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TRENDS

Here’s the scoop on some of this month’s trendiest offerings.


1 THIRD TIME’S A CHARM
Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian fashion brand known for shoeing such Hollywood notables as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Sophia Loren, recently added its name to the growing list of luxury brands that are opening signature shops at the Bravern, a massive urban village and upscale shopping destination that’s being unveiled this month in Bellevue, Washington. The store is the 81-yearold company’s first in the Pacific Northwest. Ferragamo is joined by Neiman Marcus, Brooks Brothers, Jimmy Choo, Hermès, and Tory Burch, among other renowned labels, in the 305,000-square-foot retail development. (800) 628-8916, www.salvatoreferragamo.com

2 LIGHT AS A FEATHER

Long a proponent of traveling light, British luggage maker Globe-Trotter introduced its first line of suitcases (made from paper-based Vulcan fiber) in 1897. More recently, the brand has teamed with celebrated industrial designer Ross Lovegrove on the creation of onehundred&ten (110), the world’s lightest, most durable carry-on made from a revolutionary combination of Kevlar and carbon fiber, the same materials used to produce bulletproof vests and Formula One race cars, respectively . The $3,525 limited-edition case was designed in honor of Globe-Trotter’s 110-year anniversary in 2007 and is now available in the United States through Moss stores in Los Angeles and New York. (866) 888-6677, www.mossonline.com

3 TRESSED TO THRILL

Ever wonder how top models coif their hair into the perfect runway do? Ask Oribe, the singularly named Cuban-American hairstylist known for the tousled tresses of Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Naomi Campbell, among others. Now you, too, can have supermodel hair, thanks to the launch of Oribe’s signature 22-piece grooming collection, including his 24K Gold Pomade, Royal Blowout spray, and Volumista mist. From $29 to $59, (888) 674-2399, www.oribe.com

4 THINK DARWIN

Italian pen maker Omas has created the “I think” pen just in time for what would have been the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of his groundbreaking book, On the Origin of Species. The name “I think” derives from the first two words of Darwin’s book. The limited-edition pen, which starts at $2,025, is made of mature oak wood, sterling silver, 18-karat gold or 18-karat rose gold, and it comes engraved with the route of the English naturalist’s incredible journey aboard the HMS Beagle. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Charles Darwin Foundation to help protect the endangered archipelago. www.omas.net

5 FACE THE FACTS

Forget about stuffing mini samples of creams and lotions into ziplock storage bags so they’ll breeze through airport security. Eve Lom, the renowned British facialist, has prepacked some of her favorites -- Cleanser and muslin cloth, Rescue Mask, TLC Cream, Hand Cream, and Moisturizer -- into a handy, clear-plastic airport-friendly travel set to help soothe the skin and relieve the stress of travel while in flight. $80, (800) 777-0000, www.bloomingdales.com

6 FILLING THE GAP

For the past four decades, the Gap has been synonymous with blue jeans. Now the iconic American retailer is throwing its considerable denim expertise into the luxury-jeans business. Rivaling the likes of Seven, Paige Premium, and Prvcy denim, which can run $150 and up, the Gap’s new men’s and women’s 1969 Premium Denim collection, named for the brand’s debut year in business, was created by former Giorgio Armani designer and current Gap executive vice president of design Patrick Robinson. Along with the help of Gap’s denim-fit engineer Rada Shadick, Robinson reworked the cuts and upgraded the fabrics -- all while keeping the collection under $60 a pair. Now that’s what we call a bargain. (800) 427-7895, www.gap.com