words/images Judith Ecochard
Known for it's stylish chic apparel/accessories take on Riviera inspired elegance---we visited the brightly lit FAÇONNABLE JEANS showroom...right off Sixth Avenue---for a media preview/intro of the collection for men.
Denim is from France---(de Nimes---the lovely French town made the rugged fabric serge-colored blue with indigo dye way back when---and the french word for Genoa, Italy-G ênes-where the first denim trousers were made---fyi).
This is a full lifestyle brand that reminded us of RL-by Ralph Lauren---upscale takes on rugged outdoors clothing---but with performance features including durable fabrics including washed cotton/leather/down...
|Ward off winter in this coat|
|inner drawstring cord|
|zip away hoods|
|quilted linings for warmth---stitching keeps it flat|
But in trimmer silhouettes for urbanites...for pulled together ensembles...nice. Casual does not mean sloppy.
|This ensemble is as city click as well as outdoors worthy. Quality denim, slim profiles, details liked upturned cuffs, buttons left open on a jacket-attitude and practical|
One thing we always love about Façonnable in general---is how the lining is as nice as the outer fabric---for those turning up collars (for flair effect and to protect the back of the neck from the sun), sleeves, lining jackets and pockets---where lesser brands wouldn't even bother...
|Plaid lining on English tweed pants---|
|Elegant plaid with fab blue lining makes this grunge a classic|
|Layered well not pretentious---mix of faded washed cotton shirt with plaid with upturned collared, rolled cuffs|
According to the employees, the FAÇONNABLE JEANS brand is really growing---including terrific outwear pieces that are well made...
Handsome accessories too including paratrooper kind of lace-ups (tuck the denim legs in)...
----and punched out details on oxfords in autumnal browns can work with suits and jeans.
BOTTOM LINE: Elegant, relaxed masculine apparel with enough details for the Beau Brummel types.
|Color palette---neutrals with pops of color in the linings---we wish they had a women's line of jeans|
PLUS: Cool logo---labels...which we usually detest