On January 28, Chinese New Year heralds in the Year of the Rooster – one of 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. Apparently this is deemed to be a year marked by progress, honour and integrity, and some say people will be more polite and less stubborn.

Whatever your zodiac sign, anyone with style sense can enjoy the Limited Edition Capsule Collection from Akris, marking the Year of the Red Fire Rooster. Creative director Albert Kriemler, always a man with innovation and inspiration, has specially developed a new handbag and two scarves.

The Rooster Ai tote bag is reversible, in cervo calf and soft calf leather, dominated by a striking cut-out silhouette of a rooster’s head with its comb. The design is inspired by the Swiss graphic design from the 1920s – the decade in which Akris was founded. The handbag is limited to a total of just 58; the numbers 5 and 8 are two lucky numbers for 2017, and are embossed in each bag. With shoulder handles, there is a detachable mirror charm with rooster embossing, and a detachable two-colour zip pouch. The silk scarves, measuring 140cm x 140cm, likewise capture the rooster’s vivid colours, especially his feathers, and show off his beauty and pride.

Whether the West of the East, the rooster symbolises energy and confidence, heralding the new day with the light of the sun. Such symbolism is apt for this latest capsule collection from Akris, and best demonstrates Kriemler’s superlative use of colour and image. “It is a style that pursues simplicity, and I wanted to create a cute and endearing expression for it,” said the creative director.