It’s the collaboration that makes you want to be back to school already. Enfant Précoce and Le Tanneur have imagined a mini collection of joyful and colorful leather goods, just like the work of the artist.
The next it bag from The Tanner ? A work of art, Not less. The leather goods brand has entrusted its shopping bag Louisa to the artist Early Child. On an azure grained leather, the painter imagined a fantastic world inspired by the colorful universe ofAlice in Wonderland. A tangle of variegated arms, crowned pink flamingos and flowers printed on the label’s signature model. In addition to this handbag, available in 65 signed copies at the price of 599 euros, a coordinated zipped pouch, sold for 149 euros. To obtain these two accessories, it will be necessary to wait for the September 7date on which they will be offered on the Le Tanneur website and in a selection of stores.
Precocious Child, a protean artist
Francis Essoua Kalu, aka Enfant Précoce dates his interest in fashion from his childhood. First in Cameroon, where his mother dressed him, according to him “always in an elegant way“, then in France, where he arrived at the age of 9. Clothing then became a means of gaining acceptance: “I wanted to join a group of friends, so I changed my way of dressing to be up to date, to be trendy according to the codes of where I lived.“. New aesthetic shock when he arrives in Paris, where the eclectic styles of the capital remind him of his childhood. What make him want, very early, to launch her clothes label, a project that is still in the pipeline today. But for now, Enfant Précoce is content to collaborate with brands, such as Le Tanneur or a little earlier in 2022, Sarenza. For the online sales platform, he had imagined 200 pairs of unique Adidas sneakerssold out in a few days.
In fact, it is with dance that Enfant Précoce began his career as an artist. Until the year of his 24th birthday, a relative offers him a paint kit with canvas, frame and easel. Very quickly, friends and family encouraged him, especially his uncle, the sculptor Malam who, as a teenager, made him meet his “art colleagues”. Early on, Enfant Précoce got noticed and promoted his work on social networks, which led to him being selected to exhibit at the biennial of Dakar in 2018. In the streets of Paris, he walks with his paintings and a sign “Expose me“to catch the eye of passers-by, then from galleries to events, made a name for himself in the arty world. If he never stopped working, always on the lookout for “new concepts, new strategies and new ideas that [me] pierce“Enfant Précoce still had the time to analyze what binds painting and textile design.”In fashion, it’s all about shapes, colors and textures. It’s the same with art“. We couldn’t have said it better.