I skew feminine when it comes to personal style, so it’s rare that unisex accessories and fashion grab my attention. However, when I first laid eyes on the unisex bag line by The Park After Dark, I knew: I HAD to have one. It was obsessed at first sight.
From the plaid to the leather detailing, these bags are chic and oh-so fantastic. I can’t wait to get my hands on one—not just to stash my makeup bag and MacBook Air, but to be the envy of everyone in San Francisco.
So, who is the creative force behind this fabulous bag line? None other than the super talented (and super cute) Brandon Lee. You may know him as one of the founding members of indie record label Modern Art Records, or as the most stylish member of Miniature Tigers. We know him as one of our favorite creative minds.
How did these rad bags come to be? We caught up with the uber-trendy artist to find out.
1. Where did you get the idea for your laptop and handbag line, The Park After Dark?
I first started making bags for myself in the winter of 2012, mainly because I couldn’t find one that I liked enough to buy and carry around every day. I live in NYC, and when I would be on the subway or walking on the street people started to ask me where I got it. So, I decided to start making them and trying to sell them online.
2. The bags look so well-made. Can you tell us a bit about your previous design experience?
I have always been super into fashion but I really don’t have much of a history in design. I first learned how to sew in home-ec class in middle school, at which point I started making pants for myself. Then when I moved to NYC a few years ago I took some more in depth sewing classes, in which my teacher was the lovely Kenley Collins [from Project Runway]. I began altering a lot of my clothing and as I became more skilled I took on more challenging projects.
3. Your bags are very stylish - just like you. Where do you draw inspiration for your own personal style?
I’m greatly inspired by 1920’s fashion. However, being born in the 80’s I feel that my style and personal taste have roots in things I was exposed to growing up, even though they might not be apparent to an outside observer. Some things that have inspired me over the years are skateboard culture, the art of Ed Templeton, alchemy, Morrissey, Coco Chanel, Harry Houdini, and the mysteries of the universe.
4. What other fun things are you up to these days?
Music has been my main focus in life for over 15 years. Aside from my line I also play bass in a band called Miniature Tigers. We just released our third album, Mia Pharaoh, and are on tour in support of that right now. I’m also a founding partner for the label Modern Art Records. Additionally, I love all things photography, and I use Hipstamatic daily!