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The Russian Navy Shirt (Telnyashka)

The Russian navy shirt is just as historical as it is fashionable. The trend dates back to the 19th century where it was worn by the Tsarist Navy and the troops that followed. The Russian sailor shirt, as it is often called is thought to originate from Russia. However, history tells us something very different. […]


Buttons & Bretons!

Here at the Breton Shirt Company, we have a very tasty surprise for all of our UK customers that we are sure that you are going to love! We have teamed up with Choc affair, a York based Chocolatier that make a delicious range of flavour infused chocolates. The flavours are an adventure in taste, […]


Organic Cotton – Why do we use it?

If you’ve bought one of our Breton Shirts before then you’ll know that we use 100% Organic Cotton. We love the feel of our shirts and we even believe that the more you wash our shirts, the better they feel! We pride ourselves on the quality of our product and if you’ve have one, you’ll […]


Cowes Week 2017

Cowes Week this year is celebrated 29th July – 5th August and is held on the Solent (water between Isle of Wight and Southern England). It is attended by Thousands of people, with over 40 races a day and up to 1000 boats! It is by far the largest sailing regatta in the world! History […]


5 Trendy Ways to Wear a Breton Shirt this Summer!

The Breton shirt is the iconic fashion symbol with its history steeped in its nautical pedigree but also reminding us of Parisian chic and Hollywood glamour.  The original design featured 21 stripes, each representing one of Napoleon’s victories but more commonly you are more likely to recognise the style of shirt worn by famous historical […]


An Interview with The Original Breton Shirt Company’s Director, Rachel Walker

Eleanor O’Neill from STUDY 34 interviews our Director, Rachel Walker about all things Breton! EON: What are the essential pieces that make up your wardrobe? I suspect a Breton stripe is in there… RW: I think the Breton stripe is an iconic piece. It really doesn’t matter how old you are (our customers are so varied, […]


How to wear stripes

If you’ve been an avid reader of our blogs so far, you’ll know that stripes in the world of fashion are pretty much firm favourites. From Coco Chanel’s first naval inspired line, all the way to present day where huge names like Tommy Hilfiger and Howell & Palmer are designing entire lines around them, it’s […]


Stripes at London Fashion Week 2016.

Good news everyone… Spring/Summer ’17 looks like a striped one! Or that’s what it seems looking at this week’s London Fashion Week line up. Over the last week The Original Breton Shirt Company have been following the designers and shows at the legendary annual event in eager anticipation that we will see the favourite striped […]


One Thousand Miles From Shore

“Being warm and wearing the right clothing is very important to survival.” Those are the reflective and advisory words of Doug Peacock, Maui Boat and Yacht Club member who experienced extreme weather conditions delivering a boat to its new owner on the Californian coast… all while wearing his Original Breton Shirt. What may be lost […]


Beautiful France: Off the Tourist Trails.

It is common knowledge that our neighbors from across the pond trump in the regional fashion stakes, but they also make home to the most luxurious and captivating holiday destinations there is on offer. The most notable of these for our summer getaways can range from the capital in Paris, all the way to the […]


The Many Faces of Breton

  We can’t help but wonder if the French sailors of the 1850’s knew they were at the forefront of a century long (and still going…) fashion aeon? Because that is exactly what has happened with the Breton name. Over the years, decades and even the past century, we have seen Breton grow from a […]


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