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THE UNIQUE MAN

Somewhere between the yearning for a mythic Paris and an ultramodern silhouette, Kim Jones is redefining the man of today.

Photographer: Alasdair McLellan

Vincent is wearing a lambskin jacket, wool flap-pocket pants, glazed calf leather derbies, a wool beret with an embossed leather patch, and an embroidered slim scarf in cashmere and silk.

Elias is wearing a lambskin vest over a tank top and pants with wool pockets, glazed calf leather derbies, a wool beret with an embossed leather patch, an embroidered slim scarf in cashmere and silk, and a necklace with metal and enamel pendants.

David is wearing a lambskin parka over a cotton t-shirt and wool flap-pocket pants, glazed calf leather derbies, a wool beret with an embossed leather patch, an embroidered slim scarf in cashmere and silk, and a necklace with metal pendants.

“I try to remain a tourist in Paris. I look at this city and its inhabitants from a fascinated stranger's point of view, hence the beret, which I wanted to make a modern version of. Travel is crucial for me.  For these shirts, I borrowed the theme of the magnificent Vuitton exhibition “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez”, since the real luxury is time, especially time to go on an adventure.”

Vincent and David are wearing silk shirts and wool berets with embossed leather patches.

Elias is wearing a wool and cashmere trench coat, wool flap-pocket pants, glazed calf leather derbies, a wool beret with embossed leather patch, a slim embroidered cashmere and silk scarf, and carrying a briefcase in Illusion leather.

“I think that if Louis Vuitton had been alive in the 70's, he would have been Andy Warhol! In the avant-garde, eager for what tomorrow might bring. A true artist and a brilliant inventor to boot. I love this heritage of innovation. In the archives, for instance, I found a leather zipper designed in the 40's, an extremely modern thing. We gave it a new life with today's techniques.”

David is wearing a viscose and silk bomber jacket with wool flap-pocket pants, an Explorer rucksack in Monogram Eclipse canvas, a wool beret with an embossed leather patch, a slim embroidered cashmere and silk scarf, and calf leather gloves.

Vincent is wearing a wool trench coat, a wool beret with an embossed leather patch, a slim embroidered cashmere and silk scarf, and calf leather gloves.

“I like reworking the classics. A man doesn't fill his closet in the same way a woman does. He's more classic, he likes timeless pieces, and you feel you should be thinking long in advance what's going to be in fashion in the next few years. I always work well in advance. Even now I'm already thinking of the next three seasons.”

Elias is wearing a wool suit jacket and silk pants, a Voyager Messenger bag in Taiga leather, glazed calf leather derbies, a wool beret with an embossed leather patch, and calf leather gloves.

“I wanted a subtle mix, very elegant and very masculine at the same time. The romance of Paris! With its romanticism and its very Mediterranean, very inventive and very masculine men. A golden era in Paris, one that fascinates me, is Art Deco. Hence the graphic design, which I find still extremely modern.”

David is wearing a wool and cashmere jacket; a wool beret with an embossed leather patch, and a slim embroidered cashmere and silk scarf.

Elias is wearing a reversed sheepskin coat with wool flap-pocket pants, glazed calf leather derbies, a wool beret with an embossed leather patch, a slim embroidered cashmere and silk scarf, a necklace with metal and enamel pendants, and carrying a Mini Toolbox in Illusion leather.

“People always dress according to their mood, dependeng on what they're going to be doing during the day, and the day-to-day of the modern man is increasingly varied, changing, astonishing. That's why I've created different coats, different bags. But also—and this is new—jewelry. I adore this necklace, very masculine, in raw metal, with, as a pendant, a canister inspired by the message capsules that were attached to passenger pigeons in the first World War.”

David is wearing a polyester trench coat, a wool beret with an embossed leather patch, and a slim embroidered cashmere and silk scarf.
Vincent is wearing a cotton jacket and pants, a wool beret with an embossed leather patch, and a slim embroidered cashmere and silk scarf.

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