August 22 2014

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Artists And Labels: The Continuing Story


If Marc builds it, they will come. The contemporary artist/fashion label complex, that is, which Jacobs sent to new heights with his accessory collaborations with Louis Vuitton. Yes, artists and designers had collaborated before—including Dalí and Schiaparelli way back when—but the runaway success of Louis Vuitton’s Murakami bags (and the follow-up Richard Prince “joke” bags) has given contemporary artists a new form to play with and, just as importantly, a new revenue stream. The latest is the conceptual art star Jenny Holzer, who’s teaming up with Keds to create kicks this summer. (Artist’s canvas, taken literally.) The high-top and low-top styles are emblazoned with PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT, a phrase from Holzer’s text series Survival. They’ll be available online and at select Bloomingdale’s locations in July. The footwear brand is giving back to the art world, too: Keds is sponsoring the Whitney’s summer season.
$70 to $75, available at select Bloomingdale’s locations and beginning July 8.

PLUS: Click below for a few of our favorite recent art/fashion collabs.

The late Robert Mapplethorpe (and the Mapplethorpe Foundation) for Chloé Sevigny for O.C., Resort 2011 tees

Scott Campbell for Louis Vuitton menswear, Spring 2011 tattoos (Campbell also created two collaborative bags for the Spring ’11 menswear collection)

The late Tsuguharu Foujitas with Raf Simons for Jil Sander menswear, Spring 2010 shirts, pants, and knits

Rosson Crow for Zac Posen, Spring 2010 dresses

Peter Doig (among others) for the Art Production Fund, Target, and Standard Hotels for their Artist Towel Series towel, 2009

Photos: Courtesy of Keds (Keds); Marcio Madeira (Zac Posen; Jil Sander); KT Auletta/Courtesy of Opening Ceremony (Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony); Gianni Pucci/ (Louis Vuitton); Art Production Fund (towel)

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