Croc for a Cause

Will Cotton x Nancy Gonzalez - SS13 Chris Benz
Will Cotton x Nancy GonzalezSS13 Chris Benz

Each year Two x Two, a noted Dallas, Texas-based organization holds their annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art benefit gala and art auction. This year, thanks to a partnership with accessories designer Nancy Gonzalez, fashion is playing more significant a role than ever. Together, the two have commissioned ten of today’s leading contemporary artists to custom design a one-of-a-kind signature Nancy Gonzalez Leaf Tote bag to be sold at auction on October 20th. Matte white crocodile was used as the skin for each tote and in turn the artist’s canvas. Whether it is Kaws’ simple black slashes or Jenny Holzer’s embossed white leather lining, each work is entirely in keeping with the individual artist’s style while still maintaining the integrity of the esteemed Nancy Gonzalez brand.

This partnership gives collectors and fashion lovers alike the perfect excuse to purchase a new piece of contemporary art as well as a Nancy Gonzalez crocodile tote; not to mention it is for an amazing cause. 100% of the proceeds from the evening will be benefiting TWO x TWO for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art.

While I hope the future owners of each priceless piece will never burden them with the contents of one’s handbag, I couldn’t help but peruse the latest SS13 collections to find the perfect accompanying looks for each piece (see above and below). Be prepared to to spot Shala Monroque or Dasha Zhukova sporting one of these bad boys around Art Basel in December.

Jim Hodges x Nancy Gonzalez - SS13 Preen
Jim Hodges x Nancy GonzalezSS13 Preen

Jenny Holzer x Nancy Gonzalez - SS13 Eudon Choi
Jenny Holzer x Nancy GonzalezSS13 Eudon Choi

Kaws x Nancy Gonzalez - SS13 Calvin Klein
Kaws x Nancy GonzalezSS13 Calvin Klein

Dr.Lakra x Nancy Gonzalez – SS13 Holly Fulton
Dr.Lakra x Nancy GonzalezSS13 Holly Fulton

Josephine Meckseper x Nancy Gonzalez - SS13 BCBG Max Azria
Josephine Meckseper x Nancy GonzalezSS13 BCBG Max Azria

Richard Phillips x Nancy Gonzalez - SS13 Marc Jacobs
Richard Phillips x Nancy GonzalezSS13 Marc Jacobs

Raquib Shaw x Nancy Gonzalez - SS13 Altuzarra
Raquib Shaw x Nancy GonzalezSS13 Altuzarra

Mickalene Thomas x Nancy Gonzalez - SS13 Derek Lam
Mickalene Thomas x Nancy GonzalezSS13 Derek Lam

Lawrence Weiner x Nancy Gonzalez – SS13 Alexandre Herchovitc
Lawrence Weiner x Nancy GonzalezSS13 Alexandre Herchovitc

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  1. [...] Shark Fin Soup (pictured two below) is amongst the lot of works being auctioned off at Dallas’ 2×2 for Aids and Art benefit in [...]

  2. [...] This holiday season I have fallen in love with the work of Brooklyn-based artist Mickalene Thomas. Her strong, often embellished-aesthetic seems the perfect fit to celebrate the start of 2013. I have grown to love her collage-inspired paintings and I see so much of Pam Grier circa her Foxy Brown days in Mickalene’s portraits. You may also recognize the background in Din, Une Très Belle Négresse #2 (pictured below, right) from Mickalene’s Nancy Gonzalez bag she customized for the TWOxTWO auction in October’ previously featured in Croc for a Cause. [...]

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