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Nancy Gonzalez Luncheon Benefiting Two x Two at The Warehouse

Regina Campbell

March 31, 2015

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Art and fashion are old friends. How fitting, then, that accessories brand Nancy Gonzalez and Neiman Marcus partnered with TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art co-founder Cindy Rachofsky and glam Dallas-based philanthropist Nancy C. Rogers to host a benefit luncheon debuting Gonzalez’ new series of customizable graffiti handbags.

Nancy gonzalez crossbody bag
Nancy gonzalez crossbody bag
Santiago Gonzalez.
Santiago Gonzalez.

Rachofsky graciously opened the industrial doors of The Warehouse—an 18,000-square-foot North Dallas art repository co-owned by the Rachofskys and Vernon Faulconer. The museum-white gallery and educational facility showcases roughly 155 works by 112 artists. The space’s Gallery 1 was transformed into a chic dining room with hydrangea-topped tables, where 50 art and fashion patrons sipped white wine and dined alongside works by Ellsworth Kelly, Donald Judd, and Frank Stella (what great company).

Santiago Gonzalez and Cindy Rachofsky
Santiago Gonzalez and Cindy Rachofsky
Nancy Gonzalez bucket bag
Nancy Gonzalez bucket bag

The Warehouse’s library offered an exclusive shopping experience. Nancy Gonzalez president and creative director Santiago Gonzalez was on hand to introduce the series of crocodile handbags, which New York-based graffiti artists will personalize with initials, names, or icons. Guests Tina Craig (a.k.a., the Bag Snob), Nasiba Harland-Mackie, Lisa Runyon, and Karla McKinley watched as on-site artist Victor Ving painted CR on an exotic gray bag for Cindy Rachofsky.

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Tina Craig wearing Prabal Gurung
Tina Craig wearing Prabal Gurung

Luncheon-goers were incentivized to unleash their own artistic expression—from cheeky inscriptions to Pollock-esque splatters—knowing that 20% of the day’s proceeds from handbag sales would go to Two x Two, which benefits amfAR (The Foundation for AIDs Research) and the Dallas Museum of Art. One generous patron reportedly ordered 30 bags to give her very lucky friends for Christmas. The Gonzalez graffiti series will travel to select cities throughout the year.

For more information, visit TwoxTwo.org and thewarehousedallas.org.

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