Mr. Harry Winston worked in a rather peculiar way. Contrary to common practice, the New York jeweler never based his designs on metal settings, but instead, the lavish gems which he had acquired in his lifetime. Among them were the 45.52-carat Hope diamond (Marie Antoinette was a keeper of the rare, blue stone); the 69.42-carat, pear-shaped Taylor-Burton diamond (Elizabeth Taylor wore the gift from her lover Richard Burton as a necklace); and the 71.72-carat, emerald-cut diamond on the engagement ring which Aristotle Onassis presented to former First Lady and fashion icon Jackie O.
Gems like these were all that mattered to Winston, who was known as the “king of diamonds” not only for his breathtaking private collection, but for his unrivaled expertise in choosing and cutting the most beautiful stones. Even after his death in 1978, his legacy lives on and remains a signature of the New York label.
For the brand’s latest act, the stones take center stage once again. Created as a tribute to New York City – the home of Winston and his first salon on Fifth Avenue – the New York Companion is the label’s first high jewelry evening clutch: 486 diamonds, 21 emeralds and eight rubies capture the city’s dynamic energy and map out, on a glossy, black-lacquered surface, a bird’s eye view of Broadway by night (the cheeky emerald and ruby accents recall the green and red flashes of traffic lights). And, as a nod to its superb watchmaking know-how, an onyx crown at the top of the clutch swivels open to reveal a quartz timepiece, which is decorated with a diamond-set bezel that sparkles like freshly fallen snow.
The interior of the New York Companion is just as visually compelling as its exterior: On one side, a large vanity mirror spliced into an impressive mother-of-pearl marquetry. On the other, rows of smaller mirrors inlaid with contrasting white and brown Tahitian mother-of-pearl.
This article first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore August Issue.
The Italian luxury brand celebrates its famous “Knot” design with a pop-up exhibition fêted at BOTTEGA VENETA‘s two-level Saint Tropez store.
The Saint Tropez boutique has been transformed into a museum with more than 300 different models of ‘The Knot’ on display to the public from August 1 to 3 as part of a retrospective look at the history of the accessory.
First created by Tomas Maier in 2001, the clutch is one of the brand’s signature pieces, “a collector’s item” with an “iconic shape.”
Maier certainly stretches his wings when it comes to the imaginative versions he dreams up each year including the Vintage Jewel Knot (embroidered with antique crystals), the Origami Knot (made from intricately creased patent leather) and other versions in woven sterling silver, padded satin, etc.
The events and displays at the Saint Tropez store will be digitally shared with select Bottega Veneta boutiques around the world.
This September will also see the launch of the brand’s latest fragrance for women, also named ‘The Knot’ in honor of the bags.
Jimmy Choo has collaborated with U.S. artist Rob Pruitt to create the special 18 piece spring/summer 2013 capsule cruise collection.
Check out this unique LEGO-inspired clutch by Chanel for the Spring/Summer 2013 Collection! The clutch comes in multiple colours to match your wardrobe.
Byron Yiu has made his fortune by turning traditional shopping habits around and re-selling rich women’s luxury handbags in Hong Kong.
Yiu’s Milan Station retail chain buys trendy bags — luxury tote or shoulder bags to evening clutch — from the ladies who lunch in Hong Kong’s upscale neighbourhoods.
Locally known as “tai tais”, the small and often thrifty demographic, rarely seen without Prada, Chanel or Gucci on their arm, provides the retailer with a steady flow of bags which are later authenticated by Yiu’s team.
Louis Vuitton team have launched their new collection of accessories named Monogram Empreinte.
The Fall/ Winter 2010/ 2011 range is very diverse and it is mainly focused on handbags which are made of soft and nice-to-touch lamb skin.
The line offers a hobo, very practical tote bags with additional shoulder straps, handbags, wallets and some very appealing clutches.
Since the release of the iPad, designer accessories have been on the rise with iPad cases from some designers such as LV, Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo.
Oscar de la Renta has created a limited edition clutch to complement the device and debuted it at his Resort 2011 collection show.
The iPad clutch features Mosaico embroidered leather with the inside lined in ultra suede. The clutch also features a snap closure perfect for securing you iPad.
There are 4 colors available ( red, white, yellow and gray ), the price of a case is $290 and it can only be bought online.
HP Computers have announced their partnership with the upcoming Sex and the City movie sequel, whose star Sarah Jessica Parker will sport one of the company’s ‘digital clutches.’
Designed by Vivienne Tam — her Butterfly Lovers netbook premiered on her runway in 2008 — the handbag-sized mini computer will star as the columnist’s steady companion.
The electronics brand’s move follows several other attempts made by its rivals recently to lure fashion fans into the world of gadgets.
Longchamp has released pictures of Kate Moss’s first range for the brand, which will be launched at The Ritz during the haute couture week in Paris.
Moss worked with Sophie Delafontaine to create the bags, which center around the three themes of Rock’n’Casual, Rock’n’Travel and Rock’n’Glam.
The collection comprises models ranging from party clutches to shoppers and travel bags, all in red and black leather as well as zebra prints.
Feel like dressing like royalty? Or even having a taste of royal life? Then look no further than the Mont Charles de Monaco collection!
Mont Charles de Monaco – Mont Charles means Monte Carlo in French – one of the first high fashion labels to originate from the prosperous Principality, has just revealed its signature collection of sensual handbags, as part of a coordinated plan to revive Monaco’s glamorous identity.
“Monaco has always been synonymous with style and sophistication” explains Founder & CEO John Mclean, in a reference to the luxurious Mediterranean nation made famous by Princess Grace and the Monaco Grand Prix.”But we need to remind the world of this, and add a modern twist”.
Cate Adair, the Emmy-nominated and award-winning costume designer for Desperate Housewives, has collaborated with Kwiat, the 101-year old luxury jewelry and diamond company, to create the ultimate accessory, the “Platinum Clutch.”
The one-of-a-kind purse, valued at more than $500,000 debut at the Platinum Guild International (PGI-USA) Annual Emmy Awards Red Carpet Jewelry Preview that took place September 18-20, in Beverly Hills.
The bag features genuine pure Platinum design elements set with 60 carats of Kwiat diamonds, in honor of the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Marc Jacobs dark grey leather, large clutch bag, with a Rolls-Royce design multicolored leather car on the frontâ€¦ It doesn’t look like anything he has ever offered before.
It has a fold-over press stud to fasten the front, stud detailing on the car, a zipped compartment at the back, a zipped compartment on the inside, and it is fully lined in leather.
Soâ€¦ shall we call this Rolls Royce clutch the, well, Rolls Royce of handbags? To be franck, I donâ€™t really like grey leather and anyway and this Marc Jacobs purse is simply unmatchable…
It is available to pre-order for $1095 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Go for it only if you are a Marc Jacobs and Rolls Royce fan.
Carlos Falchi began his fashion career as a costume designer, creating outfits for the likes of Mick Jagger, Cher and Tina Turner.
He now has a successful high-end purse line, featuring his signature vivid color combinations on exotic materials.
His sophisticated and chic Croc Clutch is available in an array of colors including watermelon, vanilla, black and sky blue.