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MZ Wallace is proud to partner with The Underground Museum on this special limited edition Metro Tote and Metro Pouch.

Featuring the work of the visionary artist (and The Underground Museum’s cofounder) Noah Davis, our collaboration celebrates the late painter’s life, as well as his commitment to creating a space for art and community — for everyone.

100% of the net proceeds from this sale of this collaboration support The Underground Museum’s efforts to increase access to art in underserved communities.

“Ultimately, I want to change the way people view art, the way people buy art, the way people make art. I believe … that art can function in everyday life. I strive for an artistic legacy that not only transcends blackness but confluences and impacts all cultures.”

— Noah Davis

About The Underground Museum

The Underground Museum (The UM) is a 501(c)(3) located in Los Angeles and dedicated to exhibiting museum-quality art to diverse communities for free. The UM upholds the belief that art is an essential part of a vibrant, just, and healthy society. The UM’s role as a cultural hub and urban oasis serves low-to-moderate income neighborhoods and cultivates the hope that increasing access to art will inspire, educate, and transform lives.

 

About Noah Davis

Artist Noah Davis (1983-2015), is known for his large-scale paintings depicting shadowy, isolated figures against rich color fields with dripping textures and large scale mixed-media installations. After dropping out of New York’s Cooper Union, Noah exhibited internationally at Roberts & Tilton, L&M Arts, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), in Los Angeles, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Torrance Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., DODGE Gallery and Jack Tilton Gallery in New York City. Noah was featured in the landmark exhibition, 30 Americans, a celebration of the most important African American artists of the past three decades, organized by the Rubell Family Collection. His work is

in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Nasher Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Noah was the recipient of LACMA’s 2013 Art Here and Now (AHAN): Studio Forum award.

MZ Wallace x Nick Cave
Truth Be Told

MZ Wallace is proud to partner with artist Nick Cave on this exclusive Truth Be Told Large Metro Tote Deluxe. Inspired by Cave's thought-provoking public artwork of the same name along with his immersive Soundsuit sculptures, the tote is rendered in his vibrant mixed-media prints designed in collaboration with Bob Faust, and subvert the colloquial phrase to explore the fragility of truth in our society.


Truth Be Told

Nick Cave first came to prominence almost 20 years ago with the display of his now iconic Soundsuits, which are elaborate costumes-as-works-of-art. Made of a myriad of discarded materials, they are designed to be worn and moved in, concealing the wearer's race, gender, and age. Since then he has become known internationally for the Soundsuits, as well as for his ritualistic public performance projects and flamboyant installations consisting of literally thousands of ornamental items.


MZ Wallace x Nick Cave

"We are thrilled to be an MZ Wallace collaborator because the product is of extraordinary quality. I was interested in how many patterns would evolve through the quilted production process and ultimately fell in love with that surface articulation."

-Nick Cave

Nick Cave
Truth Be Told
MZ Wallace x Nick Cave

The MZ Wallace x Nick Cave MZW Gives Back Large Metro Tote Deluxe features a patchwork of Soundsuit inspired prints designed by Cave exclusively for MZ Wallace, along with a crossbody strap emblazed with the titular phrase of one of Cave's most well-known exhibits: Truth Be Told. $325

100% of net proceeds from the sale of this bag support educational programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Facility Foundation.


Truth Be Told at Jack Shainman's The School in the Hudson Valley village of Kinderhook, New York.
Truth Be Told
MZ Wallace x Njideka Akunyili Crosby

MZ Wallace is proud to partner with acclaimed artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby on an exclusive, limited edition Metro Tote.

Born in Enugu, Nigeria, Crosby earned an MFA from Yale University before relocating to live and work in Los Angeles. Our collaboration features a work from Crosby's series, "The Beautyful Ones," inspired by the artist's own experiences and the complexities of the diasporic experience.

100% of the net proceeds from the sale of this special release will support the Student Apprenticeship Program (SAP) at Artspace in New Haven, Connecticut, a one-of-a-kind educational and apprenticeship program for public high school students that encourages experimentation and civic discourse, while fostering appreciation for the vital role artists play in improving our community.

MZ Wallace x Njideka

"Representation — especially complex, multidimensional representation from African artists — matters a great deal because it stakes a claim on our social existence, it asserts our humanity, which is oftentimes, de facto (if not de jure) denied, ignored, etc." — Njideka Akunyili Crosby

About SAP & Artspace

The Student Apprenticeship Program (SAP) at Artspace brings New Haven public high school students into its space for three intensive weeks to work as apprentices with a Lead Artist. Since its inception in 2001, Artspace’s Student Apprenticeship Program has given nearly 400 New Haven Public High School students the opportunity to conceive, create, and mount their very own gallery show, learn about contemporary studio art practices, delve deeply into the lead artists artistic strategies and methods, and build self-esteem while making a collective project relevant to their own lives.

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About Njideka Akunyili Crosby

About Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Njideka Akunyili Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria, in 1983 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The artist was awarded an honorary doctorate from Swarthmore College in May 2019. She is also the recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship and has received a number of awards and grants, including the Prix Canson, 2016; Next Generation honor, New Museum, 2015; Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, 2015; and the James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2014, among others. She was an Artist in Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem in 2011-2012. In 2019, the artist participated in the 58th Venice Biennale.

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MZW x Njideka Crosby

MZ Wallace x Lingua Franca

for She Should Run & Higher Heights Leadership Fund

The third in a special collaborative series, this limited edition Metro Tote Deluxe brings awareness to the need for more women — and racial equality — in political leadership.

This Metro Tote Deluxe is emblazoned with the phrase "give a damn" in Lingua Franca's signature embroidery — strong language that represents an important cause.

100% of the net proceeds from the sale of this special Metro Tote will support She Should Run, a non-partisan organization that supports women running for office, and Higher Heights Leadership Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to strengthening Black women’s leadership capacity and civic participation.

"Getting more women into office is important, but it's not enough. The conversation must include and support racial diversity if we hope to elect a government that is truly representative of its people."

— Monica Zwirner, MZ Wallace cofounder & designer

MZ Wallace x Lingua Franca

“Change doesn’t happen alone — we all have to get involved, we all have to give a damn.”

— Lucy Wallace Eustice, cofounder & designer, MZ Wallace

Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca is a line of sustainably-sourced, fair trade luxury cashmere sweaters committed to ethical labor practices and the highest environmental standards. A portion of all Lingua Franca proceeds support activists and organizations working for a better world.

She Should Run

She Should Run

Founded in 2011, She Should Run is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) that provides an approachable starting place and network for women leaders considering a future run for office and for those who support them.

Higher Heights Leadership Fund

Higher Heights Leadership Fund

Higher Heights Leadership Fund, a 501(c)(3), is building a national civic engagement infrastructure and network to strengthen Black women’s leadership capacity. Higher Heights Leadership Fund is investing in a long-term strategy to expand and support Black women’s leadership pipeline at all levels and strengthen their civic participation beyond just Election Day.

MZ Wallace x The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation

MZ Wallace × The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation

MZ Wallace is proud to partner with The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation to support Le Korsa, a non-profit organization that offers grants to deserving institutions in Senegal.

Featuring quotes on teaching — and learning — from both Josef and Anni Albers, this limited edition Metro Tote is printed in a special typeface developed by Josef Albers during his time at the famed Bauhaus school of design.

100% of the net proceeds from the sale of this special tote support Le Korsa's educational efforts for women in Senegal.

“Empowering women has always been important to our philosophy of giving back to the community, whether on a local or global scale. Ensuring that women have access to an education, and the opportunities that arise from it, is an impactful way to put this philosophy into action. We are thrilled to partner with The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation to support Le Korsa."

— Monica Zwirner, Cofounder & Designer

“The word ‘thrilled’ applies equally to our feelings about this beautiful and unusual collaboration. The proceeds of this project will go to the Foyer de Tambacounda, a residential facility in Senegal that allows over 135 young women to live in safe surroundings while continuing their education in the local high school. The Foyer, which depends on Le Korsa entirely for its funding, provides these young women with the chance to learn and to choose their futures in an unprecedented way.”

— Nicholas Fox Weber, Head of The Albers Foundation and Founder & President of Le Korsa

The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

In 1971, Josef Albers established a not-for-profit organization to further "the revelation and evocation of vision through art." Today, this organization is devoted to preserving and promoting the enduring achievements of both Josef and Anni Albers, and the aesthetic and philosophical principles by which they lived. It serves as a unique center for the understanding and appreciation of the arts and of all visual experience — with the combined legacies of Josef and Anni Albers at its heart.

Le Korsa

Le Korsa is a dynamic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works directly with dedicated doctors, teachers, artists and students in Senegal to improve human lives. The organization has made a tremendous difference in the areas of medical care, education and cultural enrichment in a part of the world where the needs are urgent and substantial.

MZ Wallace is proud to partner with Ashlee Muhammad — stylist, influencer, and founder of Harlem-based brand BeEyeConic — on this limited edition design.

Proceeds from the sale of this sold out style supported a mural project for New York City’s P.S. 149 Sojourner Truth School through the non-profit organization #TakeCareofHarlem

The #TakeCareofHarlem Mural Project

Funded by this collaboration, world-renowned, locally-based artist Andre Trenier created an eye-catching mural along the wall of Harlem’s P.S. 149 Sojourner Truth school. Celebrating the achievements of Black men and women, from politics to the arts, the mural encourages school kids and community members alike to pause and reflect on their incredible contributions to society. The mural’s prominent, public placement makes it a piece of art that is free and open for anyone to enjoy — at any time.

About Ashlee Muhammad and BeEyeConic

Ashlee Muhammad is an advocate for self-love, self-esteem, empowerment and emotional wellness for women, men and children. She co-hosts the self-care and relationship podcast “HappilyEverMuhammad” with her husband Mustafa Muhammad, and is the designer of her signature fashion brand BeEyeConic, which creates limited collections of pop culture-inspired accessories and clothing. Ashlee is also the Stylist for 5001 FLAVORS and the Style Curator at Harlem Haberdashery. Ashlee Muhammad is many things, but most importantly she is a passionate and positivity-filled wife, mother of three and proud resident of Harlem.

About #TakeCareOfHarlem

#TakeCareOfHarlem is a formally designated 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides year-round philanthropic programs tackling hunger, arts education and access, and youth driven programming for Harlem residents. Its mission is to promote the upward mobility of community prosperity and endeavors in Harlem through a social media driven hashtag call to action. The #ArtLivesinHarlem program was established under #TakeCareOfHarlem to provide an ongoing program of contemporary art at Harlem Hospital Center. The program has since expanded to include other civic offerings.

The Partnership

Since 2011, we've made a commitment to encourage empowerment through education and equal opportunity. Raising money and awareness around these issues is at the heart of our brand.

Our collaboration with designer and curator Duro Olowu — in conjunction with the opening of his exhibition Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago at the MCA — marks the second time we've released an exclusive collaboration in support of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and their educational efforts.

Inspired by his unique designs and evocative patterns, this limited edition Metro Tote features a custom print by Olowu in his signature style.

Olowu's work eschews trends and transverses cultural and global boundaries. It's daring, emotional, bold and open — an inspirational source for so many aspects of life.

— Monica Zwirner, Cofounder & Designer, MZ Wallace

The Exhibit

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary museums devoted to the art of our time. With an international reputation for groundbreaking exhibitions, the MCA presents the latest in cutting-edge, contemporary culture.

Drawing from the Chicago's public and private art collections including works in the MCA’s collection, Duro Olowu curates a show that reimagines relationships between artists and objects across time, media, and geography. Moving away from traditional exhibition formats, Olowu combines photographs, paintings, sculptures, and films in dense and textural scenes that incorporate his own work.

MZ Wallace is proud to partner with Ashlee Muhammad — stylist, influencer and founder of the Harlem-based brand BeEyeConic — on a special rerelease of this limited edition design.

Proceeds from the sale of this bag will support the non-profit organization #TakeCareofHarlem, and Higher Heights Leadership Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to strengthening Black women’s leadership capacity and civic participation.

 

Through MZW Gives Back, our commitment has been to create equal opportunities through education and empowerment. But we know we can do more. We’re so excited to join forces with Ashlee for a second to time to turn that commitment into meaningful results that will have a lasting, positive impact both on our community and in the fight for equality in civic leadership.

— Lucy Wallace Eustice, cofounder & designer of MZ Wallace

 

About Ashlee Muhammad and BeEyeConic

Ashlee Muhammad is an advocate for self-love, self-esteem, empowerment and emotional wellness for women, men and children. She co-hosts the self-care and relationship podcast “HappilyEverMuhammad” with her husband Mustafa Muhammad, and is the designer of her signature fashion brand BeEyeConic, which creates limited collections of pop culture-inspired accessories and clothing. Ashlee is also the Stylist for 5001 FLAVORS and the Style Curator at Harlem Haberdashery. Ashlee Muhammad is many things, but most importantly she is a passionate and positivity-filled wife, mother of three and proud resident of Harlem.

About #TakeCareOfHarlem

#TakeCareOfHarlem is a formally designated 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides year-round philanthropic programs tackling hunger, arts education and access, and youth driven programming for Harlem residents. Its mission is to promote the upward mobility of community prosperity and endeavors in Harlem through a social media driven hashtag call to action. The #ArtLivesinHarlem program was established under #TakeCareOfHarlem to provide an ongoing program of contemporary art at Harlem Hospital Center. The program has since expanded to include other civic offerings.

About Higher Heights Leadership Fund

Higher Heights Leadership Fund, a 501(c)(3), is building a national civic engagement infrastructure and network to strengthen Black women’s leadership capacity. Higher Heights Leadership Fund is investing in a long-term strategy to expand and support Black women’s leadership pipeline at all levels and strengthen their civic participation beyond just Election Day.