Just in time for summer and alongside their multitude of new projects, J. Crew has enlisted Venice-based, French designer Matthieu Le Blan to create a surf-inspired collection of casual separates that goes on sale in stores and online today. The combination of J. Crew’s classic American style and Le Blan’s chic interpretation of SoCal living makes these pieces absolute staples for your next beach hang. Plus they’re all made in the good old USA (Memorial Day patriotism – check)!
We asked Le Blan a few questions about his unique perspective on beach living and the collaboration.
On how LA beach culture differs from French beach culture:
The LA beach life – and surf culture in particular – is so established and more old school than in France. It’s super causal and you can see how authentic it is. Everyone’s just doing their thing and it’s really chill. In France, it’s much more trendy. People make more of an effort to have a “beach look” and getting all the accoutrements in place.
On the girl he designs for:
The woman I design for is well travelled and adventurous – going to cool beach destinations around the world to relax and revive herself. She’s also independent and confident, wearing the clothes effortlessly whether she is out with friends or running errands on the weekend.
On his favorite piece of the collaboration:
I’m such a visual person and my background in art always informs me. Therefore, I’m always drawn to the more graphic and stronger pieces – like the patterned sweatpants.
On what inspires his color palette:
I always draw color inspirations from natural elements, anything from the outdoors. Colors from the sea and flowers and gemstones are always a good source of inspiration.