Iris Apfel to Sell Jewelry from Her Personal Archives at VINTAGE@Intermezzo

In Industry News, What's New by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Iris Apfel in 2017. Angela Pham/ BFA/REX/Shutterstock

Want to own a piece of jewelry history? Now’s your chance.

To say Iris Apfel’s vintage collection is legendary is an understatement. Just ask Harold Koda, former curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, who staged an entire show around it in 2005.

The 95-year-old Iris Apfel has literally spent a lifetime amassing incredible jewelry from around the world. More is always more in Apfel’s view. The fashion icon piles bangles and baubles high in her unique way–mixing eras, cultures, continents, colors and textures–and indeed she’s been called upon to style store windows and museum exhibits alike. Each piece has a story to tell, whether purchased (haggling included) at a street bazaar in Harlem or on an exotic trip to a faraway land.

“More is more, and less is a bore”
–Iris Apfel

Turquoise beads from the “Rara Avis: Selections from the Iris Barrel Apfel Collection,” Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For the first time, Apfel will be selling pieces from her personal vintage jewelry collection to the public and retailers at a booth at VINTAGE@Intermezzo, the first time a consumer-facing element has been added to the typically B2B trade show. The Iris Apfel Archives collection presented at the show will just be jewelry, with other accessories or ready-to-wear being sold at future shows.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history from one of the world’s most beloved fashion icons,” says Peter Berta, Show Director of Intermezzo. “Her jewelry is just incredible and it’s such an honor to have her at our show.”

Don’t take our word for it. Make sure to watch the documentary “Iris” before the show for a preview of her vast collection. Apfel might have created new vintage-inspired collections for HSN and Macy’s over the years, but this vintage collection is the real deal. See below for the trailer.

Want more vintage? Apfel will also be speaking on “The Value of Vintage” panel Monday, August 7th at 2 p.m. No tickets are required.¬†VINTAGE@Intermezzo runs August 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center, and attendees are asked to wear their favorite piece of vintage to get into the spirit!