The Muller & Bros. Border Tee comes cut from a thick, dyed high-quality Supima cotton. Its striped exterior is finished simply with a ribbed boat neckline. Supima cotton has a fibre length of 35mm or more and is thin and long in fibre, more uniform in length, more reliable in durability. It is said that the skin feel is comparable to cashmere.
It is inspired by the iconic french sailor (also called Breton) sweaters and tees of the start of the 19th century, the timeless nautical look that has been a national icon spanning generations. The first iteration of Breton ("from Brittany") pieces was designed with tightly knit local wool to protect fishermen from biting winds and water. This "second skin" eventually evolved into a striped shirt, with sailors sporting the look since the start of the 19th century. Following an 1858 decree, the combed cotton jersey and sweaters were officially adopted as part of the French naval uniform.
It wasn't until 1913 when Coco Chanel herself ushered the striped marinière ("sailor") top into popular fashion, making it a stylish investment piece for seaside holidays while also liberating the female form from the period's sartorial constraints. The rest of the 20th century and early 2000s saw the democratization of the marinière; it was adopted by intellectuals and artists, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, John Wayne, and, famously, designer Jean Paul Gaultier, who elevated the stripes to evening wear.
With a small atelier located in the mountains of Okayama, Muller & Bros. has become a choice brand since the launch of their first collection thanks to that inspiration in American and French workwear, a feature of each one of their garments, and to an incredible obsession with quality, construction and detailing.
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