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Ester Manas Aims to Bust Fashion’s Size Ceiling

Wed 30 Sep 12:51 pm

Known for its size-inclusive and sustainable approach, the brand has just signed with Tomorrow London and is launching a line of handbags.

While fashion is making strides to better reflect its customers, one area still feels underserved in the designer segment: inclusive sizing.

Enter Ester Manas, a semifinalist for this year’s LVMH Prize for Young Designers, and one of the 10 brands making their debut on the official Paris Fashion Week calendar this season.

Cofounders Ester Manas and Balthazar Delepierre have caught the industry’s attention with their novel approach: one-size-fits-all adjustable clothes that accommodate everyone from a U.S. size 2 to a size 18 — and soon up to a size 22 — thanks to adjustable belts, straps and snaps.

The Brussels-based duo won the Galeries Lafayette Prize at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography in 2018 with their “Big Again” collection, and went on to design a capsule line for the French department store chain.

Now they are ready to take their brand to the next level, backed by a new partnership with business accelerator Tomorrow London, which will handle sales from this season, which also marks the launch of their first handbag line.