by John Russel Jones

British outerwear brand A-Cold-Wall* and VF International’s backpack and luggage brand Eastpak are doing a follow-up collaboration, featuring a collection that fuses the British label’s defiance to establish norms with Eastpak’s uncompromising commitment to quality. Three iconic Eastpak shapes are reimagined from top to bottom while incorporating A-COLD- WALL*’s signature juxtaposition of complex materials with an unmistakably crafted feel.

The collection includes the ACW Padded backpack, $225 retail, the ACW Tote (a classic shopper) for $195, and the ACW One Double, a cross-body bag for $115. The bags are available at Eastpak.com, at A Cold Wall*.com, and at select retailers.

A-COLD-WALL* describes itself as “the material study of social architecture. Through socially conscious fabric innovation, ACW* seeks to optimize human performance and, by the same stroke, comment on the collective experience. Launched in 2015 by Samuel Ross as a response to the British social climate, ACW* instigates a cultural conversation that celebrates the energy of youth across a range of mediums. Ostensibly a creator of clothing and product, ACW* utilizes multitudinous other disciplines to inhabit the role of curator.”