29 posts tagged "A.P.C."
In an age when so many brand collaborations are cooked up in marketing laboratories, few pairings are as organic as A.P.C. x Carhartt. A.P.C. creative director Jean Touitou and Carhartt’s Arnaud Faeh (who heads up the brand’s edgier, somewhat pricier sibling, Work in Progress) came up with it themselves, launching their first menswear capsule for Fall ’10. The unlikely marriage of heritage workwear and Parisian wit was a quietly cool hit.
Now the duo is back with their fourth and final collection. As Faeh tells it, “Nothing is worse than ‘expected’ things.” Fans will be glad to know that there’s nothing hackneyed about the collaboration’s swan song—just plenty of corduroy, denim, and cotton in a series of easy styles. Pieces range from flannel shirts to boxer briefs to classic workmen’s jackets.
Destined to be one of the line’s more coveted items, the If Six Was Nine watch (after the Jimi Hendrix song of the same name) reverses numbers so that, indeed, six is nine, five is seven, etc. On the back you’ll find a blueprint of Touitou’s boat, where he and Faeh often brainstormed—in fact, it’s a recurring design element in the collection. “[It's a] symbol of some really dope times with Jean,” Faeh said. Touitou explains the mind-bending $150 timepiece with his trademark irreverence: “I am tired of social markers, such as expensive watches. And life is absurd—unless some god is involved—so a watch could be absurd, too.”
The partnership of Nick Knight and Kanye West is one of the must-see unholy alliances of the moment. Their latest joint venture, the video for “Blkkk Skkkn Head,” off of West’s new album, Yeezus, arrived today on KanyeWest.com. Why the Web site-only upload? Only on Kanye’s site does the video have its full functionality, allowing viewers (on some browsers, at least) to speed up or slow down the track and video, and to capture stills from it to upload to their various social media feeds. (The snapshot button is an Instagram icon.) As in-your-face as that share button may be, it’s one of the few ways you still can get some Kanye of your own. The product of West’s other recent unholy alliance, his capsule collection with A.P.C., has already sold out.
The story of the capsule collection—emphasis on capsule: It consists of three T-shirts, three hoodies, and two pairs of jeans—that Kanye West designed for A.P.C. has quickly taken on the tinge of legend. “Over two years ago, a visitor to the A.P.C. studio was announced to me as ‘Kenny’…” begins A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou’s introductory note, which has been republished in full on every Web site from here to eternity. The collection hits A.P.C. stores worldwide this morning. For the occasion, the ever-oracular Touitou spoke with Style.com about his most famous collaborator, the “kingdom of dopeness,” and the only celebrities that truly interest him.
How does Kanye West compare as a collaborator to others you’ve worked with? He is famously particular. Did you have any trepidation about working together?
I just love the guy, so whatever. He could want a piece to be baggy and skinny at the same time… [but] oh well, you just find a way.
This collection has been in the works for two years. It sounds like with this process, the devil was in the details. What has the back and forth on design been like?
The devil was in theoretical discussion, not in details. When you deal with a guy who wants to redesign just about anything so it could fit [into the] kingdom of dopeness, it takes some time to just sit and say, “Okay, agreed, but let’s get start on something limited, and we’ll see.”
Were any pieces tried but ultimately cut from the collection? What was the impetus to keep it so small?
No, once the devil of endless possibility was taken care of, we knew exactly what to do. Even from that condensed structure, we edited some colors and even fabric finishes. You keep it small because you just hit and run. That’s what you do. Continue Reading “Exclusive: A.P.C.’s Jean Touitou On His New Collaboration With Kanye West” »
The menswear shows wrapped in Paris last weekend, and while Couture is already well under way, we’d like to briefly revisit the boys’ runways to highlight a noteworthy new trend: the gentleman’s jumpsuit. The unexpected, utilitarian outfits popped up left and right in Paris, providing a sharp contrast to the season’s explosive floral prints. At Hermès, Véronique Nichanian (who is celebrating her twenty-fifth year at the house) offered a collared steel-gray onesie—complete with a matching skinny belt and cargo pockets on the chest. A.P.C.‘s Jean Touitou also submitted a slate-dyed jumpsuit, though his option looked tougher—a more macho spin on the silhouette.
At his eponymous label, Raf Simons afforded his spin on the look: a male romper. In hues of plum, malachite, and black, the wares—some of which were complemented by barbershop-stripe belts—were quintessentially the designer’s own, and artfully challenging.
And finally, Olivier Rousteing turned out multiple hard-edged takes on the jumpsuit—in denim, leather, and jersey—for his naval-inspired Balmain collection. The style might take some getting used to, but some of these one-pieces have the potential to be pretty darn masculine (“Greased Lightning,” anyone?). And, given the industry clout of the above, the term “suiting” might have a whole new meaning by the time Spring rolls around.