Kris Van Assche and Eastpak Go to Work

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Published June 4, 2012

Kris Van Assche‘s third collection for Eastpak reclaims the backpack from school children. Inspired by the urban industrial worker and entitled “Work,” the collection features backpacks; compact suitcases; messenger bags; and oversized, masculine shoppers. There is an emphasis on practicality and mobility—a palette of three basic colors (black, brown, and the above “workwear” blue) paired with neat lines and durable materials such as parachute fabric, leather, and nickel-plated zips. At once simple and powerful.

“Work” doesn’t mean no play; the uniform-style blue pops against black and chocolate brown, and prints of screws and nails decorating the bags add a sense of whimsy. As the above models demonstrated, you can easily slot your skateboard between your back and the pack. Available starting July from selected retailers. Prices range from 55 to 225 euros.