Luxury handbag maker Coach has collaborated with Chinese artist Zhang Lan to create a collection of exclusive items in celebration of the Year of the Dragon. Lan’s dragon illustration, in the traditional style of ink painting, adorns Coach’s iconic tote shape, as well as an assortment of matching small leather goods.
The gold design pops against a backdrop of the brand’s Signature pattern in mahogany. Drawing on traditional Chinese mythology, the dragon imagery represents “Qinglong” also known as the “Azure Dragon of the East.”
As one of the four symbols of the Chinese constellations, Qinglong represents the East and the Spring season, and has been reincarnated as famous generals from Chinese legend and folklore. Lan, a multi-disciplinary artist, is a member of the EDGE Creative Collective, and is widely recognized in China as a pioneer in tattoo and street art design.