Pauric Sweeney’s Special Edition 16


Pauric Sweeney’s new line of handbags, the Special Edition 16 collection, caught my attention because their bright, neon color palette and geometric designs bring recall the somewhat chaotic style of the 80’s but do so in a subdued manner.

“The colors came out of my subconscious,” says Sweeney, “I am a child of the ’80s, after all.” Sweeney, who began making graphic clutches and purses in 2005, sees his “handbags as compositions as well as objects.” The Special Edition 16 collection is inspired by the avant-garde sound of composer and electronic music pioneer John Cage.

The collection features handbags composed of a mix of exotic skins (such as such as crocodile, alligator, stingray, and calfskin) cut into geometric shapes and set on backgrounds of dazzling neon colors. Featured below is one bubble-gum pink shoulder bag from the collection.

New Designer - Pauric Sweeney (Elle)

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