The James Perse brand had developed a loyal following for their super soft, luxurious basics. T-shirts, dresses, shorts and more are made from the most exquisite fabrics making it no surprise that James Perse, a Closet Couture retailer, is known by many to make “the perfect tee.” We caught up with Alex Zalewski, the online merchandiser behind James Perse, to find out about the philosophy behind the coveted brand.
1) What is the philosophy behind the James Perse brand?
James Perse’s passion for minimalist architecture influenced by warm west-coast indoor outdoor living and the casual clothing that's inspired by it, ultimately resulted in James' personal design philosophy and aesthetic – low maintenance high fashion – emphasizing elegance and comfort, and pairing sophistication with simplicity.
Thus, the James Perse collections result in classic pieces using the finest fabrics giving the wearer an exceptional fit and feel.
2) What are your current top 5 sellers?
During the summer season the following styles are extremely popular:
Supima Long Tank: using a very soft supima cotton fabric, this provides a great layering piece which is also lux enough to wear alone.
The Raglan Scoop T: a loose-fitting short sleeve t-shirt with scoop neck, this style is made from sheer slub jersey which has a unique textured feel and look.
The new Malibu Collection offers great beachwear or casual styles featuring the print of popular beaches in the Malibu area.
All of our dresses are very popular this season, they are a seamless blend of lux and casual which appeal to the loyal fans of James Perse.
3) Are there any t-shirt trends that we can expect to see more of?
There will be many different trends this season. Some include slightly elongated shirts that hit the hip and are flattering to many shapes, scoop neck styles, distressing techniques such as worn edges and washed, soft fabrics. You will see strong shapes in our long skirts and dresses, along with subtle fine detailing such as twisted seams.
4) What do women love about James Perse tees?
Foremost, women love the luxury fit and feel that comes with our tees. This gives them a everyday casual luxury that can be a must have closet piece for many different occasions. Women also love and appreciate not only the fit, feel and comfort of our tees, but also the quality. Our shirts are known to keep their form and feel for a very long time and after many washes. Lesser quality tees from other brands simply don't compare.
5) Describe the perfect tee.