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A.P.C. debuts an elegant capsule collection inspired by Tunisia

May 13, 2010 | 11:06 am

Tunisia, Africa's northern-most country, is the inspiration behind A.P.C.'s new capsule collection, La Liste Tunisienne ("The Tunisian List").

And as with A.P.C.— one of the most cultish fashion brands in existence — the new collection of rustic, elegant accessories and home wares mines traditional handiwork methods. This time, of Tunisian descent.

"It's now time to go back to my origins to create a collection which links my culture, my viewpoint and my country," said Tunisian-born designer Laurence Touitou, sister of A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou. "I have chosen traditional Tunisian objects...simple, ordinary objects. I suppose one could say they are Tunisian basics."

The seven-piece collection features a straw hat (the "Tunisian Stetson"), a red, floral-printed floor mat, an open-weave bathroom fabric, a cotton scarf available in black and white and rose- and orange-scented soap.

On the labels of each item is a description of how each object was made — in which village and workshop, by which craftsman, and using which tools and fabrics.

Touitou hopes to add five items to "the list" with every new collection. The initial line will be sold exclusively in A.P.C. shops for a very brief time — from May 20 to June 3.

-- Emili Vesilind

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Photo: The seven items in A.P.C.'s new La Liste Tunisienne capsule collection. Credit: A.P.C.