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R.I.P. Judith Leiber



Judith Leiber by Gordon Munro

Rest in peace handbag legend Judith Leiber, who died within hours of her husband last weekend at the age of 97. Her story was fascinating. An émigré from Budapest, she set up her own company in New York after learning her trade at Hungarian handbag-makers, Pessl. Her bags were a favourite of First Ladies – notably Nancy Reagan – but it was when she evolved from leather and satin to her surrealist crystal designs (in the shape of fruits, flowers and even Humpty Dumpty), that she found a cult following in showbiz A-listers and serious collectors. (more…)



Francesca Amfitheatrof is the new jewellery hire for Louis Vuitton



Francesca Amfitheatrof - Interview Magazine

News just in: Francesca Amfitheatrof is the new artistic director of watches and jewellery at Louis Vuitton. I’m glad to see her back in the loop since she left Tiffany & Co. I loved her Tiffany T collection, which according to WWD is still one of the brand’s bestsellers.

Hard luxury has been a big focus at LVMH lately (more…)



Net-a-Porter goes hard



Net-a-Porter fine jewellery hub

It’s been a while coming but Net-a-Porter is about to unveil its fine jewellery and watches hub at the end of the month. With more interest from women buying high-end jewellery for themselves (who needs husbands?!), plus the rise of the online luxury customer, there’s no better time to sell hard luxury online.

To date, Net-a-Porter has dabbled with a handful of legacy jewellery brands, including online pop-ups for Cartier and Chanel and collaborations with Tiffany, Piaget and Pomellato. (more…)