Those of you following me closely online on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter would have known I was in Paris recently on the invitation of Cartier, founded by Louis-François Cartier in 1847 and today a luxury house that’s close to one’s heart, especially if you have ever received something special in that bright red box.
So why was I in Paris, you ask? Simply put, Cartier will be launching a 10-piece bag collection for both men and women in the 2nd half of the year and I got the chance, along with MediaCorp actress Rebecca Lim, to spend some quality alone-time with them. We also got the chance to customise a bag each, plucked from the 10 new bags, that we then picked leathers, hardware colours and other little finishes for. More importantly, besides being able to introduce these 10 new bags to you on the blog when they are eventually launched, my customised bag will also be put on display at one of Cartier’s boutiques in Singapore.
We also got the chance to visit the revered archives located on the top floor of Cartier’s ‘temple boutique’ at 13 Rue de la Paix, where we feasted our eyes on everything from handwritten journals detailing typical purchases a customer would make in those days to plaster casts of precious jewellery, ornate evening bags and even black and white photographs, treasured still-life pieces and portraits of Indian royalty in all their Cartier finery. There was also a tour of the ‘temple’ where we visited Louis Cartier’s private office, as well as another trip to the Cartier Foundation (Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain), a non-profit museum set up by Cartier with the aim of championing contemporary art.
I could go on and on, but I’ll have nothing left to say when I blog about them proper in the coming months. In other words, I’ll just leave you with this quick montage I put together and call it a night. And dream of my customised bag.
Thank you, Cartier.
Image: Bagaholicboy, Apple iPhone5 & Canon PowerShot G16