Above: Mira Mikati
Harvey Nichols reached out to Lucie Kaas in the beginning of 2019 as they were interested in a customized, limited edition of the hand painted, Japanese kokeshi dolls from Lucie Kaas’ popular Sketch.inc collection. The exclusive, British department store approached several fashion designers such as Marni, Mira Mikati, RED Valentino, MM6, Paul Smith and many others all keen to design a kokeshi with the identity of their brand. The dolls were created for a store opening in Hong Kong in September and used as presents for VIP clients and celebrity guests. (Pictured right: Red Valentino)
The entire Lucie Kaas x Harvey Nichols collection features designs from Marni, Mira Mikati, MM6, Paul Smith, Monse, SJYP, RED Valentino, Wooyoungmi, Solid Homme, and Hyke (see below). The collection has been produced as a limited edition and is not for sale, but you can check out the rest of the Sketch.inc collection here.
The whole collection
The fashion designers themselves participated in the creation and design process of their kokeshi dolls. Marni’s Creative Director, Fransesco Risso, chose to design the Marni doll inspired by his own outfit at the Marni Fall/Winter 19 show in Milan and the Lebanese-French designer, Mira Mikati, wanted her doll to wear an outfit with her iconic sun doodle print.