Mini Saint James

13 04 2012

Mini Saint James for kiddos are here in our studio.  Please swing by this weekend and take a look.  They are adorable.

Our mini model little sweet Gemma.  It was a pleasure to hang out with her.

Thank you Nic and Marc for letting Gemma be our mini girl.

Happy Friday everyone.  Enjoy this Portland beautiful sunshine.


Saint James!

9 04 2012

Thank you Iris for being our IDOM girl.  More Saint James pieces are in our studio now.  These beauties will be available on our website soon.  Email us or ring us if you would like the new lovely blouses,

Saint James red and white tee, IDOM jeans, IDOM printed scarf and yours truly shoes.

Many thanks to sweet friends Sally and Caitlin for holding down the fort this weekend.  Thank you Sarah K for visiting Sally on Saturday and for taking a blouse home with you.  I’m so lucky to have such great friends.  Thanks very much again lovelies!

Enjoy this beautiful sunshine everyone.

Saint James

4 01 2011

We received new Breton blouses from Saint James via France.  The pieces are chic and classic.  Great stables for your wardrobe.  Take a look.

We love paring it with our IDOM Pyrenees skirt.  I have been wearing this ensemble once a week.

E shot many product photos while C and I helped with styling.  We are trying to get new pieces on our e-commerce site.  C has been hard at work trying to fix the site, writing out descriptions for the pieces and photo shopping all the images.  Thank goodness for our Caitlin!  The online element of IDOM has always been such a problem child.  Hopefully Caitlin’s effort will allowed you to shop online very soon.  Fingers crossed…  Thanks C!  If you are in Portland swing by and check out these new pieces soon.  To all my dear friends elsewhere.  If you like to order any of these pieces.  Please give us a ring, 503 477 6818.  Enjoy your week everyone.

Weekend Inspiration

11 12 2010

We can’t get enough of Saint James Sailor tees.  There are 4 new styles of white and navy blue striped in the shop now.  My mother still saved my old tees of the kids version somewhere in her closet from our fist trip to France in the late 70’s. Thanks Salwa for reintroduced us to Saint James.

Known in English as Breton sweater after the French province of Brittany, la marinière is as French as baguette.  Originally created for the French navy, the uniform was first co-opted by French sailors and mariners and seafarers and fisherman and other nautical men, becoming the iconic marinière, visual metonym for sailor and sea, marin being French for sailor.

The utiliarian uniform was adopted and adapted by Coco Chanel (above) in the early 20th century. Oft-repeated iterations by Gaultier and Galliano keep this look in the lexicon. As does the fact that every woman in France owns several versions of Saint James.

The Breton striped shirt came into being following the 27th March, 1858 Act of France which introduced the navy and white striped knitted shirt as the uniform for all French navy seaman.

This photo of Picasso makes me so happy.  I love his sense of humour.

Originally the shirt featured 21 stripes.  One for each of Napoleon’s victories.  It was also said that these stripes allowed to locate more easily if a man fallen into the sea to be rescued.  As you can see Picasso was a big fan.

Audrey Tautou wearing one of the iconic Breton shirt in the movie Coco Before Chanel.

The Saint James Company has been established in Lower Normandy, close to Mont Saint-Michel, since 1889.  All the pieces are still made in France.

Hope you can take one or two of these classic and timeless Breton tops home with you.  Wishing you a lovely weekend.

New Saint James Tees

5 07 2010

Salwa found us more fun Saint James striped tees from France.  We are excited to have new styles in the shop.

Short sleeves Saint James red/white and navy/white combo, $62 per piece.  Give us a ring if you want to own the shirt, + 1 503 477 6818.

Thank you to lovely Caitlin for being an IDOM girl.  Caitlin is at the shop today.  She is giving me a day to work from home.  Please stop by the shop and keep her company.  Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday.

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