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Le Minor

Guidel,MorbihanFrance

Depuis 1936

It is south of Brittany, in a town named Guidel, that we discover this old building featuring blue painted letters which state « Factory of knitwear and clothes ». The place is shaped by nature which circles the workshop. Ivy grows through the window and frames the old wooden doors. On one of the doors hangs a poster from the 90s « Special Sailor Quality ».

Emile & Marie-Christine Grammatico, who are brother and sister, have created their factory here specialized in jersey and knitwear 50 years ago. Their father was a trained tailor who ran several workshops manufacturing high-end suits for export purposes. These garments, he knew how to manufacture them himself from beginning to end. The peacoat currently worn by his granddaughter is its latest work to date.

The new Grammatico generation is inscribed in the Sailor knit legacy of Brittany. Proud to carry this local know-how, they have chosen to focus their investment on machines: Stoll flat knitting machines stand along circular knitting machines imported from Japan. The latter despite being often the most complicated to set in motion are the best machines. Emile knows how to use them all himself: he has to, he tells us, to understand and properly handle the production.

Paperboard patterns line up on racks. Once the fabric is cut, panels are assembled. The collar is sewn in a perfectly mastered hand spin. The atmosphere is silent and focused but one can feel the proficiency.