Saturday, July 2, 2011


Midtown, NYC

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.

Great satchels....leather trimmed waxed cotton canvas...

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

Tops, vests, 

PLUS: Cool logo---labels...which we usually detest