BELPERRON NYC

As I’ve begun to dip my toes back into the waters of a semi-regular blogging schedule, I’ve discovered some real gems (read on and you’ll see what I did there) in my drafts folder. Bright spots of inspiration that have stood out (to me at least) in an increasingly homogenous internet landscape. That’s a conversation for a different day, but for now, let’s admire the literal jewel box that is Belperron.

This draft dated back to 2016, and to the best of my recollection was inspired by this feature, this New York Times article, and likely some low grade stalking of architect, Daniel Romualdez.

So here’s the skinny: Suzanne Belperron was a legendary French jewelry designer in the 1930s with a client roster that included bold face names like Elsa Schiaparelli, the Duchess of Windsor and Diana Vreeland.

Daniel Romualdez | Belperron

Her designs were unmatched, but her legacy has gotten somewhat lost because she rarely signed her work. When asked why, she famously responded: “my style is my signature” which makes me feel equal parts inspired by her self confidence, and also wishing she could have read this WSJ article with Reese Witherspoon and assertively taken credit where it was due. Again, a conversation for a different day.

In 1998, the Landrigan family, helmed by Ward Landrigan, former head of Sotheby’s jewelry, and current chairman of the equally storied jewelry house, Verdura, acquired the Belperron archives. Last year, in partnership with AD Top 100 designer,  Daniel Romualdez, Belperron opened a New York City showroom.

Daniel Romualdez | Belperron

Simply put, like all of Daniel Romualdez’s work, it’s perfect. He was tasked with transforming a previously soulless white box into a space that recalled the Parisienne apartment of Madame Belperron. I think most of us could be perfectly content moving in, so I’d say he was successful.

Daniel excels at what I’d describe as approachable glamour. Naturally, the atelier of a high end jeweler calls for a certain level of luxury, and the black lacquer, mirrored, marble, and brass finishes certainly achieve that, but the casual seating groups and care taken accessorizing with books and art contributes to the feeling that this is more home than showroom.

Daniel Romualdez | Belperron

My favorite details are the reproduction of a Matisse drawing of Dorothy Paley wearing Belperron emerald cuffs hanging above that stunner of a fireplace, and how Daniel chose to sprinkle the display cases throughout the space, at times incorporating them into the millwork. Doesn’t it feel like you’re admiring someone’s private collection?

If you have a minute, be sure to scroll through the Belperron archives. I’ve found so much inspiration in the sculptural shapes and color combinations. This in particular seems like a no brainer for my Christmas list (ha!)

AT HOME WITH TORY BURCH

Tory Burch | Daniel Romualdez

Tory Burch | Daniel Romualdez

Tory Burch | Daniel Romualdez

I’m not big on Halloween (mainly because I never seem to have my act together in time to come up with a creative costume!) but I am big on the color orange–especially in interiors. With the exception of Aerin Lauder’s East Hampton living room, probably the best execution of the color I’ve seen is Tory Burch’s New York home featured above in Harper’s Bazaar Interiors.

The color is a little more Veuve Cliquot than pumpkin, and paired with vermillion, chocolate brown, and plum it couldn’t be more chic. Exactly why I can’t wait to pick up a copy of her recently released book: Tory Burch: In Color. If you haven’t had a chance to check out her home collection it’s also not to be missed. I hope it continues to grow within the Tory Burch brand, and I’ve said it for years, but I’m going to continue to hold out hope for a design book from Tory.

Happy Halloween!

LATELY I’VE BEEN

The Pursuit of Style

Parish-Hadley: Sixty Years of American Design | Tory Burch’s Home | Note to Self Ciao Print | Colefax and Fowler Bowood | Lizzie Fortunato Sacred Valley Necklace | Lizzie Fortunato Cuff | Lizzie Fortunato Rose Hall Necklace

 -Coveting a piece of Lizzie Fortunato jewelry. Ever since Grace shared a DIY inspired by the Rose Hall necklace, and Sally and Molly introduced me to their resort collection, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this line!

-Reading up on Sister Parish and Albert Hadley in Parish-Hadley: Sixty Years of American Design. Simply legendary!

-I also enjoyed this WSJ profile on Daniel Romualdez that I must have missed from back in November. I could not be more inspired by the work he’s done for Tory Burch and loved learning a bit more about his background. What a charmed life he’s led!

-Excited to shop Sarah’s new venture: The Print Shop. I seriously admire her graphic design skills and know that I’ll be adding quite a few things to my wish list.

-Considering Colefax and Fowler’s Bowood fabric for a pair of pillows. I love that it’s a little granny chic, but would add hot pink piping to mix it up.

What have you been up to lately?