As The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gears up to launch its Spring 2023 exhibition “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty“, the iconic museum’s store is offering a plethora of unique, Lagerfeld-inspired items.
In anticipation of the exhibition’s public opening on May 5th, The Met Store has unveiled an exclusive collection of merchandise inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s legendary style and designs. The assortment includes collaborations with Chanel, Fendi, and the Karl Lagerfeld brand, providing fans with a diverse array of options to commemorate the designer’s legacy.
Some standout items in the collection include a $186 Karl Lagerfeld Kokeshi doll, a Chanel silk scarf featuring one of Lagerfeld’s sketches of Coco Chanel, and a $950 Fendi Karlito keychain. For more extravagant collectors, a limited run of 2,000 Karl Lagerfeld Bearbricks priced at $7,500 each will be available, with the design previously selling out in Paris within days. Affordable options are also present, such as the $99 KL x The Met canvas shopper tote and the $85 KL x The Met cardholder.
The Met Store has gone to great lengths to honor Lagerfeld’s memory, even recreating the designer’s iconic Paris office, where he crafted many of the sketches that will be showcased in the upcoming exhibition. Additionally, the store will feature a curated selection of books chosen in collaboration with Librairie 7L, Lagerfeld‘s Parisian bookstore and imprint established in 1999.
For those interested in Lagerfeld’s literary tastes, the store will offer a Smythson notebook emblazoned with one of his key quotes – “Books should be an everyday affair” – and a 7L notepad with his preferred drawing paper. A special edition of “Fendi by Lagerfeld“, which includes 200 of his sketches from his time with the company, will also be available, presented in a commemorative wooden box with additional contents such as a poster, DVD, and illustrated booklets.
Visitors to the “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” exhibition will have the opportunity to purchase postcards and prints of some of the showcased sketches. The exhibition catalogue, written by Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with contributions from Tadao Ando, Anita Briey, Amanda Harlech, Patrick Hourcade, and others, will provide further insight into Lagerfeld’s illustrious career.
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