The French Fashion Brands Everyone Should Know

They have that je ne sais quoi.

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While Paris is home to some of fashion's most coveted design houses, contemporary French fashion brands have also gained notoriety across Europe and here at home. Inspired by vintage collections and classic tailoring techniques, these brands offer beautiful pieces with a contemporary spin—all at a reasonable price point. If you're lusting after French-girl style (and who isn't?), check out these effortlessly cool French fashion names to shop now.


Creating feminine French clothes with a contemporary spin, the Ba&sh brand was the concept of two friends from Paris who wanted to offer women the ideal wardrobe that both looks and feels good.

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With an emphasis on versatility, Maje was created for the easygoing Parisian woman who demands a wardrobe that can adapt to their ever-evolving lifestyle.

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After making adjustments to existing vintage pieces and selling them online, designer Morgane Séza­l­ory founded French clothing brand, Sézane. Crafted using Paris-based ateliers, the line offers quality pieces at an affordable price point.

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Antik Batik

Using natural materials and artistic influences, designer Gabriella Cortese created French-based brand Antik Batik to mirror her own well-traveled wardrobe.

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Ernest Leoty

Parisian brand Ernet Leoty designs activewear using classic French tailoring techniques created by the same manufacturers that develop costumes for the Opera de Paris Ballet. Their sophisticated designs are technical—designed with breathable stretch fabrics—but with an effortless French savoir faire.

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Sara Holzman
Style Director

Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to. Over her six years with Marie Claire, Sara has reported on the ever-evolving world of fashion— covering both established and emerging designers within the industry. Sara has held fashion positions at Lucky and SELF Magazine and was a regular contributor to Equinox’s Furthermore website, where she wrote across their style, wellness, and travel verticals. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and currently resides in Manhattan. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork.