If you’ve ever owned a moisturizer emblazoned with an Aesop logo, chances are you spent a good deal of time marvelling at the store you found it in before picking up any products.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: The sound emanating from within C. Bechstein’s piano factory in the sleepy German town of Seifhennersdorf, Saxony, is a cacophony of keys being tested, the guttural sawing of wood, and, at one workbench, a radio softly playing American pop music.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: The original mid-century modern pottery house, Heath Ceramics, hasn’t strayed far from its roots over the past 66 years.

The pâtisserie can be found in nearly 30 countries globally, and Ladurée president David Holder is “honoured” to bring the brand to Canada, noting that Vancouverites will finally be able to “take a piece of Paris home with them.”

With notes as varied as kiwi, vanilla, and anise, and consistencies ranging from cloudy to clear, saké is as rich in character and culture as traditional wine—but that’s often lost in translation.

As the noses behind the new fragrance Valentino Donna, Sonia Constant and Antoine Maisondieu combined forces to craft a scent that embodies the classic traits of Valentino’s world of grace and delicacy, with a flourish of Parisian romance.

Freud was among the great minds that frequented Café Landtmann—the psychoanalyst once lived nearby, visiting the café for languorous games of chess—as did Gustav Mahler, Marlene Dietrich, and Burt Lancaster.

Napa Valley’s vineyards flush with the changing seasons—from a toasted wheat colour to deep mauve and fire-orange—and many wineries plant mustard or daisies to bloom in between the vines. Across the valley, fulfillment and wellness go hand in hand.

By pairing up artistic masters with future virtuosos, Rolex’s Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative opens doors to a school of thought unlike any other.