To coincide with the release of his graduate collection from Central Saint Martins, Nicomede Talavera has collaborated with EASTPAK on a range of 10 show piece bags to accompany his collection.
He is the first undergraduate young designer they have worked with since Christopher Shannon and follows in the footsteps of designers Gaspard Yurkevich, Rick Owens and Raf Simons who have also collaborated with the iconic bag and accessories label.
All of the pieces are a combination of white, grey and black leather with washed and PU coated nylons and polyesters; a combination of sportswear and luxury fabrics.
The shapes of the bags are created using darts, they have scrunched leather detailing on the straps and handles and each bag also comes with a pony skin wallet attached in colours white, grey or black.
How did the Eastpak collaboration come about and what were your aims for the collaboration?
Nicomede Talavera: When I began designing my main collection I knew that I really wanted to show bags alongside it so that it was representative of the customer I design for and his lifestyle. I have always been as massive fan of EASTPAK’s range of luggage and bags and how they fuse innovative and versatile designs that are fantastic quality. As well as their collaborations with some of the best menswear designers, such as Raf Simons, Rick Owens and Kris Van Assche on more fashion-forward capsule collections.
So, I took a chance and approached them way back in October 2010 with the idea of a collaboration, they were really interested and gave it the go ahead as they are keen to support young talent! And from that point onwards everything as grown so quickly! They were an amazing company to work with and I was able to benefit from their wealth of experience and reputation for quality and innovation.
They gave me completely free reign over the designs, details and fabrics which was fantastic and we kept in constant contact back and forth throughout every stage of the sampling so that I was really able to learn how the process works.
I really wanted the range to be as vast and varied as possible to really try and cover as many of the areas that I personally use bags for on a day-to-day basis. So alongside designing two re-inventions of Eastpak’s Iconic Padded Pak’r backpack, I also designed a laptop case, passport bag, holdalls, record bags etc. so that there were styles that covered many different uses and offered additional styles that weren’t part of the current Eastpak range.
His graduate collection consists of 10 full looks and a 10-piece bag collection in collaboration with EASTPAK.
Check out the full collection after the jump.
Photography: Ben Benoliel