We’ve dubbed this our “Love” Issue. Not simply because February marks the celebrated (and often dreaded) Valentine’s Day, but because the word itself opens up a world of possibilities. From living a life you love, to falling for items that exude beauty and craftsmanship, love is the guiding force behind many of the things we do in life. Celebrating passion, commitment and the need to share moments, memories and milestones is one of the guiding philosophies behind this magazine.
Ask any woman if they can recall the first pair of high heels they fell in love with and you’ll see their eyes light up as they tell you in detail the exact time, place and design of those shoes; an inanimate object that brings so much joy simply by recollection. For many women, high heels are a right of passage and yes, like other items in our lives, they may seem a superfluous, often indulgent purchase, but a pair of high heels can come to symbolize precious moments and memories in a woman’s life. And then or course, there are the jewels...
For centuries, wars have been fought; lives lost in the pursuit of all that shimmers and shines. Billions of dollars are spent each year on rocks that are mined around the world, our obsession seeming to transcend cultures and geographical boundaries.
The diamond remains one of the most sought after jewels on the market today. It became a symbol of everlasting love due to its strength, beauty and association with royalty and celebrities alike. In 1477, Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the very first diamond engagement ring on record for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy. This sparked a trend for diamond rings among European aristocracy and nobility. Today, the sheer variety of diamonds—from cuts to color—have seen this time honored gem keep its place among the jewelry elite. And yet, as you’ll see in this issue we are inundated with choice when it comes to meaningful jewels that have come to symbolize a token of affection.
For me, the word love means respect, awe, and gratefulness—to have come into contact with someone or something that moves and inspires. In my line of work, I am fortunate to meet hundreds of editors, designers, and advocates of the design world internationally. Each one has such burning passion and commitment to what they do. This is not a nine-to-five crowd, this is a community of people who are always thinking, planning, challenging themselves to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. It’s a calling. One I believe deserves to be celebrated. So whether you have a romantic evening planned this month or choose to spend a quite evening in retrospection, know that love is all around if only you take the time to look.
Until next time, may your heels always be as high as your standards. — ANGELA GILLTRAP