KATE’S FIRST DIBS: Besides taking home a presumably puffy paycheck for appearing in Longchamp’s new fall-winter ad campaign, Kate Moss was given the prototype of the $980 Legende handbag she modeled. She has recently been spotted toting the red-lined black bag around London. Longchamp’s Jean Cassegrain said, “Kate really had a crush on this bag the first time she saw the Legende….She has such a stylish eye, and we are so happy with our relationship that she was immediately the first to receive the bag.”
LEAVING VUITTON: Marie-Sabine Leclercq, who joined Louis Vuitton as director of communications in January 2005, has exited the French luxury firm. Her next move could not immediately be learned. No successor will be named, said Yves Carcelle, Vuitton’s president and chief executive officer. He said marketing and communications responsibilities would be split among several Vuitton staffers, including the son of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, Antoine Arnault, who this year was named director of communications in charge of advertising and books, plus coordination of Vuitton’s Web site.
During her Vuitton tenure, Leclercq orchestrated publicity around the 2005 opening of the world’s largest Vuitton store, on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Previously, she was vice president of communications for Coty Inc. and Lancaster Group Worldwide.
GARRARD GIVES UP CROWN: Garrard is no longer the home of the crown jeweler. Buckingham Palace confirmed the appointment of jeweler Harry Collins, whose family business, G Collins & Sons, is based in Kent, outside London. He will replace retiring crown jeweler David Thomas, who is based at Garrard in London’s Mayfair. A palace spokeswoman declined to comment on why Collins had been chosen, but said he had been “known to the Queen for some time.” The crown jeweler, who is responsible for caring for jewels the Queen wears on state occasions, had been based at Garrard for 164 years. Garrard made pieces such as the Prince of Wales’ crown in 1901 and a small diamond crown for Queen Victoria in 1870.
“It has been a great honor to be have been crown jeweler, and one which I will always remember with pride,” Thomas said in a statement. A spokeswoman for Garrard said the new appointment did not affect Garrard’s status as holder of three Royal Warrants. A Royal Warrant is an official grant from a senior member of the British royal family to supply goods and services to the family.