After spending a week by the seaside in Brittany in the north-west of France, we've been inspired by the breezy beachy Breizh lifestyle with its relaxed cool vibe and its salty charm.
Here are our carefree coastal chic must-haves to bring a little Breton marinière beauty to your summer (or even winter) wardrobe, table and menu. Yec'hed mat!
The Breton stripe is a true classic around the world and an everyday sighting on the streets of Paris, but we've never seen so many stripes in so many forms as we did in Brittany.
Everyone in the region seems to have at least one striped t-shirt in their closet, likely bought from Armor Lux, one of the longest-standing brands specialising in high quality marine clothing.
Something to wear with your striped tee? Espadrilles of course! Although these are worn closely associated with the sunny south, they're still essential footwear for any French seaside.
We're fans of the easy espadrilles on offer at Le Slip Français, particularly the striped Saint James collaboration. If these seem a little expensive, bargain versions are always available at any French coastal supermarket.
Canned fish may not be the most exciting thing in the world but La Belle-Iloise takes beautiful produce and transforms them into moreish comestibles that can be found on tables around Bretagne and the rest of France.
The iconic packaging sings with bright colours and welcoming imagery, luring you to open a tin and discover the beautiful treasures hidden inside. Note: their soupe de poisson (fish soup) is the best around.
Take your seafood feast to the next level with the ultimate set of luxurious tools and cutlery sourced from around the world for the most covetable coastal table around.
Gorgeous knives and oyster shucking kits from Laguiole, elegant Colombina seafood cutlery sets from Alessi, beautifully functional crab mallets from Brothers Rich, and locally made bolée for delicious cider from Brittany.
Even in summer, Brittany is known for its very rainy climate so wet weather gear is a must. Our go-to for the endlessly rainy Parisian winters is chic Danish rainwear brand Rains.
From beautifully cut raincoats to impenetrable backpacks and weekenders, we're fans of almost everything this brand produces and although we usually opt for black, these orange and yellow colours may be our new favourites.