I’m quite excited because I finally get to share a secret with you I’ve had to keep for months: Belgian accessory brand Kipling has joined forced with pop-art fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac for their next designer collaboration. After the 2 successful collections with Peter Pilotto, this one is a complete turnaround for the brand: it’s loud, bright, slightly over-the-top: totally JCDC, totally Kipling. The monkey has been transformed into a cheeky Space Monkey, the combined Kipling/JCDC logos are bigger than ever and there’s clashing colours going on. On the other side of the spectrum, there’s some pretty sophisticated quilted bags for the more conservative souls out there.

I’m very lucky to have been invited to travel to Paris next week to meet JC de Castelbajac in person and interview him about his collaboration with Kipling, and here’s what I’ve decided to do: you guys get to ask the questions! Is there anything you would like me to ask Jean-Charles de Castelbajac… within reason? Anything you’ve always wanted to know, or perhaps you’ve never heard of him until now and would like to find out more… leave your questions in the comment section below and I’ll try and get an answer for you next week!

The range, with plenty of unisex pieces, launched exclusively in Selfridges last week, and will be launched worldwide soon (check www.kiplingxjcdc.com for more info).

Watch JC de Castelbajac in his shop explain his brand and aesthetic, and his collaboration with Kipling!



Below is a selection of the collection – FYI, this isn’t the full collection, and there’s often several colour variations of each piece…

Zushi and Nogati bags

Otsuka bag, £82, and Sendagi mini shoulder bag, £46



Space Monkey Keyring, £14 and Bow Keyring, £22


Gotsu laptop sleeve, £46 and Kahawai backpack, £110


Vanuata Handbag, £110 and Mini Shoulder bag, £55

Urayasu shoulder bag, £92 and Adimos Shopper, £120


Tasnim leather across–body bag, £157.00 and Ranchi Wallet, £92

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