As an all-time lover (and previous associate) of Coach, I am more than thrilled by the new jewelry collaboration between Coach and Tony Duquette. Tony's longtime business partner, Hutton Wilkinson, along with the estate of Tony Duquette, have joined forces with Reed Krakoff and the design team at Coach to produce a limited edition Tony Duquette for Coach jewelry collection.
For those not familiar with Tony Duquette, he was a design icon, renowned as a home designer, jeweler, costume designer, sculptor, and painter. His achievements include award winning costume and set designs for theater, opera, and ballet (including a Tony for Best Costume Design for the original production of Camelot). He produced custom residential interiors for aristocrats throughout the United States and Europe. His art has been displayed in museum exhibitions worldwide, including the Louvre (1951). In his 80's, he created fine jewelry for Tom Ford's Gucci shows. The list goes on and on... Custom interiors, decorative home products, and jewelry inspired by the designs of Tony continue to be created today under the direction of his business partner. Just wanted to share a little background on this amazing designer's life work which is very inspiring!
"Beauty, not luxury is what I value." ~ Tony Duquette
|Beverly Hills Launch Party|
"Duquette defines what it means to be over-the-top," Krakoff has said. "He lived and created with a sense of wit, irreverence, and abandon I admire."
Visit the Coach website to see the pieces available in the Tony Duquette for Coach collection . Watch this YouTube video to learn more about Tony Duquette's inspiration and for some beautiful images of the collection --> Tony Duquette for Coach
|Sunburst pendant necklace and sunburst enamel bracelets|
|Jeweled fish pendant necklace and jeweled bib necklace|
|Malachite ring w/ the vintage malachite chair used as inspiration|
And finally, a few photos of Tony Duquette's amazing interior design work! Many of the pieces created for the jewelry collaboration were inspired from these designs. The Dawnridge Estate in Beverly Hills was the personal residence of Tony Duquette which he had built and decorated in 1949. Since his death in 1999, his longtime business partner, Hutton Wilkinson, resides here. If you are interested in reading more about his life and work (costumes, interior, jewelry...), you can find it here (Barnes&Noble) .
|Dawnridge Estate - "Sunburst" chandelier and wall sconce, malachite furniture. Intriguing ceiling!|
|Dawnridge Estate - "Sunburst" three-panel iron screen, wall sconce, and a different style "sunburst" chandelier. You can also see a portion of Duquette's famous animal wall art.|
|Dawnridge Estate - a vision of malachite and lapis|
|A 1960s Bel Air residence dining room w/ Duquette's famous biomorphic console and mirror. A reproduction of this console is available through Baker Furniture.|
|Another photo of the above Bel Air residence - entry w/ floating bronze staircase, crystal stalactite chandelier, and antique Chinese doors|
|Hutton Wilkinson in the Palazzo Brandolini in Venice, Italy - actual coral branches used as accents!|