MARCH 2016 

Jubilant Joop Chinchilla Trim
With Muskrat Lining!

What better way to "March into Spring" than with our Final Fur Frenzy?!  NOW is the time to take advantage of absolutely fabulous deals on some of the most luxurious furs we have ever assembled at Classic Collections!

Magnificent Mink  and Sumptuous Sable!
Without question, we were lucky to have the stars align just right for us in terms of finding fabulous and unique furs this season.  Honoring our new mantra "Only
Giuliana Teso's Alpaca and Sheared Beaver!
take EXCEPTIONAL furs", we curated a most luxurious and captivating collection from all over the world!  With a selection of chinchilla, white, brown and ginger mink, Russian wild sable, fox, Persian lamb, lynx, beaver, shearling and even-hold on- German hamster, we are offering the most exquisite pieces in town.  With labels from Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, Joop, Neiman Marcus, Alexander McQueen, Chloe, and so many others, you will have much to choose from!

Beautiful Birger Christensen Fox and Persian Lamb!
And for all those gentlemen out there who simply don't know what to buy their special ladies, fur is always a great choice...and it's not too early to start looking for next season!  Remember,
Stunning Sable!
Birger Christensen for Saks Fifth Avenue
the early bird catches the worm...and the best deals on fabulous furs ranging from long to short and all points in between. Eartha Kitt said it best, "Santa, Baby, slip a sable under the tree, for me"!  We are sure that in a pinch, magnificent mink, beautiful beaver, and luxurious lynx will do just nicely!  ps:  Ol' Man Winter is still about a sassy and short mink jacket to stay warm?  From Mary Mcfadden to Somper Furs, we have a bevy of beauties awaiting! 

Somper Furs Mink

Mary McFadden Mink!


Lovely and Luscious
Louis Green's Wide Brim Dream!

What can mentally speed-dial us into Spring faster than a picture of a marvelous fantasy hat?  For all our Northern friends, it finally is great to talk about hats that don't involve ear-flaps, bulky knits or scary faux fur accoutrements.  At the end of Winter, who among us (of a certain age) hasn't yearned to do the "Marlo Thomas Hat Toss" and treat ourselves to the wonderful, whimsical hats of Spring?
Custom Eric Javits
Worn at Royal Ascot Races!
Since time immemorial, humans have covered their heads for protection against elements, danger and in war.  Often, hats indicated social status or authority and eventually, from a fashion point of view, drew attention to the wearer's face.  The old adage goes "if you want to get ahead and get noticed, then get a hat"!  The early 20th Century saw America's golden age of hats.  Milliners (hatmakers only create men's hats)  went wild with woven straw, silk, velvet, feathers and even knits, hoods and turbans.
Tempting Tracey Tooker
 is a "Looker!"

As times have changed, the daily wearing of hats has lost its popularity...we mostly see them in winter for warmth and in more temperate climates, at weddings, funerals, special dressy occasions or in warm and sunny locations.  
Pretty Peter Bettley of London!
However, Palm Beachers have long had a love affair with hats and they are currently being worn all over town!   Classic Collections carries brands such as Eric Javits, Tracey Tooker, Philip Treacy, Louis Green, Patricia Underwood, Peter Bettley and others.  Hurry in for best selection!  Derby and Mother's Day are just around the corner!  
"Who's Calling?"
Lady Gaga in 
Today, spring and summer hats are generally made of straw, sisals and a product called Sinamay which is banana plant fiber woven into a gauzy, lightweight natural material with a straw-like appearance.  It can be layered and once steamed, can be used to form fanciful,  gossamer creations...often banded by silk and decorated with feathers.
Rapturous and"Racy"  
Philip Treacy!

Whether you prefer the Fedora type look (Brittany), a simple straw with a wide, snappy brim (Rene Russo), a flirty headband with feathers (Camilla) or the "strut your stuff" drop-dead statement creation that will turn heads at Polo or the Breakers Brunch (Kate), just remember the golden rule:  "if you want to get noticed, wear a hat"!  
Indeed...Bigger IS Better!

Handbags-are they a fashion accessory or a necessary part of a woman's lifestyle?  Theoretically a handbag can be both-depending on size, style and color.  For instance, in our culture, a "handbag" is a handled medium-to-large bag that is generally used to carry personal items such as a wallet, cosmetics, mobile
Glorious Gucci 
Crocodile Handbag!
phone, keys, hairbrush, etc.  Many  handbag styles offer the same general shape, but come with a shoulder strap-thus freeing the hands to brush said hair, talk on said cell phone and still eat at the same time.  
A larger handbag, often with two long handles, is called a tote and typically one can fit almost all of life's necessities in these roomy, bottomless creations.  Often made with interior pockets and zippered compartments, these babies are indespensible to the modern working woman-they
Brilliant Bottega Veneta
Woven Leather Tote!
hold Ipads, flat shoes, bottled water, multiple pairs of  eye and sun glasses, emergency nail repair kits, totally complete makeup and dental supplies and occasionally, the "maybe I'll be gone overnight" change of clothes.  It is definitely deemed dangerous for anyone other than the owner to delve into a tote-you never know the things one might find!  
Of course, there are the beautiful and minimal clutches.  Much smaller than regular purses, and usually rectangular (although we have seen some terrific square and oval shapes), they are often used for dressy evenings and can be made of silk, velvet, crystals, exotic skins and semi-precious gems.  

Triumphant Turquoise 
Judith Leiber Bejeweled Bag!

Beautiful Bejeweled Black Judith Leiber Lizard Bag!

"Ladies Who Lunch" often carry the exotic skin clutches in a wonderful variety of colors and shapes which, naturally, are then casually laid down on the luncheon table to be admired!  

Nancy Gonzalez Bubble Gum Pink Crocodile Clutch!

Gorgeous Green Nancy Gonzalez Crocodile Clutch!


No matter your preference, loving and owning many, many handbags is NOT a sickness!  In fact, in a 2007 study with 1,500 women done in England, the average 30 year old owns 21
Classic and Coveted Chanel 
Flap Bag!
handbags and buys a new one every 3 months.  This means that over the course of a lifetime, that gal will own 111 bags.  Five percent of the group surveyed owed over 100 bags at present and yet, researchers found that typically women use only three handbags on a regular basis.  What happens to the other 97?  Well, there's
Very Valentino "Rosier" Satchel!
several plausible explanations:  it's a case of only using a bag to match an outfit, a special occasion, a mood elevator, the desire to hoard because "you never know" or sentiment.  One in three of those questioned about their excessive handbag purchases expressed having a guilty conscious.
Well, at Classic Collections, we are here to tell you there is NO guilt!  Ladies, if you love handbags and just can't or don't want to deal with the guilt of obsessing over a new purchase,
Luscious Ralph Lauren Crocodile!
consignment shopping is for you.  With a selection of the best of the best in handbags, we offer you the experience of high fashion, affordable prices and the ability to buy three bags to the one you may see at a conventional retail shop.  Hermes, Chanel, Nancy Gonzales, Judith Leiber, Burberry, Bottega Veneta, Feragamo, Furla, Prada, Gucci, Pucci, Valentino, Escada, Versace and others are continually arriving in our boutique and
Pretty Pucci 
Print Wrislet!
going right back out again with happy buyers.  Our consignors have the pleasure of making room in their closets for different handbags and our buyers have the pleasure of obtaining something that at regular retail prices might forever be out of their economic range.  And, of course, there is the undeniable high of the hunt and the perfect "FIND"!!  Indeed, who hasn't  purchased a coveted handbag and sprinted home to ooh and aah over it within your
Hermes "Kelly Cut" Bag!
closet-flinging clothes all over the place to find the "perfect" outfit for your new bag?  Come on, I know you do...cause I do too!!  Happy shopping!  

Handsome Hermes
Black Birkin 40 Togo!
Founded in 1837 by Frenchman Thierry Hermes as a harness making shop, the Hermes Company expanded in 1879 to include the marketing of saddles.  Today, the Hermes brand is represented by 14 divisions providing a wide selection of products world-wide.  Offering menswear, women's fashions, footwear, jewelry, crystal and porcelain tableware, perfumes, and the original Hermes products-harnesses and saddles-the brand is offered in over 20 company-owned Hermes boutiques in the US alone.
An interesting fact is that in the late 1880's under the direction of Charles-Emile Hermes, the company created a bag used to carry a rider's saddle and this was the first interpretation of what later would become the first Hermes handbag!  They also obtained sole rights to use the zipper in their leather goods and added a line of leather garments to the family enterprise.  

In 1929, Emile Maurice Hermes produced the first Hermes purse later followed in 1935 by a bag known as the Sac a dépêche which later became known as the "Kelly Bag", named after Her Serene Highness Grace Kelly of Monaco.  
Fit for a Princess...Brilliant and Colorful Kelly Bags!

Looking for something larger for journeys around the globe? How about our Kelly Traveler Bag 50?  This largest "Kelly" is especially dignified and regal in Royal Red!

Royal Red Kelly Traveler 50!
In the 1970's, the family-owned company, under the direction of Jean-Louis Dumas-Hermes, rose to new heights.  A brilliant marketing and advertising leader, he made the Hermes name relevant to contemporary consumers through sophisticated and savvy marketing.  Today Hermes continues to be a revered and committed name in the world of fashion and luxury merchandise.  This reputation stands on the meticulous craftsmanship that is evident in all of their products and the well-deserved prestige associated with this esteemed brand known for its unparalleled excellence.  World-wide sales are derived as follows:  leather goods - 30%; clothing - 15%; scarves - 12%; ties - 15%; other merchandise makes up the balance.   Come on in to Classic Collections!
Luxurious "Les Coupes" Scarf by Francoise de la Perriere

Elegant "Ecuries" Scarf by Phillipe Ledoux!

Sally Surrounded By and
Luxuriating in Louis Vuitton!

An extremely anticipated event is Classic Collections annual Louis Vuitton-a-Thon which is held each spring!  We are
Lovely and Limited! Louis Vuitton Idole GM 
currently accepting consignments for authentic, genuine current and antique pieces of Louis Vuitton trunks, luggage, handbags, briefcases, accessories, clothing, scarves, jewelry and books.   We plan to begin our event this year on April 1st (no fooling!) and, if prior years are any measure, we will have Louis Vuitton treasures piled up in our front showroom to the chandeliers!  Don't hesitate to "Save the Date"!

So, please go through your closets, garages and storage spaces and consider bringing us your unused, yet still coveted Louis Vuitton pieces.  It's a good idea to call before coming in especially if there are several large items that we may have to store before the event (561-833-3633).


Final Fur Fling in Fresh Flurries!

Classic Collections - 118 North County Road, Palm Beach, Florida 33480    Phone: 561-833-3633
  Hours: Mon - Sat 10am-5:30pm

Classic Collections of Palm Beach | 118 N. County Rd. | Palm Beach | FL | 33480