The Rack: This Parisian Clothing Line was Inspired By a Baltimore Thrift Store Find

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In 2012, two Parisians thrift-shopping their way through Baltimore were overcome with nostalgia after finding a pair of vintage overalls in a secondhand store.

The two were smitten, instantly reminded of the staples of their own childhoods. They obsessed for months over the pants.

Back in France some three years later, having come up empty-handed on a quest for similar styles from modern brands, Quentin Bouche and Nicky Dimbenza took matters into their own hands. They created a new brand, and with affirmation and financial backing from a successful crowdfunding campaign, Baltimore-Paris was born. Now open for business with a small line of designer, ready-to-wear salopettes, the brand features a small range of two-part overall pieces.

That’s right — two-part. The top zips away from the bottom, creating two unique options for wear: a full overall, or a pair of pants or skirt that stand on their own. Each piece adds to a wardrobe a timeless, simple style.

Drawing inspiration from Bouche and Dimbenza’s travels across Europe and North America, the brand describes itself as “guided primarily by human adventure” and draws inspiration from vibrant, resourceful cities across the globe. Using blends of cotton and elastane for velvety, velour-like fabric and a 1970’s-style aesthetic, these pants are the perfect addition to any fall wardrobe. While plans are in the works to expand to other articles of clothing like t-shirts and totes, the initial line (overalls in a pant, skirt or short option) will remain the core of the brand.

(You’ll need to use Google Translate to navigate the website if you can’t read French, but the effort is worth it.)

Rachel Bone

Rachel Bone is a regular contributor to the Baltimore Fishbowl.