Controversial and opinionated founder of A.P.C., Jean Touitou has named a segment of A.P.C.’s 2015 fall/winter collection, “Last Ni**as in Paris.” Coined as a reference to Jay Z and Kanye West’s 2011 hit single “Ni**as in Paris” and the 1972 Franco-Italian romance film Last Tango in Paris, Touitou’s playfully named portion of his latest line features Timberland shoes and sweatpants, which are iconic of hip-hop, and a camel hair color coat worn bare, which is an essential aesthetic to the aforementioned French film. This is what Touitou had to say during his live narration of the collection:
I call this one look Last N****s in Paris. Why? Because it’s the sweet spot when the hood meets Bertolucci’s movie Last Tango in Paris. So that’s ‘N****s in Paris’ and Last N****s in Paris. [Nervous laughter from audience.] Oh, I am glad some people laughed with me. Yes, I mean, it’s nice to play with the strong signifiers. The Timberland here is a very strong ghetto signifier. In the ghetto, it is all the Timberlands, all the big chain. Not at the same time—never; it’s bad taste. So we designed Timberlands with Timberland.
In a followup statement with Style.com, Touitou mentioned he got the pass from his friend and collaborator, Kanye West.
I am friends with Kanye, and he and I presented a joint collection at the same place, one year ago, and that this thing is only a homage to our friendship. As a matter of fact, when I came up with this idea, I wrote to him, with the picture of the look and the name I was giving to it, and he wrote back immediately saying something like, ‘I love this vibe.’
Check out A.P.C.’s latest 2015 fall/winter collection here.