The urban art of graffiti pioneer John “Crash” Matos is making its way onto a luggage line from Tumi, The Tumi Tag Limited Edition Collection, which will be launched in March 2011. The South Bronx native’s graphic artwork will appear on a one-of-a-kind iPhone case and four new styles from the company’s Vapor line of hard-travel cases. An edition of 1,000 numbered pieces will be produced of each, retailing from $445 to $595 at Tumi and select department stores nationwide. The idea for the collaboration came about in 2008, when Tumi’s head of international sales, Eric Gusman, attended the TAG art exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris.
“Tumi values the creativity of artists and designers,” said chief executive officer Jerome Griffith. “This is just one example where we are partnering with creative people from outside the company, and we look forward to continuing to showcase diverse and international designers and artists.”
Original designs that will appear on the luggage were in part inspired by the imagery of a woman’s eye, which can be seen throughout the collection. “They speak volumes…you can see joy, sadness, anger…and they also give the impression of Pop Art, but with the flair for now,” Matos said. “This collaboration really interested me, in that it allowed my artwork to truly travel around the world, reaching new and different audiences.”
Matos began his career at 13 by tagging subways and buildings before taking his art to canvas in 1978 and presenting his first show three years later. Today his works appear around the world, including at MoMA in New York and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
While Matos has lent his designs to guitars for Eric Clapton and Fender, among others, he is open to working on other collaborations in the future, especially when the visions of two disciplines coincide, as they did with Tumi. When Tumi was asked about future projects, they hinted they would introduce several very soon, but could not confirm who the designers would be.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)