Tracey Emin, Always Me 1623: (Uniquely Hand Signed and Dated by Tracey Emin). Longchamp Bag by Tracey Emin , 2004-2016
Always Me 1623: (Uniquely Hand Signed and Dated by Tracey Emin). Longchamp Bag by Tracey Emin , 2004-2016
10 × 18 1/4 × 8 1/4 in
25.4 × 46.4 × 21 cm
This is the only one of these bag we've ever seen on the market that is (exceptionally) HAND SIGNED AND DATED 2016 BY TRACEY EMIN BOLDLY IN INK. Separately, this bag also has her printed signature. An absolute collectible for true Tracey fans - makes a unique gift. Provenance is irrefutable and direct, as Tracey personally signed it for the present owner on May 5at her 2016 opening of her show "Stone Love"at Lehmann Maupin. Authenticity guaranteed.
In 2004, the French handbag-maker Longchamp launched their internationally recognized line of ‘Le Pliage’ bags, a practical, reasonably priced handbag collection. To celebrate the line's 10-year anniversary, Longchamp asked artist Tracey Emin to collaborate on a collection. This collaboration was based on a theme: that of an “International Woman” who, carried her baggage with her from city to city, tirelessly searching for an “International Man” with whom she could experience an “International Love”. The project was an ideal fit for Emin, whose artistic media and techniques often involvessalvaged fabrics, patchwork, embroidery and drawing. Emin’s art is highly confessional and draws upon her life experiences in a variety of media that include story-telling, drawing, filmmaking, installation, painting, neon, photography and appliquéd textiles. Emin included some of her favoured techniques to create the Longchamp line, including destruction and reconstruction of textiles, patchwork, embroidery and painting. What makes this bag unique is that it was exceptionally hand signed by the artist during the opening of her solo exhibition, Stone Love, at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York on May 5, 2016. (The outer leather flap contains text that reads: Les Pliages Longchamp Type "M"//Modèle Déposé - made in France. The affixed rosette ribbon, located on recto (front) of the bag, contains a drawing of the Longchamp logo created by the artist, along with her printed signature.)
Frontside: Large pink felt '1623' over floral background
Backside: Blue felt letters on floral patches making the words 'ALWAYS ME' over red corduroy and floral background
Zipper & Flap (with button) closure
Zipper tab reads 'Longchamp 1948' and features the iconic Longchamp rider logo
Tracey Emin signature printed on silk tab sewn into the interior of the bag (PLUS HAND SIGNED!!)
Longchamp rider logo debossed on leather flap
'LES PLIAGES LONGCHAMP TYPE "S" MODELE DEPOSE - MADE IN FRANCE' debossed on back of leather flap
2 leather handles
Bag:10 inches H , 18.25 inches W and 8.25 inches D
Handle: 4 inch depth
10"H x 18.25"W x 8.25"D
Makes a terrific gift.
Hand-signed by artist, Hand signed by the artist during the opening of her solo exhibition, Stone Love, at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York on May 5, 2016.