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Rebecca Minkoff, the designer who inspires a rabid following among female handbag fans, will be launching a men's bag and accessories line for Spring 2011. The line is heartwarmingly inspired by and named after the designer's grandfather, Ben Minkoff, who was a fighter pilot in World War II. The Ben Minkoff line will feature three styles: "Map, mail and motorcycle" and will mix a vintage 1940's U.S. Air Force look with Minkoff's usual embellishments and style.
The pieces featured in the collection include the usual suspects: Weekenders, messenger bags, wallets (in leather, plus cotton fabrics like denim) and belts. We're also excited to see vintage 40's-style iPad and Kindle cases. Prices will range from $30 for small leather goods to $575 for the larger pieces.
The line will soft launch for Holiday to reach about 100 specialty stores by spring. Minkoff is also considering expanding the line with unisex pieces in the future (although a men's department location wouldn't stop female customers from snapping up messenger bags or iPad cases). The designs are aimed to appeal to the "male version" of the Minkoff customer, so hopefully once the men's line hits the sample sales, the boys will be just as vociferous as the girls in the comments section.
· Rebecca Minkoff to Add Men's Line [WWD, subscription req'd]
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