To celebrate Braun Büffel’s 130th Years, the brand revisited it’s Germany heritage, particularly to Berlin – a place rich and surrounded with historical buildings and modern architectures and into a multicultural metropolis for its Fall/Winter 2017 Collection. The Fall/Winter 2017 collection mainly taken inspiration from the nostalgic allure of 1980s German pop culture and meteoric modernism of Berlin as an avant-garde creative utopia. It is entirely a collection consisting of expressive and balanced fascination of the surrealism that lies in Berlin.
Besides that, the creative design aspiration of the House comes from a collaboration with German-American artist Lyonel Feininger, which brilliantly interpreted a contemporary reimagining of Cubism art references with a hint of three-dimensional geometric abstract forms. So what to expect from the Braun Büffel Fall/Winter 2017 collection? Expect to see lots of bold and neon colors in the women’s collection, thanks to the inspiration taken after the eclecticism of electro-pop culture references in 1980s Berlin. One would also be expecting the collection to have the perfect accessories’ formula to transform a look for evening-to-day – creating an impeccable illustration of opulent feminine glamour with a patina of sensuous sophistication.
As soon as I walk-in to the showcase, my eyes were stuck to the MARLENE collection. Why? Because I have never seen such bold collection from Braun Büffel before and it is truly a change! The collection are inspired by the eclectic culture of 1980’s Berlin, the Marlene collection is crafted from an assortment of calf and goat leather and is a playful, edgy conception of three different design identities – each with two colourways and intricate detailing. I was told each bag comes with a normal strap for users to interchange when necessary. I have my eyes on the studded one 😉
Not only the PINA is a must-get item, one of the design out of the two is also limited edition and only main stores will get it. The PINA is a bag meticulously crafted from goat leather, the streamlined Pina-31 Medium Shoulder Bag (left) is detailed with a distinctive front flap closure featuring a geometric shaped leather patch lock.
The Limited Edition PINA-M however was only made 350 pieces worldwide and Malaysia has a few of it at major boutiques. It is made with goat leather with a multi-colour design aesthetic in recognition of Berlin as an avant-garde creative utopia. The top flap is given an exclusive finish through calf hair accents. Adorned with a Fall/Winter 2017 Limited Edition logo plate in the interior, Pina-M-31 is specially crafted to accommodate both an individual’s allure for the exquisite and desire for functionality and is a highly versatile piece made to be worn anytime, anywhere.
What-To-Get: BUFFY-BE and BULLY-BE
My favourite bull Buffy and Bully was taken back into the eccentric decade where splashes of urban graffiti that decorate the concrete walls are only underscored by the nightlife and cultural collision between the new-wave grunge and neo-expressionist movements of 1980s’ Berlin. With intricate three-dimensional assorted leather embellished details, the Buffy-BE and Bully-BE collections reference the era of urban grunge youth attitude and is an imaginative envisioning of the surreal romance between Buffy and Bully set in contrast against the mystifyingly complex yet artistically exquisite nature of Berlin.
Buffy-Be was given a makeover to suit the 80s by glamming her up to look like quirky rock-star chic. She’s also donning an ensemble of a pleated pouf dress, stiletto pumps accessorized with larger-than-life sparkly crystal drape earrings, sensuous crimson red lips decorated with contrasting eye shadow, Buffy-BE is beautifully crafted for the woman with an eclectic personality that wishes to make a dazzling and extravagant impression.
Bully-Be on the other hand has a grunge-style going on as part of the men’s collection. It is inspired by New-Wave youth culture melded with a tinge of rock ‘n’ roll, Bully-BE is an exhaustive calibration of key signatures in polished grunge style with a studded leather biker jacket and a pair of sunglasses – intricately crafted for the maverick gentleman who is looking for flamboyant and elaborate accessory to embody a new perspective of style.
The Classic: KAETHE
Kaethe collection has the perfect urban-meet-uptown sophisticated look, with a perfect blend of clean lines, with clever aesthetics. This never out of style collection has a tote to a backpack, crafted from semi-vegetale tanned calf leather and features a practical interior for organizational ease of important documents or daily essentials. It still carries the Braun Büffel Horn Charm and also available with detachable shoulder straps on the side. The Kaethe collection can be said ideal for young professional woman that is looking for a comfortable carry that is both sleek and practical in reflection of her downtown chic style.
The Classic: ALLEE
If you’ve been following the recent trend you are well aware that half-moon bags are making a major hit these days. The Allee collection are classic but never out of style. The collection features two design – the Allee-11 Top Handle Bag features a roomy interior that allows one to fit all day-to-night essentials effortlessly and is designed to fit all styles from bohemian glamour to carefree cool and a smaller Allee-88 Mini Crossbody Bag featuring a compact silhouette and doubles as a clutch, ideal for weekend parties and is the perfect size for carrying party essentials such as a cell phone, cardholder and essential makeup.
The Classic: PERGAMON
Pergamon collection are made from double-faced medium grain printed milled calf leather, which spells playful yet luxurious and the collection features a unique exterior front flap exterior pocket to store key essentials. Comes in vibrant colour palette in homage to the electro-pop culture of 1980s Berlin, the Pergamon collection is the perfect way to brighten any ensemble and is the embodiment of feminine charm meets contemporary glamour. An amalgamation of a minimalist design aesthetic with a touch of urban sophistication, the interior is lined with a distinctive cubic design pattern– a contemporary reimagining of Cubism art references inspired by the works of German-American artist Lyonel Feininger.
The Classic: BELLEVUE
The Bellevue collection features the House’s signature twist lock, adorned with a leather wrapped lock and key. It has a wider range consisting from a medium tote to a small crossbody bag, all crafted from fine grain printed calf leather. You will also notice a significant practical interior for organizational ease of important documents or daily essentials.
The Men’s Fall/Winter 2017 Collection
The men’s collection accentuates an urban sartorial feel with a modish design aesthetic. An artistic expression of quirkiness in the details that references the hypnotic allure of the symmetry and minimalism of Berlin architecture, complete with a colour palette of moss green and marine blue – inspired by the creative magnetism of 1980s West Berlin.
Klaus collection are intricately crafted in medium grain printed calf leather with exterior aesthetic details that reference
the clean lines of Berlin architecture. It has excellent craftsmanship work that also has metropolitan functionality, designed to give one streamlined access to daily essentials. Klaus houses compartments perfectly sized for work documents and dedicated interior pockets for small valuables and tech gadgets. An minimalist collection that are practical and ideal for business or travel in style.
Lyonel is the symbol of modern luxury. It is a collection that are literally flawless, all crafted in double-faced medium grain printed milled calf leather. Made as the travel essential for weekend escapades or everyday adventures. Lyonel collection features a streamlined designs that are accompanied with an exterior zip compartment that is both functional and convenient for keeping essentials at hand. The interior is lined with a distinctive cubic design pattern – a contemporary reimagining of Cubism art references inspired by the works of German-American artist Lyonel Feininger.
Bauhaus messenger bag and backpack are given a supple feel with a stylish guise. It features a distinctive statement finish of contrasting shades found in the front flap closure. Especially designed for urban adventures, the Bauhaus collection offers sartorial versatility combined with functionality designed for metropolitan usage – the perfect design for the contemporary gentleman.
The Tegel collection raised a lot of attention for being the first and only collection crafted from a combination of durable coated canvas with semi-vegetale tanned calf. Being the only dual texture collection in the House, the Tegel collection is the embodiment of urban ruggedness with a contemporary sporty refined look. One would also find both an exterior zip compartment and a flap closure compartment to house travel essentials, a distinctive metropolitan style, perfect for the individual that wishes to make a bold statement.