There's a reason why Acne Studios
has become synonymous with effortlessly cool, model off-duty style: The Swedish brand is the maker of the oversized moto jackets and pointed-toe ankle boots photographed on models and stylish show-goers on the regular at Fashion Week. While they had those two staples down pat, a key component of the full #OOTD equation was missing: a sleek, timeless carryall that also happens to photograph well. Until now, that is: Acne Studios debuted its first full-fledged line of handbags
— so it's game, set, (outfit) match.
Acne's inaugural range of bags don't just look the part: The brand's creative director and founder Jonny Johansson made it a point to create pieces that are actually practical. "I looked at bags that already existed, especially useless ones like the Champagne bag — who makes a bag for a bottle? But something about it got stuck in my head, and I had to make one that was useful," Johansson told i-D
. You'll need to find your comically tiny micro-bags
elsewhere. The five key styles play on popular handbag silhouettes — the shopper, bucket, and hip bag are all represented — with a nod to details from past runway collections, like the rope stitching from fall '15
The bags are dropping right before the holidays, and surely the Italian-made leather styles will join the Velocite
and the Jensen
in Fashion Week fame come February. However, being street style-ubiquitous wasn't exactly the intention: Johansson didn't set out to create "it" bags. Instead, the designer wanted to "explore the world of bags and create different styles and characters," according to a press release. Because the pieces are "sculptural," the process of designing each bag was akin to "creating a piece of art," Johansson says in the release. The price tag definitely echoes this premium: Styles start at $1,000 for a hip bag, and cap and $1,750 for a bucket bag.
Those price points don't seem to have deterred shoppers thus far: Some colorways of each silhouette are already out of stock. You can shop the pieces now at Acne Studios stores and on its website
. Next month, Acne will release new leather and canvas styles.