Breton stripe: The horizontal striped breton shirt as we know it today came into being shortly following the 27th March, 1858 Act of Francewhich introduced the navy and white striped knitted shirt as the uniform for all French navy seaman inBrittany. The shirt was originally known as marinière or matelot, named La Marinière.
The original design featured 21 stripes, one for each ofNapolean'svictories. Since 1889, the garment was manufactured by Bretagne,
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in wool and cotton for sailors. It then become popular with breton workers, for its ease of wear and practicality. Sailor Shirt.