Monday, August 15, 2016
Bleu de Travail - Working Blues
From today, at South Pacific Berets: Bleu de Travail!
Bleu de Travail translates as ‘working blues’ and is a catch all for the indigo-dyed cotton workwear popularised by French factory workers from the late 1800s. Bleu de Travail stands for jackets, shirts, or trousers, but when we talk about the Bleu de Travail today, it’s usually just the jacket. Simple, distinctive and hard-wearing; denim/jeans’ ancestor.
Bleu de Travail has become very fashionable over the last 10 years; hip fashion stores in Tokyo, NYC and London charging up to $350.00 for a jacket. South Pacific Berets orders these jackets from established, old time manufacturers and sells at a much more reasonable and realistic price. Worldwide demand means shortages in supply and stock numbers are relatively low, but we restock, add and change as often as possible.
The Mercure is South Pacific Berets' own model - a classic bleu de travail in Bugatti blue; 100% heavy 320gr cotton, fitted with 2 large side pockets, 1 breast pocket and 1 interior pocket and covered button fastenings.
The Dutch HaVeP 3014 jacket is a true vintage original and a personal favourite. Unchanged since the 1950's, an original workman's jacket in 100% K1 2/1 twill weave 300gr navy cotton, fitted with 2 front pockets, 1 breast pocket and 1 inside pocket (all large enough to fit a well sized beret) and double row button fastening.