Intro to.. French Kiss Studio
French Kiss Studio was inspired by the founder's passion for story telling, design and quality. She created a sustainable collection of timeless pieces. All garments are hand illustrated. We sat down with the founder to hear more about their story!
Hello Bénédicte, tell us a little about yourself and how you created French Kiss Studio!
Hey everyone, I’m Bénédicte, the founder of French Kiss Studio. I’m originally from Paris but I have been living abroad for a while now, and have spent the past years in Germany and will soon be moving to Copenhagen. I had been thinking about launching my own design label and online concept for a while before I actually created French Kiss Studio and began working on it full time a year ago. The idea revolved around my love for good basics and more specifically a great white t-shirt that you can combine with anything. Plus, I love design and beautiful pieces as well as mixing styles and reinventing yourself through fashion.
All your pieces are timeless and long term additions to one's closet- how do you get inspired when designing new pieces?
My inspiration mainly comes from memories and music, and always with a French twist. I want each piece to tell a story and to be personal, maybe even slightly provocative. Most t-shirts and sweatshirts are also unisex. It’s all about being masculine and feminine at the same time and playing with contrasts.
For us here at Aequem sustainability is everything. Tell us what sustainability means to you and French Kiss Studio?
In my opinion, sustainability should be normal, a basic for every brand. Living a sustainable lifestyle can be tricky, so I think it’s important to make a difference where you can. For us, sustainability also goes through our supply chain and how we produce, not just the fabrics and materials, but also making sure we reduce waste by not over-producing and concentrating on what customers actually need.
We love how French Kiss Studio creates a space for story-telling instead of "what's in style" through classic, well cut designs. How did you develop this aesthetic?
Aesthetics are always very important in everything we do. All our designs are hand-illustrated and therefore unique and always different. We want to create classic pieces that do not follow trends but rather tell a story and trigger something when you look at them. It will be different for everyone, and that’s the beauty of it.
How or where do you like to wear your pieces?
The great thing about classic pieces is that you can combine them with anything!
I love creating a contrast when getting dressed, for example mix and matching sporty pieces with elegant ones. So with a t-shirt I would wear a great blazer and/or chic trousers with boots or brogues. With a sweatshirt, I would try to add a nice blouse underneath and some earrings for a feminine twist. But I also love wearing a t-shirt with a pair of jeans and some sneakers of course :)
Okay, so now more about you…
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I turn on some music and brush my teeth while checking French Kiss Studio’s Instagram Account.
If you could wear only one thing for the rest of your life what would it be? (not including your fave pieces from your label, obviously.)
Jeans, a white t-shirt and a navy blazer.
If you were a celebrity, who would you be?
Out of your current collection, which is your favourite piece and why?
I love the Merde Sweatshirt, because it’s so much at the same time: classic, surprising and super comfy!
It has been great getting to know more about you and French Kiss Studio, if you could give one piece of advice to our readers to take away with them, what would it be?
Shop the full French Kiss Studio collection at Aequem here.