The Breton stripe finds its origin in Brittany (BREIZH) where the locals produced striped tops for the French marine. The 21 stripes are an ode to Napoleon and his 21 heroic victories. Later on, it was Coco Chanel, making a bit of a point, by getting women out of their bustiers, straight into the striped jumper. It probably won't come as a surprise that from that moment on, the popularity of the Breton stripe started to grow. And now, many years later, this iconic stripe belongs to the must-haves in your wardrobe. It’s classic, timeless and fantastic in its simplicity.
BREIZH was founded by Dutch entrepreneur Nicole Hoefsmit in 2015. Nicole has over 20 years of experience in the fashion and textile business. The idea of making a brand purely based on the Breton stripe comes from the idea that fast fashion is slowly becoming history and we will start to buy more and more long lasting classics, like, for example, the Breton top.