Four Seasons Magazine | Issue 2 Summer 2019
ANYTHING TO DECLARE? Express yourself with adornments by these up-and-coming designers. They’re proof that it’s a singular vision, more than a hefty social media following, that influences the trends of tomorrow.
A NAME TO WATCH
Increasingly soughtafter by aficionados and collectors, independent Dutch watchmaker Grönefeld is led by Bart and Tim Grönefeld, aka "The Horological Brothers." This year, they’re taking their family’s history of highly complicated timepieces to a more streamlined space with Grönefeld’s first-ever automatic.
The handbag market continues to find inspiration from independent designers. Case in point: Angela Wang, who hails from Wuhan, China, and Daniel Li, originally from the steppes of Tibet, founded Ratio et Motus (Latin for "reason and emotion") in New York a year ago. Their work is indeed smart and satisfying, with top-quality, sustainably sourced Italian leathers and versatile vintage shapes.
French-Lebanese jeweller, civic activist and nonviolence advocate Selim Mouzannar found the seeds for his new Gemma collection in the flower-covered façades of his neighbourhood in Achrafieh, one of Beirut’s oldest districts. Each of Mouzannar’s numbered pieces is a hand-selected combination of emerald-cut stones that adds a touch more colour and clarity to the world.
While working as a financier, British designer Jennifer Chamandi—a lifelong lover of mathematics and shoes—took weekend courses in shoemaking and then learned Italian so she could pitch her business plan to her ideal manufacturer, outside Milan.
Her "Eye of the Needle" heel construction, fostering a more personalized fit,
was granted a U.K. patent in 2018, and she was named to the
2019 Walpole Brands of Tomorrow program.
THE LONG GAME
R E L A T E D P O S T S
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