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The Eastpak Padded Pak’r bag revisited by Kenzo. — AFP picThe Eastpak Padded Pak’r bag revisited by Kenzo. — AFP picNEW YORK, Nov 30 — Eastpak Artist Studio sees a host of big names from the world of fashion create unique versions of one of the brand’s iconic backpacks. For the 2016 edition, Eastpak has signed up 12 labels and designers, including fashion heavyweights Kenzo, Wanda Nylon, Jacquemus, Alexandre Vauthier and House of Holland. Each has created their own special-edition Padded Pak’r rucksack.

Labels and designers have once again signed up to take part in the international Eastpak Artist Studio project, reworking one of the brand’s famous bags. For 2016, the result is 12 original and strikingly different one-off designs, all created for a good cause, raising money for the charity organisation Designers Against AIDS.

Kenzo, Vetements, Wenda Nylon

Eastpak has invited 12 designers to let their creativity loose for this 2016 edition. All have crafted unique and quirky versions of the backpack, expressing their own style and fashion signatures.

The Eastpak Padded Pak’r bag revisited by Christopher Raeburn. — AFP picThe Eastpak Padded Pak’r bag revisited by Christopher Raeburn. — AFP picThis year’s participants are Kenzo, Vetements, Christopher Raeburn, Nicopanda, AMI Paris, Wanda Nylon, House of Holland, Jacquemus, Giambattista Valli, Alexandre Vauthier, Zeba Safdar, and Inan.

Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim chose to create a 3D collage, assembling iconic pieces from Eastpak collections, all finished in prints from the world of Kenzo. Demna Gvasalia’s label Vetements opted for XXL straps, echoing the red ribbon, the universal symbol of solidarity for those living with HIV/AIDS.

The Christopher Raeburn bag takes the form of an orangutan, the AMI Paris pack is finished in sequins and the House of Holland creation sports custom jacquard faux fur in a fish-scale print.

The creations will go on sale at artiststudio.eastpak.com on World AIDS Day, December 1. Bidding will start at €500 (RM2,376) for each bag. — AFP-Relaxnews

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