Lexus has collaborated with iconic New Zealand designer, Karen Walker as they take their common interest in creativity and craftsmanship to the next level.
Walker has been a Lexus ambassador for over 13 years, so this collaboration felt natural.
“I always love the process of bringing two brands together to create something they couldn’t do independently,” stated Walker.
“We do this a lot in our work with great partnerships forming the basis of much of our storytelling.”
There are two unique designs that will be available exclusive to Lexus customers as part of the collaboration; a Lexus x Karen Walker tote bag and a pair of sunglasses.
The tote bag is crafted from a soft tan leather that closely matches Lexus’ own tan leather; Ochre. The tote features the elegant Lexus L on both sides and brings into play the combination of perforated and smooth leather combined with heavy stitching so intrinsic to Lexus interiors while the distinctive Lexus spindle grille design is seen in repeat on the bag’s lining.
A perfect weekend getaway piece, in your weekend getaway car.
The sunglasses references the lines of the LC 500 coupe, with strong, graphic, rounded frames in black acetate with acetate temples made in a new design inspired by Lexus’ signature Shimamoku woodgrain used throughout their interiors. The iconic Karen Walker arrow also takes presence. Attention to detail is key – therefore, the case for the sunglasses captures the stunning LC 500 interior combination of blue and orange as well as the Lexus Shimamoku woodgrain.
This collaboration ties Lexus’ brave design, Takumi craftsmanship and Omotenashi with Karen Walker’s design commitment to creativity and craft.
“We didn’t want the bag and glasses to be simply existing designs with new badging applied. Lexus had to be integrated and real. We were clear about the intention and parameters and then let the imagination and the craft do the rest.”
The Karen Walker x Lexus tote and sunglasses will be available as a gift to new Lexus buyers from the 1st of September, as well as available for purchase at Lexus dealerships.