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!