The best of Luxpresso : Shoes, wineries, winter wear, cookbooks, perfume oils, fashion documentaries, watches and more


From Tod’s men’s shoes to top wineries in Nashik to trendy winter wear to coffee table cook books to perfume oils to fashion documentaries to the Armani watch we bring you the week that was at Luxpresso

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Ferrari inspires Tod’s new collection for men
Two of Italy’s top automobile and fashion brands, Ferrari and Tod’s, have joined hands to create a special collection of footwear for men.
It combines the fine craftsmanship of Tod’s with Ferrari’s race-car designs and comprises the iconic Gommino moccasin shoes in classic Ferrari colours of red, black, blue, and yellow. Besides this, the collection also features sneakers and boots.
Sporting contrast stitching, the shoes come in patent and suede options with rubber soles, and bear the famous prancing horse logo of Ferrari on the straps as well as the soles. They are now available at Tod’s boutiques across the globe, as well as on Ferrari’s online store.

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Best Vineyard vacations in Nashik
Thanks to the number of vineyards it has, the wine city of Nashik makes the cut as the Nappa Valley of India. While Sula Vineyards here is known to host oenophiles at its resort property, here are a few more wineries in Nashik that make for ideal getaways.

Vallonne Vineyards
Established in 2009, Vallonné’s vineyard is a boutique winery overlooking the Mukhne Lake and the Kavnai peak, and offers customised winery tours to travellers. The vineyard also has a four-room estate on the slopes of the Sahyadri range, opposite the grape plantation. With the famous wine expert Shailendra Pai as the vintner (winemaker), the winery serves excellent Rosé, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon red wines. To complement these wines, they serve a lip-smacking menu prepared by Pune’s famous Pan-Asian restaurant Malaka Spice on premises. The rooms are furnished with vintage wooden furniture and locally sourced handcrafted upholstery. The itinerary involves stomping grapes, bullock cart rides to the villages nearby, and hiking the mountains. Guests can also enjoy a candlelight wine dinner.

Soma vineyards
Located a few kilometres away from Sula Vineyards in Nashik is Soma Vine Village.. The resort has seven exclusive duplex villas, each offering an uninterrupted view of the grape plantation. The property also has an amphitheatre, a gym and in-house spa called Nilaya. The wines created here are exclusive to the resort and its guests. It offers four types of wines—white, red, sparkling and rosé. Complementing these wines are the dishes served by the resort’s in-house chefs, who, on request, will be exclusively dedicated to you till your stay at the property. Apart from stomping grapes and watching the distilling process of wines, guests can also go go-karting and zip lining at the Zonkers Adventure Park situated close to the winery.

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Chateau d’Ori
Chateau d’Ori vineyard is spread across 300 acres of fertile land. Makers of wine the French way, the winery bottles red and white wines yielded from varied grape types like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Chateau d’Ori is known best for its supply of red Merlot wines across India. It also has a tasting room where vintners not only host exclusive wine dinners but also age the fermented grapes in oak barrels. Accommodation for guests is arranged at the estate’s farmhouse nestled amidst lush plantation. The four-bedroom property is furnished with oaken furniture and velvet and silk upholstery. The vineyard also has an in-house chef.

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Stylish knitwear to buy this season
We get you warm clothes that are stylish and open the doors to knitwear heaven. Robert Cavalli woven dress with leather fringe, Alexander McQueen cardigan, Ph5 Ryker Knit striped jumpsuit,Oscar De La Renta Sequin cardigan, Jason Wu Merino Silk knit sweater and Missoni Soundwave cardigan.

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From Bulgari’s kitchen
The secret behind Bulgari flooding its Instagram page with lip-smacking dishes finally comes to light. The Italian jewellery brand is celebrating the launch of Italian Michelin Star Chef Luca Fantin’s book La Cucina di Luca Fantin by Bulgari, which was released early this week at the Bulgari hotel in London. The Japan-based Italian chef owns an eponymous restaurant, II Ristorante Luca Fantin, at the Bulgari Ginza Tower in Tokyo. His coffee table cookbook is a compilation of 32 of his original recipes like spaghetti monograno felicetti with sea urchin, venison with salsify roots, and wild mushroom flan with broth
The book is currently made available on Amazon.in and is priced at ₹ 5,589.

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Get a whiff of Louboutin’s new perfume oils
After creating fabulous perfumes earlier this year, Christian Louboutin now launches three perfume oils for the discerning women. The water and alcohol-free, highly concentrated fragrant oils are sequels to the perfumes launched by the brand. They have been created using the same ingredients as the perfumes—Bikini Questa Sera, Tornade Blonde, and Trouble in Heaven.
The elixirs come with a glass dabber for smooth application. Furthermore, these can be used during massages or be layered with the perfumes to make them stay through the day. The exceptional containers are objet d’art, created in collaboration with the London-based Heatherwick Studio that is known for its designer projects across UK.
The Christian Louboutin perfume oils are available at the brand’s stores globally, each priced at $320 (approx. ₹21,371)

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Best in fashion – Documentaries to watch out for
Ever wondered what led to the tragic death of Lee Alexander McQueen or what the mood was at Dior’s workshop when Raf Simons was creating his first line for Dior? These documentaries will answer all you want to know about your fashion favourites. Some of the documentaries are on McQueen and I, Lagerfield Confidential, Valentino: The Last Emperor, Mademoiselle C, Dior & I, Bill Cunningham New York, The Director, Iris and Jeremy Scott.

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Emporio Armani’s timepiece
Emporio Armani recently joined the wearable technology race with the launch of its first hybrid timepiece called Emporio Armani Connected. The fashion brand partnered with Fossil to release the watch. Ideal investment option for corporate honchos, despite being a Smartwatch, this one looks nothing like it.
The sleek watch has a steel bezel and a textured dial with silver indexes. It can be fastened with patent leather straps available in black and brown. The timepiece includes a fitness tracker, an in-built music player, and also comes with a tracker to locate one’s phone when lost. It also notifies the wearer of calls and messages of the phone through vibrations. However, nothing is displayed on the dial. The one best feature of this watch is that once it is charged the timepiece can run uninterrupted for six months.
Available in colour options of rose gold, black, gunmetal, and stainless steel, the hybrid Armani Smartwatch will launch next month in Emporio Armani boutiques in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru.