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The most envy-inducing bags on our style trajectory look good from all the right angles. We favour exacting aesthetics, so for the upcoming season think pared-back shapes, sharp lines and carousing curves. Here we present three burgeoning brands mastering mathematical precision...
Founder Zofia Chylak cut her teeth at Proenza Schouler before launching her Poland-based eponymous bag label in 2014. There’s a mathematical mindset behind her aesthetic, and Chylak’s collections are ordered chronologically according to number. Think classic, pared-back shapes with a vintage appeal, from the curving croissant shaped Saddle bag, to handbags with screen siren-worthy metal clasps. Each piece is stamped in gold with its serial number, and for those that err towards embellishments, styles also come complete with fluffy feather fringing.
There’s a strict sensibility behind the bag designs of the Copenhagen and Paris-based brand, founded by Brazil-born Stephane Park in 2016. The label aligns with the concept of ‘functional beauty’ and supple calfskin bag shapes are imagined in reduced forms. Aesther Ekme subverts fashion’s current penchant for branding, and its logo is rendered simply as three embossed dots. Its Demi-Lune bag is a sleek interpretation of the bucket bag silhouette, with an asymmetric strap which curves around the shoulder.
Unusual angularity defines the Copenhagen-based accessories brand, which creates sculptural and unusually asymmetric bag shapes, accented with bold metal hardware and jangling chain straps. There’s a rebellion to the rigid and boldly hued styles, crafted from vegetal tanned leather, and bought into sharp focus when paired with feisty workwear. Founder Matilda Venczel also operates with a sustainability-focused output. She works with leather that is a byproduct from the meat industry. §