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A classic knitted by the sea.

Saint James: discover clothing from the latest collection at Jourdain

From manufacturing the famous local woollen shirts to the genuine sailor sweaters that were so tightly knit they were regarded as a ‘second skin’, SAINT JAMES has been the nautical sweater specialist for over 120 years. It takes at least 23 kilometers of thread and 18 manufacturing steps to make a SAINT JAMES sailor sweater. In total, over 18 seamstresses will have been involved in cutting, making, quality controlling and ironing the final item. This is the level of care taken by SAINT JAMES in making top quality clothing.


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FOUNDING ON THE SAINT JAMES COMPAGNY

- 1850 -
Around 1850, Saint-James, a commune in Lower Normandy, located 20 kilometers from Mont Saint-Michel experienced a real industrial adventure. The Legallais family started to spin and dye locally produced wool.

They created the real woollen shirts which gave birth to the fisherman’s sweater. Léon Legallais, Mayor of Saint-James, transformed a workshop into a real industry.

WEAR HISTORY ON YOUR BACK

SAINT JAMES has been drawing inspiration from this sea facing, windswept land of sailors sandwiched between Normandy and Brittany and a stone’s throw from Mont Saint-Michel for well over a century. Hopping on the bandwagon of a thousand-year-old textile tradition SAINT JAMES began knitting the famous sailor ‘sweater’ in the XIXth century. This sweater made from wool from the land was so tightly knit that it was considered to be waterproof and perfect for sailors bashed by intemperate weather conditions when fishing in the freezing cold seas of the North Atlantic. As the years have passed by, fishermen, sailors and pleasure boaters have turned this authentic sailor sweater into an iconic item of clothing and by doing so helped to raise the profile of SAINT JAMES to that of a great French brand with a unique savoir-faire.

TEXTILE TRADITION
MEETS MARINE CLIMATE

PRESENT FIBERS UV SKIN-PROTECTION

Synonym of leisure and relaxation, the sun doesn’t always show its good side. A too long exposure to solar rays, presents an important risk, with serious consequences for the skin. Using the “Meryl U.V. Skin-Protection” microfiber, Saint James offers a specially designed garment, to protect your body against the harmful solar rays. This polyamide microfiber offers a skin protection twice as much superior to Cotton. You will also appreciate its easy care, drying and active breathing properties.

Gemini system

A “Saint James” garment using the “GEMINI SYSTEM” process, consists of one face in pure new wool on the outside, and one soft face in emerized cotton on the inside, providing a well-being sensation.

PRESENT FIBERS UV SKIN-PROTECTION

Synonym of leisure and relaxation, the sun doesn’t always show its good side. A too long exposure to solar rays, presents an important risk, with serious consequences for the skin. Using the “Meryl U.V. Skin-Protection” microfiber, Saint James offers a specially designed garment, to protect your body against the harmful solar rays. This polyamide microfiber offers a skin protection twice as much superior to Cotton. You will also appreciate its easy care, drying and active breathing properties.

Teflon

This fabric has been treated with DuPont TEFLON® Fabric Protector. TEFLON® acts as an invisible protection to provide maximum water and stain repellency.

BASICS LOVED BY EVERY GENERATION

Our iconic SAINT JAMES clothing is inter-generational... Our basics can be worn by tiny tots right through to the older generation! Their timeless style makes them fashion accessories for all to treasure.
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