Vintage is publishing a limited edition box set of some of novelist and travel writer Bruce Chatwin’s books, in collaboration with British luxury brand Burberry.
Chatwin, who died in 1989, was cited by Burberry’s chief creative and chief executive officer Christopher Bailey as a source of inspiration for its spring/summer 2015 clothing collection, which was called Book Covers & Bruce Chatwin. Vintage brand director Claire Wilshaw said: “It was thrilling to discover that Chatwin was Burberry’s inspiration. Burberry got in touch with us to talk about doing something together to expand on that and work together to bring Chatwin to a wider audience.”
The project is one of a number of collaborations between Vintage and third parties, which include the recent Vivienne Westwood-designed cover for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (£15) and its forthcoming Christmas project, in conjunction with luxury chocolatier Prestat, based around “The Nutcracker”.
Six of Chatwin’s works will be published on 6th May as a box set, priced at £495. Each title will be cloth-bound with an exclusive design created under the direction of Bailey. The covers were hand-finished by Graphicom, a specialist printer based in Italy. The 280 sets will be available exclusively through selected Burberry flagship stores globally (excluding China) and through www.burberry.com.
Frances Macmillan, senior editor at Vintage, said: “Vintage is absolutely thrilled to partner with one of Britain’s most prestigious and exciting brands to bring Chatwin’s incomparable works to a new audience—and in such inimitable style.” Wilshaw added: “It’s been wonderful working with Burberry, obviously it has a heritage of creative design and at Vintage we pride ourselves on our design.”
The six Chatwin titles included in the set are The Viceroy of Ouidah (originally published in 1980), On the Black Hill (1982), The Songlines (1987), Utz (1988), What am I Doing Here? (1988) and In Patagonia (1977).