This page has moved to our new address, If you're not redirected within a few seconds, please click below. If you still have issues, please clear your cache and try again.

Making of The Sartorialist for Kiehl's Dopp Kit


Rss Feed


Assignment Photography and Syndication



This entire site ⓒ 2005-2011 The Sartorialist. All of the photographs herein, unless otherwise noted, are copyrighted by the photographer. No part of this site, or any of the content contained herein, may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without express permission of the copyright holder(s).


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Making of The Sartorialist for Kiehl's Dopp Kit

Kiehl's and I had been wanting to work together for a while, but could not figure out the right format; then, they commissioned me to create a dopp kit for their upcoming Father's Day promotions and it fell right into place.

I loved the challenge of designing a product from scratch and they were keen to let me have it produced in Italy by my good friend, Luca Roda. The deal was cemented when Kiehl's agreed to promote the project with a shoot celebrating the special relationship a Dad has with his kids (you'll see some of those images in a post tomorrow).

During the project I took a few photos at critical moments in the design process. The photo above is literally the moment I got the inspiration for how I wanted the dopp kit to look. (It pays to always have a camera with you!)

Garance and I were sitting at our favorite crêpe place in Paris, and while we were talking I kept thinking how much I liked the colors of her two knits. (I'm such a sucker for grey and navy.) I loved the idea of a dark, masculine navy exterior for the kit; navy has always been my power color. But by making the interior a light shade of grey it would be so much easier to actually find things inside the kit.

While we were in Milan, Garance and I sat in bed and laid out the interior of the kit. I knew I wanted a lot of pockets to securely hold not only Kiehl's products but also the other items I always throw in my kit, like my toothbrush, cufflinks, tweezers, asprin, etc.

One of the first things I sketched was a zipper going across the top of the dopp kit. "Why across the top?" she asked. "That's where zippers on dopp kits go.....duh!" I responded (like a third grader). Garance patiently explained that by placing the zipper around the lid of the kit it would allow us to use the top interior of the kit for additional storage. I know she's right but I hate when her stupid good sense makes better sense than my smart bad sense....does that make sense?

The proto phase was trick trying to triangulate between Kiehl's in New York, Luca Roda in Italy and me - usually on the road.

Above is one of the first protos. Besides the obvious design changes like moving the strap and the logo the biggest design challenge was placement of the zipper. In the first proto the interior seam around the lid seemed too bulky; the fashion fabric, the interior fabric and the zipper tape were all combined in the binding around the lid and the result was less than elegant. It seems like an easy problem to solve but when you are constantly on the road and outside shooting, it is difficult to take time to sit quietly and think out a design challenge.

Then, the answer came to me while I was jogging. If I moved the zipper down a half inch or so it would remove the zipper tape from the binding...voila!! Problem solved! I love a good design challenge but like most things you can't rush the answer. It comes when it comes and that could be when you're cooking or running or staring out the window of a plane.

Overall, I loved the process of creating this kit and working with Sara from Kiehls and Luca Roda. It seemed like a year-long process of challenge and reward that, in the end, was almost as much fun as having the finished product.

Comments on "Making of The Sartorialist for Kiehl's Dopp Kit"


Blogger Becky-May said ... (3:35 PM) : 

This is wonderful, so nice to see a change too, if you don't mind me saying. Your blog is perfect, but it's nice in any event to see something different.


Blogger The Fashion Commentator said ... (3:45 PM) : 

Very interesting! ;)


Anonymous michael said ... (3:51 PM) : 

i want one. it will replace my kids' Spiderman lunch kit that i am currently using to hold my toiletries at the gym.

nice work on it, and thanks for the insight into your creative process.


Anonymous Best of Beehive said ... (3:58 PM) : 

Nice change of pace, and I'm always interested in behind the scenes. Can't wait to see it finished.


Anonymous monsacbyme said ... (3:58 PM) : 

Art Director in the process of creating is anyway...... a fabulous pleasure !! Bravo !


Blogger Olivia said ... (3:59 PM) : 

very cool!!

kiehl's is the best :)



Blogger Lisa Petrarca said ... (4:15 PM) : 

Congrats Scott! Thanks for sharing so much detail with us. I of course especially loved how you hated to admit Garance's good sense!LOL! It's a man thing.

Can't wait to see more pics.


Blogger lollipop4598 said ... (4:20 PM) : 

Looks very useful, and a good present to get for a guy.


Blogger Liz Quach said ... (4:21 PM) : 

That must have been awesome to work on. I agree with the first commentor, Becky May, in that it really IS refreshing to see something different every once in a while. Congrats on the dopp kit! I'll make sure to keep my eye out for it as a father's day present/bf bday present!


Blogger bicocacolors said ... (4:25 PM) : 



Anonymous s said ... (4:37 PM) : 

loooove the 1rst pic..
What are you waiting for?



Anonymous Olithee said ... (4:59 PM) : 

My father will again be wasted this year xo


Anonymous Em said ... (6:41 PM) : 

Fabulous! Love the idea and love the design. Look forward to seeing the final product.
And, you know, Garance is a smart cookie :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:05 PM) : 

Is that a Rolex Airking that Garance is wearing ?


Blogger Caddy said ... (9:06 PM) : 

Congratulations on your collaboration and kudos to Garance for her good sense. :D


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:25 PM) : 

looks lovely! I know women's cosmetic bags often have the zipper lowered a half inch or so from the top. I had never thought about why that is. I imagine that band of fabric attached to the lid also helps it keep its shape when opened and full of products. Interesting insights into the process.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:01 PM) : 

An article about Kiehl and you came out in our local newspaper in Malaysia. The Sun.


Anonymous Scott Pearson said ... (10:03 PM) : 

Mine arrived Saturday - it's awesome, well put together and it looks sharp.


Blogger Meredith Howard said ... (10:59 PM) : 

Can you show us a picture of the final product? Also, from where did the name "dopp" kit originate? I have never understood that name.

- Meredith


Blogger Kiki said ... (2:19 AM) : 

Creating things from nothing are always amazing, esp the things come out amazingly.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:34 AM) : 

I have a bag this shape i bought at Bendels I have it for year's the only flaw is the storage on the inside lid Just a piece of plastic.
what ever I put in bandaids etc they always fall out, but i don't think the adverage guy cares.


Blogger brownsugar said ... (9:04 AM) : 

oh i just love hearing about the ideas and thoughts behind a product. it makes it much more interessting knowing how much hard work is put in.


Blogger Chas said ... (9:46 AM) : 

@ Meredith Howard: Charles Doppelt created a toiletry case in 1919 that became know as the "dopp kit."


Blogger Copper Etiquette said ... (10:52 AM) : 

Copper Etiquette Always Appropriate Shop Dresses


Anonymous Stern Design said ... (12:11 PM) : 

This is so much fun. Cant wait to see the completed product.


Blogger Kacie said ... (1:37 PM) : 

Congratulations! That looks so elegant and fantastic!

A Collection of Passions


Anonymous Traumeel said ... (2:01 PM) : 

Something new worth begging.



Blogger Katie said ... (2:09 PM) : 

Nice post Scott, I love seeing design processes and hearing how they develop.

I like Garance's cardigans and what a great watch! I just bought Elle yesterday with her illustrated top in it, you are clearly a talented pair!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:03 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:12 PM) : 

does anyone know where i can find garance's watch?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:12 AM) : 

the rolex on the picture has a date cyclops, so i'd rather say it is a datejust with a domed bezel and an oyster bracelet. nice, understated and timeless piece.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:48 AM) : 

I've always been dying know what model of watch Garance has.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:31 PM) : 

I went on a motorcycle ride in San Francisco with the president of Kiehl's. They were opening a new store here. He's a nice guy.


Blogger Jaui said ... (7:41 AM) : 

i noticed it's already out of stock on the kiehl's online store. have my set reserved at one of the stores in Kuala Lumpur. Going to pick it up soon - it's replacing another Kiehl's toiletry bag that I already have. Love the size and love the compartments inside. :D

thanks so much for the great collaboration and the wonderful design!


Blogger Guytree said ... (2:18 PM) : 

I too am very very interested in knowing about the watch Garance is wearing. I have been looking for something like this for over two years now..the strap, dial etc is just right.

I didnt find this style at Rolex, can someone pleeeease tell the make of this watch!!


Anonymous Oskar said ... (1:59 PM) : 

The "new" Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra? Nice watch.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:27 PM) : 

Dear Scott, my husband and I are in Paris on a holiday and I've just bought one for my him as a present. He has just opened it and he has found it great. The products are exactly those he actually uses and the dopp kit is really well made and full of useful pockets. The position of the zipper is in fact the cleverest. Anyway, I personally think the most stylish thing is something you didn't mention in your post - the double "k" zipper instead of a common one. Style is in details, isn't it...


post a comment
Newer Posts Older Posts
Best Web Hosting