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Gifting is an art that many people may not know how to pull off. Finding that perfect gift means that you have to consider the preferences of the recipient, the quality of the gift and of course, your budget. When you want to surprise someone, you aim for something unique. A personalized star map might be the most original way to preserve the night sky tonight or whenever something memorable happens. Is one out-of-the-box idea to try the next time you want to give someone a present. Customised star maps have become popular ways of presenting memorable gifts that hold a great significance to the recipient.


The alignment of the stars is different at every moment of the day. Some of the patterns are repetitive, but they don’t occur on the same day or time. It is possible to predict the position of the stars at a particular day, hour and minute using algorithms. Companies that create personalised star maps use these formulas combined with astrological data collected over the years to derive patterns that were in the sky at specific times. Therefore, a client gives the exact date, time and location then the mapmaker finds the corresponding star alignment. The map is a projection of the sky as it was at that certain moment from a particular place. Customers have the choice of downloading the map and printing it themselves. Alternatively, one can wait for the print to be delivered. It takes several minutes to identify the sky map, personalise it with a message then preview it and order for printing.


The appeal of a personalised star map as a present is that it offers an opportunity to record an important memory in the form of celestial beings. For example, you can get a map of the moment your parents met to give them as a Christmas present. You can have a star map of the first date or first kiss with your spouse or significant other. A mother can get a sky map of the day she gave birth to her child. The specificity of the map gives it a personal touch that is essential in all gifts.

A star map provides a large canvas to include a special message to the recipient. The option of downloading the map yourself and printing it is a time saver. If you don’t have time to wait for the delivery of the printed versions, this alternative offers great convenience. Additionally, you have the freedom to choose how to frame the map. With all the choices for customised frames out there, you can add more personality to such a gift.

Besides the projection of a specific event, you can get a star map with the official constellations like Orion, Cassiopeia and Leo. The existing constellation may hold special meaning to the recipient of the gift, or maybe you want a beautiful print to hang on the wall. 


What makes one star map better than the rest? When shopping for a customised sky map, you have to know what to look for. Accuracy is critical when it comes to maps. The processes and formulas that a map maker employs to create a star map will dictate the accuracy of the projections. Astrology is a science, so you have to trust that the map is a close enough reflection of the real thing.

Quality is another aspect you should prioritise, especially if the manufacturer prints your star map. The image resolution and quality of the paper will determine how well the map turns out. Find out what specs a mapmaker uses for its sky maps before ordering yours. For the paper, ask about the thickness because it determines the durability. The ink should be superior standard as well to last the lifetime of the print.

A sky map consists of the cardinal points and the alignment of the stars at a certain day and time as seen from a particular location. These aspects make star maps some of the most personalised gifts you can get. Pick a special moment and order a print of the stars.

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Box pochette, diagramme quilting and now buckle-studded strap, it really never gets boring at Prada. And today, they have a wide variation of different handbag styles, more than we can collect. Still, we hope they will bring back the classic Saffiano Lux Tote one day, the bag that we love so dearly. But anyways, meet the new Prada Elektra Bag.

The Design


Prada is challenging all fields of fashion, but aren’t they trying to do a bit too much? The pyramid studs on the Elektra Bag do remind me of the Valentino, especially the red colored handbag.

The Elektra Bag is made with a mix of calf and saffiano leather. Both leathers are durable, especially the saffiano, which is unbreakable. The studs have been embellished in different parts; first on the center buckle strap, but also on the handles. The front features a flap with push-lock clasp and you can sling it on the shoulder as it comes with a removable leather strap.

It’s a chic bag with tremendous space in the interior. And it can function as a great everyday bag, blending with casual clothing.

The Interior


So how does the inside of this bag looks like? There are two compartments and one zipped pocket. Both are big enough to help you transport all your basic needs and there is even space for more.

The Prices And Sizes

Measuring 4.2’ x 7.2’ x 10.2’ (D x H x W) inches, priced at $2840 USD, €2200 EUR, £1990 GBP, ¥346680 JPY.

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Isabeli Fontana looks ready for her closeup on the March 2018 cover of ELLE Italy. Captured by Gilles Bensimon, the Brazilian beauty wears a sparkling top with her hair in tousled waves. For the accompanying spread, Isabeli embraces glamorous styles perfect for the spring season. Stylist Alberto Zanoletti dresses the brunette in a mix of denim, sequined tops and whimsical prints.

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Photo: Fashionartinstitute / Wikimedia
Photo: Fashionartinstitute / Wikimedia

The appreciation of Australian fashion apparel is universal. From the runway looks to the high street and retailers across the globe, the Australian fashion industry is coining it internationally and putting the country on the global style map. The industry nets $12 billion for the Australian economy every year. But the likes of David Jones, Willow, Bec & Bridge and Dion Lee did not get there with sartorial savvy and sketch pads alone. Being a breakthrough designer is as much about understanding textiles as it is about the appreciation of sharpening vital business acumen.


Business acumen includes understanding the tax implications of various business models; namely, CC, PTY, partnership or trust and importing and selling any products across the border, keeping a spreadsheet of wardrobe stock and being on top of cost control at all times. Invariably, designers usually use closed corporations or buy shelf companies if they’re operating in a jurisdiction where they can’t register new CCs, and incorporate as a PTY (Ltd) later.

CCs are popular as they don’t have burdensome auditing or financial statement obligations. But, in order to be taken seriously or when needing to issue shares to raise share capital, a private company is preferable. Most investors want to know what an entity’s market capitalisation is before investing or the number of shares yet to be issued and the projected revenue that can be raised through this.

One practical way for young designers who typically shun numbers to undo financial aversion is to expose themselves to share acquisition and trading. Online platforms such as those offered by IG.com bring visibility to the market while an IG demo account provides online trading practice and a sense of how the markets and other elements (like CFDs) function.

Photo: Pxhere
Photo: Pxhere


Speak to any established designer and they will most likely attest to the fact that it was, initially, all about staying afloat. Young designers need to have a firm grasp on the concept of retailer distribution models, and how much of the product price for a garment they’ll receive each time a sale is made in Woolworths, for example. It’s also valuable to know when a big retailer like Woolworths reconciles their books and pays over profit to the designer.

Some retailers work on profit per garment; others buy collections outright. Savvy designers need to understand who their market is and what the buying implications are during the conceptualising stage of a range, not afterwards. It is during this phase that input costs such as labour, fabric versatility and textile durability become critical. These affect pricing and long-term saleability and profit.

Some questions every designer has to contemplate include whether asking for cash on delivery versus delivery against payment is pertinent and how the business would be insured against risks such as defaulting creditors. Defaulting creditors are not necessarily solely big companies. They could be private clients who need urgent, priority dressing but possibly pay late, incurring design houses penalties along the way. This is where mentors become invaluable.

New designers often dream of interning at a well-loved label such as Romance was Born. This is when they should be asking those mentors to unpack their actual operational business models while taking their raw skill to new levels.

There’s definitely a place in the Australian economy for design entrepreneurship. How well the ship is steered will depend as much on the financial acquisition and management skill of the entrepreneur as anything else.

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The Chanel CC Filligree started as a practical version of the Vanity Case. Then a new flap bag version was created, then a smaller clutch with chain version. And now we proudly introduce the Chanel CC Filligree Backpack for the Spring Summer 2018 Collection Act 1. So if you really need a backpack, consider the Urban Spirit Backpack or this one.

The Design

The Urban Spirit Backpack looks a lot like the Classic Flap Bag, so if you want something distinctive, then the CC Filligree Backpack is a good choice. This backpack is also more streamlined and vintage-like. It’s quilted to look chic and it’s refined with woven chain leather strap for backpacking. But let’s talk about the CC logo a bit.

This CC logo is crafted and stitched with leather. Then it’s beautified with 4 studs on the end of each CC. But the leather-version of the CC logo reminds everyone in fashion of the Timeless CC, you know the one on the Timeless CC WOC. This CC is a vintage version.

This backpack is beautiful and the look is timeless. The space is endless and it can be worn any time of the day with casual or chic outfit. You can never go wrong with this bag.

The Interior

Just like any Chanel backpack, this version is designed with one large compartment. There is enough space to drop your laptop or tablet.

The Prices And Sizes

We do not have the style code, but the measurement is around 11.6’ x 9.8’ x 5.3’ inches. We also do not have the prices, please check with the SA.

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Sam Rollinson graces the pages of Harper’s Bazaar UK’s March 2018 issue. Captured by Agata Pospieszynska, the British model poses in a lush garden setting wearing spring’s blooming fashions. Stylist Charlie Harrington dresses Sam in ladylike pieces ranging from luxe gowns to elegant separates. The brunette wears designs from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Dior and Balenciaga.

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