Jean Paul Gaultier Collaborates With Lipault on Luggage Capsule

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PARIS — Lipault is the latest brand looking to capitalize on the luggage fever sweeping the industry, with a collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier set to launch in August. Following a line codesigned with Inès de La Fressange last year, the capsule, which will be distributed in Lipault stores and on the brand’s e-shop as well as in select retailers internationally, marks the second hook-up for the French luggage brand since being acquired by Samsonite Group in 2014. “Luggage is hot, there are more and more people who travel and who are traveling more and more. People are also realizing that luggage is an accessory, that you keep luggage close to yourself, and that it says something about you,” said Samsonite Europe president Arne Borrey at a preview of the Gaultier line on Tuesday at Les Bains here. The Gaultier capsule — a first for the couturier, who did bags for his now-shuttered ready-to-wear line but has never before dabbled in luggage — is based around a soft suitcase available in three formats that plays on the house’s masculine/feminine and innerwear/outerwear codes. It has a sober patchwork of pin-striped wool and nylon on the outside and, on the inside, a contrasting pink satin corset

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