Update – Cartier Envelope Bag

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cartier_envelope-bag-collectionI first blogged about the upcoming Cartier Envelope Bag on Valentine’s Day (apt too, given how Cartier is on love and all things romantic), and now it’s time for a quick update.

Just released in Singapore, it’s now time for you to head down to Cartier boutiques island-wide and check out the gorgeous full-leather bags, which will make great shoulder slings for day and clutches by night. Priced at SGD1845 each, the 24 cm by 17 cm bags come in 3 colours, including Red, Mahogany (shown above), as well as Black.

Designed to look like an envelope, it will remind you of love letters received past and present. More importantly, it reinforces Cartier as the purveyor of all things love, which I do think is clever, and sweet.

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Cartier Love Ring In Ceramic, Diamonds & Gold

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cartier_love-ring-ceramic-diamonds-goldAlready an icon in its own right, writing most anything about Cartier’s Love collection would be pointless since it’s already loved and adored by one and all. But because this post concerns Cartier’s new Love ring in ceramic, diamonds and gold, I thought it apt to run it here.

Recently released in Singapore and already garnering fans of its own, what’s most special about the new rings is the fact that they can be worn together or separately. Yes, you guessed it, the ring is actually comprised of 3 individual pieces, and as the name suggests, one band in the gold of your choice (pink, or white gold), another band in ceramic (black, or brown ceramic) and lastly, a third band in gold that’s also set with sparkling diamonds.

Priced at SGD7150 and SGD7600 (the one in white gold is a tad pricier), it’s like getting 3 rings for the price of one. Or one ring that actually comes apart and makes 3. Seriously, I’m delirious, so please excuse me while I go fan myself.

cartier_love-bracelet-rose-gold-diamondsFor those of you who like me, feel that such delicate rings just don’t sit pretty enough on your fingers, you could consider the Cartier Love Bracelet in pink gold and set with diamonds. Priced at SGD18,500 for a total of 10 diamonds encircling the circumference of the bracelet, the icing on the cake is probably the fact that it comes with its very own solid gold screwdriver that you’ll need to put on or take off the bracelet.

Personally, I’ll be content with the plain yellow gold one (sans diamonds, of course) that sells for SGD7740, but that’s just me. What are you eyeing next from Cartier?


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Cartier: The Panther

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cartier_panthere-collection1As a longstanding icon, and as the signature animal of the house, there’s no denying the importance of this majestic beast to Cartier, having first made its appearance back in 1914, its fur the inspiration for the setting of gems on a wristwatch. With the arrival of Jeanne Toussaint (herself nicknamed ‘La Panthère’), she worked closely with Louis Cartier and created exquisite pieces for the house, from powder boxes to cigarette cases and even bag clasps in the shape of a prowling panther, before moving on to jewellery pieces like bracelets, brooches and necklaces for the likes of the Duchess of Windsor who completed her collection with 3 beautifully commissioned pieces.

And after you’re done watching the short animation detailing the 100 year history of the panther at Cartier, you’ll be better able to appreciate the over 50 new jewellery pieces created to mark its centenary, from rings to brooches and necklaces to earrings and bracelets.

cartier_panthere-collection6Take this exquisite piece, for instance. Requiring some 330 hours of meticulous craftsmanship, it depicts the panther prowling on the great dome of the Grand Palais, the delicate white gold lattice intricately adorned with diamonds, emeralds and rock crystals. The panther’s ‘fur’ comprises diamonds and onyx, each specially cut and fitted to give it ‘life’, which is only something you’ll be able to experience if you were to see it in person. Commanding, assertive, yet feminine, this one’s for the woman who lives life to the fullest with an eye always set on the finer details.

cartier_panthere-collection2And then there are the more playful pieces, a touch of mischief without lacking in grace. Featuring the panther ‘wrapped’ around itself (the bracelet and the ring featured at the top), along with the bracelet at the bottom which shows clearly the ‘fur’, its 3D body clearly showing off its graceful lines and muscular body.

cartier_panthere-collection3And then there’s my personal favourite, the architectural and futuristic ring that features a panther head carved out of solid gold. Sitting beautifully on your finger with your own skin colour as a stark contrast to the chiseled precious metal, the piercing eyes (emeralds for the eyes with a touch of onyx for the nose) the perfect embellishments to this majestic piece. And it’s a piece of panther legacy I wouldn’t mind having in my own collection.

You can view the over 50 pieces for yourself online via Cartier, with detailed descriptions, image close-ups and prices in SGD accompanying each piece. Or head down to any Cartier boutique for your close encounter with this magnificent  beast and experience its ‘fur’ for yourself.


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Cartier Louis Cartier Fine Leather Goods Collection

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cartier_louis-cartier-flg-collection1You’ve already read (and seen) most of Cartier’s new Jeanne Toussaint Fine Leather Goods collection, from my favourite Jeanne Toussaint Asymmetric Clutch to the other pieces in the collection, including the Jeanne Toussaint Chain Bag and the totes which come in 2 sizes.

But enough about the ladies, here’s something just for the boys. Besides creating a collection in homage to Jeanne Toussaint, Creative Director of Accessories Marlin Yuson also drew on another legend of the house, Louis Cartier, for the new mens collection. The man who started it all, the collection is dedicated to his genius, one who dreamt of faraway adventures and the spirit of travel.

cartier_louis-cartier-flg-collection2Which brings us to the key bag of this collection, the Louis Cartier Bag, an elegant tribute to the man and his wanderlust. Made of caramel-coloured full-grain leather, it takes over five square metres of it, along with fifteen metres of thread and over 100 steps to create it. Measuring 49.5 cm across by 25 cm in height, the barrel-shaped duffel is beautifully finished with palladium-finished hardware, from its sleek side buckles to the tiniest of logos on the top of the bag, taken from the archives and given new life in this exquisite piece.

cartier_louis-cartier-flg-collection3Another bag that’s worth checking out is this accompanying piece, the Louis Cartier Document Holder, which employs the same craftsmanship and level of detailing dedicated to the former. 40 cm across by 29.5 cm, the briefcase comes in two colours (Black and Caramel), with a bevy of pockets and slots on the inside, and is guaranteed to make even the most disorganised of businessmen weep with joy. Priced at SGD5100and SGD4350 respectively for the bags, you’ll find both, along with some other pieces including a messenger and a portfolio clutch at Cartier boutiques islandwide.

Luxe, polished and sleek. It’s true what everyone’s been saying, Cartier’s bags are really coming into their own now.

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Cartier Jeanne Toussaint Fine Leather Goods Collection

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cartier_jeanne-toussaint-flg-collection1You could say I’m biased, but having already previewed Cartier’s full collection ofJeanne Toussaint Fine Leather Goods way back in February in Paris, there’s nothing I don’t personally adore with the exception of a few details, but that’s just me being me. All in all, it’s a great collection that’s nothing like you’ve ever seen Cartier do before in terms of bags, and that’s saying a lot especially if you’re familiar with their existing offerings.

cartier_jeanne-toussaint-flg-collection3But that’s all in the past. Which in some serendipitous way is how Creative Director of Accessories Marlin Yuson drew inspiration from this collection. Paying homage to a great lady who was an important creative force at Cartier for many years, you’ll see many subtle details from the archives: from jewelled clasps to the design of the chain sling incorporated into contemporary styles that are not only beautiful, but are also pretty functional as well.

cartier_jeanne-toussaint-flg-collection2On the left, the Jeanne Toussaint Chain Bag, on the right, the Jeanne Toussaint Asymmetric Clutch

The collection isn’t a huge one either, just 3 distinct styles that come in various sizes with emphasis on the quality of the leather as well as the finer details (which I’m fussy about), from the stitching (I’ve checked) to the way the clasps open and close (I’ve checked those too) to how everything feels and works (I tried them all out, weighing each bag mentally, posing with the bags in the mirror, much to the amusement of everyone related to the collection who was at 13 Rue de la Paix that day).

There is the Tote Bag, which comes in 3 variations, one with an additional zip compartment at the bottom, great for swopping out your heels for flats after a long day day at work, the regular Tote Bag that’s great for work, as well as the Mini Tote Bagthat’s just 29.5 tall cm by 21.5 cm wide and as cute as a button.

Then there’s the Chain Bag, the elegant work companion that you can wear 3 ways. Featuring a front flap with killer detailing as far as the hardware is concerned, this is the one that looks set to be a classic in her own right.

Last but not least, my personal favourite and the one bag boys can also pull off confidently from the Jeanne Toussaint FLG collection. Simply known as the Asymmetric Clutch, I like to think of it as the kind of clutch old men bring to casinos but loads more contemporary and stylish, and one that won’t look out of place most anywhere.

I could go on and on, but because I’m not a fan of posts that go on forever and a day (there will be more updates as far as the individual styles are concerned, so hang in there), I’ll just leave you with one of the new videos celebrating this collection, and a reminder to make a mental note to visit Cartier soon where the bags are already available. Or you could just head online and check out the full range (and their respective prices) for yourself.

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Cartier: Jeanne Toussaint

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cartier_jeanne-toussaint21930: A portrait of Jeanne Toussaint

It’s not every day that one can say they were a personal friend of Coco Chanel, but Jeanne Toussaint was one such lady, and she was a formidable woman who reigned at Cartier. First introduced to Louis Cartier (the grandson of founder Louis François Cartier) by Coco herself, Jeanne was hired by Louis in 1918, and the rest, as they say, is history.

cartier_jeanne-toussaint11955: Jeanne Toussaint in her Cartier office at 13 rue de la Paix in Paris

From elevating the French maison’s signature panther to greater heights and creating bespoke, one-of-a-kind pieces for the elite like the Duchess of Windsor and Barbara Hutton, she worked tirelessly and dabbled in almost everything that made Cartier the darling of royal families, the rich and the celebrities the world over.

And then there were the handbags that Jeanne herself worked on, an important pillar of the brand since the 1900s, from showpiece-like evening bags made of spun gold and plated mesh to vanity cases fitted with special compartments for lipsticks and cigarettes, decorated with all manner of precious stones from diamonds to rubies and emeralds. With each new piece, she pushed herself creatively, from Barbara Hutton’s special order for an evening bag topped with a gold panther clasp for her sister-in-law, Princess Nina Mdivani, to bags with a precious jewellery clasp, another Cartier signature.

Which brings us to the point of this post, and the reason for your general introduction to the legendary Jeanne Toussaint. If you can recall, I flew to Paris with Cartier in March to preview their new fine leather goods, aptly named the Jeanne Toussaint Fine Leather Goods collection as an homage to this incredible figure, and will be released in Singapore soon. In other words, consider this a teaser and stay tuned for more updates on the beautiful bags in the coming weeks.


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