Artist Collaborations

Each BENE bag is lined with custom printed fabric featuring original artwork by New Orleans Female Artists. 

Artemis Antippas was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. From a very early age, she became consumed with the wildness that was her city.
Artemis’ studio practice revolves around her intimate connection to New Orleans and her various obsessions – obsession with color, glitter, with fried chicken, with her Yiayia, with soccer, dollar store foods, her cat, with New Orleanians' unrelenting tendencies of fête and food, with multiples, and old lady things, with party decorations, apparel & accessories, carpeting, Mardi Gras, with cotton candy, shopping, and fur.
For Artemis, the adventure and experimentation of creating the work are equally as exciting as the finished work itself.
Artemis has exhibited her work in museums and galleries nationwide.

Gretchen Howard's original artwork has been featured on the inside liner pattern for each BENE handbag as well as the silk scarf collection. Ms. Howard was born and raised in the heart and soul of New Orleans. As an artist, she describes herself foremost as a colorist. Her work employs a rich array of symbols and color which quietly communicate a deeply personal meaning in every composition. Her early focus included graphic design and decorative painting, however, in the last 15 years her career has shifted to creating mixed media abstracts and commissioned designs. Her work has appeared in eight solo showings through Soren Christensen Gallery and she appears throughout the country in private collections. 


As native New Orleanian, figurative work has been my primary focus; themes vary between environmental, political, and personal issues. I’ve always considered myself a painter, however, recent work includes digital photography, word art, collage, and drawing. I best describe my latest body of work as “instantaneous accidental representation”. I am thrilled to be a part of this year's interior guest artist of the BENE collection!