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Ghisò

Four timeless pieces from a purveyor of opulent accessories

by Graham Hiemstra in Design on 13 October 2011

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Ghisò makes luggage, leather goods and games for those concerned with absolute excellence in every facet of life—and who can afford the luxury. Rather than bejewel each product, Ghisò's design approach is more subtle, with a dedication to fine materials and expert craftsmanship. We picked four elegant items that best embody the notion of understated opulence, something they call "slow luxury."

The Pilot Helmet bag is simply an upgraded version of the standard GI-issued tote. Here, the traditional ripstop nylon has been replaced with vegetable-tanned brown leather and canvas for a more sophisticated look.

For the jetsetter who wants to hold papers in one place, the Document Holder is big enough to safely store a passport and numerous cards. The bifolds come in brown calfskin or iguana skin and, like on the helmet bag, the material is the main attraction.

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Encased in Indonesian Macassar ebony wood and lined in rich brown leather, the Domino Double 6 game set has to be one of the most lavish set of bones out there. Each individual domino is made of ebony stone with Siberian-sourced mammoth ivory inserts. Cases also come in buffed walnut and white lacquered wood with a fuchsia leather lining.

The ebony and ivory Dial cufflinks simulate the knob on some kind of ornate safe, but are really an opulent embellishment on a fine suit. Hand-engraved with Arab or Roman numerals, the studs spin to one's desired digit under a polished silver marker.

Ghisò is sold in Monaco, Italy, China, Switzerland and France. For a list of stockists, visit Ghisò online.

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