Contestants were asked to post their favorite finds on DesignTV's Facebook page, and Fraga's fabulous trunk was a clear winner. Fraga, an artist based in Bainbridge Island, Washington, said she paid $40 for this wardrobe a few years back and had no idea it was such a coveted French brand.
"I remember opening it up and seeing the distinctive bright yellow interior," Frage said. "At the time, I have to admit, I thought it was a joke. Bright yellow in such a beautiful piece? I thought it was a re-do." But after a little research she realized that the interior's exuberant hue was a trademark of the luxury bag maker.
Next, she felt compelled to learn about this mysterious trunk's owners. . A tattered piece of masking tape held the first cues, and when she matched them to the faded initials on the trunk, she eventually discovered that it belonged to Rosemary Cooper McCone (R.C.MC.C), the wife of John A. McCone, head of the CIA under President John F. Kennedy. The couple married honeymooned in Paris in 1938, where the iconic trunk was made.
"That's the fun part of collecting vintage," Kathe says. "Go with what you love, and you never know what'll happen! And the next time I spot a Goyard trunk, I'll know better than to question the interior color choice!"
Congratulations, Kathe! I'm wrapping up a special copy of The Find and dropping it in the mail just for you!
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,
The Elegant Thrifter