The ladies behind cult-favorite indie-gone-mainstream bag brand Mansur Gavriel know what it takes to get a business off the ground. Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel started their namesake brand in 2012 and have seen tremendous success since its inception, but of course not without the trials and tribulations that come with starting a business. Now, the brand is giving back to creatives who are struggling due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
To celebrate summer and its new canvas bucket bags, all the while giving back to the artist community, Mansur Gavriel has invited four artists to create a hand painted motif on the brand’s beige Canvas Bucket Bag. The initiative will give back to Artists Relief, which supports artists who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19. 100% of the proceeds from the four limited-edition, and completely one of a kind bags, will go to the emergency initiative, which launched back in April of this year following the start of the corona virus pandemic.
The brand announced the collaborations last week on its social media pages, the first being with Swedish born painter Camilla Engstrom, who created the design in her LA studio. The artist was inspired by nature walks and still moments alone. The whimsical design features colorful mountains, a pink sky and a big bright sun.
Next up, Mansur Gavriel tapped London based artist Joey Yu, who created a special edition bag that was inspired by all the unique ways that people have been spending time with loved ones during these trying times. The hand painted motif depicts a playful picnic scene in pretty pastel colors.
The second to last design to be introduced was created by Parisian artist Nathalie Lete, who has previously collaborated with the likes of Gucci and Anthropologie. The design showcases her beautiful signature floral motifs, as well as a Japanese Maneki Neko, which is a symbol of luck. The stunning bags retail for $895 via Mansur Gavriel, and sell fast, as there is only one of each. Though the designs which have been featured so far have already sold, one more will be released in the coming days, so if you’d like your own rare piece of handbag art, be sure to check the brand’s instagram in the coming days.