During New York Fashion Week last September, Fendi presented a special runway show to fete the 25th anniversary of the Baguette bag. Created in 1997 by Silvia Venturini Fendi, this iconic bag became a cultural phenomenon and revolutionized the fashion industry. Now Fendi has teamed with jeweler Tiffany & Co. to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of craftsmanship in sterling silver.
This creation is exceptional at multiple levels. To begin with, it is part of Fendi’s ambitious ‘hand in hand’ initiative to celebrate local artisans whose expert craft transforms the Baguette into a full-fledged objet d’art. What’s more, this collaboration is the first ‘hand in hand’ partnership outside Italy, as Fendi teams with a house that boasts its own rich tradition of sublime craftsmanship and shares a commitment to exquisite savoir-faire.
Weighing 5.2 pounds (2,356 grams), the unique piece is engraved with a floral pattern of lilies – the national flower of Italy – and roses, the emblematic blossom of New York State. Made using a traditional silversmithing technique called ‘chasing’, the silver masterpiece is an homage both to Fendi’s iconic bag and to Tiffany & Co.’s heritage of exquisite craftsmanship. Created by skilled ‘Makers’ at the American jeweler’s workshop, the bag took some 250 hours to craft over four months.