WHY FASHION AND ART GO HAND-IN-HAND: Mansur Gavriel x Calder Foundation Handbag Capsule
Text by Justin Ng | Photos courtesy of Mansur Gavriel and Calder Foundation
Mansur Gavriel x Calder Foundation handbag capsule
Black mini bucket bag in vegetable tanned Leather, printed with Calder’s Untitled, 1972
Cammello oversized attaché, printed with Calder’s Untitled, c. 1955
Large tote printed with Calder's Vertical Foliage, 1941
Circle crossbody printed with Calder's Untitled, 1974

We’ve seen the beautiful results that can come from fashion houses teaming up with art connoisseurs; One need only point to Louis Vuitton's collaboration with pop artist Jonas Wood as proof that fashion and art undoubtedly go hand-in-hand. Which is why beauty is a given when it comes to the dynamic handbag duo of Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel and American sculptor Alexander Calder, who are teaming up to remake some of Mansur Gavriel’s favourite bag styles according to the sculptor's artistic vision. Collaborating via the Calder Foundation, the capsule collection comes just a few weeks after New York Fashion Week, where Mansur Gavriel presented their fall 2019 wares in an immersive fruit market environment. And given the two designers’ strong backgrounds in the arts – having long enjoyed exploring exhibitions – it was no surprise that they decided to incorporate Calder’s artistic work into their handbag creations. From the use of the legendary sculptor’s innovative mobiles, gouaches to his signature ’41 Vertical Foliage across the handbags’ graphics, it’s a chronological timeline of his iconic work over the years that perfectly captures his fascination with kinetics and motion focus. And with various trademark bag shapes – including the bucket bag, tote and circle crossbody – to flex the artwork, it’s the perfect streetwear bag to show off both street-style and sophistication.


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