Introducing the latest entry in our artist collaboration series. This time around we teamed with Brooklyn-based artist Kristin Texeira, who created six paintings exclusively for a collection of pocket squares.

Texeira is known for her bold, semi-abstract paintings which are deeply suggestive of specific times, places and moods. In fact, for Texeira the canvas is a medium in which memory can crystallise and be preserved forever: ‘I paint to remember,’ as she puts it herself.


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Across the six paintings which we have made into pocket squares, Texeira’s distinctive brushwork and use of colour create miniature self-contained narratives. She explains: ‘I told six adventure stories. There is The Farm: from my hometown – as a child, walking out to a sacred tree in the middle of a farm and finding it covered with ladybugs. The Golden Pig: telling of travels in Florence, Italy, climbing steps to a statue and making a wish in a fountain. The Island:  referencing the magic of phosphorescence on Martha’s Vineyard in late summer. The Roof – a shooting star my first night in Brooklyn, NY; The Sunset – roaming the hills of San Francisco, and The Bridge – the meeting place when I lived in Paris. Each story leads you to a place where you can make a wish. These are treasure maps to make wishes on.’

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Our Creative Director, Michael Hill, had long been a fan of Texeira’s work, and on a trip to New York decided to get in touch to propose the idea of a collaboration. ‘Out of the blue Michael hit me up via email and asked if I would be interested in collaborating. He happened to be visiting New York and stopped by my studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We had a great morning discussing our inspirations – travel, art, interacting with others. I had been working on a series inspired by my two-month stay on a houseboat in Sausalito – he spoke of Japan. We both talked about our love of David Hockney. It made me excited to start working on something for Drake’s.’

And so, a collaboration was born. The resulting pocket squares are small pieces of art in their own right, but of course they double as beautiful accessories. The rich colour palette adds a welcome flash of colour to a more muted ensemble, whether worn in a breast pocket, or knotted about the neck.  

 

 

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Texeira is someone who understands the emotional significance that certain items of clothing can absorb. ‘I have clothes that I’ve held onto because they tell a story. Any object – whether it is a piece of art, a ceramic vase, a scarf, or a seashell – can contain a story, and act as a way to re-enter a memory. You remember what shirt you were wearing the day you fell in love, or a bandana you wore as you drove across country, or a pin on a sweater given to you by someone long ago.’

‘These pocket squares act doubly as memory holders. My memories, shared within the imagery as markers of time and place; and the object itself as a memory – maybe given as a gift, maybe worn for a special event. There is a story within the pocket square and the story of the pocket square itself.’

Shop the Kristin Texeira for Drake's Collection