Zaha Hadid designs layered
handbag for Fendi


Architect Zaha Hadid has designed a leather bag for fashion house Fendi, part of a collection of creations by famous UK-based women to be auctioned for charity.

Zaha Hadid's version of the Fendi Peekaboo bag features overlapping layers of black leather.

The layers wrap around the base of the bag and fold up to cover the two larger sides. The sheets are staggered to look like "pages of a book", said Fendi.

Zaha Hadid Peekaboo leather bag for Fendi_1

The inside is lined with petrol-coloured leather, and black horse hair is used for the sides.

Hadid's design is one of 10 iterations of the Peekaboo bag in the collection, created to coincide with the opening of Fendi's New Bond Street store in London at the beginning of this month.

Other designs were created by artist Tracey Emin, actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomie Harris, models Cara Delevingne, Jerry Hall and her daughter Georgia-May Jagger, fashion illustrator Tanya Ling, singer Adele and journalist Kate Adie.

Zaha Hadid Peekaboo leather bag for Fendi

"Growing up in a family of strong and pioneering females, I am excited that such iconic women, leaders in their own fields, have been involved in this project," said the brand's head of accessories Silvia Venturini Fendi in a statement.

The group worked with Fendi's design atelier to produce the bags, which all feature different materials, prints and patterns.

The bags are up for auction on the Fendi website until 30 May to raise money for British children's charity Kids Company.

  • SebH

    People will notice how dull this is when the first fashion house starts making ‘architecture’.

  • Iaroslav Vychemirski

    Reminds me when I used to use Windows 98 and drag the error window around.

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  • Corpho

    It looks very heavy for the bony arms it’s destined to grace.

  • Karl

    It’s a good thing this bag is not for sale in stores, it would be a huge fail. This is not impressive, not even slightly aesthetic. The design is not worthy of a brand such as Fendi. Zaha has been seriously disappointing in the recent past.

  • Tyler

    Typical Zaha – gross waste of material in pursuit of underwhelming aesthetic effect.

  • Wolfie

    Wasting leather?

  • D

    I believe the firm is called Zaha Hadid Architects, or Zaha Hadid Design (for the industrial design part of the office). Zaha Hadid is a person and has probably never seen this bag.

    Like all of the designs coming from famous architects, the brand doesn’t care what the design looks like. It will just take the first iteration and put it to the press. Nobody will ever use this bag, it’s just a publicity stunt.

  • Paulina

    Not practical. Those layers are taking too much space and in conclusion a big bag is a small one.

  • jay

    Couldn’t have said it better!