The &SONS Breton Knit has a silhouette like no other and inspired by the iconic photo of actor James Dean. During a visit to LA and whilst staying with his friend Beulah Roth, Dean was photographed in a candid moment looking as cool as ever. For us this moment encapsulates the era and this timeless design - The Breton stripe.
As our collection expands, we are looking at other influences outside of traditional workwear that, as always, adds a new dimension to our Pioneers wardrobes. 50s fashion is one of our biggest inspirations and this knit is true to its time. The top features the famous ‘johnny collar’, contrasting cuffs in a soft 14 gauge organic cotton yarn.
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inspired by an icon and fit for any season
On the set of his final film, Giant, James Dean became friends with photographer Sanford Roth. Sanford and his wife Beulah became almost adoptive parents to Dean, frequently hosting the actor at their Los Angeles home.
During one of these visits in the summer of 1955, Roth pulled out his camera and snapped some candid photos of the actor revealing a more sensitive side, looking both playful and philosophical.
Roth often brought out his camera when Dean was visiting, capturing the actor in a variety of poses and outfits, though the most famous of these spontaneous sessions featured Dean in a unique Breton-striped top complete with Johnny collar.
- 100% Organic 14 Gauge Cotton
- Fully fashioned linked seams
- V shaped centre front placket and Johnny collar
- Ribbed hem and cuffs
- Knit washing instructions
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