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Curative License
Brito, at her home in New York, 2014. Photo by Lianna Tarantin.

Curative License

Maria Brito marries fashion and art with a new collection of accessories.

By Maria Brito’s estimation, 80 percent of art-fashion collaborations are complete disasters. “Either they’re unaffordable or they’re stickers on T-shirts,” spouts the Venezuelan art adviser and interior designer, whose latest project—a line of accessories created with an ever changing selection of artists—steers clear of both. Her “group show,” as she refers to the collection, consists of acrylic clutches and silk scarves featuring the art of Katherine Bernhardt, Natalie Frank, and Trudy Benson. “They’re all New York–based painters with a passion for color and life,” says Brito, who spent time researching materials and museum-quality printers to ensure faithful reproductions of their work. Available in the United States at Kirna Zabête, the scarves, which cost $225, and bags, around $900, each bear the signature of the artist. “It’s really like you’re wearing an objet d’art.”

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Clutches (clockwise, from above, right) by Katherine Bernhardt, Natalie Frank, and Trudy Benson.

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