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Peter Do Joins At.Kollektive’s Designer Lineup at Men’s Fashion Week

  • July 2, 2023

Many creatives listen to music while they work. A little Andrea Bocelli here, some ’80s New Wave there. Maybe a Mariah Carey interlude to make it through one particularly high hill of the day. In his Sunset Park, Brooklyn studio overlooking Gowanus Bay where Peter Do typically designs, he does nothing of the sort. “It’s dead quiet,” he said in Paris over the weekend at the tail end of Men’s Fashion Week. “It makes other people nervous, but I can only work without noise. Otherwise, I can’t focus.” The Vietnam-born American fashion designer—who launched his eponymous brand in 2018 and was recently named creative director of Helmut Lang—was in town to present his surprise collaboration for At.Kollektive. The first inspiration for the new line he created in silence? A music device, surprisingly.

“I guess it’s a bit ironic,” Do joked as he pointed to the oval-shaped accessory. With beveled curves and a smooth leather finish, it’s the designer’s handbag version of an Apple AirPod case, replete with a magnetic hinge and a chain that allows the bag to evolve from necklace to cross-body. “This was one of the most complicated things we designed,” he said, “but actually I’ve never designed anything like any of this.”

Peter Do’s Medium Pod Bag

Courtesy At.Kollektive

Peter Do’s Medium Pod Bag

Courtesy At.Kollektive

Part of this year’s collaborators for At.Kollektive, Do—along with designers Nina Christen and Kiko Kostadinov—was asked to create a mini capsule of original new products using leather from the 60-year-old tannery, ECCO. Each was given total creative freedom, along with ECCO’s powerful production capabilities, to realize their dreams into physical products. While Do conceptualized versatility for the urban setting; Christen, a Loewe shoemaker and Bottega Veneta alumni dug into ECCO’s archives for inspiration; and Kostadinov focused on personal pieces

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