Frankie Boateng’s latest is a stylish backpack with a faded look that is constructed our of raw suede from bisons. These bags are minimal and feature a cross design on top, with a small flap opening. Straps are kept thin to maintain the bag’s minimal appearance. All products are handmade in Amsterdam at Frankie Boateng’s workplace, Flybird studio.
Mini Clubman x Frankie Boateng
The chair is a model of James Irvine x Ikea. Redesigned by "Frankie Boateng"
It’s been two years, since Cavemen and Frankie Boateng’s creativity collided. Born out of a mutual respect, aesthetic and interest; the idea of a collaboration and first product is fused in a handmade, durable and rainproof backpack with a remarkably timeless silhouette; ethically made in Amsterdam.
The bag is made out of premium ecco leather, rainproof woven nylon and rainproof zippers on it’s shell. The lining is made of a royal red canvas combined with a duck camo pattern designed by our Founders. In the tanning process of the leather no chemicals are used, and the leather is recyclable.
Being a natural product, no two leather skins look the same. There will be slight variations in color and markings in every skin. Vegetable tanned leather has an open structure and changes over time as it gradually darkens when exposed to sunlight.
A typical quote on the backpack reads: “What is lost, if it has yet to be found”. A saying that resonates the journey on the independent creative’s long lasting search and crave for inspiration.
Photo’s: Marc Haers
Art Direction: The Cavemen
Styling: Doru Komonoteng Loboka
We hear terms like ‘craft’ or ‘hand-stitched’ all too often, generally without ever witnessing such actions. Amsterdam workshop Flybird flips the script by unveiling an intimate look into the process of creating its high-end range of accessories. In a new video, founder and lead designer Frankie Boateng leads us through the brand’s latest ”BLACK WINTER” collection, masterfully weaving panels of thick nubuck leather, canvas, and supple buffalo leather together to create the perfect bags – informing the brand’s “caring for the things you carry”
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