Braun Büffel wouldn’t have reached its 130th year milestone, if not for the people who started it all: the founder of the House, Johann Braun, and his wife Katharina Braun. So, it is only apt to celebrate this memorable landmark with a capsule collection that pays tribute to the founding father and mother.
Inspired by archival designs that symbolise Braun Büffel’s storied legacy in the last 130 years, the Johann collection features the Johann-50 Briefcase, each with a serialised 130th Anniversary plague, with only 50 pieces available worldwide. Besides that, four small leather goods variations characteristically defined Johann Braun’s vision of creative innovation paired with immaculate craftsmanship so many lifetimes ago.
Alongside the Katharina collection of cross-body bags, the Johann collection is handcrafted in the House’s signature Gaucho leather, each piece is made in the House’s atelier in Kirn, Germany, handcrafted by master craftsmen into contemporary limited edition pieces bearing the 130th Anniversary emblem, making it the perfect combination of artisanal craftsmanship paired with sophistication.
Besides the limited edition collection, Braun Büffel’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection too hits close to home with ranges that accentuates an urban sartorial feel with a modish design aesthetic. The brand revisits its heritage with a travel back to Germany, and checks in to Berlin, where the dichotomy of historical buildings and modern architectures elucidates the city’s richly textured historical odyssey into a multicultural metropolis.
Highlights of the season is the Bully-Be series, which features the Braun Büffel bull donned in an exhaustive calibration of the grunge style with a tinge of rock ‘n’ roll, inspired by the nostalgic allure of the German pop culture in the 1980s, crafted intricately for the travelling maverick.
Stylish gentlemen would be glad to know that the season’s collection includes ranges of bags in all shapes and sizes serving as testaments to the House’s passion of being a fashion forward label.
Starting with the Tegel collection, defined by its distinctive dual texture details and vintage gold hardware, the collection is the embodiment of urban ruggedness with a contemporary sporty refined look. Available from a briefcase to a hold-it-all duffel, the collection features both an exterior zip compartment and a flap closure compartment to house travel essentials with easy accessibility.
Besides that, expect to stand out from the crowd with the Lyonel and Rufino-C collections, featuring items in the boldest blue that is reminiscence of the blue skies beckoning escape. Inspired by the works of German-American Cubism artist Lyonel Feininger, the Lyonel range is lined with an interior of a distinctive cubic design pattern, whereas streamlined on the exterior, flawlessly crafted double-faced medium grain printed milled calf leather. On the other hand, the Rufino-C keeps essentials neatly and stylishly organised with its functional front zip pocket upon leather goods ranging from a smart briefcase for business meetings, to a clutch perfect for travelling.
However, if you are not one for the artistic expression of quirkiness, rest assured that Braun Büffel remains true to the House’s iconic philosophy of functional designs married with paramount workmanship – perfect for the urban gentlemen who are always on the move.
The Homme-M range returns this season with a colour palette in homage to the Berlin nightlife scene, crafted in fine pebbled grain printed calf leather, and packed with function and style for the modern man; whereas the contemporary Bauhaus range features a distinctive statement finish of contrasting shades found in the front flap closure, giving the functional pieces a supple feel with a stylish guise.
The structured and sophisticated nature of the Bismarck range, as well as the Klaus range that models after the clean lines of the Berlin architecture, come with practical utilitarian compartments inside and out designed to give one streamlined access to daily essentials and gadgets – a blend of excellent craftsmanship with metropolitan functionality.