With Chinese New Year on January 31, luxury brands are unveiling their “exclusive” or “limited” collections to celebrate the Year of the Horse. Here are a selection of the horse-theme luxury goods that will ring in the lunar new year.
Gucci has released a capsule collection featuring the classic and very popular Bright Bit handbag, shoulder bag, and clutch in red and gold, which represent prosperity, luck, and success. These limited edition bags are made exclusively for China and include an interior brass plated logo bearing the inscription, “China Exclusive.”
Showing Gucci’s long relationship with the world of horses, Gucci kept the horse bit hardware, which is used in many of its collections rather than creating new horse motifs for the Chinese New Year collection.
New York-based DKNY’s Year of the Horse collection features 16 pieces which include T-shirt dresses, and silky and luxurious baseball shirts, red handbags, and red lace dresses that embody casual luxe. An important element of the collection is the embroidered horse design.
Fashion designer Carolina Herrera launched a special-edition red-and-gold Matryoshka bag made from Goya leather and features a horse design at the corner of the bag.
Luxury watchmakers also have crafted Year of the Horse timepieces. As part of its Urushi series, named for the Urushi method of lacquer art used, the Chopard year of the horse timepiece is created using gold foil and mother-of-pearl and a black alligator leather strap.
Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin launched two limited edition watches featuring bamboo and horse, which symbolize lively and independent spirits. The timepieces are crafted in pink gold or platinum, and are inspired by the art of paper-cutting, or Jianzhi. This is emulated with enameling and hand-engraving works on the dial.
Moleskin and Shanghai Tang
Moleskin collaborated with Shanghai Tang to produce horse-themed notebooks featuring a horse in the form of a Tangram, a seven piece puzzle invented during the Song Dynasty and calendars containing advice from feng shui master Koon Zhi Zheng. This is the second collaboration between Moleskin and Shanghai Tang. They worked on last year’s snake-themed collection together.
Early last year, Rolls-Royce announced its Majestic Horse Collection, which is “a limited production of Rolls-Royce Ghosts that fuses the interpretations of the horse in traditional Chinese art,” according to Blouin ArtInfo. Prevalent in Chinese ink paintings, horses are considered highly intelligent and loyal animals. Rolls-Royce aims to capture that with “a warhorse-inspired motif, in the form of hand-crafted marquetry to the glovebox and dashboard, as well as embroidery to the headrest and cushions. The exterior of the sedan is also finished with the auspicious horse motif, hand-applied to the twin coachlines.”