The designer duo team up with the Belgian bag brand, combining their signature digital prints on rucksacks and satchels
2009's Emerging Talent award winners Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos have teamed up with iconic accessories brand Kipling to produce a powerful capsule collection that is quite simply out of this world. The cosmic inspired capsule collection is made up of eleven bags and five accessoires that come in both the powerful galaxy and machine prints. Kipling's Creative Director, Isabelle Cheron and Peter Pilotto share a love of strong print and colour. Kipling have long been keen to support a young designer and found the perfect fit with Pilotto.
Pilotto's specially designed galaxy print was inspired by an imagined intergalactic traveller on the quest to explore and discover faraway lands. Shoulder bags, shoppers, backpacks, waist bags and wallets are all treated to the galaxy and machine prints resulting in an exciting mix of the practical with the dynamic. The collection is now available at Selfridges and online. To celebrate the launch, Dazed Digital has teamed up with Kipling to offer five lucky readers a Peter Pilotto for Kipling laptop sleeve. Available in both prints, the sleeve is an exclusive piece from this collection and is not available to buy in store.
Dazed Digital: Your Kipling bags look amazing. How did you see the brand before you collaborated with Isabelle?
Peter Pilotto: We both studied in Antwerp where Kipling is originally from, and therefore has a strong presence... All the kids have a Kipling bag!
DD: Did you carry Kipling bags growing up?
Peter Pilotto: No, but always wanted one, i was so intrigued by the monkey!
DD: What put you in mind of spacemen and lunar craters for half the collection?
Peter Pilotto: It's one of the first prints we made when we started up. We thought it is the right time to bring back all this intergalactic mood into this collaboration.
DD: And machine?
Peter Pilotto: Machine and galaxy go together. The machine is like the body of an intergalactic robot
DD: You’ve also collaborated with Liberty for A/W 2010, playing with the brand’s traditional prints on a computer. The results are beautiful. How did you generate your Kipling prints?
Peter Pilotto: The ldea with Liberty was to work on something traditional and messing it up, the galaxy print was working around existing images of galaxies and machine print is actually a layering of glass objects and rings superimposed to form some kind of mechanism.
DD: You’re going to participate in a Q&A session at Selfridges for Fashion’s Night Out next month. How do you think events like this benefit fashion?
Peter Pilotto: Will see on the night! I guess it's about bringing closer the customers, retailers and designers, to bring people together.
DD: You also held your last show in the car park at the store. Why choose that venue?
Peter Pilotto: Well Selfridges have been really supportive and sponsored the show.
DD: Do you think your client base changed after Michelle Obama wore your blouse last year?
Peter Pilotto: It was a total surprise for us when she wore that blouse, sales might have followed.
DD: Any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
Peter Pilotto: We are focusing on finishing the collection, nothing else on our mind!
To be in with a chance to win an exclusive piece from the Peter Pilotto for Kipling collection, e-mail your name and print preference (Machine or Galaxy) to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 00.00am GMT 17th of October 2010. The winners will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail within one week of the prize draw closure.
The capsule collection launched exclusively last week in a pop-up store in Selfridges will be available across the country on the 17th of September.