Daylight Robbery: Coloured pencil set by Lanvin

Lanvin-box

 Oooooh, what's in the box?! It's a box that costs $400, and it's from Lanvin, so we bet it's something brilliant. Shoes, probably. Oh God, we hope it's shoes!

Lanvin-coloured-pencils

Oh. Right. Coloured pencils. That's… nice. Coloured pencils are…always handy. Um, can we have our $400 back, though? It's just, we want it to buy some shoes…

(Of course, being completely new to the wonderful world of coloured pencils, we could be way off the mark here. Maybe that's just how much coloured pencils cost, after all? Not the ones The Fashion Police used to buy when we went through our brief "let's be artists!" phases, of course, but still, you tell us, readers: is this Daylight Robbery, or is it actually a fairly reasonable price for a box of pencils? You can buy them here if you think it is.)

10 Comments

  • April 6, 2009

    gokarm

    Daylight robbery. Nothing beats Crayola for a healthy mix of color and cost. You CAN get really crappy colored pencils at a low low price, and you CAN get great quality pencils at a much higher price. But Crayola is good quality at an even better cost. Nobody’s going to be impressed that you colored something with super high-quality colored pencils, who can REALLY tell? Only suckers would buy this.

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  • April 6, 2009

    The Style PA

    I have got some very lovely, and good quality water colour pencils which cost around £6 for 12. I thought that was pretty steep.
    I can think of a whole host of other things to spend $400 on. I reckon you could get a set with as many colours for about £40. Yippee, money left over for shoes.

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  • April 6, 2009

    Riali

    I’m not quite new to the world of artist quality coloured pencils, and certainly do appreciate the difference between a low-grade crayon and a professional one. For comparison’s sake, here, http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-wood-box-sets/#mainphoto , is a set of 120 Prismacolor pencils in a wooden box, listed at $227. Prismacolor is a standard, artist quality brand. Here, http://www.dickblick.com/products/faber-castell-polychromos-pencil-sets/ , is Faber Castell’s, a very professional brand, version of the same thing, listed at $686. So, if Lanvin have produced a real, quality pencil, the price might not be unreasonable. However, I rather suspect that the best things about these pencils is the brand name, and that they are fairly ordinary, albeit nice, crayons dressed up in designer orange, aimed more at the amateur with more money than talent than at professional artists. Of course, I can’t be sure that these assumptions are true, but for the moment, I’m going to agree, and categorize them as sadly overpriced.

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  • April 6, 2009

    The Fashion Police

    Wow, Riali, I had no idea pencils could cost that much! I think the real question here, then, as you say, is whether the quality is super-good, or whether people will just pay that much for the Lanvin name. Hmmm, jury still out, I guess…

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  • April 6, 2009

    EvertoAngelus

    Well, it’s a daylight robbery, but not by as much as you think.
    Colored pencil prices can be *really* high. If you’re after artist pencils – search Google images for colored pencil painting, and you’ll see why someone would – you really get to choose between Prismacolor, Derwent, and Caran D’ache. For fine art, you absolutely have to go with an artist-quality pencil set – they’re entirely different from the scholastic grade stuff.(And a few others, but I forget their names.)
    Prismacolor would cost between $80-100 for this set. Derwent maybe a bit over that – up to $150. Caran D’ache, without the fancy box, would be about $250. And their is a difference, but I think it’s one only an artist would note; the last brand is made with oil, instead of wax, as the binder, and that matters, in some instances.
    So, yeah. I rambled. In summation, though – it *is* a daylight robbery, but only by a hundred/hundred-fifty bucks.

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  • April 6, 2009

    xony

    I’m a Prismacolor gal all the way… but then again I only doodle on my notebooks.
    I suposse (sp?) this are aimed at designers maybe?

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  • April 6, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    According to http://www.thebagforum.com/news-articles/9321-lanvin-s-alber-elbaz-pencil-crayons-set-20-years-supracolor.html they are Caran D’ache so if you’re an artist who’s also a fan of Lanvin I suppose you’ll buy it. (Or as a present for an artist…)

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  • April 7, 2009

    bb

    if they’re caran d’ache it’s still overpriced, but not by loads, and the box is quite nice…

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  • April 8, 2009

    Helen

    Quality art supplies cost money. Better quality colored pencils can get quite pricey but it is usually worth the cost.(I use prismacolor, which is on the cheaper side of the expensive pencils) This being said, I would be EXTREMELY hesitant to purchase an entire set from a brand I am unfamiliar with. I am willing to pay for quality but not for a pretty box with a designer label.

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  • April 28, 2009

    Inga Hanson

    That is definitely a “Daylight Robbery”!!!
    I have been an artist for quite some time, and I have never paid so much for a few layers of colored pencils. There are, indeed, certain types of pencils that are very pricey, but I am sure that a set of pencils sold in a shoe box by petty designers… well, they aren’t that kind.

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