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No grander entrance.

Hong Kong–based Peninsula Hotels has made its first European foray with the opening of Peninsula Paris at 19 Avenue Kléber, just steps from the Arc de Triomphe.

Humanitarian handbag.

H Project, Holt Renfrew’s collaborative shop-in-shop, studiously supplies its shelves with items that have an emphasis on craft and culture. This October, Holt Renfrew will launch an updated version of their Gucci Bamboo Shopper.

Artistic growth.

The Aspen Art Museum has stood on the banks of Colorado’s Roaring Fork River since 1979, but after significant growth in visitors in recent years, it needed more room to stretch.

Music lovers.

Remember when someone professed affection for another with a custom mixed tape? Creating one took effort and dedication, to carefully play the cassette while simultaneously recording on another.

The Haas Brothers' "Beast" collection.

At 29, Los Angeles–based Nikolai and Simon Haas (fraternal twins) have made their shared name by doing custom creative construction. Their “Beast” series is on display at Design Miami until June 22, 2014.

The new Salvatore Ferragamo handbag.

The round-toe, low-heeled pump with grosgrain ribbon and a gold buckle stamped with “Salvatore Ferragamo” has long been a badge of country-club chic. The Vara, as Fiamma Ferragamo (Salvatore’s late daughter) called the model she designed in the late 1970s, remains a wardrobe staple.

French connection.

The Conran Shop, one of London’s preferred concept design boutiques, looks no farther than across the English Channel to inspire its latest in-store collection, “A Season in France.”

Turn style.

SUMMER CYCLES: San Francisco’s Mosi Bicycles rode onto the scene in 2011, introducing updated classic European models as an extension of personal style. The brand is concerned with looking good from handlebar to pedal as much as getting from A to B.

Fare thee wild.

Open since April, Blacktail Florist knows its greens—and proteins, too. The Vancouver restaurant boasts share plates aplenty, all conceptualized by executive chef and co-owner Jimmy Stewart (previously of Top Chef Canada and Whistler’s Bearfoot Bistro).