Tiffany’s All-Star Art, Barrett’s NFT and Rykiel’s Book Sale – WWD

TIFFANY PLAYS BALL

Tiffany & Co. kicks off NBA All-Stars weekend by releasing its second collaboration with artist Daniel Arsham.

The jeweler and Arsham have collaborated on a Tiffany blue Wilson basketball that is specially textured with the artist’s signature crystal diamond pattern. Arsham, a Cleveland native, also designed an experiential retail concept that will open in Cleveland on Friday that will feature a half-court game rendered in his signature aesthetic.

“Tiffany & Co. has created the Larry O’Brien trophy for the NBA for decades. The connection between basketball and Tiffany & Co. is clear and well established. As the creative director of the Cavs – which is my hometown team as Clevelander – it’s a special thing to work with the team and Tiffany & Co., and to have the all-star game in Cleveland. this year,” Arsham said.

The Tiffany & Co. x Arsham Studio Half Court Experience will offer the limited-edition basketball design, priced at $575. It will also be available for sale at Tiffany’s Woodmere, Ohio store. Basketball fans can head to the pop-up experience, located in The May multi-purpose building, to view the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy that the Cleveland Cavaliers won in 2016, which was built by the Tiffany hollowware workshops in Rhode Island.

“The visual element of erosion and crystallization in combination with the signatures of the house of Tiffany really signifies the fusion of my aesthetic in this collaboration. This evolves with the new addition of my studio logo, a personalized statement and style , a more distinct reunion of the three collaborators,” Arsham said of his ball design for Tiffany.—SIDE WHITE MIST

OLD IS NEW

It seems no brand can stay away from the NFT craze. Neil Barrett is launching a collection of NFTs in partnership with the Museum of Digital Art, known as Moda.

Called “Ancient Sculpture Hybrids,” the collection includes three NFT models, each available in a 10-piece limited run and based on visually pleasing animations drawn from Barrett’s personal archive of artwork created over the past 20 years.

The digital artworks will hit on Moda starting February 19 and will be accompanied by framed physical replicas of the same designs. Moda is a curated platform that sells NFTs in fashion, design, art, music, and culture.

“NFT technology and blockchain have advanced so much, allowing art to come to life and be struck forever in the metaverse. The creative mind with the metaverse has given such reach that we can create whatever we want. Everything that was impossible before is now possible,” Barrett said.

“As a fashion designer and creative, of course, I am well aware that digital fashion is going to gain more and more importance every season within the fashion industry. This is my first NFT launch and this is just the beginning.i’m proud to show off my artwork i’ve worked on for the past 20 years, which i’ve always kept private and never shown to anyone.

NFT artwork by Neil Barrett.
Courtesy of Neil Barrett

Artwork combines elements of Roman and Greek art, while sculptural headboards are given a fresh, contemporary twist. For example, two of the three artworks combine ancient heads of Augustus and Caesar with portions of “Star Wars” character Darth Vader’s shiny black mask, while the third NFT is based on a head of ‘Digitally manipulated double-headed Hercules that looks stretched and distorted.

This latest concept also nods to Barrett’s archive fashion. In 2014, the Milan-based designer paraded sculpted sweatshirts, shirts and tops on the runway for his Spring 2015 menswear collection. — MARTIN CARRERA

READING CLUB

Nathalie Rykiel organizes a charity evening in the former Parisian flagship of Sonia Rykiel to distribute part of the 40,000 books that were part of the decor of the store when it closed two years ago.

The Boulevard Saint-Germain store closed when the brand founded by his late mother, Sonia Rykiel, went into liquidation in 2019 after then-owner First Heritage Brands failed to find a job. buyer for the struggling label. The brand was later revived by entrepreneurs Eric and Michael Dayan.

The Rykiel family still owns the building that once housed the company’s headquarters, as well as the lease for the store, which is in a prime section of real estate near brands such as Ralph Lauren, Emporio Armani, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. “It’s the most beautiful place on the left bank,” Nathalie Rykiel told WWD.

Sonia Rykiel store in Paris

Sonia Rykiel store in Paris.
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She invites friends to the shop on Tuesday night to take books in exchange for a donation to Libraries Without Borders, a nonprofit that provides access and resources that connect people to books and digital resources, expanding the outreach of libraries, training facilitators in post-emergency situations and meeting the needs of underresourced communities.

“Their work is outstanding,” Rykiel said. Former president and creative director of the brand, she gradually withdrew from the day-to-day running of the business after the founding family in 2012 sold an 80% stake to Fung Brands, a billionaire-backed investment firm. Hong Kongers Victor and William Fung. .

Rykiel is now a full-time author, with six books to her credit, including Last Year’s Talisman for Mothers and Daughters. She noted that her mother, who had close friendships with writers such as Régine Deforges, was also a published author and always had books in her Paris store.

Its latest iteration was unveiled in 2015, as part of a pop-up café-library concept designed by André Saraiva and artistic director Thomas Lenthal.

“This store is a true icon and emblem. It was important for me to end things with a very strong symbolic gesture,” said Rykiel. Emptying the store of its contents will likely pave the way for a new tenant to move in, but she declined to comment on future plans. “Everything in its time,” she says. — JOELLE DIDERICH

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