Last week I was invited to an amazing fashion presentation at the Christian Dior boutique in Chevy Chase (read the wonderful recap here), to see some of their fall collection and gawk at everything that was on display (and for sale). It was that day last week I walked out with my very first Dior purchase, which still has me smiling.
For those of you that are handbag lovers, buying Dior, Chanel, the right Gucci – these become investment pieces that get handed down through generations – never sold. So with that justification in mind, I decided to splurge. I bought a small Lady Dior.
Now, when you buy a Dior piece, it comes with a story. In this case, the store of my handbag design is fit for a princess – literally.
In 1995, the Cezanne Art Exhibition sponsored by Dior Corporation was held in Paris Grand Palais. At the opening ceremony Mrs. Chirac (who loved her Dior handbag so much) sent Princess Diana a new model of Dior handbag as a gift. Now, prior to presenting it, Chirac contacted Dior, told them what she would like to do and they made one overnight with 14K gold hardware. Princess Diana liked it so much that she ordered one in every color. It was then that this new model was given the graceful name “Lady Dior”.
Couple this with Christian Diors love of charms, and you have one of the most popular-selling handbags of all time.
The packaging presentation is almost as exciting as the handbag itself. That night, I managed to buy the only one with the gold hardware they had in stock (which makes it a much cooler story, in my opinion :-)). When I was given my purchase and brought it home, I wanted to document each part of the unwrapping process. Below are the pictures (yes, I’m “nerding out” over this.)
Sigh. J’Adore Dior.