We’re (re)exploring French menswear at the moment. It had been a while since we went on a hunt for those labels that are shaking up the Paris scene, and while looking at a number of new accessories brands, we discovered a company that we now love and felt we had to tell you about: Les Belles Heures.
As you know, we have a slight obsession with workwear, in general, but more specifically with utilitarian chore jackets. A thing of the past, they were once only worn by the artsy kind -late Bill Cunningham was illustrious for his bright royal blue jacket- they’ve been popping out left and right over the last five years. There are a number of independent brands known for there workwear jackets across Europe -Dobson Clothing in the UK, Bleu de Chauffe in France- and we’ve just discovered a newer one, based in Sweden, that we’re really fond of, A Day’s March.
Earlier this year, we wrote about a US based brand called Hemel. We loved the rugged aesthetics of the timepieces and their exceptional quality, as well as the inspiration behind the brand. We’ve been keeping an eye on the brand’s activity and have been meaning to tell you more about the man behind the company. Without further ado, read on for our Q&A with Marvin Menke, founder of Hemel.
As you know, we love watches. In fact, these last few months, we went on a little editorial world tour, looking for the most beautiful timepieces -from the most conservative to the most minimalist, from traditional retail stores to Kickstarter and from Switzerland to Singapore. Yet, last month, the tour took us back to Paris, where we were invited to preview Baume & Mercier‘s latest men’s collection.
We’ve long been admirers of style icon Porfirio Rubirosa. The fella was considered the last great playboy of the twentieth century. He loved women, piloted aeroplanes, drove racing cars and searched for sunken treasures in the Caribbean. The rumor even has it that he inspired Ian Fleming to create James Bond. Quite the legacy…