LONGCHAMP x HIGHArt BY HIGHSNOBIETY
Longchamp has joined forces with Advisory Board Crystals to create a limited edition of its iconic Le Pliage travel bag for HIGHArt, the Highsnobiety’s temporary museum store without a museum, to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach. Highsnobiety defines HIGHArt as an exploration of the state of the arts industries, which will introduce a young, art-savvy generation to the talents and brands that align with their creative interests and artistic sensibilities. Intriguingly, the Longchamp x Abc. collaboration pairs a French luxury house with an experimental US brand, founded in 2015 by Heather Haber and Remington Guest, which specializes in “wearable art”.
“At Longchamp, we love a challenge,” says Creative Director Sophie Delafontaine of bringing together two different viewpoints in a relatively short timeframe and without the benefit – pandemic oblige – of face-to-face meetings. “I was really impressed by the amount of research Heather and Remington did on the world of Longchamp, right down to finding the heritage pattern which is printed on the bag. The initial proposals they sent us were so precise and detailed that they were easy to work on.”
SAINT LAURENT RIVE DROITE
As part of the Saint Laurent Rive Droite project, Anthony Vaccarello commissioned Japanese artist Sho Shibuya to exhibit “55 Sunrises” in an ephemeral gallery, on the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach. Sho Shibuya is a New York-based artist and founder of the creative studio Placeholder. His series Sunrise from a Small Window was born out of a daily meditation on the contrast between the stable morning sky and the increasingly chaotic news. The idea evolved into a visual and emotional interpretation of the political and environmental landscape featured on the front page of the New York Times, hiding individual details under a layer of paint. Over time, this created a visual record of each day, capturing the natural beauty of the sunrise as well as the important events that punctuated the timeline. 53 of these paintings are exhibited in an ephemeral gallery, constructed for the occasion on Miami Beach during the annual contemporary art fair. Sho Shibuya created two new paintings to complete the series. These exclusive pieces, which commemorate the 55th anniversary of the opening of the first Rive Gauche ready-to-wear boutique in Paris and are inspired by the brand’s original logo, evoke a window through which the tones of the sunrise filter through. The collaboration underscores Saint Laurent and Sho Shibuya’s commitment to women’s civil rights and equality over the decades. Early next year, all of the paintings will be on display and available for purchase at Saint Laurent Rive Droite Paris and Los Angeles.
N°21 x 7 For All Mankind
High fashion meets premium denim – the Capsule Collection plays with proportions and surprises with unexpected details. Defined by a genderless aesthetic, the collection offers a new look at silhouettes and celebrates inclusivity and togetherness with a sustainable approach.
“The contrast between the aesthetic of N°21 and the Californian attitude of the 7 For All Mankind brand is, in my opinion, the strength of this partnership, which brings together two different worlds in perfect harmony. Functionality, respect for the brand’s heritage and unexpected details are the standout features of the Capsule Collection.” – Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Founder and Creative Director of N°21