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EVOK Hotels, who specialize in creating luxury hotels that resonate with the spirit of their surroundings, through redefined hospitality, has announced the opening of Sinner Paris the latest edition to the collection and their third property in Paris, following Brach and Nolinski.

The 43-key Tristan Auer-designed property is located in the heart of the lively and eclectic Le Marais district and breaks the rules of a luxury hotel. It reveals its own take on the city and shares its vision of Parisian style.

Located in one of Paris’s oldest neighborhoods, guests are given the chance to discover contemporary art galleries, addresses of young designers’ boutiques and take a historical stroll through the heart of an emblematic Parisian neighborhood marked by its past. A blend of the heritage, history, glamour and mystery of the Marais all mingle within a unique hotel, creating a unique disruptive identity.

To define Sinner’s DNA, interior designer Tristan Auer first rooted his work in the memory of this neighborhood as well as the memories of his childhood, from which he selected decade-long optimism and the carefree attitude of the 70s. At first glance, its unpolished façade gives off an almost monastic simplicity, suggesting that behind its windows lies an elegant and lively insider’s Paris. Remaining true to his signature, Auer leaves trends behind and surprises even in the tiniest details. From the electric relaxation of the restaurant to rooms inspired by ecclesiastical quarters and from dark hallways illuminated by stained-glass windows to the concept store in the crypt, the feeling of unpolished luxury is presented with this new chapter in life of Paris.

Winding corridors with a quietly opulent atmosphere, simply illuminated by the play of light through stained glass windows and the glow of lanterns lead each guest to their room. Red doors with knockers and peepholes inspired by carriage porches reveal 43 bedrooms and suites. The materials – velvet, wood and terra cotta – and also the works of art and paintings are a gesture to the cultured, urban artistic types who will take the time to discover and recognize the treasures hidden inside.

At Sinner’s restaurant, Chef Adam Bentalha has designed an ethnic menu of ‘tribal’ food, blending North African and South American cuisines, taking inspiration from street food culture and the simplicity of Peruvian and Brazilian dishes. Having previously worked as the Executive Chef at Brach Paris, Bentalha speaks about the concept behind his new venture “It is simple, this cuisine for sharing still draws on traditional recipes and finds its full expression in my approach to also serving light dishes”. Joining him, Patisserie Chef Yann Brys whisks diners to far-off destinations with his exotic dessert creations.

The Sinner Bar is a representation of the avant-garde and joyful surroundings. It combines an open space with an enticing and buzzing atmosphere and an exclusive and more intimate room behind curtains. Destinies cross paths here over exotic mixed drinks and fusion finger food such as cold kemiah, cromeskis and ceviche. The distinctive menu showcases ten Latin-inspired concoctions including the ‘Crimson Heart’ and ‘Memento’ using fresh products and homemade infusions created in-house.

Hidden behind a nail-studded door, the hotel’s spa, Ablutio, offers guests to discover this well-kept secret, with its pool inspired by Greek and Roman baths. The space is designed for conversation, dreamy languor and the awakening of the senses. Ablutio offers exclusive face and body treatments drawing its expertise from the hands of experts in lasting wellness. Bespoke treatments are created using Orveda products, a natural, eco-responsible and vegan brand while international wellness leader, Jimmy Jarnet shares his treatment vision with Sinner by offering exclusive treatments.

Sinner pushes back boundaries, capturing irreverence without renouncing the luxury and elegance which characterizes the capital’s finest addresses.


Levi’s®Reinvents The ‘80s WithTheBalloon for Spring/Summer 2020

For Spring/Summer 2020, Levi’s® embraces the “bigger is better” 1980s ethos with a brand new fit for women’s: the Levi’s® Balloon. With a high-rise waist, an exaggerated curved leg, and a subtle taper, the Balloon is a Levi’s® silhouette that perfectly blends the oversized aesthetic of the ‘80s with the contemporary styling of today.  

Available in four different fits, and a wide range of colors and fabrications, this new fit bridges the gap between fashion forward and classic style. First up is the cornerstone Balloon Jean, which features 12 1/4-inch rise and an ankle length hem, with a rounded and slightly tapered leg. Then, the ‘80s Balloon Leg, with a slight drop crotch and rounded, tapered leg. Next up, the Cool Pleated Balloon, which features a yoke detail, pleated waist, and a cropped ankle in cool-to-touch fabrication in denim and non-denim for the warmer months. And finally, the Pleated Balloon, which comes in stretch twill and features two pleats at the waist. 

“The inspiration is the balloon shaped jeans and pants of the late ’80s and early ‘90s, with a lot of emphasis on the waist. It’s tapered, but subtle, and with a slightly wider cuff. And worn with our puff sleeve tops tucked in, it gives a nice round-on-round silhouette.”— Jill Guenza, VP, Global Women’s Design at Levi’s®

Styling wise, the Levi’s® Balloon is all about accentuating the waist. It can be worn with a slimmer top for a play on proportion that’s business on top, party on the bottom. Or, to really put emphasis on the waist, go round on round with an oversized top that’s worn tucked in. However it’s styled, the beauty of the Balloon Jean is that it invites experimentation and creativity. It’s contemporary Dadleisure taken to an ‘80s extreme, and then mixed up with a healthy dose of irreverent fun to create an instant Levi’s® classic.

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When the original Breitling Top Time was launched in the 1960s, it was a watch with a clear mission. Willy Breitling announced that his brand’s new watches were “particularly suited to the needs of the young and active professionals. We are designing a superb range of ultramodern chronographs, led by a completely new model, the Top Time.” The sports watch appealed to that demographic but also attracted young women, who were drawn to its bold new lines and its undeniable elegance. And now, Breitling is reintroducing the Top Time, a collectors’ favorite with one of the most recognizable dials in all of watchmaking.

More than half a century after introducing its Top Time watch, Breitling is launching an updated and upgraded model. Like the 1960s model that inspired it, the new Breitling Top Time has an unconventional design that makes a bold style statement. A first glance at the dial, which has long been known to collectors as the Zorro dial, makes it clear that this is a watch that doesn’t take itself too seriously. But that playful face doesn’t disguise the superb chronograph performance, which is pure Breitling.

Breitling CEO Georges Kern commented: “Breitling aficio- nados have always loved the Top Time’s dial. When it was released more than 50 years ago, it was a watch that ap- pealed to a younger audience committed to enjoying the freedom and the spirit of the 1960s, and, amazingly, after all this time, it continues to stand out. The Top Time is an important but often-overlooked part of our heritage, and we know it’s going to resonate with men and women who love this blend of history, design, and great performance.”

Inside the Top Time’s 41-millimeter stainless-steel case is a Breitling Caliber 23 chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. Its accuracy is confirmed by its status as a COSC-certified chronometer. The red hour and minute hands as well as the dot mark- ers for each hour are coated with Super-LumiNova®, a luminescent material that ensures legibility in all lighting conditions. Along with the central hour, minute, and chronograph second hands, the dial also features a decimal scale and two subdials – a small second count- er at the 9 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter with unique red accents at 3 o’clock. The new Breitling Top Time’s modern retro look is perfectly complemented by its brown nubuck leather strap. This striking watch is limited to 2000 pieces, and its caseback is engraved with “ONE OF 2000.”

One of the few features this new chronograph doesn’t have is a Geiger counter, unlike the Top Time handed to James Bond by Q in 1965’s Thunderball. The world’s favorite spy used the watch to avert a nuclear catastro- phe by locating stolen missiles that had been hidden underwater. With 007, of course, style is always essen- tial, and owners of the new Breitling Top Time will have it in abundance.

The Breitling Top Time Limited Edition will be the brand’s first watch offered with a blockchain-based digital passport, which confirms the authenticity and own- ership of the watch with a single click. Owners can access the watch’s digital passport at any time and transfer ownership – if they choose to do so – with a simple blockchain transaction. Offered in cooperation with Arianee, the digital passport will also complement Breitling’s innovative digital warranty program by offer- ing the absolute security that can only be provided by a blockchain system. This cutting-edge technology, which makes it possible for customers to engage with the brand anonymously, allows Breitling to add new online services ranging from advanced clienteling to a revolutionary care program. The Breitling Top Time is scheduled for launch on Breitling’s e-commerce channel in March 2020 and will be available upon request from the brand’s global retail network at a later date. The new Breitling Top Time: it’s hard to imagine a better way to express your personal style than with a truly great chronograph that will never be confused with any other watch!

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