Thrilled to bring you our first designer q+a feature of 2011, with the inside scoop on Brochu Walker’s new capsule collection dubbed 247.365 (designed to be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year). Much like Lisa Brochu and Lauren Walker’s namesake line, 247.365 appears to be designed personally for moi. Shades of grey, black and cream abound in cozy french terry sweats, beautifully draped tees, shirt dresses and other amazing basics. I’m also obsessed with the blazers… I could happily dress from the Brochu Walker sample racks on a frequent basis.
Here’s what the LA-based design duo has to say about their latest collections:
D~ “what inspired you to create this new collection?”
Lisa~ “From the launch of Brochu Walker we always had a smattering of little tees and tanks that merchandised with the rest of the collection. As we continued to grow the line, it just made sense to expand the assortment of tees and add in fleece and french terry pieces. It’s an extension of our brand philosophy of layering, wrapping and casual luxury. Clothing to travel in, to work out in, to relax at home in… The tees and sweats are pieces we just can’t live without in our wardrobes so we thought, why not make them ourselves?”
D~ “which pieces will be mainstays in your spring wardrobes?”
Lisa~ “I plan to live in the micro-slub tee shirts. I’ll layer them under all of my spring sweaters or just wear them alone with a great pair of jeans and sandals.”
Lauren~ “The sweats and tees will be staples in my wardrobe. I think everyone should have these in several colors. The novelty pieces can be dressed up or dressed down so I’ll be rocking these from the office to a night out.”
D~ what other designers/brands to you like to wear with your own designs?
Lisa~ “I like to mix Brochu Walker with Isabel Marant, J.Crew, Margiela , Claudie Pierlot and Vanessa Bruno.”
D~ “were any of the styles adapted from previous Brochu Walker cuts?”
Lisa~ “Yes, we created a new version of our best selling ‘double-layer tank’ and also adapted our ‘heritage wrap sweater’ to work in french terry—it’s a sweater replacement and an elegant way to go to the gym!”
D~ “how did you adapt the Brochu Walker line to accommodate the new collex 247.365?
Lauren~ “We basically extracted the cut and sew pieces that were already a part of the main collection and designed more styles around them to create a balanced line. It has really taken on a life of it’s own and we feel that there is a ton of potential for growth for our Brand with 247.”