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ART PLAYER TAP­PAN COL­LEC­TIVE AND FASH­ION FAVE VINCE HOOK UP TO BRIL­LIANT EF­FECT.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY MURAT OZTASKIN

Art player Tap­pan Col­lec­tive and fash­ion fave Vince hook up to bril­liant ef­fect.

While it has sold work to the likes of Mi­randa Kerr, beau/Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, and Jonah Hill, LA arts col­lec­tive Tap­pan is fo­cused on ap­peal­ing to the new col­lec­tor, too. Uti­liz­ing its in­ter­na­tional ros­ter of artists (cur­rently 57, from the States, Paris, Lon­don, Copen­hagen…), the e-com­merce plat­form, which cel­e­brates its fifth birth­day in June, elim­i­nates costs, al­low­ing Tap­pan to pay emerg­ing artists more for their work and in turn sell that work for less, says founder Chelsea Nassib, an LA na­tive who grew up on the West­side.“Part of Tap­pan’s mis­sion is to broaden the en­try point for peo­ple who want to know about art,” says Nassib, and be­gin col­lect­ing it.

With the re­cent launch of “Stu­dio Se­ries,” a part­ner­ship with CA-de­signed fash­ion la­bel Vince, Tap­pan’s reach has never been wider. At its Grove and Venice re­tail flag­ships (The Grove, LA, 323-6020550; 1353 Ab­bot Kin­ney Blvd., Venice, 310-5269922; vince.com), as well as two NYC lo­ca­tions, Vince is show­cas­ing and sell­ing orig­i­nal, com­mis­sioned works from three of Tap­pan’s LA artists: hand­dyed prints from Ch­eryl Humphries; re­cy­cled skate­board sculp­tures by Aussie-turned-An­ge­leno Luke Chiswell; and lim­it­ededi­tion prints from pho­tog­ra­pher Isaac Zoller. “Vince is a brand I’ve al­ways ad­mired for its edit, and be­cause [its] founders are so in­flu­enced by art, de­sign, and ar­chi­tec­ture,” says Nassib, 28. “We felt it was a good brand align­ment.”

The part­ner­ship launched along­side Tap­pan’s new Arts District ate­lier, which mixes a shows­pace with five ro­tat­ing artist stu­dios—a space that, much like a cloth­ing bou­tique, “un­de­fines” what a gallery is. The con­cept has found a happy home in an ev­ere­volv­ing DTLA. “There is so much phys­i­cal space in LA, but there is also so much men­tal and cre­ative space,” says Nassib. “Peo­ple here are very open to push­ing bound­aries, and [ex­plor­ing] newer ideas, newer ways of do­ing things.” By ap­point­ment only, 1525 S. Broad­way, Fourth Fl., 213-226-6452; tap­pan­col­lec­tive.com

“VINCE’S VIBE IS VERY ROOTED IN L.A. WITH TH­ESE ARTISTS, WE TRIED TO SHOW­CASE WHAT THE LA­BEL IS IN­SPIRED BY.”

—CHELSEA NASSIB

The art in store: Vince is adding LA art to its “racks,” com­mis­sioned ex­clu­sively from arts col­lec­tive Tap­pan (CLOCK­WISE FROM LEFT): Tun­nel and Palm (both $910) by pho­tog­ra­pher Isaac Zoller; So Many Ways, Seen This Be­fore, and Try Try Try (all $800),...

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