While thrifting earlier this week, I came upon a very old sweater from a brand called Saint James. A classic hand-knit fisherman sweater is hard to pass up, but this thing was stained and full of moth holes. Though I didn't buy the sweater, the craftsmanship was evident so I decided to look into the brand. Here's an overview from the site.
The SAINT-JAMES Company has been established in Lower Normandy, in the commune of Saint-James, close to Mont Saint-Michel, since 1889.
Its fame is based upon a cult item of clothing "the genuine pure new knitted woolen Breton seaman's sweater". Originally intended for deep sea fishermen, then adopted by known seafarers, and amateur yachtsmen.
Its pure wool, pure cotton, "seashore" lines attract a large clientele on the coast, but also in the major cities of France, and equally throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, and Japan.
Most of the menswear was pretty basic and the overall quality was questionable. Certainly not the brand it used to be. Like a French version of Nautica. However, in going through the entire spring/summer collection, I discovered some excellent womenswear photography. A bit eclectic, quite nautical, all very beautiful.
Come sail away.