It is hard to miss Sam Clyma wandering around Auckland town; good looking, stylish, great mane of hair. It is also hard to miss Sam's oversize man clutch bags walking around town; good looking, stylish, great wad of leather and zips. So what possessed the Clyne model and student - currently a third of the way into his final (and honours) year at Elam Art School - to start making man bags big enough to fit two small children and an Alsatian (these bags aren't for poodles!)? It quite simply “came out of making art” says Sam, “when I started making bags as a part of my art practice someone said to me that they were scared I was making “just bags”. In response I said, “Yes, I am” because A) I love bags and B) I like the idea of making ‘an art’ that needn’t look like art to hold an artistic conversation, that an experience of the work comes through proximity and the ‘knowing’ and understanding of the work could come more by personal osmosis than by a formulaic evaluation/breakdown.” Putting your art all in one bag as it were then Sam or more exactly, the concept of carrying art around? Sam concurs: “I liked the idea of making ‘an art’ that could, and in some ways only, work when its status as art is forgotten and becomes an object that is carried close to your own body, suddenly your carrying around ‘an art’ everywhere you go and you think nothing of it.” The bags are all made of real leather, usuallly cow, but what about pockets? “No unnecessary pockets, if you can't put everything in together, get another bag type of thing...” says Sam. Keep an eye out for an MRK/SAM Clyma website and online store launching soon.
DESIGNER JIMMY D ONCE TWEETED THAT HIS GIANT MRK MAN CLUTCH HAD BEEN DESCRIBED TO HIM AS ' ALARMING'. ' WIN' TWEETED THE DESIGNER. GRANT FELL LEARNS THERE IS MORE TO DESIGNER SAM CLYMA, THAN BAGS. PHOTO: FRANCES CARTER
Styling: Sebastian Mcgirr-hunt and Dylan James Richards Grooming: Sharlene Cassidy using M.A.C Cosmetics. Sam (at Clyne) wears: Shirt and trousers by Zambesi Man, clutch by MRK