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      Style: The Breton Striped Top

      Style: The Breton Striped Top

      This season, we're kicking things off with a versatile basic that every woman needs in their wardrobe –– The Breton striped top.

      We've introduced classic black and white Breton stripes into a few of our best sellers, the Orly Long Sleeve Top, the Sousa Top, and also in our brand new favourite, the Anaa Reversible T-Shirt. Each of these easy to wear tops can be mixed and matched for looks that go from day to night. 

      DID YOU KNOW?
      In France, the Breton striped top is known as la marinière (the sailor). More than 150 years ago, in 1858, an act of parliament demanded that 'tricot rayé', or striped knit, became part of Brittany’s naval uniform. 

      The law even stated the exact number of stripes to be knitted into the seamen’s shirts: “the body of the shirt will count twenty-one white stripes, each twice as wide as the twenty to twenty-one indigo blue stripes.” Legend has it that each stripe represented Napoleon’s victories against the British. However, in truth, knitting machines of the time would have found it easier to knit a pattern in this fashion. 

      The Breton shirt was designed without any buttons, zips or pockets, it was simply ready to pull on and go. The classic design minimized the perils of sailors getting snagged or ensnared in rigging or fishing nets and those stripes –– make it easier to spot an overboard sailor. Today, thanks to its simplistic design, the Breton stripe top is an easy to wear classic that literally pairs with anything.

      In 1913 on seeing fishermen wearing cheerful, striped shirts, Coco Chanel was hit with an idea. What she saw there by the sea inspired her couture collection – and the striped marinière ("sailor") top was introduced into popular fashion, making it a stylish investment piece for seaside holidays while also liberating the female form from the period’s constraints of the corset (Thank you Coco)!

      Since the emergence of Breton stripes in high fashion, stylish celebrities have taken the look to new heights. From Picasso and Jean Cocteau to Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn the list of famous faces favouring the classic shirt continue to grow to this day.


      Given its timeless appearance, you can wear the Breton stripe top with almost everything: Dress it up with our Lindy Reversible Blazer and heels for a workday or dress it down with our Beja Straight Leg Pants and boat shoes for the weekend.

      Get Travel Ready With Graydon Skincare

      Get Travel Ready With Graydon Skincare

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      Get Travel Ready With Graydon Skincare

      Please join skincare expert and founder of Graydon Skincare, Graydon Moffat with Helene Clarkson, fashion designer and founder of heleneclarkson for an evening that you absolutely won't want to miss!

       

      Be one of the first to shop the newest Graydon Skincare products, formulated with clinically proven superfood actives


      Create a personalized travel kit for skincare on the go!


      Get travel ready with the heleneclarkson Summer Collection 


      Aloe Milk Cleanser  
       This creamy, gentle cleanser helps remove dirt, makeup and excess sebum without stripping your skin. Supercharged with vitamin B3 (niacinamide) to help reduce redness.

       

      Face Food
      Look and feel healthier with this ultra-refreshing mineral-infused facial mist. Its nutrient replenishing formula helps refresh, tone, and hydrate the skin while helping with redness and inflammation. It's the ultimate mid flight pick me up!

       

      Fullmoon Serum 
      Formulated with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, retinol, peptides, and collagen, Graydon's Fullmoon Serum helps to combat comprehensive signs of aging, and protect you from pollution while traveling.

       

      Superfood Serum
       Blended with deeply nourishing superfoods, this luxurious oil-based serum offers your face a rich source of antioxidants to help calm inflammation and reduce stress, while helping to brighten your complexion and hydrate skin. Perfect after a day in the sun!

       

      Skin Stuff
      Skin Stuff is an unscented solution for people with reactive skin. Its light and invisible texture helps support suppleness, while combating moisture loss.

       

      Putty
      Whether you're dealing with red dry irritated skin or overexposure to the elements, this super-healing moisturizer helps protect and soothe your skin.

       

      Face Glow
      This bestselling tinted primer and illuminator is a must-have for a "no-makeup makeup" look. Its non-toxic lightweight formula is formulated with antioxidant rich ingredients to give you a natural glow.

       

       

      Graydon Skincare offers you extraordinary face, body and hair care products formulated with nutrient dense, clinically proven superfoods actives so you can look and feel your best! 

      heleneclarkson creates beautifully crafted women's clothing designed for the carry on. Shop versatile, reversible clothing that can take you from day to night. Proudly made in Canada.

       

      Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
      Hours: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      Location: 565 Mount Pleasant Rd. Toronto, ON M4S 2M5
      Parking: Ample street parking available on the west side of Mount Pleasant and along side streets.

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