Gucci contributor Coco Capitán launches the Charles & Keith capsule collection
photographer Artist Coco Capitán, best known for her collaborations with Guccihas launched her own line of shoes and bags with Singaporean shoe brand Charles & Keith.
The Spanish-born artist’s works have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including the Daelim Museum in Seoul and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.
She has collaborated with the creative director of Gucci a number of times Alessandro Michele.
Her handwritten aphorisms figured prominently in Italian luxury Fashion The house’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection featured phrases like “common sense isn’t that common” or “what are we going to do with all this future?” on Gucci bags, logo tees and hoodies.
Her new collaboration with predominantly Asia-based retailer Charles & Keith consists of black penny loafers embroidered with her handwritten prose and tiny blue flowers.
The capsule collection also includes a black mini tote bag, embroidered with a short story on one side of the bag and the same blue flowers on the other side.
The script on one side of the loafers reads, “Loves Me Blue, Love Me Blue Not.”
Meanwhile, the inscription on the bag reads: “Hope bearing a blue flower that grows and cracks the concrete, watered with rain in a corner where no one steps.”
Capitán said her art is “inspired by overheard conversations, journal entries, and sudden waves of introspection.”
“I believe words can transcend cultures and give us a glimmer of hope for better times,” she added.
She has also photographed campaigns for other fashion giants including Paco Rabanne, APC, Mulberry, Miu Miu and Maison Margiela.
In 2020, Capitán held a solo exhibition entitled “Naïvy” at London’s Maximillian William Gallery.
Speak with British Vogue In the lead up to her exhibition, the artist spoke about collaborating with Michele over the years.
“Alessandro’s universe is very similar to mine and I love his thoughts,” she said.
“We are two very nostalgic people who, through fashion, romanticize the past and what could have been, but also bring in the possibilities of the future. It is baroque at the same time, but completely new.”
“I can’t speak for Alessandro, but I find it difficult to live in the present. I always think about what was,” she continued.
“Living in the moment is very trendy right now, with all the talk about mindfulness, but I’m far from that, and while I’m not proud of it, I think that mindset really informs my work.”
Charles & Keith design director Fredie Stevens said Capitán’s capsule collection “reflects her cool girl attitude.”
“These pieces, coupled with their poignant prose, are perfect collectibles for art lovers and the fashion-conscious public.”