Santiago Gonzalez got the naming rights to Nancy Gonzalez’s first men’s line, which is launching for holiday.
The all-crocodile men’s range will be called Santiago Gonzalez, after the president of the women’s luxury handbag brand and son of its namesake founder. He is spearheading the initiative, but there’s another reason the line will have his name on it.
“No guy wants to carry a bag called Nancy,” he said.
The collection will be sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus — both customers of the women’s brand — and will offer 30 different styles of bags and leather goods.
The 12-year-old company pushed into the men’s business after Marigay McKee, the fashion director of Harrods, approached Santiago Gonzalez about creating men’s product for the store.
“We had never done men’s formally, but I had made bags and wallets for myself for traveling or to give as gifts,” he said. “It was based on those designs.”
So Santiago Gonzalez created a collection for Harrods under the Nancy Gonzalez name. “But Marigay called me and suggested we change it to my name,” he said.
The collection, which opens at $125 for a money clip and tops out at $6,450 for the larger travel bags, echoes the women’s line in its luxe understatement (there’s little branding), contemporary treatment of exotic skins, clean lines and playful sense of color. Gonzalez opted for clubby solids for this collection: saddle, black, slate, hunting green and tobacco, with pops of orange and wine.
“They can’t look ostentatious,” he said of the line, all of which is made in buffed croc, which gives the skin a subtle shimmer between high gloss and matte. “Men’s accessories must be an exercise in restraint.”
But also an exercise in personal taste. Where his mother, Nancy, designs the women’s offering, which is sold in more than 400 doors worldwide, the men’s collection portrays Gonzalez’s own preferences and lifestyle: the thoughtful travel bag that shuttles with him between Paris and New York, the slouchy everyday tote for the city, the sleek portfolio.
“I never carry a briefcase to a meeting,” he said. “A portfolio looks much better. My life is in these bags.”
In addition to the overnight, weekend and duffel bags, the line also includes travel kits, a watch roll, belts and an array of wallets.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)