& Friends by Kapok

To celebrate the launch of &Friends, a concept that brings together friends and brands from across the world, we headed to the City of Lights for the new Pop Up shop located in the Haut Marais at 4, rue Commines. Drop by the shop from mid November 2013 until early 2014 and you'll find us and friends presenting key items from the Autumn/Winter 2013 collections.

& Friends – is a friendly community of labels who enjoy meeting up together, respecting each others' work, share the same aesthetic and passion to create products that strike a perfect balance in being classic and yet modern, commercially successful and yet still maintain a personal touch. The concept is rotational, meaning each week a different brand from the group will take the spotlight.


Thanks to Kapok for hosting the project!
Get to know some of our friends below...
SaintPaul, Belgium

A few words to describe the Belgian brand SaintPaul would be color, playfulness and craftmanship…The designer, Jungho Geortay, Belgian of Korean origin worked for Zegna, Gaultier, Kenzo and Lanvin. Currently he is Design Director at Paul&Joe (menswear) and Creative Director at Armor Lux Héritage. For SaintPaul, Jungho designs and tailors directly in his workshop and only uses high quality fabrics. His exclusive prints, combining different sources of inspiration, are all drawn by hand. Hence, SaintPaul’s universe is reminiscent of the philosophy of traditional luxury houses.


Flouzen, Paris

Created in 2009 by Parisian Julie Rousselet, flouzen is knitted in the finest Italian and Scottish cashmere yarns. Launched as a mono product brand focusing on ties, it has evolved into a lifestyle brand covering accessories, travel kits and pullovers for men and women. Particular attention is given to the art of knitting and exploring new patterns and styles every season always keeping with the chic and simple spirit of the brand. Flouzen has collaborations with Kitsuné, Monocle and Twins for Peace.

Jupe by Jackie, Netherlands

Established at the start of 2010 by Jackie Villevoye, Jupe by Jackie is a young brand with a focus on unique, intricate hand-embroidered pieces for men and women. Hand-embroidered by master artisans in India, the pieces are mainly made of silk and peppered with personality. Jupe by Jackie pieces are formed of ties, bow ties, pocket squares and scarf ties and are recognized for the refined color combination and exquisite details, as the embroidery adds a refreshingly deep dimension to the silk.

kapok, Hong Kong

The name kapok derives from the majestic emergent trees of the same name. The trees grow tall in their ecosystem, branching out to provide a home for plants and animals. Similarly, carrying a well-edited selection of international and local brands, kapok is well known for skillfully introducing emerging brands to Hong Kong. By providing a unique roof under which people in the community can meet and find inspiring quality goods, as well as for new and potential brands to blossom, kapok acts as the perfect curator for this gathering of all exceptional young brands.

Smith-Wykes, London / Paris

Driven by shared values of creative independence and generosity of spirit, Smith-Wykes is created as a celebration of character. The label is rooted in the belief that men’s clothing should work to complement, rather than overshadow, the individual. Based in London and Paris, Smith-Wykes strives to translate each collection into an aesthetic that is modern, masculine, refined and detail-focused.

The White Briefs, Sweden

It all began with a profound love for utility garments, enriching our day-to-day, fitting seamlessly into our modern wardrobes. The White Briefs set off on a journey to develop undergarments with a functional aesthetic. The innovative encounter between exquisite timeless tailoring, sleek materials, austere colours and ecologically integrated social production, allows for an enigmatic aspiration to incorporate sartorial excellence into men’s and women’s intense daily endeavours.

Mr Smith, Paris

Developed in Paris, manufactured in Italy in “limited series”. Fashioned from the finest Japanese and British fabrics, Mr Smith garments are aimed at connoisseur who appreciate and understands tailoring. For people who are passionate about their appearance in an understated way.
Mr Smith a new tailoring standard.

YOU, Italy

YOU was born in 2011 as a “cross-cultural” collection of shoes combining the freshness of the sneaker and the urban and sophisticated touch of contemporary casual wear. The name is an acronym - Your Own Universe – which is an invitation to regain oneself through simplicity. Entirely hand-made in Italy, YOU creations come in fine leathers and recycled fabrics that merge to give a contemporary dynamic style of contrasting materials and different cultural references.