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.
  • 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 does not get any introductions any longer, as it has for long been part of the fashion world and everyone knows it. Thus, returning to its source is like a rediscovery.

The Picasso Breton shirt in cotton was initially designed for sailors and the stripes were meant to more easily spot a man overboard. The original has 21 white stripes (20mm width) and 20 navy stripes (10mm width). Traditionally, it was worn by the sailors onboard the ship, close-fitting under a sailor’s smock.

The off-white version in natural unbleached cotton is the original, before bleaching became the rule. Le Minor still manufactures this original model in thicker cotton, which is namely preferred by the Japanese population, more sensible to authenticity. The white version remains the most popular, it is lighter, brighter and so clean.

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 made its way to the cities.

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 remains timeless.