We may have hit peak cross-body bag in 2018, but in 2019 a functional easy to throw on bag is still a necessity. As always, Rick Owens places his own signature on the style with this Alien bag by DRKSHDW. Crafted in tan canvas, it includes external Velcro and zip pockets and a laminated window enclosing a photographic print and a patch that reads ‘Aliens’. The theme fits in with the larger SS19 collection which focuses around the paranormal.
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Porter is one of the most reliable names for durable, well-constructed bags. They have linked up with fellow Japanese accessory experts Foot the Coacher. While Foot the Coacher is best known for their sneakers, the collaboration allows them to put the same level of attention to a selection of backpacks and waist bags.
The backpacks come in three different styles and are constructed from Cordura ripstop, high-density nylon and leather. Zip pockets, drawstring entry, adjustable buckles and an assortment of storage options gear up for high functionality. The two waist bag styles come in either Cordura ripstop or black nylon and have tons of compartments and design details. The only downside of the collection is the pricing as these won’t come cheap with pricing in the $400-700USD range. Shop the collection over at HAVEN.
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This medium sized backpack from Y-3 is a clean futuristic everyday bag. Constructed in mixed fabrics with leather accents the bag also includes inner media compartments and pockets. The storm grey color way also pairs well with a variety of colors and makes this a fun utilitarian item. The bag and other Y-3 items are available over at East Dane.
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WTAPS brings out these new carrying pouches as part of it’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection. These bags are made from durable nylon, these pouches should be helpful in carrying small items from point and shoot cameras to any small travel items. There’s a double-zip fastening at the main compartment with two external pockets and an adjustable body strap. These are also reminiscent of the fantastic WTAPS x Porter collabs that came out in the mid 2000s. It’s been a while since WTAPS put out accessories like this so be sure to snatch them up before they sell out. Both colorways are available at END Clothing.
I find that backpacks are the my favorite way to carry essential items from point A to B. If you’re looking for a new well designed pack, I’ve selected some of the best of the season below.
Acne Olov Backpack
Pretty much as minimal as you can get, this Acne backpack features extremely clean lines in shiny black nylon with minimal stitching. This will pretty much go with anything you want to wear and features a classic schoolbag shape.
$320 at Acne
Visvim 20L Ballistic nylon and canvas backpack
Visvim backpacks are famed for their design, durability and just how damn good they look. These recur season to season with slight revisions on the style popping up each year. This year’s edition comes in navy ballistic nylon with a robust suede bottom. Plenty of zippered pockets and padded back/shoulders will keep you comfortable. While the pricepoint is steep, rest assured that this is one of the best packs on the market.
$690 at Mr.Porter
Undercover Olive Drab Porter Edition Backpack
Undercover re-vives it’s classic bag shape for Fall/Winter 2014 with a collaboration with Porter. The two signature two pocket design is now in standard Porter nylon along with some nice detailing : brass hardware, cowhide trim and tonal stitching. This edition of the pack shouldn’t be around for long so if you can’t scoop an older version online, this may be an excellent choice.
$675 at SSENSE
Master-Piece Surpass Backpack
Master-Piece makes some great packs that provide good value given the made in Japan quality. While plebes might get it mixed up with a Herschel, you’ll be the wiser. Cordura Nylon fabric and leather shoulder straps make this stand above the average pack.
$250 at East Dane
Marni Grey Felt and Leather Backpack
If you’re feeling a bit too grown for a backpack, you may want to go with something a bit more luxe and low-key like this grey felt bag by Marni. A really pared down design that is mainly led by it’s materials. Grey felt wool and contrasting black leather panels. This backpack is job-interview approved.
£600 at Oki-Ni
Balenciaga Classic Traveller Backpack
Balenciaga outfits their Classic Traveller bacckpack in forest green nylon with black leather accents. This is definetly at a luxury designer pricepoint so it isn’t for everyone, but it definetly would pair well with a clean techy wardrobe full of items from Dries, MMM, Jil Sander and Raf. While you may have to be part of the ruling class to afford this thing, those of you can who can pull it should be able to put together some great outfits using it.
$1,465 at Barney’s
Not much is known about accessories label Silent Whisper. From the small number of online communications that have been released , we can piece together some key information on the secretive Asia-based outfit. Silent Whisper produces a variety of leather goods : belts, bags, bracelets, necklaces and wallets.
The leather items are carefully crafted and in most cases, handsewn. The look is decidedly raw and this is further emphasized by the distressed materials and gloomy industrial visuals released through their tumblr and other outlets. There’s also a strong militaristic presence in the brands visual language that’s hard to place a finger on, but works on a very personal level for me. Considering the apparent quality of the pieces, the price-points are incredibly fair. Small leather goods and accessories start at around $50. Belts and larger wallets will run you in the $100-$150 range and bags around $500. Look out for more in-depth coverage of the line in the coming days.
Two days ago in Paris, Raf Simons showed his fall/winter 2013 collection. The bags at the show were the result of the forth collaboration between Eastpak and the Beglian designer. The first collection of Raf Eastpaks was one of my favorite accessories collections ever so I always look forward to seeing what these two brands are able to create together.
This time around Raf re-invents EASTPAK’s iconic backpack shilouette through silky Jacquard looms with satiny belts and embroidered logos. Other design touches include blind hems and the hidden stitching.
EASTPAK X RAF SIMONS #4 collection will be available on June 2013, in differents colors developped in limited edition : 6 stripped patterns and 7 color blocks (purple, navy blue, black/silver, and brown/navy blue).
For more information visit the official website.
Coveted is a regular feature where I introduce rare pieces that I own or come across.
This Undercover/Undercoverism unisex leather bag has a design inspired by “Perfecto” style leather rider jackets. It comes in a fantastic buttery calf-leather and is lined with maroon corduroy and cupro. A rare accessory from the FW08 collection ‘Unreal Real Clothes’. This particular bag originally came in brown leather but was professionally re-colored black.