Gabriel Anzala Ogombo of Gonzala Leathers loves a challenge. In particular, he enjoys sitting down with the requirements for a bag and figuring out how to make it work. For this bag, the request came from a colleague. ”You know how these youth are,” he tells me with a chuckle, “they want something they can carry around and also carry their books for school”.
The result is this messenger/backpack. The key to transformation is the strap. If you can only imagine it as a backpack, see the ‘Transformer’ as a messenger bag and then as a backpack at last year’s Masquerade Runway Ball.
Photograph by John KulaMoto.