Oppermann is the latest label to emerge from East London, defined by a stylish aesthetic that is both clean and considered. The impetus to create a bag-based brand by London-based Swedish brothers Mattis and Niklas Oppermann came when Mattis was given a Macbook, but was frustrated because he couldn’t find a suitable leather laptop case with the right design or price.
“We wanted to find a simple laptop sleeve made from high quality leather in a more compelling colour than black or brown. But finding this at an affordable price proved to be almost impossible,” explains Niklas, adding that the more the brothers looked, the more they realized that they’d stumbled upon a niche that had yet to be filled. “Although frustrated, our search eventually gave us so much more than we expected – a clear vision for our brand.”
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The resulting 40-strong collection, retailing from £35 (USD 57) to £369 (USD 602), includes bags, briefcases, card holders, iPad sleeves and wallets and is fashioned in vegetable tanned leathers in a rich palette of earthy colors including grey, chocolate, cognac, navy, racing green, burgundy or black. Distinguished by simple, geometric shapes and considered details, all pieces feature the Oppermann logo embossed on products in an understated script. Bags and other larger items come lined in highly durable Cordura EcoMade, often in a contrasting color. Bags are delivered in branded cotton dust bags, while smaller leather goods come in a rigid box.
The hero piece of the collection is the 25-hour Palissy Bag (£369), fashioned in black, grey, navy or cognac vegetable tanned leather. The perfect carry-on piece, it is a cross between a briefcase and an overnight bag and will hold a laptop and all the essentials needed for a quick trip. There’s also the Vallance (£219), instantly identifiable because of its curved handles and flash of contrasting lining in the front compartment.
But don’t whatever you do, refer to either the Palissy, or indeed Goswell or Vallance as a ‘man bag’. “My British friends say that Oppermann makes ‘man bags’, but it’s really only a description you find here” explains Niklas. “After all, from briefcases to backpacks, men have been carrying bags long before we gave bags a gender. So I compromise by saying that we make bags for men.”
The collection sells on the company’s website www.oppermann-london.com. It is also available from leading stores internationally including Beymen in Turkey, Boon The Shop in Korea and C’H’C’M’ in New York.
Source: Oppermann London
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