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Paul Droulers and Sophie Renier, the self-proclaimed "creative couple from Rue de la Villette," are big fans of efficiency. A married couple who live in France and oversee a global mini-chain (there’s another Jack Gomme in Paris and four in Japan), the design duo chastises plastic bags as wasteful and strives to make their own counterpoints--which they've been drafting since the eighties--as weightless and functional as possible. Undeniably, all of their messenger, tote, and shoulder bags, even the leather ones, are lighter than you'd expect them to be, which seems fitting, since sporting the gleeful colors and patterns practically mandate skipping down the street. The designers' personas are as buoyant as their products: Jack Gomme's logo, a depiction of Droulers and Renier throwing back their heads in laughter, has become their signature design. The lining of every bag features the illustration, and it can also be found as the main pattern on a line of totes, fisherman's hats, belts, and ties. And even in the NY store, French shopgirls send customers merrily on their way with a "merci" instead of a "thank you."
Key DepartmentsWomen's Clothing
For the modern coquette, Jack Gomme sells long-sleeved tees piped with pink, orange or red: an updated version of the classic French striped shirt.