If we ever needed further confirmation that animated characters have made it to the height of fashion, here’s what we would refer to: another pop culture-meets-luxury collection, this time, FENDI‘s collaboration with Hiroshi Fujiwara’s FRGMT and Pokémon.
Three beloved dragon-type Pokémon — Dratini, Dragonair, and Dragonite, part of the Dragonite evolution chain — make their way across signature Fendi handbag silhouettes such as the Baguette and Peekaboo, themselves cultural icons of our time.
Dragonite steps up as the key Pokémon of the collection, released just in time for the Year of the Dragon, where its bright orange body stands out against Fendi’s FF jacquard logo in a classic brown shade. We see this across the Peekaboo ISeeU and Baguette women’s bags, alongside men’s accessories, small leather goods, apparel, and even brass jewellery.
A particularly exquisite Fendi Baguette, coupled with a matching fringe hem, appears to be the highlight of the series, as it presents all three characters in beaded detail, and even sports a pair of wings on the logo snap closure. Some of the pieces even feature detailed leather 3D marquetry work, which brings to life Dragonite and Dratini, including their wings and facial features, in the form of Baguette and Mini Baguette bags, as well as nano-sized versions.
Then, there’s a collector’s-worthy Dragonite figurine wearing a silk FF foulard, which took over 30 hours of meticulous handcrafted work by FENDI’s leather artisans. The collection is also further realised in the digital realm, via the game Pokémon GO, where players get to dress digital avatars with items from the collection.
See more from the collection here —
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The FENDI x FRGMT x Pokémon collection, available at FENDI boutiques from 4 January 2024.