Birth of Breton

It’s Spring and Breton stripes have come out to play. The classic design is timeless and forever chic. The Breton stripe shirt was first introduced in 1858 as the uniform for all French navy sailors in Northern France. The original design featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon Bonaparte’s victories with the idea that the distinctive stripes made it easier to spot overboard sailors.

In 1917, Coco Chanel drew inspiration from the French sailors and made Breton stripes fashionable with her Nautical Collection. In film, the Breton stripe was first worn in the 1953 Hollywood production, ‘The Wild One’ starring Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin. James Dean and Audrey Hepburn followed sporting Breton stripes in their films and the everlasting trend was born.

ILINKA Collection has now taken the Breton stripe to tableware with the Breton Collection, made with hand-cut strips of linen hand-sewn by Spanish artisans into tablecloths and napkins – perfect for your Spring/Summer tablescape!

 

French Atlantic Coast, 1912 French Atlantic Coast, 1912
French Sailors French Sailors
Coco Chanel, Nautical Collection, 1917 Coco Chanel, Nautical Collection, 1917
'The Wild One', 1953 'The Wild One', 1953
James Dean James Dean
Breton Beach Tents, La Grande Conche in Royan Breton Beach Tents, La Grande Conche in Royan
Picasso Picasso
Breton Flag Sale Breton Flag Sale
ILINKA Collection Breton Tablecloth + Napkins ILINKA Collection Breton Tablecloth + Napkins
Breton Striped Floors Breton Striped Floors
ELLE Decoration Suite by Jean Paul Gaultier ELLE Decoration Suite by Jean Paul Gaultier
ILINKA Collection Breton Tablecloth + Napkins ILINKA Collection Breton Tablecloth + Napkins
Breton, 1970s Breton, 1970s
Madeline Weinrib Denim Carpet Madeline Weinrib Denim Carpet