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Dream catcher.

Joining the ranks of Panthère de Cartier, Love, and Juste un Clou, Amulette de Cartier is the venerated jeweller’s newest collection. At the core, and found on each item in the collection, is the circular harm the fortuitous talisman, the wish capsule.

Cultural commune.

An architectural luminary and a fashion-house great will come together in Paris this fall with the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in a new Frank Gehry–designed building.

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.

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.

Aleksandra Pollner's porcelain fortune cookies.

Wedge, roll, cut, shape, repeat. That’s the mantra of Seattle-based artist-designer Aleksandra Pollner when she’s forming porcelain fortune cookies before they are kiln-fired.