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Saint James have introduced their new updated design of the Minquiers and the Meridien french striped breton 

tops. Both the Minquiers Moderne and the Meridien Moderne are slimmer along the arms with a more tailored fit
on the body.


For those who think you know Saint James sizing. Maybe you have an old favourite stripey french top from St
James. Or maybe you have another brand of breton. St James have drastically changed their sizing. The chest
is coming in 10cm / 4in down on the body of eac...

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Posted in Product History By Joshua Mark Williams


espadrilles basque

I had just finished looking around the final few outbuildings of the last beret maker in
France. The space was vast and empty, though machines still clicked; the infamous
French lunch failing to stop the oldest of processes. I heard a rumour on the wind that
up in the Pyrenees was a small town, Basque in location and sentiment. A town that
espadrillia, a town that was the defacto capital of espadrille making for all of
France, if not Europe. I envisaged a place inhabited by rustic and bron...

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Posted in Product History By Joshua Mark Williams

Just Arrived: The Silk Knit Tie

Posted on 26 Jul 2013

silk knit tie

The necktie has a long and illustrious history, beginning with the legionaries of Rome
and the Emperors of China, first arriving on our British shores in the 1630s.

Evolving as a separate entity from lengths of ribbon first used to tie together the ends of a
collar, linen and lace were the preferred materials of choice. The length became longer,
the art of tying a knot more defined.

By the 1840s, distinct styles emerged; the cravat, the bow, the four-in-hand. The drama
of a white shirt and black ...

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Tags: silk, knit, tie
Posted in Product History By Natalie

The Weaving of a Panama

Posted on 19 Jul 2013

The weaving of a Panama hat remains the livelihood of thousands of Ecuadorians. The traditional craft is practiced much as it was in the seventeenth century. The palm-like toquilla plant is native to the tropical climes of South America, growing in abundance in the lush fields of Ecuador. The palm leaves are cut, washed and dried, before being transported to local markets by hand or by bicycle in great bales. Read More
Tags: Panama, hat
Posted in Product History By Natalie

Place of Origin: Yorkshire

Posted on 24 May 2013


Yorkshire is rolling hills and verdant dales. It's grinding industry and soot-blackened brick.

It's cups of tea and 'mustn't grumble'. Yorkshire is many things to many people, but to us here
at Tails, 
it's the place of origin of our trousers.

We all know the story of the British textile industry. But a few tenacious bastions of
manufacture hold out still. They're hard to find, but they're there, making clothing the way
they always have. Visit our suppliers in Yorkshire and you'll begin your hunt i...

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Posted in Product History By Natalie


Binic is a beautiful harbour town in north-west France, so it's only fitting that it gives its name
to one of our most beautiful pieces of nautical French knitwear.

A thriving port for centuries, the beaches of Binic are now known for their beauty (and latterly
something of an issue to do with an excess of sea lettuce…)

Saint James clothing is made in the same corner of France, and has been since 1889.
The Binic jumper is a 100% wool Breton knit, featuring timeless styling, and built to last.
Have a ...

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Posted in Product History By Natalie

The Ushanka: A History

Posted on 16 Nov 2012

russian ushanka fur hat

An "incredibly cold" winter is predicted. We suggest battening down the hatches,
and when forced to venture out into the frozen stillness, wearing one of these.
Preferably pulled firmly down upon the brow, and topping off a heavy coat and sturdy boots.
Favouring the redistribution of wealth and quaffing neat vodka is optional.

We thought we'd bring you a bit of the history behind one of our favourite hats. So here it goes...

The ushanka, meaning literally "ear hat", or shapka, a "trappers' hat",
is f...

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Posted in Product History By Natalie

Captain Nemo's Smock

Posted on 26 Oct 2012

captain nemo


The Saint James Nemo smock owes its name to a very interesting character indeed.
Any of you familiar with Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea will
immediately recognise the shirt's namesake.

A mysterious figure, explorer of the oceans, tortured by semi-veiled past tragedies,
yet principled and compassionate, Nemo was a many-layered and complex character.
An adventurer, navigator and brilliant engineer, he insisted that true freedom could
be found only in the waves. A fervent anti-imp...

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Posted in Product History By Natalie

The Making of a Basque Beret

Posted on 23 Jan 2012

Basque berets have been made in France for many hundreds of years, with their roots
reaching as far back as the Bronze Age. Traditionally they were knitted by hand,
washed in a mill, and combed with a thistle. But these days the process is
somewhat different.

The beret will begin its formation on a knitting loom. Once the round piece of
knitting has been completed on the loom it is ‘felted’, or worked in a water solution.
This shrinks the wool and therefore the beret’s diameter, as the weave draws tog...

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Posted in Product History By N. A. David