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WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Debuts Its First Women’s Collection


WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

For Dexter and Byron Peart, form and function have never been mutually exclusive. Since launching WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie back in 2006, the Montreal-based twins have quickly gained a following for their luxuriously minimalist men’s accessories, which are particularly conducive to traveling in style. The multitasking brothers are constantly in the air, and have packing down to a science. (In addition to running their brand, the duo also operates WANT Agency, which represents North American sales for brands including Maison Kitsuné and Filippa K.) Now, after years of fielding requests from girls who borrow and covet their boyfriends’ bags, the designers are finally introducing their first-ever women’s line. “Our female fans have been egging us on to unleash this for a long time. There was definitely a pent-up demand for it,” Byron told at a preview yesterday. WANT Les Essentiels partnered exclusively with Barneys (a longtime supporter) to debut the new collection boasting three classic styles, which hits stores today.

WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie

“Regardless of gender, we treat bag design like architecture or interiors. The ultimate goal is to create a product that is timeless and simple—never tied to a specific moment or trend. If we’ve done our job right, our customers’ kids will be inheriting these pieces one day,” said Byron. Similar to their guys’ range, the women’s bags are perfectly practical (with plenty of pockets to organize all your daily essentials), cut from quality Italian calfskin leather, and feature understated metal hardware. The City is the consummate, compact cross-body, and comes in three neutral colorways—the burgundy-hued style comes with cool suede accents. For those ladies with a bit more baggage is the terrific Douglas duffel (in both medium and large sizes), as well as WANT’s signature O’Hare tote—a subtle update to its best-selling men’s style, which easily fits up to a 17-inch laptop. The best part about these beautiful, utilitarian bags? They’re reasonably priced ($595 to $1,495), versatile, and built to last.

The premiere WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie women’s collection is now available at Barneys New York. For more information, visit

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Coffee With a K


Cafe Kitsune

Paris isn’t missing much, but while the city is overflowing with cafés, premium take-out coffee is hard to find. It’s something self-described coffee addict Masaya Kuroki, of the prep/rock fashion label Maison Kitsuné, felt he needed to rectify. Maison Kitsuné, like the fox it’s named for, has a way of sniffing out what’s cool before the pack. This has taken partners Gildas Loaëc (ex-Daft Punk manager) and Kuroki, who trained as an architect, from DJ’ing and producing their own electronic-music label to fashion to—now with the opening of Café Kitsuné—beans. Set in the arcades of Paris’ Palais Royal, Maison Kitsuné’s new venture debuted with a bash yesterday evening. “We opened our first café last year next to the Tokyo shop. It’s just part of our lifestyle. People can listen to music and have coffee here, or take-out,” explained Kuroki. Approaching the project like architects, Kuroki and Loaëc built the café’s foundation with the best materials. Work began with a worldwide coffee tasting before Kitsuné teamed up with London coffee maker Workshop to perfect the roast for its house blend, which is available bagged, as well. The café also offers Loaëc’s fine-tuned selection of cold-press juices from Paris’ renowned Bob’s and baked goodies by Noglu, the city’s favorite gluten-free restaurant. After guests were sufficiently caffeinated, the crowd headed over to the brand’s nearby shop, where band Citizens! played a set. And while Kitsuné’s coffee was mighty tasty, partygoers traded their java for champagne before they danced the night away.

Café Kitsuné is located at 51 Galerie de Montpensier, Paris. 75001

Photo: Karl Hab

The Final Countdown: Style File’s Top Stories of 2013


Catherine Baba

The fashion biz has had quite a year. 2013 was jam-packed with major designer shakeups, groundbreaking ad campaigns, celebrity collaborations, and pop star performance wardrobes filled with custom-made designer duds. In the final days leading up to 2014, we’re counting down Style File’s most popular twenty stories of the year. So sit back, relax, and relive 2013′s unforgettable moments. Let’s kick things off with numbers twenty through sixteen, below.

20. Rihanna and River Island Take London Fashion Week
Rihanna stirred up some anarchy in the U.K. when she and Adam Selman debuted their risqué River Island collection at London fashion week in February. had a front-row-seat to the star’s design debut.

19. Maison Kitsuné’s Retro Pop Experience
Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki, the talents behind cult fashion brand-cum-record label Maison Kitsuné, were Pitti W’s Fall ’13 guest designers. And in keeping with their quirky, multidisciplinary roots, the pair put on a riotous musical fashion presentation. was on the scene to document their sixties-themed extravaganza.

18. Dior Walks the Red Square
Last July, for the second time in history, Dior staged a show in Moscow’s Red Square. As you can imagine, the festivities, which were hosted inside a purpose-built mirrored pavilion, were brimming with glitz and glamour—albeit of Dior’s sleek and tasteful variety. Designer and Style Map contributor Vika Gazinskaya took us inside the memorable affair.

17. Playboy‘s Artist Pals Are Rethinking Sexy—But Is It Porn or Art?
Playboy has had a big year, what with Kate Moss covering its sixtieth anniversary issue and Richard Phillips’ controversial Playboy Marfa installation. Back in May, the magazine’s new director of special projects, curator Neville Wakefield, asked artists Aaron Young, Malerie Marder, and Alex Israel to create works featuring Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun. So we asked the question—were the results porn or art?

16. Bike Like Baba
In 2013, just six years after Paris inaugurated its shared vélo program, New York finally caught up and launched its ever-popular Citi Bikes. But traffic-inducing tourists aren’t the only ones using the vehicles—the bicycles were a popular mode of transport at New York fashion week. During the Spring ’14 shows, we talked to eccentric stylist and cyclist extraordinaire Catherine Baba about the dos and don’ts of biking about town.

Photo: Tommy Ton

Thomas Erber Brings His Cabinet de Curiosités to Soho


Masaya Kuroki, Thomas Erber, Gildas Loaëc

Tucked in The Avant/Garde Diaries Project Space in Soho is Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber—a compilation of limited-edition goods curated by Mr. Erber, a journalist and consultant. Le Cabinet de Curiosités (or CDC) is an annual collaborative affair whereby Erber brings together approximately fifty independent artists, brands, and designers, and gives them carte blanche to create (and, of course, sell) items that are alluring and exclusive.

New York is his fourth installment (Colette in Paris, Browns in London, and Andreas Murkudis in Berlin were CDC’s previous venues), with Bangkok as its next. And last night’s launch was hosted by one of the CDC’s very first permanent guests, Parisian label Maison Kitsuné, who produced a special black flight jacket with shearling. “It’s a very American style that’s perfect for New York,” Maison Kitsuné creative director and co-founder Masaya Kuroki (co-founder Gildas Loaëc was also in attendance), who’s been friends with Erber for fifteen years, said of the topper. “Thomas has style, and he’s sharp,” added Kuroki. “He has his modern eye but still appreciates all the old traditional things, which is so Maison Kitsuné.”

Le Cabinet de Curiosites of Thomas ErberThe designer’s sentiments were echoed by second-time participant, House of Waris founder Waris Ahluwalia: “Mr. Erber is great. He really pulls it all together,” Ahluwalia said. “It’s nice to be in the company with other artists, and CDC is always a great show of mixed media, of everything from jewelry to caviar.”

Notable items on offer include a French caviar-leather rolling case by Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, a rare copper-encased Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac, twelve unique Vulcain timepieces, and a Moulinette x Højmark bicycle with graphic details etched into its steel frame.

“I have seen many young entrepreneurs and brand founders who put a lot of heart and soul into their [products], and on the opposite, I have seen many artists who are dealing with their own career as entrepreneurs,” Erber said. “My role is to define the limit between both and to curate them with authentic enthusiasm and sincerity.”

Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber is open through December 23 at 372 Broome Street, in New York.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Pitti W Taps Barbara Casasola


Barbara CasasolaBrazilian born, London-based designer Barbara Casasola has been chosen as Pitti W’s Fall ’14 guest designer. The 29-year old talent, who showed on the official London Fashion Week calendar for the first time in September, will present her collection in Florence at the Italian fair this coming January. Previous guest designers have included Damir Doma, Maison Kitsuné, and Peter Pilotto.