Where to shop in Kyoto 2015 edition

I have written an article on where to shop in Kyoto (spring 2015) for Hakuhodo brushes, Ippodo tea, Imabari towels, Shoyeido incense and home wear/room wear (Gelato Pique). Japan has become a fantastic place to shop because the yen keeps going down in value against the US dollar. Don’t forget to take your passport to […]

Top five cool things to buy in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is a shopper’s paradise. This is the place to buy things that are difficult or impossible to find outside Japan, for example, Japanese makeup and skin care products, fountain pens, exquisite paper goods (notebooks and agendas), and elegant, practical bags. Here is my list of the top 5 categories of things to buy in […]

Belstaff jackets for men: modern take on the motorcyle jacket

If you are looking for a great jacket this year, look no further than Belstaff, a menswear brand launched in 1924 in the United Kingdom, but now owned by an Italian firm. Much of their clothing is made in Italy. Historically, the company specialized in all-weather jackets for motorcyclists and the aviation market. It has […]

Very Sixties Max Mara winter coat

I love this winter coat from the Max Mara 2012 fall-winter collection because it looks so chic. Think Emma Peel from the 1960s TV series, The Avengers. In light grey with little fur puffs at the end of the sleeves, this coat will keep you warm and still make you look extremely cool. Max Mara […]

Funky patent leather car shoes from Max Mara

If you love the comfort of the car shoe but tire of their staid, conservative look, check out these patent leather car shoes in bright colours from Max Mara’s fall-winter 2012 collection. You can wear these shoes with jeans, wool trousers, a mini dress or mini skirt, and winter pantyhose. They are great to walk […]

Long live the ballet flat!

I walk a lot in Paris so flat comfortable shoes are absolutely necessary. Often I wear sneakers when running around doing the grocery shopping, which entails visiting local farmers’ markets, or making trips to the butcher, fishmonger, charcuterie (for cured meats), fruit and vegetable stand, boulangerie for bread and fromagerie for cheese. But there are […]

MySuelly: chic retro style bags in Paris

If you are looking for chic leather bags that don’t cost a fortune, check out French indie leather goods firm, MySuelly. I found the cross-body bag shown in the first photo above in a lovely boutique called Arty Dandy in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. You can buy MySuelly’s delectable creations online at the MySuelly […]

Goat Fashion spring-summer 2012 collection

I am a fan of Goat Fashion dresses. They’re always simple and elegant, emphasizing cut and color, not useless ornamentation. You can buy them online at Matches.