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This week we're feeling...our finished school bag

This week we're feeling...our finished school bag

Britta Burger Britta Burger

Ok, we can finally reveal our finished bag. Acting fashion editor Britta Burger found a canvas duffle bag from the Converse Bags & Accessories launch collection, a ‘back to school’ pencil case and a school notebook on her doorstep a couple of weeks ago:

She got creative with some wool, whistles and marker pens and made this (plus did a little photoshoot and interview):

What band’s style influenced you at school and why?
Nirvana. It was all about grunge back then.

Describe your school style or your favourite accessory?
Grungey – beige corduroy Levi’s, grey lambswool sweaters, my grandad’s old cardigans, mini kilts and over the knee socks, embroidered waistcoats, my favourite items were a black vintage tailcoat and a floorlength navy military double breasted coat with gold buttons – it was two sizes too big and I thought it looked amazing (we obviously didn’t have to wear uniforms…)

How did you style up your school uniform?
I went to school in Austria, we don’t have uniforms there. But I remember being so impressed with them on my first trip to England as a teenager that I wore my own version of a British school uniform for at least a year…

The inspiration behind the bag:
I worked on the bag whilst I was back home in Austria which was where I grew up.
I’m a big fan of the author John Updike and his ‘Rabbit’ tetralogy, the duffle bag really reminded me of all-American High-School basketball heroes, the whole sporty collegiate style. It’s also about the way I grew up, the whistles remind me of my parents who were sports teachers and the poms poms, which I made with wool from my Granma’s house, are kind of like balls.
The canvas of the bag was just asking to be drawn on with the markers and I suppose it’s also an abstract take on the classic stars and stripes, but I was inspired by the iconic pop art aspect of it, not the fact that it’s a national flag.

The new line is available from August at stockists including Schuh, JD Sports and blackleaf.com Prices range from £19 – £54.95

Image credits: Curtis Gibson

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