Dubbel Duffel x Opening Ceremony
The story of the Dubbel Duffel’s revival is truly a modern day fashion fairy tale; but instead, the lucky young girl happens to be a man, China Young, and the fairy godmother is the über chic Huberto Leon, co-founder of Opening Ceremony and creative director of Kenzo. The saga goes as follows… On one fine summer day in 2011 China was doing some innocent thrift store shopping in the magical land of Brooklyn, New York, when he stumbled upon gold in the form of a 1976 nylon duffel bag (another detail that I can’t recall being in any Disney classics).
“What is this?” he thought, “I must investigate”.
To China’s surprise this sturdy nylon satchel was not just one bag, but two! Eager about his find, China purchased the mysterious piece of luggage and took it over the bridge and through the woods, but instead of heading to grandmothers house, he ended up at Opening Ceremony, where young New Yorkers go to find salvation.
As a man trained in the craft of luggage, China used to work for LeSportSac, he knew his new investment was a special one. Huberto, a longtime friend of China’s and nurturer of everything retro, was enthusiastic about reviving an old classic. With some research, China found that just a few years after its inception, Dubbel Duffel had been cast away by its evil stepsisters and left abandoned to fend for itself. Lucky, help was on the way for the lifeless product. China and Huberto worked together to restore the brand and make it practical by today’s standards.
The magical men worked with factories and pattern makers alike to reengineer the forgotten bag. The resulting fabric is an indestructible twill nylon blend that comes in four colors: purple, red, navy and black. The bag’s multipurpose make allows for it to expand to double its capacity. The two sizes available in the premier collection are medium and large, serving as the solution to unisex travel. The medium style converts from a duffel into both a backpack and a messenger bag, while the large morphs effortlessly from a standard duffel to a large messenger.
The Dubbel Duffel is the epitome of a modern classic. Since its resurrection that bag’s first season was picked up exclusively by Opening Ceremony and a full line is set to launch next fall… And they all lived happily ever after in their new homes.
Dubbel Duffel’s are sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony stores and online.
Click here to buy one, NOW, and show all your friends. They’ll think its magic or something!
Dubbel Duffel tutorial by China Young…
Small Dubbel Duffel to backpack…