Jonathan Saunders joins Smythson once again for his second collection with the luxury leather goods brand. His Spring/Summer '14 collection updates the Grosvenor collection with splashes of colorblocked panels in their briefcase and folio pieces.
Baxter of California releases its third candle collection, the Ash Series. From its beaches to its mountains, the series is inspired by the California outdoors and is expressed in three candle scents: Sweet Ash, Smoke Ash, and Wood Ash, and feature notes of cedar, pine, sandalwood, cade and smoky ash.
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died earlier today in his West Village apartment. The Academy Award winner was apparently found by a friend on the bathroom floor around 11:30 am after he could not be reached and his friend grew concerned. An official told the NYT that a syringe was found in the actor’s arm at the scene as well as an envelope of heroin by his side. Hoffman has battled drug abuse in his early twenties and was clean for 23 years before relapsing and undergoing drug detox treatment mid-2013 for substances including heroin.
PSH will be best remembered for his string of outstanding performances in films like “The Master,” “Doubt,” and “Charlie Wilson’s War”. His work in 2005′s “Capote” landed him an Oscar for Best Actor. Hoffman will appear in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ which is set to hit theaters in November of this year and is currently in post-production.
BMW has unveieled the 4 Series Gran Coupe, a welcomed addition to one of the company’s newest model ranges. It blends the sleek and sporty look of the 4 series Coupe with the functionality that comes from have four doors and a spacious, flexible luggage compartment. The 4 Series GC has instantly become one of our favorite vehicles in BMW’s lineup. The conceptual inspiration for the 4 Series GC comes from the 6 Series Gran Coupe and adds to the perfect balance of the body design and the sleek appearance of this car. It’s constructed with the same length, width, wheelbase and track as the two-door version, while the roofline of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is 4.4 inches longer and slopes gently to the rear of the vehicle. The silhouette is half an inch higher to offer more headroom and comfort for rear-seat passengers, and contributing to increased headroom at all seats and the overall feeling of interior spaciousness.
Under the hood, the 428i Gran Coupe will feature BMW’s 240hp TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder while the 435i Gran Coupe will be powered by the 300hp TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline six. The 428i xDrive Gran Coupe will also be available at launch with BMW’s all-wheel drive system. All versions are mated with the German automaker’s 8-speed sport automatic transmission.
Warby Parker's first seasonal collection for 2014 adds five new shapes and a great new set of color options. A couple of our favorites to look out for are the Kimball (above) with its vintage shape and "Marzipan Tortoise" acetate and the Lowry sunglasses, a large wayfarer-like frame that comes in a beautiful "Green Citrine" colorway.