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The History of Bulgari

Bulgari

What started as a tiny shop in Rome is now a top Italian export, with hotels and jewels that continue to dazzle.

The Jewelry: Authentic antique Greek and Roman coins have been a hallmark since heir Nicola Bulgari first started mounting his collection on gold in the 1960’s. Price upon request.

The Hotels: The company’s third property, Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London (rates not available at press time), opens in May.

The Amenities: Bulgari hotels stock their own delicately scented green-tea bath products.

The Idol: Elizabeth Taylor said Bulgari’s shop was a highlight of filming Cleopatra in Rome—so much so that Richard Burton remarked: “The only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is Bulgari.”

The Backstory: Though the brand was originally launched in 1884, Sotirio Bulgari opened this shop on Rome’s Via dei Condotti in 1905; it still stands today.

The Bag: Snakeskin leather purse embellished with gold chains and replica coins. $3,200.

The Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal in Bulgari sapphires and diamonds at the International Rome Film Festival.

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Photo courtesy of Bulgari

Cartier's Calibre Multiple Time Zone Watch

Cartier Calibre Multiple Time Zone watch

In an era of mass-produced gadgets, there is a certain pride in knowing that a single Swiss artisan produced your watch by hand. Case in point: the 18-karat white-gold and alligator Cartier Calibre Multiple Time Zone. With the ability to track the time in 24 cities and a face that displays the hour in two places at once, this is the ultimate accessory for jet-setters. Price upon request.

Photo courtesy of Cartier

Miami's Lincoln Road: A Quick Look

Miami shopping with Zeina Chitembure

Zeina Chitembure, a style blogger in Miami, talks to T+L’s Christine Ajudua:

“Wherever there are shoes, I go—hence the name of my blog, The Shoegawker. The ones I’m wearing are by Jeffrey Campbell; you can find his designs at LF (229 Eighth St.; 305/672-4928), nearby. My favorite Lincoln Road boutique is the Alchemist (1111 Lincoln Rd.; 305/531-4815). It’s in a really cool car park and shopping center, and carries labels like Azzedine Alaïa and Alexander Wang. I also love coming to Lincoln for brunch at Balans (1022 Lincoln Rd.; 305/534-9191). It’s the sort of place where you have mimosas and Bellinis in your bathing suit, and then walk down the street to the beach. That’s the Miami Beach vibe. You don’t come to this area to go to a hole-in-the-wall restaurant—you come here to be seen.”

Photo by Jeffery Salter

Found: The Perfect Travel Dress

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Ladies, I have found it. Thousands of miles and hundreds of destinations later, I've found the dress that works on every single body type, and more importantly, travels effortlessly and elegantly. It's the Karina dress, available in 15 styles. You can stomp on the dress, crumple it up, and it will still look smooth and polished when you slip it on. Versatile and appropriate, I wear the dresses for both weekend getaways and work trips.

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Hermès Takes on India

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The French luxury goods label recently unveiled its first store in Mumbai. Located in a Victorian-style building in the heart of the city, the 3,025-square-foot Hermès space stocks everything from fashion to furniture; there’s also an in-house gallery with fine art on display. Available now for a limited time: a line of handcrafted cashmere, silk, or mousseline saris (price upon request). 15A Horniman Circle, Fort; 91-22/2263-0093.

Photo courtesy of Hermès

Gaultier Exhibit Opens in Dallas

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It might come as a surprise to some that the first exhibition devoted to an appraisal of the career of Jean Paul Gaultier should take place in Dallas, but Dallas is a stylish town (the headquarters of Neiman Marcus) and one of only two U.S. venues for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

The show, which just opened at the Dallas Museum of Art (through February 12; dma.org), presents 35 years of chic from the enfant terrible of Paris couture in an innovative—sometimes startling—display that includes 30 mannequins with animated faces and voices, including Gaultier himself, provided by audio-visual projection. Fashion comes alive!

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Travel-inspired Candles by Astier de Villatte

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How’s this for a flame of the month? Paris-based ceramics company Astier de Villatte recently unveiled a range of scented candles inspired by some of the world’s loveliest locales. With hints of, say, the wisteria-covered trellises of the Grand Hôtel in Cabourg, France—where Marcel Proust penned part of his classic Remembrance of Things Past—and a patina to match, they’ll surely transport you to another time or place.

Candles from $75, astierdevillatte.com

Christine Ajudua is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo credit: Lars Klove.

Helsinki: So Hot Right Now

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It may be getting chilly in the Baltics, but Helsinki is heating up. Finland’s biggest city—perhaps best known for its colorful Marimekko prints and Modernist works by the late, great Alvar Aalto, not to mention its abundant saunas—has been named the 2012 World Design Capital.

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What’s in Style: Museum Exhibitions That Focus on Fashion

Balenciaga spiral hat at the Bard Graduate Center

Chicago: Charles James (1906–1978) was a true couturier, revered for his mastery of cut and structure. “Charles James: Genius Deconstructed,” an exhibition at the Chicago History Museum (Oct. 22–April 16, 2012), aims to broaden appreciation of the designer’s talents by showcasing his ball gowns and tailored dresses.

New York City: Milliner Stephen Jones plays curator with “Hats: An Anthology” at the Bard Graduate Center (pictured; Sept. 15–April 15, 2012). Jones has chosen more than 250 items, including a Balenciaga hat and creations by fellow London milliner Philip Treacy, whose witty fascinators made Will and Kate’s wedding such a head-turning event.

Photo by V&A Images

Editor’s Pick: Globe-Trotter’s New Leather Luggage Collection

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If you like Globe-Trotter luggage as much as some of us, you’ll love this: for the first time in its 114-year history, the British brand, known for creating vulcanized fiberboard cases (Sirs Winston Churchill and Edmund Hilary would attest to their durability), has launched a collection of discreetly stylish carry-ons, totes, and accessories all handcrafted using—wait for it!—super-soft leather.

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