Moore & Giles, a leather-goods accessories brand, has collaborated with illustrator Richard Haines on a limited-edition capsule collection of bags.
Five of the brand’s silhouettes are imprinted with Haines’ laser-etched interpretations of the brand’s signature figure of a man. A grid of figures is layered onto the surface of the leather, making each piece unique. Both the natural markings on the leather and the positioning of the characters vary from bag to bag.
The capsule collection consists of the classic Benedict weekend bag, the Elliott writing portfolio, the Arnold portfolio, and the Half-Zip and Bi-Fold wallets. Each is offered in two colorways, with only 25 pieces of each color produced.
“His style is loose but exceedingly precise, capturing not just the look of a character but a mood as well. Nothing could be lost in translation,” said Thomas Brennan, director of design at Moore & Giles. “The grid of characters was crisply etched into the leather, using a laser to faithfully capture every flick of Richard’s pen. Permanently cut into the leather, the figures — an astronaut, scientist, cowboy, artist, rock star, baseball player, detective, firefighter, performer and superhero — look as if Richard has inked each bag and wallet individually.”
The Richard Haines x Moore & Giles collection will be available for preorder on the brand’s web site starting in August and in select retail stores beginning in September. Prices range from $275 to $1,700.
Haines has a long career as a fashion illustrator and has worked for Calvin Klein and Perry Ellis, among others. In 2012, Prada approached him to illustrate a season’s worth of looks for a bound anthology. And in 2015 Dries Van Noten created suits out of material laden with Haines’ sketches.
Moore & Giles, based in Lynchburg, Va., is best known for providing leather on private jets and furniture from Restoration Hardware, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn. It introduced its first collection of bags and accessories in 2007, and they are carried at specialty stores such as Stanley Korshak and Mitchells.