Gaming with High-Fashion Stakes
by sarah liebowitz
FROM TOP: Poker set, Hermès ($9,800). 691 Madison Ave., 212-751-3181. Bleecker leather dice paperweights in chili, dark gray, and fawn, Coach ($68 each). 370 Bleecker St., 212-243-3612. Playing cards case, Hermès ($445). SEE ABOVE. Brown Mara travel backgammon set, Smythson ($610). 4 W. 57th St., 212-265-4573
Several iconic fashion houses are offering luxury lifestyle accessories this holiday. Hermès’s handsome poker set is made of a lustrous, matte gray sycamore, which offers an opulent feel, complete with a calfskin top and cedar wood interior. Two decks of silver-edged cards and 300 multicolored chips, marked with the Parisian house’s insignia, are included. Double down and go for a single playing cards case, crafted in smooth, Cleménce bull skin and sold with a deck of intricately illustrated playing cards in the Hermès “les 4 Mondes” motif.
The creative artisans at Coach have created delightful desk accessories in the Bleecker leather dice paperweights (named after New York’s famed West Village street), which are constructed by hand in supple leather and rich suede. Experts of equal measure, famed British house Smythson continually focuses on working with the finest leathers and textiles. The travel backgammon set is thoughtfully made with beautiful detail and functionality. Printed calf leather in a deep shade of russet conveniently coils up for gaming on the go, while a zipped pouch houses a full set of chips and dice. Winter in New York combines luxury and tradition with merriment and cheerful pastimes always top of mind. These timeless designs promise joyful memories and lively entertainment for years to come.
photography by brian klutch
Cover shoot: May/June 2014 issue of Gotham magazine.