Olgana Paris is launching a capsule menswear collection.
It comprises four styles. A lace-up tuxedo/dress shoe, an elasticated tuxedo boot and a loafer will come in midnight blue and black (each of which will have a contrast grosgrain trim in black and blue, respectively) in both patent leather and velvet finishes. There will also be a tasseled dress slipper done in a suede/cashmere mélange that comes midnight blue, classic beige and a warm gray.
“For when you want to change but have only a small pocket so you can fold them up,” said the Russia-born, Paris-based designer Olga Djanguirov, who splits her time between working on her line and consulting on contemporary art.
Of her debut foray into menswear, she cited Coco Chanel as an influence. “She was revolutionary as every story came from a mix of masculine and feminine,” Djanguirov said. “When I started my women’s collection, I stole from menswear” — she launched her label last year with a tuxedo-based collection that riffed off gentlemen’s formalwear such as black bow ties and dress shirts — “so now I need to give something back to the man.”
The line will preview during Paris Fashion Week alongside the women’s collection but will launch officially in January.
Besides testing out the market, there’s another reason for this early preview. The capsule can also be ordered in women’s sizes; Djanguirov tapped one of the few Italian factories that makes footwear for both sexes – a second-generation shoemaker in Milan.