Winter is upon us, and while I’ve noticed Paris winters getting milder and milder, it’s still cold enough for this Australian. Over the years, I’ve learned how to survive the French winter. I love Uniqlo thermals as a base layer. A scarf is a must. Wool socks and a cute beanie always help. And you can’t pass up a good puffer jacket, or doudoune as they call them in French. Now that we’ve covered the comfort, let’s discover the best French winter fashion staples with some of our favorite brands:
Knitwear & Cashmere
Winter is the time for chunky knits and soft cashmere. Aurélie De Barros is the founder of Les Mains de Mamie. Her grandmother inspired her to create a knitwear brand that makes women feel a sense of nostalgia, reminding them of sweet moments with their own grandmothers. Each piece is knitted and embroidered by the hands of a dozen mamies (grandmothers). The only requirement is that they are colorful, unique, and durable.
NOTSHY is a French cashmere brand known for its 100% cashmere ponchos, jumpers, coats, and scarves. They use eco-friendly and recycled cashmere to create sustainable pieces. NOTSHY often teams up with Danish creatives to imbue their collection with Scandi minimalist vibes, such as fashion influencer and face of the brand Pernille Teisbaek. Their cashmere tracksuits look particularly cozy.
Fashion consultant Chloé Harrouche, and the woman behind @louloudesaison, is the founder of Loulou Studio. Paris is her muse and source of inspiration. Loulou Studio makes timeless and high-quality wool and cashmere sweaters, cardigans, bodysuits, scarves, and gloves. Chloé is all about comfort and ease.
(Faux) Leather & Fur
Leather and fur have always been popular winter looks. But you don’t have to wear the real stuff! I love the faux leather and faux fur pieces from AÉRYNE. The brand is based in Sweden, but its creative studio is located in Paris. They’re inspired by the effortless minimalism of Scandinavian style and the assertive individualism of Paris.
AÉRYNE contributes to a more sustainable fashion industry thanks to an on-demand concept. They only produce a product according to demand, utilizing leftover fabrics and yarns. They ship directly from their factory to the customer, reducing unnecessary transportation. AÉRYNE also believes in empowering women. They donate 5% of every purchase to their female education and empowerment program in Mumbai, AÉRYNE Academy.
When you’re going out at night, swap the doudoune for a nice winter coat. Noyoco makes beautiful wool coats, jackets in a range of colors, and cozy sweaters. They use upcycled, natural, and low-environmental-impact materials to create eco-responsible, durable, and sustainable clothing.
Noyoco’s dead stock and materials, such as tencel, hemp, linen, organic cotton, and virgin and recycled wool and cashmere, come from Italy and Portugal. All of their materials are recyclable and bio-degradable, and their collections are small-scale.
Knee (or Thigh) High Boots
Knee-high or even thigh-high boots are great for giving your legs an extra bit of warmth. Zoe Lee was born in Canada but spent time in the UK working for a variety of British designers, including Vivienne Westwood, before launching her own brand. She moved to Paris and opened her one and only store in the Marais. Zoe has some seriously luxurious winter boots in this season, and all are handmade in Italy. I’m talking about the Regard thigh-high boots and the Boy shearling boots.
Bobbies is another Parisian brand that makes solid shoes and leather goods. Their shoes are designed in Paris and are made out of Italian leather. They’re developed in family-owned workshops located in São João da Madeira, a region of Portugal renowned for its know-how in leather crafts. Bobbies make ankle boots and knee-high boots, with flat, mid-heel, and high-heel, as well as cold-weather boots.
Maison Fabre is a glove-maker that was founded in 1924. Their gloves were worn by Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly at her wedding to Prince Rainier III. The brand has also been awarded the prestigious EPV award (Enterprise du Patrimoine) by the Ministry of the Economy and Finance. Maison Fabre’s Paris store can be found under the famous arches of the Palais Royale.
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