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APC's Jean Touitou tells us how he really feels

TRINI

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http://www.hintmag.com/post/apcs-jea...bruary-09-2011

"If you're a young actress, it's now expected that once you start making it you'll receive a bag from Chanel. It's become a rite of passage. And it works, it's huge publicity for them. But at some point what's sad about it is that the very famous Chanel bag 2.55"”which I really love, my grandmother had one and my mother had one"”is all over the place. I can't look at them anymore."

"It seems the people who run the luxury industry have lost all sense of luxury. CÃ
line in ready-to-wear I think still has a sense of luxury. But if you go to Hermès and you ask the salesgirl for a notebook in box-calf, she won't know what you're talking about. It's a type of leather and if you work at Hermès you should know it like runs in your veins. And they only have ugly colors."

"The Chinese can manufacture well, but I think they are the new fascists. I have to face it everyday. Since they have all this cash, they buy up raw materials, all the commodities, so if you want to buy cotton it's already been bought. If I want ten tons of cotton from Egypt, the guy will say, "I'm sorry, it's all sold. You have to talk to Mr. Chong." And of course Mr. Chong has raised the price. It's very bad. It's like a war. It's like we've entered an economic war. I'm not kidding. It's not a conspiracy theory."

"I don't know why designers want to show big spectacles in China. You go there and you get so depressed. There's no culture, nothing. The streets are ugly and people do not know how to dress themselves. You go to India and you find all these inspiring people to look at. You go to China and want to kill yourself. That's not very nice to say but those people are taking over the resources of the planet and we cannot do or say anything because they have all the cash. I'm a bit hysterical over China, but I'm sure I'm right. I'm committed now to wearing Scottish knitwear. I consider it a political statement. It's not even that much more expensive than Chinese knits and it lasts a lot longer."
 

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Originally Posted by TRINI
"But if you go to Hermès and you ask the salesgirl for a notebook in box-calf, she won't know what you're talking about."

Or, say, a green pebble-grain breast-wallet?
 

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A little more with a short interview surrounding the APC store opening on the GQ Eye

http://www.gq.com/style/blogs/the-gq...-specials.html

This I found pretty refreshing:

Jean, it's fashion week. Looking forward to seeing any of the shows?
I wouldn't say I don't even know what fashion week is, because I don't want to be too arrogant, but to me there is no interest at all.

Wait, you're in New York during Fashion Week and you're not going to see anything?
No. There's nothing to see there. Because it's always boring. They show things that are not even produced. It's all about fame and finance. They say, we're showing a Winter collection and all you see is night dresses. So I don't see the point, really. I don't even go in Paris. It's too much of a circus.



Read More http://www.gq.com/style/blogs/the-gq...#ixzz1Da33JUOJ
 

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I like his comments on China. They've been freaking me out lately and the comparison to fascism seems apt. I'm afraid they're going to make the world long for the days of American hegemony.
 

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Sounds like a poor loser.

Whine Whine. Can't compete. So it's the fault of the big bad Chinese.
 

Baron

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Originally Posted by Nicola
Sounds like a poor loser.

Whine Whine. Can't compete. So it's the fault of the big bad Chinese.


You didn't read the interview apparently.
 

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"The Chinese can manufacture well, but I think they are the new fascists. I have to face it everyday. Since they have all this cash, they buy up raw materials, all the commodities, so if you want to buy cotton it's already been bought. If I want ten tons of cotton from Egypt, the guy will say, "I'm sorry, it's all sold. You have to talk to Mr. Chong." And of course Mr. Chong has raised the price. It's very bad. It's like a war. It's like we've entered an economic war. I'm not kidding. It's not a conspiracy theory."

^ That's why it's always critical to have an alternate supplier (in this case, Mr. "Cheech").
 

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I like him. I think he's good value and I buy his clothes, even though they have become more fashion-y in recent years than he is likely to admit.

However when I hear fashion industry people talk about how much they hate fashion I am always reminded by Bill Hicks on Marketing... "Oh, you know what Bill's doing, he's going for that anti-marketing dollar. That's a good market, he's very smart."
 

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Mr. Chong is my hero, along with Mr. Wong and Mr. Tong.
 

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