Created in Japan in 1998 by Yukari Suda, pas de calais is a clothing line with soft, natural materials and a clean-cut design. Inspired by the French region and made in Japan, pas de calais combines traditional and modern cuts. With its ideal address on Broome Street in New York and several boutiques in Japan, pas de calais sets up its pop-up store at merci for Fashion Week. Meeting. créatrice Pas De Calais IMG_8341 (2)

What is your background and how did you come up with the idea of creating your own brand?I graduated from the Bunka Fashion Institute in Tokyo. I worked for some years in a company before i started to work at Galerie de Pop, which created pas de calais with me. I wanted to create my own brand because I couldn’t find clothes that were simple, comfortable and elegant to wear. Why did you decide to name your brand pas-de-calais? I’ve always been fascinated by the Pas-de-Calais region because it is world famous for its lace, which I love. While in Paris, I was looking for a name for my new brand and interestingly, I thought of this lace. At the same time, I was staying in the hotel Pas de Calais in Saint-Germain des Prés. I told myself it was a sign of destiny! What are your sources of inspiration? Pas de calais inspires the misty countryside of northern France, from its chalky cliffs to its palette of natural and clean colors.  Its rustic side is also very inspiring but most importantly is its fine and delicate lace. To create the Spring/Summer 2014 collection, I adopted the nomadic spirit. Sailors and the Berber and Massaï people all fascinate me. Their free-natured way of life and ability to travel for days, often in difficult conditions fascinates me. I wanted to pay tribute to these travelers. The colors of the collection fluctuate between navy (the dark reflection of the ocean) and sand, with a hint of red, echoing the pure blood of the Massaï warriors. These are colors that have a direct link with nature. The fabrics were washed; the cotton and linen were sharpened with the sand.What is your favorite piece in the pas de calais collection? The washed linen jacket that I’m wearing today! What are your next projects? I'm soon launching a new line of  frangrance candles with the candle manufacture in Brooklyn. I’m also planning on creating a line of t-shirts steeped in a minty fragrance. As you know, summer is hot and humid in Japan. Clothes do not dry easily and they lose their freshness. By perfuming them, you don’t have to worry about this problem! 

  IMG_8345 IMG_8361_2 Pas de Calais at merci from February 21 to March 12. To learn more: --- merci 111 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris