CARAN is not just a ready-to-wear woman’s brand …
Versatile as one pleases, she asserts her image through the choice of noble fabrics, the comfort of wool, the warmth of African made prints and reversible cuts: she is of many different facets and elegantly handles her trade, her passion and her loves.
Between African legacy and modern design, each model is a unique piecework produced in limited series, for an active dynamic and practical superwoman.
Sometimes sober, sometimes exuberant and always subtle “La Minga” stands out of the crowd with small details that delicately underlines her well drawn figure. Inspired by women like Joanne (Mad Men), Olivia Pope (Scandal) or Kate Middelton, La Minga’s woman’s style means to be classical, refined and unique so much as to make James Bond blush.
At the heart of the brand is a successful duo. Long dubbed “LA MINGA” meaning “woman” in Bantu dialect, Carmen ABEGUE, the brand designer, both dreams of structured cuts and very much in love with noble uncommon fabric. Her creativity expressed around this print that her mother long wore thus carefully combines with the exactitude of Johan LEQUIEN, CARAN founder and the grandson of a textile worker from the French region of “Nord Pas de Calais” who earned her recognition in the Debuisson worshop & the Sergent manufacture. Johan shares his passion for work well done with his entourage . Culture sports offers the brand a dynamic key and some essential values such as courage, sincerity, friendship and sharing.
Together they bring life to a brand that draws her distinctiveness from the association of two cultures in search of the remarkable out of the common. Aiming to build a bridge between the West and Black Africa, these two friends who met in Paris, develop a new story around the wax print in a strictly woman’s wardrobe.