Eschew fleeting trends for timeless elements that endure throughout the chapters of fashion, like the simple stripe. It defines our first pieces with pattern.
In The Navy
In The Navy
Breton stripes were born in the maritime region of Brittany, France as part of the French navy uniform. Known in French as a marinière, the tightly woven cotton uniforms were ideal to combat weather, while their boat necklines allowed sailors to dress effortlessly. The original designs boasted 21 horizontal blue and white bars, one for each of Napoleon’s victories over the British. The print was originally inspired by the notion that it would aid in quickly locating a man if he fell overboard.
At the end of the first world war, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel uncharacteristically adopted the stripe into the fashion space, creating a nautical-theme collection in 1917 that gave it fresh relevance as in style for men and women alike. This was a far departure from the hyper-feminine sensibility that resided during the period of Belle Epoque. The simple striped top assuredly evolved into a wardrobe mainstay with the help of French New Wave Director, Jean Luc Godard, who dressed heroines from Brigitte Bardot to Jean Sandberg, and influenced Hollywood icons like Audrey Hepburn and James Dean to also adopt the style.
The simple striped top assuredly evolved into a wardrobe mainstay.
Today, the design is synonymous with chic Parisian style. It has seen endless iterations throughout the fashion space, including iconic interpretations from Gucci, Givenchy and Jean Paul Gaultier. Throughout many artful approaches, the stripe has graced garments from tops to trousers, and fabrics from cashmere knits, sophisticated silks, and even sparkling sequins. Our definitive feminine aesthetic sees the stripe through in a soft nude-pink hue on silk essentials like our tee, new wrap blouse and scarves. Also launching in the weeks to come in fresh stripes is our coveted Poplin Pleat-Back Shirt in soft sky-blue. Adopt these pieces as your own—they are expressions of eternal style that will slot in effortlessly to your key closet staples.
Our Poplin Pleat-Back Shirt in soft blue stripes is arriving in March. Sign up for early access to shop this awaited piece below.