Deconstructing the world’s most iconic accessories to tell their stories. This is Reed Krakoff’s Academy bag.

Photographer : Ulysse Frechelin

Fashion Editor, Concept, and Direction : Shiona Turini

In the space of just three years, Reed Krakoff has defined a new American luxury—one that whispers, never shouts, its codes and virtues. The designer’s Academy bag, with its sleek shape and elegant details, neatly fits this aesthetic. Krakoff prizes chic pragmatism, and the Academy is no doubt designed for a woman with places to be. This means details like a convertible shoulder strap that allows for cross-body, shoulder, and top-handle wear, or front and back slide pockets for imminent access. Because a Reed Krakoff woman lives a life that’s equal parts work, pleasure, and pure luxe—and that’s very American.

The Academy by the numbers
24 – Width, in centimeters, of anaconda python skin at its widest part
20 – Number of leather pieces used, including interior leather collar and leather zip pull
11 – Number of pieces of hardware, including interior zipper
11 – Square feet of suede required to construct a single bag
2 – Working days of craftsmanship required to realize a single bag