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April 16 2014

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WANT And Need

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For Dexter and Byron Peart, the twin brothers behind the accessories line WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, keeping minimalism fresh has been their mantra since the beginning. Functional is their keyword. “Everything from a pocket to a zip must have a solution or function,” says Dexter, who says that famed Braun industrial designer Dieter Rams was a guiding influence.

They’ve long been inspired by world travel and applied their principles to flight-ready bags and briefcases, many named after the world’s airports. Their new Fall offerings are outfitted with pockets sized for smartphones and passports, and laptop cases open to become mini workspaces: offices on the go. A new collection of plane-ready slippers unzip flat for easy packing. But for the first time, the Pearts are offering a few pieces dedicated as much to adornment as to strict functionality. A new range of leather bracelets is in the mix this season. And if the WANT customer is flying, so are the label’s designers. Production expanded across the globe this season, with new factories in Japan informing the brand’s keen sense of its customers’ needs. “It allows us to take best practices from around the world and incorporate them through a single vision,” Dexter says.

Photo: Courtesy of WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

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