Walking into the Verity library on Tuesday, one might have thought that they had been transported to the closet of a glamorous movie star. Golden era, of course. Filled with plush couches, silk scarves, glittering jewelry, and bags.
Designed by sisters Leona and Hasna Erziak, the line offers a good range of sizes, from teeny hard clutches (see the apple below) to near-duffle bag size carriers to get you through the day. All have the mark of incredible care on them. Intricate hand beading, 24-carat gold-plated chains, embossed pony hair – there is something special about each piece, making you want it as your one and only.
The display also featured jewelry and scarves from other designers carried at Rue Pigalle. It’s easy to see that owner Isabelle Fish has a keen eye for unique and effortlessly glamorous pieces. Jewelry runs the gamut from dainty and classic, to statement and modern, ensuring that anyone who steps through the doors will find that one piece that speaks to them. And since everything is personally selected by Fish, mostly from her homeland of France, you can bet that you’ll have a hard time finding these items anywhere else.
Evidence of the care given to the product by both the designers and the store was found in our parting gift. Offering either a leather card holder or the signature tassel from the handbags, both were packaged impeccably in a red suede pouch and tucked into a gift box. Rue Pigalle takes this one step further with it’s signature tissue paper – printed with letters written by Fish’s great-grand mother to her son serving in WW1 in 1918. As I said then, if that’s the love you put into your tissue paper, the amount found in the store must be unworldly.
Tip: the bags have been named after famous prisoners through history, see if you can tell who’s who.