Chanel Makes a Sword (a Sword!) for French Conductor

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Chanel Fine Jewelry has commissioned a sword for conductor William Christie, in honor of his acceptance into the Académie des Beaux-Arts - the country's highest cultural distinction. 

Perhaps he can pair it with a Chanel suit of armor?  Actually, it sounds as if Christie's Chanel sword is more of a display piece than a tool for use as an actual weapon: the nature-themed sabre sports florals in enamel, wood, shagreen and rock crystal. 

The Academician's coat donned by inductees to the Academy is far from shabby itself, tailored by Christian Lacroix and embroidered by François Lesage

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