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.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast