The idea of buying luxury goods brings with it the promise of beautifully designed and engineered, durable pieces, which generations of craftsmen have perfected.
Three luxury designers that have always stood out are Prada, Bvlgari and Cartier.
Prada was founded in 1913 by brothers, Mario and Martino Prada in Milan, Italy. It interestingly started as a leather goods shop, Fratelli Prada, selling animal goods and imported English steamer trunks and handbags. Fun trivia, the LG “Prada Phone” was the first one to ever be entirely touch screen – 6 months before the iPhone!
The founder of Bvlgari, Sotirios Voulgaris, was a Greek silversmith and a descendant of family craftsmen. The company’s flagship store was founded in 1905. The letter “v” in the word is actually the Latin “u”; so it is simply pronounced “Bulgari”. In the 1980s Bulgari revolutionized the jewellery scene with their creations for the vibrant lifestyle of the modern woman with the concept of changeable jewellery that would accompany them from morning to night.
Louis-François Cartier founded Cartier in Paris, France in 1847 when he took over the workshop of his master, Adolphe Picard. In 1874, Louis-François’ son Alfred Cartier took over the company and became the first jeweller to successfully use platinum in jewellery-making. Platinum’s high melting point made it incredibly difficult to work with.
In 2015, a certain, now Duchess told Hello! magazine about a Cartier watch she had always loved and decided to treat herself to mark a momentous achievement. She revealed, “I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch. When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season—which, at the time, felt like such a milestone—I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version.” It’s worth noting that Princess Diana was often seen wearing her own Cartier Tank. Meghan also told Hello! magazine that she had the important purchase engraved with the message, “To M.M. From M.M.” and that she had a very special plan of what to do with the watch in the future. As the Duchess revealed in 2015, “I plan to give it to my daughter one day. That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.”
Whatever the occasion, if you are starting your luxury journey or you are lucky enough to be adding to your collection, maybe gifting from me to me or marking a significant occasion in loved one’s life; buying at auction can offer excellent value for money and if you are patient, you might just discover not only a long coveted piece but the exact item you never knew you needed.