Research Unit, a South African high-end accessories brand is launching its new collection, entitled ARTIFAKT.
The collection is based on the founder’s fascination with Africa incorporating African masks, universally identified as Africa, props and a painted backdrop to look like the rawness of an excavation site, one that is set out to discover artefacts buried in Africa.
Each product is individually handcrafted from vegetable tanned South African leather and scotch guarded canvas. The products are hand-dyed, polished and hand stitched to last a lifetime.
The ARTIFAKT collection is a satirical take on Africa, thereby combining elements of luxury craftsmanship in a utilitarian manner and is reminiscent of how general items become findings and therefore ARTIFAKTS.
“We wanted a gender fluid model that embodied a more progressive look and we see the square shape of the arrow mask as male and the circle as female. This is prevalent in our brand. The combination of these two shapes mathematically gives rise to all other shapes in the universe thus there is no male or female.” Chad Petersen
“When you look at the definition of Artifakt, it’s something that is made by someone. We teach our staff how to handcraft all our products with as much care and precision as possible. We find our way to our beautifully crafted bags via the design and production processes we’ve implemented, so we’d like to think they’re already ARTIFAKTS in the making, as well as being pieces of art” – Erin-lee Petersen
The ARTIFAKT Collection boasts the brand-new April Bag, new colour ways in their bucket bags, a larger backpack, the new leather duffle bag and a hand-crafted Nappa evening clutch. The founders will showcase the collection in Europe early 2018, where they’ve already established relationships whilst
having their pop-up store in Berlin, Germany in 2016. The brand has also relaunched an already successful online store, which ships internationally and the collection will be available at their V&A Waterfront Store in Cape Town.