HAVE YOUR­SELF A VERY KIEHL’S CHRIST­MAS Amer­i­can a ist An­drew Ban­necker talks about the hol­i­day sea­son, and the creative process for the Kiehl’s Hol­i­day 2018 col­lec­tion

KIEHL’S CHRIST­MAS COL­LEC­TION

AugustMan (Malaysia) - - In­spi­ra­tion - WORDS BY CE­LESTE GOH PHO­TOS BY KIEHL’S

KIEHL’S LONG PART­NER­SHIP with some of the world’s most renowned and cut­ting edge artists, such as Jeff Koons, KAWS, Kenny Scharf, Peter Max, Jere­myville, and the leg­endary Mickey, has led up to the year’s un­par­al­leled cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tion with Andrew Ban­necker for the brand’s much an­tic­i­pated Hol­i­day 2018 col­lec­tion.

Best known for his use of vivid colours, and hand-crafted drips and tex­tures, Ban­necker’s range of bub­bly char­ac­ters and so­phis­ti­cated land­scapes is trans­lated onto the lim­ited edi­tion pack­ag­ing of Kiehl’s best­selling and beloved prod­ucts.

The 10 spe­cial edi­tions in­clude: the light­tex­tured daily fa­cial hy­dra­tor Ul­tra Fa­cial Cream, which pro­vides 24-hour hy­dra­tion with con­tin­u­ous wa­ter re­plen­ish­ment through­out the day; the gen­tle, al­co­hol-free Cal­en­dula Herbal-Ex­tract Toner, de­rived from the Marigold flower to im­me­di­ately leave fa­cial skin feel­ing smooth, fresh and in­vig­o­rated; the top sell­ing Mid­night Re­cov­ery Con­cen­trate, a re­plen­ish­ing elixir of pure es­sen­tial oils and dis­tilled botan­i­cals to vis­i­bly re­store the ap­pear­ance of skin by morn­ing; and the fes­tive Hol­i­day Bar Soaps that gen­tly yet ef­fec­tively ex­fo­li­ates to re­move dead sur­face skin cells with­out over dry­ing, with their apri­cot seed ex­fo­li­a­tion in scents of co­rian­der, grape­fruit and laven­der.

The Kiehl’s x Andrew Ban­necker Hol­i­day 2018 col­lec­tion also in­cludes cus­tomis­able gift sets for pa­trons who wish to per­son­alise their hol­i­day gift­ing with the Kiehl’s prod­ucts of their choice. A cus­tom giftwrap­ping ser­vice with Lim­ited Edi­tion Kiehl’s x Andrew Ban­necker gift boxes are avail­able at Kiehl’s free­stand­ing stores world­wide and se­lect spe­cialty re­tail­ers.

What do the hol­i­days mean to you?

Fam­ily is ev­ery­thing to me, so the hol­i­days are a spe­cial time for me, a time of true to­geth­er­ness. I’m such a home­body, and it just wouldn’t be the hol­i­days, un­less I went home to be with my fam­ily. I have two young chil­dren ‒ Olivia is seven, and Noah is four; they are my world, and any free

time, es­pe­cially dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, I have I spend with them. So much so that my work ref­er­ences where I am in my life: when I’m happy, my work tends to be bright and fun, and when I’m down, it tends to get dark. I’m con­stantly be­ing in­spired. Whether it’s from an­other artist, or a fin­ger paint­ing from my chil­dren, in­spi­ra­tion al­ways seems to sneak in.

Tell us all about the cre­ative process that goes into the Kiehl’s x Andrew Ban­necker Hol­i­day 2018 col­lec­tion.

Per­son­ally, I think that this col­lab­o­ra­tion was writ­ten in the stars for us; I feel our sen­si­bil­i­ties are truly aligned, and even more so when I worked with the Kiehl’s cre­ative team; they were the best I’ve ever col­lab­o­rated with, and the cre­ative free­dom was a gift when ev­ery­one brought such bril­liance to the project.

Since the hol­i­day sea­son is my favourite, I was su­per ex­cited to start the col­lec­tion. I was on a train with my sketch­book, and I started to draw tra­di­tional hol­i­day shapes. I started with the play­ful, and tried to cre­ate a look that would stand out and en­gage. With that, I love to add bits of de­tail that when you see it, it makes you smile. As I kept draw­ing, the fine mix of pat­terns, char­ac­ters and vivid colours be­gan to turn into these lit­tle char­ac­ters, and once I had a few of these to­gether, their world just burst into life nat­u­rally.

I’ve al­ways loved to cre­ate, to go from noth­ing to some­thing - it feels a bit like magic. Pair that with Kiehl’s as an iconic brand with a long his­tory of be­ing unique and play­ful… I’m glad that I’ve been given the chance to help tell the brand’s story, cre­ate my own magic for Kiehl’s, if you may.

What’s your first mem­ory of Kiehl’s?

I can’t re­mem­ber ex­actly where I was, but I do re­mem­ber walk­ing by a Kiehl’s store, and do­ing a dou­ble take at the beauty of the in­te­rior in­side.

What about a favourite Kiehl’s prod­uct?

My fa­vorite Kiehl’s prod­uct is the Age De­fender Cleanser, with the Mid­night Re­cov­ery Eye com­ing in a close sec­ond.

What is your hol­i­day wish?

I wish that ev­ery­one will ex­pe­ri­ence a bit of magic this hol­i­day sea­son, hope­fully, through the Kiehl’s x Andrew Ban­necker Hol­i­day 2018 col­lec­tion! AM

“I’VE AL­WAYS LOVED TO CRE­ATE, TO GO FROM NOTH­ING TO SOME­THING - IT FEELS A BIT LIKE MAGIC”

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