Maison Goyard – The Art Book

“….this object is nothing less than a bible of luxury – not so much a book as a work of art and heart”

These are the words used by Suzy Menkes, the notable New York Times fashion critic to describe The Art Book published by the House of Goyard in 2010 which traces the history of Goyard and the art of traveling luxuriously in the 20th Century.


The book, a collector’s item, took 10 years to prepare and is offered as a limited edition of 233 to commemorate Goyard’s address at 233 Rue St Honore.  The pages are hand cut and made by employing a 500 year old technique of lightening hemp with the petals of a desert flower.  More about the venerable brand that warrants this tome in my next post.


Cire Trudon

imagesCireTrudon label

I discovered Cire Trudon candles on a stormy Sunday afternoon at the Alchemist on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.  My sister asked about the name of my favorite candle which was Baies by Diptique.  Two store attendants chimed in that I should try the Cire Trudon candles so beautifully displayed under bell jars as they would definitely make rethink.  In their words, “this was a totally different type of company” turns out they were right.

Cire Trudon bell jar display

Cire Trudon is the oldest wax manufacturer in the world.  Started on Rue St Honore in 1643 by Claude Trudon a salesman and wax merchant, Cire Trudon became THE candle used by historical notables such as Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette and Napoleon.  It is said that in 1811 Napoleon’s only gift to his son at birth was a Trudon candle encrusted with three pieces of gold featuring his head.  The brand survived wars and the industrial revolution.

In 2006 the house of Trudon was relaunched by Ramdane Touhami a French-Moroccan artist, fashion designer, product designer, DJ and journalist.