Parisian label APC like to keep things simple. Long, elegant lines, clean, flattering cuts and luxury materials all combine to create clothing that has an air of undeniable Gallic cool. Their consistency over the years has been staggering and they are one of the labels out there today that set trends for others follow. As well as the minimal approach, APC have become famed for the influence of military fashion in their designs and one piece that stands out for us is the A-2 inspired Blouson Redchurch jacket which we have paired above with the Breton striped Gab Rouge T-shirt.
We also love their shirting which is slim fitting and comes in a wide array of colours and prints. These offer a great way to inject a bit of colour and life into formal outfits whilst still retaining a smart look.
With a rich and varied history dating back to 1938, Armor Lux have a tradition of creating clothing with a nautical theme and using colours reminiscent of the sea. Based in Brittany, the company is famous for its Breton striped patterns which adorn a large number of their clothes and which have also become an enduring image of France itself.
The story of the Breton stripe originated with the classic Mariner shirt which was introduced in 1858 as the official uniform for all French navy sailors in Brittany. The original design featured 21 stripes to represent each of Napoleon’s victories but that has since changed and the number of stripes may vary according to the style.
The company has a rich Gallic heritage and is extremely proud to produce many of its materials within Brittany. So interweaved is Armor Lux within French culture that they produce the uniforms for the French police, post office workers and SNCF railway staff. For that unmistakable French style, you need not look much further than Armor-Lux.
Here at Peggs & son for the autumn/winter season we have a selection of thick sailor knits, scarves and hats all made from pure new lambs wool. As well as the Breton stripe, intricate weaves are also used to give a visual and textural contrast.
Head on over to the online store to check out the full Armor Lux collection.
Armor Lux was founded by a Swiss German entrepreneur who strongly believed in producing high quality under garments. They started life in the small french town of Quimper where their head quarters is still located today. They have been making their breton style knits, jerseys & reefer jackets since 1938 and are still made in France using virtually the same techniques.
The Breton shirt was officially created by the ’27th March 1858 Act’ which introduced this blue and white striped knitted shirt in the uniform list of the French seaman. It was said that this stripe allowed one to more easily locate a man overboard.
The collection is now available to view online here on the Peggs & son website.