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A.P.C. and Sacai Mix Denim and Nylon in New Collaboration

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French ready-to-wear brand A.P.C. and Japanese luxury brand Sacai have come together for what they call an “interaction” combining the best of both labels. The 19-piece collection brings together each brand’s fabric of choice—A.P.C.’s denim and Sacai’s nylon—in unisex designs with an experimental twist.

The collection is anchored by the Eimi, a jacket that is one part nylon bomber and one part raw denim jacket. Contrasting orange topstitching, flap pockets,  and a zip pocket on the sleeve add a utility element to the jacket. The Haru jean, a jean with a nylon drawstring waist and side panels, echoes this hybrid aesthetic. The line also includes a denim shirt dress and a denim skirt with a pleated nylon flare.

Minimalist white sneaker with kilties, cork footbed sandals and a trio of bags round out the line.

Each item is marked with a SA.P.C.Ai logo—a combination of both of their names—and features the branding prominently in the line’s range of T-shirts, sweatshirts and bags.

A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou noted that, while the collection is “unusual,” its unique mixed materials and silhouettes helped breathe new life into the brand.

“This interaction is a precise illustration of how A.P.C. and Sacai came together, interweaving diverse elements of language to achieve a sort of crossbreed that represents the style of our two brands,” he said. “These pieces are unusual for us, as they push the limits of what we might call ‘wearability’ as far as possible. They are the fruit of a long process of creative deconstruction and reconstruction. We got enormous pleasure from seeing this clothing being taken apart and redesigned.”

A.P.C. has welcomed collaborations from a number of brands and designers, including Kid Cudi, Suzanne Koller, Brain Dead, JJJJound, Carhartt WIP, Goop, Catherine Deneuve and Charlotte Chesnais. Across the board, collaborations are becoming a popular method for merging creative visions to tap into a wider demographic.

The collection is now available on the A.P.C. website in sizes XXS to XL, and ranges from $205 for a tote bag to $795 for a jacket.

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