Alexander Girard Handbags From Mansur Gavriel & Maharam
Art & Design
Maharam, the venerable textiles company famous for its Mid Century era fabrics, is now lending a suite of its signature solids and graphic prints to the fashion world. New York City handbag label, Mansur Gavriel, has just launched a collection of clean, contemporary ladies’ handbags featuring three Maharam fabrics, each of which was designed by Alexander Girard in the 1950s and 1960s. The fabric designs—Lanalux, Mikado and Toostripe—created by Girard for Maharam over a 16-year span, are notable for being Mansur Gavriel’s first foray into the textiles milieu, marking a departure from its classic leather handbag offerings.
Maharam attributes the collaboration to “the enduring power of Alexander Girard’s vision,” and, no doubt, to its own vision in reissuing a series of Girard textile patterns as part of its Textiles of the 20th Century initiative—which reprises long dormant textile patterns by modernist icons, including Charles and Ray Eames, Anni Albers, and Girard, to a new generation of design lovers. Four Mansur Gavriel bag styles—2 clutch designs, a half-moon wristlet and a circular tote—get the Girard treatment, comprising a limited edition collection, available March 1, exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman stores.
A New York City-based design brand founded by Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, Mansur Gavriel is barely 4 years old, but already a coveted boutique name, thanks to its reliance on storied Italian craftsmanship and the finest leather sourced from the Veneto region of Italy. The company’s range of clean-lined, structured handbags provides an appropriately modernist context for Maharam’s tactile, exactingly woven fabrics, and Girard’s nuanced color schemes and understated graphic motifs.