The clean-lined brand is a go-to for shoppers looking for quality bags and more that don’t start at four figures.
The name Mansur Gavriel isn’t as well-known as Gucci or Louis Vuitton, nor does the label have the backing of a global fashion conglomerate like Kering or LVMH, but the six-year-old brand's bags are carried and coveted and screenshotted by style-inclined women just as much as any by those big-name leather-goods houses. And now, like many smart brands, Mansur Gavriel is courting a new customer they’re betting is equally hungry for finely crafted bags: men.
Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel’s wares are, to put it in menswear speak, like the Common Projects of handbags. Like those kings of minimalist kicks, Mansur and Gavriel’s brand values clean lines and fine made-in-Italy construction over flashy logos or of-the-moment silhouettes. It’s an outlook that’s served them well since they launched with a handful of bag styles back in 2013 before expanding into shoes and clothing in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Their aesthetic is rooted in uncomplicated lines and functional details, two qualities plenty of guys are seeking today. "We have had men we know request a men’s line since the beginning of the brand,” the duo says over e-mail. "It is something we have wanted to do for quite a while, and have been developing over the past seasons.”
The development eventually gave way to their menswear collection, which launches today on the brand's own website and on Mr Porter this week. "We thought about the core 'basics' that a man might want” is how the designers describe their first men’s styles. It’s a lineup that features a tight edit of eleven silhouettes made for getting just about everything a modern guy owns from point A to point B, in a range of colors that walk the line between classic and uncommon (another of the brand’s calling cards). "We approached the design with the principles that always guide us: beautiful forms, luxurious materials, emotional color."
For the professional guy who still needs to carry a laptop and documents between his crib and cubicle, there are two sizes of soft zip-top briefcases. For the creative director types (actual or self-designated), there are two kinds of drawstring-closure backpacks for hauling everything you own between DJ sets and "vibes" meetings (one features an external pocket that’s the perfect size for housing your external hard drives). And for the efficiency-inclined, there are open-top tote bags (yup, also in two sizes: short and wide or long and narrow). There's also a structured travel duffel and dopp kit, as well as the anchors of any accessories assortment for male customers: card cases and zip wallets.