The man wears many hats; he works for Chanel, does a little extra over with Fendi, and even has his own label. That, and his many collaborations with the likes of Coca-Cola, Magnum and Melissa, all of which start with his sketches that are eponymous to the way he works. I remember hearing something about him sending over drawings of the bags he wanted made for runway presentations at Chanel some years back when I visited their bag atelier in France. All sketched and presented to the atelier’s designers who were then supposed to realise his vision and send back prototypes for his approval.
Which also means, most everything that we now love/use/wear from Chanel (and the other brands he does work for) all started with these pencils, more specifically, from his brand of choice, Faber-Castell. And to celebrate this union, Faber-Castell will be launching a colouring box to rule all other colouring boxes, one that’s laid out in the form of a Chinese wedding chest.
Strictly limited to just 2500 sets, each EUR2500 set (yes, you read that right) will come with all 120 colours in the Albrecht Dürer range of pencils, plus Polychromos colour pencils, Pitt ink pens and Castell 9000 graphite pencils, along with brushes, a foldable cup, erasers and sharpeners. Yes, it’s every illustrator’s wet dream come true. And if you’re one of them, they will be available now at Faber-Castell stores, Karl Lagerfeld boutiques and Harrods in London.
Update: 7 September 2016
This just in. The Faber-Castell + Karl Lagerfeld Colouring Box Set (or #KARLBOX, in hashtag speak), will be available in Singapore from 16 September. Yes folks, priced at SGD4588 locally and available at TANGS at Tang Plaza, it’s worth making a trip down to Orchard Road just to see the mastreo’s 350-piece art supply set.