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Tiffany & Co’s Lambertson & Truex

The famous design duo talk to us about how to tell if a bag is quality, how to care for it, and who their muse is.

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When Lambertson Truex first hit the fashion scene, this New York-based company gathered buzz as the biggest up-and-coming designer bags and accessories company. Their gorgeous bags, which got constant exposure in all the top fashion magazines, were priced between $950 U.S for a slouchy bag to a hefty $4,250 for a small gold crocodile handbag — and yet they sold like hotcakes!

Tiffany & Co’s Lambertson & Truex

When they were acquired by Tiffany & Co. a decade later, Richard Lambertson and John Truex became not only the designers behind Lambertson Truex, but the design directors of Tiffany & Co.’s Leather Collection, the first handbag collection of the world famous jeweler.

We’ve been proudly sporting a number of their bags and accessories and getting non-stop compliments. Not only that, but they’ve proven to be very durable and versatile. Their larger bags transition perfectly from the office to dinner, and it’s clear from the level of craftsmanship why the company has been growing by leaps and bounds.

Tiffany & Co’s Lambertson & TruexFirst off, the quality of the leather is incredible – soft, warm, luxurious. All the bags are easy to open and close – most using embedded magnets or a simple flip catch with an embossed logo. Inside, the bags have built-in wallets and key holders that can be removed if so desired. The interior of the bags are either made of leather or, more often, a supple and soft periwinkle blue suede that makes it a pleasure to fumble around in.

Tiffany & Co’s Lambertson & Truex

Graduates of top design houses such as Gucci, Calvin Klein, Carlos Falchi and Geoffrey Beene, Richard Lambertson and John Truex know what they’re doing. It is obvious that meticulous attention was paid to every detail no matter how seemingly minor. It is, after all, the attention to all those tiny details that made Lambertson Truex recognized as one of the highest quality bag and accessories manufacturers.

With a classic and current styles, it’s not unusual that their list of clientele includes Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lopez, Debra Messing and Renee Zellweger. Soon, we’ll be sure to see more celebrities carrying the famous LT logo.

“I want each bag to be carried for a long time. They soften; get more personality as they age. Each one becomes a little jewel to be rediscovered over and over again.”
– John Truex

Now, the amazing duo talk to us about how to tell if a bag is quality or fake, how to care for your bag (if it rains — run!!), and who their muse is.

Tiffany & Co’s Lambertson & Truex

 

Tiffany & Co’s Lambertson & Truex

 

Tiffany & Co’s Lambertson & Truex

Urbanette: What is the difference between a high-quality bag and a lower quality bag?

Lambertson & Truex: Many higher priced bags are due to the function inside, the quality of leather, etc… Lower quality strips away the fun in order to set a good price.

Urbanette: What kinds of leather do you primarily use for your products and why?

Lambertson & Truex: We have focused, as designers, on purity of leather. We like “natural” leathers without any top finishes. Top finish cheapens leathers. Natural/vegetable tanned leathers get more fabulous as you use them.

Urbanette: How can an inexperienced person tell the quality of leather?

Lambertson & Truex: There’s a sort of seamlessness to a quality leather. It is warm.

Tiffany & Co’s Lambertson & Truex

Lambertson & Truex at Tiffany & Co.

Urbanette: What is the best way to care for a Lambertson Truex bag? What is your advice if it starts to rain?

Lambertson & Truex: If it rains–run!! Just kidding. A bag is to be worn and enjoyed. It should tell a story. If it is wet, let it dry naturally. Sometimes, people spray their bags with protective. Fine – you can do that… but I like when it ages naturally. Try to keep your bag away from oils and such – that gets into the leather and will never come out.

Urbanette: How can a person tell a real Lambertson Truex (or other designer) bag from a fake?

Lambertson & Truex: That’s easy… a fake just looks and feels fake. It’s cold. Fakes look more like cut from a cookie cutter… they have no personality!

Urbanette Magazine: What kind of women do you envision wearing your bags and purses? Do you have a particular person or celebrity in mind when you design certain items?

Richard Lambertson & John Truex: Independent women with an individual approach to her style. She is a leader of her own trends. She is secure and strong. Julianne Moore is an amazing inspiration. She is so secure as a woman. Confident. Her personality is so pure. All of our women have a strong direction in their lives.

A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 6 Comments

  1. I love that they say not to worry about your bag aging, instead of telling us to go buy a new one. That’s refreshing!

  2. Jae Medina

    I adore their bags. How glamorous! I need a new wallet — think I’m going to snap up that pretty pastel blue one. 🙂

  3. Molly Twain

    OMG these bags are super gorgeous. You inspired me, so I just bought one: http://www.tiffany.com/accessories/tiffany-leather-collection/raspberry-tote-GRP08481 What do you think??

  4. I love their approach to making bags. The way they talk about "personality" and such, you can tell they have a real passion for what they do! Plus, their bags are absolutely gorgeous!

  5. Ansley Barrington

    It is great to know that Tiffany is branching out of its jewelry line. Even though Tiffany is know for their little box. it seems like they are keeping the color consistent in the purses. The bags are so clean and elegant, definitely will add that pop of color to any outfit.

  6. OMG OMG – Absolutely stunning bags! So elegant. It's been too long since I've checked out what Tiffany's is selling. I'm going to add that to my weekend to-do list 🙂 I wonder how much the silver one costs??

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