Friday, 19 July 2013
My Idea of Luxury
The word 'luxury' is so often used in the fashion industry. In the past decade the annual profits of luxury brands have been reported in mass media as well as fashion press which shows, not only an increasingly aware and intelligent consumer, but also, a keen interest in the top of the fashion chain.
For some luxury is 1000 thread count sheets, for others it's caviar and champagne for this chic lady it's membership to a private library. I am yet to find the library of my dreams, one that serves excellent food and coffee, has great, light spaces for people to sit and read, hosts salon style events and houses every book I ever wanted to read and more (obviously with a focus on fashion) but in the mean time I have found a close substitute.
The Athenaeum Library on Collins St in Melbourne is the library to be a member of. It is conveniently opposite Chanel and next to Bistro d'Orsay. It is Victoria's oldest private library and is just $99 to become a member. They have book clubs for members and you can of course request books you are interested in. The library also offers a nice relief from the hustle and bustle of the city. Now that really is luxury.
On a less luxurious but still decadent note The Little Library in Melbourne Central really deserves a mention. It is a retail space that has been given over to a free book exchange. How wonderful that you can drop in and leave your old books for others to enjoy and pick up a new one for yourself at the same time. If you don't have a book to donate you can simply borrow a book for free and then return it when you are done. When is feeding your mind ever anything but luxury?