Who started it? This collection is an exciting marriage of two quintessential French brands: Saint James and Claudie Pierlot. The former has been producing striped nautical jumpers since 1889, in the coastal town of Saint James, while the latter has been creating Parisian wardrobe staples for 30-odd years. The line brings together the best of French savoir-faire and elegance in seven knitwear staples.

Why we love it: the collaboration fuses classic stripes with contemporary quirks, such as Claudie Pierlot’s signature bow. The results are timeless pieces that will upgrade and seamlessly flow with any wardrobe.

What we’d pick: you can’t go wrong with the classic Matelot long-sleeve jumper (above right; HK$2,590), which is 100 per cent wool and adorned with cute buttons along the shoulder line. Also on our wish list is the Morhiban scarf (above left; HK$890), which again echoes the stripe motif and is perfect for those who have no desire to look anything like a sailor. Alternatively, the black Muriel beanie (HK$590) and Malo clutch (HK$1,245; both right) will imbue any outfit with an urban street vibe.

Where can you get it? James + Claudie is available at Claudie Pierlot, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2295 3308.