WeTransfer Pro Partners With Wales Bonner for Upcoming Collection
Giving intimate and behind-the-scenes access to the creative process and launch of the Wales Bonner digital fall campaign for the SS21 Collection: Essence
AMSTERDAM — September 29, 2020 — WeTransfer, the company that makes tools to move ideas, today announced it has partnered with iconic fashion designer, Grace Wales Bonner, for the launch of her upcoming collection, Essence. Through a bespoke story on WePresent, WeTransfer’s editorial platform, Grace gives behind-the-scenes access to the ideation and inspiration of her collection — showcasing interviews with collaborators and the process of her extensive research from start to finish. This marks the first crossover editorial project between WeTransfer Pro and WePresent. Additionally, Grace will launch a digital publication exclusively on her WeTransfer Pro page.
The Wales Bonner and WeTransfer Pro collaboration reveals the designer’s inspiring ideology behind her collections that centralize an Afro-Atlantic cultural perspective within the luxury fashion landscape and opens up her archive of work she admires and references for research. The digital campaign also highlights the meaningful connections Wales Bonner draws between Kingston and London through text, film, photography, and music.
“An essential point to my practice is research. I see that as the foundation to everything I do,” says Grace Wales Bonner. “I’m very interested in the idea of a multiplicity of perspectives and presenting something, or creating, in a way that’s collaborative. I almost see my research process as its own artistic practice. This includes a mix of academic research, visual research, and conversations with different people whom I work with, all contributing to a project that evolves over time. I’ve welcomed this opportunity to reveal a bit more of my ideology through this project I’m working on.”
Having worked previously with Wales Bonner on an edition of Devotional Sound, IAMSOUND developed the partnership between Wales Bonner and WeTransfer Pro.
Since the beginning, WeTransfer has been dedicated to supporting artists and their practice. Through its WePresent editorial platform, WeTransfer celebrates and showcases unexpected stories about creativity, uncovering under-the-radar works of art, photography, and music from around the world and the creative processes behind them. Together, WeTransfer and WePresent are highlighting the fascinating chasm between a spark of an idea and the delivery of the final product.
“Without question, the fashion industry has undergone tremendous changes due to the global pandemic and subsequent lockdown,” says Holly Fraser, Editor in Chief of WePresent. “We love how Grace turns a challenge into an opportunity and has given us a window into her intricate process, as well as imagery and archival material through this digital platform and campaign.”
WeTransfer makes tools to move ideas. Founded in 2009 in Amsterdam as a simple, well-designed file sharing service for the creative community, WeTransfer has grown to include tools that scale across the creative spectrum, including editorial platform WePresent (with 3M monthly readers), mobile app 'Collect by WeTransfer' (with 4M monthly users), quick slide-making tool Paste® (with 40,000 active teams), immersive sketching tool Paper® (with more than 30M downloads), and the original web platform with 60M monthly users and over a billion files sent each month.
From the beginning, WeTransfer has prioritized bringing “offline” values - trust, transparency, and ethics - online. This means having a responsible data policy and tools that don’t distract people from their creative flow. WeTransfer has pioneered a new means of online advertising, resulting in the platform’s full-page wallpapers, designed by our award-winning in-house creative studio. Advertisers include industry-leading brands like Apple, Saint Laurent, Google, Balenciaga, Samsung, Netflix, Adidas, and Squarespace.
Since its founding, WeTransfer has proudly supported the creative communities and given up to 30% of advertising space to support the arts, donating over 5 billion impressions in 2017. Through our ongoing advertising grant program and content platform, WePresent, we have partnered with hundreds of groundbreaking artists and organizations, including Björk, King Krule, FKA twigs, Ryan McGinley, Ami Vitale, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the UN Development Program, the World Wildlife Foundation and the Prince Estate. In 2016, WeTransfer launched the world’s first free Masters of the Arts in design thinking with the University of the Underground and Worldwide FM, the global radio station run by legendary BBC DJ Gilles Peterson.
Following a $25 million investment from Highland Europe in 2015, WeTransfer opened a US office in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, to add to the Amsterdam headquarters. In 2018, WeTransfer acquired popular creative apps Paper® and Paste® and expanded its US presence to New York City.