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Jacob Cohën

The story of luxury fashion label Jacob Cohën is defined by attention to detail and supreme comfort, as told by its signature denim

“My late husband Nicola was a genius – he understood luxury and he revolutionised denim,” says the woman at the helm of Jacob Cohën, Jennifer Tommasi Bardelle, recalling the inspirational man who was pivotal to the brand and remains at the heart of the family business. “We shared a passion for the finest details, for creating luxurious experiences and exceeding expectations. He brought this aspirational mindset to denim.”

Stylish and timeless, denim is more than merely a fashion statement; the fabric is woven into our life stories, generation after generation. Founded in 1985 by Nicola’s father, Tato Bardelle, Jacob Cohën set out to refine the experience of wearing denim through intricate detailing, comfortable fabrics and luxurious touches. From these origins, the brand has expanded into contemporary womenswear, menswear and a men’s sneaker collection and can be found in the best stores worldwide – from France to Japan, the US and beyond.

“Our pioneering five-pocket jeans were the first of their kind,” says Jennifer. “They are made from the softest fabrics, such as Japanese selvedge denim, and finished with rhinestone buttons, silver-plated rivets and labels crafted from ostrich, stingray and pony skin.” The jeans come with a thoughtfully assembled repair kit, while Jacob Cohën Limited editions come with a sample of the same fragrance that is applied to each item made by Jacob Cohën. Such meticulous attention to detail defines every Jacob Cohën collection.

Jennifer’s desire to perfect the customer experience extends to Jacob Cohën stores, where customers are encouraged to feel completely at ease and open to consult the styling expertise of its highly trained and attentive personnel. “Jacob Cohën stores are perfumed with our trademark scent, which is carried on our clothes and is now available in soy candles and fragrances,” says Jennifer.

The Jacob Cohën story is a passionate Italian family saga, a masterclass in turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. “Luxury is a multi-sensory experience that creates an all-encompassing feeling,” says Jennifer. “You have to perfect every single aspect of an experience to create that feeling. When you experience Jacob Cohën, you can really feel the luxury.”