Earlier this month, art and high fashion united on the streets of Melbourne as luxury label Hermès once again revealed a stunning collaboration with one of the world’s greatest artists.
This time around, it was Bangkok-based street artist Mue Bon who transformed the window of the brand’s Collins Street store into an exhibition with his piece Let’s Play!
The collaboration marks another high point for a career that started when Bon was just a teen. Back then, he was unaware that street art was quickly being recognised as a ‘legitimate’ form of art by connoisseurs and galleries alike. He had no commercial or financial goal, just a passion for the art and a desire to raise awareness of its merit.
So he took to the streets of Thailand, honing his craft and defining his style. Bon excelled at character work, with his most notable creation Pukruk, The Love Bird taking centre stage in Let’s Play! – which brought the character to life via an AR app – as well as alleys across the city.
Mue Bon is one of many artists who have collaborated with Hermès in such a fashion. In Australia, artists including Anthony Lister and Gwon Osang have lent their talents to the company, while Levi van Veluw and Karine Laval have created pieces for international stores.
Let’s Play! was revealed to coincide with another sensational Hermès event – Hermès at Work. A nine day workshop, Hermès at Work featured nine of the brand’s most skilled artisans demonstrating the techniques that make their products some of the most highly desired in the fashion world.