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Orcival is a 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 the founder Charles Bert deeply admired.

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The iconic Orcival shirt designed for the French Navy

Orcival’s most recognizable item is the 21 stripe Breton shirt that was originally developed for the French Navy and later popularised by cultural icons such as Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot and Coco Chanel.

This iconic piece has been the main item of the company until the late 70s when Orcival clothing has been introduced to a wider market. Originally made for the navy as a traditional piece of clothing, first developed for sailors so they’d be easy to spot if they’d fallen overboard, this iconic item is now widely recognised as a wardrobe essential.

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