VAMFF x A-ESQUE – Fashion Weekend Event

The VAMFF Fashion Weekend A-ESQUE event. Photography by Lara Antonelli-Leorke.

There is a shift happening in the luxury market of bespoke accessories, and it is not in favour of the big overseas companies. Melbourne-based A-ESQUE, owned by Amanda Briskin-Rettig (original founder of Mimco), has noted this shift towards quality, locally made leather bags, and her clientele are flocking to purchase a part of the A-ESQUE story. Launching back in 2012, A-ESQUE has gone from strength to strength, with boutiques in Sydney and Melbourne, plus collaborations with David Jones, Le Louvre and Mecca Cosmetica, plus the label will soon to be launched in the up-market Lane Crawford in Hong Kong.


Briskin-Rettig invited a bevvy of guests to her South Yarra boutique and sat down with Melbourne Fashion Festival CEO, Graeme Lewsey, who is also passionate about local fashion, to chat about how important it is to support Australian labels, especially ones designed and manufactured here at home. The A-ESQUE aesthetic is one of simplicity and durability, juxtaposed with high-quality materials and a uniqueness that is all its own.

Melbourne Fashion Festival CEO, Graeme Lewsey in conversation with Briskin-Rettig.

There were classic black totes that had been given a modern twist thanks to playful eye and lip details; pink and silver foiled star-laden leather clutches; gorgeous Autumn coloured two-tone round bags; and versatile neutral toned large leather bags whose metallic interiors signified usability and luxury all in one perfect piece.


With clientele looking for a signature bag that embodies personality, quality and uniqueness, they need look no further than the true range of bespoke luxury that A-ESQUE offers. This label is a prime example of the fastest growing market in the world (China and Hong Kong) now looking to Melbourne to provide a unique fashion statement.


For more about A-ESQUE, head to: and stay tuned for the launch of their new website.



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