October 4, 2010 | Chris&Tibor @ 4:50 pm



“Chris Liu e Tibor Matyas, i due giovani designer di accessori, based in London, del brand Chris&Tibor, dopo le collaborazioni con designer internazionali come Juun.J, Veronique Branquinho e Romain Kremer si alleano al genio eccentrico e minimal di Mister Walter Van Beirendonck per l’A/I 2010-2011. I due designer hanno iniettato la loro carica futurista e concettuale, urban e sperimentale sulle “rocket backpack”: curiose borse multitasca in 3D. Zaini o marsupi in cui poter infilare di tutto, dal laptop alle chiavi, dal portafogli agli altri elementi essenziali della vita quotidiana. Lettere dell’alfabeto assicurate alle spalle o alla vita da cinghie e realizzate in tetron, un materials tecnico e deluxe waterproof e dai colori fluo. Per non passare inosservati. (EB)”



July 20, 2009 | Chris&Tibor @ 8:10 am


“Carry-on men
London label Chris&Tibor gives guys baggage they’ll want to carry

When it comes to fashion accessories, women seem to get all the fun. They could be wearing the most dowdy of outfits but as long as they have a statement bag dangling from the crook of their arm, they are effortlessly regarded to be fashion forward. With a multitude of totes, purses and clutches from various labels out there, women are trained to never rely on just one bag. They are so spoilt for choice with regards to day-to-day carriers that the situation is downright ridiculous. Actually, it’s downright unfair.

Guys quite fancy the occasional spiffy-looking bag too. Especially since these days, a mere wallet is not going to cut it, not when one has to haul the laptop along with one’s gym clothes and toiletries because, you know, you’re never going to know when you’ll be needing to brush your teeth or to mould your hair into a faux-hawk. It’s not that we too want to have a bag dangling from our elbows. Guys just want a cool carry-on that could work as an extension of their personal style much like a necktie or a sharp pair of shoes could. A mere briefcase is just not going to work. We’re not asking for anything outlandish. As with all things that men appreciate, a bag has to function well. We just want that bag to also look good so that we can look great.

Like a Chris&Tibor bag for example. Regardless of the design, it’s always smart and distinctive with much-needed street edge thrown into it. Be it messenger or holdall, backpack or shopper, the up-and-coming London-based fashion label gives dudes bags to suit every function in designs that find inspiration from London’s exciting mix of history, style and the futuristic modernity of the adjoining City. In fact, all their bags are named after streets, areas or iconic figures in East London and the City.

Each bag is the creation of Chris Liu and Tibor Matyas, both of whom are former design consultants for Burberry Prorsum. Chris holds an MA and is a graduate of fashion design from the London College of Fashion while business partner Tibor studied art management and marketing. Having launched their debut collection in 2006, the lads have since established themselves as a label to be reckoned with. In 2008, Chris&Tibor became the first up and comer honoured with the opportunity to create an installation at the Tranoi show in Paris, along with fashion heavyweight Dries Van Noten. It was an honour previously bestowed upon the likes of designers Rick Owen, Acne Jeans and one Martin Margiela. Later that year, the talented twosome enjoyed much exposure at Paris Fashion Week when they collaborated with designers Veronique Branquinho, Juun.J and Romain Kremer who used Chris&Tibor bags in their respective ready-to-wear runway show. But that was then. Now, Chris&Tibor is in the midst of launching their new Autumn-Winter 2009 collection, one titled “The Krays Meet Teddy Boys.” Twins Reggie and Ronnie Krays were amateur boxers turned notorious organised crime leaders in the late 1950s. In the decade after, the brothers drew fame for activities that were less criminal, seen by many as prosperous and charming nightclub owners that influenced the razzle dazzle celebrity circuit in the ’swinging’ London Scene; a scene that saw them chummying with the likes of George Raft, Barbara Windsor, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra.

Thus, the Krays’ bold yet charming qualities are embodied in an accessories collection that combines excellent quality finishing with cutting edge looks. Made from materials the likes of Praire, dot and patent leathers, oiled bird feather fabrics, rave hi-fi techno film materials, riri zips and excellent rubber finished belts celebrated in a courageous palette of black, blue, red and grey, the Chris&Tibor Autumn-Winter 2009 collection breathes an air that is every bit sophisticated and luxurious. Dare we say it? Now it’s the women’s turned to be envious of the guys.”


July 10, 2009 | Chris&Tibor @ 10:06 am


Chris&Tibor gold leather backpack with rubber strap, named after Moorgate. Also available in black and brown leather. For further information email now.

Style Guide: Sunglasses by Veronique Branquinho, polo shirt by Kris Van Assche, bermuda short by Helmut Lang, shoes by Dsquared, leather backpack by Chris & Tibor


June 21, 2009 | Chris&Tibor @ 9:32 pm


Words: Naomi Attwood, photography and styling: Britta Burger.

“Riddle me this one reader. When you’re looking at a garment or accessory, in this case stylish man-bags, what makes the connection in your mind back to its creator? Some designers have clearer visual signatures than others. There’s no mistaking a Westwood number for example. Despite the slick functional appearance of the Chris & Tibor collections, there’s an unmistakable thread running through the pieces created by Chris Liu and Tibor Matyas, two London based designers producing the kind of bags that they themselves need to facilitate their rapid fire lifestyles.
This year the design duo have worked on not one but four distinct collections. One with Belgian designer Veronique Branquinho – five pieces envisioned for stylish travelling; and another with Korean designer Juun J – shiny bags to complement his menswear pieces. Third, they have collaborated with the French designer/ dancer Romain Kremer on the miniature neck bag and wallet bag which are ideal for promenading avec ipod and packing your party essentials. And then of course, their own very personal collection.
Chris and Tibor name all the products in their own range after locations in London. Their SS09 range is called Angel, after the Angel, Islington. Asked to sum up the collection in three words the boys came up with “Angel, rubber and backpack” and revealed their recommendations for some free time in the capital. “We love to walk around East London and City area, especially a quiet weekend day in the City, it is mixing old and new, and wicked.” Finally, when asked to comment on their urban client base Chris said that, “We love to see someone wearing our bags, we say ‘hello’ to the person as well as the bag like an old friend. Many of Chris & Tibor’s followers are girls who are fed up with girly bags. They are up for something cool, creative, challenging but still luxurious.” Advice then, for those who believe Londoners to be unfriendly? Try wearing a piece of Chris & Tibor and perhaps you’ll get a more positive response in future. For more information see


June 4, 2009 | Chris&Tibor @ 5:12 pm


Today, I have some good news, very good news to share! It is sample sale time and Chris&Tibor is taking part of the next London Accessory Sale (also known Secret Sample Sale)

If you have visited one of our sales events before, you know that our seasonal sample sales are well worth to visit. This time there is a large selection of bags from the Autumn Winter 2008 collection and even some very exclusive pieces from the Spring Summer 2009 collection including The Collaboration Project with Veronique Branquinho, Juun.J and Romain Kremer.

Date: 4-7 June 2009
Address: The Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane, The Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6RU
(Nearest Tube Stations: Old Street, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Aldgate East)
Thursday: 2pm – 9pm
Friday: 12 noon – 8pm
Saturday: 12 noon – 7pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 6pm



May 21, 2009 | Chris&Tibor @ 10:57 pm


Here is what Dazed & Confused has to say about us:

East is East
Searching for the perfect gym bag is what initially inspired Chris Liu and Tibor Matyas to start their label. Three years after launching Chris & Tibor, the duo have gained quite a following for their casual yet cutting-edge accessories, tightly linked to east London’s creative hub. “We live in east London, we design in east London and we produce in east London” explain the designers. “We name all our bags after streets, areas or buildings in east London and the City.”
Having devoted their spring/summer collection to Angel and Islington, Chris & Tibor are now stocked at Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong and United Arrows in Japan. And, despite London influences, recent collaborations with designers Juun J, Romain Kremer (pictured) and Veronique Branquinho suggest that their scope is fast-reaching far beyond EC1. Kasia Bobula

Shirt by French Connection, bags by Romain Kremer for Chris Tibor


May 12, 2009 | Chris&Tibor @ 8:40 pm


We need your vote! Chris&Tibor vs. Louis Vuitton

The New York Times Style Magazine featured Chris&Tibor as Must Haves in their Travel Spring 2009 Issue. This bag is from our collaboration project with belgian designer Veronique Branquinho.  Photograph by Ilan Rubin.

Buy the bag online at www.thecorner.com