Artistic collaborations are inherent to Bally and this season is no different as design director Pablo Coppola teams up with artist André Saraiva on an exclusive capsule collection.
While packing for a recent trip, André rediscovered a pair of Bally boots he had bought at a vintage sale. The boots, originally from 1973, had such charm they have since become a distinctive part of his everyday look. Wanting to create a replica pair of boots for his girlfriend, the idea for a collaboration took shape.
Pablo Coppola and André sat together studying and redesigning the charismatic boots, which led to a dynamic assortment of small leather goods, embossed with Andre’s distinctive stickfigure character ‘Mr. A’ – commonly seen in his street art from Paris to New York.
As well as the capsule collection, André has designed a poster for Bally. His bold, graphic design joins the brand’s creative legacy of artistic advertising which began in 1910 and followed with commissions to artists such as Otto Baumberger and Bernard Villemot.
The Bally x André collection includes men’s and women’s boots, a make-up bag, travel wallets, a credit-card holder, keyring, belt and silk scarf - beautifully illustrated with the poster print.
André’s modern and playful style is a nod to Pablo’s fresh new take on Bally with a distinctive capsule collection that reinforces the brand’s heritage while engaging a millennial audience.
The collection will be available in selected Bally stores and online in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and US from October 2016.