As with many iconic made in France garments, which are symbols of French elegance, the traditional sailor sweater is made in the Bonneterie Le Minor factory in Guidel.
FOCUS ON THE REAL BRETON SWEATER
TRADITIONAL SAILOR SWEATER MADE IN FRANCE
As for many emblematic made in France garments, which are symbols of French elegance, the origin of the Le Minor sailor sweater goes back to a functional use, which proved its usefulness and solidity.
The history of the true Breton sweater goes back to the knitwear worn by the Newfoundlanders for the Great Cod Fisheries across the Atlantic. These sailors were also conveyors of spices and produce, they were nicknamed "garlic merchants", which, by contraction, gave "sweater" ...
The button placket is an innovation that comes from Scotland, and was used to put on more easily this knit made to be worn close to the body. The stripe of the marine sweaters is French, but its origin is discussed. According to the versions, it made it possible to better distinguish a man fallen at sea... it is also said that the indigo dye, which drew the stripes originally, was used as a repellent against rats. But as this dye was expensive, the stripe allowed to use less of it...
This knit, made of pure wool, which proved its worth to the Newfoundlanders, will become the main piece of the ready-to-wear collection of Le Minor, formerly MBL. The recipe has remained unchanged ever since: the knit is warm, and the tight stitch makes it almost waterproof.
This cutting-edge know-how has rubbed shoulders with the most demanding customers: Le Minor has been a supplier to the French Navy for many years, and still offers today the top-of-the-line version of the sailor's trousseau, the traditional sailor sweater and the regulation officer sweater.
LE MINOR IMAGINES AND REINVENTS THE EMBLEMATIC BRETON PIECE: THE SWEATER
Today, to create the eternal sailor sweater, Le Minor knits virgin wool (the dry wool that makes up the good old sailor sweater), merino wool (whose long fibers provide unparalleled softness) and blended wools, directly in its factory in Guidel.
Our flat knitting machines allow us to make "panels" which will then be quilted, cut and sewn in our workshop. Always starting from a spool of yarn (wool or cotton!).
Every season, Le Minor reinvents its traditional 100% made in France sailor sweater for men, women and children, offering new models and new colors.