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Shoes, Comfortable Shoes

There are so many beautiful shoes available, but they are not all comfortable and certainly not all attractive on large feet. I fall into the large old feet category. I take good care of my feet, but there really is nothing I can do about the size 10.5. So, when I find well-made shoes that are attractive and comfortable, I am happy. This summer I came across two companies: Charleston Shoe Co. and Arcopedico. They each reach a different market. (At Luxe Beat Magazine we do test the products we review, so the information we give is as accurate...

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Manufacture Royale ADN

Manufacture Royale marks a new era with the introduction of the ADN. Combining their iconic design with a new more contemporary aesthetic, the Manufacture Royale ADN collection emerges in stunning evolution. At the center of it all is Manufacture Royale’s ninth calibre—the MR09—designed, built, and assembled in their workshops located in Vallorbe, Switzerland. Featuring a flying tourbillon, the resolutely modern skeleton movement displays two independent time zones, each set right to the minute. Impressive as it is ingenious, the local time is indicated by a jumping-aperture disc that reveals the time as it jumps from one hour to the...

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Exclusive Haus Alkire Designer Luncheon

On May 2, Bay Area fashion luminaires and notables gathered at W San Francisco as W Hotels Worldwide, The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), and celebrity stylist and owner of MGK Style Mary Gonsalves Kinney welcomed guests to an intimate designer showcase featuring the designs of Haus Alkire – named “Ones to Watch” by Bazaar magazine and “Top Picks from New York Fashion Week Designers on the Rise” by Vogue magazine.         Guests had the opportunity to preview and shop the collection of the celebrated womenswear designers, Jason and Julie Alkire, in the Extreme...

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Wedding Footwear is a Breeze with Hey Lady Shoes

Hey Lady shoes offers one-of-a-kind style with a one-of-a-kindness philosophy. Each vintage-inspired shoe with modern comfort and style will serve as a platform for giving. Not only do Hey Lady shoes include full NASA-developed memory foam insoles, but they are good for the soul. When you purchase Hey Lady shoes, you are helping deserving causes, as each purchase will immediately donate a portion of proceeds to non-profits close to the designers’ hearts. Co-founders Emily and Jessica Leung, aka the Leung Twins, could not choose just one mission to support, and wanted as many living creatures on this planet to benefit. Every shoe has a history and makes a difference for...

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top Global Trends for Italian Luxury Fashion Boutiques

italist.com is the largest marketplace for Italian luxury fashion boutiques. In a country where luxury fashion is life, Italian fashion buyers posses the sharpest eye in our industry. Italist runs a quarterly report identifying the global trends from the purchases from customers from all over the world. For this report, italist.com analyzed the sales of 200 top Italian retailers to uncover the most sold brands per region and category for both men and women for the FW16 season. From this analysis, we’ve also determined the top five countries that spend the most in Italian luxury fashion boutiques. In order...

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Aspire–For “Barely There” Eyewear

Jewelry for your face When I started wearing eyeglasses at the age of 8, very much against my will, I hated the ugly utilitarian frames and took them off whenever I could manage to see, albeit myopically, without the correction. When comfortable contact lenses became available, I jumped on that solution and used the contacts for years. And then a couple of strange things happened. I got older (again very much against my will). Presbyopia set in, which meant that if I wanted to see things (like restaurant menus) close up, I had to put on a pair of...

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Clara Kasavina: The Luxury of Elegance

Recently, a Clara Kasavina “Peggy” clutch was given to me as a gift. Someone knew what would bring a smile to my face, a twinkle to my eyes, and certainly what would accompany me on my upcoming crossing on the QM2. It also sparked my interest in the Clara Kasavina Collection. Clara and her husband started their business in New York thirty years ago and have handcrafted luxury items since. There were so many beautiful handbags and clutches, I would not have been able to pick a favorite. I could get one or two a year and be happy. What...

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LuxeBeat Exclusive: Interview with Reality TV Star & Fashion Designer Angel Brinks

We sat down with the beautiful Angel Brinks, who is one of the stars of Basketball Wives LA and a fashion designer. What started as just leggings in 2010, has since blossomed into a full line of sexy head-turning dresses, lingerie, rompers, denim and jackets. Fans of the brand include stars such as Amber Rose, Natalie “Eva” Marie of E!’s WWE Total Divas, Blac Chyna, K. Michelle, Lil’ Kim, Hazel-E of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Ashanti, Jazmine Sullivan, Trina, Mya and Draya Michelle. The native Angelino and exotic beauty took time out of her busy schedule and chatted...

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Men’s Fashion Tips for a Dapper Summer

It’s hard to believe, but summer is almost here, and that means days spent by the pool, barbecues every weekend, and a variety of fun holidays on the horizon. With the weather changing and a bevy of social events on the calendar, it’s time to start your summer sprucing in—where else—the wardrobe. From footwear to outerwear, this list has all the fashion essentials you need to stand out in the crowd this summer. Denim Options Get rough and tumble with your jeans this summer, because distressed denim is back in the game. Think cuts, scrapes, and patterned distressing. Most...

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Custom Design Your Own Luxury Handbag

Have you ever looked for just the right handbag to go with a favorite outfit and shoes, only to settle for something different than you hoped? I have a solution for this dilemma. I recently learned about the handbag manufacturer Laudi Vidni from a gift card inside the 2016 Madison & Mulholland Awards Season Gift Bag. Viewing the Laudi Vidni online, I found it surprisingly informative and easy to use with prices starting at $75 for a custom designed bag. With 26 styles from wallets and wristlets, clutches, small bags to cross bodies, totes, shoulder bags and backpacks to choose from, you can then...

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Dress for a School’s Success

Okay,  class, what do Michael Kors, DKNY, J. Crew and Calvin Klein have to do with school fundraising?  You’ve earned an “A” if you answered Schoola.com. Schoola is a simple yet effective fundraising program that started with parents sending in their gently used children’s clothing. Items sent to Schoola are listed for sale at Schoola.com at amazing prices. Quality brand name clothes get a second life at a fraction of retail prices.  Schools then receive the proceeds — $2 of every $5 spent from every item sold. With the success of children’s clothes sales, Schoola Founder and CEO, Stacey...

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Luxury and History at Quebec’s Auberge Saint-Antonine Hotel

Located on one of Quebec City’s richest archeological sites, the Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel literally sits atop centuries of history. The hotel integrates three historical buildings of the 18th and 19th century, as well as a wharf and battery structure that dates back to the end of the 17th century. Directly across from the St. Lawrence River near the port in Quebec City’s Old Town, this famous hotel has been a member of the Relais & Chateaux Association since 2005. It also boasts a CAA-AAA Four Diamond rating as well as being named one of the top hotels in the...

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