©Isabelle Giovacchini

slow and steady wins the race

Born in 1978, Mary Ping is a New York based designer with an art background from Vassar College. In 2001, she launched her eponymous collection. The conceptual line, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, followed in 2002. She is a winner of the Ecco Domani Award, UPS Future of Fashion, and a previous nominee of the National Design Award. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum at F.I.T., the R.I.S.D. Museum, Deste Foundation, and was included in the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibit ‘New York Fashion Now’.

Mary Ping’s piece for Faisons de l’inconnu un allié examines a fascinating occurrence in the cultural anthropology of the contemporary fashion cycle: the rise of the handbag from a basic, quotidian item to a vital, social currency.

First and foremost, the bag as a utilitarian tool is at its humblest core something that is functional, transportable, and intentionally reliable.
In recent decades, the designs of the bag have rapidly evolved and de-evolved through a complicated revolving door of trends and commerce, traditional craft and modern production.

Collaborating with the superior artisans from Monteneri, Slow and Steady Wins the Race presents a daily sequence of live constructions executed on a work table conceptualized in collaboration with Bureau V. This choreographed sequence honors the importance of sustaining knowledge, skill and technique, yet also comments on how the commercial industry has compromised creativity to become diluted and distorted. The metamorphosis of the bags into hybridizations of each other becomes stranger, more sculptural and even allegorical.


Joining Forces with the Unknown exhibit location:
16 rue Debelleyme (previously Weber Métaux store)
75003 Paris

Hours: 11 AM - 10 PM
Every day from October 11 - 23, 2016

Free entry.