Before Lambertson Truex joined Tiffany, they founded their own company in 1998 where they had the roles of being co-chief executive officers and creative directors. Their designs and bags aimed to showcase craftsmanship, exclusivity, and unique American styles. In 2000, they were both awarded the CFDA Accessories Design of the Year and the ACE Award for Design Excellence.
Since the buy-out, twelve of the biggest Tiffany stores in the United States are selling leather bags with the Lambertson Truex label. These bags are made of snakeskin, suede and natural-grain calf. This is the first leather handbag collection for the New York-based jeweler in twenty year. Tiffany bought the luxury bag label to extend their reach beyond jewelry.
Richard Lambertson and John Truex are back and getting primed for their Shinola debut.
The designers’ first task was to create a men’s leather capsule collection. They used Shinola’s existing assortment of leather accessories and the idea of Americana ease as a springboard for the line, which will be available in top-tier department stores and Shinola locations in mid-August.
Lambertson and Truex will also be involved with the College of Creative Studies, a Detroit design school. Shinola and the Council of Fashion Designers of America are working with the school on a four-year accessories design degree program, which starts in September. The designers will teach classes and advise the school on the curriculum.