Beastie Boys rapper Mike D launches range of £358 manbags

‘I didn’t want to wear another backpack’ he says of fashion range

Former Beastie Boys rapper Mike D has launched a new range of manbags together with fashion designer Clare Vivier.

D, full name Mike Diamond, said he was inspired to design the “grown-up man’s” bags because he was fed up of wearing backpacks to recording studios.

Vivier is a leading Los Angeles accessories designer, but the pair’s new Mike D X Clare V range is the first men’s collection from Vivier’s fashion house. The range includes a slim card wallet, sunglasses, laptop case and a studio bag. Prices range from £37.50 for a bandana to £358.50 and £426 for the studio bags.

Diamond said he was inspired to launch the bag after working in the studio with French duo Cassius. He told Billboard: “They wore elegant French bags, and it made my old backpack feel inferior. But I didn’t want another backpack. I’ve had backpacks my whole life. I’m a grown man now and I should have something better.”

Vivier said the collection was easy to design as the pair shared a similar “simplistic yet luxurious” sense of style. Diamond said he may work with Vivier again to expand the range into other male accessories, commenting: “I’m in need of a man apron. A very manly apron.”

Diamond guests on two songs – ‘Love Parade’ and ‘Action’ – on Cassius’ new album ‘Ibifornia’, which is released on August 26. ‘Action’ also features Cat Power, while other guests on the album include Pharrell Williams, Ryan Tedder and Portugal The Man singer John Gourley.

Following the death of Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch in 2012, Diamond and Adam Horowitz said the band couldn’t continue without Yauch. They worked together on a remix of Yoko Ono’s song ‘Bad Dancer’ in 2013, while Diamond is also producing Portugal The Man’s new album ‘Gloomin And Doomin’.