The Breton striped shirt, stripes are in.
When, on 27th March 1858, the official decree listed the new clothing for the French Navy, it described in detail the “common service blue knit” that sailors and quarter-masters should wear under their uniform jacket. The width of the stripes, their number on the sleeves, the size of the neckline, everything is referenced with standard military rigour.
But those who designed this striped knit, which aimed to help locate a man who had fallen overboard or was engaged in dangerous manoeuvres, never imagined the surprising destiny of those nautical stripes when fashion took them to chic seaside resorts, from Cannes to Deauville.
After the First World War, the Breton striped shirt became a fashion icon. Worn by many celebrities from the world of fashion and cinema, the Breton striped shirt became a chic, geometric and even eccentric icon in the 1950s when fashion designers began to use it. The Breton striped shirt continues to inspire young generations of designers.
Ensuring tradition, Armor-Lux continues to manufacture striped knitwear using ancestral expertise. Take a look behind the scenes...
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