Saint James x Andre Collaboration Updates French Sailor-Style in Celebration of Bastille Day

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Happy Bastille Day! In France, Bastille Day is famously celebrated with a military parade in Paris, but to get in on the holiday in our own little way, we're checking out a new Parisian interpretation of the old blue-and-white-striped sailor shirt and French military classic that's fresh off the boat here in NYC courtesy of über-hip graffiti-artist-cum-party-boy-extraordinaire, (Mr. A) (who oversees Le Bain as the space's Creative Director) André Saraiva. Originally worn by lowly sailors before becoming the French Naval uniform in 1871, then getting its high-fashion makeover years later by Coco Chanel, the "Marinière" as it is called in French, can now be spotted around in the equally territorial waters of the UES and pool halls in 'Billyburg. Saraiva collaborated with the Saint James Factory (we know you've seen them at J.Crew!), which has been producing the shirts in the seaside spot of the same name since 1850, to create the Saint James x André line.Traditionally made but fashioned with André's signature "Mr. A" pink embroidered patch, you may have already seen the staff at the Standard's Le Bain sporting the designs—a red-and-blue hat on the shoulder sports the name of both establishments. But, even if you're not a hot bartender, you, too can get your own piece of this modern-meets-historical "Naval II" shirt, $175, starting today at the Standard, as well as Opening Ceremony. These are seriously limited-edition—with only 100 shirts available—so, interrupt your Bastille Day celebrations to get your hands on one of these, stat. Oh, and the model muse? Annabelle Dexter-Jones, mais oui.

Photos by © Henry Hargreaves

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