Knit one, purl one, knit two together... Bonneterie d'Armor has always specialised in knitwear, including its signature Breton top.

Knitting is the technique used to make a fabric by linking stitches together. These loops intertwine with each other to create a solid and stretchy structure. The characteristics of a knit depend on the yarn used (composition, weight, twist, etc.) in addition to the type of stitch used (jersey, interlock, etc.).

Armor-lux has nearly 100 circular and rectilinear knitting machines operated by 50 people. These employees have the enormous responsibility of knitting and providing distinction to the fabrics used in the Breton tops we offer. They also knit all underwear, jumpers, T-shirts, polo shirts, knit dresses and nightwear.  
Plain knits are cut automatically, while striped knits are cut by hand to avoid any striping mismatch during assembly. This is also one of the often overlooked areas of expertise that we maintain in Quimper, recognised by the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label. The garments are then assembled in our workshop by cutting, sewing and finishing, thanks to our 100 operators possessing exceptional dexterity and speed of execution.

We have always worked to improve our employees' skills in these positions, thus preserving our company's long-standing expertise. These days, however, it's extremely difficult to find qualified people (due to the disappearance of courses with a diploma at the end and the unglamorous image of these jobs, etc.) for a profession that now approaches a craft.

Warp and weft: specialised expertise which requires the forging of relationships with other manufacturers

Warp and weft are threads that, instead of forming loops, cross over each other. The result is no longer knitting, but weaving.

So we're talking about a fabric; not a knit.

We don't possess this technique of weaving. It's an expertise in its own right and is very different from that of knitting. As part of the development of our collections, we have chosen to offer you a well-rounded wardrobe that's not limited to just knitwear. This is why we have structured specific production channels for items like trousers, shirts, jackets and all other warp and weft-based garments.
We operate through two types of channels. Each of them begins after the design of the garment by the 25 employees in our design office and prototyping workshop (style design, model making, print creation, etc.). The first channel consists of purchasing fabric from French or European partners and then entrusting the assembly to our factory in Quimper or subcontractors located in France and in the Euro-Mediterranean zone (Portugal, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey). The second channel consists of purchasing a finished product, designed by us in Quimper, from an integrated partner who is in control of all the operations from weaving to manufacturing. These partners are also located in France and the Euro-Mediterranean zone.

Other fabrics: technical products and accessories

Some wardrobe items are neither knit nor warp and weft constructed. These mainly include technical garments, such as raincoats, parkas, puffer jackets and certain accessories.

After the design stage in Quimper, these pieces are produced entirely by suppliers rigorously selected for their expertise and their ethical and environmental commitments.
Depending on the type of product, these suppliers are located in Europe or Asia. We work with the most modern factories in order to offer you high-performance products. The quality of production is strictly controlled by our teams in Quimper in order to guarantee the quality of our brand. These factories also undergo external and independent audits to verify the compliance of manufacturing sites with international labour standards. To carry out these audits, we call on an independent international firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), with auditors trained and certified to SA8000, the benchmark social responsibility standard. Since 2005, we have carried out more than 700 assessments throughout the world to verify the compliance of production sites with the fundamental conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact.