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Thomas Erber’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Manolo Blahnik, Albero shoe sketchOriginally a reference to a personal collection of rare and unique oddities, the term “cabinet of curiosities” has found an appropriate new meaning with Thomas Erber’s decidedly modern update on the former Renaissance fad. Replacing the uncategorized objects and strange natural specimens of his forebears with high fashion gems and one-off works of art, Erber’s Le Cabinet de Curiosites is a temporary retail gallery at London’s Browns.

A French fashion journalist, brand consultant and art director, Erber is forever in search of well-considered design in luxury goods. He is the man who helped launch Jalouse, the founder of L’Optimum, an editor for the Le Monde’s lifestyle supplement and a writer for Vogue Homme International. With 16 years worth of work in the industry, Erber’s branding and fashion consultancy reads like a regal spending spree—from Chanel to Chaumet and beyond.

Alexandre de BetakHaving worked with Brown’s creative director Caroline Burstein throughout the past year to devise, direct and design the Cabinet de Curiosites show, Erber’s curated collection consists of everything from luxury travel voyages to one-off tailored garments. A crocodile crafted silk satin shoe designed by Manolo Blahnik appears in a size 37 along with a specially produced painting by the designer himself; denim brand Superfine brings back its Biker Vroom leather pants as a S.T. Dupont, the Audreyone-off along with a men’s leather bag. Designers like Rodarte, Common Projects, Alyssa Norton and Lulu Guinness are also well represented, as are artists Kata Legrady and Alexandre de Betak and photographers John Pepper and Benoit Peverelli. Elsewhere, lifestyle pieces by Browns and Les Voyages de Thomas by Kuoni can also be found.

Each and every piece holds a special history for Erber and Browns, and 10% of all proceeds will go to charities that work on conservation and community development in Namibia. Cabinet de Curiosites will be open through December 23rd.

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