Former Beastie Boys member Mike D is hoping for a “Sure Shot” with his new range of manbags that he has launched together with fashion designer Clare Vivier. If you’re a stylish Beastie Boys fan, then this should catch your interest.
Mike D, whose actual name is Michael Diamond, explained that the inspiration for him to design the “grown man” bags came because he was fed up with wearing backpacks to recording studio sessions.
As for Clare Vivier, she is a Los Angeles-based accessories designer. The pair’s new Mike D X Clare V range of bags is the first time the Vivier fashion house has ventured into men’s accessories.
The new range will include a slim card wallet, a range of sunglasses, laptop case and a studio bag. The new collections prices will start from £37.50 for a bandana, rising up to £358.50 and £426 for the new range of studio bags.
So what was Mike D’s inspiration? Diamond explained that he was first inspired to design bags and accessories following a studio session with French duo Cassius.
Mike D explained to Billboard: “They wore elegant French bags, and it made my old backpack feel inferior. But I didn’t want another backpack. I’ve had backpacks my whole life. I’m a grown man now and I should have something better.”
Vivier commented on the collection explaining that it was easy to design because the two of them shared a similar “simplistic yet luxurious” sense of style.
Diamond also hinted that he may work with Vivier again to add more accessories to the collection: “I’m in need of a man apron. A very manly apron.”
With regards to Diamond’s music career, he guests on two songs—“Love Parade” and “Action”—on Cassius’ new album Ibifornia, which will be released on August 26th.
Following the untimely death of his fellow Beastie Boy band mate Adam Yauch in 2012, Diamond and Adam Horowitz disbanded the trio explaining the band couldn’t continue without Yauch.