Acne Studios And Liberty Collaborate

Acne Studios uses archive Liberty prints to create a special collection of leather pieces

By Emma Chong Johnston | Published: 14 Feb 2014

Acne X Liberty
Photo: Liberty

We’re not really in the mood or the climate to be looking at leather jackets, but the new pieces from Acne Studios in collaboration with Liberty are beyond beautiful. Liberty is no stranger to the fashion collaboration, but there’s never been one quite like this. Archive Liberty prints have been printed onto leather and worked into leather pieces for Acne Studios, including the much coveted Acne leather jacket. 

“I’m obsessed with digging in archives and morphing elements of design history with our universe,” said Acne Studios creative director Jonny Johansson. “I have a personal and long history with Liberty prints, having used them as a source of inspiration in my early years as a designer. When we started exploring Liberty’s extensive heritage for this project, it almost felt like an overwhelming voyage. We realized we had to come up with a strong contrast in order to make sense of it, so the team and I picked one favourite print each and integrated them with some of our classic leather pieces.”

The collaboration uses Liberty patterns Jonny, a turn of the century paisley, Eva, a Japanese-inspired art fabric, and Alma’s Bird, a mix of Japanese design and early art nouveau from 1890. It’s available at Liberty starting today, and will be available on and in Acne stores from March onwards.


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