US Bag Specialist Take Inspiration From Eighties
Eastpak has returned to the decade of legwarmers and shoulder pads for its latest collection, unveiling an eighties-inspired line of bags.
Made up of backpacks, messengers, shoulder pouches and bum bags in graphic prints, the Authentic L80’s range gives the US luggage brand’s classic designs a retro feel.
The three key looks have been named Vibe, Funk and Mix, all of which feature bright colours and bold patterns.
The Authentic L80’s range is in contrast with the brand’s spring/summer 2014 collection, which had a utility feel.
Born in 1952 as Eastern Canvas Products USA, Inc., Eastpak started producing duffel bags and backpacks for the US military. In 1976 bosses decided to focus on the consumer market, adopting the name Eastpak, and quickly becoming a market leader for casual styles.
The firm has since collaborated with the likes of Christopher Shannon, Raf Simmons and Kris Van Assche.
In 2012 the brand launched the Eastpak Artist Studio, inviting a selection of designers to create one-off backpack designs.
The project, which is now in its third year, offers the custom bags for sale for a limited period, with proceeds going to charity.
Prices start at £20 for bum bags and small pouches, £40 for backpacks and £45 for messenger bags.