J. Fleet’s artful, earth-toned lacquer trays, bowls and wine boxes not only make ideal serveware pieces — they also work well as stylish room accents. Many feature botanical themes of buds and flowers; we also love the whimsical animal motifs (such as the trio of happy-looking elephants emblazoned on the large tray). Painstaking work (15 layers of lacquer!) gives the pieces a beautiful depth and shine; they’re all made according to traditional artisanal techniques. Founder Emily Rubin Persons was struck by Vietnam’s beautiful lacquerware products during her travels through Asia; in 1995 she decided to marry the ancient art to her own, contemporary designs — and J. Fleet was born.
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If you're going to be partying it up this holiday season — and we hope you are — let us be your guide to a more-than-successful fete. We had our own glam gathering to celebrate the season (hey, we've been working hard and needed a martini...), and used it to exemplify our tips for a great party, which you'll find here. We hope they inspire you to enjoy your own soiree, large or small.