The stylist-designer-creative consultant had a women’s ready-to-wear collection called Eventide from 2004 to 2008, but the recession put an end to that dream. “We did it for four years and it was in Barneys; they wrote about it in Harper’s Bazaar, and celebrities such as Natalie Portman and socialites such as Tinsley Mortimer wore it. It had a following, but we just didn’t have the backing, so we had to close it,” he said.
So Stroble switched gears, working as a stylist for brands and retailers such as Banana Republic, Bloomingdale’s, Gant Rugger, Gilt, Hugo Boss, J. Lindeberg and K-Swiss while also styling celebrities for magazines.
But the desire to design never disappeared, and for spring, he will launch a collection of men’s leather bags under the Christian Stroble name.
“It’s a small collection,” he said. “I’m keeping it niche.” There will be a number of classic styles, including a sack bag, a shopper, a weekender, a messenger, a briefcase, a duffle and a “man clutch,” targeted to the contemporary consumer.
Stroble said that while the silhouettes may be classic, they’re “rendered with a lived-in, weathered and tactile sensibility.
“I want every bag to feel like your favorite worn-in leather jacket,” he said, pointing to the “slightly aged patina” of the pieces. “Since I’m a stylist, I’m always in search of lightweight, functional bags that have good style. I’m not into heavy, structured bags.” The Christian Stroble models have a “slight drape to them, but still hold their shape,” he said, utilize antique brass hardware and are manufactured in the U.S. from Tuscan leather. The bags are not lined — “I want them raw,” he noted — but they’re treated with a spray at the tannery so the interior doesn’t wear off. The logo for the line draws its inspiration from Stroble’s grandfather’s World War II dog tags.
Stroble said there is an investor financing the collection, although he wouldn’t identify the backer. Sales for the collection are being handled by Indigo Showroom in New York, and Stroble is planning a press event in September for editors and other influencers.
Final price points have not been set, but Stroble expects the sack bag to sell for $550 and the weekender to retail for more than $1,000. He is also setting up a Web page at stroblenewyork.com with images from the look book.
Now five years removed from his last design project, Stroble said he learned he needed to “have all the right pieces in place before starting a brand again — a strong business partner, a reliable sales team, and to work with a niche market to start small and really understand the craft, product, what the market is in need of and who my customer is.”
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Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
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Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)