must see: F.D. from Fiona Druckenmiller
Philanthropist and collector, Fiona Druckenmiller has recently opened a new boutique in Midtown devoted to rare jewelry and exotic goods. The tip from W Magazine, writes:
F.D, Fiona Druckenmiller’s Upper East Side gallery of a boutique, set to open on October 28, is devoted to staggeringly rare jewelry, accessories, furniture, and other exquisite goods. There is a Cartier Tutti Frutti bracelet from the Twenties, a pair of French Art Deco bookends carved in the shape of pelicans (silver bodies, ivory beaks), and vintage Birkins galore. The oldest piece—an Indian sculpture of a fertility spirit—is from the first century, but perhaps more stunning are the two Fifties cuffs that once belonged to Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie. While those will set you back $40,000, and an Italian-made green enamel and diamond serpent bracelet (above) $28,000, Chanel costume jewelry begins at around $100. “I think it’s great to wear a pair of earrings and a ring, or just a statement necklace,” says Druckenmiller. “No one wants a full suite.” Still, she has made sure to acquire just that in case the right client wanders in. Made with 154 carats of Burmese Pigeon Blood rubies and 129 carats of diamonds, the necklace, earrings, and bracelet—created in Geneva—go for a cool $3.35 million.
The NYTimes adds:
There’s something for everyone at F.D, the philanthropist and collector Fiona Druckenmiller’s new Midtown boutique. That is, if the everyone in question is seeking exquisite new and vintage jewels (the shop boasts an impressive cache of period Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels), watches, sculptures, Art Deco furniture, photography, first-edition manuscripts and swanky barware. The interior, designed in collaboration with the décor firm Pamela Banker Associates, is best described as cozy chic. “We wanted it to be homey and welcoming, not intimidating,” Druckenmiller says. “People will hopefully feel comfortable enough to linger, have a coffee or glass of wine, and spend time learning about the objects that interest them.”
They had me at “Hello.”
21 East 65th Street, New York
Via W Magazine