IN THE BAG: Rei Kawakubo — who in 2003 reinterpreted Rudi Gernreich’s iconoclastic designs, including the topless swimsuit — is about to lend her weight to another icon of Sixties fashion: Paco Rabanne. WWD has learned that Comme des Garçons is teaming up with Rabanne to reintroduce an iconic handbag from 1969. It will be unveiled in a host of new materials — some of them chosen by Kawakubo — during Paris Fashion Week. The Japanese company plans to launch the bags exclusively in six of its stores and also handle distribution to other select retailers, said Adrian Joffe, chief executive officer of Comme des Garçons International. The handbag introduction is the first new fashion volley for the Puig Group brand, which wound down Rabanne’s ready-to-wear business in 2006.
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