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First Look: A-esque’s ‘Pieces for Men’

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“In today’s world it’s almost essential to carry a bag because where do you put everything?”, contends GQ’s Grant Pearce as he helped toast the unveiling of Amanda Briskin Rettig’s new ‘Pieces for Men’ collection under her A-esque label last week. Amid the plushly historic surrounds of Collins’ Street’s No. 74 space (formerly iconic fashion boutique La Louvre), Grant and the Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Graeme Lewsey discussed the renaissance of men’s accessories.

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“Men wore purses in the 19th century – purses were the thing! – until trousers with pockets allowed coins to materialise into garments. In the 70’s the ‘murse’ [re]appeared which was really a purse for men,” explains Graeme. He believes “accessories become the full stop of what you’re wearing.”

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Both attended men fashion weeks in London and throughout Europe where they observed the major manbag trends from the likes of Dsquared, Georgio Armani, Valentino and Dries van Noten. Key upcoming trends are tote bags (“which men never thought they would carry but now are”- Grant), clutch purses and the old-school sailor bag or backpack which is expected to be the real star for the new season and the next.

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“We’re all carrying two, maybe three, iPhones, Blackberries and so on. Guys need something to put something in. Gone are the days when a bag or a purse isn’t acceptable,” continues Grant. “It’s indicative of what’s happening in the men’s world in terms of guys bring confident, feeling that they can do whatever they want in terms of how they dress and if they want to carry a bag they carry a bag”.

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For the  leather accessories atelier’s debut men’s campaign they asked fashion forward versions of the ‘everyman’ to wear an A-esque piece how they wanted to out on the streets of London, Paris, Milan, New York. Aside from myself coveting the refined, masculine styles, hopefully the range inspires a few more savvy Melbourne gents to follow Grant’s mantra: “Do not put it in your pockets because it doesn’t look cool”.

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A-esque’s Australian designed and handmade ‘Pieces for Men’ will be available online today.

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