- Kristopher Fraser |
New York - Cedric Charlier has been hearing his customers discuss how fantastic it would be if he finally did a men's line for a while. After years of those little voices coming at him from every angle, the designer has taken heed to their word. In January 2017, he will be introducing a menswear collection that will be shown alongside his women's line.
Italian fashion group Aeffe, which took on the license for Charlier's women's wear line in 2012, will also be taking on his men's line.
“I believed in the talent and vision of Cédric Charlier from the start,” said Aeffe executive chairman Massimo Ferretti to WWD. “We have been producing his line for four years now and his work has very much grown and matured. He has built a very precise aesthetic that has a loyal, supporting customer and finally the moment has come to consistently expand his brand with his longtime dream: to create a men’s collection. It is not difficult to imagine Charlier’s man as a natural extension of the women’s collection.”
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“I’m happy, I’m finally realizing my dream. I’ve wanted to do a men’s collection since the very beginning," Charlier added.
Charlier was once a creative director at Cacharel. He also previously worked at Celine under Michael Kors and Jean Paul Knott and at Lanvin under Alber Elbaz. The designer will still be including some of his signature staples into his collection, such as geometric cuts and and vibrant colors.
Charlier doesn't believe in the see-now-buy-now approach as part of his philosophy, but has said that there will be a few pieces available immediately after the show.
Although there is no discussion of what buyers are looking at his menswear line yet, his women's wear line is carried by over 200 multibrand retailers, and department stores including Barneys New York, Dover Street Market, and Printemps.
photo via Cedric Charlier website