Blindingly white beaches, turquoise water, a cloudless sky with only the slightest breeze whispering through shoreline leaves: the French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur, as it is known in French) is world-renowned for a reason. But this picturesque coastal stretch was not always a favorite destination of vacationing families and superyachts. It was only in the 18th century that the English began to travel to the region between Marseille and the Italian border in order to escape their own frigid winters. By the 19th century, the French Riviera had come to be known across Europe as not just an escape, but as a hospital of sorts: the frequent sun and mild climate were thought to provide treatment for various ailments and afflictions.
Fast-forward two hundred years and a 19th-century traveler would likely be utterly astounded by the sprawling network of roads and resorts which now coat the landscape like a web of asphalt and colored concrete. But it is no less beautiful for that. Lavish parties aboard yachts in the waters of St. Tropez and sunset dining spots in Nice are only part of the attraction—the French Riviera is a palimpsest of history, a place where cultures collide and subsume, influencing the beauty we see today. There is glamour and memory in every cobblestone and waterfront vista.
And it is this intersection of elegance and history that Scully and Scully strives to occupy. Our “Sea Life” collection of Varga Crystal beautifully encapsulates the natural splendor of the seas for which the Riviera is known while staying true to a legacy of handwrought crystal scarcely changed over the course of generations. With each sip from a Varga wineglass and each drop poured from a crystal decanter, you will feel your thoughts sliding to this winding stretch of coast in all its majestic and pristine beauty.