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Sheila Bridges, Harlem Toile de Jouy Structured Tote in White

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This elegant structured canvas tote features Harlem Toile de Jouy by the celebrated New York City–based interior designer Sheila Bridges. 

This contemporary vision of 18th-century toile—a classic French fabric abounding with pastoral imagery—riffs on old stereotypes: women styling hair, men playing basketball, girls enjoying a round of Double Dutch.

The motif originates from Bridges's tenacious search for an existing toile that suited her sensibility as a decorator, as well as her perspective as an African American woman living in Harlem. She created Harlem Toile de Jouy as a custom expression of her personal style and a thoughtful reflection upon history, politics, and culture. Simultaneously joyous and meditative, Harlem Toile de Jouy is an invitation to join Bridges in musing on the intricacies of the Black experience.

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100% cotton canvas, 12 × 12 × 5 1/2 in.,
Open top, interior pocket

This item was created in honor of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room.


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