Drapeau Noir is a Parisian brand founded in 2013 by Nicolas Barbier. His first Fall-Winter 2014 collection is both minimalist and elegant. With a great care for quality, Nicolas Barbier sources the best fabrics in Japan and produces his products in famous portuguese factories.
Who are you?
Nicolas Barbier. After a carreer as a business lawyer, I created Drapeau Noir in 2013.
How did you start in fashion?
I was always interested by fashion, as much for its creative and artistic side as for its more technical side concerning fabrics and know-how.
How would you define your style?
A few words about this collection...
Simple pieces that I define as must-have of a masculine wardrobe. I care a lot about the idea of durability so I took a special attention to the fabrics that come for most of them from Japan and the manufacturing done in Portugal.
What's your favorite piece in our selection?
More than a favorite piece, the piece I am prouder of is the sweatshirt. The fabric used comes from a Japanese workshop located in the Okayama mountains. It is woven on ancient looms that nobody ever uses because it is very slow (and much more expensive). This technic insures an exceptional touch and a beautiful evolution over time. It is completely where I want Drapeau Noir to go.
What are you most proud of?
All the people I met since the start of the brand last year.
Where do you manufacture your products?
This first collection is completely produced in Portugal in family workshop in the North-East of Porto, home of the Portuguese ready-to-wear industry since decades.
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