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.
“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
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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