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Charvet's Jean-Claude Colban Personal Appearance At Bergdorf Goodman


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Monday, March 27, 2006

Charvet's Jean-Claude Colban Personal Appearance At Bergdorf Goodman

Last Friday night I was lucky enough to attend an intimate dinner for Charvet's Jean-Claude Colban that was hosted by the super-fabulous Michael Bastian and the equal fab Margaret Spaniolo , Senior VP, GMM of Bergdorf Goodman. I had a chance to sit next to Jean-Claude and considering that his family has owned Charvet for years and he is full of great stories, we talked for hours and fashion never came up - that is really weird for me! We talked about the internet ( I'm humbled to say he is a big fan of The Sartorialist), food, travel, food, books, food, and kids, a lot about kids and food.

I always expect people from really old companies to be a little out of touch with modern culture but I think a reason Charvet stays relevant is because Jean-Claude is so interested in what is modern. He told me about using one of his kids amime sketches as an inspiration for a Charvet tie pattern -to me, that's pretty cool.

Jean-Claude Colban giving a seminar on how to fold a seven-fold tie.

Margaret Spaniolo of Bergdorf giving the seven-fold a try.

The art installation outside the Charvet shop at Bergdorf

The adorable labels of the adorable children's Charvet shirts.

Every department needs a character

Comments on "Charvet's Jean-Claude Colban Personal Appearance At Bergdorf Goodman"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:40 AM) : 

I was lucky enough to attend an inmate dinner for Charvet's Jean-Claude Colban

And he swore he was never going back to the joint again :) Beautiful, beautiful ties, though.


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (9:48 AM) : 

I need to drop spellcheck and get idiotcheck



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:09 AM) : 

Who is the cute guy watching Margaret fold the silk?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:09 PM) : 

He's the Buyer.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:34 PM) : 

What kind of food did you guys talk about? French or American? Haute or home cooking?

Your piece reminds me of a chapter I read in Peter Mayle's "Acquired Tastes", awhile ago, on the author's experience getting a bespoke shirt made at the flagship on Place Vendôme. Sounds like the kind of fun I'd like to try sometime...


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (6:26 PM) : 

One of the funniest things he said was that sometimes he checks to see what he has in the refrigerator and then enters the items in the internet (google I guess) for recipes with those items.


Blogger M said ... (9:04 PM) : 

I love your photos, they really express your love for the clothes and the people.


Blogger The G Manifesto said ... (2:31 PM) : 

I love that stack of pocket squares.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:58 PM) : 

What kind of suit was Mr. Colban wearing? Was it an Oxxford?


Blogger The Blasphemous Fiendess said ... (2:10 PM) : 

I love the department character. Old man style is my favourite of your photo categories. I love faces, especially ones with character.


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