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This handbag is a canvas
For its ongoing Artycapucines collection, launched in 2019, Louis Vuitton is collaborating with six international artists to create a limited-edition design for its beloved Capucines satchel-style handbag. This season’s harvest includes Vik Muniz, Paola Pivi, Huang Yuxing, Gregor Hildebrandt, Zeng Fanzhi and the Bolivian-American artist Donna Huanca, best known for her richly pigmented paintings, sculptures and performances exploring the relationship of the female body to identity. and space. His contribution is a striking reinterpretation of his paintings “Cara de Fuego” and “Muyal Jol”: sumptuous navy washes, royal blue and milky white that the workshop has carefully 3D printed on the white leather of a bag. Nasturtiums. Paired with an intricate embroidery process, the design is also selectively hand painted to mimic the layering effects of Huanca’s distinctive brushstrokes. And as an additional nod to the artist’s study of the female form, the handles of the bag are anchored by metal hoops reminiscent of piercing rings. The result is a classic leather handbag transformed into a wearable painting. Price on request, louisvuitton.com.
Scandinavian design is often associated with minimalism and sobriety, but it has a “more exuberant” side, says Charlotte Rey, Swedish co-founder of London-based design studio Campbell-Rey, whom she runs with a longtime friend and partner. commercial Duncan Campbell. For the duo’s first foray into rug design, a collaboration with Stockholm-based company Nordic Knots, they turned to Gustavian-style flourishes for inspiration. The Swedish interpretation of French neoclassicism provided a multitude of formal motifs, Campbell says, which have become “loose and playful” when abstracted. The resulting designs include a trompe-l’oeil grid, inspired by a garden maze, in four shades of green; a raspberry and amber zigzag graphic ribbons pattern; and Chartreuse vines intertwined on a lilac background. Despite their historical influences, they feel decidedly contemporary in their daring irreverence and are built to last, being handcrafted by artisans in Bhadohi, India from New Zealand wool. Campbell imagines them as “legacies from the future”. Starting at $ 945, nordicknots.com.
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Abstractionist of the last days gets his due
For more than 40 years, artist McArthur Binion has produced meticulous, large-scale abstract paintings that question the history and experience of black people. He had to wait until 2013 to be represented in a gallery, but at age 75 he was belatedly recognized as one of the country’s foremost living painters, and his latest works are now on display at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Manhattan. Binion often superimposes colored grids on personal and historical documents – birth certificates, address books, and old photos, which the artist calls the “subconscious” of his paintings. Most of the new work was done last year, during Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd; in one, the image of a lynched man is masked by multicolored grids. Others refer to jazz – Binion traces the development of abstract expressionism to bebop and his philosophy of improvisation – and the beginning of the artist’s writing career. “Modern: Ancient: Brown” is on view until October 23. lehmannmaupin.com.
A shift towards men’s clothing
Although British clothing and lifestyle brand Toast started out with women’s clothing, the male partners of staff members frequently wore the pieces, attracted by their simple shapes and relaxed fit. Releasing a men’s collection was therefore a logical step, explains Nikki Sher, head of men’s clothing at Toast. The new line offers pieces designed to last, made primarily from natural materials sourced locally wherever possible. These include a classic ecru cable sweater knitted with Yorkshire spun yarn; moss-colored cotton linen drawstring tapered pants; and a donkey jacket – a riff on workwear being a staple of any Toast collection – reimagined for softness in a peat-colored wool and cashmere blend. Designing for casual moments like these means the pieces are also designed for effortless layering: “No slipping,” Sher says. Toast will present their new collection of menswear at Brooklyn Grange on September 24. us.toa.st.
Emme Parsons may be best known for her understated, timeless sandals, but since launching her eponymous line in 2017, the Palm Beach-based designer has steadily expanded beyond footwear: last summer, she has presented a delicate gold-plated anklet; this month, it’s rolling out a one-size-fits-all double-length belt, available in smooth black or brown calfskin with a rectangular buckle in silver or brass. Made in Italy, the aptly named Yoyo can roll up twice at the waist, wrap around itself in a half-knot or simply be long and loose. “It really depends on the woman and how she wants to style it,” says Parsons, who paired it with light caftans and oversized blazers throughout her pregnancy. $ 98, emmeparsons.com.
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