ORCIVAL / FR
Orcival is a family-run French maker of classic striped cotton shirts that was established in 1939. The brand takes its name from a small village in the Auvergne region that founder Charles Bert deeply admired.
Soon after its foundation in Paris, Orcival soon moved to Bert’s hometown Lyon due to the war. To this day, Orcival still make their garments entirely in France, just like they have done for more than 75 years.
Based on a strong belief that an outstanding fabric is key, Orcival still selects the cotton yarns themselves, and they have retained the manufacturing in France.
As an official outfitter of the French Navy, Orcival’s most recognizable item the 21-stripe Breton shirt was originally developed in the early 1800s to make it easier to spot sailors in the water if they fell overboard.
The striped t-shirt was later popularised by cultural icons such as Pablo Picasso, Birgitte Bardot and Coco Chanel, and today it’s considered a wardrobe essential.