US utility bag brand Eastpak has introduced its second collaborative collection with designer Raf Simons for autumn 08.
Developing the oversized themes that characterised the first collection, Simons has used checked grey or blue wool, navy crinkled polyester and quilted black nylon in his designs. Styles include a shoulder bag, bowling bag and an oversized version of Eastpak’s classic backpack. Woollen options include unfinished graphic patches.
Distribution has been expanded beyond the exclusive tie-up with Raf Simons stock-ists that marked the range’s launch in spring 08.
New accounts include indies Ran in Manchester and Mr Chimp in Leeds, as well as Urban Outfitters, Selfridges, Harrods, American Retro, Sarah Coggles and Asos.com.
Prices for the five-piece range have been lowered to between £24 and £40.