Fishermans Smock (Navy)
SAINT JAMES CLOTHING
Saint James fisherman's smock, colloquially known in Northern France as the vareuse. Thick cotton drill is similar to the original boatsail drill used by generations of seafarers. With its origins on the coast of Brittany, the Saint James smock has a breast pocket on the inside, traditionally to keep a fisherman's tobacco dry. The collar button is also on the inside, thus avoiding becoming tangled up in loose rope or the like. The weight of the cotton keeps you cool in the day and warm at night, and makes for a garment that is water resistant and windproof. All edges are double thickness and all seams are double stitched.
Saint James clothing was born in 1889 in the town of its namesake, located a few miles from the sea, and close to Mont Saint-Michel in Southern Normandy. The Saint James story began when the Legallais family started to spin and dye the local wool and sell the skeins and wool balls to the shops of Brittany and Normandy, later spinning the wool into shirts for the fishermen. Leon Legallais, the then mayor or Saint-James transformed this workshop into a large industry and in 1929 the company went public.