6 posts tagged "Smythson"
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]
Smythson has been crafting extremely fine (and, let’s be honest, extremely expensive) stationery and leather goods for over a century now, since Frank Smythson first opened his doors on London’s New Bond Street. But in recent years, the offerings, while largely unisex, skewed toward the women’s market. But this holiday season, the men are getting theirs. A new collection of men’s business accessories aims to bring the gents deeper into the Smythson fold, with several styles of briefcases, laptop bags, overnight cases, wallets, and small leather goods. (A new, more masculine logo—a circular silver button dotted in the center with the line’s hallmark Nile blue—is also being introduced.) Smythson’s longtime creative director, Samantha Cameron, recently moved into a design consultant position, the better to accommodate her new role—as wife of Britain’s new prime minister, David Cameron. It’s not hard to imagine one of the new cases finding its way to the PM’s office at 10 Downing Street.
Men’s accessories range from $1,200 to $2,200 and arrive this October at Smythson boutiques, www.smythson.com.