The result? Excellent.
Fresh off its exclusive-to-Canada-and-the-US archive sale last week, Acne Studios has another major announcement – the Swedish brand has teamed up with British label Mulberry on a limited edition collection that launches at select stores across the globe today.
The collection came about because Jonny Johansson, Acne’s Creative Director, and Mulberry’s CEO Thierry Andretta have been friends for years. “This is a collection about friendship and our freedom as brands to do what we want to do,” Johansson said in a release. “It is like a conversation between Acne Studios and Mulberry, one that is founded in mutual respect and a desire to make great product.” Andretta adds, “The Acne Studios and Mulberry collaboration is a perfect manifestation of the spirit of both our brands. It showcases Acne Studios’ wonderful Swedish design ethos and celebrates both the British heritage and modernity of Mulberry.”
A new logo has been created specially for the collab, too, with Acne Studio’s lettering appearing as leaves in Mulberry’s tree logo.
Consisting of 17 items – a mix of handbags in a range of colours and small leather goods in Scotchgrain and pink – the collection fuses the aesthetics of both brands across some of each of their key pieces. A collection highlight is the combination of the Acne Musubi knot bag with the Mulberry Bayswater – a marriage of recognizable styles that results in an even cooler piece of arm candy. It is available in oak and black or pink.
“There is pure Swedishness and Englishness to the collection that I think twists the look in an interesting way. I like how they are practical and you also want to carry them. It feels good to make bags that are desirable and that also have purpose,” says Johansson.
Prices range from CAD$145-$2,200.