In June the Museum of Contemporary Art welcomed the exhibition “Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech,” curated by Michael Darling, which focuses on the work and creative processes of Illinois-born designer Virgil Abloh, founder/CEO of Off-White and the creative director of men’s fashion for Louis Vuitton. The exhibit has opened to much acclaim and with that, in late August it was announced the exhibit, originally set to run until September 22nd, would be extended until September 29th. Now MCA has launched a new collaboration with Virgil for a new drop of exclusive bags for the exhibit. “Church & State,” the pop-up store that accompanies the “Figures of Speech” exhibit, will release of four new Off-White bags, designed by Abloh himself exclusively for the MCA in honor of the exhibit’s extension.
Two of the bags take inspiration from Italian Baroque artist Caravaggio, featuring versions of the painting The Entombment of Christ. The other two bags are decorated with bright orange and white checked lines that wrap around the bodies and the leather strap of the smaller bag.
The XL versions of the bags are priced at $3445 and come with white clutches, while the smaller bags are $1275 and include cross-body straps with the classic Off-White logos on them. The industrial, belt-style straps are made from polyamide and polyester. All of the bags are 100% leather (excluding the cross-body straps) and are complete with binder clip hangtags, black metal hardware and two interior pockets.
“Church & State,” named by Abloh, is the pop-up shop extension of the “Figures of Speech” exhibit. Located on the fourth floor of the MCA, the pop-up store also carries collaborations with Simon Brown, Futura, Brendan Fowler, Cali Thornhill DeWitt, Some Ware, Tom Sachs and more. This MCA press release notes the bags and the other MCA exclusives as an opportunity to “literally wear the art from the exhibition.”
“Figures of Speech,” “Church & State” and all exclusive MCA x Virgil Abloh merchandise will be available until September 29th.
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