Kris Van Assche

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To coincide with the launch of our exclusive KRISVANASSCHE for SSENSE leather backpack for Spring 13 - produced in collaboration with Eastpak - we talked to the Belgian designer about his own everyday essentials. True to the refined aesthetic that is fundamental to the KRISVANASSCHE universe, the SSENSE exclusive backpack is a polished fusion of the core values from each brand, resulting in a functional yet minimalist piece cut entirely in black leather. Cargo side pockets, large internal comparments and industrial zippers accent the bag’s practicality, alongside a snap-bound tonal leather iPad case – one of Kris’ own essentials.

A Belgian native now based out of Paris, Kris projects a self-described “no pressure” philosophy that easily translates into his designs both at his eponymous label, and his work for Dior Homme, which he has helmed since 2007. This relaxed approach produces minimalist and, at times, utilitarian designs that are an astute reflection of his own life: his essentials include functional tech products like the ubiquitous iPad, iPhone and Blackberry – the cases for which can almost always be found concealed neatly within his Eastpak bags – classic Ray Ban aviators, a few essential hair products and a bottle of Chanel no. 5.

Kris Van Assche Essentials