I have a new handbag!
Cheerful me with said handbag.
Now whilst I think the fact I have a new handbag is a generally important announcement by itself this particular handbag is notable as it was produced as a result of a recent collaboration between contemporary artist Gary Baseman and Coach.
Gary Baseman has earned his fame through his kooky, kitsch character based art reminiscent of Edward Gorey’s works with its sweet/macabre flavour.
Baseman has a tendency to jump into interesting side pursuits like toy design and on one occasion the creation of a Disney cartoon called Teacher’s Pet about a nerdy dog who dressed as a boy so he could go to school. I was very excited when I realised he was behind this as I was a fan of the show when I was little (I can’t believe no one I have spoken to remembers Scott Leadready the Second!).
I think to Coach collaboration is probably the strangest, largest jump so far, though has proven to be a masterstroke by whomever concocted the idea. It has been quite the hit with fashion commentators and fashionistas. Baseman's dripping ocelot print - the drip motif common in his paintings - is a modern spin on a classic.
I think I’d quite like the matching car…