To graduate from Central Saint Martins with a full blown collection is one thing, but to be asked to collaborate with Eastpak is quite another. Nicomede Talavera, the first emerging designer to work with the fashion-forward brand, joins the ranks of previous Eastpak collaborators Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Christopher Shannon and Kris Van Assche with this latest collaboration. Not too shabby for a recent graduate.
After showing for two seasons, Talavera’s eponymous collection has relaunched with ten looks accessorized by his ten-piece Eastpak collection of holdalls, backpacks, laptop cases and duffle bags. To match his menswear aesthetic of mixed materials and manipulation of shape and proportion, the capsule collection reflects Talavera’s personal use of bags on a day-to-day basis. White, grey and black leathers with coated nylons dominate the styles, while scrunched leather detailing on the straps and pony skin wallets give balance to the sporty yet luxe feel of each piece.
Even for a young designer who has already worked with big names like Philip Lim and Lanvin, this is still an impressive feat. “Eastpak gave me free reign over the designs, details and fabrics,” Talavera explained. “Alongside designing two re-inventions of Eastpak’s Iconic Padded Pak’r backpack, I also designed styles that weren’t part of the current Eastpak range.”
Set to start his MA Fashion Design course at CSM under Louise Wilson, Talavera hopes to bridge the gap between designs that are as wearable as they are unique. “I am offering modern menswear that is timeless and pays extra attention to details and fabrics,” he said. “Every single piece makes you want to keep going back to it.” Fashion certainly loves its young, emerging designers and it looks like Talavera is no exception. Expect to see this talent leading the pack.