Atelier de L’Armèe x Facing West Sashiko Bags
Yet another collaboration from the Amsterdam label, this time focused on its core product: handmade bags. Teaming up with Facing West, this limited edition features Japanese Sashiko stitching embellishments, traditionally used by farmers and fishermen as a means to reinforce stress points or repairs.
Atelier de L’Armée x Smog Bicyclettes
An amazing collaboration between the Amsterdam based bag specialists and Paris Smog Bicyclettes. The result is a superb custom designed fixed gear bike, featuring a camo frame, wooden handlebar and leather Brooks saddle. It also comes with an exclusive Atelier de L’Armée backpack and roll kit, both made from a 1950’s French army duffle bag and dead stock cowhide leather.
Introducing: Atelier de l’Armée
Apart from mindblowing creations shown on fashion week runways, getting in touch with unique brands and concepts who deliver something out of the box you can actually wear (and purchase), is getting harder each passing day. Plus, with the amount of clothing and accessories production increasing on a daily basis there’s no getting around the waste from exceeding stocks or wardrobe purges; so, when I came across Atelier de L’Armée I couldn’t help to be absolutely blown away.
After going through their website and placing an order for a 1974 belgian paratrooper jacket and a pair of dutch airlines pants (more on that later), I lost track of time browsing through a neverending list of unique, numbered bags handcrafted with vintage army deadstock such as tents, jackets, pants, linings, denim and rifle handles. I got a chance to talk to Elza & Joost, the minds behind this amazing brand…