On the 25th anniversary of Mathieu Kassovitz’s ‘La Haine’, the French director has teamed up with Carhartt WIP for a seven-piece capsule collection inspired by the director’s iconic work.
Visit any recent protest against police brutality these days and the catchy rap tune ‘Nique la Police’ won’t be far. The track features prominently on the score to the 1995 film ‘La Haine’ and has become a rallying cry for those opposed to the abuse of power. To call the film seminal is no overstatement. When it was screened at Cannes, it received a standing ovation and France’s Prime Minister at the time, Alain Juppé, organized a screening for the cabinet requiring ministers to attend. It is the fictional account of three young men from the Paris suburbs who grew up on the wrong side of the law, but more than this it details the woes of France’s struggling underclass. Last year, Ladj Ly’s ‘Les Misérables’, a film also aimed at tackling police brutality, brought to light structural prejudice in a more recent context and was said to have shocked Emmanuel Macron so badly as to have him launch an investigation into poverty in his capital’s suburbs. Clearly, little has changed since the mid-90s.
Shot entirely on 35mm Kodak black and white film, La Haine was raw and unpolished, much like the photographs of Gilles Favier which informed its look. While filming, Kassovitz asked Favier to photograph every day of the eight-week shoot. The resulting oeuvre and the film itself were shocking both in their storytelling and visual style.
Now 25 years old, the French director has brought his tale back to life with a book of photos taken by Favier on set, ‘Jusqu’ici Tout Va Bien’ (published by Maison CF) was released earlier this year. His revisiting of La Haine now continues with a seven-piece collaboration with Carhartt WIP. The longtime friend to the brand has developed a capsule collection featuring a hoodie, t-shirts, and a beanie similar to those worn by one of the film’s main protagonists.
The film’s visual style, sound, and political themes echos eerily in our present and haven’t been forgotten. With Kassovitz’s revisiting of his classic work, La Haine and its message have been given new life.
Carhartt WIP for La Haine 25th Anniversary will be available from December 3rd at select Carhartt WIP stores and carhartt-wip.com .