Thomsen’s Shirt Story: Be Like Birkin
“It’s about wearing one of our shirts with a pair of jeans and loose hair and having the grace of Jane Birkin,” says Paris-based stylist Alix Thomsen, the female force behind Thomsen, a new unisex line of shirts. “The prints are classic but at the same time they’re joyful and poetic, you know?” Oui, oui. Thomsen recently launched the brand with her boyfriend, French nightclub impresario Lionel Bensemoun (André’s partner in Le Baron and Paris Paris), and friend Franck Cohen. The designer trio has established quite the reputation thanks to a circle of famous friends who wear their debut 30-piece collection around the City of Light. Along with shirts, which will sell at around $165, the range includes an ankle-length skirt, priced around $330, because as Thomsen explains, “They’re so difficult to find these days.” The single aberration from a shirt-centric worldview begs the question: Are accessories and more clothes in the offing? “Oh yes,” says Thomsen. “But for now we’re taking the time to master our craft before anything else. If we can just find some stockists around the world and be sure our shirts will be worn by cool, easy people, then we’ll be happy.” Colette has picked up the line for spring, which bodes well for Thomsen’s wish.