Moda Pop: Maria Brito’s Wearable Art


Clutches by Carlos Rolón, Erik Parker and Kenny Scharf, from left.

Though art adviser and interior designer Maria Brito has curated high-profile exhibitions and assembled notable private collections, her vision for wearable art, as she calls her capsule collection of limited-edition clutches, is a first. Featuring designs by Erik Parker, Carlos Rolon and Kenny Scharf, these day-to-evening accessories accommodate the haute experience of art, as well as the utilitarian simplicity of a well-designed bag. 

Why a clutch? Ms. Brito’s choice is the result of contemporary art practice and savvy design strategy. For a simple start, the rectangular shape resembles a canvas much more than a duffel bag, T-shirt or pair of sneakers. The clutches are faithful reproductions of the artists’ works, whether archival or culled from current exhibitions. “It was an artistic decision that they look as good as an artwork and that you can carry it in your hand,” Ms. Brito said. Each pattern is printed on acrylic using museum-quality techniques so that over time their colors will deepen and brighten. And like any limited-edition print, the artist signatures are etched on the verso. 

With the pop trio’s multiversal hyperreality, comic zing and surreal abstractions, an art enthusiast can easily imagine Ms. Brito’s “moda pop” collection in a gallery or institutional setting.

“The patterns will talk to a person who wants to accessorize in a fun way, as well as to those familiar with the designs,” acknowledges Ms. Brito. “These artists love to work with color and patterns, repetitions and rhythm. They are looking to inspire their audiences.” 

$895, sold exclusively at Kirna Zabête, 477 Broome Street, N.Y.,

Moda Pop: Maria Brito’s Wearable Art