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The Paint-Splattered Look

Here’s your microtrend of the day: paint.

It started with this “Action-Painting Backpack” from Eastpak—a handsome take on an otherwise standard backpack. But no sooner did it appear in our RSS reader than a more ambitious project popped up, the one pictured to the left. It’s a full suit tailored from an artist’s drop cloth. That means those paint splatters are entirely random, just whatever drops happened to fall on the floor. The artist in question is Hugh O’Rourke, a New York-based painter who happens to be friends with the right bloggers-turned-tailors.

The drop cloth also means the fabric is a good deal rougher than what you’re used to from your tailor, but we’re guessing it goes over pretty well at gallery openings.