You may know them as the store that does “black very well” but the French export known today as Cop. Copine was initially called Copain-Copine when it first opened it doors in 1986. The two brothers behind the brand Alain and Léon Nédélian wanted to create clothing for both men and women – oversized, modern and as this piece in Biba magazine (a French magazine that I always buy when I visit Paris) with a subtle anti-conformist spirit.
They may have narrowed their focus and decided to design just for women but Cop. Copine stays true to its modern and distinctive style. And perhaps it is this that has won over so many fans as well as the fact that they are not afraid to play with various techniques. Whether that be spandex in the 80s, asymmetry during the next decade or laser cut fabric and neoprene in millennium, Cop. Copine (as it has been known since 1993) do not follow the trends. They are unique and true to their style and when they do something, they do it well.
Here are some of my favourite looks and pieces from their current collection (and there is not much black):
1. The jumper dress
Warm and easy to wear, you can layer this dress up over a long-sleeve top, wear it with tights, boots and a cap as seen below or even go bare-legged if you dare. The jumper dress is a key staple in your winter wardrobe and this shape is flattering without being too clingy.
2. The winter short and tee combo
Who says you should put the shorts away when the temperature drops? Team with a woolly t-shirt, gloves and snood and you’ll be just about ready for the cold. This t-shirt could also be worn as a dress. (You could always wear a layer underneath for those particular chilly days.)
3. The boyfriend coat
It’s a look that has been done countless times before but the mix of florals and oversized masculine jacket simply works, especially when teamed with a pair of heeled boots. It’s like a modern take on the grunge of the early to mid-90s; sharpened and clean but still with a military edge.
4. The coloured jean
Forget blue, black or even the tropical colours of the spring/summer as Cop. Copine has a new shade of trouser. Wear with this speckled furry jumper, leather trench and heeled ankle boots and you’ve got an elegant look that will put smart into the term “smart casual”.
Check out the Cop. Copine website here