luxury brands celebrate the year of the pig with porcine collections for lunar new year 2019

luxury brands celebrate the year of the pig with porcine collections for lunar new year 2019

today, chinese culture celebrates its new year, and rings in a new calendar cycle dedicated to the year of the pig. in chinese culture, pigs are a symbol of wealth, with their chubby faces and oversized ears signifying success and prosperity. while the image of the pig might not necessarily be the most endearing of the 12 zodiac animals, its portrayal has been widely popularized by numerous fictional forces (like peppa — the lovable cartoon pig/viral, billion dollar brand).

luxury brands year of the pig
swiss luxury watch and clock manufacturer vacheron constantin crafts ‘the legend of the chinese zodiac — year of the pig’ limited-edition watch in platinum, featuring a detailed relief



meanwhile, for many luxury brands, the lunar new year is great time to celebrate by delivering limited-edition products and capsule collections to their customers. this year, swiss watchmakers, italian design houses, and liquor brands alike are integrating porcine shapes, symbols and motifs into their merchandise.

luxury brands year of the pig
piaget has released a watch titled ‘altiplano’. developed in collaboration with enamelist anita porchet, the ultra-thin watch features a smiling pig on the face and a black crocodile leather strap. the watch is limited to just 38 pieces and is only available online.

luxury brands year of the pig
johnnie walker blue label celebrates the generous character of the pig with a limited edition bottle designed by english illustrator chrissy lau. her illustrations are inspired by her chinese heritage, and are instantly recognizable by her signature delicate lines and intricate patterns.

luxury brands year of the pig
to celebrate the year of the pig, gucci presents specially-designed merchandise and pouches featuring patches of disney’s three little pigs characters

luxury brands year of the pig
gucci’s flying pig brooch is a playful interpretation of the creature. imagined as a brooch in resin with mother of pearl effect, the whimsical design is backed with a metal pin closure.

luxury brands year of the pig
italian luxury goods brand bottega veneta and french fashion house louis vuitton are offering pig-shaped bag charms/keychains, like the bottega veneta pig charm (left) and the LV pig key holder (right)

luxury brands year of the pig
the finely detailed vuittonite pig necklace from louis vuitton is paved with pink strass. the pig proudly stands on a miniature louis vuitton boite à chapeau, which is engraved with the monogram pattern. the delicate gold-tone chain is adjustable to three different lengths.

luxury brands year of the pig
tod’s unveils a limited-edition women’s capsule collection in red, pink, silver and white — a curated mix of bags, accessories, small leather goods and piglet-shaped charms

luxury brands year of the pig
intricately designed and exquisitely crafted, this limited edition year of the pig powder compact from estée lauder is adorned with pink stones

luxury brands year of the pig
NIKE is releasing a limited-edition chinese new year collection that unifies patterns symbolic of all 12 signs onto classic NIKE, jordan brand and converse silhouettes, joining them together in a form of traditional chinese patchwork called ‘bai jia yi’.

luxury brands year of the pig
vans partners with chinese designer brand purlicue to celebrate the chinese lunar new year by unveiling an exclusive series of footwear. the vans & purlicue year of the pig collection showcases vans’ timeless aesthetic with purlicue’s philosophy of design

luxury brands year of the pig
dolce & gabbana’s cartoon style prints and patches celebrate the chinese new year with the message ‘power pig’

luxury brands year of the pig
following in the footsteps of luxury brands, young design platform multiply uploaded this project to designboom’s reader submissions, celebrating the lunar new year: we have brought together mutiply’s urban blanket and our new friend mr. pig. in this unusual setting, the blanket becomes a soft and elegant scarf which contrasts with our common perception of the pig and blurs the boundary between the animal and its image so mr. pig can be both a lovely pet and adorable cuddly toy. this project aims to explore how the deconstruction of a symbol can challenge our collective unconscious and the meaning we attribute to an image.

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