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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 Korean silk pieces featuring hand-drawn printed blouses, pajama peasant ensembles, tracksuit-jumpsuits, high-waisted pleated pants, and quilted "medicine purses" and wallets lined with vintage denim. They believe in clothes that age well and cannot be found anywhere else: pieces that let the body speak and the skin breathe. They only use the most sensuous natural materials, such as 2-ply Swiss organic cotton from one of the best mills in Switzerland that specializes in the finest men's shirtings. All their pieces are defined by meticulous American sewing, displaying beautiful baby hems and french seams, demi-couture techniques, and exquisite hand-cut, hand-tied 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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