Artist Cyril Kongo’s colourful graffiti prints for the current #CHANELinNYC Métiers d’Art collection carried with it a touch of New York City’s vibrant energy and contemporary streets, decorating a number of bags with references to ancient Egypt (a nod to hieroglyphic literature written on papyrus) and transforming an otherwise simple fabric into a totally unexpected (art) canvas.
Now, a number of you might liken this to the Art School Backpack that totally raised eyebrows when it was released back in Spring-Summer 2014, but there are considerable differences that makes this piece stand out from its predecessor.
For one, you wouldn’t find the braided rope nor overly grungy detailing on this piece. Instead, it comes with a solid gold leather handle and shiny hardware detailing that makes it that perfect piece for the everyday. Two, the 33 cm by 27 cm backpack comes in a structured canvas this time around, which ensures its shape stays in place even over time. Three, it comes fully lined in a familiar burgundy (the perfect contrasting colour, according to Gabrielle Chanel), making it easy to locate your belongings, with the roomy interior able to house several essentials including your tech gadgets like an iPad or even a 12-inch MacBook.
Priced at SGD4660, the Graffiti Backpack created in collaboration with Cyril Kongo is now available in Chanel boutiques locally, along with the rest of the #CHANELMetiersdArt pieces which officially launched in Singapore on 24 June 2019.