July 6, 1907, marks the birthdate of legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. When we think of her work today, it’s hard to believe that for most of her adult life she was known as known as muralist Diego Rivera’s wife, and that she only had one solo show in her short lifetime.
Frida’s colorful paintings and self-portraits are instantly recognizable and record-setting—in 1939 her painting, The Frame, was the first piece by a 20th Century Mexican artist ever purchased by the Louvre. Her art has only increased in value over the years. In 2016, one of her paintings sold at auction for $8 million.
Interesting Facts about Frida Kahlo:
- She struggled with health issues most of her life, stemming from polio as a child and a nearly fatal tram accident as a teenager
- She lied about her birthday, claiming it as July 7, 1910 to express support of the Mexican Revolution
- She wanted to be a doctor, but was derailed when a tram accident left her in a full body cast for 3 months, forcing her to immerse herself in her art
- She had an affair with Leon Trotsky. And Josephine Baker.
Frida’s strength, bold spirit and creativity inspire us, and we’ve created three unique limited-edition bags – all in a special jacquard fabric - in her honor.
Behold the Frida Kahlo Tote – a gorgeous (and practical!) piece of art that bears an appliqué design that hints at the artist’s face
The perfect medium-sized tote for a trip to the store, the park, or just running around town.
Sporting a sweet bee appliqué, the Frida backpack is both stylish and versatile.
With a drawstring closure, this feminine backpack is made for on-the-go days. Leather piping and handles add a luxe touch and an inner zippered pouch keeps things organized.
Both dainty and bold, the Frida Pop mini bag is decked with a charming pineapple appliqué
A work of art, the mini bag is a convertible crossbody purse with leather piping and handles in your choice of colors, a gold-toned chain for going hands-free, and snaps closed to keep your secrets safe!
Celebrate Frida Kahlo's birthday with us, and learn more about her work and her incredible life at FridaKahlo.org.
Cover photo, "Self Portrait with a Monkey" courtesy of FridaKahlo.org.