"I think love is the most important thing that can happen to you," Marilyn Monroe once wrote. Her letter, sent in 1962 and sealed with a kiss, is just one of the romantic gestures featured in the window displays of Tiffany & Co.'s The Landmark location in New York City this year for Valentine's Day.
Alongside Monroe's sentiments are four other never-before-seen love letters penned by celebrities and friends of the brand. "Good morning my darling. So much love," writes legendary jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger alongside two sketches of blue flowers. A message from fashion designer Paloma Picasso reads, "I will never stop loving love." Architect Peter Marino notes, "To love is to be on fire."
Chief among the letters, however, is one written by Audrey Hepburn to Henry Mancini, the composer behind the score of Breakfast at Tiffany's (most notably, the song "Moon River"). Mancini's family provided the correspondence to the brand, and the display coincides with what would've been Mancini's 100th birthday year.
"A movie without music is a little bit like an aeroplane without fuel," Hepburn writes to Mancini. "However beautifully the job is done, we are still on the ground and in a world of reality. Your music has lifted us all up and sent us soaring... You are the hippest of cats, and most sensitive of composers. Lots of love, Audrey."
The love letters are displayed alongside a plethora of Tiffany's jewelry because what's Valentine's Day without a little sparkle? The Landmark, and select stores across the country, will also feature an interactive experience from February 10 to February 14, where clients, too, can showcase their own love letters to the world.
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