AZZEDINE ALAIA vintage rare 1991 iconic TATI Collection canvas tote bag. A very rare and collectable find ! Distressed red and light cream bold checkered print featuring "ALAIA pour TATI" in blue across its front. Unlined. One inner slip pocket. Label "Fabriqué en Chine" (Made in China). This bag has been found in a wardrobe, totally unused still in its original plastic bag with original tag. Nevertheless, there are storage flaws (altered plastic packaging has been thrown away). Fashion designer AZZEDINE ALAIA worked for TATI in the early 90's and contributed to change this popular brand into a highly fashionable one. ALAIA said : "I knew the brand, but it is thanks to New-York painter and filmmaker Julian SCHNABEL that I had a meeting with TATI. During a stay in Paris in 1990, Julian discovered the famous hound's tooth printed motif on the awning of TATI Paris Boulevard Rochechouart store, which he wanted to paint on his own art works. TATI gave him canvas rolls, the "TATI PAINTINGS" series have been very successful and this story gave me the idea to do the same, repeating the same design on my own collection. In return, I agreed to draw free for TATI a bag, a T-shirt and espadrilles..." (LIBERATION, 6th of August 2014). Indicative measurements : total height (inlcuding handle) approx. 52 cm (20.47 inches) / height approx. 32.5 cm (12.80 inches) / base length approx. 54 cm (21.26 inches) / base width approx. 20 cm (7.87 inches). CONDITION REPORT (Score : 9/10) - Overall exterior condition : great/excellent vintage condition (a few brownish spots throughout canvas, especially around handle base - see example on photos 7 & 8). - Corners : excellent (minor wear to faux leather trim) - Sides : great (some wear to faux leather trim - see photos 9 &10 ). - Base : excellent (a few brownish spots and discoloration on canvas). - Inside : excellent (a few brownish spots). - Shape : excellent. - Straps : excellent (original faux leather straps were altered from storage and replaced / usual for this bag). - Closure : excellent. - Smell : no. NB : trims on both inner top sides are not perfect (original manufacturing). NOTES - This is a preloved vintage item, therefore it might have imperfections. - As a buyer, you are fully responsible for customs duties, other local taxes and any administrative procedures related to imports into the country of destination.
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