image_Italy.jpg A Piece of Italy

The 2010 Spring collection from Italian fashion brand Tod’s is a selection of big bags and comfortable shoes for both women and men. A handful of the brands iconic pieces are revisited in this season.

The women's D Bag Bauletto is a classic tote: simple and functional. Made with top-quality leather, this bag comes in a range of colours set off by contrasting bulky zippers and has two sturdy top handle straps.

The women's Pashmy bag in waterproof cotton has one large central cavity with a trio of smaller zipper pockets on the outside to hold those smaller bits-and-pieces. The Pashmy comes in a range of pastel colours.

For men, the focus is on shoes. The 2010 Gommino loafer shoe is a comfortable but formal shoe in bold colours with a contrasting trim. The Gommimo is also available in suede and decorated with a two-tone tassle. Both designs use the Tod's trademark sole covered with 100 rubber pebbles.

image_basics.jpg Back To Basics

For men seeking a watch that is modest but classy, The Chronoswiss Sirius watch is just that: a manually wound time-piece that combines simplicity of design with functionality and purpose.

The casing comes in a choice of stainless steel or red gold and the dial is solid sterling silver painted either black or white. The wristband is made of crocodile skin in either black or brown with a choice of a folding or buckle clasp.

For thirty years Chronoswiss has strived to create pieces that are both aesthetic and technical; the brand produces only 7,000 pieces a year. The Sirius rings true of the brand’s reputation for attention to the finer details.

The design is simple, classic and uncluttered, and will always be in style.

image_shooter.jpg Sharp Shooter

Photography has been a long-time passion of mine. Even while studying automotive engineering at the Technical University of Berlin, I often spent days and nights studying photography books, taking pictures or developing them in the darkroom that I set up in my apartment bathroom.

In 2005, my wife Diana and I returned to Indonesia and set up PhotoFactory in Bali, with me behind the camera and her handling the sales and marketing. Despite having no prior business education or experience, we had quite a good start but just three months later, the second round of Bali bombings left us with almost no bookings for half a year. We used the down time to improve and a few months later the clients came back, a situation that continues today.

Over the years, we've grown to become a wedding and pre-wedding photography specialist; occasionally some hotels we work with hire us for other major occasions or advertising projects as well. Newly we take on overseas assignments, now that I can sometimes leave the Bali operations in the good hands of my team of 16.

May 2010 Issue