Created by Melbourne-based design duo, Christian and Sabine Pound, Ecsotype is the label behind some of the most functional (and good-looking) bags the world has ever witnessed. "Ecsotype is about justifying every idea and creation by its originality" says French-born Sabine, "It's about building from the ground up (our products feel more like engineering projects to use) and the thrill of looking for the right balance of uniqueness, intelligent function and 'never-before-seen' form. It's about extending the idea of customization beyond colorways and into 'rigging.'" Christian adds, "There are several ways to lace a shoeâ¦why not several ways to rig a bag?" Passionate, excited and, above all else, skilled in their craft the Pounds have made a name for themselves since the inception of Ecsotype in 2004 via quality stockists, international press and the recent introduction of an online store. "We live for the excitement that each new idea brings" says Christian, "and for the process to materialize into something worth being excited and passionate about." CH caught up with the dynamic designers to chat about custom-made zips, book bags and house keys.
When, how and why did you start?
We started in 2004 with one idea, a messenger bag that would be assembled from parts. We thought there was something really interesting and unique in it [so] we set about having it made. We waited nine months for custom-made zips (that are so bizarre they are just not useful to anyone else but us!), stitched dozens of prototypes ourselves and visited a few manufacturers. Some manufacturers refused to have anything to do with Ecsotype but the brave took it on and suffered the whole way through! We don't work by season. We add to our catalog approximately every six weeks and keep all our products available to purchase.
The Book bag [pictured] is truly original. How did you come up with the idea and why the name?
Our first four products relied on zips to join each component. We wanted to approach construction in a different way. With Book the components slide or snap in place. Its dimensions are based on a small paper bag that was about A4. The idea for it started as a new version for another product but developed so strongly it ended up standing on its own.