NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PORTMANTOS, the premier online boutique for luggage and all things travel, today announced its partnership with London-born, New York-based acclaimed artist and photographer, James Goldcrown. Goldcrown - known for his Instagram-famous "Love Wall" murals that can be found from New York to Los Angeles - will adorn a selection (http://www.portmantos.com/james-goldcrown/) of the retailer's hardside luggage and accessories with his signature bleeding hearts for customers who wish to have their luggage transformed into a one-of-a-kind work of art.
Goldcrown's work has become an international symbol of love and a reminder to spread peace. Most recently, his bleeding hearts can be found on the walls of New York City's iconic department store, Henri Bendel, on Fifth Avenue, across from Trump Tower. Other projects include a collaboration with TOMS to design a line of the buy-one-give-one shoes available exclusively at the brand's stores and online. With the launch of this new collaboration, PORTMANTOS hopes to bring this same inspiration and sense of whimsy to travelers around the world, just in time for Valentine's Day on Feb. 14.
"I am thrilled to collaborate with PORTMANTOS on such an exciting project," said Goldcrown. "The growing popularity of my Love Walls truly speaks to the universal language of love. The thought of my art traveling around the world in such a unique way is incredible to me. As an avid traveler myself, painting on suitcases is really fun for me because it means the work will be exposed to the public at large, rather than just art collectors and enthusiasts."
The one-of-a-kind, hand-painted luggage and accessories, along with the artist's signature, will be available for purchase exclusively on Portmantos.com beginning today. Pieces available for customization by Goldcrown include such brands as Rimowa, Hartmann, Zero Halliburton and Samsonite. To learn more, please visit: http://www.portmantos.com/james-goldcrown-bleeding-hearts/
PORTMANTOS is the premier online boutique for luggage and all things travel. Committed to exceptional quality and superlative service, PORTMANTOS offers a truly personal shopping experience. In addition to their meticulously hand-selected products, customers have access to exclusive benefits including concierge services, a personal travel advisory, VIP programming, white-glove delivery and more. PORTMANTOS believes that the shopping experience is not just about the destination, but also the journey. www.Portmantos.com
Born in West London, JGoldcrown is a self-taught artist/photographer now based in New York & LA.
JGoldcrown left school when he was 17 and started working in a South London darkroom, leading him into a career as a fashion photographer. At 24, after 7 years in the industry, JGoldcrown took a break and went to Africa to make the documentary "To Die No More" which highlighted the AIDS/HIV epidemic. TDNM won 2 awards and raised over £10,000 which was donated to the people featured in the film.
In 2007 JGoldcrown moved to New York and re-entered the fashion world. He began incorporating mixed media into his photography influenced by his previous days as a street artist in the early 90's. In 2014 JGoldcrown started a workshop called The Shed Project which allowed people to interact in his studio space. In 2015 he had his first show at Miami Basel where his work sold out in 2 hours. JGoldcrown is now known internationally for his Bleeding Hearts/Lovewall murals that can be seen around New York, California, Texas, Miami & Chicago. The Lovewall has led him to work with brands and companies such as, Toms, L'Oreal, Island Records, Universal, MTV, Vogue, Bandier, Rimowa Luggage, Henri Bendel, Armarni and many more. His work is also sold privately around the world.
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