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Volupte Powder Compacts & Heritage

Volupte were considered to be one of the most adventurous America compact makers & were famed for their novelty compacts. Volupte emerged as market leader in the 1940s and ’50s, producing a range of elegant functional compacts, that epitomized the glamour of the 40’s & 50’s. Vanity cases, and carryalls highly prized by today’s collectors further established the Volupte brand as truly American Hollywood glamour. Volupte were definitely one of the most ingenious compact manufacturers. Advertisements featured the comment, “Volupte reflects the prettiest faces” and stated availability “wherever fine compacts are sold.” These were considered to be upmarket. A November 1950 ad in Glamour Magazine positions them as collectible. “Now your Volupte compacts serve a double purpose! You use one...

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Stratton Compact Mirrors & Heritage

Stratton started out in 1860 as a knitting needle manufacturer. They marketed their first powder compact in 1923. Their compacts were imported from the USA, and given the name “Stratnoid”. Which was the same brand name as the company’s knitting needles. By the early 30s, the compacts had became known as “Stratton”s, borrowing the name from the hero in a popular novel.   The rebrand was a great success and by the mid 1930s, Stratton produced over half of all compacts used as a part British cosmetics at that time. In 1940 due to Germany’s WWII blitz of Britain disaster struck. Four of the five Stratton factories were destroyed. Production was forced to a standstill. Manufacture resumed after the war,...

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Coty Compacts & Heritage

In 1904 Francois Coty founded his company in Paris. His dream was to revolutionize perfume making. In 1908, Coty relocated his manufacturing headquarters to Suresnes. He acquired property and began to turn the area a center of excellence dedicated to the manufacture of perfume, to realize his dreams. “ La cite des parfums “ would, at its height employ in the region of 9000 staff. It had the capacity to manufacture 100,000 bottles of perfume a day. Coty knew that he needed to appeal to a wider clientele & he had to make his cosmetics more affordable. Hugely influential artists, designers & artisans were used to create the luxurious nature of this brand. Rene Lalique & the Glassworks of Baccarat...

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Kigu Compacts & Heritage

The name of Kigu originates from the first two letters of the surname and forename of its founder, Gustav Kiashek. Gustav was of Hungarian origin and he was the son of the master goldsmith, Josef Kiashek. He produced compacts from his workshop in Budapest. Gustav raised three sons, Charles, Paul and George. Charles was a New York based goldsmith. George moved to London in 1939, where he founded Kigu of London. After WWII Paul joined George. In 1977 on George’s passing, his son, David, joined the family firm after completing his university education. Kigu Ltd. were manufacturers of jewellery, accessories and vanities.The pride of producing high quality vanities is shown in their wide variety of styles. In the early 1980s the...

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Cartier Jewelry & Heritage

  Société Cartier designs, manufactures, distributes and sells jewellery, watches and other fine items of fashion. They were founded in Paris, France in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier. The company maintains its headquarters in Paris. Louis-François Cartier founded Cartier in Paris in 1847. In 1874, Louis-François' son Alfred Cartier took over the company, but it was Alfred's sons Louis, Pierre and Jacques, who were responsible for establishing the brand name worldwide. In 1904, the Brazilian pioneer aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his friend Louis Cartier of the unreliability and impracticality of using pocket watches while flying. Cartier designed a flat wristwatch with a distinctive square bezel. This watch was liked by not only Santos-Dumont but also many other customers. Thus the...

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