Jacquemus was the first of its kind amongst luxury French brands. Here are 17 other high-end fashion houses with a focus on innovative design.
The Jacquemus brand was launched in 2009, but prior to launching his eponymous brand, french designer Simon Porte Jacquemus already new the ins and outs of fashion, having had a long career in the luxury fashion industry. In 2014, he was an LVMH prize finalist, popular for his fresh take on modern style as a Parisian brand, providing chic French women with clothing and accessories with a strong visual impact.
In 2017, he released the ‘Le Chiquito tiny’ bags. This was the first time the luxury fashion industry had really seen any creative director experiment in this way. Jacquemus is still not owned by the luxury conglomerates and so maintains individuality, and allows the high-end fashion brand to focus on catering to the wants of its loyal clientele from a younger generation.
In recent years, the brand has continued to step up its new collections with intricate designs and a focus on designing for the female form. While the rest of the French fashion brands cater to a minimal French style, Jacquemus is a fashion world first; it’s funky and unique but still focuses on quality and tailoring.
French fashion no longer means only focusing on the likes of Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. If you’re looking for more brands like this for your cool-girl closet, we’ve put together our favorite 17 brands like Jacquemus!
17 Best Brands like Jacquemus
1. Aya Muse
Aya Muse is a Los Angeles-based ethical brand whose name is derived from Japanese and Greek origins; Aya is a Japanese given name that means ‘design’ or ‘beautiful’ depending on its character, and Muse means ‘inspiration’ in Greek.
The brand focuses on creating pieces that aren’t ‘trendy’ but still ‘on-trend’ through classic silhouettes with fresh shapes and a toned-down color palette. In fact, their website says the pieces offer “women around the world a chance to feel like a slightly cooler version of themselves”.
If you’re looking for a night-out outfit to wear in a city [as opposed to on vacation] this is the perfect brand for you.
Monika Silva Michelsen launched GAUGE81 in 2019 to solve the fashion dilemmas of women. The brand blurs lines between daytime and nighttime clothing, so all pieces [nearly all] can be styled for day and night.
Both the styles and colors are minimal, allowing for the design elements to shine through. Much like Jacquemus, a lot of draping of fabric is used to create an interesting effect as opposed to piling on unnecessary embellishments.
Coperni is a high fashion brand launched in 2013 by Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant. Through their experiences working in Balenciaga and Chanel, they learned about both ends of the fashion spectrum, from a sporty style to a classic silhouette. The duo were also LVMH Prize finalists in 2015.
Though the brand has always been notable in the industry, and for those with fashion know-how, it wasn’t until their Spring Summer 2023 show at Paris Fashion Week that they were hoisted to the top of everyone’s fashion wish list. At their show, Bella Hadid appeared as the showstopper, having a dress spray-painted on her body with a liquid fibre.
4. Cult Gaia
Cult Gaia has been around since 2011 when their speciality was hairbands and flower crowns. It wasn’t until 2013, when they launched the Ark bag, that they gained a sea of loyal fans. Accessories have been at the core in the brand, be that in its funky clutch bags or party shoes with interesting elements.
The brand’s goal has always been to design unique, head-turning pieces. Their website says, “The cornerstone of Cult Gaia‘s DNA has been forged with the ideal of creating Objets d’Art that make you look twice”. Now as a fully-fledged RTW brand with both clothing and accessories, this is the perfect option if you’re looking for a showstopper.
5. Helsa (by Elsa Hosk)
Founded by leading Swedish model Elsa Hosk, Helsa focuses on the fabric of Scandi style; comfort, functionality, and minimalism. Helsa focuses on making neutral, well-made pieces inspired by those she would carry for her summers spent outside of Stockholm.
That being said, Hosk has still incorporated some party and embellished outfits to cater to a range of occasions.
If you’re looking for the elevated basics that Scandi style is loved for, Helsa is the answer to your prayers!
6. Magda Butrym
Founder Magdalena Butrym was born in Poland and worked in-house for Polish brands for several years before launching her own brand in 2014. Magda Butrym launched her brand with the view of creating a unique take on feminine style with a strong focus on redefining what that means.
Still, with one foot in Poland, she collaborates with independent artisans in her home country, bringing Polish design excellence to a world audience. Magda Butrym says about her brand, “I don’t want to define women. I want to empower them. I want us all to feel comfortable in our own skin, happy, powerful and confident. We should all be our own muses”.
The brand is instantly recognisable with its signature rose embellishment, which is on both the RTW pieces and accessories.
Auteur founder, Lucinda Taffs, has worked in just about every avenue of fashion, from being a model to designer to working as a photographer.
Her inspiration came from her grandfather and grandmother, who had a fashion house named after the designer, and also had a love for vintage clothes. Auteur was born out of the designer’s love for vintage, which is clear in the brand’s retro and funky design elements.
If you’re looking for a party dress or fun top for an evening event, you’ll definitely find something at Auteur.
8. Roberta Einer
Roberta Einer studied at the acclaimed Central Saint Martins College before working for Alexander McQueen and Balmain. Both of these brands pay close attention to the overall silhouette created by an outfit, an aspect that Einer strongly focuses on with her own brand.
Unique to Einer, the fabrics and textures used in her designs are almost as intricate as her designs. “Channeling maximalist fashion” is the best way to describe the design house, and has become world famous for the same.
If looking for an elevated vacation dress, maybe for a bachelorette or fancy dinner date, Roberta Einer has stunning maxi and midi dresses perfect for a warmer climate.
9. Christopher Esber
Christopher Esber has been a leading Australian brand since 2010. Australia has a huge variety of designers catering to fashion girls with sophisticated and modern designs. Esber focuses on a mix of chic clothing while still having interesting structural elements. His signature cut-out design is a telltale symbol of the brand.
This is the perfect brand like Jacquemus for more mature fashion clientele, or those just looking to set up their game to a more sophisticated aesthetic.
If you’re looking for a stand-out sexy dress, Christopher Esber is sure to have something perfect.
One of the more widely known luxury fashion brands like Jacquemus is Nanushka. Nanushka was founded in 2006 by Sandra Sándor. Nanushka is a Budapest-based label with a focus on responsible production.
The general vibe of Nanushka is relaxed, with a contemporary feel, veering on a more traditional design. Their materials are generally low-impact, making this the perfect option if you’re looking for a brand with a sustainable aspect and consider responsible production.
While most of the brands we have featured offer partywear, Nanushka is perfect for casual wear like jackets and co-ord sets, which are still elevated.
STAUD was founded in 2015 by Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto, led by the belief that for a brand to be empowering, it must also be accessible – so the prices of STAUD pieces are generally lower than you may expect for a contemporary brand.
Offering a range of classic as well as novelty pieces, everyone can find something for them at STAUD. If you’d like to experiment with color, or just with a more experimental style, STAUD is a fantastic way to do this without breaking the bank.
12. Paris Georgia
Paris Georgia was founded in 2015 by best friends Paris Mitchell Temple and Georgia Cherrie. The brand is designed in New Zealand and is based on the foundation of luxurious fabrics and classic designs over a seasonal novelty, an ethos that this side of the world is known for with its fashion offerings.
That doesn’t mean the designs are boring. At Paris Georgia you can find fun statement pieces that don’t look tacky but are elevated due to the attention paid to quality.
You can find everything from casualwear like jeans and jackets, to minidresses and blouses. These pieces all blend together perfectly and are great if you’re looking to build a capsule wardrobe.
13. Giuseppe Di Morabito
If a fun statement party piece is what you are looking for, you need to look no further than Giuseppe Di Morabito. Giuseppe is a young designer from Southern Italy, and this vibrancy is apparent in his designs.
The brand’s philosophy surrounds encouraging its clientele to embrace their individuality and personal style while experimenting with new colors and styles. You can find every kind of embellishment, from flowers and feathers to sequins and embroidery.
If dresses aren’t your thing but need a statement party look, Giuseppe Di Morabito has a fantastic range of co-ords with trousers and mini skirts.
14. Dion Lee
Dion Lee is another young Australian designer who has gained a mass following for his innovative, trendy designs. He launched the brand when he was only 23 and has since built up his visibility to a global audience.
Rather than classics, Dion Lee is unique in that they play off modern risqué designs because everyone’s taste is different. Where other brands have all started to offer similar toned-down designs, Dion Lee has stood strong in their aesthetic.
If you have a streetwear personal style, or just like to experiment with a masculin/feminin style, Dion Lee is the perfect way to do this without looking sloppy.
AREA is another stand-out brand like Jacquemus founded in 2014 by Piotrek Panszczyk and Beckett Fogg. The NYC-based brand focuses on novelty pieces with significant attention to craftsmanship and modern designs. They have since built a niche audience who have the income to spend on such pieces.
The brand is named after an iconic 80s nightclub in NYC, and so plays into this with retro, energetic designs; which appeal to a global fashion audience.
If you are looking for statement pieces like embellished mini skirts, AREA is a fantastic option for something that will last in your wardrobe for a lifetime.
L’Academie is a brand like Jacquemus catering to ‘elevated basics’. If you’re looking to build your closet from scratch, starting with chic and polished pieces like these are perfect.
L’Academie is also an expert at providing a pop of color. If you’re looking for the best colors for you, it’s a great idea to do an online color theory test which will tell you the best colors to wear for your skin tone and undertones.
17. Rosie Assoulin
Rosie Assoulin is a brand owner who has background experience like no other. After studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she worked at Oscar de la Renta and Lanvin.
In 2012, she turned back to fashion after a stint in events and launched her own brand in 2014. Rosie Assoulin is a brand that plays into those dreamy, hyper-feminine aesthetics of Oscar de la Renta and Lanvin, but in an accessible, everyday kind of way.
For a daytime dressy event, you’ll likely find perfect fits at Rosie Assoulin.
We hope you found this guide useful in finding more brands like Jacquemus. As fashion aesthetics change, it allows more opportunity to experiment with your personal style, and more brands are offering options to do so. If you’re still looking for more style inspiration, take a look and some of our other articles below.