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EV3 UK 1909 Edition: Morgan Partners Selfridges

In 1909, the first radio broadcast was made and Joan of Arc was beatified by the Pope – it was also the year British brands Morgan and Selfridges were founded. In honor of the occasion, Morgan named its latest car the EV3 UK 1909 Edition and enlisted Selfridges to help. The new Morgan EV3 will be launched at the Salon Privé concours d’Elegance from September 1 – 3 this year.

Clearly, the Morgan EV3 UK 1909 Edition couldn’t be any more British. Created in partnership with the iconic departmental store and fashion retailer down Oxford Street, the collaboration celebrates the automaker’s 107th anniversary with a production of 19 examples of the classic three-wheeler electric car. On the inside, the special edition will run via an electric motor that gives a distance of 120 to 150 miles per charge and hit a top speed of 90mph – just like the standard EV3. Its façade, however, gets the high-end treatment; the bullet-bodied car comes black with Selfridges bronze detailing, and its interiors are fitted with wood and treated aluminum.

Morgan EV3 UK 1909 Edition

For a car this eye-catching, it is only right to dress the part and Selfridges has also got that sorted out for you. Nine British designer brands have created gear for the occasion – think Linda Farrow driving goggles, an Alexander McQueen scarf, a Globetrotter trunk that fits in the car’s luggage rack – of which all are manufactured in the UK.

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“The combination of engineering, style and design seen with the UK 1909 Edition EV3 lends itself to be unveiled at Salon Privé,” said event co-founder David Bagley. “[It is an] event that combines cars, glamour and fashion at one of Britain’s most glamorous locations.”

Morgan EV3 UK 1909 Edition

Following its appearance at Salon Privé, the retro-futuristic car will go on show at Selfridges in Birmingham on October 1 and then to the London Oxford Street store November 1, where potential buyers can view the car in all its iconic glory. The Morgan EV3 UK 1909 Edition will only cost a surprising £52,500, which is a huge bargain for a bespoke, collector car  from a future that never will be, if you ask us.

For a more detailed look at the car and its manufacturing process, view the video below:

Selfridges Toasts Shakespeare Birthday with Theater

High-end department store Selfridges is rolling out a new in-house theater as part of its Shakespeare celebrations this year. This of course marks a new level of, well, theatrical flourishes for the chain that gave us the modern drama of shopping and legitimized consumer culture in Great Britain.

In collaboration with LG, the Selfridges store on Oxford Street in London will host a new theater until September 24, 2016, as part of their celebrations of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday year.

The new “reFASHIONed Theatre,” located in Selfridges’ 3,500 sq-ft Ultralounge space, will hold 100 seats, and will feature a traverse stage, box office, royal box and a lighting rig to provide an immersive retail theater experience for its customers.

Much Ado about Shakespeare

Customers will be able to watch rehearsals and performances of “Much Ado About Nothing” performed by British theatre company The Faction. Rehearsals will run from July 18 to August 22, with performances taking place from August 23 to September 24. Tickets for the show cost £20 (around $26) which includes a commemorative brochure.

MAC cosmetics professionals will be showing customers how stage makeup is applied, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art will host a two-week residency prior to the show, offering visitors speech tuition, stage-craft workshops, acting, dance and on-stage combat masterclasses.

Selfridges has also launched a collection inspired by Shakespeare, including exclusive one-off pieces created by designers including Christopher Kane, Maison Margiela, Craig Green, Rick Owens, Simone Rocha and Alexander McQueen. The garments will be used in the store’s window displays alongside famous Shakespeare quotations.

Shakespeare’s 400th birthday

This year, celebrations have been taking place across the world to celebrate the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death. Some UK-based examples include the British Library’s special exhibition entitled “Shakespeare in Ten Acts”; the BFI’s extended program of Shakespeare on film, and King’s College London’s Shakespeare400, a series of performances, programs, exhibitions and activities to honor the Bard’s life.

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Selfridges goes gold this Christmas

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British department store chain Selfridges have unveiled an exclusive collection of all-gold bags for the holiday season.

Signature styles from the Fall/Winter 2014 collections have been reimagined in gold for an exciting Christmas capsule at .

Anya Hindmarch clutch

Prices for the exclusive pieces range from £450 (approx. $715) for the Mini envelope patent-leather cross-body bag by Sophie Hulme, rising up to £60,000 (approx. $95,000) for a made-to-order Anya Hindmarch crisp packet clutch which comes in a choice of solid 18 carat yellow or rose gold and can be customized with your name.

Sophie Hulme - Mini envelope patent-leather cross-body bag

Other exclusive highlights include a gold snakeskin version of the Proenza Schouler PS11 bag (£1,990, approx. $3,155) and a gold leather tote by Simone Rocha (£1,430, approx $2,270). For the gold-loving traveler there are also three Rimova suitcases which have all had the Midas touch.

Moschino Metallic gold leather tote

All the bags are available to buy in all Selfridges stores and online at Selfridges.com

Hay Mini Market

Hay pops up in London with miniature marketplace

Contemporary design concept “Wrong for Hay” is launching a pop-up stall at London department store Selfridges during the London Design Festival.

Hay Mini Market

The Hay Mini Market celebrates the start of London Design Festival, showcasing hundreds of pieces, including lighting, accessories, textiles, stationery and glassware and will remain throughout the Christmas season.

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The store has been inspired by the concept of a supermarket and will feature products displayed on aisles of shelving.

Wrong for Hay

“Wrong for Hay” first launched in 2013 at the London Design Festival. The Hay Mini Market will be open 7 days a week at Selfridges, Oxford Street.

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Moet & Chandon Unveils Champagne Vending Machines

After caviar, cupcakes and high-end mascara, now there’s a vending machine selling bottles of luxury bubbly by Moet & Chandon.

In what some see as the champagne house’s attempt at making bubbly more accessible to the general public, the new vending machine at London department store Selfridges dispenses blinged-out mini bottles of bubbly, bedecked with 350 deco-inspired Swarovski mini crystals.

The machine is located in the store’s Christmas section, where shoppers can stock up on 200 ml bottles for £18 ($29) for the holidays.

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It’s the latest luxury product to find its way into an automatic dispenser at a time when consumers demand convenience and customer service is becoming increasingly automated.

This spring, Selfridges also debuted a vending machine that sold Chanel mascaras for a limited time.

Last year, the world’s first caviar vending machine debuted in the US for customers with haute snack cravings that go beyond candy bars and chips.

The Beverly Hills Caviar machine dispenses containers of caviar along with all the accoutrements needed to throw a caviar fete, including blinis, truffle oil, Mother of Pearl plates and spoons and gourmet salts.

Chanel opens pop-up nail bar in London

Chanel nail station Selfridges

From May 31 to June 12, Chanel will be celebrating its “unique love affair” with nails with a nail bar feature ‘Le Vernis Couleurs Culte de Chanel’ at the famous Selfridges store on London’s Oxford Street.

There will be plenty of Chanel cosmetics specialists offering redeemable nail shape and paint options, and true beauty fanatics will also be able to book an appointment with celebrity nail specialist Sophy Robson (£30, approx €35).

“London’s Flyest Nail artist,” who has worked with clients including Tom Ford and Iceberg, will be in store on June 5 and 6.

To add to the excitement there will be three special shades of the Le Vernis nail polish — Bel-Argus, Azuré, and Lilis — available exclusively at the pop-up.

Just last month fellow French luxury brand Christian Dior celebrated its own nail varnishes at Harrods in London, where artist Sophie Harris-Greenslade produced designs inspired by recent catwalk pieces by Dior creative director Raf Simons.

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Selfridges To Launch Drive-Through Service

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The British luxury retail giant Selfridges has launched its first click and collect service in all four of its stores across the UK to improve flexibility amid growing demand for convenience.

With click and collect, Selfridges’ customers will be able to shop online every day until 4pm and collect the following day from the dedicated collection point at one of its four stores.

Selfridges is also opening a drive-thru click and collect service at its London flagship store, enabling customers to collect products ordered online without even having to exit their car.

Shoppers will also be allowed to try fashion and accessories on before deciding whether or not they want to complete their order and take them away.

In addition, Selfridges is launching an international delivery service of online orders later this year.

Loewe Tales of Spain

Loewe launches ‘Tales of Spain’ collection

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Spanish luxury label Loewe has launched a capsule collection with London department store Selfridges.

The ‘casual and young’ collection from Loewe sees the classic Spanish brand attempting to reach a more youthful audience.

Over the past few seasons, British creative director Stuart Vevers has worked to modernize the brand’s image while also exploring the company’s origins back in 1846 as a Madrid leather goods atelier.

Tales of Spain is Loewe’s latest attempt to spin this artisan tradition into a new contemporary capsule collection at a more accessible price point.

One of the ideas retrieved from the brand’s archives by Vevers is the 18th century ‘Mantón de Manila,’ a richly patterned hand-embroidered shawl featuring bird and flower motifs.

Also reinterpreted and included in the Tales of Spain collection is Loewe’s ‘Mariposas’ or butterfly print, a major hit for the brand in the 1980s.

Scarves feature the iconic prints alongside a range of handbags (including a tote, a shoulder bag, and pouch-sized clutches). Additional accessories are available as bag charms, belts and bracelets alongside sunglasses, nail stickers and temporary tattoos.

The brand is also taking a leaf out of the Kenzo book (the Parisian label recently produced a line of hit jersey shirts) and will release a ‘Tales of Spain’ sweatshirt with the classic Loewe monogram.

Hitting shelves in May, handbags start from €990 euros and silk scarves from €295 and will be available in most of the brand’s flagship stores as well as online at Loewe.com.

Loewe Tales of Spain collection

Chanel mascara now sold in vending machines

Chanel Vending Machine

Chanel is serving up mascara via innovative vending machines at Selfridges for a limited time only.

Chanel famously first created ‘human vending machines‘ in 2012 at Fashion’s Night Out, but the French luxury label has taken a robotic leap into the future with its latest project.

London beauty fans are now able to get their hands on Chanel’s first volumizing mascara via exclusive automated vending machines at the Selfridges department store.

The mascara is available in three shades: ‘Noir’, ‘Prune’ and ‘Bleu’, and the applicator features a unique ‘snowflake’ brush designed to lengthen and separate lashes as it coats them with quick-drying mascara for a volumizing effect.

From April 25 to May 8, customers will be able to use the machines at the central London store, with eye makeovers supplied by Chanel’s beauty experts.

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Lagerfeld to launch Olympics Collection at Selfridges

Team Karl London Olympics

Karl Lagerfeld will launch his Olympics-inspired line at Selfridges on July 24, three days before the Opening Ceremonies in London.

Lagerfeld will attend an exclusive party at the London department store that evening to kick-off his exclusive shops within the store.

A womenswear space will pop-up on the third floor, where the capsule collection of clothing and accessories will sell underneath the banner labeled “Team Karl.”
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LILY by Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney Launching LILY Fragrance

LILY by Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney has announced the launch of her latest fragrance, which unusually features truffle as a top note.

Entitled L.I.L.Y, the perfume will launch exclusively in the UK at department store Selfridges January 26 before reaching other retailers February 15.

L.I.L.Y stands for ‘Linda I Love You’, which was the nickname given by Stella McCartney’s father, Sir Paul McCartney, to his late wife Linda.
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Bombay Sapphire House of Hackney Keepsake

Bombay Sapphire Limited Edition ‘Keepsake’ Bag

Bombay Sapphire House of Hackney Keepsake

Bombay Sapphire has collaborated with homeware designers House of Hackney to re-imagine their iconic Hackney Empire print.

It is featured on the specially created velvet pouch bag designed to keep special curios and pieces that have been collected on one’s travels.

The Bombay Sapphire ‘Keepsake’ was inspired by Bombay Sapphire’s exotic botanicals that are carefully sourced and collected to create the iconic gin.
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Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bar

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Private Bar

 Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bar

Luxury whisky Johnnie Walker Blue Label has partnered with Porsche Design Studio, to create the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Collection by Porsche Design Studio.

The collection consists of “The Chiller” and “The Cube”, but is led by a made-to-order Johnnie Walker Blue Label Private Bar (price available on request).

Made from the finest materials – including brushed titanium and leather – the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Private Bar, measures 220cm high by 65cm and weighs 450 Kg.
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Victoria Beckham designs handbag for Selfridges

crocodile skin bag

Victoria Beckham has designed a one-off bag for the Selfridges Christmas collection, costing £8,995 ($14,700).

The one-of-a-kind creation, part of the exclusive Selfridges ‘White Christmas’ range, is made from crocodile skin and features a delicate gold chain handle.

Other items in the all-white collection include a white Burberry trench, a white Mulberry Alexa bag, a white Issa gown and a white Alexander McQueen clutch.
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Ruinart Interpretation

The Ruinart Interpretation Giftbox

Ruinart Interpretation

For a fun new way to entertain guests after dinner why not try a new interactive wine tasting activity with The Ruinart Interpretation Giftbox?

The Giftbox explores the aromatic bouquet of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, revealing the eight contributing aromas of the signature cuvée to offer a unique tasting experience.

This set brings to life an initiative that was designed to reveal the secrets of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and to present a sociable format to discover the cuvee wine.
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Dita Von Teese’s Cointreau Coffret

Cointreau and its International Brand Ambassador, Dita Von Teese, collaborated to create the Cointreau Cocktail Coffret.

The Coffret and boudoir set is a beautiful box that delicately cradles a custom-designed bottle of Cointreau, two cocktail glasses and a pink cobbler shaker.

Covered in soft silky fabrics in powder pink shades of pearl, it becomes an ornate jewel box complete with a concealed trapdoor, and a small golden key – perfect for storing one’s most precious treasures.
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