Karl Lagerfeld is a multi-hyphenate extraordinaire–brilliant fashion designer for global power houses Chanel and Fendi, photographer, filmmaker, and publisher. How he does what he does so prolifically is the stuff of genius and while we’d like to get in on some of those secrets, we’re happy to know we can now at least have access to some of his creative tools! This week Lagerfeld and and Faber-Castell, the fine arts and writing implement purveyor, announced the launch of KARLBOX, a limited-edition collection of select drawing and artists’ supplies. “Since I was a child in Germany, Faber-Castell has been the most famous brand, known for its especially good quality,” said Karl Lagerfeld. “That reputation remains just as true today, particularly for artist pencils.” For Lagerfeld, drawing is the starting point for his prodigious productivity. “What amuses me while drawing is the fact to draw,” says Lagerfeld. “To me, drawing is like breathing and writing. These are things that almost relax me.”
Only 2,500 of the KARLBOX have been made and will be launched exclusively at Faber-Castell stores and in select department stores and specialty stores from September 19, 2016. In New York MOMA will begin selling the KARLBOX in their museum stores and online starting September 21st. Both venues will take pre-orders this month, with the product shipping in October.
The KARLBOX contains a lot of implements–350 art tools for drawing and painting including Albrecht Dürer and Polychromos color pencils, highly pigmented Pitt Artist ink pens, Castell 9000 graphite pencils, Pitt crayons and pastels, watercolour brushes and accessories like a foldable water cup, an eraser and sharpeners. Shades are sorted by primary and secondary colors, ranging from soft pastels to intense pigmentations.
Lagerfeld’s own favorite line is the Albrecht Dürer artist range of water soluble color pencils–all 120 shades are included in the collection, which is stored in a sleek black box designed by Lagerfeld. The wooden frame resembles a Chinese wedding cabinet; inside drawers organize the supplies, sorted by color shades, all of which were curated by Lagerfeld. Every one-of-a-kind box has a serial number and certificate of authenticity.