Italian architect and engineer, Renzo Piano has expanded his design repertoire by creating a limited-edition handbag for Max Mara. Modeled by his Whitney Museum of American Art, the “Whitney Bag” features distinct ribbing inspired by the museum’s facade – the central idea behind the totes design. With creative use of technology and refined materials, the most characteristic elements of the Manhattan museum have been sophisticatedly replicated.

Renzo Bag red interior

Max Mara up close brand tag

The leather, top-handle bag is lined with red suede and is being offered in black, bordeaux, tan and a collector’s edition in light-blue grey.  Although this stunning handbag design proves to be an impressive first for Piano, he intends to keep it that way as only 250 pieces have been made available. All profits will be donated to the Renzo Piano Foundation, to help fund its cultural and educational projects.

Making the Max Mara Renzo Piana Bag

Up close shot of Renzo Piana Bag