|Carolyne Roehm, Iris Apfel, Bennett Weinstock, |
Mayer Rus, Lisa Marsh and Philip Erdoes
Each panelist had interesting and witty stories unique to their own collection but, a few universal themes emerged:
- Collect what you love
- Use your collections
- Enjoy the thrill of the hunt
Iris Apfel - fashion icon, renowned interior designer (to nine US presidents) and owner of the exquisite textiles company, Old World Weavers.
First Collection: costume jewelry; started collecting at age 12.
Favorite thing about collecting: "the thrill of the hunt...finding is more fun than owning."
Considers herself: "a gut collector." Value is not the determining factor for her purchases; items must simply pass the "do I like it?" test.
Sharing: Iris says "if God is good to you, you have to share." Iris has donated and loaned her collections to numerous museums.
Favorite collection: personal collection of thirty pairs custom cowboy boots which remind him of growing up in Oklahoma.
Emotional connection to collecting: "absorption of the product."
|Carolyne Roehm and Philip Erdoes|
Most prized possession: pair of Chanel interlocking C cuffs. Originally bought copies by Kenneth Jay Lane and later purchased the originals.
Emotional connection to collecting: the "visual reaction to something," the hunt and learning along the way.
|Iris Apfel and Mayer Rus|
Mayer Rus - art and culture editor of the LA Times Magazine. Former design editor of House and Garden and former editor in chief of Interior Design.
Favorite collection: taxidermy which started on his first trip to Deyrolle, the famous Parisian taxidermy outpost.
Integrate collections into your daily life: taxidermy is something Rus can collect no matter what part of the world he is in. In Crawford, Texas he purchased a skunk!
Bennett Weinstock - Philadelphia lawyer who joined his wife, Judie, to start a wildly successful interior design firm.
Favorite collection: English tea ware pottery, which inspired Oprah to start her own collection!
Emotional connection to collecting: item must "give a rush of passion."
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