Eastpak Artist Studio brings together some of the brightest minds and creative around the world, that have to customize, through their interpretation, the iconic white backpack Eastpak Padded Pak’r. For 2014, the proceeds of the sales of the backpacks, that will be sold through an auction on December 1st, will be donated to the organization Designers Against Aids, launched in 2004 with the aim to raise awareness about HIV / AIDS and keep alive the argument in the international media.
Special feature of this year is the star cast of the Artist Studio. KRJST, the project of Justine de Moriamé and Erika Schillebeeckx – winner of a competition made by Eastpak, has created a backpack that travels time and space through the festive and spiritual traditions. Manolo Blanik was inspired by his home country, Spain, reproposing a characteristic feature: the pompoms. The “very bad” Walter Van Beirendonck has created his “monster bag” providing it with eyes, ears and mouth, everything made of leather. The Italian MSGM gave his tribute to the grace and beauty of the female body through lips, smudged lipstick and lots of sequins. Tim Coppens has transformed the same functional references of its collections of men’s clothing in a backpack that fuses different worlds with the energy of the city. Antoine Peters instead resumed his famous Lenticular Dress 1.0 creating the backpack version, which like the dress changes depending on the perspective from which you look at it.
Lala Berlin has merged two of its signature prints – Porn Print and Kufiya – to create a 3D effect that is as poignant as seductive. With Jean Paul Gautier the bag EST and three vintage Janapese jackets have turned into one garment: a bomber with original embroidered dragon that can turn into a backpack, and vice versa. Henrik Vibskov was inspired by his last work The Sticky Fingers Brick building backpack with fragments of prints, clothes and handmade tassels. Christopher Lee Sauvé was inspired by pop culture from the streets of New York using spray paint, found objects, and a cut-up of his t-shirt collection. Gaspard Yurkievich has played with the Y of his last name, creating a natural extension of hisaesthetics college and surf FW14 collection. Sybilla gave instead a sporty look through a sophisticated finish, a juxtaposition of contrasting materials, colors and details.
With Elio Fiorucci the backpack becomes more of a container of things – a symbol of joy and love and a rosy picture of how we are and how should be our idea of travel. The concept of Scooter LaForge is simple: all wear backpacks on their back and they never know who is watching, so he created a monster with many eyes staring. The overlapping print screens of the collection of Christopher Shannon evoke an unique feel and look in his backpack, as multiple levels of photocopies. Finally Dreamworld is the project by Chris Janssens together with graphic design student Stefanie de Heideren and daughter Ilana, who made the loom bands.