Okay, okay, okay: when it comes to Fendi, we’re all familiar with the interlocked F motif that has graced coveted pieces the world over. But don’t sleep on the power of the Pequin – the instantly recognisable stripe that was born in 1987 under the tenure of Karl Lagerfeld and the Fendi sisters. It’s one thing to create iconography, but another altogether to create a logo that’s logo-less. These black and brown tobacco stripes have a knack for elevating anything they adorn – particularly bags. As we’ve noted a few times, the man-bag (also known as, y’know, the bag) is entering its moment, with men’s accessory lines increasingly reimagining legendary silhouettes for a new gender. Silvia Venturini Fendi’s Fall 2019 collection debuted a new Fendi Baguette for men – and the iconic Pequin motif has continued into her SS20 line-up and beyond. It’s a stripe that speaks loud – an icon created with just a few strokes. And in an age dominated by logomania, there’s never been a more stylish time to carry an icon.
Photography: Matthew Beedle