We caught up with Ashley Arabian of San Fransisco stockist Les Méchantes to discuss life, style and inspiration. Carpe Diem!
Les Méchantes is all about a woman with a carpe diem attitude. We provide clothing and accessories that express a lifestyle that we all want, which is the French bohemian, well traveled, lavish and cocktail enriched life.
We look to Brigitte Bardot, Sharon Tate, and Elizabeth Taylor for inspiration, and mix it with our own styles that really add a touch of tomboy and modern edge. We believe in mixing the classic with current trends, never surrendering to only one style.
We are really happy capes and ponchos made their way into a lot of women’s closets this season. We have always loved the look they project – classic, bohemian, and very comfortable. We designed some for our private label, and felt we could live and sleep in them everyday.
We manufacture in our own city, having zero shipping costs and assisting the growth of the manufacturing scene in San Francisco. We offer to deliver ourselves to local customers to reduce shipping hassle and costs, and we do our best to buy from companies that produce their product in the USA. If they produce outside the country, we prefer it to be for a good cause, which is why we love MZ. We are also major supporters of local designers, and love discovering the small and upcoming in our own community.
We found MZ at the SF Gift Show, and loved the bags right away. We have always loved the Southwest/tribal/native Mexican look. It can be mixed with so many other styles, which is something we see done a lot with designers like Ralph Lauren. It’s classic and absolutely gorgeous. We find it really works with a lot of our clothing and aesthetic.
We fell in love with MZ for their cause and the quality of handmade goods. We encourage other retailers to turn to this kind of vision, and mix their own products up with some things of the MZ value and quality. There’s a real pleasure in describing your products to your customers, and being able to share the kind of story MZ has, which reflects incredibly well on your own business. It’s a win win.