Bernard Maisner by Julia B. – An Artisan Collaboration

 “Thread becomes my ink, and linen my paper in this exciting collaboration with Julia B.” 
                                                                ~ Bernard Maisner

Linen lovers rejoice!! Just launched, this is one of the most creative partnerships I’ve ever seen.  As announced in the September issue of Vogue, Bernard Maisner, master calligrapher, has paired his talent with Julia Berger, whose couture linens are heirlooms for today!

These two luxury brands have joined forces to create a hand-made, luxury linen collection that translates art and calligraphy to a new medium! The line will have 3 components: tabletop (dinner napkins, cocktail napkins and place mats), bedding (bedsheets, coverlets, duvet covers, pillows and shams) and accessories (decorative pillows, paperweights, and a Holiday collection to include stockings and tree skirts).  
Here is one example of Bernard’s artistic note card collections.
And, here it is translated, with hand embroidery, to linen!
Another exciting design is the single letter (M in this case) flower. Can you see it? Each letter creates a unique flower design.
Wanting to take the monogram “off the page”, Bernard and Julia developed a single letter design that takes a letter, super sizes it and allows it to disappear off the linen…giving a twist on tradition.
Finally, the embroidery medium proved to be the perfect tool for Bernard’s sins and virtues! A fun conversation starter at your next cocktail party!

Having had the privilege of working with both of these talented individuals, I can attest that their work is both art and heirloom. 

What would you want them to design for you, if money were no object?!

Summer Essential: Beach Towels

When you have a summer birthday as I do, there was one reoccurring gift that you tended to receive when growing up. Beach towels. It was one of those funny things….I probably didn’t appreciate it as much as I would today. Now, I have a “thing” for cool beach towels.
Although this collection for D. Porthault is out of my price range…I thought it would be fun to share as the top image graced the cover of Vogue on this day, July 15, 1926! . The image is by Spanish artist, Eduardo Garcia Benito. During the 1920s, Benito’s famous illustrations of elongated faces and necks became known as the Big Heads…and often graced the cover of Vogue. 
Here are some other pretty fabulous beach towels by D. Porthault.

I guess if you vacation in St. Tropez or St. Barts, this might be the type of beach accessory you could splurge on (lucky you!!), but my favorite towels come from Lands End with our family name monogrammed in a contrast color. Which is especially helpful when you seem to be visiting the “lost and found” at the pool each weekend!

Stay cool this week….it looks like we’re in for a scorcher! Better hit the pool and grab your beach towel!

What does yours look like?

images: D. Porthault

Put a Ring On It!

I’m a big fan of the cocktail ring.
Large. Bold. A Statement piece. 

This ring is one I’ve received a lot of compliments on and because it is such a great price point, I wanted to introduce you to the designer.

Monica Vinader is a Spanish-born jewelry designer, whose pieces tell the story of a life lived collecting curiosities and stories the world over. The brand, named the U. K. Jewelry Brand of the Year in 2009, strives to create luxurious yet practical jewelry for all occassions, at accessible prices.
Above are some of their newer pieces.

UK Vogue July 2010 cover
With a celebrity following that includes Cameron Diaz and Kiera Knightly, you’ll be keeping good company! Go on girls… visit  Vivre.com  or Net-A-Porter.com and get yourself a bauble that won’t break the bank!

Don’t you deserve it?
xo, Elizabeth