October 25, 2014

Luxury File

1 Make a red-hot statement Forget the red power suit. If you want to show that you mean business at your next breakfast or lunch meeting, walk in with this Jimmy Choo Bardia red water snake hobo bag slung over your shoulder. With its fiery patent-finished snakeskin and golden buckles, this handbag is far from subtle. And isn’t that the point? $3,295, Nordstrom in Waterside Shops, Naples. (239) 325-6100.
















2 Write with style A few carefully chosen words can speak volumes, so they should be written with a finely crafted pen. Caran d’Ache’s Secret Journey is a trilogy of fountain pens that pays homage to Voltaire, Chateaubriand and Tolstoy. Each writing instrument features a detailed design unique to the famous writer. A snowy depiction of mountains twists around the body of the Tolstoy pen, Secret Journey III, in yellow gold and white lacquer. A golden decoration suggests the banks of the Leman, and a sapphire denotes Montreux. Embedded in the pen, a Tolstoy quotation: “The beauty of this landscape dazzled me and gave me unexpected strength.” $12,500 each; $30,000
trilogy, Arabesque of Naples, (239) 403-0043.









3 Gaze at celestial artwork  More red caught our eye when we saw three bold paintings by Southwest Florida artist Alexia Larraine. Her work has an ethereal quality. Indeed, she finds much of her inspiration from the universe, hence such titles as Stellar Jets, Nova and Star Birth for her series of red oil paintings, which glow with splashes of golden yellow and burnt orange. $3,500 to $17,000, New River Fine Art, Naples. (239) 435-4515.











4 Add a little sparkle Do your fingers need some sparkle? They will catch light—and plenty of attention—with the likes of this 13.08-carat round diamond. The stone sits atop a platinum band that is accented by four smaller, tapered baguette diamonds. $352,000, Mark Loren Designs, Fort Myers, (239) 482-4664.










5 Accentuating pillows Add a little touch of whimsy to your favorite seating area with the Pastorale Pillow Collection by Ankasa. Pierre Deux partnered with Ankasa, which is renowned for its hand-embroidered pieces, to create these soft, gray-blue pillows (a must-have color for fall home décor). The linen, embroidered, raised reliefs depict flights of fancy that will bring a smile to your face. $160 to $400, Pierre Deux in the Miromar Design Center, Estero. (239) 947-5301.

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