French charmer has fine line for women of all ages

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 April, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 April, 1994, 12:00am

LUNCH at the Mandarin Grill with former Hong Kong resident Bruno Stackler, who, it is said, was quite a French charmer during his sojourn here.

In fact, when Keeping Posted mentioned the impending luncheon with Stackler to a couple of socialites they immediately implored: ''Please, please, give him a big kiss from us.'' (The things we columnist are called upon to do to keep our contacts happy.) He is in town in his new role as the Paris-based vice-president of the French jewellery house Chaumet, which is holding an exhibition of its elegant wares at the Mandarin's Ivy Room, finishing tomorrow.

Stackler seems to have built a career around dealing in the finer things of life. During his Hong Kong days he was in the Cognac business, before moving on to Singapore with his wife and five children to work for a company selling fine silk. Now it's jewellery.

''I think the French have a better understanding of luxury goods,'' he remarked with disarming candour. But we drew a loud laugh when we suggested that, perhaps, the French know better than most how to pamper women.

Of the new Chaumet collection, Stackler said: ''They are smaller, younger, classy pieces that are easy to identify and are affordable.

''We have aimed the collection at women aged between 20 and 40 years. And as you know, all women are in that age bracket.'' Spoken like a true Frenchman.