It has been an important two years for Christian Lacroix. Since declaring bankruptcy in 2009 and bidding "adieu" to its founding designer, the French couturier has become a licensing operation overseen by creative director, Sacha Walckhoff.
Mourning the loss of one of its foremost talents, the fashion community has waited with bated breath for signs of economic life from the brand. Now, with a new collection of men's accessories set to debut at Paris' men's fashion week, according to WWD, it seems the house is starting to reposition itself in the luxury market by catering to les hommes. Four ranges of men's accessories -- two classic ranges in leather, and two trendier collections in canvas and nylon -- will compliment the house's coveted menswear contracts with Sadeve (which specializes in luxury suits and sportswear), Rousseau (shirts and knits) and Mantero (scarves and neckties).
Later in the month, Walkchoff will also unveil a line Christian Lacroix home accessories at the Masion & Objet trade fair. The hope is that both ventures will rejuventate the brand and, eventually, give it the resources it needs to start producing womenswear, if not the lavish couture for which the brand was originally known.