Things We Can’t Afford: Karl Lagerfeld’s Fancy New Drinkware

Because Karl Lagerfeld‘s side projects know now boundaries, the designer (and photographer and actor and art director and newspaper editor) will be releasing a line of crystal stemware that’s being handblown in Sweden as we type. And like almost every other product the Kaiser molds with his own hands, these glasses are going to be real expensive.

Women’s Wear Daily reports that Lagerfeld (whose last name is Swedish, by the way) worked with Swedish glassmakers Orrefors to launch a co-branded line of glasses and vases for the, um, discriminating drinker of wine and displayer of flowers. The glasses will pop up in ritzy stores in Europe in September and stateside at Bloomingdale’s in mid-October. To celebrate the new goods, Lagerfeld threw a party in Paris yesterday, where he explained that the glasses simply aren’t cheap.

“It’s not like cheap perfume bottles,” he said. Indeed, prices run from about 90 euros, or $131.50 at current exchange rates, for a Champagne flute up to 1,100 euros, or $1,600, for a large vase.

Ouch. We don’t even want to know how much it would cost if Karl designed plates and forks, too.


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