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The Need-To-Know About A.P.C

A.P.C is a brand in demand, with their collaborations being lusted after and core lines coveted since their launch. Seen splashed across street style blogs after each fashion week, A.P.C is loved by hypebeasts and scandi minimalists alike, always stood with a foot in both the trending and the timeless. Known for their high-quality basics and anticipated collaborations, A.P.C remains one of our most beloved brands. Helping you believe the hype, here’s the need to know about A.P.C.

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#1 What does A.P.C stand for?

A.P.C stands for Atelier de Production et de Création, summarising the brand’s ethos perfectly. Focussed on quality and made with an artistic vision, the brand sees production and creation as an art, being as much a part of the creative process as designing.

#2 The origins of A.P.C

The brand was started in 1987 by Tunisian-French designer Jean Touitou in Paris. After stumbling into an entry-level fashion job by accident, Touitou found himself working for Kenzo founder Takada Kenzo, introduce him to Japanese design and influence. When he began his own collections, at first his labels simply read HIVER or ETE, rejecting branding for a focus on the seasons and functionality, gaining a unisex following of his initial collections.

By 1989 when the A.P.C label was debuted, the brand already had a cult following dedicated to their high-quality, minimalist designs. Bringing basics into the realm of luxury fashion, A.P.C have maintained that same focus on functionality and quality since the start.

Originally, the brand had a focus on denim, gaining popularity for their use of Japanese selvedge denim. This raw denim is rigid and dry, designed to be broken in with wear and made using no colours or dyes as it comes straight from the loom. While the range now includes everything from dresses to bags, A.P.C denim products remain their best buys.

As it stands now, the brand is still run by Jean Touitou who takes on the role of creative director alongside his wife Judith who is the artistic director.

#3 The ethos behind A.P.C

A.P.C is inspired by everyday life, keeping functionality at the heart of their designs. Shrugging off trends, the brand symbolises an absence of extravagance in favour of a return to essentials as their range features high-quality basics that will certainly stick around for a while. This rejection of extravagance allows the brand to be authentic and accessible with a range that is largely unisex. They believe in having the best, living a simple but high-quality life and investing in things that will stay close forever. Above all, A.P.C is about minimalism, offering timelessly stylish casual fits to improve day-to-day life for the wearer.

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#4 Where are my A.P.C jeans made?

A.P.C denim products, from jeans and jackets to tote bags, are made using Japanese raw selvedge denim, meaning they haven’t been pre-washed, coming straight from the loom with neatly hemmed cuffs. For true denim aficionados, this is the only way to do it as this denim is untouched by chemicals. A.P.C source the best denim from Japanese makers who largely have a monopoly on the market ever since their post-war fascination with classic Americana style.

While the denim is sourced in Japan, A.P.C products are made in Macau, an autonomous region on the south coast of china. The region was previously ruled by Portugal, meaning the culture now is a combination of Chinese and Portuguese, with cuisine that includes both pastel de nata and traditional Cantonese dishes. This seems to be the perfect place for production, combining the classicly laid-back casual vibe of Europe with the more utility-focused and now street-wear influenced China.

#5 How should I wash my A.P.C denim?

Ideally, don’t.

Good denim hardly needs washing, so avoid the autopilot of just chucking it into the laundry bag. Overwashing will cause your garment to fade prematurely and unnaturally, whereas raw selvedge denim is designed to fade with wear, giving it an authentic look and feel. If you can last, you should leave your denim at least six months before washing to avoid damage to the material and waste of water. Instead, spot clean any marks with a toothbrush or do like the pros do and leave the garment in the freezer overnight to kill off any bacteria.

When you do wash them, don’t throw them in with a full load. As they’re not prewashed, the indigo colour of the denim will bleed out so wash them alone. Fill your bath or sink with lukewarm or cold water with a small amount of mild detergent. It’s best to handwash denim as this will avoid any harsh movements that will cause wear and tear, and will help you know if the temperature is too hot. Once the detergent has dissolved in the water, turn your denim inside out and submerge. If they float, place something on them to hold the denim down and leave for around 45 minutes. Rinse them 3 times with cold water to make sure they’re fully clean, and then hang them up. Don’t wring them out or you might end up with strange marks, instead let them drip dry.

To keep the comfort of your A.P.C denim, put the garment on when it’s just about dry. A little dampness will allow the raw denim to give slightly and stretch back out to the comfort they had pre-wash. Then remove, turn inside out once more and iron on a high heat setting using steam with something between the iron plate and denim for just-in-case protection.

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#6 A.P.C x Kanye

Before Yeezy, there was A.P.C Kanye, one of the brands most talked about collaborations. It was A.P.C that offered Kayne his first chance to try his hand at designing a collection, resulting in a collection of streetwear-inspired fits including long basic T-shirts and oversized hoodies. His second collection with the brand showed a style progression for the rapper-turned-designer as it included a broader range of garments that perfectly combined A.P.C’s minimalist everyday attitude with the super simplistic but dramatic style he was moving into, featuring oversized shapes and understated labels.

This collaboration was just one in a long history of A.P.C projects, as the brand has worked with numerous musicians and other brands. To Touitou, these collabs are essential to keeping A.P.C moving forward and developing, combining their ability to perfect the basics and source the best quality, with the fresh eyes and ideas of others.

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#7 A.P.C x Carhartt WIP

The newest of the brand’s collabs might just be their most perfect yet, combining the style of the two leading brands in functional minimalism. Similar to A.P.C, Carhartt WIP prioritises purpose and functionality with a fashionable edge. The original Carhartt had its origins in workwear, creating military workmen uniforms for the war. Carhartt Work In Progress was launched in Europe as a sister brand, finding it’s origins in underground street culture after being worn in the cult classic film La Haine. Their designs combine the traditional styles of Carhartt such as the Chore jacket which has been around since 1923, with cultural influences such as hip hop.

Considering this, an A.P.C x Carhartt WIP collaboration is a match made in heaven, taking the minimalist streetwear influences and basic-perfecting skills of each brand to create a collection of levelled-up wardrobe staples.

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Words by Lucy Harbron



Lucy Harbron

Lucy Harbron

Writer and expert

Inspired by the most iconic women in history, my style is informed by the Monroes, Sedgwicks and Birkins. Forever torn between maximalism and minimalism, you'll find me stomping around in heeled boots and trying to refrain from buying another pair of earrings.


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