Quartz Co. acquires Want Les Essentiels
Canadian luxury brand, Want Les Essentiels has been acquired by The Robert brothers – Jean-Philippe, François-Xavier and Guillaume – who also own the winter coat brand, Quartz Co.
The twin co-founders behind Want Les Essentiels, Byron and Dexter Peart, parted ways with the luxury leather goods brand after 15 years of business in 2017. The pair sold their stake of the company to business partners Mark and Jacqueline Wiltzer, the owners of Mark Edwards Apparel Inc., a private label manufacturer and importer based in Montreal. The brothers success story is a fan favourite among Canada’s fashion scene.
Now, a new set of brothers will attempt to take the brand, which produces bags, shoes, and accessories made from meticulously sourced materials and thoughtful attention to detail, to the next level.
“Want Les Essentiels is a brand we have observed for several years with great respect,” said Jean-Philippe, president of Quartz Co. "It stands out for its catalogue of exceptional flagship products, recognized worldwide, emerging from a rich creative universe that also integrates quality, responsible design, and functionality. This acquisition allows us to consolidate our position in the premium clothing and accessories market.”
Jean-Philippe noted that the two brands will continue to be developed independently despite sharing similar brand values. As owners, they will now manage all the activities of Want Les Essentiels, particularly design, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution, while integrating the current team based in Montréal.
Quartz Co. tripled its sales and has grown at a rate of 40 percent year over year, since 2015. Its winter coats, designed and manufactured in Québec, are sold at major fashion banners and well-known outdoor stores in more than 15 countries.
“I am convinced that Want Les Essentiels will continue to flourish thanks to the leadership of Jean-Philippe, François-Xavier and Guillaume Robert,” added Mark Wiltzer, managing partner, Mark Edwards Group and co-founder of Want Les Essentiels.
“Their solid expertise in the fashion and luxury industry will allow them to propel the growth of this iconic Montréal brand, recognized all over the world.”
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