When famed “edge” fashion designer Henri Alexander of ENFANTS RICHES DEPRIMES, whose clients include Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber, called us to build a custom trunk with just 2 days’ notice, we were up for the challenge. The order came with little direction, other than he would supply the exterior covering for the trunk –checkered black and white leather, with little faces and red splashes of color. “Cool” we thought, and went to work…
The carcass was fabricated with birch plywood and for the lid, we borrowed the Louis Vuitton build technique with vertical ¼” planks of poplar for strength. Having a template for curved European style handles came in handy, and we saddle stitched together a pair using harness grade leather, dyed black.
That pair of nickel plated drawbolts did the trick for the front and, for balance, we decided to run a leather belt up the center to connect with a chrome roller buckle.
We wanted the lining to somehow match the exterior and it did, with a gray and checkered velvet/satin blended fabric. Our custom built trunk topped our standing list of antique trunks!
We somehow hit the deadline and then hand delivered the trunk to Henri. With a huge smile on his face, he told us “You KILLED it!!” Not having time to think “outside the box” this time, worked. What should have taken a month to build, was accomplished in two days. Emile Zola said it well; “One forges one’s style on the terrible anvil of deadlines!”