Three wise monkeys live in Japan who together embody the proverbial principle “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. There are a few variations of what this actually means. In the Buddhist tradition, the proverb is about not dwelling on evil thoughts. Whereas in the Western world, the proverb (and the image of the three monkeys) are often used to refer to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety or looking the other way. The concept of the evil eye can also be found throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean cultures where talismans and charms (ironically also called ‘evil eye’) are used to ward off evil spirits.
The evil eye has been further popularised by the fashion world which has embraced the belief by incorporating the motif in striking designs. One such designer is Sunita Mukhi. Her new Essa backpack which was inspired by her daughter, Serena’s lifestyle, is a stylish interpretation of the ancient concept. Made out of faux crocodile, the bright eye motif is a prominent feature on the backpack. It’s a great urban accessory which fits all the necessary items for the day and a statement piece which makes any outfit stand out from the crowd. As a Japanese, I’d like to think that the eyes on the backpack is an expression not to dwell on evil thoughts. It’s a great daily essential which reminds me to always go about life with positive thoughts and brush off negativity.
Photographed at Carnaby Street and Liberty London by Form 42.