• Saint James Sweater

    Style | Prep Essentials  

    “Hotchkiss and Yale man Gerald Murphy—artist, F. Scott Fitzgerald muse, and heir to Mark Cross—first discovered the jaunty appeal of the striped sailor top. Summering in Cap d’Antibes in 1923, he wore his Marseilles market find so well that soon such fellow beachcombers as Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel were sporting them, too. Then came devoted Americaphile the Duke of Windsor, who wore his even during his brief reign as king of England while yachting with soon-to-be-twice-divorced girlfriend Wallis in 1937. After World War Two, the striped top went through its rebellious phase, worn by the likes of Jean Seberg, Andy Warhol, and Joan Baez before settling down as favored prep unisex garment during the 1970s. Its next incarnation, embodying fashion with a capital F, came courtesy of Jean Paul Gualtier. With its navy-on-cream stripes, the iconic Breton fisherman’s sweater is as significant a part of the French clothing vocabulary as the beret.”

    —Caroline Rennolds Milbank, True Prep

    Saint James has been spinning some of the world’s finest knits out of their Normandy, France based factory since 1889, but they are best known for their authentic Breton stripe sweaters. Though they are offered in wool (best suited for the fall/winter), opt for cotton come summer; they are more akin to heavy weight knit tees and are perfect layered or alone.

    Jun 2, 2011 | Permalink (12) Total Comments

    Rodellee left a comment on 7/26/2011 at 10:31 AM:

    Love this sweater, love the stripes. Classic, everyone should have one.

    john lexington left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 12:55 PM:

    love this!

    Kimberly Richardson left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 10:13 AM:

    Love the look!

    robdarko left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 9:52 AM:

    So Fla weather, this time of year, would make it impossible to wear a summer sweater.  So… is there an alternative, F.E.C.?

    DJ Joe Dubb left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 6:36 AM:

    One more piece to add to my list of “things to buy for my wife”. Awesome pic by the way.

    Kat left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 1:17 AM:

    A.  The sweater is perfect.  B. This shot might be my favorite I’ve seen on this site.  I love it.

    Straw Boater left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 12:47 AM:

    Nice touch with the Randolph Engineering aviators.  It looks great on girls, I wish more would wear them.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 12:43 AM:

    Great shot!

    Brad left a comment on 6/2/2011 at 7:16 PM:

    Nice pic!

    Brian left a comment on 6/2/2011 at 6:54 PM:

    I am wearing that sweater right now!  Fabulous!

    Paul Mitchell left a comment on 6/2/2011 at 3:52 PM:

    I own this sweater and it is great! Pretty girl, pretty beach, it all seems pretty perfect to me.

    Glenn Elliott left a comment on 6/2/2011 at 3:49 PM: