A Collector’s Eye

Adventure takes flight upon the road to Canton. A boatman crosses the river, and it’s a Technicolor dreamcoat adventure and fretwork and fabulous and eau de Nil-hued birds chirp in the violet hour. It’s a vintage Opium ad and Rupert Everett beckons, and all is well in the world. Vintage embroidered pillows collected upon a trip to a fabled Irish castle estate inspire a wonderful “work with” pattern, and, yes, we will have another martini, olives on the side. Settle into a banquette at a fabled Hollywood nightclub of yore, and hear Miss Peggy Lee croon an especially spirited rendition of “Fever.” What a delicious way to burn, n’est-ce pas? The scent of magnolia in the air, Fracas upon the wrist, a candle fluttering in the garden on a cool February night and hello, Carmen Miranda, it’s all just a bit bananas, n’est-ce pas? Stroll the streets of Venice, and get lost between Canareggio and the Arsenale: Soak up the sights, and take a seat canal side with a glass of Prosecco, the lilting of gondoliers in the distance offering up “Volare.” We carry you to the fabled Cloud Club high atop the Chrysler Building and, yes, it’s Alaia, we transport you to the English countryside and especially favored country estates and verdant gardens such as Hidcote and Rousham (Hello, Angela, do take us upstairs!), and we traverse the byways of Beyoglu in Istanbul. Hello, Mrs. C.Z. Guest, would you like a Southside, and where’s Babe Paley, Gloria Guinness kicks back in Balenciaga and Millicent is rocking out to remixes in Charles James gold lame and Doris Duke will take you to Shangri-La and how. It’s Jamaica back in the day and Harbour Island, and don’t be late, dinner is at 10pm under the stars, and has anyone seen Slim Aarons? We are in Palm Springs, and there’s Dolores Hope and Sunnylands is just grand and John Lautner just fell in the pool. But this Pan Am Flight 001 is taking off, dear friends, so let’s wrap up this postcard. Wish you were here.  It’s a magic land where the elite meet to greet. Tall, tan, and terrific. Won’t you join us?

Beach Club: Cream
Beach Club: Indigo
Beach Club: Linen
Beach Club: Marrakech Green
Beach Club: Palm
Chez Bamboo: Cucumber
Chez Bamboo: Marrakech Green
Chez Bamboo: Nightfall
Chez Bamboo: Ocean
Cloud Club: Marrakech Green
Cloud Club: Ocean
Colony Club: Marrakech Green
Colony Club: Ocean
Colony Club: Strawberry
Hello Hidcote: Nightfall
Hello Hidcote: Ocean
Howards End: Indigo
Howards End: Marrakech Green
Howards End: Strawberry
Jodhpur: Marrakech Green
Jodhpur: Ocean
Jodhpur: Strawberry
Jungle Bloom: Marrakech Green
Jungle Bloom: Nightfall
Jungle Bloom: Strawberry
Linen Slub: Cucumber
Linen Slub: Grass
Linen Slub: Horizon
Linen Slub: Indigo
Linen Slub: Ocean
Linen Slub: Pool
Linen Slub: Strawberry
Linen Slub: White
Mocambo: Grass
Mocambo: Horizon
Mocambo: Indigo
Mocambo: Strawberry
Pera Palace: Marrakech Green
Pera Palace: Palm
Road to Canton: Marrakech Green
Road to Canton: Ocean
Road to Canton: Strawberry
Rousham Romp: Cucumber
Rousham Romp: Marrakech Green
Rousham Romp: Strawberry
Viva Venezia: Indigo
Viva Venezia: Nightfall
Viva Venezia: Sandstone