Carne Bollente is a young t-shirts brand, that is quickly rising and catching our eyes and curiosity. The mystery of their success is even thicker when you know they currently have no website, a Facebook account not so explicit as to the origin of the owners, but a sharpened sense of communication and humor. I met the hunk of the band, Felix Gesnouin.

TEXT AND PHOTOS : Aline Le Pennec

Hello Felix, can you introduce the Carne Bollente team?
My name is Felix Gesnouin. I studied at Olivier de Serres and at ENSCI, and I am a model with Elite agency. We are five guys working on Carne Bollente: I work with Agoston Palinko making drawings, Theodore Famery, Leo Jacques makes sounds -and he created Pocari Sweat- and I'm the guy who speaks fast and goes everywhere. It is based in Huit, since Theodore and Leo manage this place.

What was the idea behind this project?
This project was launched five months ago and it's crazy! Everything comes together at breakneck speed, it works to death. We did that with some Arts Deco & ENSCI pals and it works very well. We just relaunched 400 t-shirts, and there's even a guy from the New York Times who is gonna do a paper about us!

That's where the name comes from?
Carne Bollente means boiled meat. It is a porn movie from the 70s. We chose this because when you type this on google, you first find porn stuff, and then you find our website and we found it quite funny.

Will you do more than t-shirts?
We will edit other things yes, we'll do a micro magazine that will be a sort of fanzine ass. The idea is to be ultra corporate and do lots of collaborations, we're gonna initiate 4 collaborations with young people we spotted. We will also sell a t-shirt with a marble usb key; there will be a possibility to make a kind of occult sect linked to this shirt. This is our pal Pocari -who makes false Japanese music, and by the way he will play in Japan- who is going to make the sound on this USB key and it's pretty strikeout. We will also do bamboo embroidery, and fake leather shirts that you hang, fun stuff.

Why do you do embroidery that small?
We like to have small things, not too obvious... When you're in night clubs and you're a bit drunk, people don't understand what it is until they come closer! For now there are four models, and we will soon have new ones; lesbians, gay, threesome and SM! We will also decline black pieces, we're still working on it.

How do you produce these t-shirts?
For now everything is done in France, near Paris, but we will soon have to produce in Peru because of cotton. The production will grow and unfortunately we can no longer make the t-shirts in France. However we don't want to do the embroidery anywhere with anyone, so we'll still do it here.

Where can we find you?
We are just starting to have interesting outlets. It is distributed at Superstrat Belgium, Huit in Paris, colette just contacted us, two stores in New York are also fighting for us, and we are making an investment in Tokyo.