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American Splendor

Q&A

In anticipation of their visit to Tiffany & Co at Bal Harbour Shops, we caught up with the brand's new leather collection designers, Richard Lambertson and John Truex, to discuss the new collection, the brand's heritage and what it's like to work outside the little blue box.

How did this partnership come to be?
We joined Tiffany in May of 2009 as their in-house design team for handbags and leather accessories. Tiffany first approached us because they respected and admired our shared sensibility and design aesthetic. Quality, craftsmanship and styles that transcend time have always been hallmarks of our works, making it obvious that our work together made sense.

Have you been longtime admirers of the Tiffany & Co. brand?
Yes, like most individuals who have an admiration for all things luxurious, we have long been admirers of the Tiffany brand and the mystique of that little blue box.

How have you incorporated the signature Tiffany Blue into the collection?
We were interested in designs we found in the Tiffany archives. The legacy of quality, fine materials and craftsmanship is apparent in Tiffany's past and present. The leather collection is the latest in that legacy—including the brand's unmistakable namesake color, which we've incorporated into the interiors and as an enamel finish on some of the hardware.

Do you have a favorite style among the looks?
From a designer's perspective, having to choose a favorite style amongst a collection is like asking a parent to choose a favorite child, however, the bracelet bag is a standout style for evening and we love the timelessness of the Manhattan satchel for daytime.

Are there any elements from your previous namesake line that your fans will recognize in your designs for Tiffany & Co.?
As a design team working together for 10 years, we are of course influenced by past collections. Naturally, our design aesthetic and vocabulary remains the same, it is what brought us to Tiffany. That said, our new Tiffany assortment is unique and by understanding and learning the true meaning of Tiffany style, we've married our own style with this tradition of luxury.

Do you have plans to expand the accessories collection?
We do plan to introduce new colors, styles and product each season. For example, we are introducing a small assortment of Italian silk scarves this Spring.

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