PARIS — It's all in the bag for budding media and fashion group MenInvest and its high-end accessories label for guys, Estime. "We really saw a niche for elegant men's accessories, but priced more affordably than most luxury brands," said Audrey Montacel, a Louis Vuitton alum, who co-founded Estime in 2009 with business partner and MenInvest founder Marc Menasé. Prices range from around 69 euros, or $87 at current exchange, for a laptop case to 579 euros, or $728, for a garment bag. MenInvest operates fashion, digital, e-commerce and media activities focused on men. The group in February received a capital increase from AXA Private Equity, which took a minority stake, and has an Estime boutique at 61 Rue Bonaparte in the heart of Saint-Germain. Meanwhile, its multibrand shop, Menlook, and its bespoke shirt and suit label, Saint-Sens, are located just next door at number 59. A second Estime location is slated to bow in Lyon, France, in September, while plans for international expansion are also under way. Billing its style as "gentleman tech,” the collection, which is entirely made in Spain from exclusive European textiles and leathers, ranges from exotic iPhone holders and leather envelope pouches to supple travel bags. A 48-hour duffel bag, for example, offers colored bands and vivid contrast or Liberty-print linings. "We studied every aspect of men's accessories, from how many cards a wallet should ideally carry to the most ergonomic accessory forms," Montacel said. Starting next month, Estime, which is already available online at estime.com, will be sold in London's Fenwick department store.
To celebrate Pride 2018, @themarcjacobs released the #GratefulNotHateful campaign, a social media initiative aimed at extending Pride beyond the parade. Inspired by Jacobs’ everyday outlook, the campaign features Jacobs along with a group of models and social media stars who are members and supporters of the LGBT community, all seen wearing @marcbeauty’s Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in colors of the rainbow. Head to our Instagram stories to see close-ups of the liner. #wwdbeauty
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About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
“This is Paris, my first show. I’m all about democracy. If some kid shows up, flew from New Jersey to just be around, let’s get him a seat.” — @virgilabloh tells WWD’s @jdiderich ahead of his first show for @louisvuitton men’s. (📸: @alfredo_piola ) #wwdmens #virgilabloh #louisvuitton
“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion 📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim