Sort Of Camouflage

Cote E Ciel messengerThe camo may not be the new black of the season, but its popularity refuses to fade out. This print from Cote et Ciel is inspired by “natural forms of flora and fauna” or, simply put, jungle greens, though not necessarily those you encountered during a trek through Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. You know it’s a camouflage pattern, yet the subtly pixilated image (due to the texture of the coated canvas) called ‘Crypsis’ gives it an otherworldly accent. Coupled by the unconventional colour of stone grey, this is pattern is for pounding clearly urban and concrete pavements. We’re especially fond of this ‘Spree’ messenger bag (the Crypsis is also available in two different backpacks), which is of the right size to store your daily necessities (with a padded internal pocket to house a notebook), yet not too large that your daily commute via the MRT train is managing a bull in a china shop!

Cote et Ciel (French for coast and sky) is a 6-year-old, Paris-based bag maker that has been drawing interest for their oddly-shaped backpacks. Their fashion cred raised a notch when, in 2012, they collaborated with Comme des Garçons on a selection of iPad cases, and, last year, paired with Mykita on eyewear cases (those Mykita X MMM glasses deserve protection!). Even without the designer associations, Cote et Ciel takes pride in creating products “that empower and support creative people”. How’s that for style?

The Cote et Ciel ‘Spree Messenger Crypsis’, SGD256, is available at Tangs Orchard; Men’s Bazaar, Takashimaya DC, and Cumulus, Wheelock Place