The list of things that you can only buy in countries like France (cafe a la noisette, creme de marrons, and the kind of stinky, unpasteurized cheeses that the FDA maligns unfairly among them) got shorter this week when clothier Daniel Hechter started selling its wares at Macy’s.
If you’ve never heard of Daniel Hechter before, that’s understandable. The company has been in business since 1962, and while it was widely distributed in the United States in the ‘90s, there have only been a handful of specialty stores carrying its sharp tailoring for the past 10 years.
But the Macy’s deal puts the stylish, modern clothing that guys in Germany, Egypt, India and beyond have enjoyed for decades well within the reach of men here in the States. Its creative director, Christophe Blondin-Péchabrier, is particularly fond of his brand’s trench coat. “Our offering this season has a removable quilted lining with a fused technology replacing stitches,” he told Men’s Journal. “It would fit any man wearing jeans and sneakers as well as suit and tie.”
Visit Macy’s and you’ll also find things like a $550 leather motorcycle jacket and a pair of $95 jeans with just the right amount of stretch. There are also suits, cardigans, and a reversible bomber jacket with leather accents.
Blondin-Péchabrier designed all of it to be easy to wear — no matter where in the world you happen to be.
“I don’t think there is any difference between American and European guys today, as they have access to same design trends, information, and are influenced by the same worldwide culture,” he said, adding that his colorful and optimistic clothes are “an honest and fashion forward product with visible high quality detail that will stand out — but without ostentation.”
A closer look at a few of those pieces below.