TYING THE KNOT: Betony Vernon knows a thing or two about ropes: She dedicated an entire chapter of her book — “The Boudoir Bible — The Uninhibited Sex Guide for Today” published by Rizzoli in 2013 — to the ties that bind.
“I love ropes. They’re an invitation to creativity and playfulness,” said the American designer based in Paris, who pioneered erotic fine jewelry with her Sado-Chic line in 1992 and her Paradise Found line, which included gold-handled whips.
Noble Knots spans 25 pieces crafted in Italy and inspired by Shibari — the art of Japanese bondage — duplicating the woven texture of rope and featuring materials such as sterling silver, 18-karat gold and bronze. Some pieces were enlivened with precious or semiprecious stones as well as wood, leather and feathers. Prices are to range from 435 euros for a ring to 18,490 euros for a necklace, or from $472 to $20,055 at current exchange.
Noble Knots will be sold exclusively at Colette, before rolling out worldwide. Vernon’s creations are sold at retailers including Opening Ceremony, Dover Street Market, Kiki de Montparnasse and Coco de Mer.
The designer is plotting a collaboration with Olivier Zahm: Purple magazine’s editor in chief is to shoot the new collection and plans are to have his photographs exhibited and sold at Colette, to coincide with the launch.
Vernon’s tome is to add two new editions in 2016 — Taiwanese and Russian — on top of its five existing editions.