Saturday, December 20, 2008

An Homage to the Late Stephen Sprouse

So, as I was catching up on some issues of magazines that I am months behind on, I found myself flipping through Harpers Bazaar from October. I stumbled across a full spread layout of a fully nude (except for some strategically placed LV bags) Marc Jacobs and I gasped... No, not because Marc looked great in his hot new buff bod, but because of the strategically placed LV bag.

There it was- the re-released Stephen Sprouse creation LV “It-Bag” (Being released in conjunction of the Sprouse retrospective at Deitch Projects). Now, of course I can’t afford the hefty price tag of the bag, but a girl can dream, right? BUT, here is really why I gasped over the Sprouse bag: The fact that once again the merging of art and fashion has come around full circle.

The idea behind this bag is the same idea that is behind Thrift!! Fashion meets Girl, Fashion Meets Art, Art meets Girl……I think that this is an incredible never ending cycle that really proves fashion is a form of art. Any designer can attest to that!

Stephen Sprouse infiltrated high fashion with street style, graffiti and art. He was a man years ahead of his time. He merged a love for luxury with a passion for art (including music as art here too!). Many of the designs he was known for were rooted in the graffiti found in the subways of New York in the 80’s. He utilized silk screening to create day glo graffiti on beautifully made garments.

Victoria and I are working in this same direction. We want to bring back street cred to fashion and give it a little spunk using hand painted techniques on the garments. We are creating these gorgeous handmade pieces for women just like us. We are bringing the art back into fashion and giving you Thrifters one of a kind pieces you can’t find anywhere else! Stay tune for more!!

Check out the newly launched Sprouse website at:

1 comment: said...

Great article. thoughtful, insightful great read.

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