Posted on April 23, 2015

French Style Inspiration, Part 1 | 10 Favorite Fashion Labels

Fashion & Beauty

Some of the biggest names in the fashion industry are located in Paris and, naturally, good style will be seen throughout the city.  While the tree-lined Champs-Elysées, famous Avenue Montaigne and the chic rue Saint Honoré are home to the most prestigious luxury brands in the world, neighborhoods such as Saint-Germain des Près and the Marais are filled with unique, eclectic and vintage boutiques.  When traveling to Paris, I bring along an extra suitcase to stock up on selections from my favourite designers.  Over the next 7 weeks, I will be writing a series, French Style Inspiration, that will cover my favorite French fashion and iconic labels, handbags, shoes, perfume and beauty labels, and style icons as well as the details that I feel make each quintessentially French.  Today, I’ve highlighted my favorite fashion designers, including Isabel Marant, IRO, and Tara Jarmon.  These brands are worth knowing if you want to channel your inner French girl.

Tara Jarmon

This is one of my favorite boutiques in Paris.  Her designs are chic, elegant and blended perfectly with Parisian femininity.  Although the online boutique does not ship to the US, you can shop here.



Maje designer, Judith Milgrom, spent her free time as a teen shopping the Paris flea markets for antique lace and retro print fabrics.  The brand’s signature is fine fabrics and feminine, lingerie-inspired designs.  The collection can be viewed here, here and here.


Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant’s designs embody feminine silhouettes with a effortless, French cool-girl spirit.  The collection can be viewed here and here, and the more affordable Étoile line here.



This is a fairly new brand to me and I am head over heels for this collection worn by actress Sienna Miller.  The line is known for its delicate fabrics, quality and elegant designs.  You can view the collection here.



Brothers, Laurent and Arik Bitton, had their own music production company and rock group in New York City prior to opening IRO.  You can see that influence in their edgy “French chic meets New York street style” designs.  You can view the collection here.



The line was founded by three French brothers and embraces a “borrowed-from-the-boys” concept that consist of crisp button-downs paired with sporty trousers.  Shop here and here.



This French fashion brand was founded by childhood friends Barbara Boccara and Sharon Krief.  Their designs are the epitome of French girl style – timeless, modern and feminine and are less known outside of France.  You can view the collection here and here.



Maje’s sister store, Sandro, fuses modern, feminine glamour with menswear-inspired pieces.  You can shop the collection here.


Zadig et Voltaire

The line derives its name from the story of Voltaire, “Zadig or Fate”, and is known for its famous edgy and urban style that caters to a young and affluent clientele.  View the collection here.


Comptoir des Cotonniers

A Parisian staple. this line is known for quality clothes with a modern, yet timeless design.  It appeals to mothers and daughters alike, as well as feature real mother-daughter duos in the ads.  You can view the collection here.




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