CARRIED AWAY: While Jean Paul Gaultier may be winding down his ready-to-wear business, he’s always ready to carry — a backpack, that is. The madcap couturier is to collaborate with Eastpak on a collection of backpacks inspired by some of his catwalk creations, including biker jackets, bomber jackets, jean jackets and pilot uniforms, WWD has learned.

A limited-edition range of Eastpak X Jean Paul Gaultier backpacks is slated for February delivery, followed by the main collection in April. Part of the proceeds is to go to Designers Against AIDS, for which Gaultier already designed a style for Eastpak’s Artist Studio project, in which designers customize its Padded Pak’r style for a charity auction.

This story first appeared in the December 8, 2014 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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