How The Designer Got His Stripes
The sliced-and-diced trenches created by Dryce (one name only, svp) for his Paris-based line, Lahssan, have attracted their share of brainy fans. Rei Kawakubo is one such admirer; the Comme des Garçons designer grabbed a few to stock at her 10 Corso Como store in Tokyo. But they’re still a relatively difficult item to track down (except, that is, on Tommy Ton’s Style.com street-style coverage, where they pop up with ever-increasing frequency on showgoers, like Dryce’s friend Elisa Nalin). But Lahssan wares will become a bit easier to find this spring when a new collaboration between the label and Façonnable hits stores. Its origin story is simple enough: Façonnable’s owner loved the Lahssan trenches and, fresh off a project with Lapo Elkann on sunglasses, was in a collaborative mood. “We had a nice café in Paris near Le Palais-Royal and she proposed me to rework their iconic stripe,” Dryce says. “I wanted to design something a little less conceptual but still fun—something between Façonnable and Daniel Buren.” (Buren, for the uninitiated, is one of the grand sires of French conceptual art, with a particular predilection for stripes; his installation Les Deux Plateaux sits in the courtyard of the Palais-Royal.) The striped trenches, in brilliant blue, green, yellow, and red, will have farther reach than usual: They’ll debut at Barneys in the States, Le Printemps in France, and Isetan in Japan this spring. To celebrate them, Dryce did what now comes naturally: Tossed a few Nalin’s way and set her and Tommy Ton loose in Paris.