Although February is the shortest month of the year, there is no shortage of exciting fashion news. From Lunar New Year celebrations to the newest handbag from YSL, this week has provided fashionable and timely drops. Keep coming back for more to see all the hottest drops and collaborations that you won’t want to miss.
Vans Announces Artists Collaborations and “Foot the Bill” Initiative
What: Black Artists Collaboration and Fit the Bill Initiative
Where: In Vans stores nationwide on Vans.com
Why: Vans is sponsoring four talented Black artists during Black History Month with a special initiative that has called on each artist to design a sneaker for Vans. The four featured artists are Chris Martin, Rewina Beshue, Tony Whlgn, and Sydney James, and a different artist will be highlighted every week this month, starting with Rewina on the 8th. The artists will also have installations in Vans storefronts across the US during February. Vans is furthering their support of Black creatives by donating $40,000 to the Black Arts Future Fund, which funds community-based Black artist organizations nationwide. All four shoes are now available for purchase.
In coordination with this collaboration, Vans has announced “Foot the Bill,” which will provide direct financial support to small Black-owned businesses that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vans will be announcing the beneficiaries throughout the month.
Mulberry Releases Icon Edition Bags
What: Icon Edition Bags
Where: in Mulberry stores and on mulberry.com
Why: Mulberry is turning 50 this year, and in celebration of half a century’s worth of rich English heritage, the brand is releasing several special projects throughout 2021. The first of these are the Icon Edition bags, celebrating Mulberry’s most beloved handbag silhouettes over the years. With sustainability at the forefront of their craft, Mulberry is re-releasing handbags in new colorways and mini sizes, all made from sustainably sourced leather.
Khiry Joins NET-A-PORTER’s Vanguard Program
Who: Khiry Fine Jewelry
What: Khiry launches on NET-A-PORTER
Where: exclusively on NET-A-PORTER.com
Why: Fine jewelry brand Khiry joins NET-A-PORTER’s Vanguard program, marking the brand’s first fine jewelry collection. Khiry is producing his first collection in sponsorship with three fine jewelers as well as with mentorship from fine jeweler Mateo. 15% of all KHIRY FINE sales on NAP will go to the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center, which KHIRY designer Jameel Mohammed is an alum of.
What: Clair AI
Why: Launching on February 3, Rebag is bringing AI to the world of luxury resale. The popular retailer is updating its Clair technology—a database that acts as the Kelly Blue Book for designer handbags— and introducing image recognition technology that can help identify and price luxury handbags within seconds. You can use it to help appraise your own closet, check out the online value of a bag you spot IRL in stores, and you can even snap a picture you see on TV (as long as the proportions work for the app).
Saint Laurent Debuts Le Maillon
Who: Saint Laurent
What: LE MAILLON bag
Where: Available on YSL.com and in Saint Laurent boutiques
Why: Saint Laurent’s newest bag is the sleek Le Maillon bag, which debuted in Anthony Vacarello’s Spring21 collection for the brand. The satchel is optimally sized for everyday use and includes a chic brass chain clasp. The bag comes in a variety of colors, including a perfect forest green.
Moncler Celebrates Lunar New Year
What: Lunar New Year collection
Where: Available on moncler.com and in Moncler boutiques internationally
Why: Moncler is celebrating the Year of the Ox by teaming up with Chinese photographer Leslie Zhang to create the campaign for this launch. This is Zhang’s second collaboration with Moncler. His imagery focuses on traditional Chinese architecture, the color red, and Kung Fu, infused with his modern take, representing contemporary Chinese creative culture. The products themselves cherish Chinese lunar traditions and represent the astral constellation of the Ox.
Teva x Anna Sui
Who: Teva x Anna Sui
What: Teva x Anna Sui capsule collection
Where: Available on Teva.com and Annasui.com
Why: Teva has partnered with Anna Sui for their second collaboration. The designer known for her whimsical and fresh designs opted for classic Liberty Prints for the flatform and boot she has designed specifically for this collaboration. The flatform (pictured here) is available for $150 and the boot is priced at $190.
BVLGARI x Tribeca Studios
Who: BVLGARI x Tribeca Studios
What: Premiere of two short films made with Bulgari and Tribeca Studios
Where: Premiering on February 1 on bulgari.com
Why: BVLGARI and Tribeca Studios are releasing the last two of six film collaborations on February 1st. These films were created in order to champion women in creative fields excelling in their own, independent ways. Cynthia Erivo will be hosting the premiere of Lot 448 and Ezinma, both directed by women, following the unique career paths of an art anti-crime archivist and a prodigious violinist, respectively.
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