Labor Day of Love: Merci Beaucoup, Saint James

September 1, 2014 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

St James boatneck topI’ve featured the classic striped boat neck top, also known as a French sailor shirt or Brenton stripes, on Newport Stylephile in the past (here and here are just some examples). Fashion icons including Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel and Newport’s own Jackie O boatneck-jackie-ohave sported the timeless stripes, and as we transition from summer into fall, this ever ageless style is one to embrace.

The SAINT-JAMES Company has been touting the look since 1889, perhaps even being credited with “inventing” it. Established in Lower Normandy in the commune of

Bridgitte Bardot

Bridgitte Bardot

Saint-James, the style was originally intended for deep sea fishermen, then adopted by known seafarers, and amateur yachtsmen. The “genuine pure new knitted woolen Breton seaman’s sweater” was originally pure wool and it soon became a global phenomenon. Today, there are SAINT JAMES boutiques found in Paris, Nice, Le Mont Saint-Michel, Saint-Malo, Strasbourg, Lyon, Granville, Biarritz, Tokyo and more, but you don’t need a passport to find the century-old brand.

Island Pursuit on lower Thames Street carries select SAINT JAMES autumn collection pieces for men and women including sweaters coats jackets, tops, dresses, and accessories like scarves, tops, belts, totes and umbrellas. SAINT JAMES is known for top quality and longevity and are priced on par with upscale brands (a women’s long-sleeve top, for example, typically starts around $89, scarves around $40). But with coupon code: NEWPORTSTYLE, get 20% of your entire purchase. The fine print: 20% off applies to in-store and online purchases from now until November 1st. Offer is only valid on regular price items and cannot be combined with any other offer. When shopping online, get free shipping on all orders over $100.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Coco Chanel, ca. 1917

Coco Chanel, ca. 1917

St james

SAINT JAMES, Autumn 2014

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