Trained by prestigious fashion giants such as Paco Rabanne, Balenciaga and Acne Studios, Ester Manas is a new designer label quickly gaining a cult following due to their celebration of all sizes and socially responsible design practices that are at the forefront of everything they do.
A vibrant creative duo was started in 2019 by Ester Manas and Balthazar Delepierre. In this short span of time, the label has thought its way to the fashion’s most sought- after echelons, running up as a 2020 LVMH Prize semi-finalist and now stocked with some of the most prestigious retailers around.
Pioneering size inclusivity and a sustainable approach to their craft, the duo champions innovative technologies to reduce waste while simultaneously catering to all sizes. Their captivating and bold collections have been showcased at Paris Fashion Week, as well as the H&M Design Award, the Festival international de Mode de la Villa Noailles, the Hyères Festival and the LVMH Prize to name a few. Indeed, Ester Manas has served as a breath of fresh air during her two physical shows at the Paris Fashion Week. Despite Paris being the fashion capital of “notoriously thin” when it comes to model casting, Manas has taken a fresher approach, serving as an example to fashion designers worldwide and sending her diverse cast of size- inclusive models strutting down the runway in their fiercely sumptuous designs.
The joyous and sensual designs are crafted to adorn one’s wardrobe with delicious hues of bold contrasting colours, curiously cheeky cut-outs and to hug your curves in all the right places, regardless of your shape or size. Sounds too good to be true? The label’s one-size-fits-all garment construction is enhanced with cutting-edge modern technologies, such as in-built fastening systems, adjustable lacing solutions and precision cuts.
Think skirts with adjustable size due to buttons sewn at the waist – (oh so perfect for that long brunch!), dresses in pleats that can be individually adjusted, and worry not, their tops come in gloriously stretchy fabrics that won’t cut into your skin or cause an unwanted muffin top.
The environmentally conscious label takes its commitment to protecting the planet as seriously as its design process, reducing waste right at the point of production, thanks to their modular design. Their one-size-fits-all concept, ranging from XS to an XXL, extends the lifespan of each individual garment, fully adapting to the wearer’s shape and adjusting with you as your body changes through time. Furthermore, up to 80% of the label’s collections are crafted from upcycled, deadstock, or salvaged materials, avoiding the use of virgin fabrics as much as possible throughout the construction process.
Ester Manas’ moto is simple - to be able to dress all women with one garment, one size, while consequently reducing waist. With the climate crisis urging climate change mitigation now more than ever, the label’s environmental commitment is equally as inspiring as it is necessary, and we are here to commend the design duo’s purposeful efforts in our joint mission.