The Low-key Label For Timeless Utility Wear

Get into SUMMER MODE with this UNDER THE RADAR label perfect for breezy summer days …

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In the mass of twisty roads full of roaring Ferraris that is Monaco, it’s a struggle to find a shop that isn’t Gucci, Chanel or Vuitton. Who knows where the locals buy regular stuff like groceries, or swimming hats. But venturing away from the main drag around the legendary Casino, we came across Pierre, one of those intriguing stores that’s packed to the gills with a random mix of antiques, homewares and textiles. One could lose hours browsing the chandeliers, panama hats, espresso cups in Matisse colours and vintage lighting. But most enticing was the P Le Moult collection of nightshirts and trousers. The designer’s inspiration was her adventuring explorer grandfather – the tagline is “the original nightwear of the world’s no.1 butterfly hunter”.

These cotton herringbone jackets (above, from €180), either long or short, are in the most wonderful hardwearing fabric, with navy or red trim. This is the Smoking Jacket, surely the perfect south of France attire. I yearn to wear one as a dressing gown, on the beach or with jeans: they have that utility feel and will endure over the years in a timeless, practical way. The long version is called the Deck Gown: unlike the residents of Monaco, we don’t have the requisite deck, but it doesn’t stop us longing for one and trying to think of occasions on which we’d wear a long white coat. The softest lawn cotton nightshirts are presented with a lavender bag and tucked inside a fabric case, and demand to be lounged in, or worn on a sunny morning in the greenhouse accompanied by chunky wool socks and a coffee.

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P Le Moult is hard to track down outside Paris, but it’s stocked in Fortnum & Mason in London and has an online store; www.p-lemoult.com.

Sarah Halliwell

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