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An Accessories Collection With a Lively Yet Meaningful Print

By Renée Batchelor

Photographed and styled by Katherine Ang.Clockwise from top left: Tocco Toscano x The Art Faculty Collection (Bananas) by Asher Won bifold wallet, $112, AirPods Pro bag, $56, and Coaster, $28.

Homegrown accessories brand Tocco Toscano has launched a brand partnership with The Art Faculty (TAF), a social enterprise by the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore) to launch a TAF Edition series featuring its artists — who happen to be on the autism spectrum. The first collection, “Bananas” was created by 14-year old artist Asher Won. His fun illustrations of bananas adore sleek but functional accessories from the brand including AirPods cases, coasters and wallets. Won — who has a bold, graphic and humourous style — personally enjoys drawing cartoons, animals and sea creatures and chose to work with his favourite fruit for this project. Joseph Lor, the CEO of Tocco Toscano says, “It was hard to choose just one motif from so many, but this is the first of many to come. We are happy to be able to share these great works and celebrate the artistic abilities of these differently-abled artists represented by The Art Faculty. Asher’s illustrations of bananas were impressive and a pleasing complement to our products.”

For every sale of a product in this particular collection, Won will earn royalties, giving him and his fellow TAF artists, who will create for subsequent collections with Tocco Toscano, a measure of financial independence. With the first drop having sold out within days of its launch on World Autism Day (2 April) and now available only via pre-order, it seems that combining art, commerce and a worthy cause makes perfect sense.

The collection is available for pre-order here.

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