Summer Travel Gear Inspired by African Methods


The designers behind MZ Wallace, Monica Zwirner and Lucy Wallace Eustice, create simple, utilitarian accessories made from durable nylon and leather that, each season, are slightly tweaked by way of unique collaborations and the introduction of new prints (last month they partnered with Charity: Water on a line of pouches and cases to celebrate Earth Day). This month, MZ Wallace is releasing a capsule collection of summer travel gear, including a luggage tag and passport holder, in African batik-inspired patterns. The dizzying prints are also inspired by “More Material,” theexhibition the globally minded designer Duro Olowu curated at Salon 94 Bowery last year, for which he organized textiles, art and fashion all featuring similar motifs. Zwirner and Eustice also took notes from the Austrian artist Franz West, who used tribal wax prints for furniture coverings in the late ’80s. The two patterns used in the collection of items, which also includes a tote bag, sunglasses case and wallet, drew on traditional African block printing and wax dyeing. Form meets function, indeed.

$55-$365, available for pre-sale at

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