Following in the footsteps of South African designer Thebe Magugu, the Belgian fashion brand Ester Manas will be the next to take up the mantle as guest designers for AZ Factory. A creative factory conceived by Alber Elbaz with support from the Richemont group, AZ Factory could have ground to a halt after just one short season, when Elbaz suddenly passed away in April 2021. Instead, they've since hosted a celebratory runway show where 45 designers paid tribute to the designer, and begun inviting creatives into the fold to help create their collections.
Little has been revealed of what's to come from Ester Manas' inauguration as an AZ Factory Amigos, but designers Ester Manas and Balthazar Delepierre will be expected to bring with them their flair for creating inclusive, sustainably minded designs with empowerment at their core. The exact values Elbaz held dear.