Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chris and Tibor

Am I the only person that didn't look at the bag first, and looked at the impossibly good looking model?

Launched in the summer of 2005, CHRIS&TIBOR is a young London label offering bags that are sporty and retro, cutting edge and classic, luxurious and casual. The brand is also the result of fashion designer Chris Liu’s quest for the perfect gym bag. Dissatisfied with what was on the market he decided to hand make his own. This prototype soon attracted the attention of graphic designer Tibor Matyas who saw the potential for a men's bag collection.

Encouraged by the popularity of their product among friends the East London based duo decided to design a mini collection which was instantly snapped up by Harvey Nichols Hong Kong and Japanese retail giant United Arrows. Their AW06/07 offering was what the two call their first "proper collection". It was also promptly selected by Pitti Uomo to be part of the hugely popular and highly influential trade show's New Beats area.

"We live in East London, we design in East London and we produce in East London" confirm the designers who both used to work as design consultants for the quintessentially British brand Burberry Prorsum. "We name all our bags after streets, areas or buildings in East London and the City".

AW07/08 will see the brand's eagerly awaited first women's collection. "We have not totally changed our product to make it very obviously feminine. That's not what our female customers want", they say. Instead they kept their silhouettes but opted for softer leathers, smaller sizes and subtly feminine touches.

-Text and photos from Totem