On the outskirts of Paris, in the Upper Marais district filled with medieval architecture, specialty eateries and eclectic boutiques, lies Rue De Bretagne, home to one of Paris’s largest Brocante markets. Held twice a year, this French brocante market is the cornerstone to the hustle-and-bustle of discovery. A mise-en-scène alongside a magical mecca of gardenalia, for bargain hunters to haggle for the finest antiques, bric à brac and vintage collectables, not to mention the most beautiful brocante that Paris has to offer.
L’histoire: Le Brocante de la Rue de Bretagne
The history of brocante began around the time of Emperor Napoleon III, when imperial architect Georges-Eugène Haussmann radically reconstructed Paris from 1853 to 1870, demolishing the derelict alleys and slums to make way for broad boulevards and avenues lined with opulent stone-facade buildings. This then forced many second-hand goods dealers, otherwise known as ‘brocanteurs’, to flee their old dwellings.
Luckily, they found a new home selling their wares sans fuss in the northern fringes of Paris - in centuries-old Marais, where little cobbled lanes, medieval-looking mansion dwellings and churches remained untouched by Haussmannian architecture. There, they were able to trade just outside the former fort, in front of the gate Porte de Clignancourt, where they set up their stalls in 1860. The gathering together of all these brocanteurs from the ‘slums areas of Paris’? Was soon given over to the the overarching name "Marché aux puces", meaning "Flea market".
Ever since then, the idée of visiting Le Brocante de la Rue de Bretagne has become a delightful pastime for French locals and tourists; not to mention a coup d'état for the myriad of brocanteurs: including professional collectors and private sellers. For the art of brocante not only gives us a chance to revisit Paris’ medieval past; but gives us a rare insight into how valuable treasures from a bygone era can magically add a sense of héritage and old-world prestige: to one’s life and home.
Our Rue De Bretagne Collection
Inspired by the vibrant mecca of Antiquités Brocante and the vibrant spirit of Rue de Bretagne, our collection of the same name is a love letter to this landmark of liveliness, celebrating the art of discovery with a touch of savoir-faire. Lifting you up in glinting swirls of jaunes, forest green and azuré, to marry the beauté of nature with hues of fairy-tale antiquity. From standout abstract prints in a vibrant trio of hues, to moody silhouettes in wool-blend fabrics of inks and noirs – Rue De Bretagne is here to share the idée: that there is beauty to be found in the treasures of yesteryear.
Our Bretagne Print
The seasonal Bengajean® est ici. Our Bengajean® Cashmere Feel is now available in Rinse Wash or Black and features a lightweight, cashmere-feel lining that will keep you warm throughout the cooler months. This straight leg style Bengajean® will pair well with your favori boot and wintery tops.
Reminiscent of the golden and bronze tinges of antiquity and Mother Nature’s landscape, our Cotton Silk Blouson Blouse features the stunning Bretagne print of our Rue de Bretagne collection. With a wash of green, yellow and azuré tones, this relaxed fit blouse has an arty, bohemian feel to it, that can be paired with a cashmere-feel Bengajean®. Button fastening at the neck allows for optional open styling, parfait for the transeasonal seasons!
The alluring Bretagne print takes on an updated diagonal placement for our versatile Long Sleeve Jersey Top. Snag a bargain on your most coveted ‘Antiquités Brocante’ in this ultra-comfortable top crafted from LENZING™ ECOVERO™ viscose elastane jersey. This top looks stunning as a base underneath our Chartreuse Ribbed Merino Poncho and tucked into our cashmere-feel Bengajean®. Et, Voilà!
Crafted from 100% Merino wool, our Boiled Wool Jacket in Ink is both mignon and stylish. Great for the office or a special outing, this versatile jacket offers a comfortable standard fit with resin button fastening. Create a warm, Parisian-styled set with the matching Boiled Wool Pant and your favourite classic white shirt - to embody a look that’s timeless et chic.
Our much-loved Blue Illusion pant is back! Our Boiled Wool Pant crafted from 100% Merino wool is now available in Ink. Warm and stylish, this pant is ultra-comfortable, with an elasticated waistband and easy pull-on style. Complete the look with our Boiled Wool Jacket for a must-have matching winter set. C’est si bon!
This Reversible Longline Puffer is not only versatile but incredibly warm and cosy with feather and down wadding. Crafted from recycled materials and in a vivid abstract print in jaunty jaune, forest green and turquoise blue; and featuring a hood and faux fur trims that are all detachable to wear it your way, you can opt to show the bold Bretagne print, or in plain black on the reverse!
When the weather turns cold and grey, counter it with a bright look starting with our Merino Crew Neck Jumper. Crafted from 100% Merino wool, this soft and cosy jumper in Forest is the splash of Mother Nature every winter wardrobe needs. Great for layering, wear this jumper under our Reversible Longline Puffer or pair it with your favourite winter scarf. Ooh, la la!
The Winter Dress
Experience the art of flea market shopping in Rue de Bretagne in chic style - with our cosy and soft Jersey Swing Hem Dress in Ink. Sitting just below-the-knee, this dress has a flattering A-line silhouette and rounded V neck that is great for winter dressing. Wear it with our cool Iris Ink Loafer and chic winter scarf for a touch of Parisian panache.
Discover our vivid Rue de Bretagne collection, to add a touch of timelessness to your wardrobe. From floaty fabrics in versatile shades of noir; to soft silk dresses; to our painterly puffer jacket in abstract hues of forest green topped with a cashmere Bengajean®, our latest collection is here to carry you through winter: avec panache.