I have always described A.P.C. as perfect French style meets minimal classic designs that have a permanent home in my closet. From a perfect sweatshirt or cardigan, to ankles boots coats and bags, APC designs with the highest quality materials meant to last a lifetime. The ready-to-wear brand was founded in 1987 by the Tunisian Jewish fashion designer Jean Touitou in Paris. and almost overnight became the best kept secrect of it girls around the globe. A.P.C. stands for Atelier de Production et de Création. Click here to shop their US online shop.
Founded by Maria Eugenia Diaz a medical professional and Pepe Romero an architect in 2014, the name of this utterly wearable bag line Cuero&Mor comes from the Spanish for “leather” and the Scandinavian for “well done”. With the aim to mix their Spanish heritage with the inspiration from the clean and fine lines of the Scandinavian mid century architecture. The brand launched their first two collections out of their own workshop, where they designed and handmade each product.
Created by Alexandra Michelle in 2011 and based in Los Angeles, Objects Without Meaning garments emphasize the wearer rather than the object. Each collection is based on the simplicity of its materials and the forms they take. In the process, OWM strives to create honest, effortless clothing that carries no baggage and is loathe to adhere to trends. While I love the story of this brand and the integrity with which they create each collection, it is the functional wearability and gorgeous fabric that hooked me from the start.
This Sevan bralet in Tumeric from Araks is perfectly designed in the most gorgeous it color the season. Made of cotton crepe and mesh, and featuring seamed cup with sheer panel, diamond shaped elastic underband, and adjustable hook closure at back. And the best part (as if the color wasn’t enough), all are made in the USA.
Norse Projects is just another in a long line of reasons to love the fashion scene in Denmark. With a passion for functionality and quality, the classics and the modern, Norse specialize in blending traditional work and outdoor pieces with the avant-garde, Japanese specialty products and technical outerwear. Under the creative direction of Tobia Sloth, and based in Copenhagen (my favorite city!), the company designs and develops seasonal collections of mens and womenswear.
Alnea Farahbella, the designer of Toit Volant, is a dressmaker, a fashion designer, a pattern-maker, a sewer and a woman in love with fashion. Founded in 2013, Toit Volant is dedicated to being personal and intimate craft of dress making without the luxury price tag. They pride themselves on engaging with the makers along with the woman wearing their perfectly minimal and sensual designs. I would love this label for that alone, but love them more because they share my sensibility about investing moderately in product consumption made of high quality materials designed to last a very very long time.