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The limited edition „Cool Blonde No. 1“ includes a total of 56 bags handmade in Germany. In a concealed section, each bag encloses a genuine piece of a handwritten letter of Princess Grace of
Monaco from the year 1970. We cut this rare artefact into pieces under the supervision of a notary, sealed them in acrylic panels and worked them into our luxury bags. Each bag comes with a
glossy photo of the complete original document.
On August 7, 1970 Princess Grace wrote a letter on monogrammed princely stationery to the newspaper columnist Leonard Lyons. She thanked him in cordial words for a recent article and chatted
about family matters:
Dear Leonard –
Many thanks for the recent column on Monteccattini & the photos...
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** also pre-used in excellent condition with original
The American Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly, later to become the Princess of Monaco, was considered already during her lifetime to be the personified combination of the American and the
European dream. Even today she is still among the most admired women in the world and stands for the epitome of beauty, grace and style.
Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, the third of 4 children of a millionaire building contractor. In her youth she was constantly in search of recognition. Above all, the unassuming
and shy girl could never please her strict father, a typical self-made man.
After successfully completing her education with the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York, she first worked as a model and appeared on the cover of magazines such as Cosmopolitan. At the
same time, she did advertising for toothpaste and cigarettes to become financially independent from her father.
In Hollywood, the career of the only twenty-two-year-old actress quickly took off. Grace laid the foundation for a great career in 1954 with her first major film 'High Noon' co-starring Gary
Cooper. For her leading role in the film 'The Country Girl' she received a Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Actress in 1955. When she told her father about this award, beaming with joy, he is
said to have replied succinctly: "What the fuck is an Oscar?"
Her father's philosophy is perfectly reflected by the following words from Grace: "My Father had a very simple view on life: you don't get anything for nothing. Everything has to be earned,
through work, persistence and honesty."
She soon caught the attention of the film director Alfred Hitchcock. With the help of his congenial costume designer Edith Head, he transformed Grace into his ideal of an elegant, beautiful cool
blonde with a fire blazing beneath the icy surface.
Kelly earned her star status primarily in three films under his direction: 'Dial 'M' for Murder', 'Rear Window' and 'To Catch a Thief'. Cary Grant was the male co-star of the upbeat crime comedy
'To Catch a Thief'.
The following scene is legendary: The seemingly cool blonde turns at the doorstep, gives Grant a long kiss out of the blue and then closes the door behind her with a most suggestive look. This
moment comprises all that 'Hitch' saw in his film heroine - promise, seduction, sex, dominance, unpredictability and danger.
Ever since Hitchcock had cast her in 'On a Murder Call', he knew that Grace was exactly the type of actress he was looking for. To him, she was both Venus and Madonna in one person: "I find the
subtle nature of her sexuality attractive. Grace was much more erotic than the average bombshell. With Grace, you had to find out for yourself."
The 'Master of Thrill' was feared for his bullying behaviour on the set and also notorious for humiliating his female stars in front of the assembled film crew. Grace, on contrast, he always
treated courteously and with utter politeness. Her talent and personality influenced the film director so much that he later tried (in vain) to shape other actresses to her image.
In 1955, Grace met Prince Rainier Grimaldi III of Monaco at the Cannes Film Festival. The magazine 'Paris Match' had arranged the meeting. At first Prince Rainier was considered somewhat
suspicious by her strict father, who described him as a "runaway and bankrupt prince who barely reaches up to my daughter's breast".
Nevertheless, the celebrity couple married one year later. The screen princess finally got her real life prince and from then on was called 'Grazia Patrizia of Monaco'. Ever since then, the
relatively insignificant principality owed its glamour factor above all to Kelly's star status.
The royal wedding became the media event of the year. The bride's arrival by luxury liner with her entourage of 60 friends, her entire family and 30 photographers was an unprecedented media event
‚made in Hollywood‘. Her film studio MGM had been granted exclusive film rights to the wedding and covered the cost of the wedding dress made by a Hollywood costume designer, which summed up to
7,200-dollar, an unheard-of amount of money at the time.
More than 30 million TV viewers in nine countries watched the wedding ceremony in the Monaco Cathedral on 19 April 1956. Guests such as Aristotle Onassis, Cary Grant and Ava Gardner were present
when the actress gave her wedding vows to the Prince.
According to Gracia Patricia, it was "the worst day in my life". Only a short time before, she had stated in an interview that she would always prefer the screen when having to choose between a
film career and a marriage. Now she was married - to a man who considered the film business incompatible with the duties of the wife of a prince.
When Hitchcock tried to engage his favourite actress again in 1962 for the leading role in "Marnie" and fierce protests shook the principality, she finally turned it down. Bravely and tearfully,
Gracia Patricia resigned herself to her fate. The fact that she never stood in front of a camera again is said to have made her melancholic, even depressed at times.
Her new role, which she filled with charity and jet-setting events as well as being the mother of three children - Princess Caroline, Prince Albert and Princess Stéphanie - made her popular
beyond the country's borders. As a devoted First Lady, the Princess built orphanages and kindergartens, helped the Red Cross to flourish again and set up numerous charity events.
In September 1982, Gracia Patricia, together with her 17-year-old daughter Stéphanie, was on her way back in a Rover 3500 to the city of Monaco from her French summer residence Roc Agel. In her
former life as actress Grace Kelly, the princess had already raced down the route once, accident-free, in the film "To Catch a Thief".
For reasons still unknown, the car drifted off the road in a hairpin bend and plunged 40 metres down a steep slope. Both passengers were taken to the "Centre hospitalier Princesse Grace", named
after the Princess. On 14 September 1982, 2 days before her 53rd birthday, Gracia Patricia finally succumbed to her severe injuries. Her daughter survived the accident.
The Monegasques venerate Gracia Patricia to this day. It is mainly her who they owe the so called 'Golden Age' in the 60s and 70s, when Monaco flourished economically because the international
jet set discovered the Principality. First, show and film stars like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., Clark Gable and Sophia Loren went ashore in Hercules Harbour. They were followed by
millionaires and mannequins, investors and tourists.
Princess Grazia Patricia wrote her letter (dated: Aug. 7th 1970) on monogrammed princely stationery to the newspaper columnist Leonard Lyons. He was reknowned for his discretion, could keep
secrets to himself and thus enjoyed the respect of his interviewees.
She thanked him in a cordial tone for a recent article and chatted about family matters:
Dear Leonard –
Many thanks for the recent column on Monteccattini & the photos of Caroline that you sent earlier –
I took both Albert & Caroline to the States at the end of June & put them into summer camps ...
Many affectionate thoughts to you & your family. Hope we get to see you in N.Y. before too long –