The women’s designer, who got her start in accessories with the Morning After bag in 2005, is launching a line of men’s accessories for spring. Named Ben Minkoff, after her grandfather, the collection is inspired by his career as a fighter pilot in World War II. “Although he passed when Rebecca and I were young,” said Uri Minkoff, Rebecca’s brother and chief executive officer, “he left a big impression on us. We kept getting a lot of requests for a men’s line, and when we were ready, we thought we’d pay homage to him [by naming the collection after him].”
The collection features three styles of bags — map, mail and motorcycle — reminiscent of the U.S. Air Force in the Forties. The bags include signature Rebecca Minkoff details and hardware but are tweaked for a more masculine edge.
The line also will include wallets and billfolds made of leather and durable cotton fabrics including denim and waxwear — there’s even one in camouflaged leather with a cotton liner. There are cases for the iPad and Kindle, travel cases, weekenders and messenger totes. These bags are available in similar fabrics to the wallets and are offered in brown, gray, navy or hunter green. The small leather goods and bags will retail from $30 to $575. The collection also will include a line of men’s leather belts in a variety of finishes such as leather appliqués and oil-rubbed bronze hardware. These will retail for $35.
“You’re never quite sure that it will match your vision, but we’re very pleased with how it came out,” Uri Minkoff said. He said he expects the collection to appeal to the “male version” of the Rebecca Minkoff customer. In the future, the collection will be expanded to include unisex styles as well as more technically inspired pieces.
“The essential idea for the Ben Minkoff collection was that guys need cool, functional, versatile pieces with a timeless feel,” said Rebecca Minkoff.
The line, which will have a soft launch for holiday, will be targeted to department and specialty stores nationwide. Uri Minkoff said he hopes to place the line in 100 doors by spring. The Rebecca Minkoff collection is carried in more than 400 stores, many of which carry both men’s and women’s, so he’s hopeful that those retailers will add the men’s collection. Additionally, the Ben Minkoff collection will exhibit at Blue in New York later this month as well as the Capsule show in Las Vegas in August, Uri Minkoff said.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)