LAKE WORTH — Kenneth Cole is a household name, but not quite a household face. So when he walked into Rolando Chang Barrero‘s art gallery in Lake Worth Sunday, Barrero didn’t recognize him immediately.
Barrero went up to Cole to comment on the eclectic mix of items that the celebrated American designer Cole was fingering, and asked if his visitor was a designer.
“Yeah, I’m a designer,” the visitor said. “I’m Kenneth Cole, by the way.”
In the end, the stealthy designer purchased four handbags and two paintings in about an hour in the Lucerne Avenue art emporium.
The handbags were from local artist Aidana Baldassarre, who makes recycled “Trash-Fashions.” Cole’s were up-cycled from inner tubes and another two up-cycled from banners.
Cole also purchased two small paintings from Jomama, an ecologically-minded boutique artist based also based here.
Though Barrero didn’t recognize Cole at first, he became starstruck fast.
“I told him in the 1980s when everyone was buying Fiorucci Jeans, I was saving up my money to buy Kenneth Cole shoes,” Barrero said.
Cole asked for a good place to eat and Barrero sent him to Brogues DownUnder for a late lunch.
Barrero’s gallery, which only opened in November, specializes in edgy and eclectic art.