Marseille knitted tank top

Made in Marseille. In exclusivity at deTOUJOURS. 

The real dockers' tank top, re-edited by SUGAR, on the original looms of the Marseilles' port supplier, in the same condition as in 1979. Knitted in tube, making it perfectly elastic without a single gram of elastane. 

Noble and natural materials, unique and timeless models with original colours.

Its long cut is typical of the work tank top, made to cover the kidneys. 

Size: These tank tops are available in 2 sizes, 1 (36-38) and 2 (38-40), stretchy thanks to its unique knit 

Colours: White, Khaki, Black 

100% cotton

Richelieu knitted tank top in 100% cotton. 

Size 1/2/3/4
Product available with different options



The founding family of SUGAR, clothes manufacturers and leathermakers, by chance discovered a large stock of sleeveless t-shirts (known in the U.S. as wifebeaters) at the end of the 1970s and bought it.  They decided to hand-dye part of this stock in trendy colors in order to appeal to women.  Eventually SUGAR started producing the t-shirts themselves, maintaining their beautiful ribbed quality and timeless appeal.


Richelieu knit, made on a circular knitting machine from the beginning of last century.

High quality cotton, timeless models and original colours.


100% cotton, knitted and dyed in Marseille.

Warm wash separately at 30C.

SUGAR sizes: 1&2.

Marseille tank top

SizeChestLengthArmhole height
1 54 -> 80cm 67cm 24cm
2 56-> 90cm 69cm 24cm

Marseille underpants

1 70cm 33cm
2 80cm 33cm

Worship side

Literally, "the dockworker" is the port worker who carries out the unloading of all kinds of goods, like the workers in Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times. The term is attributed to this tank top that appeared in the 19th century, which the dockers wore for their hard work. 

The founding family of SUGAR, a family of tailors and leatherworkers, discovered by chance a stock at the end of the 70's on a sale and repurchased it.  SUGAR's ingenious idea to enhance this heritage was to dye certain tank tops with passion and by hand in the colours of fashion, khaki, blue and pastel pink, so that they could be adopted by women. In St Tropez, its faded colours and tight-fitting cut seduce and the little SUGAR tank top starts to become a sensation.
Instant success. SUGAR was the first to introduce this initially invisible knitted underwear, an intimate object close to the leotard, into the ready-to-wear market. The art of dyeing continues to be explored by these masters of colour, who carry out the operation themselves in the 12th arrondissement of Marseille. The entire production chain is integrated, from weaving to cutting, from dyeing to selling in the shop. 

In France, Switzerland, the UK and the USA, the SUGAR docker's tank top is making its way. The 80's were craving for this new attitude and the jersey of the harbour men went upmarket, being worn in magazines, under the eye of the greatest photographers and top models at the highest point of their careers.
The brand created a pair of panties in the same cotton rib, with - a charming supplement - a small string at the waist: a continuation of the childlike style given to women by the men's marcel. Once again, it was a success.

The production was thus progressively concentrated on the women's model exclusively, leaving aside the original, male model. It is on the suggestion and at the request of deTOUJOURS that Sugar is once again offering a men's version of this iconic tank top. Exclusively at deTOUJOURS, we have worked together on the cut and thought about the use. At the source of the model garment, this men's tank top is the direct heir of the original tank top of the 19th century. Initially prized by men for the absorbent quality of its singular cotton material (tubular cotton) and for its hygienic qualities, it has become an integral part of the men's wardrobe.
Its underarm cut, larger than that of the women's model, ensures comfort in all circumstances. The body was liberated and this popular garment became, from the 1970s onwards, a standard of gay culture, today often regarded as "neutral" in gender as well as in minimalist forms.