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We love a line that combines Parisian cool with SoCal comfort. LA-based womenswear label Brochu Walker manages to take that combination and add sophistication, clean lines and modern silhouettes, creating pieces that perfectly encapsulate the much sought-after mix between laid-back and go-getter (with pieces ranging from $100 to $868).
How is your aesthetic inspired by LA?
"Being European, you carry with you this rigidity, manners, and boundaries, but living in LA you can let go. There is a certain ease you don't find in other big cities, I am not sure why! Maybe the weather? Those hours you get to spend reflecting while driving? The range of cultures you are exposed to? LA gives relativity. I still think the ultimate compliment about one's style is être chic, but on your own terms. LA is cool; it resists structure, it's unpredictable. Être chic should not compromise style or attitude. This is what we strive for; this is Brochu Walker, a chic, intriguing, strongly independent and light-hearted woman combining a European sensibility with LA wearability."
What are the best aspects of being an LA-based brand?
"You are in touch with nature. You're surrounded by the mountains and the ocean. It gives us a feeling of freedom and unlimited inspirations. LA often contradicts itself, but you find your own garden and perfect what you love most."
Who (or what) are your biggest design inspirations?
"It really depends; this is a brand for real life. Our designers can be inspired by architecture (our pre-spring collection was inspired by Palm Springs and mid-century modernism), a destination, or a yarn. This fall we fell in love with Alpaca and it inspired us to move some of our production to Peru."
What are some of your favorite spots in LA?
"There are so many places! For coffee, we love Urth Caffe: it's very LA and we love everything about this place, particularly the pumpkin pie. For hiking: Runyon Canyon because the views are uplifting! Leo Carrillo Beach is a perfect beach spot, and the food at Gjelina is perfect for a romantic, delicious dinner. Afterwards, we lounge at Shutters on the Beach before getting a night cap at DTLA's Ace Hotel rooftop bar."