“I knew this was perfect for my bags,” said handbag designer Myriam Schaefer. She was referring to her Rue Perronet showroom. The space, where Schaefer has shown twice now, is part of a school and cleverly has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with square cubbies ideal for displaying the leather goods. But facets of the room are evidence of Schaefer’s personality beyond her bags. Everything is charming and antique—needlepoint pillows, an old brass shoe, velvet-covered Louis XIV dining chairs, assorted vintage lamps and paintings, and a papier-mâché bust in her likeness. In the middle of the room are two velvet, quilted settees, just like the one Rosalind Russell’s character in Auntie Mame had on a hydraulic lift. They are a favorite spot for Schaefer’s charming dog, Volpone, who laps up the attention from all the visitors.
Schaefer’s best friend is Dianne Brill (Google if you really must!) and she plays godmother to her kids. The youngest, CeCe, took to calling her “Auntie My-My” or “Me-Me,” depending on the mood. This season, Schaefer named one of her three new styles the My-My, which is a large, A-shape hobo. She also added the SOS, a bucket style that holds all you need to get you through the day. And to the popular Byron series, she added a smart business portfolio style. All three represent a new price strategy for Schaefer, and come in under $4,000.