To me, an essential part of the Christmas season are the family customs and traditions. Since my daughter moved to Manhattan, my holiday traditions have come to adopt the merry and bright offered by the Big Apple. This year, New York City did not disappoint with Louis Vuitton, Linda Fargo, and Tiffany & Co.
Louis Vuitton is where this story starts, at the French fashion brand’s Volez, Voguez, Voyagez exhibition. The free art presentation is taking place in the old American Stock Exchange building in Lower Manhattan until January 7, 2018. It’s worth visiting the educational attraction to learn the history of the luxurious Louis Vuitton empire but also, to ooh and aah.
The words Volez, Voguez, and Voguez in french name translate to fly, sail, and travel. The historic journey showcases ten chapters focusing on the evolution of travel and the many celebrated moments for the brand since 1985. As the world changed, so did the way we traveled, and our increased need for luggage. The exhibition covered all modes of travel including suitable baggage for wagons, sea, train, and planes for 163 years.
The Vuitton dynasty catered to wealthy clientele and in fact, my personal favorites include examples of exquisite trunks like Jessie Woolworth’s Donohue Crocodile Suitcase, Diana Vreeland’s hat box, and a dressing table in Moroccan leather. But wait, there’s more! I also loved the picnic trunk and a tea case that used to belong to Sayajirao Gaekwad III, Majayah of Baroda, which was commissioned by now famous writers to house their typewriters and books.
Now onto Linda Fargo, the Senior Vice-President, Women’s Fashion Director and Store Presentation at Bergdorf Goodman, a luxury department store in New York City. Earlier this year, Bergdorf’s introduced boutique with the most irresistible garments on the fourth floor personally curated by Linda. The boutique is updated seasonally and is currently stocked with a festive, holiday offering.
The boutique’s dressing room is wallpapered with years of front-row fashion week invites. Shoppers will benefit from Linda’s style and her experience working at the department store for more than 20 years.
Bergdorf’s holiday windows are an excellent reflection of elegance and fantasy. This year, the theme was “To New York With Love” and captured the appreciation for the city’s visual arts, history, music, and film showcasing seven local institutions: the American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Museum of the Moving Image, The New York Botanical Garden, New York Philharmonic, New York Historical Society and Urban Glass.
My Christmas in New York City was not complete without a visit to the home of the little blue box, Tiffany & Co’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue where all the razzle-dazzle of the robin’s egg color comes alive inside the store with holiday decorations.
Who could forget the the iconic 1961 film with Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s? You can now enjoy that croissant for breakfast, tea, or lunch at the new Blue Box Cafe on the 4th floor (after you make reservations online).
I love Manhattan. The culture, history, the melting pot of people, and its creativity. New York City never disappoints at Christmas.
What are your favorite Christmas holiday traditions? Have you developed any new ones over the years? If yes, do share in the comments section.
Thank you for reading. Have a fabulous and stylish week.