Meet The Person #29: Emilie Casiez (Nigel Cabourn Woman Designer)

Today episode #29 of the topic Meet the Person with Emilie Casiez. This topic Meet the Person is about passionate people, people in the denim industry. In Meet the Person I will give you an insight into their life; who are they, what are they doing, what makes them so special, where are they working on, etc. etc.

This new episode of Meet the Person is with Nigel Cabourn’s woman designer Emilie Casiez. Next to her job at Nigel Cabourn she’s working as an illustrator and consultant too. Thanks for sharing your great denim story Emilie!


Emilie Casiez

Emilie Casiez

Emilie Casiez

  • Name: Emilie Casiez.
  • Living in village & country: Paris, France.
  • Age: I don’t remember!
  • Instagram ID: @emiliecsz.
  • Number of Instagram followers: 16,7K followers.
  • Website: Coming soon.
  • Daily work: Nigel Cabourn woman designer, illustrator, and consultant.

Can you introduce yourself (who are you and what are you doing):

I am Emilie Casiez, a half French half Japanese fashion designer based in Paris where I grew up. I design the Nigel Cabourn Woman collections since four years, and have been working in fashion since I graduated from fashion school. I started my own brand early that I ran for ten years and had my own store in Paris. I love to travel and to mix vintage pieces with the ones that we make for Nigel Cabourn Woman, and share them on my Instagram, @emiliecsz and on @nigelcabourn_woman.

How did you enter the denim industry:

I have always had a personal love for denim since a young age. I remember wearing Levi’s 501 jeans, a denim shirt, a Type III Trucker jacket and blue Converse, a total denim look I could still be wearing now! I was living in Tokyo during three years until 2015, where I became inspired by Japanese denim and all the rare denim vintage pieces you can find there. I met Nigel Cabourn in Tokyo and started designing Lybro collections that are inspired by British workwear during WW2, and some of the mainline collections that are made in Japan with Japanese denim.

Emilie Casiez

What are you doing at the moment:

I am working on the next AW20 collection, travelling often to London for vintage shopping and research, and to Newcastle where the Nigel Cabourn’s office is to design the collection. I am also preparing my next travel to Japan to brief Mainline collection and see the Army Gym stores and factories there. We are also working on our first (secret!) women’s collaboration for AW20, which is quite exciting!

Emilie Casiez

What are you the most proud of so far as it comes to your work:

I am proud of being able to work with interesting people around the world, making a product of quality, and to have been able to take the challenge to live in different countries, and to use all my experiences in what I am doing now.

Whats the biggest denim trends right now in your opinion:

I would say 1940’s American, French and British workwear, dungarees and coveralls, raw denim and eco-sustainability.

Emilie Casiez

Emilie Casiez

And what would be the next denim trend:

Quality not quantity.

What are your favourite denim brands:

Our Mainline and Lybro collections using Japanese denim! Otherwise the navy American denim from the 30’s and 40’s, british army green denim from the 40’s, Levi’s Big E from the 60’s, Big Mac dungarees from the 50’s and Lee vintage jeans and herringbone coveralls from the 50’s.

Emilie Casiez

Where is your inspiration coming from:

My inspiration comes a lot from my travels, I am always looking for vintage pieces everywhere I go. This is kind of an addiction, I go often at the flea markets in Paris Clignancourt or London Spitalfields Market or Portobello, also in Tokyo Harajuku and Koenji. I also love hand-dyed indigo, which made Nigel and I go to Okinawa to visit a small indigo farm last summer, or to Amsterdam where I hand-dyed all the garments I was wearing that day! Also art, books, museums, and women working during WW2.

Emilie Casiez

Emilie Casiez

Whats your favourite denim item in your closet and why:

I love my Lybro coverall I have designed for Nigel Cabourn Woman a few seasons ago. It’s in Japanese denim, I love the fit, and it was inspired by a vintage 40’s coverall I bought in London. On the back the words “Chief Stocker” are printed which always makes people smile.

Emilie Casiez

What is your favourite denim fit:

Now I love wearing my high-waist denim Levi’s 701 jeans which is a remake of Marilyn Monroe’s jeans that she wore in the 50’s. I wear them two sizes bigger.

Emilie Casiez

Whats your favourite denim city:

Tokyo is my favourite one, and I am looking forward to go to Okayama Kojima to visit the denim mills and the Jeans Street soon.

Who is your favourite denim designer:

I love what time creates, how denim ages, gets it’s own fades with time and becomes so unique.

Emilie Casiez

What do you think is the best invention in the denim industry:

Denim itself, and all the new washing techniques.

Who is your denim hero and why:

I love the way Marilyn Monroe wore denim in the 50’s. She made them look modern and feminine at the same time. All her outfits could easily be worn today!

Emilie Casiez

Whats your favourite denim store:

Berberjin vintage store in Tokyo, and J’antiques in Tokyo.

What are your ultimate denim accessories:

I like to wear a whole denim look with a vintage felt hat, a leather belt that I like to tie and a pair of sneakers: Converse or the new collab sneakers of Nigel Cabourn with Mihara Yasuhiro. At night I like to pair it with Celine heels or boots for a feminine look.

Emilie Casiez

Emilie Casiez

Whats your favourite inspirational quote:

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” by Albert Einstein.

Read the previous episodes of Meet the Person;

Meet the Person #1: Amy Leverton (Denim Dudes): here.

Meet the Person #2: Jacques Grosz (Kiliwatch store Paris): here.

Meet the Person #3: Guido Biondi (Roy Roger’s): here.

Meet the Person #4: Gerold Brenner (Designer, Trendforecaster): here.

Meet the Person #5: Leon Blok (Designer, tailor maker): here.

Meet the Person #6: Guido Kerssens (AMFI Amsterdam): here.

Meet the Person #7: James Veenhoff (Denim City, Jean School, Fronteer): here

Meet the Person #8: Moritz Fuchs (New Heritage Festival): here

Meet the Person #9: Christine Rucci (Godmother NYC): here

Meet the Person #10: Sean Gormley (Creative Director Wrangler E.M.E.A.): here.

Meet the Person #11: Piero Turk (Denim Designer): here.

Meet the Person #12: Peter Kats (Vice President Lee Jeans E.M.E.A.): here.

Meet the Person #13: Han Ates (founder of Blackhorse Lane Ateliers): here.

Meet the Person #14: Ben Viapiana (Bespoke Denim Tailor): here.

Meet the Person #15: Tony Tonnaer (founder Kings of Indigo): here.

Meet the Person #16: Maggy Tuijp (Denim Development at DENHAM the Jeanmaker): here.

Meet the Person #17: Nick Williams (Graphic Designer): here.

Meet the Person #18: Koen Tossijn: here.

Meet the Person #19: Sinem Celik (Denim Consultant): here.

Meet the Person #20: Stefano Angelico (Braves And Company): here.

Meet the Person #21: Simona Testucci (Peppino Peppino): here.

Meet the Person #22: Silvia Rancani (The Denim Window): here.

Meet the Person #23: Michael Kampe (Creative Director Lee Jeans): here.

Meet the Person #24: Iu Franquesa (Companion Denim): here.

Meet the Person #25: Haman Alimardani (Hamansutra): here.

Meet the Person #26: Kelly Harrington (Designer & Trend Forecaster): here.

Meet the Person #27: Marta Cellini (Designer & Fashion Consultant): here.

Meet The Person #28: Özgür Polat (Product Manager Amsterdenim): here.

Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.