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After a flop at Tiffany & Co., Irene Kim searches out distinctive jewellery gift ideas for the women in your life.

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Irene Kim

Toronto Canada

Irene Kim is a member of the board of Geeky Chic, Inc. She is a corporate lawyer by trade and an entrepreneur in spirit. Her passion for The Genteel stems from her love of fashion and design, quality discourse and expressing her creative self. She brought to The Genteel the expertise that she gained while working closely with a wide range of businesses as legal counsel. She has helped manage the magazine's editorial and research teams. Irene is dedicated to publishing intriguing and thoughtful stories from around the world. She is known to find adventure in unexpected places, as she navigates through the journey that is life. Irene has a passion for beautiful clothes, which she loves to collect, but doesn't necessarily wear. She's working on it. Follow Irene on Twitter @wabibitotweets.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the very first Birkin bag? The iconic piece is now owned by Catherine B., the passionate and opinionated proprietor of two unassuming St. Germain shops named Les Trois Marches de Catherine B. Inside each store lies a treasure trove of vintage Chanel and Hermès dating back to the 1930s.

Being an editor of a fashion and design magazine, it may not surprise you that I love to shop: for food, for furniture, but above all, for the love of fashion. So it pains me that the more I visit my homeland of South Korea, the less I desire to shop there. But a new report released by McKinsey has given me hope. Here's why I'm looking forward to a more diverse fashion experience for my next visit to Seoul.

In many parts of the world, spring is being a capricious lady, but we're confident she'll make an appearance for good ... soon. We've scoured the World Wide Web so that you won't have to. Walk your way into spring with these 22 hand-picked shoes for spring.

On September 1, 2011, Design Seoul was awarded the INDEX: Design to Improve Life award in the Community category for being the "first ever coherent design-based approach to improve life for citizens in a very large city".  But, given the recent resignation of its champion, the former mayor of Seoul, the future of Design Seoul is uncertain.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Fifty years of James Bond style; Louis Vuitton teaches you how to pack; Project PopUp NYC; the first ever Berlin Fashion Film Festival; and Dolce & Gabbana launches a couture line. 

In many parts of the world, spring is being a capricious lady, but we're confident she'll make an appearance for good ... soon. From summertime basics to warm nights on the town, we've rounded up the 16 dresses of spring that are on our shopping list.

Through a collection of over 300 handbags, the Simone Handbag Museum in Seoul traces the trajectory of women's lives over the course of 500 years. Irene Kim reveals the stories of those who carried (or wore) them.

Since launching her eponymous line during the A/W 2012 season, recognition and praise have come swiftly for Vancouver-born, London-based fashion designer, Edeline Lee. Irene Kim chats with Lee about a journey full of fits and starts and the sweetness of arriving. 

The 13-year collaboration between Irving Penn and Issey Miyake was no ordinary collaboration.  A new exhibition unveiled at Tokyo's 21_21 Design Sight gallery explores their unique 'visual dialogue'.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Marina Abramovic is present; BBC Four's documentary lover's dream; Anna Wintour raises funds for Barack Obama; the 220 best design hotels; (H&M x Maison Martin Margiela) + (Topshop x JW Anderson) = a collaborative fall 2012.

As 2012 comes to an end, we pick our favourite Best Kept Secrets of the year.

As 2012 comes to an end, we pick our favourite Design articles of the year.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Ivy Style on display at FIT; Chim↑Pom's first solo show; Grace Coddington memoir; Diana Vreeland film opens;  the grey best-dressed list; London Design Week highlights, and more.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Hermes' new ties in Seattle; Cartier and Jean-Paul Gaultier in Madrid; Britain's brightest go to Hong Kong; the future of fashion-tech startups; and plus-size models draw snickers in Toronto.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Rad Hourani and Swedish fashion at Museum at FIT; the couturiers of HM Queen Elizabeth II; a British love affair with Marilyn Monroe; Christian Dior's biography; behind the Balenciaga split, and more.

Our first weekly installment of The Genteel Week Ahead. The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada in conversation; Into the diaries of famous and not-so-famous New Yorkers; Bloomingdale's coming to Canada?; Hal Rubenstein on the civilized male + more.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Hollywood costumes at V&A; Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver; a 1973 runway dance-off in Versailles; Soviet modernist architecture; fashion and Impressionism, and more.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. The Barbican's simulated Rain Room; Alexa Chung's new style guide; Frank Gehry's vision for Toronto's Entertainment District; a wake-up call to YSL; and fashion weeks in Los Angeles, Kiev, Tokyo and Istanbul.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. MoMA parties in the garden; pop-art guru Roy Lichtenstein; strolling London's museums after-hours; an upcoming film about Federico Fellini; and a Diana Vreeland film opens today.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Venice Film Festival; a tutu auction in Toronto; outdoor opera in NYC; $10,000 RTW dresses; SAMARA (from the makers of BARAKA) opens this weekend, and more.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Robert Mapplethorpe in Los Angeles; 50 Years of James Bond in Toronto; Decoded Fashion in London; interviews with Sarah Burton and Dries Van Noten; reinventing Parisian chic, and more.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Herb Ritts: L.A. Style; two festivals in Edinburgh; France's new women ministers are making sartorial statements; YOOX + PPR; Eames on film, and more.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Berlin design festival; FASHIONCLASH Maastricht; Hermès tries to fend off LVMH; matching body shapes to decades; and Cambodian sweatshop workers on strike.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Stunning Seoul architecture; Scandinavian design identity crisis; 30 years of Japanese fashion; an upcoming Alexander McQueen book; judging a book by its cover, and more.

As 2012 comes to an end, we pick our favourite Society stories of the year.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Mario Testino is In Your Face in Boston; according to Ai Wei Wei; fashion in Impressionism; Toronto & Seoul fashion weeks; two Alexander McQueen books, and more.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Fashion's Night Out in various cities; kicking off TIFF; a book about the most original design hotels; the fashionable style of Alfred Hitchcock; missed fashion statement opportunities at the London 2012 Olympics, and more. 

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. The Clock in Toronto; the NY Art Book Fair; Frock Me! vintage in London; Picasso Black and White; the 10 best saunas; West Coast architecture, and more.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. British Fashion Awards; the Civilized Years; Valentino opens in London; the case against fast fashion; A.P.C. expanding in America; an interview with Rei Kawakubo.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Back-to-back Scandinavian fashion weeks; the untold story of India's fashion industry; from style blogging to multiple revenue streams; Joan Juliet Buck on being duped; and more.

As 2012 comes to an end, we pick our favourite Business articles of the year.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Veils for fall; prom photographs; Chanel at the end of the earth; and Protestants and Catholics share a church.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Fashion and technology at FIT; unexpectedly pleasurable contemporary jewellery; the history of blue jeans; Kama sex and design; Louis Vuitton updated; rumours of Alexander Wang at Balenciaga, and more.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Art and black Los Angeles; shit London signage; two centuries of European fashion; Stephen Fry seeks out Richard Wagner; Greenpeace on toxic threads; top 25 art moments of 2012, and more.

Valentine's Day is around the corner, and we've rounded up our favourite gift ideas. From lobster pocket squares and nude backgammon boards to ribbon rings and bubbly, The Genteel Gift Guide will be sure to inspire. But always remember, when it comes to giving, it's the thought that counts! 

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. A handbag museum in Seoul; how to make a Japanese house; a glimpse at Edwardian street style; a new Carine Roitfeld documentary; and Nordstrom comes to Canada.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. The dresses of Frida Kahlo; Danish Design in New York; Ansel Adams and Cartier-Bresson; Anna Karenina opens; baroque in fashion and interiors, and more.

As 2012 comes to an end, we pick our favourite Culture stories of the year.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. New York Fashion Week welcomes Katie Holmes as a newcomer designer; Anna Karenina plays at TIFF, and our interview with award-winning costumer designer, Jacqueline Durran; A brown paper bag turns luxury at $290, and more. 

As 2012 comes to an end, we pick our favourite Commentary pieces of the year.

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead. Faking it and the myth of "the camera never lies"; how the French invented love; Chanel shows in Scotland; the most recognised brands of 2012, and more.

For this week's 5x5 interview, The Genteel sat down with Edeline Lee. Canadian born but London-based, Lee has managed to balance motherhood and business, while also creating beautiful and theatrical garments that are evocative of rich moments of history.

Ophelie Klère and François Alary are the design duo behind the captivating Parisian label Dévastée. Translating into "devastated", their collections refer to death, depression and cemeteries but also gardens, crosswords and leisure. The Genteel sat down with the duo to find out more about these unusual combinations and why their collections are always rigorously in black and white.

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