Karl Lagerfeld has a new bag line launching in spring 2009, and we scored the first line sheets for you to preview before they launch (oh, bless Market Week). The collection took a year to develop, and the Kaiser himself approved each of the 42 designs. And you know what we found? Laptop cases! Which is funny, because last we heard, Karl said he didn’t even know how to use a computer: “I don’t use a computer; I do research with my brain. And if I want or need to — I get people to do it for me.” For a man who is notorious for being a technophobe (well, he does have that iPod nanny), this seems like quite a jump into unknown territory.
But why should that stop him from making chic cases for us common folk? Of course, the press release doesn’t name technology as inspiration, rather the line is “inspired by the designer’s passion for modern architecture and photography, and especially by his spirited lifestyle and iconic personality.” But that’s close enough! There are quite a few slim totes in the collection, perfect for commuting with a laptop in style (probably made with his assistants in mind). There are also bags with grommets (inspired by the grommets on his glove), bags with leather-covered chain handles (inspired by the chain he wears), and bags with sunglass lenses beneath the handles (inspired by his shades). Buyers are confirming orders this week, but come spring, expect to see these available in high-end department stores for $595 to $3,000. We’re especially taken with the slim satchel featuring his handles cut out in the shape of his sunglasses, appropriately named “Idol” (but sadly not pictured). Check out more after the jump. —Sharon Clott