Jimmy Choo thinks pandas make great shoes
The first image of Jimmy Choo's team-up with contemporary artist Rob Pruitt has been revealed, with the eagerly anticipated collection comprising shoes and bags adorned with Rob's trademark panda motifs.
A team-up between Jimmy and Pruitt was first announced in April, and the unveiled line showcases highlights such as the iconic Jimmy Choo Anouk pump re-imagined with Rob's signature use of colour in orange, pink and yellow, overlaid with French lace.
Pruitt, best known for his glittering panda bear paintings, created several original designs that were realised for the capsule collection—which makes nods to his playful artistic themes. He created a unique duo of angel and devil pandas symbolising the dual personalities of the Jimmy Choo woman, and these feature heavily in the line of 19 styles of shoes, bags and accessories.
"The panda is a recurring image seen throughout the body of my artwork. It's a symbol that reminds us both to tread lightly and to appreciate the adorable. They represent the harmony of yin and yang," said Rob.
"We're really excited by the collection as it reflects everything that captivated us about collaborating with Rob: his energy, use of colour and the festive exuberance of his prints and materials," said Jimmy's creative directors Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway.
Pruitt's line will be part of Jimmy's 2013 Cruise collection, with products set to hit Jimmy Choo boutiques and online in November. The label has worked with contemporary artists and photographers including Nan Goldin, Marilyn Minter and Richard Phillips in the past.
Other luxury brands to have recently formed arty collaborations include Hermès and Christian Dior. Earlier this year Hermès announced a limited-edition scarf team-up with Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, while Dior joined forces with German artist Anselm Reyle on a collection of accessories including handbags and shoes last December.
Published: 30th June 2012