Established 90 years ago in the historic town of St Gallen, Akris has become synonymous with understated chic. To this day, the brand is family owned: brothers Albert and Peter Kriemler are the third generation to head the company. The Ai horsehair bag, shown here, has a fascinating background. Its story begins on the vast, grassy plains of Mongolia where horsehair is collected from herds of morj, the native breed famed for their long manes and tails.
Skilled artisans then transform the hair into a distinctive fabric with an inimitable sheen, and it’s from this that the Akris tote is made. The bag is trimmed with box calf and finished with graphite-coloured hardware, and with its distinctive trapezoid shape it makes a bold visual statement while still being roomy enough for all your daily essentials.
Akris Ai horsehair bag, CHF3,600
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