The 10 Best French Clothing Brands & Stores
France has given us some cool brands over the years: Peugeot, Dom Perignon, and Perrier, to name a few. But no type of French import has had as much impact globally as the country’s fashion. Without a doubt, some of the world’s sickest fashion collections and brands have been birthed in the République FranÃ§aise. Since we already showed you its top 10 stunners, in honor of Bastille Day, we’re paying homage to the top 10 French brands and stores. From runway looks to Parisian street wear, Dior to Colette, check out which ones made our list. Vive la France!
BRAND: Louis Vuitton (Spring Collection)
FOUNDED IN: 1854
WHY IT’S COOL: Long before ‘Ye, this quintessential luxury brand has been keeping the world stylish for centuries.
BRAND: Dior Homme (Spring Collection)
FOUNDED IN: 1947
WHY IT’S COOL: Combining the expert talents of Kris Van Assche and Hedi Slimane; the former made it crisp, while the latter added a rock-star twist.
• Check out its leather high-top sneakers.
BRAND: Lucien Pellat-Finet
FOUNDED IN: 1994
WHY IT’S COOL: The king of cashmere collaborated with Murakami and most recently Mr. for its fall/winter cashmere and T-shirts collection. Be prepared to drop lots of Euros.
STORE: Colette Store
FOUNDED IN: 1997
WHY IT’S COOL: The newly revamped streetwear emporium carries the dopest books, gadgets, apparel, and accessories as well as limited-edition pieces.
FOUNDED IN: 2000
WHY IT’S COOL: Parisian shop fuses skater sneakers and streetwear apparel into a one-stop shop.
STORE: Surface to Air
FOUNDED IN: 2000
WHY IT’S COOL: Known for its clean and simple silhouettes, this brand teamed up with adidasAdicolor and North Face Roots of Life for recent collaborations.<=”aligncenter wp-image-46591″ title=”aprill77″ src=”http://cdn.complex.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/aprill77.jpg” alt=”aprill77″ width=”436″ height=”279″ border=”0″ />
FOUNDED IN: 2002
WHY IT’S COOL: Denim lifestyle brand deeply rooted in new French-wave rock. A favorite amongst the hipster Parisian crowd.
FOUNDED IN: 1988
WHY IT’S COOL: Its raw jeans are a must in your wardrobe. The understated simplicity of this brand doesn’t detract from its luxe roots.
BRAND: Saint James
FOUNDED IN: 1889
WHY IT’S COOL: Nautical brand classic is having its comeback this year—not just for the Riveria anymore.
BRAND: agnés b
FOUNDED IN: 1975
WHY IT’S COOL: Originally named Agnès Troublé, this design house knows how to use patterns and florals without losing its balance of masculine and whimsical Parisian style