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Evolving classic – Everlasting Model


Brut is an attention-grabbing French model, and retailer. Because it was based by Paul Ben Chemhoun (under) in 2012, it has developed from a classic store, into a house for rescued and reworked clothes, and now its personal model. 

After I visited earlier this 12 months with Alex Natt and Tony Sylvester, on a heat Thursday afternoon, the place was buzzing. It’s not precisely in a vogue location – the third arrondissement, however just a few blocks north of the Marais – but there have been seven or eight clients within the small store, plus 5 workers. 

“We’ve acquired this fame for being fairly reasonably priced and fairly forward-thinking, which appears to deliver folks in,” mentioned Paul. “This used to a wholesale jewelry retailer, however there’s increasingly retail round us now – a skate store simply opened down the highway.”

That fame has largely been pushed by Brut’s ‘Rework’ programme, the place they take previous classic garments that nobody desires, and switch them into one thing new. 

“The very best instance might be the Nineteen Fifties French chinos,” says Paul. “We had a whole lot of pairs, however all measurement 36. The fabric was so nice, and so was the {hardware}, so we reduce them down and each gave them a contemporary match and created a variety of sizes.”

Various the Rework items are too streetwear, or maybe simply too uncommon, for me. 

The gilets made out of previous made-in-USA blankets, for instance (under), are a random patchwork of crimson, yellow and blue stripes. And their most up-to-date launch is a variety of trousers made out of US Mint coin luggage – every that includes descriptions of their unique contents. 

However resizing the French chinos makes full sense (second picture under). Materials like that’s actually onerous to seek out as we speak, and classic examples are sometimes in unwearable circumstances or sizes. It’s additionally a step deeper into sustainability – not simply reselling garments, however remaking ones that gained’t promote. 

Brut’s hottest undertaking was transforming undesirable Barbour jackets into shorter variations – extra of a fishing-jacket size (third picture). And a few ranges have been nearer to intensive repairs, like those Ben at Dangle-Up Classic (sadly now solely on-line) has accomplished over time. These included French workwear trousers made out of chopping down overalls. 

Let’s briefly return to that evolution of the model although. 

Paul grew up round classic, and early on started accumulating classic clothes after which promoting it. Ultimately this grew to the purpose the place – as usually appears to occur with classic sellers – his assortment was one thing designers and researchers would need to study and borrow from. 

This was separated off into Brut Classic Archives, and as we speak has its personal showroom (prime picture under). 

Then three years in the past a crew of three of them opened the store, principally promoting classic. Over time the Rework programme grew, taking on rails within the store till now, whenever you go to, nearly half of what you see on Rue Réaumur is reworked items. 

However it’s about to be modified once more, with the classic clothes transferring downstairs and the bottom ground changing into totally Rework and Brut-branded clothes. They’ve additionally more and more accomplished collaborations with manufacturers.

That is all mirrored within the web site, which has been redesigned since we have been in Paris. There are actually separate areas for ‘Brut Assortment’ and ‘Rework’, in addition to for Classic and a particular space for Military surplus (although some areas do overlap). 

“It hasn’t been simple for the web site to maintain up, as we’ve expanded and altered,” says Paul. “We have been three folks after we opened the store, and now there’s a workers of seven. However hopefully the brand new web site makes all the pieces simpler to grasp.”

Personally I believe it’s actually refreshing to see a model evolve on this method. Classic retailers specifically can get right into a little bit of a rut of coping with the identical ageing clients and taking place rabbit holes of rarity.

It’s nice that the classic aspect stays at Brut (I picked up an orange down gilet once I was there – the classic choice is a bit more fashionable and broader than someplace like Le Vif) however the crew is branching in numerous instructions each few years too. 

Whether or not it’s pushed by monetary necessity or a stressed creativity doesn’t actually matter. Given the state of retail in the mean time, I believe it simply pays to stay versatile and open-minded. It would imply promoting some classic clothes in addition to new, or internet hosting a specific set of trunk exhibits, but it surely’s the perspective that issues. 

It’s significantly simple for menswear shops to get locked right into a sure method and a mindset, given their pretty slim vary of kinds and classes of clothes. As a buyer and a commentator, its energising to see one thing apart from new collections change.

Thanks to Paul, Clement and the crew for his or her hospitality. 

Clement (pictured above, far left) runs his personal model content material enterprise, Crafted Paris, which is accountable for lots of the good imagery Brut has produced. Some examples I significantly like under. 

Pictures elsewhere: Alex Natt @adnatt 

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