A road trip through Morocco led brother-and-sister design team Christopher and Nicholas Kunz to look up female explorers who had traveled the region. They found Isabelle Eberhardt, the Swiss explorer who dressed as a man so that she could move freely through turn-of-the-century North Africa. “It was unlike anything we could imagine,” said Nicholas of the obstacles Eberhardt faced.
To translate ideas of protection and power into clothes for a modern explorer, the Kunzes stuck with what they know well: wares for the urban warrior. There were leather shawls, scrunched-up cargo pants, harnesses and knee guards. In a novel turn, a little black dress was adorned with an armor of Pilot pens.