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


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  1. Fes

    March 27, 2006 at 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.

  2. The Sartorialist

    March 27, 2006 at 9:48 am

    I need to drop spellcheck and get idiotcheck


  3. Anonymous

    March 27, 2006 at 11:09 am

    Who is the cute guy watching Margaret fold the silk?

  4. Anonymous

    March 27, 2006 at 2:09 pm

    He’s the Buyer.

  5. Anonymous

    March 27, 2006 at 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…

  6. The Sartorialist

    March 27, 2006 at 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.

  7. Mariana

    March 27, 2006 at 9:04 pm

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

  8. The G Manifesto

    March 28, 2006 at 2:31 pm

    I love that stack of pocket squares.

  9. Anonymous

    March 30, 2006 at 8:58 pm

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

  10. The Blasphemous Fiendess

    November 1, 2009 at 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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