Thursday, July 14, 2011

They're back: the Navy/White Striped Sailors Shirts

It was always meant as a sideline to the beret shop, but too many visitors asked for the return of the striped sailors shirt - I couldn't ignore it.
So here we go again: a variety of (100%) cotton shirts of the Russian (previously Soviet) armed forces and the navy of the P.R.C. 
I have been able to get my hands on only a small number of the P.R.C. long sleeved shirts, unfortunately, and don't think I'll be able to re-order. If you want one of the most comfortable fitted sailors shirts, order now!

The original shirt featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories. 
Not only did this shirt become the standard of the French (merchant) navy and fishing fleets, it was soon exported to other navies around the world.
Coco Chanel first elevated the humble striped Breton top to style status. In the 1930s she designed and wore a striped marinière with palazzo pants - a look adopted from French sailors. Since then many designers and style-setters have followed suit. Brigitte Bardot was a fan, wearing hers barefoot and pouting on a breezy beach. 
And it didn't do it for women only. It's a sailor's garment, after all; Pablo Picasso, James Dean, Iggy Pop and Kurt Cobain have all succumbed. 
Karl Lagerfeld often reinterprets them for Chanel, Japanese label Comme des Garçons shows the Breton as a constant in its collections, and Jean Paul Gaultier uses them as a cheeky reference to his national dress in the way that a Scottish designer might play with tartan.
Doisneau: Pablo Picasso
Now in stock again are singlets, shirts and lined winter shirts.
Anthony Quinn and Anna Karina on the set of Guy Green's 'The Magus'. 1976

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