Sunday, May 27, 2012


Fifth Avenue, NYC

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!!!!

These elegant and functional  blouses and tweed wool jackets/skirts-epitomize chic----timeless, modern-fitted profiles softened with pleats, ribbons, trims...

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
Outer wear options----made with textiles tat stand up to foul weathers on land and sea,
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

ahoy mates---

Varsity snap front vest...

soft hoodie...ribbed collars, necks

Façonnable L/S ---and silk ties....

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

checked L/S

old school quilted down jacket

field 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

Fisherman caps

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

inner pockets

Canvas and leather trim satchel---school bags never looked so good