If there’s two things we adore, it’s a fabulous clutch and a great piece of art. Both come together brilliantly in a limited edition of three exceptional clutches created by Maria Gabriela Brito in collaboration with contemporary artists Erik Parker, Kenny Scharf and Carlos Rolon.
Maria Brito is a New York based art curator and interior designer whose impressive client list includes Gwyneth Paltrow and Sean “Diddy” Combs. Lifestyling, her company is infamous for curating art collections that truly reflect clients’ tastes and lifestyles.
The bags go on sale tomorrow, May 8th, the same day as the Frieze Art Fair kicks off in New York. The clutches really are wearable pieces of art, with each piece signed by the artist in a limited edition of just 20 pieces. When you consider that you’re not only getting a show-stopping clutch but also a piece of art by an important artist, we think the price ($895) is incredible.
We sat down with Maria to ask her about her inspiration for this brilliant project.
WWL: What made you decide to bridge art and fashion for this exciting capsule collection?
MB:The idea to print on acrylic clutches came to me when I was looking at several art collaborations in the market and nothing really struck a chord. I mean, some of them were very cool and ingenious, nothing I would myself wear, though. I also looked at what my friends and my clients were wearing and I understood there was a real opportunity here to create something cool that actually IS real art.
WWL: How did you curate the collection?
MB:Well, these three artists are my friends and I think that although their styles and techniques are very different they all have a very special relationship with color and have mastered the use of it in ways that many others never even come close. They are also fearless in their compositions – their pieces have rhythm, symmetry and repetition in the most proportionate way. One of the common factors that they all share is that they have a very optimistic look in life. They paint a reality that is perhaps better than what the world is living right now and they look forward to creating that experience for themselves and for their collectors and the spectators.
WWL:What was important to you about the artists you selected?
MB: That they were outstanding artists, fun people and easy to work with. Artists need to be very secure on who they are to be willing to do fashion collaborations, big and small.
WWL: Who do you envision carrying one of the pieces?
MB: I want the women who get these bags to actually feel proud that they are carrying a true limited edition piece of art in their hands that went through several iterations and required the use of museum-quality technology and the collaborative effort of me and these artists to come up with the right product.
Maria Brito Clutches Are Available at Kirna Zabete. 477 Broome Street, Soho, New York. Tel: 212 941 9656