At a recent visit to the beautiful Verdura boutique, I had the opportunity to see some highlights from the new holiday collection.
Leading up to their 75th anniversary in 2014, they continue to focus on Fulco di Verdura’s life and inspirations, this fall showcasing the 40’s and 50’s, a golden age when, with backing from Cole Porter and Vincent Astor, he set up shop on Fifth Avenue. The New York Style collection is dedicated to his early and loyal clients from muse Babe Paley to famed editor Diana Vreeland.
Like their exquisite wares, the boutique exudes timeless elegance. Designed by Richard Keith Langham, whose work I recently featured, the space is divided into luxurious rooms with a residential feel. From the moment you enter, you feel the presence of the master.
Comfort and personality abound
My favorite room has to be this sumptuous boudoir like space overlooking Bergdorf’s and Central Park
Every design detail is thoughtful and refined
In an adjoining larger room, you can imagine style luminaries from the past visiting and leisurely perusing the offerings.
Its graceful gentility just adds to the experience
This is looking out through the Chinese paneled doors into the central area
and the entrance is equally enthralling
And some final design details before we move on
Many of the pieces in the new collection are classic styles from the archives. With the new Diana Vreeland documentary opening in a few weeks, these Byzantine cuffs were designed, a version of her classic signature pieces with over 70 carats of amethysts and 60 carats of aquamarines.
In fact there is an entire new collection of sensational cuffs using vintage brooches in spectacular combinations. Inspired by Babe Paley, her sisters, and other iconic customers, the bracelets have a glamorous timeless appeal.
Another favorite was this charming “Strawberry Plant” Brooch with amazing workmanship
The Trio rings represent a wonderfully wearable style in a variety of combinations
as do their immensely popular three stone rings now interpreted as “2-Stone” earrings
I think Cole Porter would have approved of this gorgeous green trio – Curb Link Bracelet, Bamboo Link necklace and cuff.
And even my casual summer attire looked chic with the addition of this “Y necklace” in Cocobola wood, South Sea pearl and 18k yellow gold (part of the regular collection)
A visit to the boutique is an all encompassing experience, transporting us back to the day of Babe and Cole, when bespoke service was an accepted way of life. And should you be besotted by anything in particular, be sure to fill out a card with your wish list, just in case someone you know should inquire!
15 thoughts on “New York Style at Verdura”
I have long been a fan of Verdura’s cuffs but have never seen them photographed up close and in such fine detail–stunning! The depth of color in the stones is rather amazing too…
What beautiful baubles to start the week with – and the store itself is a gem, too! Those cuffs would make any outfit glamorous.
C + C
Adore the strawberry brooch and the “Y” necklace is marvelous, especially on you (I recognize your neck!). And such a gorgeous space.
As a bit of a jewelry freak it was great to learn about Verdura. The whole gestalt is beautiful: gorgeous jewelry, stunning interiors, great stories behind the scene…love it!
Enjoyed this post very much! In addition to the fabulous jewelry (wanting that green cuff with a hot passion) I appreciated the details you highlighted of the interior design.
Gorgeous jewelry! Would love to be wearing some of those pieces you showcased. The interiors is equally as stunning. The interior details are classic and timeless!
*SIGH* Exquisite from top to bottom. “That” setee, oh, gees, just all of it. franki
Wish list = Bamboo Link Necklace. ox
Another jewel here. Keith Langham did a great job designing the boutique and showcasing the beautiful pieces. I am in love with the fabric on the settee, and it lovely curves. Who wouldn’t dream of one of these cuffs, and I adore the necklace.
Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for opening my eyes to places I never been or seen.
oh those cuffs! The space is beautiful and so inviting. What a luxurious spot to visit and try on jewelry.
I love the vintage style in this boutique! I can imagine Diana Vreeland in the pink room!
Chic ‘n Cheap Living
Exquisite. Thank you.
I so love Verdura! Thanks for this gorgeous update! I still have images saved from your first visit. So Q., tell us how many wish cards you filled out! That idea is Genius! I think I may have to borrow it for my clients at Richards. Xo
I have longed for a piece of Verdura history for many, many years! First it was the candy ring….but then I settled on wanting the 3 stone ring. Still wishing!!!
Love seeing all this beauty. Jewelry, yet art!