When you think of Karl Lagerfeld, art supplies don’t necessarily come to mind. But that’s exactly the designer’s next big project. Yes, like a back-to-school pencil case. Lagerfeld collaborated with art supplies manufacturer Faber-Castell on a limited-edition collection called KarlBox that costs more than $3,000 (2,500 GBP). And while you may scoff at the price/concept of the case, it’s a dream come true for any art and fashion lover.
For example, the case is seriously limited-edition: Only 2,500 of the boxes were made, which were designed to look like a Chinese wedding cabinet, according to CNN. Inside, the case contains 120 Albrecht Durer artists’ watercolor pencils, five Graphite Aquarelle pencils, 120 polychromos artists’ pencils and pastels, 60 Pitt Artist pens, 12 Castell 9000 graphite pencils, four Pitt Artist Pens Fineliners, four Pitt Graphite Crayons, one dual sharpening box Castell 9000, one dual metal sharpener, one kneadable art eraser, one dust-free art eraser, one high-density watercolor brush, one sharpening knife, one sandpaper block, and a Clic & Go water cup. Phew.
Or you could buy 197 M.A.C. lipsticks.
Part of the reason Lagerfeld launched this art supply case is that Faber-Castell’s drawing tools remind him of his childhood. “Since I was a little child in Germany, Faber-Castell has been the most famous brand known for its especially good quality. That reputation remains just as true today, particularly for artist pencils,” Lagerfeld told CNN.
350 artist tools in a limited edition @KarlLagerfeld x @fabercastellglobal #KARLBOX 🎨 2500 boxes available worldwide. Already sold out on KARL.com but still available in stores.#KARLLAGERFELD #fabercastell
According to Lagerfeld’s Instagram post above, KarlBox has already sold out once, but it’s been restocked and is now available on Karl.com. Sure, it’s the cost of more than 197 M.A.C. lipsticks or 95 bottles of Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation, but if you want to have some quality pencils for drawing, painting, and sketching and want to avoid restocking for a while, the KarlBox might just be perfect for you. You can share the tools with basically everyone in your life and still have enough to sketch all the pictures you want until the end of time.