words/images Judith Ecochard
Timeless and of the moment..."le meilleur du savoir-faire contemporain"...Façonnable is a Riviera chic, French lifestyle brand that distinguishes itself with stylish silhouettes cut for a trim and relaxed, European fits...out of excellent fabrics, and finished with marvelous details (obvious, and not so much)---that similarly priced, high-end contemporary collections-just don't have.
Focused quality ---impeccable style, there were several thematic gestures highlighting the Fall 2012 separates...including the focused, office appropriate Sartorial Collection for men---made from cashmere, fine wools and subtle silk blends...
AND the female versions---which of course we wanted ---everything!!!!
|thoughtful details-like the button funnel neck sweater in bright tomato red|
"Downtown Fisherman: urbane edge to the ocean"---via terrific cable knits, feminine silks and jersey dresses for gals, and trim boat neck sweaters in classic stripes for guys.
|leather waistband on a soft tweed ...|
|relaxed shoulder jacket---sporty with tweed cotton/leather combo|
|nautical rope on navy sweater....|
|Façonnable's claim to fame-L/S shirts---including oxfords, poplin cloth button downs- in "easy" and "poet" relaxed cuts|
|Accessories-traditional savoir faire including hand printed wool challis scarves, slim leather belts and gloves|
|"An Englishman in Grasse-Brit tailoring eases up when in the South of France"-love the double face collar of this plaid sport jacket in a relaxed shape|
|classic loafers and washed leather driver shoes in pigment dyed tones|
|Layering pieces- clean cut khakis, nylon vests over a military inspired suede bomber|
|sturdy wool overcoat|
|nice color combos-purple slacks with a forest green wool sports jacket-"dandy vibe"-French Riviera inspired|
|Fab-double-face fabrics-shetland wool and plaid-classic menswear with a posh touch|
|colorful crests on polo shirt|
|wool with suede sleeve panels|
|snap collar, storm flap -well constructed with performance wear details|
|military style bomber-sued collar insrt|
|classic suede loafers with pop of color|
|never can have enough-the Façonnable button down-meant to be worn, just-so|
The editors loved this fisherman/sailor inspired sweater---and so did we....
|Boat neck-trim- super soft sweater----button attached in sailor stripes-for men but we expect gls to covet the XS size|
|cool neutral tones-year round blazer-with the added touch of cold via handkerchief|
|chinos-in different washed out colors...looks just right with this suede bomber|
|love the emblems on plush L/S polos...|
|shearling jacket in a comforting cocoon shape|
|crisp grey wool pea jacket-in classic double breasted|
|solid cable knit patterned sweaters...with epaulet military details makes this a sleek look-not slouchy|
|Varsity snap front vest...|
|soft hoodie...ribbed collars, necks|
|longer front pocket|
|nylon vests in dark olive-layerable option|
The Façonnoble Tailored Denim collection takes a page from two iconic Frenchmen....Jean-Paul Belmondo ---the famous actor...and Nicholas de Staël, a painter who worked from his Antibes, oceanside studio.
Outerwear pieces, tailored selvedge denim, terrycloth polos and hoodies---all made with that polished style, attention to details... that separate the French take on apparel from similarly niched lifestyle brands that hail from this side of the pond.
|lace-ups in smooth leather and denim|
|old school quilted down jacket|
|tabs on back of hood|
|denim is exceptional-many washes and cuts|
|shoes, shoes, shoes-lace-ups, desert/chukka boots|
|sartorial take on a boat shoe detail|
Polo shirts---par excellence...ribbed necks, ribbon details...great color options---in easy wear cotton.
|soft shoulder wool, great plaid lining|
|stitched shoulder---perfectly made|
|even the waistbands are made of patterned fabrics|
|button details on sleeve|
|cord blazer -keeper|
|Canvas and leather trim satchel---school bags never looked so good|