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November 26, 2008
The Dunhill brand has sunk its teeth into the 21st century by delivering the Pave Black Diamond USB port, a far cry from when Alfred Dunhill took over his father's saddlery business in 1893. The company has grown over time: Today, the brand Dunhill is synonymous with luxury men's goods, from timepieces and lighters to leather goods, fragrances, and clothing.
Dunhill's latest offering has made No. 2 on the company's Top 20 Gifts list, right behind a black leather business luggage brushed in gunmetal hardware but before the carbon fiber and titanium skis and stainless steel with 18-karat rose gold and diamonds mechanical belt.
The Pave Black Diamond USB port, which retails for $6,665, is an exquisite gift for the most ostentatious of tech lovers. The USB drive boasts an impressive 8GB of storage. And although the base is made of oxidized sterling silver and discretely branded with the Alfred Dunhill name, what truly makes this stand out from the pack is the 272 black diamond embellishment.
I'll be thinking of this the next time I use a puny flash drive for a presentation.
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November 25, 2008
For those of you who bought the limited edition, Maclaren Juicy Couture stroller—priced at $450 with quilted pink seat, foot muff, and coordinating head hugger and shoulder pads—you've been one-upped. Starting tomorrow, Bugaboo, dubbed as the "Rolls Royce of babydom," will offer a new version of its popular Chameleon stroller, designed by Marc Jacobs, for $1,500. The chic, all-black stroller comes with a canopy and bassinet cover in black-on-black "love Marc" print. I can just envision the horde of Park Slope, Brooklyn, mommies debating the necessity for an upgrade.
Slim pickings though; there are only 15 available. According to parenting blog Daddytypes.com, "Starting November 26, four will be at Colette in Paris; Selfridge's in London and the Marc Jacobs boutique in Dubai get two apiece; one will be for sale in Amsterdam. And six will be for sale at Marc Jacobs NY."
Shopping blog Racked.com gets a bit more granular: "We were excited to witness the madness when the strollers go on sale Wednesday, but it turns out that (a) they're being sold through the Marc Jacobs showroom, (b) you can order them in advance, and (c) already only three are left. Lame! Should you desire an MJ stroller passionately but not enough to actually leave the house, you can always call Little Marc at (212) 206-6644 and have it shipped." Seems like an inevitable Bugaboo war on eBay.
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November 24, 2008
On a cold winter's day in New York City's East Village, my friends
and I went to a bar around the corner from where I lived and ordered my father's favorite drink: a rusty nail. One healthy dose of Macallan single-malt scotch and a splash of Drambuie, this hard-nosed cocktail warmed my throat, stung my nose, and made me a bit teary-eyed. But, boy, did it taste good—like peaches and blood oranges and honey and saffron. It evoked fond memories of my
father mingling with friends and family at significant occasions.
With the holidays at our doorstep, the award-winning Macallan 25-Year-Old Fine Oak is an exquisite gift, priced around $500 for a 750ml bottle. Devotees of the single malt will enjoy the rich, robust aroma, with hints of blood orange and wood spice, as well as coconut and vanilla flavors. It's sure to be a treat for any special occasion.