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The release of this rare, collectible laptop bag has been timed to coincide with the Japanese tour for Beck’s latest album The Information. The bag is a limited edition luggage concept designed by Beck and French artist Genevieve Gauckler (who has also designed the album sleeve for Beck’s album). The bags come with a 150 page sketchel book featuring images from around 180 global artists.
These chic, modern designs make functional clothes baskets an integral part of a well designed room. Made of a soft rubber with a brash sheen, the baskets concentrate on deep, autumnal browns lifted by blasts of sharp yet bright coolness from the pictorial representations.
The final, and best (not to mention most expensive) bag featured today belongs to the Queen of Britart. WhiteCube Gallery in Hoxton Sq has its hands a very limited number of these exceptional, individual designs.
Onwards and upwards then, this day bag from London style Guru Lulu Guinness retails at £175. Perfect for travelling, the day bag comes emblazoned with a print of assorted travel documents – a boarding pass (going from London to the World), a UK passport as well as a postcard from Lulu herself.
Staying in L.A. but moving into slightly more expensive climes, this one-off special edition of ‘The New Shopping Bag’ designed by Dutch artist Amie Dicke for designer Susan Bijl is currently available at Peres Projects. Bijl has had huge commercial success with her concept of re-usable shopping bags and has displayed in New York and Tokyo. This one-off collaboration celebrates Bijl’s artful & stylish approach to neccesity by positioning the bags as works of art in themselves whose colours, contours and materials constitute a pure aesthetic form.
Fashion Illustrator Ruben Toledo has created a couple of cute totes for LA’s MOCA gallery, taking inspiration from the worlds of art and architecture. This bag uses Shigeru Ban’s Curtain Wall House in Tokyo as a design motif, and looks rather splendid.
I’m going for a handbag marathon today, and I am starting off with Anya Hindmarch’s iconic “I’m not a plastic bag” model. You may have seen the likes of Keira Knightley and Alicia Silverstone clutching one of these limited edition, environmentally friendly alternatives to the supermarket plastic bag, but now it’s your turn to own one. After the initial batch was sold out Hindmarch got to work on making more and these will be made available imminently.
After going on sale today (25th April) in the UK at Sainsburys, the bags sold out completely before 10am. The next chance to get your hands on these rare bags is the US release in June. You can pre-order your bag for $15 by calling one of the 4 US Anya Hindmarch Boutiques. The bags will be issued in a special blue colour, while a further release is scheduled for Japan, where the bags will be lime green.