With its penchant for exotic leathers and brightly coloured hues, accessory label Nancy Gonzalez doesn’t underestimate the value of making a statement. This month, the design-driven label launches a collaborative collection with Brooklyn-based artist KAWS, whose work thwacks that sweet spot between art and design. The capsule range is the first in an ongoing Artist Series conceived by the label’s president and creative director, Santiago Gonzalez, who says, ‘His precise use of colour, sense of humour, the graphic yet anecdotal imagery… these are all attributes that we believe our bags also have.’

KAWS’ signature double X motif has been applied to the label’s ‘Gotham’ clutch, ‘Gio’ crossbody bag and ‘Leaf’ tote. Realised in a contrasting colour to the bag itself, the motif has been expertly integrated into the construction for a refined 3D effect. And, just like any other work of art, the bags are available in limited editions.

As originally featured in the July 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*208)