Fine Art for Your Arm


Local art lovers know Renzo Piano from his work on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Harvard Art Museums. Now the Italian starchitect’s latest commission—the new Whitney Museum of American Art—is set to debut on May 1, but Bostonians won’t have to trek to NYC to see a smaller-scale version of sorts. Designed by Max Mara and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the Whitney Bag ($1,150-$1,750) hits the brand’s Newbury Street outpost in early May and recalls the building’s structural details, down to leather ribbing that echoes the steel-beamed exterior. Available in black, Bordeaux, tobacco and a limited-edition blue-gray that mimics the museum facade’s metallic hue, it’s arty arm candy.

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