Fashion Scoops: Tansky's Florence... Bryanbag... Blue Nnotes

Neiman Marcus Group chairman and chief executive officer Burt Tansky was given the keys to the city of Florence at an intimate gathering in the Palazzo...

TANSKY'S FLORENCE: Neiman Marcus Group chairman and chief executive officer Burt Tansky was given the keys to the city of Florence at an intimate gathering in the Palazzo Vecchio there Friday morning, on the occasion of the 74th edition of Pitti Immagine. Joining the celebrations presided over by the mayor of Florence, Leonardo Domenici, were the Ferragamo family and company ceo Michele Norsa, and Pitti president Gaetano Marzotto and ceo Raffaelo Napoleone, among others. "I am humbled by today's offer. It is an unusual privilege," said Tansky, who has been coming to the Tuscan capital since 1974. "I've been wondering what I'll do with [the keys]....Perhaps someone can help me find what doors they open," he joked.

"Very few of these awards are given, but Burt Tansky is a very special person," Marzotto said. "He has always tried to understand the Italian way of life, not just the product, but a taste for nice beautiful things."

BRYANBAG: Move over Victoria Beckham and Imelda Marcos. Manila-based blogger Bryanboy just added his latest luxury handbag to a collection that already spans 100-plus pieces. This one happens to be named after him. Four months ago Marc Jacobs was photographed backstage at his fall 2008 show holding up an "I [heart] Bryanboy" poster and Bryanboy enthused over a women's ostrich skin handbag from the show on his blog. An e-mail subsequently sent by Jacobs to Bryanboy promised to name the bag in question the "BB" in the blogger's honor. Now, Jacobs appears to have made good on the promise.

Over the weekend, a series of posts on revealed photos of a DHL delivery slip from Marc Jacobs International, a large Marc Jacobs box, a portion of a handwritten note from Jacobs on the designer's personal stationery and a link to the Luisa Via Roma e-tail site offering pre-orders of a goatskin version of the Marc Jacobs "Sunburst BB Shoulderbag", with September delivery. And finally, images of the bag in question — or at least, the original prototype, Bryanboy told WWD, which he reports the designer told him was "not perfected, as it is the sample from the show" but was sent because Jacobs "felt that was somehow special in a way."
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