Born in late 70s California and early 80s Paris, Les Aperizes have degrees in Fashion Design from Studio Berçot and in Romance Linguistics from the University of Washington, and have studied photography at Brooks Institute. They have photographed for Sub Pop, Geffen, Epic Records, and T magazine, designed for Ralph Lauren’s RRL, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, and Christophe Lemaire at Lacoste, played in New York experimental rock band Psychic Ills, and founded their own clothing label, which has been carried internationally at 30 stores including Barney’s New York, Harvey Nichols, Ikram, Isetan and 10 Corso Como. They also handmake fresh dark suncooked chocolates made with fair-trade cacao beans and 100% organic ingredients, which they have sold at the Hollywood Farmers' Market, Hauser & Wirth, and Erewhon Natural Foods.
This is the virtual mini-mart where they regroup all the things they love making, beginning with a selection of white organic Swiss cotton blouses, and earth-friendly silk pieces featuring hand drawn prints, vintage deadstock trim, hand-tied buttonholes, pajama peasant ensembles, tracksuit-jumpsuits, high-waisted pleated samurai pants, and quilted "medicine purses" and wallets lined with Japanese denim. They always want to make clothes that age well and that they cannot find anywhere else: pieces that let the body speak and the skin breathe. They only use the most sensuous natural fibers, such as 2-ply Swiss organic cotton from one of the best mills in Switzerland that specializes in the finest men's shirtings, and earth-friendly Korean silks that feature their screen-printed hand drawn prints. These are punctuated with hand-carved buttons, vintage mother of pearl buttons, and vintage deadstock Swiss and French cotton lace that are hand-sewn. All of the pieces are defined by meticulous American sewing, displaying beautiful baby hems and french seams, demi-couture techniques, and exquisite buttonholes. These are items that they have been pondering and refining over the years, clothes that are made of warm, quiet anti-mass production dreams.
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