At Le Minor, we are a manufacturing brand. Not only do we make our own sailors' shirts in our workshop, but we also make our own fabric by knitting a very special cotton yarn on large circular knitting machines.
The quality of our fabrics: robust and authentic.
FOCUS ON THE STRIPED COTTON JERSEY THAT MAKES UP OUR SAILORS: 100% MADE IN FRANCE
At Le Minor, we are a manufacturing brand. Not only do we make our own sailors in our workshop, but we also make our own fabric by knitting a very special cotton yarn on large circular knitting machines.
The notion of "made in France", often overused, covers a variety of operations actually carried out in France by brands. At Minor, it is made in France from the cotton flower to the final point of the garment. The cotton fabric we use is spun in the Vosges, dyed in the Pyrenees, and knitted in Guidel (Morbihan) in our workshop, where it is cut to shape and sewn. In short, we carry out on French soil all the processing steps that can be done there!
AN INCOMPARABLE QUALITY OF FABRICS
For several decades, Le Minor has earned a reputation for authenticity and robustness thanks to the quality of its marine-inspired clothing. It's quite simple, a Le Minor sailor's jacket lasts more than 20 years, its fabric has a patina and becomes a second skin. The cotton fabric of our sailor clothes improves with age, and that's why the Le Minor sailor suit is one of the timeless classics of men's and women's wardrobes, along with the little black dress, the pea coat, denim jeans, and paraboots...
One of the reasons for the success of the timeless marinière is undoubtedly the quality of our jersey fabric, knitted in our workshops, from a raw cotton thread. This particular cotton thread was originally intended for the manufacture of strings, that's where it gets its strength. The "hand" of the garment, that is to say the feeling you get from the touch of the fabric, immediately testifies to this quality. It is a sensory experience that does not deceive: a slight stiffness that disappears when you wear it, a tight knitting that ensures a nice fall of the garment, and a weight higher than usual T-shirts, in which you feel well supported.
A RECIPE UNCHANGED FOR DECADES
As the best soup is made in old pots, our fabrics are knitted in jersey on circular machines from the 60s and 80s. We have kept them for all this time to be able to continue to knit our traditional jersey, and to produce our famous marinière "à l'ancienne": the authentic Breton marinière, as it was produced more than 50 years ago. The cotton fabric that "falls" from these tubular machines is therefore of a unique and rare quality: no cotton fabric made on the same generation of machines can be found in France.
A CONSTANTLY RENEWED MARINE PATTERN
Thanks to the mechanical configuration of these "scratching machines" and the skills of our knitters, Le Minor is able to multiply fabric creations. For example, the stripes placed on the fabric of our navy sailor's uniform bring an original elegance that enhances the traditional sailor pattern, thanks to the plain areas on the top and bottom of the body. Le Minor fabrics also revisit the traditional navy stripe, with color mixes renewed each season: navy/red, navy/green, have been published for our "port/starboard" collection. Of course, the classic striped jersey colors can be found in the Le Minor collections: white/navy blue; white/Royal blue; ecru/navy blue, which recall the color of the original jersey, with a yarn dyed with natural indigo. Ecru is the natural color of cotton, unbleached, undyed.
To complete this little guide to sailor's fabrics, here is an important indication: in the field of sailor's clothing, we always mention the main color first. For example, in the expression "white/navy cotton jersey" or "white/navy sailor suit", the color "white", placed first, evokes the color of the largest stripe.