29 posts tagged "A.P.C."
A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou had a special guest in tow for last night’s opening of his A.P.C. Specials store in the West Village: Jessica Ogden, the usually under-the-radar co-designer of the brand’s Madras line. Given the cold outside, it was especially appropriate that conversation with Ogden turned on quilts; her latest collaboration with Touitou is the Quilt Project, a range of limited-edition ones made from fabrics culled from the A.P.C. archives. None of which, Ogden says, she herself owns. “I already have so many quilts, ones I’ve collected over the years, I’m not sure I could cram any more into my home,” she admitted. “I do have these small samples of the ones we’ve made. They’re like doll-size versions.” Unfortunately for Ogden, her brief trip to New York didn’t coincide with the American Folk Art Museum’s huge show of red and white quilts that comes to the Park Avenue Armory in March. “Maybe there’s some way I can back for that,” Ogden mused. “The pieces look stunning, and to see them all together, all that red and white on display…”
Touitou, for his part, is due back in the city sooner rather than later. The A.P.C. Specials store, it turns out, is not the only A.P.C. outlet opening in the West Village: Touitou is also readying a 2,000-square-foot store around the corner. “It’ll just be a regular A.P.C. store, with all the usual things,” Touitou explained, in his usual unvarnished manner. And in the meantime, A.P.C. fans can come to the Specials store for a hit of A.P.C. nostalgia. Not only is it the New York home for Butler, A.P.C.’s range of used, retro-fitted jeans, but Specials also features an ever-evolving selection of archival A.P.C. product, brought back as Touitou sees fit. And then there are the quilts. “I like the idea of someone coming in and seeing a piece of fabric from a dress or a shirt she owns,” Touitou noted. “The quilts, they’re like a retrospective of A.P.C. That’s why I would never make them from new materials. What’s the point?”
In our print-crazed moment, wild designs of every stripe are getting fresh looks, from printed pants to clashing patterned outfits. But around our office, we’ve been feeling the time’s right for a more classic, utilitarian print to make a comeback, too: good, old-fashioned army/navy camouflage. Looks like we’re not alone. Chris Benz, in the Times today, discussed his renewed fondness for all things camo (including the more graphic Australian and Duck patterned versions), and designers from Prada to J Brand to Rag & Bone have all showed print pieces. They’re bold enough to look basic, even neutral—but you definitely won’t blend in. Here are a few of our favorite items.
Above: Rag & Bone Fall ’10; A.P.C. military-style jacket, $340, available at www.apc.fr.
Prada bifold Saffiano leather wallet, $355, available at www.prada.com.
Camouflage-printed silk shirt by Equipment (right) and T-shirt by Wayne (left).
Bags from Michael Kors (left) and Trussardi 1911 (right).
Camouflage-printed jeans by J Brand.
The A.P.C. wag—and his standard-bearer, brand founder Jean Touitou—is more often than not found in jeans and a tee. (No wonder the label specializes in just-so versions of just those.) But every boy’s gotta man up and throw on a suit now and then, and A.P.C.’s new suit collection is here to help with that.
In fairness, the French label has been making suiting separates since its founding, but they’ve been of a more casual kind, sized on an XS-XL scale and sold finished on the rack—no hemming to fit. With the new line, the suits (in navy, above, black, and gray) come in traditional sartorial sizing, from 44 to 54, and are sold with unfinished hems for perfect sizing. Credit a new factory for the improved production and brave foray into a new category—and, maybe, a new maturity, too.
Jacket, $825, and pants, $235, available now at A.P.C. stores; for locations, visit www.apc.fr.
“There are too many hip kids,” mused A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou on a recent afternoon. “Hip is not a job. It makes me worry about the future.” Touitou, who knows something about hip, was in New York City playing part-time fashion week flaneur; he turned up at the Purple magazine dinner and at the Rodarte after-party for a little fieldwork in professional cool. However that made him feel about the future, Touitou’s more pressing preoccupation these days is with the past. He and his Madras co-designer Jessica Ogden are currently at work on a quilting project (part art exhibition, part retail initiative) for which they dug fabric out of the A.P.C. archives and delivered it to women in India who have been specially trained in the handicraft style of the American South. “My mother was a quilter,” Touitou explained, “and so was Jessica’s mother. We share the obsession.”
Touitou, in fact, has held on to a prize quilt of his mother’s for years: It’s currently in his Paris studio, and, before that, hung in his old band’s practice space. That’s another past era he’s been mining recently. “You can see the quilt in this picture of the band,” he said. There’s the quilt, and there’s young Jean (right), guitar in hand, looking hip (if not professionally so). The photo ended up getting screened on a T-shirt for Fall ’10. “When the printer finished it, he called and said, ‘Your Dylan tee is ready,’ ” Touitou recalled. “He thought I was Dylan! It was the best day of my life.”
Some scratched their heads when Ralph Lauren opted for a silk overall-style gown to close his Spring 2010 show last week, but there’s at least one celeb who can be counted on to call it in for a red-carpet event. Alexa Chung has been spotted recently in NYC sporting a vintage denim bib-front dress and, on a separate occasion, a cutesy nautical-inspired number from A.P.C. Today she sat front-row at Luella in London in this youthful minidress. She obviously has a body to pull off anything, but do you like the look? Or are overalls a trend better suited for the under-ten set?