The Art of the Egg

Designed for the Elite

Joshua Carlson - Sunday, August 21, 2011
Posted 6 years ago
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Vivian Alexander has created unique evening purses for over twenty years. All are American made in the heart of Louisiana Cajun country. The artisans are personally trained by Alexander and work for a full year before they are allowed to begin the exacting task of creating these one-of-a-kind treasures. Alexander personally guides the creative process and allows only the best pieces to carry the Vivian Alexander logo. To further the desire for perfection, each artisan has their own registered hallmark that is added at completion, after Alexander approves the final outcome.

Alexander is a graduate civil engineer, Army Corps of Engineer retiree, and founder of several unusual and creative enterprises. He comes from an artistic family; one brother is an architect, one daughter is a graphic artist, and his mother was an impressionist painter, well known for her dramatic colors and compositions.

The first purses made by Alexander were created with an ostrich egg shell, much as native Africans have made canteens for centuries. These first creations led him to produce sculptures along the lines of the famous Fabergé Imperial Russian Easter Eggs. Alexander’s work attracted the attention of the Forbes family, until recently the keeper of the world’s finest and most extensive Fabergé collection, started by Malcolm Forbes. Alexander was commissioned to create replicas of the most valuable sculptures in the collection. For seven years he worked with the Forbes Museum curator to master the ancient art of enameling and the use of guilloché on precious metals. His enameling work was noted by Christopher Forbes to be the best in the United States.

Today, the elite purses of Vivian Alexander are made of pure silver and enamel. The designs, ranging from classical to abstract, are carried out using gemstones and crystals, and often embellished with Louisiana alligator skin. A lavish use of multi-colored enamel make these evening purses a stunning foil for the most sophisticated evening wear.


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