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What is the origin of the Breton sailor sweater ?

Formerly workwear for cod fishermen on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and then adopted by the French Navy, the sailor sweater has now become an essential part of the women's and men's wardrobe.

The sweater also former called « chandail »

In its early days, the sailor sweater was made of virgin wool to keep the fishermen of Terre Neuvas warm. It is a long garment that covers the bust and part of the legs. When the fishing is not good, the fishermen have been selling vegetables as garlic and onion on the market. The story goes that the term sweater which designates the sailor's sweater was born from these fishermen who became have been selling garlic (ail in French) and seller (merchant from which the “Chand” originates) = Chandail.

Over time, the sailor sweater becomes shorter, the knit tighter and it is worn close to the body like a second skin. Buttoning on the left shoulder makes it easier to put on.

Like the Breton striped shirt, the sailor sweater was adopted by the French Navy in the 19th century. It makes it possible to distinguish the hierarchical level: with stripes for the sailors and in one colour for the officers.

The first sailor sweater for children

In 1965, the Dalmard house, at that time managed by Annick Le Guen and Honoré Dalmard, created the first sailor sweater for children in partnership with Tricomer.

Designed to last and be passed on

Designed in Brittany, made in France and Europe from French raw materials, Dalmard Marine sailor sweaters are now available for women, men and children.

Warm and comfortable, they are designed to last and be passed on. In 100% or 80% wool, classic or revisited, striped or plain, there is something for everyone !