7 posts tagged "Smythson"
Smythson’s Panama diary has some seriously impressive cred. Launched in 1908, it’s been used by everyone from Sigmund Freud and Katharine Hepburn to Jonathan Saunders and Dita Von Teese. For Spring ’14, Smythson is releasing a full-on Panama collection, comprising diaries, address books, manuscript books, and beyond. In celebration of the new range, the brand has called in young British artist Quentin Jones to create a series of pretty wild works. The set of ten pieces will feature the aforementioned influencers, as well as Hardy Amies, Waris Ahluwalia, Erdem Moralioglu, Bryan Ferry, Kylie Minogue, and Laura Bailey. The works—done in Jones’ signature, surreal style of mixed media—will explore the subjects’ relationships with their Panamas. An exhibition of the art, as well as the new Panama line, will be unveiled during a special event at Smythson’s New Bond Street store today, and the show will be open to the public from Monday. In the meantime, get your Smythson x Jones fix with a gif teasing the star-studded artworks, which debuts exclusively here.
Luxury leather goods specialist Smythson has been outfitting the likes of Grace Kelly and the Indian maharajas since the early 1900s, and it remains a go-to favorite within the style set. To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Smythson teamed up with a host of international artists, including Carter Peabody and Matthew Donaldson, on a series of short films. Also a part of the anniversary year is a newly revamped New Bond Street flagship store, opening Monday.
“The films are designed to capture the essence of Smythson’s core values by looking to the future with a celebration of our past,” Smythson CEO Andy Janowski tells Style.com. “The first chapter opens with a journey into the heart of Smythson’s craftsmanship and delivers a rich, sensory experience of the brand. More films will follow before the end of the year, including the unveiling of our two new icons.” See the first film in the series, directed by Peabody, exclusively on Style.com (above) before it hits the brand’s Web site (Smythson.com) next week. As for the next film, it will debut the new Smythson anniversary handbags.
In the age of smartphones and iPads, it seems most people have turned their calendars into an entirely digital affair. Yet, there’s something to be said for having an actual—not virtual—agenda to look at in your home or at the office. And hey, if the annual buzz that surrounds the Pirelli calendar is any indication, then paper versions are still very much alive. If you didn’t happen to get your hands on Mario Sorrenti’s project for Pirelli, or if your prefer a more PG option for your kitchen, we’ve scoped out a few chic alternatives to pick up before January 1. See our picks (above), including the A.P.C. five-year calendar (on sale already because 2011 is over) and a chic hand-stamped octopus calendar from Connor.
From top left to right: Style Calendar 2012, $27, available at www.colette.fr; Smythson diary, $141, available at www.colette.fr; A.P.C. Five-Year Datebook 2011-2015, $80, available at USonline.apc.fr; Art of Warhol wall calendar, $14.99, available at Momastore.org; Connor 2012 Octopus calendar (center), $135, available at www.barneys.com.
For Tom Ford, a successful film career and a new womenswear line is not enough. Thus, the designer “spent part of the summer thinking deep thoughts about lipstick.” The Telegraph sat down with the designer, who was just nominated for Brand of the Year for the British Fashion Awards, to find out what else is on his mind. [Telegraph]
How does Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders look on paper? If it’s anything like the designer’s new collection of stationery for Smythson, it’s a mix of William Morris-style prints, color blocking, and contrasting fabrics. [Vogue U.K.]
Ten past CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designers, including Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo, and Billy Reid, have been selected as the “Americans in Paris.” For the program, underwritten by Tommy Hilfiger, the designers will be able to display their work in a Paris showroom from October 1-3. [CFDA]
Isn’t this juicy—Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, the ladies who reinvigorated the velour tracksuit, are ready to take on the fashion world once more. The co-founders of Juicy Couture are set to launch a new “California-eccentric” collection, named Skaist-Taylor, for Fall 2012. [WWD]