Remember the good old days when Murphy Brown was on TV? Candice Bergen’s wit and perfect delivery was such a treat to watch, before reality TV took over. Luckily for us, she’s having fun doing something new and her wit is still as sharp as ever. Just take her tagline for her project BergenBags: “From One Old Bag to Another”. Let me explain.
By happy accident, Candice Bergen has started painting on people’s luxe handbags. On a whim she painted something on her daughter Chloe Malle’s Louis Vuitton duffle bag and it was posted on Instagram. Now everyone who’s anyone wants her to paint something on their bag. As Dana Schuster from NY Post put it “The hottest purse right now isn’t a Birkin. It’s a Bergen.” Of course what caught my eye were the dogs so I’m going to go out on a limb and say Ms. Bergen loves dogs, because not only is her Instagram full of dog photos but she seems to paint quite a few also…
But she paints all sorts of things, whatever the customer wants. Tacos, bunnies, camels, horses, caterpillars, skunks, cryptic messages…it seems pretty wide open…
You can see that these bags are some pretty posh canvases: Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Prada, Goyard… and Candice Bergen is a megawatt star after all, so the cost for a custom paint job is $1000 a pop but she donates it all to charity. Today she’s painting bags onsite by appointment at Laura Vinroot Poole’s gorgeous Capitol boutique in Charlotte, North Carolina. I thought about making the 2-hour trip just for entertainment’s sake, what a hoot!
It’s nice to know that stars we’ve adored are real people, out there doing neat things and having fun. Candice Bergen, don’t worry…there’s nothing “old bag” about you!
All photos via Instagram.
Erica Preo is CEO & Creative Director of Pantofola, pure luxury Italian goods for dogs.