When googling good old porn movies, one of the first things popping up will conceivably be the 70’s Italian film Carne Bollente with the cheeky meaning of boiled meat. By digging just a tiny bit deeper, one might find this particular legendary Italian porn movie sharing the name with the super cool, (still) web-page-less, French clothing brand. Wittiness, humour, porn and the celebration of youth is what makes their embroidered t-shirts so shamelessly neat and fresh.
Their tees with “sex on the beach” motives, are appropriate for formal and other opportunities, for instance a job interview. Tees are also currently a best-seller in Vatican.
We had a small talk with five dandy Carne Bollente guys who talked us through their process of making their hunky-dory tees, their “Hawaiian shirt day” and their obsession with pan-fried Gnocchi, Steve Buscemi and full-grown ficus trees.


Bonjour guys! Since not a lot of people are familiar with the brand itself, I would like for you to start at the very beginning; What spurred the idea of making the “porn” themed t- shirts and who is in the team behind Carne Bollente?
Hello Modna! What a beautiful name! Well, it’s all about a love story between five young french peeps and our boss, french business man, Mr. Carne.
Hailing from the city of love (Paris), surrounded by sexual vibes on every corner, it is not a surprise that the idea of making porn-themed t-shirts came out of it. You should come and visit us sometime!

Already packing! So the name…Does it come from the same-named porn movie directed by Riccardo Schicchi? 
Yes! Riccardo has always been an inspirational figure for us. His way of working on the lights, the scenery and the dialogues have truly made a strong impression on us. 

Can you please talk us through your process of making the embroidered t-shirts?
They seem to magically appear every morning in our office, and we thought selling them was the best solution. Well, at least that’s what Leo (our sales manager) tells us to do. Isn’t that great? 

Great indeed! As mentioned before: behind Carne Bollente there are five guys. Soooooo guys: do your views ever collide while working together?
We fight everyday, all the time, but its all for the brand. We also have this un-written “Hawaiian shirt day“ rule that takes place every Friday, just to keep things cool and constructive.

Are there any specific types of people the collection/brand is meant to be worn by?
It’s only meant for introspective youth, and 40 year olds who are fighting the midlife crisis.

You are a fashion brand, that gives this nonchalant, “I don’t care about fashion” vibe and you guys look like you just want to have fun. Am I completely mistaken, or… ?
What is this thing you call “fashion”?

According to Coco Chanel: “Fashion” is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening... What do you think about that? And do you feel there’s a significant interest in young designers at the moment? 
We’re really not into the whole Coco Chanel thing, we just like to have fun and not give a shit about what the fashion industry and anyone for that matter thinks. It’s more about creating things we like, and being happy about it. Young designers today are all about making money and becoming big (either on Instagram or in real life). It’s kind of sad that they are missing out on what’s actually cool about being a young designer: being young.

Who inspires you the most and what is it about them that you find inspirational?
We like: Steve Buscemi, a full-grown ficus, André Leducq, the CAC 40, Gichin Funakoshi, pan-fried Gnocchi, and this weird backscratcher that’s sound like alien life-form. Those ’re just things that make us happy, really. 

Was there any feedback from the press or your customers that you were not expecting, and that came as a surprise?
We weren’t expecting so many buyers in the Vatican to be honest (laugh).

Ha, Vatican, so that’s why the Gay T-Shirt? 
Yeah, we we’re trying to give a little bit of faith back to the priesthood thing

Would you mind telling us what’s next for Carne Bollente?
Oh, so many things. We’ve been locked up all day working, we’re about to start a movie so we don’t know where this journey is going to take us. Come say hi late November in Paris, and you’ll see!

Finally: could you please name a few songs that are usually playing in the background while you are working, so we can all get into the whole Carne Bollente feel…
We usually listen to Mr. Carne playing his guitar at work, but personally we enjoy more relaxed tunes:

Peter Thomas - Modern Sex
Les chats sauvages - C'est pas serieux
Linda Law - All The Night - 1978
Rhye - The Fall (Maurice Fulton Alt Remix)
Jonwayne - Andrew