristocracy and daring. 

A watch that embodies the spirit of early aviation, crafted for the daring Alberto Santos-Dumont. 

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This isn’t just a timepiece; it’s a piece of history, a nod to the bold and the brave. 

Worn by the likes of Oscar winners and red-carpet regulars. Mahershala Ali, Daniel Kaluuya, and even the ever-charming Tom Cruise have all lent their wrists to this iconic timepiece.

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But let’s not dwell solely on the Santos’s storied past. 

The present offers its fair share of alternatives for those enchanted by its design yet seeking something new. 

From the chic & modern Rado True Square to the accessible Casio A230, there’s a world of watches waiting to be discovered, each with its own story and style.

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3.BLU ATLAS ATLANTIS COLOGNE

 

In the ever-evolving world of scents, Blu Atlas Atlantis has emerged as a titan in 2023, whisking wearers away on an olfactory odyssey with just a hint of its essence. 

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It’s a fragrance crafted for the modern explorer, a man who thrives in the urban jungle but dreams of the wild, untamed corners of the earth.

Atlantis might be the new kid on the block in the men’s fragrance world, but it’s quickly charting its course to the top, captivating hearts with its unique aquatic freshness and the spirit of adventure it embodies. 

4.BOTTEGA VENETA CASSETTE BAG

 

Enter the realm of high fashion with the Bottega Veneta Cassette Bag, more than just a holder of day-to-day essentials; it’s a fashion statement. 

It’s not just a bag; it’s a tactile experience, a conversation starter.

Bottega Veneta is synonymous with understated luxury and innovative design. 

The Cassette Bag, with its iconic intrecciato weave, embodies the brand’s dedication to melding traditional craftsmanship with a modern twist.

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And let’s talk impact – the Cassette has quickly become the darling of the fashion elite, seen dangling from the shoulders of the style-savvy.

Jacob Elordi, Rihanna, Hailey Bieber, and Deepika Padukone have all embraced its unique charm, catapulting it to ‘it’ bag fame. 

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Hailey Baldwin image, wearing a green bottega veneta padded cassete bag

It’s the subject of every fashion blog worth its salt and a constant fixture in street-style round-ups.

For those drawn to the Cassette’s allure but seeking something a tad different, there’s a world of alternatives. 

With alternatives like the Steve Madden Bmatter bag to JW PEI’s Women’s Croissant Top Handle Bag  offering their own twist on texture and form.

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product image of the jw pei croissant bag in white

5.LUXURY SNEAKERS

 

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Enter the dazzling world of luxury sneakers, where the mundane transforms into the magnificent. Gone are the days of monochrome, uneventful designs, where cheaper retail alternatives had tonnes more character. 

Now is the era of unrivaled creativity and opulence. 

Crafted by the upper echelons of fashion, these sneakers are a harmonious blend of superior craftsmanship and high-fashion aesthetics. 

Catching your eye with their unique designs, premium materials, and, let’s face it, eye-popping price tags, they’re not just shoes; they’re wearable pieces of art.

Let’s take a closer look at some of ‘em:

Rick Owens DRKSHDW

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These aren’t just sneakers; they’re a statement. 

With their avant-garde, post-apocalyptic style, Rick Owens’ sneakers are for the bold, featuring elongated tongues and often monochromatic, distressed looks.

  Lanvin Sneakers:

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Lanvin brings elegance to the sneaker game. With luxurious materials and sleek designs, and eye-catching laces these sneakers are a subtle nod to refinement in the casual world. 

But if Lanvin’s aren’t within reach or you’re looking for something a bit different, consider the chunky charm of the Osiris D3.

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And remember, a quick lace switch-up can bring that bespoke touch to your footwear, easily elevating any pair to mimic Lanvin’s sophisticated aesthetic.

Mihara Yasuhiro – Peterson High-top Trainer: The Peterson High-top Trainer is all about deconstruction and redefinition

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product image of the black and white Mihara Yasuhiro Peterson High-top Trainer with a white background.

With its unique, almost melting design, it challenges perceptions and reinterprets the traditional sneaker silhouette.

Louis Vuitton Trainer:

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Combining the storied craftsmanship of LV with contemporary design, LV trainers are a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, featuring the iconic LV monogram and innovative shapes on a timeless silhouette.

Gucci’s Screener Sneaker: Gucci takes the chunky sneaker trend and turns it up a notch with the Screener. It’s retro, it’s bold, and it’s all about making a statement with its beefed-up, distressed look.

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6.COLORFUL LV DUFFLES

 

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Immerse yourself in Louis Vuitton’s vibrant world with their colorful duffle bags, each piece a celebration of the brand’s rich history and flair for the contemporary. 

Akin to if Louis Vuitton’s classic trunks decided to have a high-fashion baby with modern luxury — voilà, you’d get these

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These duffles aren’t just about carrying your essentials; they’re miniature masterpieces.

Every color, stitch, and detail on these bags is a nod to Louis Vuitton’s heritage, blending the artistry of past craftsmanship with the vibrancy of modern luxury. 

This bag isn’t just about hauling your essentials; it’s a masterclass in branding, sporting that curvaceous silhouette, sturdy handles ready for a grip, and the LV monogram that’s as recognizable as a celebrity’s autograph.

7.MAISON MARGIELA TABIS

 

Step into the conversation-starting world of Maison Margiela’s Tabi boots, where art and footwear fuse into an iconic fashion statement. 

Known for their signature cleft toe, reminiscent of traditional Japanese tabi socks, these boots boldly challenge every norm of conventional shoe design.

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Under the visionary helm of Martin Margiela, the brand has become synonymous with deconstruction and audacity, and the Tabi boots stand as a testament to this legacy. 

The split-toe detail isn’t just a design element; it’s a declaration of individuality, accompanied by cylindrical heels and sleek, clean lines. 

The Tabis are minimalist yet profoundly impactful, creating a silhouette that’s instantly recognized and often revered.

Since their inception, the Tabi boots have cultivated an almost cult-like adoration among the fashion elite and street style mavens alike.

Spotted on the likes of  Dua Lipa, Irina Shayk and many more they’ve transcended their status as mere footwear to become icons of cutting-edge, boundary-pushing style.

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8.ALAIA’S EMBELLISHED MARY JANES

 

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In the realm of sophisticated footwear, Alaïa’s Embellished Leather Mary Jane Flats reign supreme, blending classic charm with a dash of daring. 

These aren’t your ordinary Mary Janes; they’re a testament to luxury and innovation, turning the familiar silhouette into a canvas for extravagance with their sumptuous leather and audacious embellishments.

Azzedine Alaïa, a maestro of craftsmanship and design, ensures that each pair of these flats is a wearable work of art. Reflecting his commitment to enhancing femininity, these Mary Janes are more than just shoes; they’re a homage to the sophisticated spirit of the women who don them.

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With a design that straddles the line between demure and dramatic, Alaïa’s flats feature the classic rounded toe and comfortable fit of traditional Mary Janes, elevated with lavish detailing.Whether it’s intricate studs or bold patterns, the embellishments are integrated seamlessly into the design, making these flats a beacon of style and elegance.

9.HERMES SCARF

 

Enter the realm of opulence with the Hermes scarf, a testament to luxury and artistry. 

Each piece is more than a mere accessory; it’s a canvas of extravagance, draped in sumptuous silk and adorned with vivid, intricate designs that narrate tales of elegance and allure. 

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The moment you catch sight of one, prepare to be captivated by the dazzling patterns and the fabric’s luxurious caress.

Rooted deeply in French luxury, Hermes has long stood as a beacon of quality and innovation. 

Introduced in the 1930s, Hermes scarves quickly became a cornerstone of the brand’s identity, weaving together artistic flair with practical sophistication. 

The texture of silk twill adds just the right amount of sheen and fluidity, making each scarf a statement piece in any wardrobe.

But an Hermes scarf is more than just an elegant addition to your outfit; it’s a symbol of status, a fragment of fashion history embraced by the elite and style connoisseurs globally. Its iconic status is endorsed through its presence in films, red carpet events, and timeless photographs, securing its spot as a quintessential emblem of luxury.

10.LUXE BELTS WITH STATEMENT BUCKLES

 

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Luxury belts transcend their functional origins to become pivotal fashion statements, particularly those boasting eye-catching buckles. 

These belts merge utility with high fashion, often acting as the linchpin of an outfit or stealing the spotlight with their distinctive designs and superior materials.

The pièce de résistance of any luxury belt is the buckle— a showcase of the brand’s creativity and flair.

Ranging from logo-embossed clasps to ornate adornments of precious metals and stones, these buckles are not just fasteners; they’re badges of style and luxury. 

The belts themselves have evolved from mere strips of high-quality leather to bold creations of varied materials, embracing everything from plush fur to shimmering rhinestones, reflecting the fearless imagination of today’s designers.

Whether it’s the gleaming YSL silver logo belt, ASAP Rocky’s custom riot belt, the embellished BB Simon belt, or Balenciaga’s monogrammed masterpiece, these belts are not just part of an outfit—they’re central characters in the story of contemporary fashion.

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