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Handmade Wallets

Posted by sam on September 26, 2010 at 2:58 AM Comments comments (0)

Handmade products have always been popular and unique. Women’s handmade wallets are also very popular. Wallets are part of everyday life now. Holding a wallet is a fashion statement and it’s a necessity for a woman to carry around a wallet where ever she goes. Women love special and unique things. Handmade wallets are unique because no two wallets will be exact same as they are handmade. They are made of different fabrics, materials, colors and styles. Most wallets are made of leather and cotton.

Handmade wallets are used mostly at non work hours. The beautiful styles of handmade wallets vary including patchwork, floral, favorite pet designs, designer fabrics, etc. It depends on ones personal style and choice whether they’re looking for funky, chic, cool or whimsical styles. Sometimes handmade wallets can match your outfit and they actually look cool and unique.

Wallets are rather small than a regular purse and handbags but big enough to carry a few important things like credit cards, receipts, money, keys etc. The quality of handmade wallets is always great that’s the reason prices are a bit high on some handmade wallets but it’s worth having a unique and special wallet. These wallets can also be personalized with initials and names monogrammed on them. Personalized gifts are adorned by everyone.

History of Giorgio Armani

Posted by sam on September 21, 2010 at 4:16 PM Comments comments (0)


Giorgio Armani has become a symbol. He is an ambassador of Italian Fashion known all over the world. He was born on July 11, 1934 in a small town of Italy.

Giorgio Armani is famous for his stylish suits that are worn by many top Hollywood actors, yet he had never thought of becoming a fashion designer in his youth.

He started college as a medical student but soon he realized that wasn't the right path for him. He quit medical college and started taking photography courses. However, that wasn't meant to last much either as in 1957 he had to abandon them in order to do his obligatory military service.

After that he started working at "La Rinascente" a leading department store of the time. In 1964, Armani worked for an important fashion designer, Nino Cerruti. Four years later he was encouraged by his good friend, Sergio Galeotti to leave Cerruti and establish his own freelance design studio.


In 1974, Galeotti helped Armani establish his own company called Giorgio Armani S.P.A. His first collection for men was a great success and a year later, he launched a collection for women that enjoyed the same enthusiasm from the public.

Since then, he continuously developed the Armani Look, which can be easily recognized today. It is well known for its distinct clean, tailored lines. Other popular products made by Giorgio Armani are, perfumes, colognes, sunglasses, watches etc.

The popularity and success of Giorgio Armani can be considered by the fact that he owns several homes in exotic places like San Tropez, Forte de Marmi, Broni, and Pantelleria.


History of Perfumes

Posted by sam on September 21, 2010 at 4:14 PM Comments comments (0)

The word perfume comes from Latin word ‘per fumus', which means through smoke. The art of perfume, or as it is called perfumery began in Egypt and later was refined by the Romans and Arabs. The oldest perfumery was discovered on the Cyprus Island that existed 4000 years ago as a perfume factory.

Due to Arabic influences and knowledge perfumery was familiar in Europe in the early 14th century. But Hungarians were the ones to introduce the first modern perfume. It was made of scented oils blended in alcohol solution in 1370 at the command of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary and was known through Europe as Hungary Water. Later Italian refinements were taken to France where France became the European center of perfume and cosmetic manufacture. During the Renaissance period, perfumes were used primarily by royalty and wealthy to mask body odors.

In 1656, perfume gloves became popular in France. Perfumes were also known to create poisons. A French duchess was murdered when a perfume, actually poison was rubbed into her gloves and was absorbed slowly into her skin.

During the reigns of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth perfume reached its peak in England. Since Queen Elizabeth could not tolerate bad smells, all public places were scented during her rule. After Modern chemistry was developed, it led to the perfumery that we know today.

The first scents in America were colognes and scented water. A mixture of eau de cologne, Florida water, and dash of oil of cloves, cassia and lemongrass was popular.



How Fragrances are Created

Posted by sam on September 21, 2010 at 2:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Fragrances are unique and beautiful. You'll find thousands of different fragrances around you, in form of candles, lotions, soaps and perfumes etc. Perfumes are unique fragrances made of different types of things like spices, flowers etc. You'll find ingredients on the bottle of a perfume and see what the perfume is made of but if you try to make a perfume out of the things listed on the bottle you'll be surprised to know it turned out totally different from what you were expecting, that is because making perfume is a great art, and a main ingredient that makes a perfume unique is always kept secret. No matter how talented you are, you might not be able to guess the right recipe of a perfume. Even if the formulae are there it would be very complex for someone to make the exact same fragrance. Just like wine experts, connoisseurs of perfume can become extremely skillful and identify origins of scents just by smelling them.


Creating a fragrance is a wonderful art. Fragrances are described in a musical metaphor. There are three sets of notes. The notes unfold one at a time, when you smell a fragrance you'll experience an immediate impression of the top note leading the deeper middle notes, and then the base notes steadily appearing as the final notes. The Manufacturers usually publish perfume notes and present it as fragrance pyramid, with the components listed in imaginative and abstract terms.

The fragrance wheel method is used in retail and in fragrance industry. It was created by Michael Edwards in 1983, who designed his own scheme of fragrance classification later a new scheme was created to make it simple and show relationships between each individual classes. The original wheel consisted of four families and is known as "classic" as the new five standard families are Floral, Oriental, Woody, Fougere, and Fresh. Each of the families are arranged around a wheel and divided into sub-groups.