Grammy Gifts Reveal What’s New in the Homes of Celebs From Lorde to Steven Tyler
There was a big trend toward retro in the gifts given to Music’s Biggest Night contenders and presenters.
It seems that what’s old is new again, at least when it comes to some of the hottest items carried home from Distinctive Assets' Official 56th Annual Grammy Awards Backstage Gift Lounge. Young artists like Lorde and Bobbi Kristina Brown, as well as more mature artists like Kris Kristofferson and Steven Tyler, were all singing the same happy tune about retro-styled items with a modern technology twist.
The iHome Portable FM Stereo Boombox for iPhone/iPod: It comes in bright colors and looks just like the old-school boomboxes of yore, except it’s thinner, lighter and sounds much better. See it at iHomeAudio.com.
The Gramovox: One of our personal favorites, this sleek, blue-tooth gramophone, inspired by the Magnavox R3 horn speaker, consists of a scale-sized metal horn mounted on a block of wood that contains the blue-tooth functionality, giving your music a vintage, gramophone sound, perfect for dinner parties or just good old-fashioned diversion. See it at Gramovox.com.
Revamp & Revive Furniture and Accessories: Missouri reclamation style guru Rachel Ropp displayed her southern charm and know-how in the form of elegant furniture made from barn wood, light fixtures made from Mason jars, and a fountain made from a recycled baby grand piano, with its innards mounted for a chic wall hanging. Ropp's is a website you won't want to miss: RevampRevive.com.
Bo Tree Source: This Southern California company that specializes in Southeast Asian furniture and accents had a fascinating display of home decor items made from recycled wood, pots, sculptures, etc., all found overseas. Since they couldn’t expect the celebs to lug home coffee tables, shopping passes to their Pasadena showroom were distributed. See BoTreeSource.com.
ZB Savoy Bowtie Co.: Music artists both male and female couldn’t wait to add these retro bowties and pocket squares to their closets. Watch for this trend to make an immediate comeback, thanks to the savvy company that started with hand-sewn products in the owner’s living room. See ZBSavoyBowtieCo.com.
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If you've ever heard about high fashion designer clothing, sunglasses and watches worth thousands of dollars flowing like water in these celebrity gift lounges, the nature of these items might surprise you, According to Distinctive Assets founder Lash Fary, who has been doing this for 15 years, it’s not about the bling or the price. He notes that celebrities can afford to pick out their own luxury items, and cites Beyonce’s birthday gift of a $2 million Bugatti Veyron to husband Jay Z as an example."We like to give them unique gifts that are clever, that they might never see anywhere else,” Fary says, pointing out all the items mentioned above, plus others like high-fashion American-made Max Martin shoes, high tech beauty aids from Japan’s MTG that haven’t even launched in America yet, and the very clever Odoyo PowerShell re-charging mobile phone cases. He also notes that a little something to take home for the kids, like the little MiP robots are always popular.
Interestingly enough, one of the humblest items turns out to be one of the the most appreciated. Packs of 5 Gum were so appreciated at the Latin Grammys that Fary brought them back for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Suite. “A year’s supply was one of the most popular gifts of all,” he laughed.