The Art of Soup

Next time you visit Tesco, be sure to add ‘art’ after apples on your shopping list. In tribute to iconic artist Andy Warhol, Campbell’s are set to release a series of limited edition tomato soup cans inspired by the famous paintings. The series of four Warhol-like labels have been designed in colours such as white and yellow, or pink and teal.

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The Campbell’s brand became a cultural classic when Warhol produced 32 canvases in 1962 – each reflecting a different flavour of soup the brand produced at the time. It is alleged that Warhol created the paintings after eating the soup for lunch every day over a twenty year period.

And while Campbell’s did not commission Warhol’s work, the company went on to become a supporter of the artist and established the Andy Warhol Scholarship Fund with the New York Art Academy.

Andy Warhol Foundation director of licensing Michael Hermann said “We are delighted to celebrate the enduring legacy of these two icons by bringing Warhol’s art back to the Campbell’s soup cans that provided him with inspiration”.

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This isn’t the first time the cans have appeared however. They were first launched in the US last year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the paintings.

Cans will be launching on Sept 9th and will be stocked in limited numbers at supermarket chains Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

New: Alva Norge

Be sure not to miss our newest accessories brand Alva Norge, whose collection of gorgeous printed silk scarves have just arrived in store.

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Taking inspiration from stunning scenery and beautiful wildernesses, it is clear that nature is a key theme for Alva (which is an old Viking word for ‘elf’). Designer Rags Totland grew up on the west coast of Norway at the bottom of a fjord and it is these childhood memories that laid the foundations for the collections design identity. “My childhood was very much dominated by trips out in the wood, picking berries and mushrooms, going fishing and skiing in the mountains during winter,” she explains. And while she is now based in London her Norwegian heritage and fascination with the idea of an enchanted forest gives her scarves a deep, dark, mystical aura.

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Produced in Italy using the finest silks and cashmere, the prints are beautifully organic and stick to a muted colour base which is highlighted with splashes of vibrant colour. They are ideal for pairing with a plain tee (see American Vintage!) or with coats once the weather cools. The scarves will even look equally cool tied to the strap of your handbag for a stylish individual touch.

The scarves are so stunning I almost want two – one to wear and one to frame to hang over the fireplace!

The new collection is in store now.

HUGO: Red Never Follows

This year sees 20 years of HUGO, the avant-garde, slightly experimental line from the Hugo Boss family. So to mark the occasion, HUGO, in true avant-garde style, are celebrating the unpredictable and adventurous path creativity takes with a pop-up exhibition at The Saatchi Gallery titled Red Never Follows.

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In collaboration with a unique selection of 20 contemporary artists, creatives and inventors from across the globe, the exhibition is a fusion of fashion and art. Each contributor, chosen from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines, have been invited to share their influences and practises which reflect the HUGO brand and its innovative, creative and unconventional outlooks. The displays vary in their composition, ranging from video installations and pneumatic environments through to interactive light projections and ornate murals, and all represent different interpretations of the creative journey.

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Thackerays were lucky enough to attend the launch night where we were treated to a private view of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be at the Saatchi Gallery until Sept 1st.