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  • ISBN 1933176091
  • ISBN13 978-1933176093
  • Language English
  • Author Maggie Davis
  • Publisher Red Rock Press (September 13, 2006)
  • Pages 160
  • Formats doc lrf docx lrf
  • Category Business
  • Subcategory Marketing and Sales
  • Size ePub 1974 kb
  • Size Fb2 1961 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 233

This shopping tour of a lifetime for women and men alights on the best of almost everything worldwide. Men can find the best place for bespoke suits; women will be guided to the top little black dress. Number One goodies include the most fabulous of accessories and grooming products. If you want to know where on the planet to locate the finest diamond ring, best olive oil, or motor scooter, you'll find the answer here. Items are sourced in American stores and/or international websites.

The authors of this book, MAGGIE DAVIS and CHARLOTTE WILLIAMSON, obviously had a lot of fun writing i.

The authors of this book, MAGGIE DAVIS and CHARLOTTE WILLIAMSON, obviously had a lot of fun writing it. And it definitely IS an enjoyable book to look through - or, in contemporary jargon, "a fun read". Good sources for finding (other) luxury items include TOWN AND COUNTRY Magazine, ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST Magazine, VOGUE, HARPER'S BAZAAR, FORBES, WEALTH, and others like them.

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We had one important rule: a bona fide justification for each of our choices. items have been selected because of their cult status, craftsmanship or heritage.

That’s why consummate shoppers Maggie Davis and Charlotte Williamson have created and scrupulously updated this veritable . The authors, having selected 101 categories, pinpoint two to a dozen treasures in each.

Dozens of items have been added, some small and some major, such as a wedding dress or custom rug. In certain instances, the exquisite choice may cost a bit more than an undistinguished facsimile. Many price points come into play

com User, 11 years ago. I don't really have the kinds of friends that know a lot about what's out there. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 12 years ago. And a lot more interesting tidbits that make this book not only fun to read but also a learning experience. After reading about it, makes perfect sense why civet coffee should cost so much. And the colorful pictures are a great complement to the descriptions.

She has also worked at The Observer, Vogue magazine and the London Evening Standard's ES Magazine as a fashion writer

She has also worked at The Observer, Vogue magazine and the London Evening Standard's ES Magazine as a fashion writer.

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This book provides many information about modern fashion history. The layout puts each item or brand on no more than 2 pages, which makes the book as if a handy catalog that is very easy for me to look up any detail I need. It's out of print, what a pity. I am not a fashion mania, but a history mania love to collect knowledge and information about human life. This is a good one to add in my library.
Item just as described. Fast shipping will shop again.
Interesting but unfortunately since the author is from Britain a lot of the items are British or from Europe. I wished I'd known that before I bought the book.
If you are serious in finding a list of the most luxurious items to actually purchase and use, don't bother with this book. This book couldn't have taken anymore than a week to put together with the author just google'ing the most expensive couch, rug, handbag and so on.
Very informative, guide book to the finer things in life! Great source! I enjoy sharing it with friends. Good book to have in your Library!
I enjoyed this book. I no longer have it though. A guest at my home started reading it and didn't want to put it down when it was time for her to leave, so I told her to take it! Looks like I'll have to get another one for myself!

My only negative is that a lot of the references were British and I would have enjoyed the book more if it would have been more focused on the U.S.
I stupidly didn't read the description before buying this book. I thought it would be about all the fashion-related items you should by; it wasn't. It was more about lifestyle, so while a few purses and shoes were thrown in, it also include things like chocolate and makeup. I was very disappointed to say the least. Pass on this one.

Oh and who chose the cover? It's extremely dated-looking.
The authors of this book, MAGGIE DAVIS and CHARLOTTE WILLIAMSON, obviously had a lot of fun writing it. And it definitely IS an enjoyable book to look through -- or, in contemporary jargon, "a fun read". The book, '101 THINGS TO BUY BEFORE YOU DIE', is large,
(approximately 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" x 1/2"), is large enough to be impressisve, but small enough to be wieldy, (as upposed to, say, the Manhattan White Pages, which are decidedly UNwieldy.) The covers are quite good and thick for a paperback, and they extend a few inches beyond the book, (but are neatly folded inwards), so that book cover and book flap, substitute nicely for a book jacket that one need never lose. The paper is first-rate, quietly murmering "quality", from first opening the book. The print size is large and clear, and there is a picture, (and sometimes, two pictures), all, (naturally), in colour, and very tastefully arranged on each page.

Not every item is all that expensive, either. The TOWEL, pictured on page 111, from Hammacher Schlemmer, is $29 -- and this is for a bath-size towel. SPICE, at the recommended MM Spices, (in India), is priced from $2 up.

Most items, however, DO fall into the "Luxury" class. But one gets VALUE here, in most items, as well as snob-appeal. Yes -- one can learn a LOT about quality merchandise from reading this book, (and keeping it handy can, hopefully, dissuade one from buying similar -- but far lower-in-quality) merchandise, from mail-order catalogues and sweepstakes companies. However -- when some of the luxury items one knows about, (even not having sampled them very often), are NOT listed, (even as "runners-up") amongsst the '101 Things To Buy Before You Die", a reader becomes truly upset. At least I found myself becoming truly upset....

For instance, listed under "Blankets" on page 79, are a "Vintage Welsh Wool Blanket", in a price range from $20 - $200, offered by Labour and Wait, (UK), and, as a runner-up, a "Peruvian Alpaca Blanket", offered in Andean Handcraft Markets, such as Chinchero and Pisac, These LOOK like nice blankets -- but where is my own favourite? My mom was born in Montreal, you see -- so I grew up with HUDSON BAY BLANKETS --lovely cream colour blankets with thick black, green, and red stripes across them, which -- to my eye -- are much much prettier than either of the two recommended, pictured blankets. HUDSON BAY BLANKETS are..n o t..some obscure blanket manufacturer, known only to Canadians and people who visit Canada.
HUDSON BAY BLANKETS are famous world-wide! I didn't know when I was growing up, that my blanket was a classic -- all I knew was that it was light in weight, and delightfully warm. (I found the concept of an electric blanket highly amusing -- did people really want to risk being electrocuted in their beds?) Later, I found out that Hudson's Bay Blankets were, indeed, a classic -- and were sold by the Hudson's Bay Company...a company that began in the 17th Century, and is still in business today! Hudson's Bay Blankets are very good, very well known -- and have gotten more and more expensive, (I don't think I could afford one today). It definitely deserves at least a MENTION in '101 THINGS TO BUY BEFORE YOU DIE". Sadly, though -- although the description of the "Vintage Welsh wool Blanket" begins with the words: "OK, so the absolute ultimate may be a Hermes cashmere blanket, which costs a few thousand dollars, but that's simply not realistic...", thus mentioning the Hermes blanket in passing -- NOWHERE is the "Canadian Classic" Hudson's Bay Blanket mentioned. Not even in passing, or as a third runner up! Since it IS a luxury item, and a classic item, and the company HAS been in business for (only?) about 350 years, HUDSON'S BAY BLANKETS should definitely have been given at least cursory mention in this book. Or do not the authors know of its existence?

The "Watches For Women" listed here are the Hermes' Cape Cod, at $1800, with the runners-up (mentioned, but not pictured), being
the Cartier Tankissime, (sold in Paris, New York City, on Cartier's website -- AND on : )....for "from $14,000", and the "Ebel Beluga Lady", sold at Torneau stores in North America and on Ebel's website, for $10,000 +. Also mentioned is "The Award For The Most Expensive Watch Ever" -- which goes to Vacheron Constantin, a Swiss company, which made, (if you are still interested), a skeleton watch called "The Kalistra". It was set with 130 carats of emerald-cut diamonds, took 8,700 hours to make, and sold for over 7 million dollars. (Somehow, I'd rather buy a small mansion -- but "chacun a son gout" -- everyone to their own taste.)

What bothers me about the descriptions of these watches is that NOWHERE is it mentioned whether any of these watches are quartz watches, (for which, after spending all that money, one STILL has to keep buying those tiresome batteries), or if they are automatic or wind-up. What bothers me even MORE, is that MY "dream watch" -- the Ladie's Rollex Oyster -- is nowhere mentioned. Again, the Rollex is NOT some obscure brand of which no-one else has ever heard. A brand THIS well known, and a name almost SYNONOMOUS with luxury, should at least be MENTIONED here. But it is not. (I read now, however, that there IS a picture of the $14,000 Cartier Tankissime watch, on page 113m beginning the section on Jewellery. It is a clunky, diamond-studded affair, which makes the 1st place $1800, Hermes Cape Cod watch, look absolutely elegant in it's simplicity, beside the other. And -- yes -- the Rollex Oyster watch actually IS mentioned -- but only in the "Watches For Men" section. And nowhere in the description is a mention that there is also a women's model to be had.

On page 45, is listed "L'Artisan du Chocolate". Sampler boxes range from $7 to $700, and the chocolate is nicely pictured. It is in small squares, each with a distinctive pattern on the front, reminding me somewhat of nail-polish designs. I also have seen it recommended in TOWN AND COUNTRY Magazine. This is obviously delcious chocolate, though I can't say how delicious, because I've never eaten it. What I HAVE eaten, however, is the totally exquisite, totally scrumptious BELGIAN chocolate, manufactured by the GUYLIAN company, (and sold, amongst other places, right here on Amazon!) I must here shamelessly report that I have written a review for GUYLIAN Belgian Chcolate, (their "Sea Shells"), here on Amazon, and in it, I report what my sister's reaction was, upon first tasting Guylian Sea Shells. She said: "I can't believe how good this is." I heartily second her opinion -- I can't think that ANY chocolate could be better. Perhpas "L'Artisan du Chocolate" chocolates are AS good....but somehow, I seriously doubt it. Belgian chocolates are known throughout the world for their excellence. And GUYLIAN Belgian chocolates are TRULY scrumptios. On the page after the description of L'Artisan du Chocolate, a Belgian Chocolatier is mentioned, (Pierre Marcolini) is mentioned -- but GULIAN chocolates are not! It is not mentioned if Pierre Marcolini sells GUYLIAN chocolates, or only those bearing his own name. Perhaps I DO indeed know of some information, (on chocolates and other things), that the authors, with all their far more abundant knowledge on many other things, just do not?

Glaring omissions run through this book. In the "Soap" section, are mentioned "Savon de Marseille", (400g bar for $7 - $10), as the first winner, "African Black Shea Butter Soap", at $2.95 a bar, (no weight given), and, in third place, "Claus Porto Sabonete Aromatico", (12 oz. for $16). NOWHERE is mention made of 'BRONNLEY' soap -- a wonderful English, french-milled soap, which comes in many delightful fragrances. (Bronnley soap has the ROYAL WARRANT, from Queen Elizabeth II! In fact, the various holders of Royal Warrents have banded together, and have their very own website. If one REALLY wants quality, (and 'value for money', as the admirably thrify English Royal Family always demands), the Royal Warrant Holder's website seems definitely the place to go...for many, many more items than just 101!)

I can't claim to be an expert on luxury merchandise, for I have just about exhausted my list of unmentioned alternates, here. However, I am postive that there are, for example, more than one brand of ultra-luxury paint, more than three types of extraordinarily-performing, extraordinarily-priced stoves, and more than two luxury makers of cowboy boots. (By the way, the authors have, as two of their categories, "Jeans For Men" and "Jeans For Women". I may be one of a rapidly-diminishing group who feel that blue jeans, (dungarees), are NOT, at any price, to be cosidered a "luxury" item. But I hereby proudly state MY preference, and MY opinion that blue jeans -- of any type, and price-range -- are a "pre-packaged poverty look". After all, the first blue jeans were miner's pants! (Nothing wrong with mining for a living -- but EVERYTHING wrong with the listing of work-pants amongst luxury items!)

This book has, however, taught me a lot. I never before knew of Pratesi bed-linen, Smeg refrigerators, Louis Roederer Champagne,
The Aga Stove, or Corrado Constanzo ice cream. Or numberous other items within this book. Each item is throughly described, and sometimes its history is given as well. Were I wealthy enough to buy the things I desire from this book, I would ALSO buy some of their competitors. Good sources for finding (other) luxury items include TOWN AND COUNTRY Magazine, ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST Magazine, VOGUE, HARPER'S BAZAAR, FORBES, WEALTH, and others like them. I fully realize that ALL the luxury goods in the world could not be mentioned in reviews in this book -- but surely, a LIST of 4th, 5th, 6th, and perhaps 7th runner-ups in every category would have been useful?

Looking through this book, especially for a longish time, gives one great perspective. Or at least, it gave me great perspective. Some of the items in this book, I certainly would want to buy -- and right away. But others -- well, I wouldn't buy them no matter how rich I was, because they are NOT to my taste. And taste -- in things, in choosing one's friends, in choosing one's life-style, is really actually what counts. Looking at the things I would NOT want to buy, I begin to treasure the PEOPLE in my life that I have in it, and would WANT to have in it, even more. Yes, perhaps the rich ARE different from you and me in many ways. But having taste in friends, in lifestyle, as well as in material goods, is what really counts. At the end of the day, we all need friends and activities that we find stimulating. At the end of the day, we ALL are tired. We all need to take a hot bath or shower, we all need a good night's sleep. Taste -- in life, in people, in life-style, is, in the end, what really does count!