Precious Metal: This Decade's Most Notable Tiffany & Co. Collaborations
Highlighting the New York jewelry brand’s crossovers with the likes of Supreme, Patek Philippe, Fendi, Nike and more.
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Tiffany & Co., often simply referred to as Tiffany’s, is one of the most iconic luxury jewelry brands in the world. Founded in 1837, the jewelry house has been a driving force in setting American luxury goods standards. On the design front, what makes Tiffany & Co. special has always been its constant endeavors in making innovative-yet-luxurious pieces of silver and diamonds like the Heart Tag Necklace.
Tiffany’s early collaborative projects can be traced back to the 2000s, from a jewelry piece with famed architect, Frank Gehry in 2006 to an emblematic keychain celebrating SOPH.’s 10th anniversary in 2009. As branded collaborations were becoming increasingly more popular during the 2010s, Tiffany & Co. has also tapped into a broader range of collaborative projects with Patek Philippe, for a 100-piece limited-edition 5936G Annual Calendar watch, to an “Out of Retirement” collection with Dover Street Market, and even a jewelry capsule collection with designer Eddie Borgo, who was the first winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Tiffany & Co. Development Grant.
Following Tiffany’s LVMH acquisition in 2021, Alexandre Arnault, the son of Bernault Arnault, LVMH’s CEO has been named the executive vice president for the brand. The 185-year-old Maison has since been propelled into an influx of collaborative opportunities in unfamiliar territories, which includes streetwear, sports, art, and fashion. Read on for a curated retrospect on some of the most talked-about Tiffany & Co. collaborations over the years.
Tiffany & Co. x Cat Street Tokyo Exclusive Sports-Inspired Capsule
Release date: July 2, 2021
In celebrating Tiffany & Co’s history of providing major sports trophies, the jewelry brand partnered up with Cat Street Tokyo, one of Japan’s most profound hotspots dedicated to streetwear and youth culture. The capsule was available in ultra-limited quantities at a dedicated pop-up shop, comprising skateboard decks from American Maple, Gilbert rugby balls, as well as Spalding basketball and soccer balls, all co-branded and doused in an iconic Tiffany Blue.
Tiffany & Co. Drops $150,000 USD Advent Calendar Featuring Basquiat’s artwork
Release date: November 2021
Tiffany & Co. revealed a four-feet tall advent calendar featuring the Equals Pi painting by the late-Jean-Michel Basquiat, just two months after it had appeared in a Tiffany ad alongside Beyoncé and Jay-Z. As a collaboration with the estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the limited-edition advent calendar was retailed for $150,000 USD each, with $250,000 USD of its total proceeds donated to nonprofit organization, Free Arts NYC.
Supreme’s “Return to Tiffany®” Collection
Release date: November 11, 2021
Perhaps one of the most-anticipated crossovers in recent years for the New York jeweler was its collaboration with Supreme. Dubbed “Return to Tiffany®,” the collection draws inspiration from some of the most iconic Tiffany & Co. jewelry that was originally released in the ‘60s. Instantly recognizable motifs such as the Oval Tag, Heart Tag, and Heart Knife were refreshed with both Tiffany’s and Supreme’s branding. Aside from jewelry, the collection also included a key ring, as well as a classic Supreme box logo white T-shirt with a hint of Tiffany Blue.
Patek Philippe’s Limited-Edition Tiffany Blue 170th Anniversary 5711 Nautilus
Release date: December 2021
In homage to the long-standing partnership between the horologer and Tiffany & Co., the Patek Philippe 5711/1A-018 Nautilus watch was released as a 170-piece limited edition. Both companies were acquainted way back, in 1851, when the New York jeweler had acquired the permission to sell Patek Philippe timepieces at its stores. In commemoration of this “special partnership,” the limited-edition timepieces were exclusive to Tiffany’s New York, Beverly Hills, and San Francisco boutiques, while one was taken to auction through Phillips New York and was sold for $6.5 million USD.
Diamond Encrusted Sunglasses With Pharrell
Release date: N/A
Pharrell teased his collaboration with Tiffany & Co. when he was spotted wearing a pair of almond-shaped diamond-encrusted sunglasses at the Kenzo Fall/Winter 2022 show in Paris. The multi-hyphenate confirmed that the piece is the “first of many things” he’ll be releasing with the Tiffany company. Netizens were also quick to point out the resemblance between the Pharrell’s sunglasses with the Mughal royals’ 17th-century frames that were auctioned off at Sotheby’s the year prior. As of the time of writing, no further updates regarding Pharrell and Tiffany & Co.’s collaboration have been formally announced.
MSCHF x Tiffany & Co. “The Ultimate Participation Trophy”
Release date: May 2, 2022
Also in celebration of Tiffany & Co’s contribution to sporting events throughout the year, this playful collaboration with MSCHF saw a limited production of 100 handcrafted trophies entitled “The Ultimate Participation Trophy”. Made with 900G sterling silver, the trophies were priced at $1,000 USD each in the spirit of “Those Who Can’t Play, Pay!”
Custom “Crown of Thorns” for Kendrick Lamar
Release date: May 13, 2022
First unveiled on the album cover of Mr Morale & The Bigger Stepper, Kendrick Lamar sported a one-of-a-kind “Crown of Thorns.” Made of titanium and pavé diamonds, the custom headpiece was a collaborative project between the rapper, Dave Free, and Tiffany & Co that took 10 months and over 1,300 hours for a small team of artisans to complete. The piece was of course, non-purchasable and has since been worn on numerous performances by the artist himself.
“NFTiff” CryptoPunks Pendants
Release date: August 1, 2022
Alexandre Arnault caused a buzz in the realm of NFTs back in April 2022, when the executive revealed via social media, his very-own Tiffany & Co.-crafted rose-gold and enamel pendant based on his CryptoPunk NFT #3167. Later in the year, Tiffany also announced the availability of custom-designed pendants for CryptoPunks holders in an “NFTiff” limited-edition release. Only 250 editions were made, with each piece promised to comprise at least 30 diamonds or gemstones to match its original NFT design.
Daniel Arsham x Tiffany & Co. “Future Relics”
Release date: September – December 2022
From the Blue Box, Circa 3021, to the Bronze Eroded Tiffany Padlock, Daniel Arsham has crafted Tiffany & Co. collectibles in his hallmarked “Future Relics” style. Blue Box, Circa 3021 was released on September 9, 2022, in a limited edition of 49 sculptures, meanwhile, the Bronze Eroded Tiffany Padlock comes in a batch of 99 pieces, and was unveiled on December 1, 2022.
Tiffany & Co. x Fendi Limited-Edition “Tiffany Blue” Baguette Bag
Release date: January 6, 2023
Fendi celebrated the 25th anniversary of its signature Baguette bag back in September 2022. A few months after that, the fashion house also announced its collaboration with Tiffany & Co featuring the iconic bag made up of entirely sterling silver. In tandem, a capsule of leather Baguette bags doused in Tiffany Blue was also revealed alongside the statement silver bag. Earlier this year, the long-awaited Tiffany & Co. x Fendi Baguette Bag capsule finally dropped. The official lineup now includes two medium-sized and two nano-sized Baguette bags in smooth leather, or a silk satin finish. On top of that, pico-sized Baguette key charms were also offered in three different colorways.
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