High fashion and street art isn’t frowned upon anymore — in fact, going by the smiley faces on this upcoming collaboration, there’s a lot to be excited about. Here with an unexpected twist is the Longchamp & André collection, which sees the fashion house’s famous Le Pliage® bags adorned with art by celebrated Parisian graffiti artist André Saraiva. And can we just say, it’s got drip.
His iconic Mr. A character gives instant cult and street fashion-approved status to the beloved bags, where the motif’s winking eye and toothy grin go from the walls of Paris to Longchamp’s nylon and leather bags. We get four versions of the Le Pliage®, done in recycled nylon, which sees both Mr. A and his companion, an eyelash-batting Mrs. A, embodying cheeky positivity and energy.
The colour palette here is poppy and vibrant too, with candy pink and sky blue alongside graphic black and Longchamp’s signature green. “I’m in my pink and blue period,” said André, who also shares that he chose pink because “it’s the only colour that marries with all the others.”
above: LONGCHAMP X ANDRÉ travel bag l, $455.
above: LONGCHAMP X ANDRÉ POUCH WITH HANDLE, $125.
On top of the recycled nylon foldable tote bags, there’s also an exquisite leather Le Pliage® travel bag, in a sturdy size made with natural calf leather, while featuring the artist’s take on the Longchamp racehorse medallion. As you can see here, an illustrated version of the racehorse is seen striding across a circular medallion, in André signature hand-drawn style. “I can draw perfect circles with my eyes closed,” he quipped.
For fans of the brand and the artist, the collection also includes a limited edition run of 200 small Le Pliage® bags in recycled polyester canvas, customised by André himself, and printed in pink and blue with Mr. A motifs. Last we heard, only three of these will be available in Singapore!
See more of the collection here:
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Longchamp & André collection, $105 – $1,780, available from 26 April 2022 at Longchamp stores and online at Longchamp & André.