Cool German luggage makers MCM hit up even cooler pop art duo Craig & Karl for a genius Spring/Summer 2013 collaboration, bringing art and fashion together in a wonderful mash-up of eyeballs, monograms and palm trees. How could you not like this already?
The collection, called Eyes On The Horizon takes summertime as it’s theme; or ‘sunny optimism recalling sun kissed vacations and the youthful excitement of endless summers’ to be precise. Cleverly, the collection name also alludes to the fact that the two artists live in two cities on opposite sides of the Atlantic – more of this in a minute.
To launch this amazing luxury-meets-grooviness collection, Craig & Karl and MCM threw a huge bash at the suitably genteel venue of the MCM store on Sloane Street with guests Tinie Tempah, Henry Holland and Pixie Geldof in attendance to toast the bags in style.
Craig and Karl are an amazing art/illustrator duo of Australian origin who live separately, Craig in New York and Karl in London, but work together producing drawings, artwork, graphics as well as consulting and collaborating with various brands. Their role call of creative commissions includes Antipodium, Louis Vuitton-owned website NOWNESS and Nike, Louboutin and House Of Holland, with their friend, designer Henry Holland.
This summer as well as their amazingly customized versions of MCM’s luxury accessories, they’ll be releasing a range with House of Holland and some VERY spectacular sounding spectacles with Le Specs. ‘There are some that are going to be quite wearable and some that are going to be totally nuts!’ says Karl. We know which ones will probably sell out first though.
We asked the two Aussies to tell us about living in two separate countries/continents;
Craig: ‘well, I won the Green Card Lottery. It’s this amazing lottery you can apply for a residency permit in the USA. Brits aren’t eligible I’m afraid, but anyway, I entered and I won and now I get to live in New York.'
Karl: ‘And I didn’t so I ended up in Europe. I’m based in East London. The bonus is that each of us knows our different market so we can get more commissions.’
The boys, then tried to explain their working practise, as an artistic duo;
Craig: Well, with drawing and illustrating, there’s no real technical side – so it’s hardly like one has the ideas and the other one puts it into action – that’s not how it is. We collaborate and work together on each piece. AND we’re in two different time zones, so Karl will work all day on something in London, then I’ll wake up, go into work and add to what he’s done, for example or change the colours. We’ve been working this way in some form or another since we were 20 so we know what to do.
And, because we’re loving the bags so much, what the word ‘summer’ means to each of them.
Karl, ‘summer in London? Where has it been? Come on!’
Craig; ‘Summer in New York? It’s not the best, actually. Too humid for my liking’.
And finally, who they’d most like to see carrying one of the eyeball bags. . .
Craig; ‘Tinie Tempah looked pretty good carrying his, I’d say’
Karl ‘I don’t know who I’d like to see carrying one. Someone really cool I guess, and fashion credible – [stylist and fashion editor] Fran Burns?’