Jonathan Cohen, the up-and-coming New York designer who was raised in La Jolla, is on a roll.
He has the attention of style icon Lupita Nyong'o, who has worn his distinctive print dresses numerous times, and retailers Dawn Klohs and Denise Schaefer, the sisters who own the influential Newport Beach fashion boutique, A'maree's.
And now, his first beauty collaboration is launching for fall, and it's with no less than cult-fave hair care brand Shu Uemura Art of Hair.
Cohen partnered with the brand to create a limited edition travel/cosmetics case. Known for his distinctive prints, made in-house through a process that combines hand-drawing with computer graphics, Cohen created a "Dripping Dots" design similar to the prints in his fall/winter 2014 ready-to-wear collection (which Nyong'o has already been spotted wearing).
In royal blue with pops of color, the pattern is a fresh take on polka dots. And the dual-compartment neoprene bag, which comes in two sizes, small ($48) or large ($98), is cute enough to use as a daytime clutch. For $162, you can purchase the large size filled with travel-sized Shu products.
Cohen launched his namesake collection in 2011, after stints working for Oscar de la Renta and Doo Ri Chung. He works regularly with Shu Uemura on shoots for his collection look books and presentations.
"I love the brand's unique and artistic approach to beauty, and appreciate that it is known for sourcing the purest and most precious ingredients for their products, which is the same approach I have when finding fabric and materials to use in my own collection," he says.
The bags are available at A'maree's in Newport Beach (which also stocks Cohen's collection), the Shu website and top salons nationwide.