words/images Judith Ecochard
|Domenico Vacca -reasons to be cheerful-stunning "Julie" handbag inspires...|
|Julie handbag-a bestseller since 2002|
Truth be told, we rarely spend time in the 10021 zip code-it is just not really part of our life....
|plush leather interior-can be customized, color wise|
|Julie Vacca-with her namesake satchel in croc X-large size|
BUT this past week we were inspired to venture forth ---because, for one thing, one of our favorite Italian luxury fashion designers---DOMENICO VACCO, acclaimed for his elegant, exacting and modern bespoke collections for men and women...AND also purveying exquisite RTW, denim/sportswear, and accessories offerings....
|limited edition- hand carved by crystal artisans in Slovenia-in an alligator design on the crystal itself|
Inspired by the label's iconic "Julie" handbag ---the appropriately coined "The Julie Collection" features glassware, an ice bucket, votive, decanter and vases for its first launch-set to deliver in June 2012.
|Goblets, wine glasses, flutes, highballs, shot glasses priced $75-$150 apiece|
http://www.steklarna-rogaska.si/en Rogaska Crystal-is sold in high end department stores, specialty stores and independent retailers.
Domenico Vacca---for e-commerce, collection information.
A few blocks away on Park and 58th, we entered a packed to the gils Maison 24, a housewares/home decor retail emporium of carefully curated items-somewhat like Barney's Chelsea Passage---
With loads of attitude...including page turning coffee table tableaus, skull motifs on lots of merch... fun vintage items- and modern day whimsical items ...nothing too precious, either.
The invite was to see the exclusive in the USA-wide ranging lifestyle collection of London native, Central St. Martin's grad... Rory Dobner's ... open till December, shop in shop.
|interior store shots courtesy of kevin mazur/WIreImage|
It was so jammed we didn't even bother to whip out our camera...but check out the artist's website for info...and of course, Maison 24---which we were told-was soon to launch its own e-commerce site for those not in the 'hood.
Prices for the Rory Dobner collection----range from Alphabet Tiles $65, Plates $56-$120, Cushions $160, to-Intricate Ink on Paper-$325