Hollywood actor Brad Pitt was tapped by French fashion and fragrance house Chanel to be the spokesperson for the latest edition of its best selling scent, Chanel No. 5. At $4,200 per 30-ounce bottle, the Grand Extrait edition of this iconic women’s scent is the most expensive perfume Chanel has ever come out with, trumping its previous 7.5-ounce version which costs $2100.
Dubbed as a bottle of the perfume in “its rarest, most collectible form,” the Grand Extrait contains the exact same formula of the classic Chanel No. 5 except that it is packaged in an exquisite and updated version of its faceted bottle, said to have been made using a combination of molds and the special handiwork of seasoned glass-makers. The bottle is then placed in a “hand-assembled, artisan-crafted case,” a work of art in itself. Furthermore, the Grand Extrait comes in a very limited quantity, making it highly exclusive and quite collectible. Read more
A new breed of online shoppers has been born: the ones that are willing to part with huge sums of money for items that they have never tried on nor seen up close.
Online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.com, which describes itself as the World’s Premier Online Luxury Fashion Destination, is preparing to sell highly embellished red dresses by Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, each with a staggering price tag of £32,000 (approximately $49,000). With such price tags that can buy several brand new cars, the dresses are easily the online store’s most expensive items to date. Six of the dresses have already been ordered by Net-a-Porter’s buyers. Read more
French fashion house Hermes was recently blasted on the New York City-based blog, The Awl, for selling a T-shirt with a heart-attack inducing price tag of US$91,500 at its men’s store on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. And that is not to include sales tax that would be around US$8000. According to the author, Choire Sicha, the pricey shirt hangs unobtrusively on one of the store’s shelves among other Hermes merchandise with more down-to-earth prices.
Sicha described the tee as “made out of crocodile leather, luxurious and beautifully sewn.” He didn’t try it on but he thinks it is “rather uncomfortable, and perhaps a little heavy, for a t-shirt.” Read more
Water is the most precious liquid on earth. Every living creature needs water to survive. But for the wealthy, ordinary water just won’t quench their thirst. Just like everything else that they wear, touch, ride on, live in, eat and drink, a basic need like water must be something fancy enough such that the rest of the world could not afford to get their hands on.
There have been plenty of designer water out there. Some sourced from the most secluded of locations while others contained in the most exquisite bottles made of precious materials and bedecked with jewels. However, all of them will not match the superiority of the Aurum 79.
At $900,000 per bottle, the Aurum 79 is currently the world’s most expensive bottled water. The bottle alone is crafted from the finest crystal glass and adorned with pure 24-carat gold and embedded with a total of 113 dazzling diamonds.
Scrabble is one of the most popular board games of all times. Almost everybody I know owns a scrabble set, which includes the very familiar square board made of cardboard, letter tiles and tile racks made from cheap plastic or wood! Scores are jotted down on paper using a pen. No fuss, no complicated accoutrements, just simple wholesome fun.
Recently, Mind Sports International decided that the lowly game board needs a high-tech and expensive make-over. In time for the company’s upcoming festival in Prague (December 1-4, 2012), a new state-of-the-art Scrabble board was developed. The technologically-advanced game board features LEDs, RFID chips and software that transmits the game to the Internet in real time, eliminating the need to record and track scores with pen and paper.