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Label: Pas de Calais, designed by Yukari Suda
Need to know: Navigating new waters can be difficult, but Japan-based brand Pas de Calais, which opened its first American outpost in Soho last year, seems to be getting along just fine. The range, which is designed by Yukari Suda, has quickly charmed the New York set with its fusion of functional Japanese minimalism with frothy Gallic romanticism.
This afternoon, Pas de Calais will hold its first New York fashion week presentation, and ahead of the show, Suda gave Style.com a first look at the Fall ’14 collection, which debuts exclusively here.
After a weeklong stay in Japan’s Shikoku region, Suda found herself dreaming of a simple, bucolic lifestyle. She referenced undulating hills and foliage in an earthy palette of greens, browns, and neutrals. Hefty coats in cloudy alpaca were thrown over relaxed long-sleeve shirts and slouchy trousers, and special care was taken in crafting tie-dye scarves from gauzy cashmere. Suda employed a traditional Japanese dyeing process known as itajime to color deceptively simple cardigans. Her favorite piece, however, is a navy embossed dress styled under a shrunken blazer.
She says: “The Pas de Calais woman has her own style, her own identity. She knows what she likes.”
Where to find it: Pas de Calais at 482 Broome Street in New York, Madison in Los Angeles, and LouisBoston in Boston.
Solace does not leap willingly to mind when one thinks of Soho’s more trod corners. But the arrival of Japan-based brand Pas de Calais’ American flagship may mark the start of a new associative era. Set at the juncture of Wooster and Broome, the store is the brand’s first international location.
The all-white retail space is a logical extension of Pas de Calais’ sensibilities. White wires suspended above are intended to evoke a loom, an homage to the brand’s original textiles, and a sculpture made from vintage windows anchors the far end of the shop. One part clean Japanese minimalism, one part unmistakable earthy Gallic romance, the result is a timeless, rustic luxury.
At last night’s opening fete, the brand’s designer, Yukari Suda, and president, Tsukasa Kobayashi, were joined by Alexa Chung, who deejayed the celebration. Donning a gauzy, embroidered Pas de Calais frock, Chung told Style.com, “I like French things and Japanese things, so a hybrid is pretty much my dream. It’s so simple, and I love the tomboyish way they’ve styled the outfits. Everything’s very loose and easy to wear.”
As guests sipped sparkling sake (imported for the occasion), models stood on rough-hewn wooden cubes, wearing the brand’s Spring line of slouchy linen blazers, color-blocked knits, and printed silk dresses. After an hour and a half, they turned on their leather T-strap wedges, disappeared, and reemerged in Borsalino hats and Pas de Calais’ boyish autumn earth tones. When not admiring the clothes, partygoers marveled at a sculpture of three thousand whirling, transparent white leaves. It would seem that one corner of Soho just got slightly more serene.
Pas de Calais is located at 482 Broome Street in New York.