American gangsters have long influenced fashion, from inspiring its looks, to jacking its prices by jacking those looks from the back of a truck. Proving the Euros can dress you just as dangerously: Bleu de Paname Apache.
Bleu's latest batch of street-preppy (streppy? no, too gross), warm-weather gear is made from rough materials like moleskin, chambray, denim, and twill, a decision inspired by the savage Apache gang that terrorized Paris during the 19thC, so no parasol on the Seine went unmolested.
Because you've got torso for days, there's the Chemise Pantruche b-down in either gabardine (Marine or Petrol) or 6oz denim, and boasting an oversized chest pocket & contrast stitching, which they suggest you follow with the slim-fit Veste de Comptoir jacket, which has narrow sleeves and four coconut buttons, which on pants are used to let everyone CDs nuts!
They'll also hide your thighs with "carotte"-shaped (tapered) jeans w/ chambray pocket details, plus loose-fit, aqua-hued, 3/4-length gabardine shorts with extra-large square pockets, which also come in a kneecap-covering marine-colored version they call the Fatigue, predicting exactly how weary everyone will get of seeing your pasty legs.
Even your feet can look straight gangsta thanks to a PF Flyer collab called the Rambler, an All-Star-esque indigo high- or low-top with oxford cotton lining, a denim moleskin upper, and exposed stitching, a safe bet considering no criminal has ever jacked someone's shoes.
Published: May 17, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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