ALL IN THE DRAW: For its spring collection, Sakroots has enlisted an illustrator to update its bags. The brand has collaborated with Welsh artist Niki Pilkington, now based in the East Village of Manhattan, on bags that are priced from $50 to $150.
Fabricated in canvas and vachetta leather, the collection is due to be retailed in select boutiques and on Sakroots.com. Called Wild Life, the collection is covered in flora and fauna native to tropical locales.
Pilkington boasts a rather large online audience — with more than 48,000 followers on Instagram.
“Wild Life reflects the fun, whimsical world of Sakroots,” said Aaron Duncan, creative director of Sakroots. “The pencil-sketch print uses a drop shadow technique combining a vibrant Eighties fantasy vibe with an ostrich, giraffe, tiger, zebra, rhino, leopard and elephant, tropical leaves, geometric shapes and neon leopard spots, which features an electric array of yellow, pink, green, orange and blue neon hues tying in perfectly to the DayGlo trend that is so popular with Millennials.
“Creating a neon safari was kind of a dream come true,” Pilkington said. “My work is made to be playful and relatable. I like the thought of someone seeing my work and it making them smile.”