August 22 2014

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Ernest Alexander: Ladies’ Man


Ernest Alexander’s rugged yet sophisticated accessories appeal to the kind of customer who is a man’s man, but with their attention to craftsmanship and use of heritage materials, Alexander’s bags have also developed a strong following among the fairer sex. Now the designer’s female fans will no longer need to borrow from their boyfriends’ closets. Alexander has just launched his debut women’s collection, which will be carried exclusively in Club Monaco stores throughout August (he has done three custom men’s collaborations with the retailer before) and available on his site beginning August 15. Most of the styles (with prices starting at $195 and topping off at $525), including cross-body satchels, messenger bags, and weekenders, are reinterpreted versions of his men’s best sellers. “The silhouettes are definitely more feminine and the colors are a bit richer,” Alexander told “We thinned the leather slightly to make the bags more lightweight and added woman-centric detailing like extra pockets in the lining and solid brass feet on our Jane messenger.” Last month, Alexander opened his first standalone store at 98 Thompson Street in Soho, which has “brought the collections to life and shows off our aesthetic in a cohesive setting,” according to Alexander. After expanding into men’s ready-to-wear for Fall ’11, Alexander sees the women’s line as a little sister that will eventually follow suit—”bags first, then slowly [we'll] add clothes season by season.”

Photo: Courtesy of Ernest Alexander



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