In Rio’s eponymous district of Ipanema, the sashaying girls and super sculpted boys live life to an entirely different rhythm. More street cool than chic, their style and outlook is coloured by its glorious climate, surrounded by a natural colour palette of bright blue sky, shimmering aqua, abundant golden sun and verdant mountains.
For decades, artists, designers and musicians have flocked to this part of Brazil’s shoreline for inspiration, ‘the light is different’ some say and it’s true it clearly imparts a disposition of creativity which apart from Brazil’s natural resources is now being exported on a global basis. Take Gilson Martin a man influenced by the nation’s flag, proudly uniting a cocktail of colours and racial heritage under one symbol and slogan, “Order and Progression”.
More than just a designer, a visionary. So when Mr Martin created a line of accessories using Rio’s world famous icon, the Corcovado statue (Christ the Redeemer) as the centre-piece of his collection, it became more than a design must have and represented a state of mind. His range of bags, purses, wallets and other desirable items aren’t just a statement, they’re a useable collectable, so what are you waiting for? Bag it.