October 17, 2017 user

Sophie Bonvin Founder of Luxury Handbag Line 
The Collector

The Collector founder Sophie Bonvin and artist Bill Claps

The Collector founder Sophie Bonvin and artist Bill Claps

Launches Latest Collaboration The CODE Collection with Artist Bill Claps

In partnership with The Angelica Patient Assistance Program

The COLLECTOR, a line of luxury handbags from Geneva, Switzerland founded by Sophie Bonvin celebrated the launch of their latest collaboration, the CODE Collection with artist Bill Claps, at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Angelica Patient Assistance Program, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of economically disadvantaged long-term care patients through programs including art and music therapy. Five percent of sales during the event, and 3.5 percent of sales throughout the month of October 2017, will be donated to The Angelica Patient Assistance Program.

The bags were on display throughout the launch party, where guests could place orders and discuss the pieces with Sophie and Bill. The collection will remain in New York City throughout the month of October, 2017; after, prospective buyers can place their orders through The COLLECTOR’s website, http://thecollector.ch/.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they viewed the collection of handbags, which are crafted from fine exotic skins and feature motifs by Bill, whose work reflects on communication in the digital age by utilizing the dots and dashes of Morse code. Notable attendees included Sophie Bonvin, Bill Claps, Fareen Butt, Marie-Claire Gladstone, Avanti Gupta, Missy Hargraves, Antoine Verglas, Aurora Fenwick, David Brown, Patricia and Cecilia Lizarraga, Amanda Cronin, Lauren Casarona, Genny Kopina, Masha Filonova, Gigi Salomon, Paul Robinson, Lydia Duanmu, Li Wang, Karen Koval, David Barish, Lauren Richman, Janet Temidayo, Jessie Kirchman, Vita Dauksaite, Irena Yelanchik and Olga Raganelli.

Founded in 2014 by Ms. Bonvin, THE COLLECTOR produces quality handbags and accessories crafted from skins including python, American alligator and South African ostrich. The interior of each bag is lined with lambskin and finished in hardware of gunmetal or plated gold.  In addition to their signature line, every two years THE COLLECTOR collaborates with an artist for a limited edition selection of unique handbags; the most recent collaboration was with Laura Chaplin, granddaughter of legendary film star Charlie Chaplin.

(Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)

About THE COLLECTOR

Founded in 2014 by Sophie Bonvin, THE COLLECTOR is a Geneva-based line of unique handbags and accessories crafted from the best exotic skins, produced with sound design principles, excellence, and integrity at a competitive price point for a sophisticated and quality-driven clientele. Products are principally sourced from genuine skins such as American alligator, python, lizard, and South African farm-raised ostrich. Designed by Vietnamese-French interior and landscape designer Hom Le Xuan, the line’s design is uniquely Swiss, while skins are selected in Paris and Italy from the best tanning and finishing companies. Along with producing a classic line, the company releases an artist collaboration every two years; recent collaborations include Laura Chaplin, granddaughter of film star Charlie Chaplin, and artist Bill Claps.

For more information on THE COLLECTOR, visit http://thecollector.ch/collections/artist-collection.html

About Bill Claps

A New Jersey native, artist Bill Claps received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University; he also studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League in both New York City and Florence, Italy. Recently, his work has centered around the utilization of Morse code to communication thoughts and ideas, with the dots and dashes serving as their own language not unlike the binary language of modern computers. His paintings and drawings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries around the United States and Europe, including the Salomon Arts Gallery, Aspen Fine Arts Gallery and Art Monaco, among others.

For more information on Bill Claps, visit http://www.billclaps.net/

Fareen Butt and Marie-Claire Gladstone

Fareen Butt and Marie-Claire Gladstone

 

Avanti Gupta

Avanti Gupta

 

Missy Hargraves and Antoine Verglas

Missy Hargraves and Antoine Verglas

 

Aurora Fenwick, David Brown, and Patricia and Cecilia Lizarraga

Aurora Fenwick, David Brown, and Patricia and Cecilia Lizarraga

 

Sophie Bonvin and Amanda Cronin

Sophie Bonvin and Amanda Cronin

 

Lauren Casarona models a handbag from the CODE Collection

Lauren Casarona models a handbag from the CODE Collection

 

Bill Claps

Bill Claps

 

Genny Kopina and Masha Filonova

Genny Kopina and Masha Filonova

 

Gigi Salomon, Paul Robinson, Lydia Duanmu and Li Wang

Gigi Salomon, Paul Robinson, Lydia Duanmu and Li Wang

 

Karen Koval and David Barish

Karen Koval and David Barish

 

Lauren Richman, Janet Temidayo and Jessie Kirchman

Lauren Richman, Janet Temidayo and Jessie Kirchman

 

Vita Dauksaite, Irena Yelanchik and Olga Raganelli

Vita Dauksaite, Irena Yelanchik and Olga Raganelli

 

Sophie Bonvin

Sophie Bonvin

 

CODE Collection

CODE Collection

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