10.30 Harry Richman and YSL 2

Soon after Yves Saint Laurent’s death in 2008, his eponymous label would launch a collection of leather goods to commemorate the late designer. The postage-like script featuring the address of the couturier belonged to Mr. Saint Laurent himself, taken from a letter he had written. The trompe-l’oeil design may not have been original to YSL, a bronze cigarette case by Harry Richman in 1939 bears and uncanny resemblance to the contemporary YSL design.

Comparison Courtesy of: Patrícia Bottini 

Cigarette Case by Harry Richman, 1939

YSL Y Mail Clutch, 2008

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