Introducing CAROLE TANENBAUM Vintage

Introducing CAROLE TANENBAUM Vintage

Carole Tanenbaum, The Coveteur

We have big, big news! Sophie’s Closet is now carrying beautiful vintage pieces from the Carole Tanenbaum Collection. For those of you just tuning into the world of vintage, Toronto-based Carole Tanenbaum is the reigning queen of vintage costume jewellery. Having collected exquisite trinkets for almost three decades, Carole Tanenbaum’s collection has accumulated to over 20,000 pieces, about $3,000 which she keeps in her personal collection.

Carole Tanenbaum, The Coveteur

She provides jewellery for countless editorials for magazine like Vogue and Elle, for stylish TV shows like Sex and the City and Mad Men, and for red carpet celebrity appearances, from Sarah Jessica Parker (who owns over 400 pieces from the Carole Tanenbaum Collection), to Natalie Portman, and Michelle Obama.

Carole Tanenbaum, The Coveteur

One of our favourite websites, The Coveteur, recently did a profile on Carole’s jewellery closet, and it’s wow — just wow! So much so, that on her recent trip to Toronto, Sophie couldn’t resist picking up a few things.

Vintage TRIFARI Bracelet

First of which was this vintage Trifari bracelet, spotted on Olivia Palermo. Trifari, as you know, is one of our favourites for its art deco inspired designs.

Olivia Palermo

Vintage DIOR Earrings

And, she also handpicked some gorgeous earrings from Carole’s extensive selection: Dior, Kenneth Jay Lane, Hattie Carnegie, Gripoix, and Larry Vrba.


Of course, Dior and Kenneth Jay Lane need no introduction. These two pieces are the both beautiful examples of the brands’ workmanship.

Vintage HATTIE CARNEGIE Earrings

And, being a big Hattie Carnegie fan, Sophie also selected these incredible red and blue cabochon earrings from 1960. So elegant!

Vintage GRIPOIX Earrings

These colourful green chandelier earrings are by Gripoix, the legendary jewellery house that started way back in 1869. Famous for its poured glass (pate de verre), over the decades Gripoix has created jewellery for Chanel, Balenciaga, Balmain, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent… you name it!

Vintage LARRY VRBA Earrings

Lastly, these sparkling darlings are by Larry Vrba, whose pieces are just exquisite. He began his career as a head designer for Miriam Haskell in the 70s, and in the 80s started his own line. Along with creating intricate baubles for his glamorous costumers, Vrba also creates custom pieces for the Broadway stage — jewels so striking that they stand out even from the back row.

Exciting, right? Check out our entire vintage collection, including more pieces from Carole Tanenbaum, at

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