As fake designer handbags brands significantly churn out “minimal versions” that feature only the smallest variants on their core styles, it is obtaining harder compared to ever to locate a truly one-of-a-kind bag.
Hong Kong-based designer Jonathan Riss, nevertheless, is set to alter that with his latest collection, which will certainly introduce on July 3 on farfetch.com as well as luxurypromise.com with his clothes brand Jay Ahr.
Valued in between US$ 7,000 and US$ 15,000, each bag is a revamped vintage Louis Vuitton Keepall (one of the French fashion residence’s most popular designs) that looks entirely different from those you can locate at any kind of store.
Each bag has actually been hand-embellished utilizing intricate embroidery methods, the majority of which Riss created for Jay Ahr.
” This is a simply personal task born out of the desire to bring together all the needlework techniques that I have actually developed in the last Twenty Years,” he describes. “I started finding out the art at 19 years of ages in a manufacturing facility in Mumbai, so I intended to combine all the gifted artisans who transform my visualisations into truth. It was so crucial to utilize a classic traveling thing like the Keepall as the base for the embroidery– this product is as appropriate in our lives today as it will certainly be in Two Decade’ time.”
Riss’s creations are definitely attractive. Customized embroideries are layered and also intertwined into each bag, with the patterns resembling they became part of the original textile itself.
The production process resembles just how a musician develops a painting. Riss as well as his team deconstruct every bag before sending each separate item of canvas to the embroiderers. Once they are completed, the bag is stitched back together making use of the initial thread. It can take days to finish one piece, with Riss making use of a team of embroiderers in India, China, Japan and Peru.
While much of the needleworks are extracted from Riss’s archives, they are selected specifically to match each bag.
” As I gather these fake louis vuitton bags from all over the world, I imagine that each one is testimony to the history and cultural heritage from the region where it was discovered. I’ve maintained a document of each bag’s manufacturing date as well as provenance, which even more inspires the embroidery art work applied into them,” he claims.
” For example, a bag from Russia features a USSR flag needlework due to the fact that it was created in December 1991, which coincides month of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. A bag from Hong Kong circa 1997 functions a Hong Kong flag with gold embroidery to celebrate the official handover date.”
The initial collection that goes on sale will certainly consist of extra world flags (practically 130 of them) together with other renowned flags consisting of the rainbow flag as well as a pirate flag. There are likewise a couple of items including Persian rug needleworks from Iran, while bags from the “Chinese Art as well as Culture” collection are decorated with emblems such as dragons.
Releasing later are items showcasing sensual Shunga illustrations and ancient calligraphy from Japan, while a songs collection pays tributes to the similarity Prince as well as David Bowie.
Along with releasing even more pieces later on in the year (he has a collection of over 1,000 Keepalls), Riss is also looking at other developer brands he can personalize.
Looking ahead, he wishes to produce an online platform where clients can submit an image of the replica bags that they intend to tailor-make, and afterwards select the embroidery the desire from his database.
” Throughout this process I have actually seen exactly how gorgeous it is to decorate an existing and also historic things,” Riss says. “It is to start with lasting, and secondly it has to do with improvement instead of ego. The reinvention of those secondhand as well as sometimes quite used pieces into a distinct contemporary object was really fascinating to me. I make certain my consumers will certainly really feel the same way as I do.”