I started working in a Parisian law firm before deciding to turn the page and make a dream come true.


June 2013 – Drapeau Noir was born.

What I had in mind was simple: a timeless wardrobe for men, well-tailored and made in Europe with the finest fabrics. I was looking for more than just style. I wanted to source the best materials and family-run workshops that could guarantee their craftsmanship and work conditions.

Since the very first season, day after day, collection after collection, we have forged strong personal ties with our partners. Be they Japanese, Italian, English, Portuguese, or French, we all share the same, unrelenting desire: to focus our efforts on honing our skills, developing the quality of our products, and maintaining authentic relationships.

The collections are inspired by so many things. France of course, especially Paris where I was born and grew up, the freedom of America’s counterculture in the 1970s, and finally, a personal vision of discrete masculine elegance… There is so much more, but the list would be too long.

Beyond influences, the most important thing ultimately is how each of us appropriates our clothes. The idea is not to provide a template or a static image. What makes us different is the diversity of experiences and people we love and our individual capacity to invent our own story.

Your appreciation of our first collection and those that followed proves that there are apparently many of us who appreciate uncomplicated, accessible clothing made sustainably.

After several seasons, thanks to your support, that of our partner boutiques and the press, Drapeau Noir is continuing its journey in France and abroad. I hope you like our work.

Nicolas BARBIER

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