Eastpak continue to team up with the world of high fashion, this time presenting their Spring/Summer 2012 collection with Kris Van Assche, creative director of Dior Homme.
It seems that Eastpak have managed to firmly establish themselves as the go-to luggage brand for collaborations in the high fashion world, which is something I didn’t really see coming when it all began with Christopher Shannon. This latest collection has been designed by Belgian designer Kris Van Assche, who holds the very prestigious title of creative director at Dior Homme. That’s a pretty serious collab.
What’s really nice about this collection is that it’s so accessible and functional in its design, unlike a lot of high fashion collaborations wen it comes to accessories. Clean, crisp and almost militant, the collection sees several variations a creative re-interpretation of Eastpak, with addition pockets and compartments to the outsides that are removable via pop-fastenings. The colour palette is near perfect, mainly comprised of Black, Bright White, bright Red and an incredible Beige (I never thought I’d say that). Touches of bright Red detailing also features on most of the more monochromatic designs, adding a splash of colour where needed.
For me, the backpacks are the winners, followed very closely by the travel bag. There’s something about that Beige / White backpack that really grabs my attention. Unfortunately, the price tag is not as accessible as the designs, and that’s where we see these bags enter the high fashion market they were designed for, reaching heights of up to £262 for the travel bag, but I refuse to let that affect my original judgements of the incredible design work in this collection.
All the bags shown here are available now over at oki-ni.