Does Paul's Boutique sell handbags? Mike D from the Beastie Boys is trading records for retail.
The legendary musician has teamed up with Los Angeles-based accessories designer Clare Vivier to create the brand's very first men's capsule collection, called Mike D. x Clare V. The line is designed and inspired by all the things the rapper likes to wear but felt was absent from his wardrobe.
According to Billboard magazine, the collection includes items "meant to be kept," like a minimalist card wallet made with simplistic leathers.
"I don't like the George Costanza-style wallet," Mike says.
There's also a Tomas Tote "studio bag" in saturated royal blues and blacks.
By being in a band — a legendary one at that — Mike says he became "innately aesthetically oriented."
Over time, Mike began working with French music duo Cassius, both of whom were often seen with high-end, elegant French bags, which looked far superior to the generic satchel Mike was lugging around.
When he had the idea for what he calls a "studio bag" he approached Clare. The bag, he thought, could be used for weekend getaways, heading to the studio or a day that beach.
"Basically [creating this collection] was a very selfish exercise, if you want to get down to it," he told Billboard. "I was showing up at the studio all the time with no bag, being like, 'I don't want to have a backpack. I've had backpacks my whole life and I'm a grown man now. I should have something better.'"
Clare got on board with the idea immediately, citing that their working relationship is successful because of their similar sense of style.
"The difference between this collection was, of course, that it's men's instead of women's," she told the mag. "But there are more similarities than not, because I would carry everything we've made in this collection."
Mike says he's not done flexing his designer muscles either.
"I think another collection would be a great excuse to get more crazy with the colors," he said. "Maybe a little shock of neon in there? Like volt green for you people? I'm joking, but I definitely think expanding out from what we've done would make sense. I'm in need of a man apron. A very manly apron."
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