Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tortoiseshell--the Real Stuff--Is Back

"What did Yves Saint Laurent, Jackie Kennedy and the architect Le Corbusier have in common? Their eyewear, for one, as clients of the luxury French tortoiseshell artisan, Bonnet." That's the answer from the Lebanon Daily Star. "Four decades after the trade in tortoiseshell was banned under the 1973 CITES convention, the fourth-generation family firm sees itself as custodian of a rare craft, fashioning made-to-measure spectacles from stocks amassed before the ban. Bonnet describes its customers – among them Audrey Hepburn, Maria Callas or presidents Francois Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac – as 'aesthetes' more concerned about style, the timeless kind, than fashion." Read more.

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