Who started it? Just launched in Hong Kong, Thomas Blakk, the man and his eponymous brand, are based in Florence, Italy. Having worked under the aegis of Pauric Sweeney, Manish Arora and other innovative designers, last year Blakk set up his own bag label, which he describes as 'technical, punk, minimalist and futuristic'. The look is hard-core and rebellious, yet refined, perhaps sharing similarities with a younger Rick Owens or Gareth Pugh. With a reference and reverence to pop culture, it comes as no surprise that Blakk has mentioned pop star and style icon Lady Gaga as a muse. His intricately constructed accessories, with their material mixes, feature strong lines and a hard rock'n'roll vibe.
Why we love it: because in the short time since his edgy range of accessories was launched, Blakk has become a serious name to watch in contemporary fashion. And because the products are marked with a finesse and polish expected from all things Italian. A leading fashion blogger described the bags as 'not far short of gorgeous torture instruments'. In an industry that is perpetually seeking something striking and innovative, Blakk provides ample eye candy. With bags and belts featuring serrated leather and metal, this collection is not for the shy and retiring.
What we'd pick: the multistudded leather clutch (above centre; HK$11,900) makes a point, as do the spiked silver and cobalt blue vanity cases (top; HK$4,130 each).
Where can you get it? Thomas Blakk is available at D-Mop, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2175 4881 and online at www.thomasblakk.com.