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New York Calling : A Smart Phone-Inspired Bag from Alexander Wang and Friends

February 27, 2013


by Esther Adams

Put it down to being a Generation Xer that Alexander Wang’s design language naturally puts out, and picks up, fast-paced digital signals. (Not only does the designer jot down thoughts and inspirations on his smart phone that filter through to his collections, but T’s spring campaign, featuring MADtv’s controversial character Bon Qui Qui, was also a viral sensation.) So when it came to thinking up an eye-catching image to feature on a limited run of Wallie Gym sacks, with proceeds going to Art Start (a New York–based charity that nurtures the burgeoning talents of disadvantaged youth), Wang called on the help of a coterie of inspiring friends . . . and their cell phones. Model Aymeline Valade, photographer Craig McDean, and interior designer Ryan Korban were among the thirty tastemakers who whipped up dynamic Technicolor designs on their sleek Samsung GALAXY Note IIs for the altruistic project. Wang then morphed each technologically manipulated sketch, and used his own Samsung device to create a singular abstract cityscape-style print for the final leather bag. The results? A practical, feel-good tote that, says Wang, embodies the “constant motion, change, and speed of New York.”

New York Calling : A Smart Phone-Inspired Bag from Alexander Wang and Friends

From top left, clockwise: Drawings by Sally Singer, Shannan Click, Jane Herman Bishop, and Simon Doonan. Photo: Courtesy of Samsung Mobile