Le Minor

LE MINOR was a label created in Pont-l’Abbé, very near Quimper (Brittany, France) in 1936.

Since then, the brand has succeeded in incorporating the region's proud nautical textile heritage into its garments. First purchased in the 1980s by the Manufacture de Bonneterie Lorentaise in Guidel, near Lorient, it was taken over in 1987 by the Grammatico family from Northern France who gave the knitwear and hosiery business a new lease of life.

LE MINOR manufactured clothing for the French Navy up until 2010 (when the latter decided to use suppliers from Romania). This precious heritage makes LE MINOR the uncontested leader in nautical workwear. The quality is based on long acquired expertise and is irreproachable. 15 years ago, all the cotton and wool used in the manufacture came from northern France. Today there are no textile mills left in France and the supplies come from Germany or Belgium (cotton) and Switzerland, Austria or Italy for wool. The fabrics are dyed in South West France.

Sailor suits, Breton sweaters, beanie hats, scarves, the whole wardrobe of the Breton sailor and the National Navy continue to be designed and manufactured by LE MINOR, the best of its kind.


The stripy Breton shirts are made in Brittany in the finest nautical tradition. Made in France.


100% cotton. Machine washable at low temperature, 30C.


Size equivalence: 1 = S, 2 = M, 3 = L, 4 = XL.

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Picasso Breton Shirt

85,00 €

This Breton sailor shirt is a great classic. Top half in one colour, lower half stripy. 100% cotton. Made in Brittany by the supplier to the French Navy. Made in France. Unisex.

  • Unisex.
  • Sizes: from 1 to 4.
  • Size equivalence: 1 = S, 2 = M, 3 = L, 4 = XL.
  • Size advice: we recommend you choose your normal size.
  • 2 colours available. Unbleached cotton/Navy Blue or White/Navy Blue.

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Worship side

The stripy Breton shirt is so integral to fashion that to return to its origin is like rediscovering it.
The Picasso Breton shirt was initially a stripy cotton top for sailors. The stripes made it easier to spot a man overboard.
It was worn close-fitting under the pea jacket. There are 21 white stripes (20mm width) and 20 navy stripes (10mm width).
On board the ship, this stripy shirt was worn by humble sailors.

The off-white version in natural unbleached cotton is the original one before bleaching became obligatory.
Le Minor still manufactures this original model in thicker cotton, which is preferred by the Japanese always in search of the authentic.
The white version remains the most popular, it is lighter, brighter and gives a fresher feel.

When seaside holidays and water sports became popular, this stripy top was adopted first by the higher classes then, at the time of the Popular Front by the wider public. In the 50s and 60s, it became an urban garment.

It has long inspired designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel and Jean-Paul Gaultier for whom it became a signature piece.

From one season to the next, the sailor’s top is never out of fashion.

The stripy Breton shirt is originally made of unbleached cotton with navy stripes and boat neckline.