Ten years ago, the Rana Plaza disaster
On April 24, 2013, a building housing a textile factory, the Rana Plaza, collapsed in
Nearly 1,200 workers died; hundreds more were wounded. These workers worked for major Western fashion brands.
This drama marked a turning point for the fashion industry, and in particular for "fast fashion", who could no longer absolve themselves of responsibilities within their supply chains .
In 2017 France passed a law for the duty of vigilance which obliges large companies to map the environmental and social risks of their supply chain and publish a plan to prevent risk.
agnès b. loves our suppliers!
agnès b. has always chosen our suppliers carefully. We consider them first and foremost as partners, and have often worked with them for many years, sometimes since the beginnings of the House in 1975.
Since 2021, agnès b. adheres to ICS (“Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability”).
This initiative aims to support our suppliers in favour of a sustainable improvement of working conditions of their employees and better protection of the environment.
Through ICS, we require them to respect social and environmental commitments, verified through independent audits. Each year 100% of our suppliers sign the agnès b. social and environmental ethics charter.
The schooner Tara sets sail again
On April 2nd 2023, the schooner Tara sets sail again! Until September 2024, it will travel along the European coasts to study coastal ecosystems and the land-sea connection.
The objectives of this Tara Europa mission: are to measure the impact of human pollution on the marine microbiome, to identify molecules that indicate the good health and/or levels of pollution of an ecosystem, and to use the knowledge acquired to create tools for political decision support.
During this mission, the schooner will stop in a dozen countries to raise awareness among the general public about the preservation of the oceans.
Films on the Green 2022
agnès b. is pleased to support Films on the Green 2022! Our unique t-shirts will be worn by staff and exclusively available to purchase at Albertine Books. Join us to watch French films in NYC parks from June 3rd to September 9th.
Virtual Gala Benefit
La Maison Française of NYU will honor agnès b. at its annual Gala Benefit.
The evening's celebration, which includes readings by renowned authors Catherine Cusset, Camille Laurens, Scholastique Mukasonga, Chantal Thomas, and Valérie Zenatti, and performances by composer Olivier Glissant, pianist Jay Gottlieb, playwright Koffi Kwahulé, and violinist Gabriel Richard.
The event will raise funds for La Maison Française’s program of lectures, readings, conferences, festivals, art exhibits, concerts, and special events.
About La Maison Française of New York University
One of the most active centers of cultural and intellectual exchange between the French-speaking world and the United States, La Maison Française has for over 60 years welcomed thousands of literary, artistic, scholarly, and political luminaries for events which are free and open to the public.
Films on the Green 2021
July 9 – 30, 2021
agnès b. will support this summer’s Films on the Green films series which begins in NYC on Friday, July 9. The festival’s 13th edition includes eight films and a recorded concert and is centered on the theme of “Music & Cinema.” From July 9 to 30, Films on the Green is bringing a world music tour to the New York City area with our free screenings in four different Manhattan parks and online for the first time! For this year's series, agnès b. will create a playlist based on the films' soundtracks that will be aired on the agnès b. radio during the month of July.
Included, will be songs arranged or produced by Miles Davis, Daft Punk, Carlos Jobim, and more. agnès b. will also create a t-shirt that will be worn by the staff in the parks during the screenings this summer. Brochures are available at each agnès b. location in NYC in SoHo, Union Square, and the Upper East Side. Films on the Green is presented by the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks. The full list of films and screening dates can be found along with a preview video on www.frenchculture.org.
> Four screenings in New York City parks
Central Park Friday July 9
Interstella 5555: The Story of the Secret Star System
> Ten screenings online
July 9 La Boum
July 12 Elevator to the Gallows
July 16 Interstella 5555: The Story of the Secret Star System
July 19 Chavela
July 21 Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai
July 23 Satin Rouge
July 26 Concert: Les Amazones d’Afrique
July 28 Vengo
July 30 Black Orpheus
Exhibition catalog ...photographers ...artists and the snap cardigan
Published on the occasion of the exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the snap cardigan, shown in Paris, NYC, Hong-Kong, and soon in Tokyo! (editing by agnès b., August 2020).
For this exhibition, agnès b. has given carte blanche to more than 70 photographers and artists from 14 different nationalities. Young emerging artists and established artists from urban and contemporary scenes offer their interpretation of this timeless garment, working with a singular specification of a 40 × 60 centimeter photograph whose main subject is the snap cardigan.
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agnès b. is pleased to have dressed Onyx Collective for their performance at Beyond the Streets in Brooklyn in 2019. The group of New York-based jazz performers who work together to build a community of like-minded artists steeped in music and the arts. Their latest album, Manhattan Special, can be found on Apple Music, Spotify, and Bandcamp and on the agnès b. Radio!the radio
Fashion Matters: Sustainability
Introduces by Amber Valletta, model, actress and activist. Starring Camille Charrière, fashion journalist and editor. Moderated by Dana Thomas, author and journalist.
With Agnès B., designer agnès b.; Kevin Germanier, designer Germanier ; Pierre Mahéo, designer Officine Générale and Pascaline Wilhelm, Fashion Director Première Vision
La Fab. reopens!
Under thirty years old!! at la galerie du jour agnès b.
On the occasion of the exhibition "Under thirty years old !!", la galerie du jour agnès b. reaffirms its passion for new discoveries and its taste for artworks in the making.
True to her determination to support young art in all its forms, agnès b. has invited seven artists under thirty years of age to reopen La Fab. Thibaut Bouedjoro, Bruno Gadenne, Matthias Garcia, Vincent Laval, Mathilde Lestiboudois, Hervé Priou and Solène Rigou will show their most recent work at la galerie du jour.
June 16th to August 1st, 2020.
La hardiesse dans la collection agnès b.
(Boldness in the agnès b. collection)
For its reopening, La Fab. also extends the inaugural exhibition "La hardiesse" dans la collection agnès b. (Boldness in the agnès b. collection).
In the first show, agnès presents more than 150 works by 90 artists, mostly her contemporaries and often friends. agnès took full control of the selection and staging of the exhibition, which she has devoted to the notion of "boldness," with the definition of "bold" in Diderot and d'Alambert's Encyclopédie of 1766 as a particular inspiration.
February 2nd to August 1st, 2020.
La Fab., Place Jean-Michel Basquiat, 13th arrondissement, Paris.
Tue-Sat 11am-7pm (doors close at 6pm).
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... photographers ... artists and the snap cardigan
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of her signature snap cardigan, agnès b. is delighted to present the exhibition ... Photographers ... Artists and the Snap Cardigan in New York from February 8 to March 1, 2020! This exhibition echoes the first snap cardigan exhibition held at la Galerie du Jour as part of Paris Photography Month in 1986.
photo © Cardigan #2, 2019 David Lynch
195 Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002
La Fab. opening Sunday February 2nd, 2020
Stylist, philanthropist and art collector agnès b. has promoted artistic creation under all its forms, the environment and solidarity for many years. La Fab. aims at bringing all these activities together under one single roof.
As a galerist since 1983, agnès b. will present a first exhibition including works from her own collection, with the help of the historical team of Galerie du Jour.
La Fab. will also include la Galerie du Jour, which will become a kind of house where everything is for sale: paintings, sculptures, photographs, some furniture … agnès would find herself “ensemblière” as she likes to say.
La Fab. will also house la Librairie du Jour, a bookstore where publishers will be invited to contribute to the selection and presentation of works on display. Le Point d’ironie will be distributed here. Finally, La Fab. will spotlight the social and humanitarian actions supported by fonds de dotation agnès b., as well as agnès’s environmental activism, spearheaded by Fondation Tara Océan.
Pop up bookshop in Howard Street
Our pop up bookshop is now open with books, zines, prints, drawings, and more!
Stop by to see what's in store.
agnès b. Galerie Boutique 50 Howard Street NYC
Eulogy for a Hornbill, Bruno Gadenne
agnès b. is pleased to announce the opening of Eulogy for a Hornbill by French artist Bruno Gadenne at the agnès b. Galerie Boutique at 50 Howard Street in SoHo, New York. Comprised of 16 new paintings inspired by his travels in Malaysia and Indonesia, this will be the first exhibition in NYC for the Paris-based artist.
agnès b. Galerie Boutique
50 Howard Street, New York, NY 10013
Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday (11am – 7pm)
and Sunday (12pm – 6pm)
Beyond the Streets
June 21 - September 29, 2019
agnès b. has admired graffiti from a very early age. She saw words and messages carved in trees in Versailles where she grew up as a little girl. She remembers seeing Jean Michel Basquiat’s SAMO tag in the streets of New York in the 80s. She takes photos of graffiti in the streets wherever she goes – London, Paris, Tokyo, or New York, and often exhibits graffiti artists’ works at the Galerie du Jour in Paris.
So with great pleasure, she replied, “Yes!,” when curator and graffiti art historian Roger Gastman asked her to be on the advisory board for the New York edition of BEYOND THE STREETS, the graffiti and street art exhibition that took place in Brooklyn, NY, from June 19 - September 29, 2019.
BEYOND THE STREETS, the premier exhibition of graffiti, street art and beyond, at the art form’s epicenter: New York.The show celebrates society’s most pervasive mark makers and rule breakers with a sprawling showcase of work by more than 150 artists from around the world.
The official 625 page BEYOND THE STREETS NYC show book, compiled by Roger Gastman, provides an in-depth look into the world of graffiti and street art’s most iconic figures. This book spans multiple decades and honors the diverse and boundary pushing stories that helped turn vandalism into a contemporary art. Hardbound and 1000+ images.
Lil’ Crazy Legs during shoot for Wild Style / Riverside Park, NY, 1983 / Photo © Martha Cooper
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Exhibition Tara, microplastics mission 2019
From June to November 2019, Tara will sail through several regions in Europe, exploring 10 major European rivers to determine the exact origin on land of the plastics found at sea. Where does plastic waste originate? What impacts do plastics have on marine biodiversity? Microplastics are the result of the degradation of macro-debris. These tiny fragments have numerous interactions with marine organisms: they can disperse potentially invasive species and pathogens attached to plastics, and accumulate toxic products and endocrine disruptors which then enter the food chain, etc.
agnès b. 31-33 cours d'Estienne d'Orves, Marseilles front September 9 to October 5
Memoria, Chad Moore, book signing
Pacific has partnered with agnès b. galerie boutique Tokyo for the making of Memoria, photographer Chad Moore's first hardcover publication. Memoria includes 100 images of Moore's choosing, featuring both glowing landscapes and intimate portraits, pictures of friends who appear both in pairs and alone, euphoric and isolated. A short text by artist and poet Jack Walls sits in the centerfold.
Memoria, Chad Moore, book signing
June 21st, 6pm-8pm
Ofr. 1 rue Dupetit-Thouars, Paris 3
The schooner Tara is in London, focusing on microplastics on the Thames
10 rivers will be studied by the Tara Ocean Foundation to understand the origins on land of plastic pollution in the oceans. Objectives? Where does plastic waste originate? How does it arrive in the Ocean? Where should we concentrate our efforts to stop the flow of this waste? What impacts do plastics have on marine biodiversity? Recent estimates find that 80% of plastic waste found at sea originates on land. The Tara Ocean Foundation has been involved in this research since 2010. Now it is urgent to explore and identify the flux of plastic waste from land to sea in order to stop it. The upcoming Mission Microplastics 2019 — with the CNRS in charge of scientific coordination — will take the schooner Tara through several regions in Europe for 6 months, exploring 10 major European rivers. The Thames is the first river studied by the scientists. Tara will be docked in Sint Katharin’s Marina from the 11th to the 13rd of June 2019.
agnès b. and Auto Body are pleased to present auto b., a group show featuring eight artists and designers at the agnès b. Galerie Boutique. The installation will include the work of Dana Davis, Nathaniel de Large, Kevin Evans, Juan Jose Heredia, Valerie Kamen, Hayley Martell, LQQK Studio, and Marion Vallerin and will be on view from June 6 – August 25, 2019.
In the playful and collective spirit of the age-old drawing game, ‘cadavre exquis,’ each New York-based artist and designer has been given a letter from which to create a work. While each participant works in varying scales and mediums of graphic design, sculpture, screen-printing, painting, and textiles, the collection of assembled works come together to spell out Auto Body’s namesake.
In addition to the show, a limited edition tee-shirt collaboration between agnès b. and Auto Body and hand silk screened by LQQK Studios will be available for purchase.
Films on the Green
agnès b. is pleased to support Films on the Green again this summer! With screenings on Friday nights in and around NYC parks from May 31 - September 3, the 2019 lineup focuses on female directors in French and Francophone cinema through a selection of 13 movies. This 12th edition pays tribute to Women Behind the Camera in honor of Agnès Varda, feminist filmmaker and pioneer of the French New Wave, who passed away earlier this year.
This year's selection highlights the diversity of French and Francophone cinema, featuring movies from Lebanon, the Ivory Coast, Mexico and Turkey, and shines a light on well-known woman filmmakers as well as emerging ones.
Films on the Green is a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks by the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks. For the complete line up, dates, and location, visit Films on the Green 2019.
Films on the Green
May 31 - September 3, 2019
Screenings at 8:30pm
In various parks in New York City and Fort Lee, NJ