Clamdiggin With Simone Camille
Another collaboration? Don’t stop reading yet—this isn’t your average mash-up. West Coast art stars Kevin Johnson and Alexandra Fisher of Clamdiggin have joined forces with handbag designer Simone Harouche to create a truly original collection. “Clamdiggin painted my son’s nursery, and I have been obsessed with them ever since,” Harouche told Style.com. “Their aesthetics are all very organic and fluid. I knew I wanted to work with them on something special.”
Best known for her handbags made of antique textiles (and for styling celebs like Nicole Richie), Harouche asked Fisher and Johnson to hand-paint twenty-five New Zealand deerskin bags. Backpacks, flat clutches, and structured satchels got the Clamdiggin treatment and were embellished with the swirling, nature-inspired illustrations that have become the duo’s signature.
Typically, Johnson and Fisher work on a much larger scale—they painted the giant slate murals at Spago Beverly Hills and designed wall coverings for Kelly Wearstler. “As varied and whimsical as some of their subjects may be, it somehow all works together in one beautiful story,” Harouche said. “I like to think my design aesthetic for Simone Camille handbags is the same.”