These days, people don't just set sail from Brittany to Madagascar. But it was exactly this type of fantasy voyage—specifically, the visuals that define such different locales—that was the launch point for Sophie Albou-Mechaly when conceiving this Paul & Joe men's collection. She headed out to sea with crewnecks and cardigans that took cues from old handwoven fishermen's knits, plus a sturdy navy Mackintosh, chemisettes (short-sleeve shirts), and tees covered in anchor, sea horse, and fish motifs. The tie print, like all the others, was designed in-house; gold stars to the person who created the cat sporting a sailor hat and smoking a pipe.
When the collection reached land, it moved into flora-fauna blousons, shirts covered in laid-back lions, and a classic khaki overcoat. Albou-Mechaly covered slip-on sneakers, espadrilles, backpacks, and baseball hats in the same identical botanical print—worn together, they'd make for a twist on conventional camo for the urban jungle.
New and improved denim—raw selvedge from Italy and Japan and triple-washed jackets inspired by vintage Wrangler versions—were outliers in this grand adventure. Likewise the well-cut jacquard, pinpoint, and evening smoking jackets (all made in France), which were designed to be dressed down rather than up. So while you needn't feel wanderlust to see the appeal of both destinations, the collection's standouts were the pieces that signaled nowhere in particular.
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