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Louboutin keeps the exclusivity of the red soles, Lalique celebrates its 130th anniversary and the other news of the day

Louboutin keeps the exclusivity of the red soles, Lalique celebrates its 130th anniversary and the other news of the day

Louboutin keeps the exclusivity of the red soles, Lalique celebrates her 130th birthday, Farfetch appoints a fashion director and other news of the day.

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Lalique celebrates its 130 years

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Combine its crystal with fine wines, gastronomy and even the hotel business: this is the rejuvenation experience offered itself, Lalique, a venerable 130-year-old house that aims to establish itself as a “global” lifestyle brand thanks to its diversified activities.

What is produced at the crystal factory is very pretty, but it is also alive: you can put flowers in the vases, and wine in the glasses,” explains Romain Iltis, head sommelier of Villa Lalique, a two-star Michelin restaurant with a five-star hotel, which opened in 2015 in Wingen-sur-Moder.
The Vosges manufactory, built in 1921, has long concentrated the crystallier universe on its own. Until the arrival in 2011 of a museum, then in 2015 and 2016 of two high-end hotel restaurants with the Lalique logo.

If Silvio Denz decided to invest in Lalique, in financial difficulties, it was with the objective of developing a “lifestyle” positioning around six pillars: decorative objects, interior design, jewellery, perfumes, art and hotel and catering“, with the aim of “creating synergies between crystal, wine, gastronomy and hospitality“, he adds.

Over the years, beyond her traditional glasses, decanters, vases and perfume bottles, Lalique has spread her crystal on armrests of armchairs, lamp inserts, corner mirrors, earrings or bottles of spirits. In the kitchen, we have also “adjusted” to this convergence of universes, “and it’s just captivating“, says Chef Jean-Georges Klein, who plans to win a third star for Villa Lalique.

Lalique created a barrel, weighing 400 kilos, all in crystal, even the rivets. A unique piece in the world that has been enthroned for a few weeks in the heart of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, in the Sauternes region, which celebrates its 400th anniversary and which the famous crystal factory has owned since 2013.

The transparent back of the large barrel strapped with noble leather is illustrated with a reproduction of a 1928 engraving by René Lalique entitled “Femme et raisin”, which also adorns the bottles of this 1st vintage wine classified in 1855. It took 12 craftsmen and 2 years of work to make, assemble and decorate it in the Lalique factory in Wingen-sur-Moder (Bas-Rhin).

 

 

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