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 (a collaboration between König Gallery and the design studio 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 of the design studio Souvenir. “Just as bold and cutting-edge works of art do.”