Assouline

Assouline

Librarians of Luxury

The illustrated market has become integral to the worlds of luxury, fashion and design. Assouline has actively contributed to this growth by creating the highest quality book-objects whose distinctive graphic identity and editorial savoir-faire have captured imaginations, addressing new themes in a contemporary manner.  The brand, with its style and vision, is a true pioneer. Beginning in the mid-90s, Assouline brought the illustrated book market to life with products that were modern, luxurious and creative. Today, the luxury book market has become an indispensable tool for luxury brands.

“We created this company to be the first luxury brand on culture. We wanted to supply everything for a contemporary library; we started working with top perfumers for scented candles, with Goyard for a book trunk, with Chanel on a quilted leather slipcase, and so on. Now we are expanding the Assouline lifestyle brand in stores in the most important cities of the world. We love and believe in books more than everything else, but we also want to extend our vision to create all that can be expected in a chic and personalized library, from beautiful books and special editions to luxury gift items, unique library accessories, and now a complete turnkey collection of stylish furniture. Our digital world goes faster than ever and nothing remains of it, but books are the solid part of our past and present. They also are beauty. For us, books are a matter of intellect and emotion, of heritage and innovation. Because information is not only about today, and the past is a sensational source of inspiration.” Prosper & Martine Assouline

Since its beginnings in 1994, Assouline has been dedicated to creating books that are as informational as they are beautiful works of art. The respect for the product and the process of creation is evident in every facet – the traditional technique of hand-binding covers, the imagery that transports the reader to another place and time, the luxurious thickness of each page.

The passion and the attention to detail are like that of an haute couture atelier. Known worldwide for bringing luxury to the publishing industry, Assouline produces one-of-a-kind books on fashion, art, architecture, photography, design, and travel, weaving a story of L’Art de Vivre with every publication.

The Ultimate Collection is the epitome of the Assouline brand as it offers an unparalleled standard of excellence in the 21st century. Each book from the collection pays homage to the time-honored craft of bookbinding and pictures are individually hand-tipped, a process which requires cutting, gluing, and placing each photo onto the page. This level of craftsmanship yields the highest quality books in the world, truly pieces of art in their own right. The quality of the product does not end with beautiful books and objets d’art for the library.

Beyond “beautiful books” Assouline is invested in the promotion of culture. It has created the “first brand of luxury culture” by opening boutiques where one can discover a world of good taste, excitement and intellect, a place where “culture can be acquired” within a luxurious environment. One can purchase complete book collections as well as objects that belong in contemporary libraries such as perfumed candles and “cabinets of curiosities.”

Explore the Products:

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    Assouline – Capri Dolce Vita by Cesare Cunaccia

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    Cherished by everyone from physician Axel Munthe, who recommended its clean air to his patients as a cure for bronchitis; to film director Jean-Luc Godard as the setting for his 1963 film Contempt; to literary icons, celebrities, poets, and the jet-set, Capri boasts a rich Mediterranean spirit and style that encompasses a wealth of beauty

    Contents List

    • 272 pages
    • over 200 illustrations
    • English language
    • Released in May 2019
    • W 24.9 x L 33.3 x D 3.3 cm
    • Linen hardcover
    • ISBN: 9781614287834
    • 2.6 kg
    About the Author:

    Cesare Cunaccia is a writer, lecturer, curator, and journalist. He was an editor at large for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue and the antiques consultant for Architectural Digest Italy. He has also contributed to the divisions of Architectural Digest in Germany, China, and Russia, as well as Connaissance des Arts, Opera magazine, and L’Oeil. Cunaccia has published a variety of books, particularly on the Italian artistic heritage, which have been translated into twelve languages.

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    Assouline – Rolex: The Impossible Collection by Fabienne Reybaud

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    Selected by specialist Fabienne Reybaud, each of the exceptional Rolex watch models in this beautiful handcrafted Ultimate Collection volume showcase the most valuable and technically innovative models the luxury watchmaker has produced, including watches never seen in print before: From the first wristwatch dating to the early 1900s and the first Oyster Perpetual from 1931, to an Explorer worn during Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest in 1953 and the Submariner worn by actor George Lazenby in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, they are sure to astonish collectors the world over. Complimentary white gloves and signature canvas tote bag are included with each purchase from Assouline's Ultimate Collection

    Contents List

    • 194 pages
    • 200 illustrations
    • English language
    • Released in September 2018
    • W 39.5 x L 47.3 x D 7.5 cm
    • Handcrafted in a luxury clamshell case with metal plaque
    • ISBN: 9781614287209
    • 9.072 kg
    About the Author:
    Since 1993, Fabienne Reybaud has been senior editor of watches and jewelry at the French daily newspaper Le Figaro. Specializing in the luxury field, she has authored several books, including 100 Montres de Légende, with Frédéric Ramade (Solar, 1999); Watches: The Ultimate Guide (Assouline, 2006, 2010); The Nature of Chaumet (Assouline, 2016); and Casa Lopez: Un Art de Vivre, with Pierre Sauvage (Flammarion, 2018). In addition, Reybaud has worked as an independent journalist for the most prestigious names in the French press.
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    Assouline – South Pole: The British Antarctic Expedition 1910 by Christine Dell’Amore

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    Beyond the incredible feats of endurance, hardship, and the extraordinary scientific achievements from Scott’s last attempt, the world was captivated by Captain Scott’s prowess as a diarist and the outstanding photographic skill of team member Herbert Ponting. The written and photographic legacy enabled people to connect with this journey frozen in time as they have never before.

    Contents List

    • N/A pages
    • 100 illustrations
    • English language
    • Released in January 2012
    • W 7.63 x L 10.9 x D 0.82 in
    • Hardcover with Jacket
    • ISBN: 9781614280101
    • 1.361 kg
    About the Author:

    Christine Dell’Amore, environment writer-editor for National Geographic News, has reported from six continents, including Antarctica. She has also written for Smithsonian magazine and The Washington Post. Christine holds a masters degree in journalism with a specialty in environmental reporting from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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    Assouline – The Italian Dream by Count Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli

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    The Italian Dream: Wine, Heritage, Soul is an escape into the effortlessly elegant Italian lifestyle, savoring wine behind the private gates of family castles and vineyards, from the foothills of the Alps to the hill towns of Tuscany to the relaxed southern seasides.

    Contents List

    • 372 pages
    • 400+ illustrations
    • English language
    • Released in October 2016
    • W 9.92 x L 12.99 x D 1.85 in
    • Hardcover with Jacket
    • ISBN: 9781614285199
    • 2.722 kg
    About the Author:
    Winemaker, industry consultant, cellar advisor, speaker and visiting lecturer, Count Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli is an eclectic and versatile authority on Italian and international wines, having traveled and worked in the U.S., South America, England, and the Far East. Inheriting from his maternal grandfather, Baron Raimondo Franchetti, a passion for wine, agriculture, and terroir, Gaetani studied agricultural sciences in Italy, attended the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London, and gained industry experience working for Julius Wile & Sons in New York, L & P Antinori in Florence, Souverain Wines in California, and Calona Vineyards in British Columbia. Upon returning to Europe, he founded, together with his brothers, the renowned Argiano winery in Tuscany. A writer and raconteur, he has published several books, including Wine Notes (Luca Dotti, 2002), Walking on the Wine Side (Gribaudo, 2013), and Vini, Amori (with Camilla Baresani, Bompiani, 2014). He is also an Italian style and brand ambassador, bringing together tradition, passion, and experience in international strategy consultancy.

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    Assouline – The French Riviera in the 1920s by Xavier Girard

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    The Italian Dream: Wine, Heritage, Soul is an escape into the effortlessly elegant Italian lifestyle, savoring wine behind the private gates of family castles and vineyards, from the foothills of the Alps to the hill towns of Tuscany to the relaxed southern seasides.

    Contents List

    • 256 pages
    • 200 illustrations
    • English language
    • Released in August 2014
    • W 11.18 x L 14.05 x D 2.04 in
    • Hardcover with Jacket
    • ISBN: 9781614282563
    • 3.8 kg
    About the Author:
    Writer Xavier Girard is an art historian and critic, essayist, and professor of art history. A Chevalier of Arts and Letters, he has also directed and curated numerous artistic events. His previously published books with Assouline include The Mediterranean: From Homer to Picasso (2001); Bauhaus (2003); and Paris in the 1920s with Kiki de Montparnasse (2012). He also published L’Oursinand Trois hommes dans un jardin with André Dimanche. Since 2008, he has also dedicated himself to sculpture and photography.

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    Assouline – Venetian Chic by Francesca Bortolotto Possati

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    The discerning eye of photographer Robyn Lea makes this book a revelation of the Venice of dreams, which will surely allow readers to see this iconic destination through new eyes.

    A sentimental foreword by Jeremy Irons perfectly complements this stunning volume.

    Contents List

    • 264 pages
    • 150 illustrations
    • English language
    • Released in February 2017
    • W 9.76 x L 12.99 x D 1.45 in
    • Hardcover
    • ISBN: 9781614285380
    • 2.268 kg

    Francesca Bortolotto Possati is the CEO of Venice’s Bauer Hotel group. A native of the city, she is greatly involved in its culture as a patron of the arts and board member of Save Venice Inc., a foundation dedicated to restoring important works of Venetian architecture and art. She also sponsors the Zuecca Project Space, a non-profit area that hosts exhibitions for local and international art communities. Bortolotto Possati presents the Ca’ Foscari Award at Venice’s international literary festival each year. She co-authored Celebrate in Venice with Csaba dalla Zorza, published in 2012.

    British actor Jeremy Irons trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and began his career in 1969, appearing in the West End theatre production of Godspell. He made his Broadway debut in 1984 with The Real Thing, directed by Mike Nichols, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor. Irons is also well known for his television and film work, including The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Dead Ringers, Reversal of Fortune, The Mission and Lolita. He is one of the few actors honored with the Triple Crown of Acting: Academy, Emmy, and Tony awards.

    Over the last two decades, Australian-born Robyn Lea has become an internationally renowned photographer, TV commercial director, and writer. She has worked around the globe for clients such as Peroni, Kodak, Time, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. Her book Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature was published by Assouline in 2015.

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    Assouline – Watches: A Guide by Hodinkee

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    What started as a humble blog quickly transformed into a full-fledged magazine and e-comm hub for some of the world’s leading watch brands. Celebrating the decade milestone since Hodinkee’s founding, this book captures the storied expertise of the world’s leading experts on time. With chapters breaking down chronographs, dive watches, high design, and horological icons, this book is a connoisseur’s compendium for the timepiece veterans and novices alike.

    Contents List

    • 300 pages
    • over 150 illustrations
    • English language
    • Released in December 2019
    • W 24.8 x L 33.1 x D 3 cm
    • Rubberized Hardcover
    • ISBN: 9781614288657
    • 2.6 kg
    About the Author:
    Ben Clymer
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    Assouline – The Impossible Collection of Watches by Nicholas Foulkes

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    These miniature machines reflect the last century’s incredible technological advances and social changes, from the invention of the airplane to the effects of two world wars to the advent of space exploration and the dawn of the digital age. Featuring illustrious names such as Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Patek Philippe, Rolex, and Tag Heuer, these 100 timepieces include the 1915 Omega Lawrence of Arabia aviator chronograph, the 1962 Breitling Cosmonaute, and the 1985 Ulysse Nardin Astrolabium. This hand-bound oversize luxury edition features hand-tipped images and is presented in a linen clamshell case.

    Complimentary white gloves and signature canvas tote bag are included with each purchase from Assouline's Ultimate Collection

    Contents List

      • 144 pages
      • 100 illustrations
      • English language
      • Released in October 2014
      • W 39.3 x L 47 x D 7 cm
      • Hand-bound limited edition in a linen clamshell Case
      • ISBN: 9781614282105
      • 9.072 kg
    • Assouline’s Ultimate Collection is an homage to the art of luxury bookmaking. Hand-bound using traditional techniques, with color plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper, each page of this limited-edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. Treating a range of topics from jewelry and fashion, fine art and the ‘Impossible Collections,’ the Ultimate Collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. Nestled in linen clamshell presentation cases, these books attract collectors, lovers of the printed page, and those who devour the culture of our time. Signaling a new level of sophistication for true connoisseurs, these unique books are works of art in their own right.
    About the Author:
    British historian, author, and journalist Nicholas Foulkes is co-founder and editor in chief of Finch’s Quarterly Review, luxury editor of British GQ, and contributing editor to Financial Times’s How to Spend It and Vanity Fair. His other books for Assouline include High Society: The History of America’s Upper Class (2008), Bals: Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century (2011), Nardi (2012), and Swans: Legends of the Jet Society(2013).
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    Assouline – The Impossible Collection of Bentley by Andrew Frankel

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    From the 1924 3-Litre, the first Bentley to win Le Mans; to the 1959 S2, the first to feature a V8 engine; all the way up to the stunning 2018 Continental GT, this book is a decisive list of all the masterful models that have helped Bentley become the dominant and illustrious luxury car manufacturer that it is today. Complimentary white gloves and signature canvas tote bag are included with each purchase from Assouline's Ultimate Collection 

    Contents List

    • 200 pages
    • over 150 illustrations
    • English language
    • Released in January 2019
    • W 39.7 x L 47 x D 8 cm
    • Hand-stitched leather bound limited edition
    • ISBN: 9781614288602
    • 8.0 kg
    • Assouline’s Ultimate Collection is an homage to the art of luxury bookmaking. Hand-bound using traditional techniques, with color plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper, each page of this limited-edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. Treating a range of topics from jewelry and fashion, fine art and the ‘Impossible Collections,’ the Ultimate Collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. Nestled in linen clamshell presentation cases, these books attract collectors, lovers of the printed page, and those who devour the culture of our time. Signaling a new level of sophistication for true connoisseurs, these unique books are works of art in their own right.
    About the Author:
    Andrew Frankel is a British car journalist who has contributed to Autocar magazine for over thirty years and MotorSport magazine for over twenty. In addition, he was the chief car tester for The Sunday Times newspaper for seventeen years, and he currently makes regular contributions to The Daily Telegraph. He is also a columnist for Goodwood Road & Racing, and sits on the Car of the Year jury. Bentleys have been part of Andrew’s life since he was just four years old, when his father bought a vintage 41/2-litre Bentley—which still remains with his family to this day. Andrew has driven examples of nearly every car featured between these covers, and for the last ten years, he has raced a 1921 3-litre TT Bentley, the oldest Bentley racing in the world today. In 2003, he wrote the award-winning Bentley: The Story, which was hailed as the definitive history of the marque. When he is not driving cars, he lives quietly on the border between England and Wales with his wife, two daughters and far too many animals.
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    Assouline – The Impossible Collection of Wine by Enrico Bernardo

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    The Impossible Collection of Cigars is a bid for readers to journey to the fabled Cuban tobacco farms, get up close and personal with the torcedores(master cigar rollers) as they discover the world’s most commendable and coveted cigars. Considering the differences and attributes of cigars like Nicaragua’s Padrón to Dominican Republic’s Arturo Fuente and Davidoff of Geneva, Honduras’ Rocky Patel to the Bahamas’ Graycliff, and, of course, Cuba’s arsenal of legendary smokes, Sigmond’s is a list any connoisseur could only dream of. Complimentary white gloves and signature canvas tote bag are included with each purchase from Assouline's Ultimate Collection 

    Contents List

        • 144 pages
        • over 150 illustrations
        • English language
        • Released in November 2016
        • W 45.5 x L 50.8 x D 8 cm
        • Hand-bound limited edition in a wooden crate
        • ISBN: 9781614284710
        • 9.072 kg
    • Assouline’s Ultimate Collection is an homage to the art of luxury bookmaking. Hand-bound using traditional techniques, with color plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper, each page of this limited-edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. Treating a range of topics from jewelry and fashion, fine art and the ‘Impossible Collections,’ the Ultimate Collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. Nestled in linen clamshell presentation cases, these books attract collectors, lovers of the printed page, and those who devour the culture of our time. Signaling a new level of sophistication for true connoisseurs, these unique books are works of art in their own right.
    About the Author:

    Enrico Bernardo made his name at the Four Seasons George V in Paris and was named Best Sommelier of the World in 2004. His two restaurants, the Michelin Star–holding Il Vino and Goust, focus on pairing the perfect wine with each dish—and the perfect dish with each wine. Bernardo consults for numerous restaurants, and cooperates with the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale to promote wine culture for a new generation. He is the author of five books, including How to Taste Wine (2006) and How to Pair Wine (2011).

    Michael Broadbent, Master of Wine, is a wine critic, writer, and auctioneer. He served as the head of Christie’s wine department for thirty-two years and is the author of numerous books.

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