Lauren Bacall: Beyond Film Posters

Most people think of Lauren Bacall as the iconic film actress of the 1940s, the smoldering half of her much-gossiped about relationship with Humphrey Bogart. We imagine her casting side-eyes at the viewer in film posters or sizzling publicity shots, and, later in life, gazing down from her apartment in the Dakota overlooking Central Park.

Talking about her death over lunch today, our Librarian asked if I was going to do a post about the Bacall poster we have in the gallery.

What Bacall poster? We have a Marlene Dietrich poster coming up at auction soon, but no Bacall poster.

Apparently, though, she has a Dewey Decimal System for a brain, because sure enough we do have a Lauren Bacall poster in stock:

"Bacall and the Boys" by Joe Eula, 1968. $300

“Bacall and the Boys” by Joe Eula, 1968. $300

In 1968, CBS aired an hour-long special previewing the upcoming Paris Fashion Week. Hosted by Lauren Bacall, we basically saw her gallivanting around the city with then-upstarts Yves St. Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Pierre Cardin, and Marc Bohan (Dior). It is only fitting that this poster, which features all five of them, was designed by Joe Eula, subject of a few Warhol photographs, frequenter of Studio 54, and eventual Creative Director of Halston.

Continuing on my gallery search, I also remembered that a few years ago, we sold the Confetti poster by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec which came out of the Bogart-Bacall personal collection. This prompted me to hunt down a photo of the poster in situ, and here I found Bogie attempting to hang it in their home:

Bogart Bacall Lautrec

Who knew she loved living with posters as much as being portrayed in them?

Toulouse-Lautrec’s Ladies

One of the coolest pieces in our Toulouse-Lautrec show right now are a series of photographs featuring La Goulue, the dancer in his famous Moulin Rouge Poster.

"La Goulue," hand-tinted photograph, 1905. $12,000

“La Goulue,” hand-tinted photograph, 1905. $12,000

This got me wondering if there were other photographs out there of the many performers which appear in Lautrec’s posters.

The answer? Of course there are.

First, let’s check out some more images of our favorite can-can dancer.

La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge

La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge

La Goulue being a saucy minx

La Goulue being a saucy minx

That last picture is especially telling as her showname, La Goulue, meant ‘the glutton’ – a name which she acquired after developing a reputation for downing customer’s drinks during her routine.

"May Belfort" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1895

“May Belfort” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1895

While La Goulue may be his most iconic muse, May Belfort is my personal favorite based on dirtiness of performance alone. She would walk around the stage dressed as a child, petting a black cat, and talking – with a lisp – about how much she likes her pussy. Brilliance.

Here she is out of character in some other performance featuring our favorite racist trope: blackface (read: not really our favorite, I’m just super-sarcastic).

May Belfort

May Belfort

Then there’s May Milton:

"May Milton" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1895

“May Milton” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1895

This is that poster that’s featured in Picasso’s famous Blue Room painting that was all over the news a few months ago.

Most historians make a point that she was neither youthful nor beautiful; however, while she’s no pageant queen, I have to say she’s not that bad in the flesh:

May Milton

May Milton

Then there’s one of Lautrec’s favorite subjects, Jane Avril:

"Jane Avril" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1899

“Jane Avril” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1899

She appears in at least three posters by the artist, and was one of his closest friends. Here she is showing off her full split on the floor of the Moulin Rouge, and then again imitating her high kick in his famous Jardin de Paris poster:

Jane Avril

Jane Avril

Jane Avril

Jane Avril

Finally, we have the woman he portrayed more frequently in prints than in posters: Yvette Guilbert. Known for her glove-clad arms and long neck, she was one of the more famous chanteuses in Montmartre. She only appears in one of Lautrec’s posters, and even then, she is not the focal point. Here, you see her gloved arms and cut-off head in his poster for the Divan Japonais:

"Divan Japonais" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1893

“Divan Japonais” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1893

She frequently complained that he depicted her in an unflattering manner, so the Divan is seen as a “screw you for criticizing my work” gesture.

Yvette Guilbert

Yvette Guilbert

Hopefully, all this has made you want to come by and see the other photographs we have of Lautrec’s various muses.

SUPER Sunglasses x Andy Warhol – Limited Edition

SUPER Sunglasses x Andy Warhol – Limited Edition

Super Andy Warhol sunglasses

RetroSuperFuture and The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts join forces to bring together Andy Warhol’s original artwork and SUPER’s distinctive designs. For this limited edition collection of artsy eyewear the designers have chosen an original series of art from Warhol’s “Photobooth Self-Portrait”.

The front of each sunglass is rendered in a sleek metallic grey acetate, while the inside features a collage of different artwork on a monotone silver sheet, reminiscent of the old silver gelatin prints used in film photography.

The collection is topped off with Carl Zeiss black lenses, silver hardware, and Andy Warhol’s signature engraved on the inside of the frames. Each frame comes complete with a matching printed box, and special edition carrying pouch and cleaning cloth to commemorate the collaboration.

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Super Andy Warhol sunglasses

 

Super Ciccio Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super Ciccio Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super Ciccio Andy Warhol sunglasses

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Super Ciccio Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super Ciccio Andy Warhol sunglasses

 

Super America Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super America Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super America Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super America Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super America Andy Warhol sunglasses

 

Super America Andy Warhol sunglasses

 

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SUPER Sunglasses x Andy Warhol

SUPER Sunglasses x Andy Warhol

Super Andy Warhol sunglasses

RetroSuperFuture and The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts join forces to bring together Andy Warhol’s original artwork and SUPER’s distinctive designs. For this limited edition collection of artsy eyewear the designers have chosen an original series of art from Warhol’s “Photobooth Self-Portrait”.

The front of each sunglass is rendered in a sleek metallic grey acetate, while the inside features a collage of different artwork on a monotone silver sheet, reminiscent of the old silver gelatin prints used in film photography.

The collection is topped off with Carl Zeiss black lenses, silver hardware, and Andy Warhol’s signature engraved on the inside of the frames. Each frame comes complete with a matching printed box, and special edition carrying pouch and cleaning cloth to commemorate the collaboration.

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Super Andy Warhol sunglasses

 

Super Ciccio Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super Ciccio Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super Ciccio Andy Warhol sunglasses

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Super Ciccio Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super Ciccio Andy Warhol sunglasses

 

Super America Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super America Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super America Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super America Andy Warhol sunglasses

Super America Andy Warhol sunglasses

 

Super America Andy Warhol sunglasses

 

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Vintage Frames Company – Love/Hate Sunglasses

Vintage Frames Company – Love/Hate Sunglasses

Vintage Frames Company sunglasses

We are proud to welcome to the site Vintage Frames Company by Corey Shapiro.

With one of the largest vintage frame collections in the world, Corey Shapiro has long been considered at the top of sunglass aficionados’, and has been sought out by a bevy of who’s who celebrity clientele.  Designing for and bringing back Cazal to its former glory, he has been a force in the sunglass game north of the border for the past decade.

Now he brings forward his very own debut namesake collection, Vintage Frames Company by Corey Shapiro — available at only a handful of the most exclusive boutiques worldwide.

Kicking off the inaugural collection is an editorial worthy frame, fittingly entitled “Love/Hate”.  Featuring sharp lines and brash detailing it chronicles the opposing forces of just that, Love and Hate;  also throwback to Spike Lee’s 1989 classic “Do the right thing”.

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Every frame is handcrafted from Italian Mazzucchelli acetate, with Japanese hardware, and Zeiss lenses for superb optics. Also worth noting each frame comes packaged in a metallic gold sunglass case resembling a solid gold bar – a nice touch.

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Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses case

 

Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses - Black

Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses - Black

Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses - Black

Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses - Black

Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses - Black

Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses - Black

Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses - Black

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Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses - Tortoise

Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses - Tortoise

Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses - Tortoise

Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses - Tortoise

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Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses - Case

Vintage Frames Company Love/Hate sunglasses - Case

 

This marking the 25th anniversary of the film, they make a well-timed tribute.

 

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The Posters & Prints of Toulouse-Lautrec

Sorry for the month-long absence, my loves – catalog writing got the better of me. Get excited, though, because this September’s auction may be the best we’ve had in the six years I’ve been here.

In the meantime, we just opened our Toulouse-Lautrec show! That’s over 50 original posters and prints by the Grand Master himself.

"Jane Avril - Jardin de Paris" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1893. $78,000

“Jane Avril – Jardin de Paris” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1893. $78,000

Yes, I know that MoMA is also doing a Lautrec show right now – but ours is way better. For one, you can actually buy the stuff you see on the walls.

Second, we have some crazy rare pieces that no museums have. For example, this print of La Tige:

"La Tige" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1894. $26,000

“La Tige” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1894. $26,000

Personally, I think she looks like a rat; but, her lanky frame and elongated face got her the nickname of The Stalk in the brothels of Montmartre. And the dude behind her – champagne rep Maurice Guilbert – is totally checking her out. To each their own, I guess. Either way, this is one of three known copies in the world, and the only one of which that is hand-signed by the artist.

We also have some insanely rare proofs. Below you’ll see a two-color printing of Lautrec’s famous La Reine de Joie poster (my personal favorite).

"Reine de Joie" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892. $36,000

“Reine de Joie” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892. $36,000

You can see that this sheet has only gone through two of the four printing stages, and will eventually become this poster:

"Reine de Joie" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892

“Reine de Joie” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892

There are also a few rare photographs from the period of various ladies of the Moulin Rouge, as well as a hand-done self-portrait by Lautrec.

Keep checking back over the next few weeks – I plan on going over in more detail some other stellar images in this show.

Super Sunglasses | Summer 2014 “Motorpsycho”

Super sunglasses Summer 2014

Super sunglasses new Summer 2014 “Motorpsycho” collection is now available.

An eccentric ode to the rebel. —The collection draws on influences from biker culture and 70’s psychedelics.  We see intricate brazen gold detailing, new use of mirrored lenses, reinterpreted classics, and wild new acetates.

All frames are handmade in Italy and feature Carl Zeiss or Barberini tempered glass lenses. Some of the pieces are highly limited.

Check out the highlights below:

Super Sugardaddy sunglasses

Daddy’s home.  The black flat top is detailed with ivory inlay, gold trim, and a small gold cannabis leaf. An extremely limited release!  We’re the only retailer to get them in the States.

Super Flat Top Sugardaddy sunglasses

Super Flat Top Sugardaddy sunglasses

Super Flat Top Sugardaddy sunglasses

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Super Zoot Gold sunglasses

AKA the rocky mountain high. Laser carved cannabis leaves adorn the gold metal temples of Super’s basic shape frame.  A limited release, with very few available.

Super Basic Zoot Gold sunglasses

Super Basic Zoot Gold sunglasses

 

Super Basic Zoot Gold sunglasses

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Super Primo Hunter and Super Primo Thompson sunglasses

A tribute to Hunter S. Thompson, this series uses the classic shapes and colors of aviator sunglasses.   The frame has an etched eye wire and its bridge is shielded by a slab of rich tortoise acetate.  Additionally they have tempered glass lenses by the esteemed Italian lens company Barberini.

Super Primo Hunter sunglasses

 

Super Primo Hunter sunglasses

Super Primo Hunter sunglasses

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Super Primo Thompson sunglasses

Super Primo Thompson sunglasses

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Super Francis Occult sunglasses

Intricately carved, the black and gold merge to form “a cryptic vision of ancient symbols”.

Super Basic Francis Occult sunglasses

Super Basic Francis Occult sunglasses

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Super Novanta sunglasses

A new shape addition to Supers line up, the Novanta is a slick, streamlined 90’s style rectangular frame.

Super Novanta Black sunglasses

Super Novanta Black sunglasses

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Super Gals Fierce Lava

The 60’s style Gals frame is made with a unique mottled acetate, that is both a statement piece and at the same time comes off natural and highly wearable.

Super Gals Fierce Lava

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Super Horizon II sunglasses

The HORIZON II series is one of the most technical in Super’s range, featuring partially mirrored lenses.

This technique of mirroring only the top portion of the lens allows you to cross various terrains under strong sunlight, by blocking the direct glare coming from above.  While the base Carl Zeiss brown lenses provide excellent contrast.

Super Horizon II sunglasses

Super Horizon II sunglasses

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Super Lucia Pink Pussycat sunglasses

Super’s Lucia model is offered in pale pink contrasted with full gold Zeiss mirrored lenses.

Super Lucia Pink Pussycat sunglasses

Super Lucia Pink Pussycat sunglasses

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Illesteva Summer 2014 | Mercury Mirrors

Illesteva Summer 2014 | Mercury Mirrors

Illesteva Sunglasses Summer 2014 | Mercury Mirror Lenses

Flashes of silver and gold set the stage for the new set of mirrored lenses from New York based ILLESTEVA.

Their signature and flagship Leonard sunglasses are now offered in a series that juxtaposes classic Italian acetates with futuristic silver mirror coated lenses resembling liquid mercury. Also just released is matte black with “Golden Bronze” mirrored lenses.

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Illesteva Leonard sunglasses - Amber w/ Mercury Mirror

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Illesteva Leonard sunglasses - ASP w/ Mercury Mirror

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Illesteva Leonard sunglasses - Half/Half Brown w/ Mercury Mirror

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Illesteva Leonard sunglasses - Matte Black w/ Mercury Mirror

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Illesteva Leonard sunglasses - Matte Black w/ Golden Bronze Mirror

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Ksubi Eyewear | SS 2014 ‘Replicants”

Ksubi Eyewear | SS 2014 ‘Replicants”

Ksubi sunglasses SS 2014

Australian based Ksubi Eyewear is back with their new Summer 2014 collection, and their signature avante-garde aesthetic. Their new range entitled “REPLICANTS” embraces the duality of their contrasting and seemingly polarizing influences: street and luxury, minimalism and baroque, antique and post-modern.

Black serves as the base color throughout the REPLICANTS collection, with accents of translucent purple, metal trims and military green reflective lenses. Also introduced is a custom polka dot acetate which has been exclusively created for collection staples ‘Bellatrix’ and ‘Batcat’.

 

The collection:

Ksubi Aquila sunglasses

Ksubi Aquila sunglasses

Ksubi Aquila sunglasses

Ksubi Aquila sunglasses

Ksubi Aquila sunglasses
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Ksubi Scorpius sunglasses

 

Ksubi Scorpius sunglasses

Ksubi Scorpius sunglasses

Ksubi Scorpius sunglasses

Ksubi Scorpius sunglasses

Ksubi Scorpius sunglasses

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Ksubi Ara sunglasses

 

Ksubi Ara sunglasses - Black / Green

Ksubi Ara sunglasses - Black / Green

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Ksubi Mensa sunglasses

Ksubi Mensa sunglasses

Ksubi Mensa sunglasses

Ksubi Mensa sunglasses

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Ksubi Bellatrix sunglasses

Ksubi Bellatrix sunglasses - Polka Dot

Ksubi Bellatrix sunglasses - Polka Dot

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Ksubi Batcat sunglasses - Polka Dot

Ksubi Batcat sunglasses - Polka Dot

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Ksubi Sagitta sunglasses

Ksubi-Sagitta-sunglasses

Ksubi Sagitta sunglasses

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Ksubi Octans sunglasses

Ksubi Octans sunglasses

Ksubi Octans sunglasses
Ksubi Octans sunglasses

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Ksubi Cygnus sunglasses

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Ksubi Cygnus sunglasses

Ksubi Cygnus sunglasses

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Thierry Lasry Sunglasses Spring Summer 2014

Thierry Lasry sunglasses SS 2014

The perfect fusion of old-world glamour and contemporary design, Parisian designer Thierry Lasry is back with a whole new set of stunning sunglasses for 2014.

The line-up showcases limited edition collaborations, anniversary edition frames, and of course some of the most beautiful and unique vintage acetates you will see.  For those who love cat-eye frames, you are sure to find a fit this season, as there are several variations. Ranging from the thick and chunky “Nudity” style, to the sleek and sexy “Dirtymindy”, one of our favorites.

As always, each frame is meticulously handmade in France.

The collection:

Thierry Lasry Nudity sunglasses

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Thierry Lasry Dirtymindy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Dirtymindy sunglasses

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Thierry Lasry Tipsy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Tipsy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Tipsy sunglasses
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Thierry Lasry  X Kelly Wearstler sunglasses

Thierry Lasry has teamed up with renowned designer Kelly Wearstler for this chic limited edition cat-eye sunglass.  Checkout the luxe gold metal temples featuring a unique marbled inlay.

Thierry Lasry  X Kelly Wearstler sunglasses - Blue

Thierry Lasry  X Kelly Wearstler sunglasses - Blue

Thierry Lasry  X Kelly Wearstler sunglasses - Blue

Thierry Lasry  X Kelly Wearstler sunglasses - Blue

Thierry Lasry  X Kelly Wearstler sunglasses - Black
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Thierry Lasry Perfidy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Perfidy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Perfidy sunglasses
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Thierry Lasry Lippy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Lippy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Lippy sunglasses - C54

Thierry Lasry Lippy sunglasses - V8097
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Thierry Lasry Lively - Matte Black Limited Edition

The Lively, a sleek and sexy cat-eye sunglass, has been a fan favorite and staple in the Thierry Lasry collection since its inception.

To commemorate its 5 year anniversary Thierry Lasry has released this limited edition “Black out” colorway. Black on black on black, that is: matte black acetate with matte black metal temples, and black polarized gradient lenses. It comes complete with a special edition commemorative box.

Thierry Lasry Lively - Matte Black Limited Edition

Thierry Lasry Lively - Matte Black Limited Edition

Thierry Lasry Lively - Matte Black Limited Edition

Thierry Lasry Lively - Matte Black Limited Edition

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Thierry Lasry Deeply sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Deeply sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Deeply sunglasses

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Thierry Lasry Kendry sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Kendry sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Kendry sunglasses

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