Monica Zwirner and Lucy Wallace Eustice: She's Got Fashion in the Bag

March 9 - On The Dot
 
FIRST THOUGHT: Sashay Like Beyoncé

When do you feel powerful? Take a moment this morning and think about it. Maybe it’s when you land a dream client or hike a super tough trail. How do you respond? I bet most of the time in those moments, you quietly smile to yourself, feeling accomplished and proud, which is absolutely deserved.

But I have a little idea for the next time you feel like Superwoman: truly celebrate it! Pop the Champagne and do a little sashay, Beyoncé style. It’ll make that feeling instantly memorable, something you can reminisce about the next time you’re not feeling so commanding.

WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 350

One way you can feel more confident about reveling in your victories is noticing when other women do it. And catching up with a co-worker over drinks or working in a communal space is the perfect opportunity to do so. There’s one such empowering space in New York City where women are banding together in solidarity. It’s called The Wing, and bills itself as a “home base for women on their way.”

Part co-working space, part gathering spot, The Wing, which was opened last year by two hip city chicks, is quickly becoming the spot for busy bees and social butterflies. In fact, this women-only club—an airy loft decked out in pale pink and evoking a sophisticated style worthy of New York City’s most fashionable ladies—has already gathered more than 350 members. And we’re not surprised, considering at The Wing, women can take advantage of the workspace, a lactation room, a shower area, toast some drinks, nosh on tasty local eats and even get a hairdo blowout on demand. Ooh la la! Sign me up!

WOMEN TO WATCH: Monica Zwirner and Lucy Wallace Eustice, Co-founders and Designers of MZ Wallace

In the spirit of finding a supportive lady squad, today we’re celebrating two Women to Watch. Monica Zwirner and Lucy Wallace Eustice are the dynamic gals behind a wicked cool accessories company called MZ Wallace.

It all started back in the mid-1980s, when Monica and Lucy, both working in some pretty enviable jobs in the fashion industry, became friends. Lucy worked in the publishing side of couture as an assistant fashion editor at Mirabella magazine, later rising to the role of senior accessories editor at Harper’s Bazaar and hopping over to Elle to deliver similar expertise. Meanwhile, Monica’s own mastery of the fashion industry guided her career as a fashion stylist for giants like Gucci and Clinique, and later, while living in Europe, for companies such as H&M and Volvo. Then she careened into the interior-design world as the head of interiors for a renowned New York architect.

Fast-forward to 1999, when Monica and Lucy ran into each other at a Manhattan farmers market, rekindling their creative synergy and launching the MZ Wallace brand.

Monica and Lucy’s accessories products—an array of handbags, tote bags, fitness bags and travel bags—all exude a touch of luxury in conjunction with durability, a difficult combination to master. Their designs are timeless and elegant, like the Seasonless Black collection, which features a variety of totes, satchels and purses, and even super suave backpacks with lightweight, quilted black nylon and Italian leather. This is definitely not your grandmother’s handbag!

Now that Monica and Lucy have expanded MZ Wallace’s offerings to include such products as sporty camo backpacks and refined yoga carryalls, they’re making it oh so easy to look dashing whatever the occasion.

Their partnership has been successful thanks to their design savvy, of course, but also their shared values on what they envisioned for the company. This duo remains a truly equal team. They make business decisions together and never stray from their ultimate goal of providing women with accessories that are useful, distinctive and the epitome of luxurious style.

QUITE THE QUOTE

With the ladies of MZ Wallace in mind, today’s quote comes from groundbreaking British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who said:

“Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.”

This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.

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