Jacket (forestière)

Arnys

Established 1933

Founded in 1933 by Jankel Grimbert, Arnys is one of the most exclusive gentlemen’s outfitters, located on 14 Rue de Sèvres in the Parisian Saint-Germain-des Près district. Amongst their clients are French politicians, actors, television and fashion personalities, giving it the air of an informal gentlemen’s club.

French architect Le Corbusier was one of the most memorable clients. He entered the store one morning in 1947 and requested a jacket for city wear to be custom-made. It had to be elegant yet soft and casual, enabling him to work and giving him complete freedom of movement. In response, Léon Grimbert was inspired by the traditional jacket worn by gamekeepers in the Sologne region and created the Forestière. The original version was made in black ribbed velvet. It went on to become an emblem of good cultural taste.

In 2012, Arnys was taken over by Berluti (LVMH).

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