A vet of the Balmain studio, Garance Broca taught herself to knit on a secondhand machine at age 15. In 2011, she launched Monsieur Lacenaire in collaboration with Benoist Husson. The label, which is named after Pierre-François Lacenaire, the notorious 19th century French poet and murderer, embraces Broca’s love of knitwear and vintage humor, she says, and is designed “for a creative man with a witty spirit who likes authentic stories.” For their Spring 2016 collection, Broca and Husson drew inspiration from a graphic 60s-era Blue Note Records album cover by Reid Miles. “What interests me is that he worked at a time before technology like Photoshop was available,” says Broca. The Monsieur Lacenaire Spring 2016 Jazzocratie collection presentation was even accompanied by its own vinyl—recorded at the old Saint Germain des Prés studio where Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon and Kenny Burrell used to jam.
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