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Tucked away on a nondescript Hollywood street, a few hundred feet from a grey, thrumming cement-mixing plant, stands luxury boutique Just One Eye.

The legendary French maison has welcomed six creative revolutionaries from varying fields to give their interpretation of the signature LV monogram for a series of bags and trunks in celebration of the brand’s 160th birthday.

If Alain Regad had it his way, pantyhose would be sold not alongside bras and panties in lingerie departments but as accessories in fashion and beauty aisles. As the president of high-end hosiery brand Gerbe, Regad is transparent about his passion for the French label he bought nearly a decade ago.

Christian Louboutin’s red-lacquered soles speak for themselves. This summer, Toronto’s Design Exchange plays host to a celebrated Louboutin retrospective.

The granite and limestone art deco building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in New York contains 16 jewellers’ benches on the seventh floor. The tools splayed on each bench mimic what would be found in a carpenter’s toolbox. The noticeable difference is scale: screwdrivers, pliers, and saw blades are a fraction the size of what Mr. Fix-It uses.

Lovers of all things Christian Louboutin, take note. In celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary, the designer’s famous red-soled shoes stroll from the catwalk and into London’s Design Museum this summer with a retrospective devoted to the man and his designs.