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La Grande Dame by Riva

by Ami Kealoha in Design on 18 June 2008

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Recent years have seen Veuve Clicquot choosing Karim Rashid, Porsche Design and other contemporary design luminaries as brand partners, but with the launch of three new accessories in collaboration with Italian yacht-makers Riva, Veuve is moving in a more classically glamorous direction. Consisting of a "made to measure" Cruise Collection, the smaller Cruiser Bag and an ice bucket, both are designed to make enjoying Veuve Clicquot's top champagne, La Grande Dame, aboard a Riva boat that much more amazing.

Built to the buyer's specifications, the Cruise Collection (pictured below left) features the same gorgeous craftsmanship, richly-hued woods and elegantly curving lines for which Riva yachts are known. Encased within the semicircle-shaped container, four bottles of La Grande Dame 98 and two magnums of La Grande Dame 88 await indulgence. To facilitate, the case includes six Riedel flutes, six water tumblers, plates, placemats and cutlery. At $80,000, it's an accessory befitting a multi-million dollar vessel.

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For the more financially conservative, the portable Cruiser Bag (pictured above right) mimics the design of one of Riva's yachts with black lacquer, mahogany inlay, chrome accents and leather trim. It includes a bottle of La Grande Dame 98 and two flutes. Limited to an edition of 300, the bag retails for $475 and will be available in July from Veuve Clicquot.

The Riva-inspired ice bucket, like the rest of the collection, adds nautical flair to the Veuve Clicquot experience. There's no word on pricing or availability of the bucket yet.

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