Holiday Windows 2017: Tiffany
Next up on the 2017 Holiday Window Tour is my second favorite of the four I visited, Tiffany & Co. Usually the Tiffany windows don't really register with me—they're smaller and usually less elaborate than Bergdorfs, Bloomingdale's or Saks—but this year I loved them so much I went back for a repeat viewing.
This year's theme for the Tiffany windows is "A Tiffany New York Christmas" which doesn't really tell you much, but the displays are intricate, whimsical and very shiny. They feature silver articulated artist mannequins—making jewelry, carrying stacks of the iconic blue Tiffany boxes and fishing for engagement rings.
Jewelry must be a hard thing to exhibit in a window display—it's small by nature, and would be dwarfed by full-sized mannequins. As a result, everything in the Tiffany windows is created in miniature and it's a nice contrast to the life-sized spectacle of its neighbor across the street, Bergdorfs.
I've always been fascinated with miniatures—as a kid I made a bunch of miniature furniture and props for a dollhouse I never had—and I love all of the tiny tools, hats, scarves and other accessories presumably made exclusively for these windows. My favorite, however, was the miniature color wheel (it actually turns!) and hopefully one day I'll have a full-sized one to go with the aluminum tree I also desperately need.
This year, Tiffany introduced a groan-inducing line of "Everyday Objects" including this very unreasonably-priced $1,000 "tin" can. According to the listing, "Tiffany artisans transform utilitarian items into handcrafted works of art. Sterling silver and shining vermeil upgrade this classic tin can." Despite my lack of interest in jewelry and inability to afford anything inside of Tiffany, I do appreciate the way they incorporated their jewelry into sparkly, silver-plated, magical little worlds that I can enjoy for free.