4 posts tagged "Goyard"
Things began to heat up at the French Open in Paris yesterday, as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Roger Federer, raising hopes for a hometown win. (The last time that happened was thirty years ago, when national icon Yannick Noah took home the trophy.)
Meanwhile, inside the French Tennis Federation’s museum, Lacoste invited a handful of guests to preview trophies of a different kind. To mark its eightieth birthday, the brand invited nine French luxury houses to interpret its crocodilian heritage—Hermès checked in with a tennis satchel in shiny pale green croc; Goyard with a roomy travel bag, and Boucheron with bejeweled renditions of the house logo. The idea was lying in wait in the archives, noted Boucheron creative director Claire Choisne: As it turns out, house founder René Lacoste commissioned a shimmering croc from Boucheron for his wife, Simone, in 1957.
This morning, the lineup was already packed up and headed to Colette, where it will grace the windows starting on Monday. But while some things, like the silver golf club by Christofle or those Boucheron pins, can be special ordered, others, like the Hermès and Goyard bags, are unique: The next time you’ll see them is when the Lacoste museum opens at its home base, in Troyes, sometime in 2014. Still, there is one accessible option for everyone: polo-striped éclairs by Fauchon, which will be available through June.
We get excited about customized gifts. (Who could say no, for example, to a personalized Goyard bag or a fur with one’s initials embroidered in the lining?) Delfina Delettrez is offering a much less traditional take on the idea with her silver finger ring, which comes with a bottle of nail polish. It’s a concept that’s frankly both creepy and creative, and it left us wondering: 1. Should you match your jewelry’s mani to your own? and 2. Whatever will they say—and charge—for a polish change at the local nail salon?
About $370, www.delfinadelettrez.com.
No escape plan in place for the Fourth of July? There’s plenty of fun to be had within the five boroughs, starting at Bergdorf Goodman. The Fifth Avenue store has partnered with Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum to create the most fantastical window displays this side of Christmas. But the real treat comes when you step inside, and we’re not talking about the air-conditioning. A giant pink poodle named Fifi (who happens to be a kinetic sculpture by the artist Theresa Segreti and the museum’s de facto mascot) is wedged between the Verdura, Hermès, Goyard, and Prada counters on the store’s first floor. According to Bergdorf’s Linda Fargo, “Fifi has become a bit of a tourist attraction, and the salespeople, though overcome at first with shock, have definitely been cheered by her presence. A nice lady peered through the front door of the store, and after seeing our new pet, exclaimed, ‘That’s exactly what the world needs right now!’ ” After meeting Fifi, you can take advantage of the sale; the majority of spring merch is deeply discounted.
“Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.” Thus spake long-ago Vogue editor Edna Woolman Chase, and in these credit-crunched times, hers is a good motto to bear in mind. Jessica Kagan Cushman liked the sentiment so much, she’s emblazoned it on one of the waxed-canvas totes in her new range of bags. Currently available at Colette—and selling out fast—the JKC totes put a puckish spin on Goyard’s St. Louis carry-all, and like Cushman’s trademark bracelets, they serve as a handy medium for messages worth remembering. “I’m always looking for new vehicles for the quotes I collect, and the tote bags were the perfect canvas, so to speak,” notes Cushman. “Plus, I’m a total bag-o-holic; I buy them frantically, all the time, so if I was going to expand beyond jewelry, bags seemed like the natural next thing.” The standard-size JKC tote runs $125—i.e., for the cost of a St. Louis, you could turn your closet into a miniature Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations—and though Cushman plans to develop more “special” (read: pricy) bags down the line, for the moment she’s focused on keeping her satchels “fun and accessible.” “We’re going to be introducing more sizes,” she says, “but the idea is, you know, these are bags you can zip around town with.” Fashion is expensive. Style is free. A tote bag reminding you of these facts: somewhere in-between.