A curation of uplifting things to buy this October 2020

As Fashion Week presentations, shows and exhibitions continue around the globe, here are the latest releases and trending products to covet this month 

6 October 2020

Aesop Aromatique Candles

Perfectly timed to coincide with the nights growing darker, Aesop has launched a enticing trio of wintery new candles. Created with longterm collaborator Barnabé Fillion, each one bears the name of a revered astronomer – Aganice, Callippus and Ptolemy, respectively – and is beautifully housed in a minimalist ceramic jar. The inside of each candle is inscribed with a quote by an influential philosopher including feminist and prolific writer Margaret Cavendish, who famously said: "thoughts are like stars in the firmament; some are fixed, others like the wandering planets, others again are only like meteors."

£80 for a 300g candle; aesop.com 

JW Anderson for Moncler Genius

JW Anderson has unveiled his anticipated collection for Italian brand Moncler, master of the sleeping bag jacket. The limited-edition line for men and women features innovative padded trench coats and silky puffer jackets in canary yellow, bubblegum pink and bright blue, as well as padded tote bags and utility trousers, printed with mallard ducks and pond fauna. The Moncler Genius project is a series of monthly drops created in partnership with the fashion industry's leading trailblazers. Anderson follows collaborators including Simone Rocha, Craig Green, Richard Quinn and Pierpaolo Piccioli. 

Available on netaporter.com and mrporter.com

Éditions de Parfums Frédéric Malle: The First Twenty Years by Rizzoli

Elevate your bookshelf with a new coffee table tome celebrating Frédéric Malle. This October marks the 20th anniversary of the visionary French perfumer's namesake brand and Rizzoli's new volume takes readers on an olfactory adventure that charts his rich and enduring legacy. Pair with Malle's recently resurrected Cafe Society candle or room spray – très magnifique.

£60, rizzoliusa.com 

Fringe shearling shoulder bag by Bottega Veneta

Tiffany Hsu Fashion, buying director at mytheresa.com

Bottega Veneta's theatrically oversized furry fringed clutch is the unlikely IT bag of 2020, trimmed with yellow tentacle-like tassels. Designed by creative director Daniel Lee, it is testament to the idea that we're all craving a little fun and frivolity in our lives right now. And if that comes in the form of a £2,370 fluffy shearling bag that resembles a jellyfish, then so be it.

Available on net-a-porter.com

Star Animal Sundays

This American import is the perfect pick-me-up this month, offering a cool curation of gold jewellery for the cosmos-inclined. Star Animal Sundays styles lightweight charms in 14 karat gold, strung on chain necklaces, bangles and raw sandalwood beads, or stamped on statement rings. Select from symbolic creatures spanning eagles, gazelles, hummingbirds and horses, accented by twinkling diamonds and colourful gemstone crystals. Designs are handcrafted in Los Angeles and New York and the direct to consumer model ensures that each piece is fairly priced. 

From £118, staranimalsundays.com

Coach x Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jennifer Lopez, Coach x Jean-Michel Basquiat

More than 30 years since his passing, Jean-Michel Basquiat's work continues to capture the imagination of the art and fashion world. Coach is the latest brand to partner with the American artist's estate on a limited-edition collection of bags, T-shirts, sweatshirts and outerwear. Kate Moss was photographed wearing the bestselling camel trenchcoat (£1,700), which was originally modelled by Jennifer Lopez for the campaign shoot. It's not the first time that Coach has collaborated with a cult artist: in 2018, the American brand adopted iconic illustrations by Keith Haring and last year it enlisted emerging Chinese artists to recreate its iconic Rexy dinosaur motif, including Erisen Ali of London-based music collective Yeti Out.

uk.coach.com/coach-x-jean-michel-basquiat