For exhibition only

  • Artwork Description

    In the spirit of continuous innovation, Chanel collaborated for the very first time with self-taught French-Vietnamese painter and graffiti artist Cyril Kongo. For Chanel’s Métiers d’art 2018/19 collection it commissioned the famous artist to mix its DNA with modernized versions of Egyptian hieroglyphs.

    In his private studio at Quai Voltaire in Paris, France, Cyril painted graffiti on lux fabrics then transformed it into precious materials—worthy to be called art. He created the invitations and press kits for the Métiers d’art show, and also designed prints for clothes, accessories, and bags.

    The backpack is painted in gold with Cyril Kongo’s colorful graffiti. The CHANEL branding you love is emblazoned from front to back. It has the double C logo, Rue Cambon locations, and the brand’s signature quilting. We also love the iconic leather and chain details on the straps. You’ll also love that it’s a medium-sized bag, roomy enough to contain your valuables from day to night.

Cyril Kongo’s artworks is marked by his experience and his vision of life. After painting in the streets for more than 30 years and working so that graffiti can be perceived differently, this artist is now considered as a pioneer who understood how to break the codes and build something new through his contemporary and “avant-gardiste” point of view. His influences are multicultural, his level of excellence and his capacity to create new bridges between opposite worlds has forged his style and career.



Cyril Kongo has been able to associate his name with excellence, abundance and virtuosity. He comes from a marginalized environment which has been set aside of the institutionalized art industry but today this visionary artist is known internationally. His singular universe and his strong identity gave him the opportunity to collaborate with the most prestigious names of fashion such as Hermès, Chanel, Richard Mille but also with luxurious brands based on art and craftsmanship such as La Cornue, Pinel&Pinel, Atelier Victor, Daum,…