LACOSTE celebrates its 80th anniversary with Maisons Francaise

There are collaborations and then there are collaborations. I for one have not seen such amazing products on display from so many brands that it is tough to select a favourite. For its 80th Anniversary, Lacoste has invited nine French houses to join the festivities, the names include Hermes, Baccarat, Bernardaud, Boucheron, Christofle, Fauchon, Goyard, S.T.Dupont and Veuve Clicquot. Each top end guest will treat the crocodile with An exclusive gift. These unique objects are symbols of the craftsmanship, expertise And know-how of some of the greatest names in French Luxury and are a tribute to 80 years of an extraordinary homage to Lacoste’s sense of innovation and excellence.

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The Crocodile’s anniversary party will be enlightened by an exclusive Baccarat creation — a crystal vase inspired by the tennis and golf trophies that René Lacoste, his wife, daughter, and all of the LACOSTE champions ever since, held high above their head. The design of this work of art is reminiscent of the prevalent shapes of the 30s. It stands as a tribute to the era where the Crocodile was ruling the tennis courts, while his wife was mastering golf courses.
To celebrate LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary, Bernardaud presents the Crocodile with 27 colourful porcelain golf tees reminiscent of the family- shared passion. The 27 different colours are directly inspired by the joyful palette of the LACOSTE polo-shirts. Until the 50s, the LACOSTE polo-shirt was only produced in white, but today, about 60 colours are available every season — an extension of the brand’s famous «joie de vivre»
In order to pay tribute to LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary, Boucheron created two exclusive brooches inspired by the legendary Crocodile. Boucheron is very famous for its animal-inspired creations. Made out of diamonds and emeralds, these exclusive jewels add up to Boucheron’s famous bestiary, now hosting two new crocodile guests. It also reminds us of a romantic move from tennis champion René Lacoste who gifted his wife a Boucheron brooch.
As René Lacoste was married to golf champion Simone Thion de la Chaume, golf represents an essential part of LACOSTE’s DNA. Their daughter — Catherine Lacoste— herself having embraced golf as a career reinforced this special relationship to that sport. Intrigued by these hereditary skills, Christofle drew its inspiration from that unusual family feature and pays tribute to LACOSTE on its 80th anniversary by producing the most exclusive silver golf club for the most exclusive players.
LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary is the chance for FAUCHON to pay tribute to the crocodile brand using its signature pastry: the éclair. Specially created for this event by the Maison’s pastry chefs, the FAUCHON éclairs for LACOSTE are green, magenta and white and come in four unique gourmet versions. The centres of these éclairs ooze elegant flavours, just like the LACOSTE collections. Food lovers will be able to choose between the truly creamy green tea, almond, vanilla, lemon and strawberry versions. These high fashion éclairs are bedecked with moulded chocolate shells that echo the texture of the famous LACOSTE piqué cotton polo shirts for the monochrome versions and glossy almond paste for the striped version. The legendary crocodile made from marshmallow adds the finishing touch to these creations.
For its 80th anniversary, LACOSTE is getting a very special gift from the French luxury trunk maker. In fact, Goyard is treating the Crocodile to an exclusive travel bag. It is indeed a perfect match considering the Crocodile’s universe, tinged with elegant journeys all around the world. This gift is also a tribute to the worldwide and well-established LACOSTE values. Mixing the two Houses’ codes — the Crocodile and stylized chevron-patterned monogram — this bag stands as a flawless illustration of Goyard’s traditional know-how.
Hermès pays tribute to LACOSTE’s tennis history with a unique gift conceived as a wink to the Crocodile’s birth. In the 1920s, tennis champion René Lacoste made a bet with his team captain about whether he would win a match he was about to play. The champion was given his nickname after the stakes of that bet — a suitcase made of crocodile skin — and soon started embroidering a crocodile on his legendary polo shirt. 80 years later, Hermès offers LACOSTE a crocodile tennis bag.
S.T. Dupont
For LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary, S.T. Dupont is presenting the iconic crocodile with a very special gift. The purposely mysterious case contains a beautiful lighter, two candles, a notebook and two pens: Elysée and Classique. Both functional and elegant, it’s the ideal kit for any chic sportsman on tennis courts or golf greens, before or after play. LACOSTE’s essential values, elegance and fair-play, also represent the core values of every champion. LACOSTE is deeply rooted in the sport values through its DNA, and with this gift, S.T. Dupont pays homage to that authentic heritage.
Veuve Clicquot
Since its foundation in 1772, the Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin House has remained true to its motto : «Only one quality, the finest». That is a simple way to sum up the essence of the brand. As one of the figureheads of French Champagne, Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin is obviously designated to bring the famous bottle to LACOSTE’s anniversary party. The brand manufactured a special trolley for that matter, paying tribute to the brand’s golf heritage. On the night of the anniversary, the popping cork should echo the noise of a golf ball dropping in the hole on a golf course.Nicknamed «the great lady of Champagne» in 1805 when her husband passed away, the Veuve Clicquot became the first woman to lead a champagne house and one of the first businesswomen of the modern era.

“Pop” Champagne and Water

Want to invest in some art for your home décor but don’t have the space or not sure you want it to hang on the wall? Well here is a solution- If you to happen have $20,000 lying around, how about going in for the new limited-edition bottle of Dom Perignon designed by Jeff Koons. The bright pink bottle is based on Koons’ famous Balloon Venus; it is a piece of art, open it and you can sip Dom’s Rose Vintage 2003.

Jeff Koons-bottle, Dom Perignon Andy Warhol and perrier

If $20,000 is a bit too steep but you would still like to carry a bit of art with you, or find a funky way to add art to your décor and sip from it get Warhol bottles which are officially available wherever Perrier is sold. The bottles are part of the brand’s 150th anniversary celebration.The new labels include those designs along with some memorable quotes from the artist (like “Art is what you can get away with” and “I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night.”)
So go ahead, invest in some ART!

Champagne Dreams

Luxury designer has created the world’s most expensive champagne in collaboration with luxury champagne brand Goût de Diamants, called “Taste of Diamonds”. Amosu also created the first worlds most expensive iphone and BlackBerry and can be found in the Guinness Book of Records for making the worlds most expensive bespoke suit. So he seems like the most obvious choice to create the most expensive champagne in the world.

Goût de Diamants, Alexander Amosu,

Goût de Diamants, Alexander Amosu,

For this champagne bottle, they have taken the signature Superman badge logo, which is made of Swarovski crystal, and have upgraded it to an 18 carat white gold. Centered in the badge is a single, flawless white diamond that in itself  is 19 carats. The drink is also handmade in 18ct solid gold and weighs approximately 36gsm, handcrafted and engraved with the client’s name and a single bottle costs £1,200,000. So if you want to do something special for a special occasion nothing can beat having the most expensive champagne in the world.

Celebrate Valentine’s day with these Gifts of Love

Love it or hate it, you cannot ignore it, yes, I am referring to Valentine’s day which is roughly 4 days away. I honestly am not one who celebrates Valentine’s day, in fact the only time I did celebrate it was in high school and I was very happy with the stuffed toy I got as a gift. You pressed the teddy and it sang “you are my sunshine” I loved the toy but it was my dogs mortal enemy, he hated the toy or the singing never did figure out which and within 6 months he attacked the toy and that was the end of the only Valentine gift I ever got, the only year I ever celebrated it. But that is just me, unless it is a holiday on that day no festival excites me, so I don’t look forward to a specific day to enjoy luxuries or holidays or gifts but for those who Valentine’s day is special or for whose partners it is special, here is a list of gifts for you to celebrate the 14th of February.

A clutch or Bag- A great gift for that special lady in your life is a clutch or handbag, reason being a bag does not rely on your height or weight unlike clothes, get a size too small and you could have issues for the rest of the evening. With make-up you never know what kind suits a lady’s skin type and God forbid they get some rash you are doomed, hence a hand-bag and some classic pieces last a lifetime. You can go in for Alexander McQueen’s silk satin embroidered hummingbird & flower square knucklebox clutch, or a radiant gift box minaudière in a stunning ombre effect of jewel tone crystal by Judith Leiber or even a Fendi Baguette.

Alexander-McQueen-Embroidered-Apple-and-Hummingbird-Skull-Knucklebox-ClutchJudith LeiberFendi_Baguette

Spa Treatment– Nothing is more sensual and relaxing than nice massage along with a steam or sauna. Either you give her a full-body massage or better yet, reserve a double massage for him and her. You should both take some time off and enjoy some relaxation together. It is Valentine’s Day day after all, not just your girlfriend’s day. Any kind of spa getaway is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Some of the Spa’s you can visit are as follows, Spa Natural at the Fortress, Sri-Lanka. NeoVeda Spa, Metropolitan Hotel, New Delhi, Heavenly spa at Westin Mumbai, The Claridges Spa Delhi and Ila De Sva Spa at Sahara Hotel Mumbai. All of these provide couple treatments, so go ahead and book a service immediately.

Valentine BoxSexy Lingerie– I have never met a girl who does not love lingerie. But most guys I know feel shy to go to a shop and buy lingerie, so here is the perfect solution-Under Cover lingerie, that you can order online. For Valentine Day collection they have come up with a ‘Naughty + Nice’ collection and have launched 4 special Valentine Boxes. Each box contains an assortment of products this includes an outfit with stockings and specially matched accessory. So, if you have a sweet little baby-doll in your gift box, you will find a pair of animal print handcuffs too. So go ahead and get your own box at

Partake in a physical activity- No, not that kind of physical activity; I mean something that will get your heartbeat going, like ice skating or going for a hike in the woods and bringing wine to drink on the way. Such activities are perfect to boost an old and predictable relationship, and nothing will kick-start a new relationship better than such a thrill ride. If sky is the limit, here’s the chance to touch it as couples seeking adventure now have a lifetime opportunity to sky dive with the internationally acclaimed Sky Diving Art of Extreme crew from Spain exclusively at Aamby Valley City. For reservations call: 022-39807444, SMS skydive to 59090,;

Luxury Valentine Package– The “52 Love Salute” Valentine’s Day Package from Four Seasons Hotel New York and JetWay Private Air. Costing around $487,000, this luxurious package includes:- A private chartered flight on a luxurious jet of your choice with Jetway Private Air from any U.S. state, 52 love songs on a play list for in-flight serenade and 52 love poems for you to have as homage to your sweetness. A night at Four Seasons Hotel New York in the Ty Warner Penthouse Suite, one of the most expensive suites in the world. The evening of romance includes: Caviar and Champagne from Calvisius Caviar Bar, unlimited use of the hotel’s Rolls Royce with a personal chauffeur, a personal butler 24/7 and a decadent dinner for two prepared by Executive Chef John Johnson as well as unlimited massages given in the Penthouse spa room.- A stunning 52-carat heart-shaped diamond necklace from Premier Gem Corporation that dazzles for eternity.

Moet Rose ImperialCustomized Champagne bottle– “Champagne is the ultimate expression of celebration, and our Moët Rosé Impérial is the most stylish and alluring way to celebrate and declare your love this Valentine’s Day,” said Arnaud de Saignes, International Director of Marketing and Communications for Moët & Chandon. Adding a sense of occasion and romance to Valentine’s Day celebrations, Moët Rosé Impérial effortlessly combines personalized luxury and romantic glamour. Express your feelings to the one you love with the customizable champagne bottle. The premium “Love Case” includes everything needed to create your own memorable declaration with the Moët Rosé Impérial bottle! Included is a pen and an elegant booklet with an array of stickers to personalize and decorate the bottle with your own special touch, and to convey whatever your message is: from “Be Mine!” and “I ♥ You” to “Let’s Celebrate!” “Marry Me” and “La Vie en Rosé!” among many others.

Adopt a Puppy– Well this is a huge step in any relationship, getting a pet together. And I think it is a perfect Valentine’s gift. I think adopting a puppy is a great way to take a relationship forward. Please note I am repeating adopt because I am big on adoption over buying, but to each their own,as long as a Puppy gets a home, it’s all good. Here are some sites you can check out for adoption.,


Chocolate Hampers– Cocheta Chocolates manufactures and supplies Delicious Homemade & handcrafted Chocolates, Cup Cakes, cookies, brownies, fudge , cake
bites, cake pops, marshmallow pops and fudge pops and more.Chocolates filled in centres are a latest craze amongst people. You can choose from various options in orange, strawberry, black current, mango in fruit flavours and butter scotch, honey, coffee, coconut are amongst other flavours. Apart from centre filled homemade chocolate gifts, you can choose from chocolate rocks in pistachio, cashew, almond, hazel nut and mixed nuts. Chocolate Bouquets: A unique fusion of Chocolate flowers and fresh flowers, suitable for any occasion. We also do cake pop bouquets, marshmallow bouquets, fudge pop bouquets. Starting Range Rs 650/, Another option is hampers from Nature’s basket which include chocolate cookies and even Oatmeal. So you can check out a Nature’s Basket in your city.

Tara's line of jewellery for Valentine's Day Celebration (11)Diamonds are a Girls Best friend- You don’t need an occasion to gift a girl Diamonds, any day of the year you get her a diamond and she will be yours for life. With the vast variety of diamonds available in the market they are no longer as un-affordable as they were once considered. So you can get your Special lady a Diamond pendant or if you want to propose do that over a nice meal. Try these restaurants which we think will make great places for a romantic meal, Rara Avis New Delhi, FIO New Delhi, Trifecta and Vinoteca Mumbai to name a few.(Image courtesy Tara Jewels)

Respect Women– It seems silly for the news, media and blogs to go on emphasising on something as basic as respect women, but somehow it seems necessary and unfortunate to have to repeat something as basic as RESPECT WOMEN not just the women in your life but women in general. It makes no sense to make one day special for women and the rest of the 364 disrespect them. So start a resolution this year to respect all the women you come across, look out for them, stand up for them and mostly just stop to objectify them- they are living beings. They have the capacity to create life so don’t make them feel worthless mentally or emotionally. Don’t play with their emotions and if you see any violence happen against them, stand up against it.