KAWS célèbre: an X-rated Nancy Gonzalez collaboration

 Nancy Gonzales
Artist KAWS collaborates with accessory label Nancy Gonzales on a capsule collection of graphic bags
(Image credit: William Bunce)

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)


For more information, visit the Nancy Gonzalez website

Photography: William Bunce. Set design: Imogen Frost

Pei-Ru Keh is a former US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru held various titles at Wallpaper* between 2007 and 2023. She reports on design, tech, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru took a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars, actively seeking out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.