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Acne Searches For Inspiration Below Sea Level

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The inspiration sounds as strangely mystic as it does succinct: “Sea findings” is what Acne creative director Jonny Johansson told his longtime collaborator, the London-based jeweler Husam El Odeh, for the label’s first bags. (In the past, El Odeh has contributed jewelry and metal-plated jeans to the Acne collections; he did the jewelry, as well as the bags, for Spring ’11.) What El Odeh came back with has the craggy organic shapes of deep-sea rocks and the glitter Acne’s nightclubbing fan base demands. The structured purses for Fall ’10 are gussied up with golden closures that echo the shapes of El Odeh’s bangles and ear cuffs. They’re available for now in black, with a few larger bags also coming in an electric mustard-y yellow. There’s little doubt that the collection will grow in coming seasons. Until then, here’s a toe in the water—so to speak.

Photo: Courtesy of Acne Studios

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