When Lucy Wallace Eustice and Monica Zwirner launched their nylon MZ Wallace bag collection in 2000, the nylon bag movement started primarily by Prada and Kate Spade was still going strong. The company’s artisanal approach struck a note with its Jane bag, which remains a core product. And the designers had a unique approach to nylon, mixing it with Italian leather to project the high-low concept on which the brand is based. Through the countless market fluctuations that have taken place since, MZ Wallace has always remained known for two things: Nylon and the Jane bag.
Now after producing some of its other classic styles in leather in the past, the brand is launching its first-ever leather collection. “The moment felt right. We have dabbled in a leather style here and there, and our customers have always responded well,” Zwirner said.
The collection consists of five of the brand’s most popular styles — the Metro tote, Sutton bag, Metro backpack, Pippa cross-body and Lexi wallet — all in its signature quilting pattern. As Eustice said, “The Metro bag has taken on a life of its own. It has become the lifestyle gym bag.”
While the quilted styles in nylon represent the entry-level prices for the brand, retail prices in leather are about 30 to 50 percent higher, starting at $225 for the wallet and going up to $485 for the Sutton bag. The leather capsule collection will be exclusive to the MZ Wallace stores and e-commerce sites beginning in March.