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Zana Bayne collaborating with & Other Stories

By Danielle Wightman-Stone

May 10, 2016

New York-based artisanal leather designer Zana Bayne is the latest designer to collaborate with & Other Stories as part of its Co-Lab initiative, which most recently teamed up with Rodarte.

The Co-Lab collection will feature around 30 leather pieces and accessories, all with a strong emphasis on femininity for autumn/winter 2016, including chokers and leather bustiers. This collection will sit alongside a ready-to-wear line, designed by the & Other Stories team, with the creative help of Bayne and her co-creative director Todd Pendu to complement the pieces.

Bayne is known for her quality craftsmanship and designs that feature striking graphic lines and shapes aimed to accentuate the personal style of the individual wearer. The designer is probably best known for her fashion harnesses as Bayne is Beyonce’s go-to leather accessories designer, and her pieces made an appearance in both the singer’s Super Bowl performance as well as in her recent Lemonade video.

Commenting on the collaboration, Bayne said: “We set out to create a leather collection for modern women, juxtaposing the hard and soft throughout; taking pieces such as the leather harness out of its connotations and making it an elegant accessory for layering over any wardrobe in all types of occasions.”

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The New York label is hoping that the collaboration will allow it to reach a new audience, one that may never have worn leather pieces like these before.

Full details of the collection is being kept under wraps, just that the collaboration will feature “core designs to compliment wardrobe staples”.

& Other Stories is a subsidiary of H&M, and its concept is based around creating collection built around inspiring fashion stories, and it has previously worked with designers including Clare Vivier, Lykke Li, Swedish designer A-S Dåvik, Sadie Williams, and most recently Rodarte on its Co-Lab initiative, which works with a mix of both new and more established talent to add to & Other Stories collections.

Zana Bayne has previously collaborated with a number of luxury brands including Comme des Garcons, Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Manish Arora.

The Zana Bayne Co-Lab collection will be available in selected & Other Stories stores and online from autumn 2016. An exact release date has not yet been set.

Images: Courtesy of & Other Stories