BOYARDE – CUSTOMIZED LUXURY

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Boyarde is using designer handbags as canvas for her Pop Art. Collectors come from all over the world including London, Australia, Jordan, Paris, New York, Hong Kong and Belize to commission her work.

Featured inVogue Brasil, The Daily Mail, The Metro, Stylist Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times Style Magazine,The Evening Standard, You Magazine, Harpers Bazaar Singapore, The Independent, Marie Claire Turkey,appearing on BBC Radio, andRussell Howard’s Good News and many more Boyarde has become famous in the recent past.

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I personally asked her to customize a Hermes Kelly bag. So far she has done amazing work on Birkin´s but never on the iconic Kelly.

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Currently she has a very large volume of painting requests so it takes time if you want her to create a design for your bag.

Boyarde Messenger is an acclaimed British artist whose works focus on the re-contextualisation of familiar imagery that addresses consciously or sub-consciously the female stereotype. Throughout the history of art, popular culture, and cinema, Boyarde puts her unique art stamp on the images and issues addressed by embracing the power of kitsch and its ability to convey strong messages through humour and frivolity.

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Boyarde paints on everything but paper. She uses a variety of canvases from the human body to high-fashion bags and accessories. Boyarde is now introducing ‘Name Painting’ onto fashion accessories, allowing the client to have their name or initials custom painted onto their bag through an array of imagery from objects to people, making unique, personalised art / fashion accessories.

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HOW IT WORKS

1. Outside of the EU the client can send their own accessory by mail or courier. The client is liable for the cost of shipping (to the UK) and insuring item up to their desired value. There is no import or export tax as long as the client uses Boyarde’s unique IPR code (Inward Processing Code). Boyarde will then return the finished item via FedEx or DHL with the same IPR code. Please note, Boyarde is not responsible for any loss of goods in transit. The item is only insured on its return up to the value provided by courier used. The client is liable for the cost of additional insurance to be agreed in advance.

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2. The artist can purchase the desired item in the UK with a 15 % handling fee (subject to availability) to be personalised and sent to the client. The full cost of this is to be paid to the artist prior to purchase.

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PRICING

Pricing will vary depending on the size of the accessory and complexity of the design, but includes the return courier fee from the artist’s studio.

Example prices (June 2014, subject to change): Goyard St. Louis Tote size PM or Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM with standard detail design 1 side: £1350 2 sides: £1700 price varies with size of bag and level of detail in the design 35 Hermes Birkin for standard detail design 1 side: £1700 2 sides: £2100 LV Speedy 30 for standard detail design 1 side: £1350 2 sides: £1700 Please note – price varies with size of bag and level of detail in the design. Prices for second side are based on detail being less than main design.

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DESIGN

Boyarde’s recontextualisation of familiar images from popular culture should not be mistaken for copy cat art. The client is free to choose an existing Boyarde design, with the ability to have it personalised more to the clients wishes. Parts of previous designs can be put together for a ‘pic n mix’ style. Or new designs can be created with input from the client, inspired by familiar and iconic imagery or created from scratch. Name Painting: This allows the client to have their initials or name personalised through imagery painted by Boyarde. All designs remain the intellectual property of the artist.

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QUALITY

A rigorous process is undertaken to create your ‘Art Bag’, in which the artist uses the best quality materials for prepping and protecting the material. The standards of Boyarde’s painting and quality of materials used mean the art will last, but the bag should be treated with utmost respect as it now is an ‘Art Bag’ with a valuable work by the artist. Whilst all bags are subject to wear tear the artist is not responsible for the art once it is returned to the client.

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TIMING

Due to the artist’s participation in multiple art projects and commissions and high demand for custom fashion art accessories, the artist will aim to have your item returned within 6-13 weeks. This is subject to change.

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PAYMENT

Upon agreeing a brief and receiving a 30% deposit the artist will commence researching followed by sketching. Once artwork is approved, the client will send the item and painting can begin. Payment can be made by PayPal or International Bank Transfer (paypal additional 5% business paypal charge). The remainder of the agreed fee is payable before the finished item is returned to the client. Once payment is received it is non-refundable.

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Boyarde describes her work as…

“…highlighting her playful personality injecting it with humour and mischievnous, whilst liberating the object of desire, admiring its form, yet still confirming the vital balance between power and vulnerablity.”

I strongly recommend you to follow her on Facebook and Instagram. She posts amazing pictures of her work on a regular basis.

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HERMES BIRKIN FOR MEN ?

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Yes, why not?! Gazelle Paulo, lets agree to disagree on that one…

In 1981, Hermès chief Executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. She had just placed her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her seat, but the contents fell to the deck, leaving her to scramble to replace them. Birkin explained to Dumas that it had been difficult to find a leather weekend bag she liked. In 1984, he created a black supple leather bag for her, based on an 1892 design. Thats how todays iconic bag was created.

Being the absolute statement of social class among women the Birkin has become increasingly  popular among men in recent years. Lets find out why and what you have to look out for when you consider shopping for your first Birkin yourself. Prices start just above 7.000 Euros.

MAX´s STYLE GUIDE

While the Birkin on women looks good with almost any outfit men should wear it more casually. Wearing a Birkin with a suit and a trench coat makes you look weird. Wear it with lose jeans and a t shirt or relaxed Gym wear. This break between expansive bag classical bag and a relaxed sportive outfit makes you look chilled and stylish.

I personally almost never close my Birkin properly. Again, leaving the bag open and having maybe a cashmere sweater sticking out gives you the stylish edge.

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MAX´s SHOPPING ADVICE

First let me tell you that the famous waiting list for the Birkin is bullshit. There is no waiting list. Its just way for Hermes sales people to nicely refuse to sell one to you. Generally speaking the shops have one Birkin/Kelly bag for sale per day but Hermes does´t want to only sell their most famous bag. They make higher margins on scarfs and other items in the shop. Thats why usually you qualify to be selected to buy a Birkin after you have been a loyal client at Hermes and bought other items before. My advice is:

Talk to someone who has already bought a Birkin at Hermes. The easiest way to get one is to be associated with a good client or someone who works at Hermes.

  • There is a variety of different leathers available at Hermes. I personally prefer Togo Leather, a scratch resistant leather that is made of baby calf leather. It has a defined soft pebbled finish that appears raised and feels smooth but grainy. Another amazing option would be Boxcalf, made of Calf Leather which is extremely smooth with a glossy finish. Scratches are more visible compared to the textured leathers but can be blended over time by light buffing. This is the oldest type of Hermes leather and frequently appears in Vintage bags.

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  • men should (regardless what hight) should only go for size 40, which is is the biggest size of the classic birkin. Smaller sizes make you look like you borrowed your girlfriends bag!

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  • big guys or guys who like it oversized should opt for the sac haut (Pharrell´s bag actually is a sac haute and not a Birkin)

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  • stitching in the same color of the bag, makes it look more masculine and content

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  • might be a personal opinion but go for the silver hardwear, gold makes it look soft and feminine

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  • chose a color according to your personal taste and availability but stay away from too girly colors such as orange, pink and red. If you will only buy one Birkin I recommend to go for a color that mixes well with almost any outfit. My personal favorites are vert veronese, bleu de presse, cafe, vert gris, and noir.

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So overall I have to say men need to be careful when selecting their Birkin (in terms of size, color, details and styling) but when its done right the Birkin is a perfect every day bag for relaxed men enjoying an exclusive lifestyle… regardless wether on the subway or in a chauffeur driven limousine!

Follow me on Facebook to see the mens Birkin travel around the world.

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SIZE DOESN´T MATTER

The tall Swedish model and TV personality is going to be 40 this year and looks great if you don´t mind the fact that most visible parts of her can only celebrate 6th birthday 😉

I spotted her during a concert that Pharrell Williams gave at the LIFE Club in Monaco. She was with her Swiss billionaire boyfriend Maurice D. who is just tall enough to properly motorboat her.

They seemed to have fun just at the table next to us but decided to leave very soon after Pharrell had performed. On her way out I asked Victoria to take a picture and she replied “you are welcome”.

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