Kilometre Paris, purveyor of wanderlust-inducing, chic embroidered shirts, pops up at The Place London boutique in Mayfair
Kilometre Paris founder Alexandra Senes came across the silhouette for her sustainable shirt line by chance in 2015 at a French flea market, when she discovered a collection of 19th-century men's shirt dresses crafted in linen and hemp. Senes, the founder and former editor of Jalouse magazine, bought the bundle and Kilometre Paris was born, specialising in artfully embroidered, unisex shirting.
The vintage shirts inspired her relaxed, long cut with a centre-front box pleat. Each shirt is beautifully hand-embellished by Indian and Mexican craftsmen with whimsical illustrations of destinations around the world. Far-flung locations include Brazil, Santa Clara and Patin, located on the outskirts of Paris. Senes deliberately chooses curious and offbeat locations, inspired by her nomadic travels.
The globe-trotting shirt collection was showcased at the Scoop London tradeshow earlier this week at the Saatchi Gallery, drawing crowds for its innovative designs and exquisite craftsmanship. Shirts are embroidered by a team of 20 artisans and each one takes three-to-five weeks to make.
Designs are currently available to buy at the prestigious Place London boutique on Connaught Street until mid-February, before moving to a new destination. It is a nomadic brand, after all.