Emma François, the designer behind free-spirited French-born label Sessùn™, was headed for a career in economic anthropology when she sidelined into fashion. Since then, she has been dreaming up footwear and clothing with an artful ease and a cool-girl Parisian vibe that we can’t get enough of.

The country she calls home certainly influences her designs, so with that in mind, we asked Emma to share her top five favorite French things ever.

Serge Gainsbourg 
His album L’homme à tête de chou is my favorite—I can listen to it over and over again. 

Paris in May 
I love to take a walk at sunset, when the days get longer and the temperatures softer. 

La Tropezienne 
This famous creamy cake from Saint-Tropez is DELICIOUS.  

François Truffaut 
I love his movies and La Nouvelle Vague in general. La Nuit Américaine (Day for Night), for example, is one of my favorites; Jacqueline Bisset’s clothes are so inspiring! 

French kissing
I’m totally in love! 


An example of her genius: these diamond-patterned cropped pants.