Wanted! Artist Bags

Hettie Judah searches for acquirable, desirable objects, at the intersection of where art meets fashion and design. This month: Artist Bags

By Hettie Judah

Tote bag with artwork by Stefano Favaro of Osservatorio Outsider Art, Italy. Marni Pre-Fall 2014 Louis Vuitton Icons and Iconoclasts trunk by Cindy Sherman. Image courtesy Louis Vuitton Iconoclasts trunk by Cindy Sherman. Image courtesy Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton Icons and Iconoclasts Camera Messenger bag by Cindy Sherman. Image courtesy Louis Vuitton Artist file, with zipper and patches. Raf Simons / Sterling Ruby AW14-15 Drip bag in Sterling Ruby fabric. Raf Simons / Sterling Ruby AW14-1 MIka Ninagawa EDEN collection for Etro, 2014 MIka Ninagawa EDEN collection for Etro, 2014

Balloon dog bag, shmalloon dog bag. Sure, those dinky Jeff Koons for H&M satchels sold out like hotdogs and are now going for three figure sums on the secondary market (aka eBay). But the handbag’s identity as a useful sack-like thing for carrying keys, chewing gum and well-thumbed copies of How to Write About Contemporary Art has become quite auxiliary to its status as a portable billboard from which the carrier hopes to acquire some kind of personality by association. And I’m not necessarily…

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