Diptyque, the luxury fragrance house from France, has opened up its first Canadian boutique. Its coveted fragrances can be discovered in a Parisian apartment setting in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

Online wine auctions took off during the Covid pandemic, when it was impossible to gather for live events. Now that restrictions have eased, in-person auctions are back. But Iron Gate, a wine auction house based in Calgary, has put together a hybrid: a five-day online auction that will culminate in an in-person auction where online bidders can continue to participate.

Nearly 25 years since W Hotel opened in New York City, Toronto gets its own outpost in the city’s Yorkville neighbourhood.

In Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, Thomas Balaban Architecte gave new life to a 1910 carriage home by virtue of a small floating extension. The expansion proved a difficult undertaking due to the neighbourhood’s architectural preservation rules, which restricted the building’s height. TBA’s challenge was to also figure out how to expand the home without stripping it of its character and limiting its already minute outdoor space.

A new shopping experience has come to Canada’s old stalwart department store. An elevated Levi’s Shop-in-Shop is the latest addition to Vancouver’s Hudson’s Bay. Beyond its expansive 6,600-square-foot layout, a few key services distinguish the premium Levi’s Shop-in-Shop from its counterparts.

Inside what was formerly the Versace mansion, Gianni’s at the Villa offers a luxurious dining experience for the upper crust. Located on Miami’s most glamourous street, Ocean Drive, Gianni’s adds a touch of vintage glamour to the modern bustle of the street, with interiors dating back to the 1930s.

PAD London, the esteemed international art and design fair, is taking place this week, October 10-16. After two years of online exhibitions, this year’s edition of PAD is the best yet, featuring 67 unique galleries, 18 of which are first-time exhibitors.

In the world of wine, few names have the prestige of barolo and barbaresco, with bottles selling for hundreds and even thousands of dollars. These wines hail from Piedmont, Italy’s second-largest region. Piedmont has the ideal combination of Mediterranean sun and cooled Alpine air to produce the highest-quality grapes. If you’re looking for the perfect bottle to pair with holiday meals, here’s a primer on seven wines and the winemakers to look for.

Experience the spirit of the American road trip this fall with a roughly five-hour drive along the scenic byways of the Southwest. Observe the amazing red rock formations, giant ponderosa pines, and unexpectedly colourful fall foliage.

Collavini brings together two apparently contradictory practices: making wines in pioneering styles and drawing on indigenous varieties that have grown in Friuli for centuries, perhaps millennia. Call it blending innovation with history.

At the foot of the Arenal Volcano in northern Costa Rica, a network of thermal pools and rivers braids through a lush rainforest reserve. It is where Tabacón Thermal Resort and Spa was founded with the aim of protecting this jungle ecosystem while allowing guests to reap the healing benefits of the hot springs.

Bangkok is a city of contrasts, where modernity coincides with tradition. Tuk tuks whizz by at top speed, and modern buildings tower overhead, creating a captivating cityscape. There is so much to discover in Bangkok by meandering along the city streets and through the neighbourhoods, each one distinctive.

A canal house built in 1675 is now the epitome of contemporary design in the Netherlands. The neglected building was transformed into a residential oasis by the interior architecture firm i29, which reimagined it as a bright home with unexpected views and a minimalist yet quirky design.

For those of us wanting a break from beer and wine but without the requisite skill to craft a delicious cocktail at home, there is hope. Enter Vancouver’s Please Bottling Co., the brand looking to shake up the RTD world with an eye toward local, seasonal flavours and a welcoming bricks-and-mortar experience.

Costa Smeralda, an artful new book released by Assouline this July, celebrates this singular vision with richly coloured archival photographs. The introduction recounts how the project transformed the coast into a playground for the international jet-set and includes quotes from visitors like Giorgio Armani and George Clooney.

Surrounded by the green pastures of the Austrian Alps, with cow bells ringing in the distance, a stay at the Gasthof Krone is a leisurely experience. Whether it’s enjoying deliciously crisp cream pastries in the library or a well-chilled Austrian wine in the restaurant, life’s little pleasures are celebrated in the historic hotel in Austria’s alpine region.

Canadian lifestyle brand Canada Goose launched its fall/winter campaign, featuring an all-female cast photographed by legendary American photographer Annie Leibovitz. Shot in the Scottish Highlands, the images are cinematic and haunting, with overcast skies creating a moody backdrop to the new outerwear offerings.

This week chef Hung Nguyen from Vancouver’s beloved neighbourhood joint B House Restaurant has provided a fantastic recipe for the French toast of your dreams. It’s a dish good enough to convert even the most pancake-biased friends and family.

In 2014, Apple released its first Health app to much fanfare. It was designed to help people monitor things like weight, height, and sodium intake. And yet one basic metric that billions of people monitor regularly wasn’t included: periods.

By showcasing Tibi’s versatility, delivered with the effortless chill she exudes, Amy Smilovic is her own best advertisement, extending the Tibi brand to include a space for a community of like-minded, no-nonsense style enthusiasts.

From coast to coast and everywhere in between, aquavit’s popularity has grown over the past few years—and as with the recent gin boom, there is surprising diversity in the Canadian aquavit landscape, depending on where the distillery is located.

Loren Teetelli spurns 21st-century tech to protect ancient jewellery techniques. Awakened by her archeological education and work at leading museums like the American Museum of Natural History, she spent weekends studying metalsmithing to better understand the antiquities around her. Teetelli’s skill with and passion for jewellery quickly overtook her academic career, leading her to move to Southern California and begin …

It’s very unlikely that Marie Antoinette told the French peasantry to eat cake when the grain crop failed in 1789 and left them without bread. But the revolutionaries who later toppled her and King Louis XVI were determined to provide France’s citizens with more than bread: ample supplies of affordable, good-quality wine. In doing so, they laid the foundations for the place of wine in French culture for years to come.

There is a real need and desire for high-end vegan and vegetarian cuisine in Calgary. Now that chef Adam Ryan’s Fire & Flora has opened with aplomb, all those Torontonians and Vancouverites talking about making the big move to the Prairies might finally up and go, even if they’re unsure they’ll be able to handle the hardship of doubling their space at half the price.

This week, Glowbal Restaurant Group’s chef Alex Kim has delivered a fabulous frittata recipe that employs shrimp and scallions to add some flare to your family brunch.

This oasis on a slope overlooking Martis Valley is an assemblage of high design and bucolic intention. The interior and exterior architecture connect the home with the environment—a quiet presence that allows the landscape to resonate.

Interior Design Show Vancouver is making its return next weekend (September 22 to 25). With four days of exhibits, seminars, and speakers, the event is showcasing the best of the best in Canadian design.

Dreams becoming reality—a tangible manifestation of creativity—is the premise of Bulgari’s new docufilm Inside the Dream. Spectators are taken behind the scenes to discover the high jeweller’s creative journey from conceptualization to execution.

In ancient times when men and women were cutting grapevines, they began spreading grapevine sap over their faces, making their skin brighter and more even-toned. But it wasn’t until Mathilde Thomas, co-founder with her husband, Bertrand, of French skin-care brand Caudalie, bottled the storied tale that it became a modern reality.

Warming temperatures, ongoing drought, and urban sprawl are forcing the world to confront one of the oldest technologies: fire. In the modern era, instead of trying to understand wildfire, studying our vulnerabilities to it, and changing our behaviour, we have kept doing the same things, assuming water and fire retardant will solve the problem.

The new Ashley Botten Design (abd) product line started with frustration. Founded in 2004 by Ashley Botten, the firm was working on the interior of a cottage in Muskoka and couldn’t find a vase with the right compositional balance to go with the oversized table. Botten decided to make one, and potter vessels were born.

It’s that time of year again where the art of film takes over the city of Toronto. This year TIFF returns with magnified influence, presenting a screening schedule of thought-provoking films to be celebrated.

Sometimes the best things come as small packages. Leather goods brand Partoem embraces the beauty of the itty bitty with its capsule bag collection, Picolissimo—a play on piccolissimo, “smallest” in Italian.

Nature is a favourite theme of Van Cleef & Arpels. Now, for the Lady Arpels Heures Florales timepiece, the storied jeweller has drawn inspiration from Linnaeus’ Floral Clock, which tells time by observing what hour of the day different plant species open and close their flowers.

When artist Kent Monkman, known for his critiques of recorded history, says he wants to start a dialogue between his paintings and objects from the holdings of an old guard museum, you can guarantee the conversation won’t be an easy one. But you can also be certain it will result in important contributions to socio-political and contemporary-art discourse.

Dubai loves the spectacular: grander, taller, bigger. It’s a place where superlatives are the norm and anything is possible. Few skylines have evolved as much and as fast as Dubai’s. Among the jungle of skyscrapers is a low-rise Arabic-style complex that was one of the first luxury hotels in Dubai: One&Only Royal Mirage.

There’s a saying in Iceland: If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. And looking out across the vast treeless countryside of South Iceland from Hotel Rangá, you can watch the weather roll in and, just as quickly, roll out. There’s a sense of wild indomitability, pervasive in a place so dependent upon the whims and rhythms of the environment, especially one where they’re as dramatic as in Iceland.

When Louis Vuitton debuted the Tambour in 2002, the French maison established itself as a watchmaker to watch. At the horological workshops in La Chaux-de-Fonds, a town with a proud watchmaking history located not too far from the French village where Mr. Louis Vuitton was born in 1821, is where the first Tambour took shape.

San Francisco is famous for the colourful Victorian and Edwardian homes that line its sloped streets. In the neighbourhood oasis of Noe Valley, Redwood House, built in 1974 by respected architect Albert Lanier, was recently renovated by Studio Terpeluk to echo the city’s colourful streetscape and lively art scene.

The Collecto ethos revolves around fostering the connection that happens when people gather at someone’s home. It’s being at the table that means the most. 

Sardinian romance awaits at Cala di Volpe. The fabled hotel, originally designed by renowned architect Jacques Couëlle in the 1960s, recently completed a thoughtful redesign led by Parisian interior architecture firm Moinard Bétaille.

There’s a place where you can turn your back on the madding world, slow down, and get away from it all to enjoy a simpler way of life. Tucked away in the Sunnmøre region of Norway, boutique travel company 62°NORD waits to welcome you to a quiet paradise and take you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Noah Reid knows his genre of music isn’t exactly made for radio play. Alt-rock isn’t the most culturally relevant right now, he says. “I’m not trying to write hit songs. I just am writing from my own perspective.”

“To me, quality means less. Sustainability means nothing if not rooted in less,” says Nadine Boyd, founder of Ever Amid, a small-batch eco-friendly design and wellness brand. “The better an object or formula, the less will ultimately be required over time.”

“When your work is based on ideas, when your design is a representation of an idea, and you use materials that have a dignity, a certain classic weight to them, then fortunately you’re designing in a more atemporal way.” —Sebastian ErraZuriz