ENTANGLED: The J.W. Anderson Pouch bag featuring the Richard X. Zawitz tangle that got attention in the brand’s spring show, has hit Colette. For the occasion, the artist behind the Tangle Creation, sold at over 100 million copyrighted copies worldwide, created 14 colored sculptures for Paris’ concept store.
“I have two inventions. One is my art. This is an invention, which a derivation of my art,” said Zawitz on Wednesday night during a cocktail to celebrate the launch and the sculptures display, which is on view at Colette through April 2. “Colette has the vision to put them together,” he said, noting he had to reengineer his famous tangle to make the bag’s handle.
Still, you have to play around a bit with the sculptural handle to open the bag.
“Does fashion need to be functional? I don’t know. May be not always,” he said.
“Fashion doesn’t always have to be practical. The concept of the Pouch bag came from a play on ideas; bags as jewelry and jewelry as bags,” said Anderson who swung by the store before heading to the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton headquarters for the LMVH prize, where he is a juror, and getting back to work to prepare for his Loewe show on Friday.
Prices for the sculpture range from 8,000 to 46,000 euros, or $8,687 to $49,950 at current exchange. The limited-edition calf leather bag for its part, that comes in 5 colors — white, black, peach, red and turquoise — is priced at 780 euros, $847. There are a total of 40 pieces sold exclusively at Colette and J.W. Anderson store in London.
It was a busy night at the Paris store. A trio made of Carl Hirschmann, Etienne Russo and Benjamin Eymère hosted a tasting of their new sake called Heavensake, ahead of a Paris Fashion Week bash to the libation on Friday. Meanwhile, Charlotte Chesnais, who won the ANDAM Accessories Prize in 2015 presented her new collection.