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Brand we love: Le Mont St Michel

Brand we love: Le Mont St Michel

For us at Thread, new brands instantly have that shiny-new-toy effect – even if they’re brands that have around for a while but are just landing on our site for the first time. And one of our latest additions is no exception: Le Mont St Michel.

The French workwear brand dates back more than a century, so it knows how to approach a wardrobe staple with a fresh point of view. That’s probably why it pairs so well with some of our favourite contemporary brands – think Oliver Spencer and Novesta, which you'll spot featured alongside it. Excuse us as we sing this brand's praises for a solid minute or two. 

Le Mont St Michel

Behind the brand: Iconic American brands like Carhartt and Levi’s may come to mind when you think of workwear, but did you know the French also count utility clothing among their many style strengths? And all you need to do is look here for proof. The brand was founded in Pontorson in 1913, and the hard-wearing clothing was quickly embraced by farmers and craftsmen in and around Brittany and Normandy. In the years since, their customer base has broadened, and the workwear pieces are now just as likely to be seen at an office as it is on a farm.  

Why we love it: Leave it to the French to make functional style feel urban, modern, and effortless. For the last couple of decades, in particular, the brand has been an integral part of the streetwear scene. It might not be as recognisable as a Carhartt, but there’s something cool, and very French, about that. 

What to look for: The workwear jackets are particularly strong, and they come in that midweight fabric that works great as a top layer in cool weather and as an in-between layer during the colder weather months. And they last, so you can expect to keep them in your wardrobe for years to come. Their drawstring twill trousers are also insanely comfortable and can be dressed up with ease for work or down for a day of lounging around the house. 

How to wear it: There’s no shortage of ways to wear these utility-inspired pieces –the jackets especially. Because they’re more pared-back, we recommend punching them up with a colourful knit and chinos. If you want to dress them up, try pairing yours with a pair of formal trousers. It'll serve as a cool alternative to a blazer or jacket. Very French indeed. 

Words: Allison Pavlick
Photography: Angus Williams
Styling: Freddie Kemp