Saturday, May 1, 2010
Google Translate tells me that vide-poche means empty-pocket, and vide poche means oddments - and Aquascutum Gifts tells me it's a valet tray. At any rate, it is indeed a fine "home" for the contents of your pockets - the change, keys, etc. - or things things like cuff links and other small jewelry. It looks like this might snap together - like the travel valet tray sold by Brookstone.
If you don't want black, Lucrin has vide poches in a range of colors - both square and rectangular versions.
And you can also get a colorful vide poche from Linley - in red, green, blue, violet, orange, black, camel and more. Again, both square and rectangular versions are available, but not in all colors.
Of course, a vide poche doesn't have to come in leather. Here a vide poche from Pierre Deux in linen/cotton. (There's a rose-colored version, too.) Update on Feb. 19, 2014: Pierre Deux has gone out of business.
And then there are the porcelain versions. I'm quite taken with the astrological vide poches designed by Michel Hosszù; this one is Aries.
This vide poche comes from Jacqueline Cambata Designs; there's a smaller version, too. Patrick's is one place to buy these online; they're quite a bit more expensive than the other ones listed here.
John Derian Company has an assortment of decoupage vide poches.
And finally, here's a vide poche for children.