MEOW MIX: Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved and now famous pet, has inspired a capsule collection that is sure to be the cat’s meow for holiday shoppers.
All in the German designer’s signature black and white, items range from a knit cap with perky cat ears and leather whiskers for 45 euros, or $61.50 at current exchange, to 340 euros, or $465, for a large leather shopper, also with cat ears. A key chain, iPad and iPhone covers, fingerless leather gloves, a wool scarf and a cross-body bag round out the range.
The collection will be available from Nov. 12 exclusively at Karl Lagerfeld stores in Paris, Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, Beijing, Shanghai and the newest location, Antwerp, Belgium. The 1,600-square-foot unit, which opened Thursday at 53 Schuttershofstraat, is being operated in partnership with Group Alain Broekaert, the official distributor in Belgium and Luxembourg of brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Pepe Jeans, Strellson, Agent Provocateur and Porsche Design. The Antwerp unit is to showcase Lagerfeld’s women’s ready-to-wear and accessories.
Meanwhile, Lagerfeld is soon headed to São Paulo for the opening party on Tuesday of “The Little Black Jacket,” Chanel’s traveling exhibition about the photo book with the same title by the designer and Carine Roitfeld. The showcase, at the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Oca exhibition hall in Ibirapuera Park, is to open to the public from Oct. 31 through Dec. 1.
Lagerfeld noted it’s one of the most successful photo books to date, having sold some 140,000 copies. A new expanded edition comprises 280 pages.