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From handbags to skateboards, we preview the latest products made by artists in collaboration with luxury brands.


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Richard Phillips for Jimmy Choo, Polly glazed canvas bag, £495


RICHARD PHILLIPS HANDBAGS FOR JIMMY CHOO
Jimmy Choo has collaborated with artist Richard Phillips to create two Limited Edition art bags for its Spring/Summer 08 collection. This is being billed as the first of a series of projects with artists. With cult Pop-art appeal, Phillips' sensual portraits 'Nuclear' (1996-1997) and 'Riot' (1998) are the inspiration for the bags. The images have been crafted in two unique designs: a chic 70's "Magazine" clutch, its smooth curves accentuating the shimmering highlights and shadows of the paintings, and a large beach tote with its glazed canvas reflecting the four beautiful faces which make up Phillip's work Riot.


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MARILYN MINTER SKATEBOARDS

Supreme is releasing this week a series of limited edition skateboard decks designed by Marilyn Minter. The series will consist of three decks and will be available at Supreme's NY and LA stores on April 10th and online April 17th. Japan will release the project on April 12th.

American Artist Marilyn Minter was born in 1948 in Louisiana and raised in Florida. In the late 70's after pursuing her MFA at Syracuse University, Minter moved to NYC where she taught at a Catholic boys school and became mixed up with the NY club scene. These experiences influenced her return to the Art world and in 1989 she produced her first show, which was inspired by hardcore pornography. With harsh criticism from feminists, Minter pursued with her work binding imagery from porn videos and beauty advertisements.

In addition to her work with photography, Minter creates paintings which reflect a photo-realist method. In 2006 Minter collaborated with Creative Time and bought ad space in Manhattan's gallery neighborhood of Chelsea. She hung four of her visually lush shoe images originally shot for fashion magazines, transcending the fashion ideal back to the human form, attempting to make the fashion image fresh and compelling.


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Richard Prince for Louis Vuitton Cabas Joke bag, $2,265

RICHARD PRINCE HANDBAGS FOR LOUIS VUITTON
Louis Vuitton, under the creative direction of Marc Jacobs, a collector of contemporary art, has commissioned American artist Richard Prince to collaborate on a series of handbags for its' Spring and Summer collection. These functioning works of art are priced between $1,660 and $4,000, can could be the closest you'll get to owning one of Prince's trademark joke paintings.

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Jhn Armleder Reality Bag for PUMA

JOHN ARMLEDER BAGS FOR PUMA
John Armleder has collaborated with PUMA and London's Serpentine Gallery to create The Reality Bag for Spring Summer 2008. For every Reality Bag sold PUMA will donate US$100 to the Serpentine Gallery's Education and Public Programmes. The bag is designed to reflect the world inside and out through a clever use of innovative materials and design detail. Artist John Armleder has created the look and feel of the bag and invited young artists to create artworks to go inside each of the 1000 Reality Bags. This makes The Reality Bag an original, multiple artwork containing original pieces by the artist himself and by invitees including John Trembley and Philippe Decreuzat. Many other artists will contribute books, DVDs, or anthologies, as Armleder plays with the idea of the bag as a portable gallery. For further information and stockist visit www.puma.com


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