Burberry’s new bag takes in­spi­ra­tion from fab­ric at the heart of the brand

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Burberry Chief Cre­ative and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Christo­pher Bai­ley’s been in in­spired form this year. No sooner had he wowed fash­ion­istas in Fe­bru­ary, with his Henry Moore-in­spired col­lec­tion in Lon­don, than he’s back with the DK88 bag. “With the DK88 we wanted to cre­ate a time­less col­lec­tion of bags which could have the same spirit and at­ti­tude as the iconic trench coat,” says Bai­ley.

Named af­ter the house code for its sig­na­ture honey-coloured gabar­dine, The DK88 is a trib­ute to the fab­ric at the heart of Burberry’s his­tory and is crafted in exclusive new Trench Leather. De­signed in England, the time­less sil­hou­ette re­flects Bri­tish sen­si­bil­ity through its clas­sic and en­dur­ing shape and is de­fined by a struc­tured top han­dle and a dis­tinc­tive over­size lock. So far its been se­ri­ously slung-over-the-shoul­der eye candy

for the likes of Naomi Camp­bell, Ruby Rose, Olivia Palermo and a host of the style set’s most dis­cern­ing.

“Each DK88 is crafted from this in­cred­i­bly rich trench leather, which we de­signed to re­flect and cel­e­brate the fab­ric at the very heart of our brand,” says Bai­ley. “The re­sult is a col­lec­tion of bags in painterly colours which is de­fined by its con­trasts – ef­fort­lessly el­e­gant, mod­ern yet time­less, sup­ple yet strong – and un­mis­tak­ably Bri­tish.”

The trench leather is em­bossed with a unique pat­tern re­flect­ing the dis­tinc­tive twill fin­ish of cot­ton gabar­dine, the cloth Thomas Burberry patented in 1888, and which is still used to­day for Burberry’s sig­na­ture made-in­Eng­land trench coats.

The stand­out bag is the DK88 Top Han­dle which is de­fined by its time­less sil­hou­ette, over­size lock and sculp­tured han­dle, and which can be seen in the re­cent cam­paign shot on lo­ca­tion by Bri­tish pho­tog­ra­pher Josh Olins at Henry Moore Studios & Gar­dens in Hert­ford­shire, fea­tur­ing, as is Burberry’s wont, a host of up-and-com­ing models.

Bai­ley has al­ways been an ad­mirer of Moore’s aes­thetic. “I have been fas­ci­nated by the great Bri­tish sculp­tor for as long as I can re­mem­ber – his work has al­ways had a pow­er­ful in­flu­ence on me. Look­ing at, and think­ing about, his work set up a se­ries of con­ver­sa­tions as we be­gan work­ing on our lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion.”

The DK88 col­lec­tion is avail­able in a range of sizes for men and women, and fea­tures seven dif­fer­ent styles in­clud­ing satchel and lug­gage-in­spired shapes, an­chored by a clas­sic top han­dle bag in two sizes. The colour palette ranges from black, dark navy, honey tan, an­tique red and dark for­est green, to painterly hues of slate blue, blos­som pink, ash rose and celadon green.

De­signed in England at Burberry’s head­quar­ters in Lon­don and made in Italy, all styles come with an ad­justable leather cross­body strap to al­low for hands-free car­ry­ing. Se­lected de­signs fea­ture an over­size brass tone lock, and an in­ter­nal pocket made es­pe­cially for the ac­com­pa­ny­ing key.

And this be­ing Burberry, Bai­ley and the DK 88, it’s not like there’s not a lot of com­pe­ti­tion when it comes to adorn­ing the arms and shoul­ders of the world’s lead­ing chic­sters with iconic bags – mostly from it­self. The brand’s Burberry Bucket, the Or­chard, the Buckle - in­spired by the mil­i­tary, the Bri­dle - in­spired by Bri­tish sad­dlery, the Alch­ester, the Ban­ner tote, the Haymarket, the Knight, and her­itage grain leather hobo bag, to name a few, are all highly sought af­ter.

Stylista and blog­ger Olivia Palermo’s site has been wax­ing lyri­cal over the DK88: “It’s the per­fect ex­am­ple of another pil­lar of keep­ing with the heart of the brand while push­ing for­ward for new and for­ward-think­ing de­sign. An ex­ten­sion of time­less fash­ion which will evolve with new styles, sizes, and colours as time goes on.” To say Palermo and her like are fans of the house is an un­der­state­ment, much like fash­ion­istas cur­rent lust­ing for the DK88.

Burberry’s new DK88 Bag Col­lec­tion in­vokes the codes of the house and its fine crafts­man­ship,and is avail­able in an ar­ray of colours. Se­lect de­signs also fea­ture stylish per­mu­ta­tions such as an over­size brass tone lock.

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