French watchmaking is experiencing a new wave and I’m loving it! Brice Jaunet realized that and after having worked for years for many of the biggest classic watchmakers, he decided to launch the brand Briston, last year. His signature piece is the Clubmaster: made of acetate, version chronographe, 3 hands.
I’ve been following Philippe Gaber’s work for several years and it was about time I talked about him on Le club des douze. I’m sensitive to his philosophy (all the fabrics are natural and responsibly sourced, and the garments are all entirely crafted in Paris, at the designer’s workshop on rue Saint Maur). And to his designs as well, of course. They’re classic, simple and timeless.
At Le club des douze we’ve always celebrated brands that find inspiration in the past to design modern and timeless pieces. Just like the French bag label Miniséri, launched in 2007 by Céline Basset. The designer re-edits the leather briefcase à la française. And I love it. My favorite bag is L’Excellent, a premium version of the original French cartable from the 1950s, with its unmistakable tuck clasps, and nubuck and vichy lining.
Our latest selection is inspired by the dapper bearded man. And you can’t be dapper unless that beard is propperly groomed. That’s where The Brighton Beard Company comes in. Lloyd and Jessica, who launched the brand last year in Brighton, England provide the essential when it comes beard-care: waxes, oils and combs. And they do it in style. The imagery of the company is inspired by the scenic South Coast of England and each product is named after a local smugglers from the area.
As part of our selection #73 dedicated to cycling, I selected several products from the online store Bicy. Why? Because I love their collection that ranges from the most classic and traditional (like this British leather saddle by Brooks that has been around for over 100 years) to the most next level (like the LED lights that you can charge via a USB port or the plastic cup holder from Swedish brand Bookman). Lovers of bikes and aficionados of beautiful objects alike: check them out!
I loved La Fonction‘s first release, La Fonction N°1. A mobile office of an exceptional quality and a flawless finish. The young French label is back at it with La Fonction N°1.2. This time, the portable secretary is smaller, but as technical. It’s the perfect format for the modern entrepreneur who carries his smartphone and laptop everywhere, and is as comfortable in meetings than at the coffee shop. And we love the camel / navy combo.