We’ve been enamored with Paris-based up-and-comer Calla Haynes’s girly, playful-yet-understated designs for a few seasons now. Sadly, they’re not widely available and her dedication to using high-end, artisanal fabrics means gorgeous clothes but high price tags.
Enter Comptoir des Cotonniers, international purveyors of good-quality Parisian-cool basics at contemporary price points. The French brand has just tapped Calla for its first ever capsule collection and it sounds like a perfect fit.
We feel like Haynes’s latest collection solidified her aesthetic and defined her brand (there were even logo sweaters), so now seems like the perfect time for her to embark on something a little more mass.
WWD reports that the Comptoir des Cotonniers & Calla collection will be comprised of 15 summer styles including shoes and bags and goes on sale in mid-April. Haynes told WWD the collection was inspired by “a girl on her summer vacation in a very picturesque village of France” and envisions the 15 pieces as “your complete summer wardrobe. You have your jeans and your T-shirt, your miniskirt. You have your beach look, and then you have the dress you wear to your best friend’s wedding.” I’m sold.
In other Comptoir des Cotonniers news, the brand has hired a new creative director. Amélie Gillier previously worked as artistic director at Zadig & Voltaire for 12 years, subsequently launched her own line called Lovemilla, and was studio director at Kenzo. She’ll oversee women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, as well as the brand’s “image and visual identity.”
We’ve always kinda liked CdC, but we feel like we’re about to start to really like it.