The name Bree is synonymous with bags for accessories lovers in its homeland of Germany, as well as around the world, where it is sold in more than 700 doors.
The namesake label was founded by Wolf Peter and Renate Bree in 1970, one year before their son Philipp was born; the next generation, Philipp and his brother Axel, took over in 1999, keeping it all in the family.
Itching for adventure, Philipp Bree left in 2011 — but the apple doesn’t fall far for the Brees. In 2012, Philipp Bree founded PB0110, a refined and mostly minimalist line of bags and accessories for men, women and children; this month, he sold his shares in the family firm to concentrate on his own label. The name refers to his initials and birth date; the designs integrate heritage and modernism.
All PB0110 items are crafted in Europe with vegetable-tanned leather and linen. The palette includes natural, gray, black, navy, rust, white and a surprising electric blue. Parts, from leather to zippers to thread, are all sourced from European artisanal and family firms, and the bags’ brass closures are custom designed.
Bree is a fan of patina, and wants his bags to become heirloom pieces that withstand time, enhanced by signs of wear and marks of living. His fondness for the cherished has even extended to a blog called “Beloved Objects,” which is part of PB0110’s Web site. One image shows a Bree leather travel bag given from father to son in 1988.
PB0110’s contemporary styles can be found at more than 30 stockists including Selfridges in London; Departmentstore Quartier 206 in Berlin; Project No 8 in New York; 10 Corso Como Seoul; Salt in Venice Beach, Calif.; Isetan Men’s in Tokyo, and Galeries Lafayette Beijing.
Prices range from $430 for a clutch and $553 for a shoulder bag to $1,248 for a briefcase. For fall, PB0110’s third line, new shapes include a shopper with a reverse, inset zipper, a soft backpack of superthin leather and a lightweight weekender for men.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast