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Van Cleef & Arpels Celebrates Opening of Hong Kong Maison

By P. Joseph

French jewellery, watch, and perfume maker Van Cleef & Arpels celebrated the opening of its new Maison in Hong Kong last month with a lavish party attended by a host of celebrities and key industry figures.

Guests including Stanislas de Quercize, Van Cleef & Arpels President & CEO, actress Cate Blanchett, singer Deanie Ip and film producer Nansun Shi attended the event, which marked the official inauguration of Van Cleef & Arpel’s third Maison – following those in New York and Paris.

Designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, the new five-storey Maison include several of the same elements that feature in Van Cleef & Arpels’ existing Maisons, including a palette of wood, sand, taupe and cream.

The store also features exclusive pieces designed especially for the opening, including the Ballerina Dancer set – a one-off piece in white gold diamonds and rubies – and the Bals de Legende collection, inspired by the classic balls of the 20th century.

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, an exclusive Gala Dinner was held in Kong Kong’s ultra-luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where Van Cleef & Arpels presented a thematic dinner with a menu specially designed by the Michelin-starred Chef, Pierre Gagnaire.

Moving along the Hong Kong Skyline, a post-dinner celebration took place at the top of Prince’s Building, SEVVA, with a live performance from musician Lisa Stansfield.

Van Cleef & Arpels was founded in 1896 by Charles Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef. They opened their first boutique in 1906 in Paris.

By P. Joseph