French men are famous for being effortlessly chic, and for having a mature elegance with their wardrobes: a smart mix of timeless classics and modern, updated accessories. Parisian menswear is booming, and Men’s Fashion Week in Paris now rivals Milan for style influence. Hedi Slimane was a pioneer back in the nineties, exciting global interest in men’s fashion during his tenure at Dior Homme. When Slimane sent his skinny models down the runway in grunge and rock-inspired garments, even designer Karl Lagerfeld was inspired to lose 40 kilos in order to fit into Slimane’s stylish pieces. Today, a whole generation of newcomers, including some of the labels listed below, is giving a new energy to contemporary men’s style. For les garcons, the style au courant is practical, streamlined, and in touch with international fashions: think bold, African tribal prints and casual, American sportswear. Shop any one of these Paris-based brands for the best in high-end menswear.
The Paris-based brand was set up by childhood friends Mathieu de Ménonville et Rémi de Laquintane in 2008. The casual-but-elegant collections are manufactured in France and Italy, and you can browse them here, in the brand’s flagship storefront. Designed as if it were a utilitarian but comfortable Parisian apartment, it features vintage furniture and a turntable.
Set up by Alexandre Mattiussi in 2011, this trending brand already has two stores in Paris. The label’s name means friend in French, and Mattiussi designs his handsome, wearable collections with his friends in mind. This winter, look out for cozy fabrics (shearling collars; dry wool trousers) and bold, color-blocked patterns.
On Rue de Marseille on the Canal St Martin, Balibaris is in good company, alongside other quality French outfitters such as A.P.C. and Agnès b. This label produces an elegant wardrobe for the contemporary man, made with quality materials in specialised workshops throughout Europe. Don’t miss the extensive tie collection, featuring everything from limited edition alpaca-knit neckties to traditional silk ecru stripes.
L’eclaireur is a small empire of cutting-edge multi-brands, and this particular storefront is dedicated to menswear, promoting both emerging and established labels including Comme des Garçons, Martin Margiela, Carpe Diem, and Junya Watanabe. With its raw, industrial décor, the boutique is not unlike a modern arts gallery: garments are put under spotlights and accessories are arranged in glass cabinets des curieux.
The Dior Homme designer’s own label now has its first Paris flagship. The elegant but avant-garde two-story space, just off Rue St-Honoré, houses the label’s ready-to-wear clothing and accessories. The Belgian fashion designer is known for a “less is more” approach, though this season his collection features whimsical patterns and memorable statement pieces.