Category Archives: Accessories

Kate Spade, 1962 – 2018

Born in Kansas City on December 24, 1962, Katherine Bresnahan, was attending college when she met her future husband Andy Spade (brother of SNL actor David Spade). The idea of opening a  handbag company came from a casual conversation the … Continue reading

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On My Shopping List… James Smith & Sons

Some day I will go into and buy myself an umbrella — without looking at the price (They range from $100 – $500 dollars)

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Edgar C. Hyman – Echo Scarves

After working for two veiling companies, Edgar C. Hyman started his own company in New York around the same time he married his wife Theresa in September, 1923. Inspired by his monogram, he called his company Echo, and produced print … Continue reading

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Canadian Tiara that survived the Lusitania goes on the block…

In 1882, Hugh Allan, a Scottish immigrant to Montreal in the 1830s, died, leaving his business, the Allan Shipping Line, to his son Hugh Montagu Allan. ‘Montagu’ as he was known, grew the company into the largest privately owned shipping … Continue reading

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$275,000 (Canadian) for this pink purse — Really?

This is what stupid people do with their money.

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Heavy Baggage

An interesting snippet I discovered yesterday from the Montreal Gazette, August 29, 1968: “Women who carry heavy handbags sometimes suffer from unpleasant finger tingling… Dr. Ronald Barber, a diagnostic expert, told a group of physiotherapists heavy handbags can cause women … Continue reading

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Josephine Bonaparte’s engagement ring

The diamond and sapphire engagement ring Napoleon Bonaparte gave to Joséphine will go up for auction March 24 at the Osenat auction house in Fontainebleau, France with an estimate of $20,000. The gold ring is set with teardrop-shaped gems, a … Continue reading

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Parasol Fashions 1924

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The suitcase…

“Dear clumsy bell boys, brutal cab drivers, careless doormen, ruthless porters, savage baggage masters, and all butter-fingered luggage handlers all of over the world. Have we got a suitcase for you…” If you watch Mad Men, you will know the … Continue reading

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Isn’t there a recession going on?

The last time I looked there was a serious recession still going on that was on the verge of getting worse because of a European debt load. So it makes it all that much harder to read about excesses like Beth … Continue reading

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