Resolutely of its time, UNIFORME reflects the mindful, modern outlook and personal lifestyle of co-founders Hugues Fauchard and Rémi Bats, who met while studying at the prestigious Studio Berçot fashion school in Paris. For their graduation collection, the duo took an unconventional stance by showing men’s wear on women, thus becoming the first aspiring designers to challenge the system at a school traditionally associated with women’s wear.
In 2017, after honing their skills in the studios of Hermès, Balenciaga and AMI (Rémi), and Wooyoungmi, Lanvin and Carven (Hugues), they decided to launch UNIFORME, a collection of “sustainable style” essentials that are made in France and Italy, crafted by specialized artisans to the highest standards of luxury savoir-faire.
UNIFORME upholds a philosophy of “conscious minimalism”: concise, precisely tailored collections combine rigor of line and military and utilitarian influences with the comfort of streetwear, and are made from responsibly sourced materials free of plastic derivatives.
Though nominally men’s wear, versatile silhouettes inspired by time-honored classics appeal to a broad audience and are designed to be worn for a lifetime before, hopefully, being handed down to the next generation.
In 2020, Hugues and Rémi moved the UNIFORME studio from Paris to Nantes so that they could work hand-in-hand with local manufacturing partners and at the same time reconnect with nature. From the drawing board to finished collections with distinctive details, UNIFORME reflects their way of life and their conviction that style should be both versatile and made to last.
“We believe in a way of consuming fashion that involves buying sparingly but better, holding on to favorites, and passing them along,” the designers explain.
“If you love something, you want to wear it forever.”
In 2021, Hugues Fauchard and Rémi Bats of UNIFORME were doubly gratified for their commitment and ethos of “conscious minimalism”: in June, the young men’s wear brand was named a finalist for ANDAM’s Pierre Bergé prize, and in July it returned to Florence, Italy, as a special guest for the “Sustainable Style” initiative at Pitti n°100.