Lulu Guinness + Joseph Steele

“All of my collections draw on art for inspiration in one way or another, so it was a bit of a no brainer really! It was only a matter of time before my love of art and designing handbags fused together.”

-Lulu Guinness to WWD at the launch of her Paint Project limited edition clutch in London

Accessories designer Lulu Guinness’s two favorite worlds—art and fashion—have collided with the recent launch of “Paint Project,” a limited-edition capsule collection designed in collaboration with artist Joseph Steele. Guinness was inspired by Steele’s unique use of paint and his “experimental” approach to art, utilizing his technique in her collection in which paint is shotgunned and splattered onto the designers’s lip-themed clutches.

Party guests at the launch party in London last week watched as bags were created in real-time, soon to be sold on eBay with proceeds benefitting The Art Room, a charity that supports art therapy for children in need. The full 180-piece collection is available in LuLu Guinness stores and online.


The designer at the launch party last week

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Paint-splattered handbags being created in real time at the launch party


The resulting handbag.

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Party guests had fun in the paint splatter photo booth.

Images via Lulu Guinness facebook page


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