There is nothing quite as devastating as turning up to the pub to meet your mate Dave and you awkwardly realise you are wearing the same shirt! The only option when this occurs is to fling it to the back of the wardrobe, hope you wont be as close to Dave in a few years time and that the shirt you just bought will still fit.
Well… it just so happens that American bag brand Eastpak may have addressed the aged old dilemma of securing individuality in your look, with a project that creates bag’s that are a one off exclusive work of art; so no one else in the world will have the same bag as you.
130 artists from across 17 countries – including graphic designers, DJ’s, Illustrators and musicians – have collaborated with Eastpak to produce a series of visually stunning one off bags.
The 200 bags from the project are priced between €50-250 and went on sale exclusively at Eastpak Artist Studio on the 19th March 2012. All proceeds from the Eastpak Artist Studio go to the worthy charity; Designers against AIDS.
Some big names have joined the project, including Illustrator William Broome, who has worked for the likes of Marc by March Jacobs, Gucci and Hugo Boss. The legend that is Mr Johnny Marr from the Smiths, UK artist Richie Culver who has exhibited at the prestigious Tate Modern and popular band Marina and the Diamonds are just a few of the many talented contributors.
Some of the bags are crazy and elaborate but there are a few designs that manage to fuse the artistic merit with a subtler aesthetic.
Just a few favourites include café costume’s bag – a James bond themed design with bow tie and dress shirt – probably the only backpack in the word you could wear with a suit. Muschi Kreuzberg’s barb wire creation and Stelios Koudounaris glass and mirror themed product is a clear winner for the more extroverted among us. Ben! Collectible’s authentic vintage style bag is the kind of classic design you imagine your grandfather would of worn in his heyday.
These bags are selling out fast, so make sure you visit the Eastpak website ASAP. But don’t tell Dave… you don’t want to be wearing a bag from the same project!