T&C Editors' Picks: New Things That Remind Us of the Good Old Days

Throwback pieces that make us nostalgic for years gone by.

Once a week, we ask our editors to share their thoughts on items they love.

Consider "Editors' Picks" your T&C approved wish list for beauty, travel, fashion, and everything in between.

Volkswagen Kombi

"Growing up, my dream car was always a Volkswagen Beetle. Sadly, when it was time to buy my first car here in Manila, I found it too cramped for me as a backseat passenger. Instead, I’m looking forward to the Volkswagen Kombi as a family car in the future. It’s another happy childhood memory, reminiscent of Barbie and Scooby Doo."

SMEG Refrigerator

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"It was love at first sight for me and SMEG’s signature '50s-style refrigerator. Just take a look at it and you’ll see why. It evokes poodle skirts and bobby socks and ice cream sodas and happy days."

Hotel Lutetia Paris and The Principal London

"I love staying at old-world hotels with ultra modern conveniences—how better to celebrate and enjoy the design, culture, and history of the place all at once!

"This year, on my radar, is the re-opening of the Art Deco masterpiece, Hotel Lutetia in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, my favorite area in Paris. It also happens to be a hop, skip, and a jump from the city's best department store, Le Bon Marché.

"In London, I'm loving The Principal, a newly opened hotel on Russell Square in Bloomsbury. Opened at the turn of the century as Hotel Russell, it has been renovated by the Principal Hotel Company and re-imagined by designer Tara Bernerd."

Claudia Schiffer Makeup Collection

Beauty Bar now carries this limited edition collection that's the most '90s makeup throwback ever. Designed by the '90s supermodel, it features a complete makeup line, from foundation to wearable eye palettes. My favorites? The quad eyeshadow, a cutting-edge cream-powder formula that holds all day, and the waterproof eyeliner featuring a felt-tip pen that draws the most precise winged eye. Available at all Beauty Bar branches.


Luciano Bluetooth Speaker

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"It’s difficult to use gramophones when your musical options are limited to the number of records you own. (As compared to the limitless song-streaming on Spotify or Apple Music). Those looking for that hint of nostalgia, however, can check out the Luciano Bluetooth speaker, which is an homage to the horn shape that gramophones are known for but comes with all the gears found in hi-fi stereo systems." Available at newblack.it.

Burberry 1983 Check Visor

"If the belt bag can make a comeback, then so can the visor. There's nothing that can elevate this headpiece more than Burberry's signature 1983 check pattern." Available at Burberry.

Missoni Men's Polo

"Fashion-wise, there's nothing more retro to me than Missoni. The brand's signature zigzag print absolutely ruled the '70s, and just reminds me of Studio 54. I'd pair this polo with summer trousers and casual loafers, Don Draper-style."

Gucci Sunglasses

"Gucci is another fashion house that's closely associated with the '70s. Under Alessandro Michele, the brand has fully embraced nostalgia, from the resurrection of the old monogram and down to the vintage-style accessories. Case in point, these brown-tinted pilot sunglasses."

Ray-Ban Clubmaster

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"A sleek and classic frame that never goes out of style. It always makes me feel so sophisticated. It also makes me feel like a James Bond character, or rather Q from James Bond."

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