Paris is always a good idea. And if you're a self-professed Francophile like me, that's always true. There's just something about Paris, and France in general (a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will) that's alluring. Maybe it's the idyllic notion that everything in France is beautiful or that the natural light in Paris is like no other; both of which, I can attest to with complete and utter bias. Truth be told, the French do it better than most when it comes to fashion—often minimal with a shrewd attention to details.
If the thought of taking a stroll under the shade of trees at Jardin du Palais-Royal with a cup of Maison Kitsuné coffee in hand, is putting a smile on your face, Mr Porter's latest capsule collection drop might just be for you. 'Vive La France' is an exclusive collection of French brands that takes inspiration from French culture and lifestyle. Think classic and easy-to-wear pieces that are designed to imbue a sense of effortless élégance. The best thing is, the brands curated are not the luxury French labels the likes of Saint Laurent or Dior Homme, so the pieces are affordable.
The capsule collection is specially designed by 10 existing French brands on Mr Porter—including familiar favourites such as Officine Générale, AMI and Holiday Boileau—and four new brands that are new to regular Mr Porter clients. Brittany-based Le Mont Saint Michel is known for its hardy workwear pieces. Husbands does vintage-inspired suits that are tailored to modern proportions. De Bonne Facture by Hermès alumnus Deborah Neuberg, focuses on timeless utility pieces. Maison Labiche is a cult favourite for its embroidered French phrases on clothing. That's a total of 14 brands spread across more than 147 items. Basically, more than enough options to add to your French fashion vocabulary. Ça va?