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At this point it wouldn’t be shocking to hear that Karl Lagerfeld lives by the motto, “Go big or go home.” Everything the Chanel and Fendi creative director does he does on a major scale. And his latest collaboration is no different.
According to WWD, Lagerfeld has partnered with Faber-Castell, the world’s largest manufacturer of pencils — specifically colored pencils, which Vincent van Gogh and Paul Klee were known to use — on a limited-edition chest of pencils priced around $2,825, or 2,500 euros. The collection, dubbed Karlbox, hits Karl Lagerfeld boutiques and Faber-Castell stores Sept. 1, adding select department and specialty stores on Sept. 19.
The legendary designer has created plenty of pieces in his storied career — sketched with these very instruments — with that price tag, but a limited-edition box of pencils surely seems like the most surprising. Not a stretch, however, is the fact the pencils and other sketching supplies and tools come in a beautiful case: a box inspired by a Chinese wedding chest. The real question is, which aspiring designers can afford this sure-to-be collectors’ item?
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