Agnés B Menswear Spring Summer 2016 Paris with Francisco Lachowski
Francisco Lachowski walks the runway at the Agnés B Menswear show in Paris wearing the latest styles for Spring Summer 2016.
agnès b. opened her first shop on rue du Jour in Paris in 1975. Since then, she has designed clothing for men, women and children that reflects the spirit of the age by creating a wardrobe that can easily adapt to every personality and can be worn for a very long time.
Agnès had twins at 19 and she separated from their father at 20. She graduated from École du Louvre in Paris. A career soon followed when her personal style caught the eyes of Elle magazine staffers at a Paris flea market.
Her style of dress at the time, which included selections from France’s Monoprix discount chain, was inspired less by fashion than thrift, but the magazine liked what it saw and hired her as a junior editor. With a mind towards designing rather than editing fashion, she left ELLE after less than two years, preferring apprenticeships even when they paid little and offered no time off.
She became a designer, buyer, and press attaché for Dorothée Bis in Paris. She freelance designed for Limitex, Pierre d’Alby, V de V, and Eversbin in the years 1965 and ’66. In the latter year, she founded CMC (Comptoir Mondial de Creation), parent of the agnès b. label.
She opened her first boutique in Les Halles in 1975. Formerly a butcher shop, the black and white tiled store had a rustic, communal atmosphere, defined by an indoor swing for children and an impromptu aviary (in reality an on-site bird population that over time grew from two to 30). agnès’s friends were her first repeat customers.