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LeSportsac Artist in Residence Fall 2009: Tomokazu Matsuyama


LesportSac Artist in Residence: Fall 09 Preview

LesportSac Artist in Residence: Fall 09 Preview

Known for vibrantly printed nylon ripstop, LeSportsac is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year, and as it celebrates the past, LeSportsac also continues to look forward.    One new project, the Artist in Residence, is the 3rd collection in the series with past collections featuring the cute and cuddly works of Fifi Lapin.  For Fall 2009, LeSportsac teamed up with Japanese-American artist Tomokazu Matsuyama.

Matsuyama’s upbringing in both the U.S. and Japan inspire much of his work as he explores cultural similarities.  In an artist statement he says,

Within my work, I hope to render traditional icons and imagery within a broader ether of an international intermix that has become the evolution of what seems to be the urban-ideal of the global contemporary. Reinterpretation Edo period imagery as well as contemporary motifs and patterning, I hope to blend what is seen as Eastern and Western aesthetics into one that resists categorization and cultural belonging.

For LeSportsac’s Artist in Residence series, Matsuyama created 3 patterns – Paint Splash, Gingham and Numbers – releasing in August, September and October, respectively.  Paint Splash features “vibrant colors and indiscerable shapes” creating visual collision and chaos, while Gingham is a modern, multi-color version of the traditional checked pattern.   The third pattern, Numbers, is a visual representation of the Buddhist notion of reincarnation where 1 signifies birth, 2 and 3 represent aging and 4, when pronounced in Japanese, sounds similar to “perish.”

LesportSac Artist in Residence: Fall 09 Preview

LesportSac Artist in Residence: Fall 09 Preview

All of the prints are available in 9 styles – all featuring the Artist in Residence details we love including oversize bags, zippers and webbing.  My absolute favorite style, the Compulsive Shopper is so big that I think if I tried, I could fit in there.  It’s a perfect weekend bag or an extra bag to pack with you on trips when you need more luggage room for all the compulsive shopping you did.  Another favorite is the Snack Sac – a very stylish alternative to the brown paper bag – perfect for carrying your lunch to work.  Ranging from $18 to $138, these bags are affordable, yet statement making pieces.  You can purchase them online at LeSportsac.com or at any LeSportsac Flagship Boutiques.

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LesportSac Artist in Residence: Fall 09 Preview

LesportSac Artist in Residence: Fall 09 Preview

LesportSac Artist in Residence: Fall 09 Preview

LesportSac Artist in Residence: Fall 09 Preview

LesportSac Artist in Residence: Fall 09 Preview

LesportSac Artist in Residence: Fall 09 Preview


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