Founded in 2013 by Masaki Matsukawa and stylist Kohei Okamoto, Duren has become, in the space of a few years, a reference brand in Japanese leather goods for people looking for an unusual and stylish accessory. Recognized and rewarded for its work with leather, since its inception, the label has developed bags designed from an innovative material and shape memory like crumpled paper – crinkle leather. This material is made by crimping fine cowhide leather and aluminum foil to create a malleable bag.
Over the years, Duren has developed variations on its trademark with different colors, sizes, details, and finishes for an ever-more qualitative and remarkable, but most of all fun to the touch, look. The limited-edition pieces, produced in Japan, in their workshop in Kyoto, are of an extreme lightness that can sometimes disturb owners who are used to thick and heavy bags.
For the spring-summer 2020 collection, the brand developed its collection called “emergency period.” A series that expresses the process of rebirth of a pupa in the adult stage, like the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. A design that is always a 3D sketch of the stage of the image symbolizing an aspiration to respect differences and absolute freedom of expression. While illustrating rebirth, like the nymph emerging from its chrysalis, the collection also refers to a mysterious incompleteness.
Like a drawing on a blank page, the bag comes to life as if it were two-dimensional, creating a surprise for the first-time wearer while bringing a touch of color and originality to each style. The movement crosses the canvas like a spontaneous stroke, whose raw trajectory is printed. It expresses an impulse that emerges from the constraints and is freed from them. This sketch retains a certain naivety and takes shape to become a real object, like the sketches of the architect Frank Gehry.
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