We’re in the final days of our first, largely-digital fashion month—and while the street style has been refreshingly low-key this season, there have been some undeniable trends. Take, for instance, the ubiquity of Coperni’s sculptural shoulder bags. Spotted on everyone from Sabina Socol to Tina Kunakey and Maisie Williams, the affordable totes have proved a sleeper hit at the spring summer ’21 season.
Coperni are rightfully gaining a new flood of interest this season, following a stellar runway show on the rooftop of the Montparnasse Tower in Paris, which officially opened Paris Fashion Week at the end of September. With subtle nods to the sci-fi genre (fitting, given the dystopian reality we are currently living in), the collection was a masterclass in technical innovation. The brand developed a new technical jersey that they claim is anti-bacterial, for instance.
Co-creative directors, couple Arnaud Vaillant and Sébastien Meyer, first established the label in 2013, but took a brief hiatus shortly after to take the helm iconic French label Courrèges. In 2017 the brand re-launched and quickly establishing themselves as creators of It-handbags and well crafted modern-with-a-twist basics (think a structural black one-shouldered mini-dress, fastened with a Velcro strap).
Dua Lipa is among the brands’ many celebrity fans, donning the same bag beloved by the street style set, dubbed the ‘Swipe,’ during a date with boyfriend Anwar Hadid in August. Available in multiple shapes and colorways, the bag has proved an industry-wide sensation, in part because of its accessible price point—the bags are priced between $400 and $600.
With a focus on sustainability, and using technology to craft beautiful clothing (the brand’s name is taken from astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus—”He’s the astronomer who came up with the theory that the sun is at the center of the universe, and we put the woman and her body in the center of our work,” Meyer recently said in an interview), it seems the newly revamped Coperni is finding itself a devoted audience of mindful millennial and Gen-Z consumers.