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Hee's another from Arny's:


Super nice. I loved Arnys, their shop was bought by Berluti that installed their main shop there. They had kept a very small Arnys corner inside, that I think was only for MtM stuff, I am not sure it still exists.
Sometimes you can find an item second hand, like this one apparently, that apart its name has nothing to do with work wear.
 

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How does it compare to Mont St Michel given it's 1/3 the price, and why is its distribution so odd (it's not available in the major cities)?
I don't know how they compare quality-wise but Le Mont St Michel was relauched a few years back as a more fashion brand and focused towards export (mainly Japan afaik) so no surprise they are be more pricey, while Le Laboureur still caters to the workers crowd (the cuts might be less refined though, I strongly suggest trying).

Not sure what you mean about the distribution, they seem to have retailers about everywhere in France (mostly actual work gear stores): https://www.lelaboureur.com/content/28-revendeurs-le-laboureur
 

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I don't know how they compare quality-wise but Le Mont St Michel was relauched a few years back as a more fashion brand and focused towards export (mainly Japan afaik) so no surprise they are be more pricey, while Le Laboureur still caters to the workers crowd (the cuts might be less refined though, I strongly suggest trying).

Not sure what you mean about the distribution, they seem to have retailers about everywhere in France (mostly actual work gear stores): https://www.lelaboureur.com/content/28-revendeurs-le-laboureur
My mistake, unless you zoom in the map seemed to show it had no locations in Paris!
 

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I found a retailer carrying Le Laboureur but he only had one piece of the smallest and one piece of the largest size jackets, and only in black. He said he sold these to carpenters with the matching carpenter pants of the same brand (or people
who want to look like chic carpenters).

The guy had me try the really large jacket and said it fit great because Le Laboureur is not preshrunk and the jackets shrink quite a lot on first wash. He claimed the sleeves will shorten about 2 cm.

Thing is, the jacket is 70% polyester.

Is this true or one really bad French sales pitch?

By the way this means Le Laboureur is out for me. Not paying EUR110 for a polycotton jacket.
 
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I found a retailer carrying Le Laboureur but he only had one piece of the smallest and one piece of the largest size jackets, and only in black. He said he sold these to carpenters with the matching carpenter pants of the same brand (or people
who want to look like chic carpenters).

The guy had me try the really large jacket and said it fit great because Le Laboureur is not preshrunk and the jackets shrink quite a lot on first wash. He claimed the sleeves will shorten about 2 cm.

Thing is, the jacket is 70% polyester.

Is this true or one really bad French sales pitch?

By the way this means Le Laboureur is out for me. Not paying EUR110 for a polycotton jacket.
Total horsesh1t. Yes it will shrink but not that much. 2 cm is a lot.
 

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Found the Paris Mont St Michel store in Marais. Absolutely no comparison between Le Laboureur (EUR110) and Mont St Michel (EUR245). Much more comfortable material that is not polycotton, refined product, classic fits, vibrant colors. People were walking in with a clear intent to buy and everyone I saw in the fitting area left shortly with a purchase. No one seemed to want the classic bright blue except me though, arguing the classic darker colors like black or green are easier to pair. Clear workwear fans, a number walked in wearing Carhartt.

Any issue picking the light stone or tan shades of chore jackets, given these used to
be darker to hide dirt and stains?
 

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Found the Paris Mont St Michel store in Marais. Absolutely no comparison between Le Laboureur (EUR110) and Mont St Michel (EUR245). Much more comfortable material that is not polycotton, refined product, classic fits, vibrant colors. People were walking in with a clear intent to buy and everyone I saw in the fitting area left shortly with a purchase. No one seemed to want the classic bright blue except me though, arguing the classic darker colors like black or green are easier to pair. Clear workwear fans, a number walked in wearing Carhartt.

Any issue picking the light stone or tan shades of chore jackets, given these used to
be darker to hide dirt and stains?
Funnily I passed by their boutique, that looked quite posh, a couple days ago. Strange to see «workwear» becoming somesort of trendy/luxury product.
 

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I am even more curious about this trend for Carhartt as French chore jackets look far more hipster and artiste!
 

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by the way the Mont St Michel does not look any more posh than a Uniqlo store, what do you mean?
 

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I am even more curious about this trend for Carhartt as French chore jackets look far more hipster and artiste!
Might as well stop by the VEJA shoe store and get yourself a pair of shoes to be more French.
 

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Okay I really, really like this Mont St Michel jacket. My friends say I am more elegant than rugged, so the aesthetic fits. The fabric is great, it gives you the warmth of a light jacket, but is breathable and does not feel hot when the sun suddenly beats down on a cool spring day. Really a winner.

Are there any other iconic French clothing items outside a blue stripe Breton shirt that honestly would go well with this jacket? I am avoiding the black beret as everyone is wearing flat caps in Paris if anything.

It really seems to me the French look is a certain palette and understated quality and not any particular items, so my non-edible souvenir shopping my stop at this jacket.
 

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You definitely need :
A bread baguette.
A bottle of wine.
To grow a thin moustache.
To watch the pink panther movies.

The beret is optional indeed, you can replace it by a red Cousteau beanie.
 

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How many French chore jackets might one own and use? I'm toying with the idea of buying multiple Mont St Michel jackets, same style, different colors.

Part of me thinks I should get at least one light and one dark color. Logically, I should get a basic color like black, dark brown or navy, but part of me thinks cotton jackets should be brighter spring colors and I gravitate to the classic blue and the kraft which is like tan (like a cardboard box).
 

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How many French chore jackets might one own and use? I'm toying with the idea of buying multiple Mont St Michel jackets, same style, different colors.

Part of me thinks I should get at least one light and one dark color. Logically, I should get a basic color like black, dark brown or navy, but part of me thinks cotton jackets should be brighter spring colors and I gravitate to the classic blue and the kraft which is like tan (like a cardboard box).
As many as you want that makes you happy and that you can afford.

Did you to to Seraphin?
 

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