Accessories designer Pierre Hardy has created a collection of small leather goods with Paris-based artist Shinsuke Kawahara.
Using Hardy’s signature cube pattern as a template, Kawahara hand paints a whimsical rabbit caricature on each piece.
“In Pierre’s creations, the invisible is fundamental, it offers an overall vision, like in an ultra-modern room,” said Kawahara, who is also a longtime friend of Hardy’s. “When I draw a painting, the line is important, but the void even more. We are both designers and I can feel that.”
The collection ranges in price from $225 to $395 and offers three styles of leather goods — a bag, wallet and pouch — with one of Kawahara’s three characters — Miss Yoga, Mr. Strong and Usagi — painted on. The artist will also include a phrase of his inspiration and initials, if desired.
“I like Shinsuke’s work because it is the opposite of mine: narrative, figurative, dreamlike, very artisanal and spontaneous,” Hardy said.