Nov 14, 2013
11:37 AMStyle & Shopping
Post Tiffany & Co., Lambertson Truex Handbag Virtuosity at Privet House
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The Privet House website offers more: “A charming Connecticut shop with locations in the idyllic town of New Preston in the hills of Litchfield County and in the bustling town of Greenwich in Fairfield County, Privet House bills itself as ‘An Emporium of Home Goods, Antiques and Curiosities’. Within a welcoming and visually striking environment, proprietors Richard Lambertson and Suzanne Cassano pride themselves on building an exquisitely curated collection of goods for the home and garden...and, just possibly, the soul.
“Antiques, vintage finds and decorative wares from the world over share the spotlight with Cire Trudon perfumed candles and Santa Maria Novella bath and body products. A unique collection of kitchen, housekeeping and personal care brushes imported from Germany, have become our calling card and makes Privet House a well-love destination. Ditto for Hotel Silver, European and Japanese table linens, towels from Turkey and Belgian glassware. Stacks upon stacks of vintage and out-of-print books add to the serendipity.
“The shop's devotees include an international roster of interior decorators, architects and fashion designers in addition to A-list celebrities. A major fan was Target, who was so smitten with the shop's individual viewpoint, uncommon mix and savvy vibe that they chose Privet House as one of only five retailers to collaborate on their premiere ‘The Shops At Target’ initiative which debuted in Spring 2012.”
As for the talents behind Lambertson Truex, in 2000 they were awarded the CFDA Accessories Design of the Year and the ACE Award for Design Excellence.
Lambertson began his career with Saks Fifth Avenue, working with the visual department, before moving on to Bergdorf Goodman, and later Barneys New York, where he developed the line of accessories.
He went on to become design director for Gucci, in 1990, working in Milan, Italy, and when he returned it was to take the helm as CEO of Geoffrey Beene. Then it was back to Bergdorf Goodman, as senior vice president and creative director, before going on to launch Lamberston Truex.
Truex’s first post in New York was with the accessories house of Carlos Falchi, where his positions included vice president of design. He went on to become director of design and sourcing at ck Calvin Klein in 1996, and from there it was on to co-founding Lambertson Truex.
“Throughout all this time, their customer has always been an independent woman who seeks those statement pieces that are a perfect balance between modern classicism and luxurious materials,” the release on Saturday’s launch says.
But men shouldn’t feel left out. “At Lamberston Truex, we always had a strong men’s collection,” said Lambertson. “There are some men’s things in the sale, mostly small leather goods.”
And Lambertson called men’s fine leathers and accessories a “wide open” field, which portends well for sophisticated men who feel the style scales of justice too often tip in favor of women.
To learn more, see the Facebook page of Privet House, and the website, which has all the necessary details for connecting with the New Preston and Greenwich locations. The New Preston shop is at 13 East Shore Rd., and the phone number is (860) 868-1800.