Two brands, both German, both with art links, but very different in style, have come together for a covetable six-piece case collection. The collaboration between Munich luxury leather goods company MCM and Berlin fashion label König Souvenir pays homage to the worlds of travel and art – and explores the way in which art might travel around the world.
Founded in Munich in 1976, MCM aims to fuse function with the worlds of art, technology and fashion, while König Souvenir creates clothing and accessories in association with artists and galleries – it has recently collaborated with Juergen Teller to celebrate the opening of art fair Documenta Kassel 2017 and with Berlin artist Norbert Bisky to create a beach towel.
The limited edition capsule collection made its debut at Art Basel in Miami, and launches globally this month. Each piece of luggage (from $290 to $3,300) features the MCM cognac monogram reimagined by König Souvenir, a lime-green strap and green faux airline-baggage tags. Highlights include a weekend bag, a backpack with rope straps, and a crossbody bag with detachable rope handle (each in an edition of 10). Referencing the trend this season for miniature pieces, there is also a small coin wallet (edition of 30) that hangs around the neck.
“We want to create ‘opinion wear’ – accessories and other daily objects that make a statement and express views,” says David Mallon, founder and partner of König Souvenir. “Just as bold and cutting-edge works of art do.”