TL-180's Antonine Peduzzi and Luisa Orsini Prep for Their Party with Friends (and Cohosts) Claire and Virginie Courtin-Clarins
by Catherine Piercy
Ask Claire Courtin-Clarins how she met Antonine Peduzzi of the Rome-based handbag line TL-180 and she will tell you a story. “Two years ago, I arrived really early to a Louis Vuitton party during Paris Fashion Week. The only other person there yet was Tine,” she says, affectionately referring to her friend by her nickname.
According to both girls, the connection was instant. “We are both really tall and we have the same shoe size. So of course we started talking,” Peduzzi says, laughing. As fate would have it, she found herself at a party with Claire’s sister, Virginie, a few nights later: “She knocked over a vase and broke it. I was the only one who saw!”
The three girls soon became inseparable and, following the introduction of Peduzzi’s friend and TL-180 codesigner, Luisa Orsini, their circle expanded to four. “Since then we’ve been to Rome, Milan, Venice, and Mykonos together,” says Virginie. “We always have the best time.”
So when Tine and Luisa invited the Courtin-Clarins sisters to cohost a party celebrating the launch of their fall handbag collection during New York Fashion Week, “we said yes, of course!” exclaims Virginie, who flew in the night before from Paris to join her sister. (Claire recently moved to New York to work full-time as the manager of brand development for the family beauty empire.)
Now, with just a few hours left before guests begin arriving at Chelsea’s No. 8 nightclub for the party, the foursome has assembled at Claire’s new SoHo apartment to get ready together.
Within minutes, blow-dryers are humming and Virginie’s iPod has been put to good use. “The only time I do my hair is in New York,” she proclaims cheerfully. “Otherwise, I almost never even brush it.” Tonight, she has decided to experiment, which necessitates the help of a professional. After hairstylist Sonia David weaves a low fishtail braid into her hair, she wanders into the bathroom, where Claire and Tine are applying their lipstick side by side in the mirror.
“It’s M.A.C. versus Clarins in here!” laughs Claire of their respective choices: M.A.C.’s bold matte Russian Red (for Tine) and Clarins’s supersheer violet Baume Crystal No. 2 (for her). “My sister doesn’t like to wear a lot of makeup,” says Virginie. “Just lipstick sometimes.”
“It’s true. I would rather have good skin,” says Claire, who is currently obsessed with the brand’s newly reformulated Double Serum (which the sisters are in town promoting this week between shows like Altuzarra, Suno, and Prabal Gurung). “I like to mix a little of it in my palm with the [Clarins] Beauty Flash Balm before putting it on.”
Soon Luisa, who is now wearing the same shade of Russian Red lipstick as Tine, has wandered in holding a pair of matching low-heeled crimson Louis Vuitton pumps up to her high-waisted vintage velvet shorts for inspection. After a quick group assessment, she decides to go with higher, bondage-inspired Louis Vuitton pumps instead. Before jumping into the car that’s waiting outside to whisk them to the party, she stashes the tube in a TL-180 slim passport Voyageur wallet turned clutch—and, in a flash, the four friends are headed out into the starry night.