Fileuse d'Arvor, a specialist in luxury knits, is located in the Finistère region of Brittany. Originally started in the village of Pont-de-Buis, it then moved to the city of Quimper. The workshop is run by Michel Brest, grandson of the founders. When we met him, he showed us a photo of the Atelier's original team from 1927.
Sailor knits have always protected sailors from the cold and gales of the open seas. Made in pure wool, these garments, associated with the French navy, are made in an extremely tight knit that is solid and durable. Legend says that a naval officer requested the first striped sweater to tell sailors apart from the officers who wore plain sweaters. The stripes also made it easier to spot men who had fallen overboard.
Bertrand Helias, the atelier's production manager, also does deep-sea diving in the Atlantic ocean. His twenty years in the company have given him an in-depth knowledge of this unique know-how from Brittany. We see attention to detail at each step of manufacturing, from the treatment of yarns to the finished sweater. Yarns are rewaxed to remove impurities and hand-linked finishes are one of the last stages of production. Button holes are marked by pencil, pins are used to position pockets: quality is seen in every detail. Fileuse d'Arvor brings French heritage into the present.