CAFÉ DE FLORE
Our new Café de Flore capsule is a celebration of the legendary Paris coffeehouse and celebrity haunt as seen through the eyes of Babar in Babar à Paris. The launch coincides with Paris Men’s Fashion Week, and kicks off with an invitation-only event at the iconic café.
“I LOVE BABAR, AND I LOVE CAFÉ DE FLORE. CREATING THIS FOR PARIS MEN’S FASHION WEEK CAME VERY NATURALLY.”
“I love Babar, and I love Café de Flore,” explains our founder Jack Carlson. “Creating this for Paris Men’s Fashion Week came very naturally. Last season, we launched a new collaboration and a new watch with another famous Paris institution — Harry’s Bar. It was so much fun. I like doing something like this in Paris every season.”
The predominantly cream-and-green capsule features apparel and accessories adorned with Laurent de Brunhoff illustrations from Babar à Paris, including a direct-embroidered and chain-stitched chore coat based on the construction of a vintage French piece; an all-over printed viscose button-down shirt; heavyweight embroidered French terry crewneck and hooded sweatshirts; a cotton graphic tee; and a piqué polo top with a contrasting collar and trim. Accessories include a gold-trimmed ceramic catch-all dish, a skate deck, a dad hat and a canvas tote bag.
Babar the Elephant first appeared in the 1931 French children’s book Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff, inspired by a story his wife Cecile invented for their children. Brunhoff and his son Laurent developed Babar’s rich world in a series of subsequent books, which came to encompass glamorous, mid-century jet-set travel; family dramas and diversions; feasts and parties; and, occasionally, even matters of state. Babar à Paris — otherwise known as Babar’s Guide to Paris — saw the beloved elephant visit Café de Flore, which first opened in the 1880s.
The Café de Flore collection is available now, both here on our site and at our flagship store in NYC.