Bleu de Travail translates as ‘working blues’ and is a catch all for the indigo-dyed cotton workwear popularised by French factory workers from the late 1800s. Bleu de Travail stands for jackets, shirts, or trousers, but when we talk about the Bleu de Travail today, it’s usually just the jacket. Simple, distinctive and hard-wearing; denim/jeans’ ancestor. The distinctive colour of the bleu de travail was not only an affordable dye, but also acted as a signifier to differentiate French workers from their foremen or managers, who wore typically black or white.

Bleu de Travail has become very fashionable over the last 10 years; hip Tokyo, NYC and London fashion stores charging up to $350.00 for a jacket. South Pacific Berets orders these jackets from established, old time manufacturers and sells at a much more reasonable and realistic price. Worldwide demand means shortages in supply and stock numbers are relatively low, but we restock, add and change as often as possible.

The Mercure is South Pacific Berets' own model - a classic bleu de travail in Bugatti blue; 100% heavy 320gr cotton, fitted with 2 large side pockets, 1 breast pocket and 1 interior pocket and covered button fastenings. 

The Dutch HaVeP 3014 jacket is a true vintage original and a personal favourite. Unchanged since the 1950's, an original workman's jacket in 100% K1 2/1 twill weave 300gr navy cotton, fitted with 2 front pockets, 1 breast pocket and 1 inside pocket (all large enough to fit a well sized beret) and double row button fastening.

Mercure Bugatti Classic S - XL @ $88.50

Mercure Bugatti


Size


French


US

T1 40/42 XS
T2 44/46 S
T3 48/50 M
T4 52/54 L
T5 56/58 XL

Measurements

T1

T2

T3

T4

T5

Shoulder-cuff

62/24.5"

64/25"

65/25.5"

66/26"

68/26.5"

Armpit-cuff

54/21"

55/21.5"

55/21.5"

56/22"

58/23"

Top-bottom

66/26"

70/27.5"

72/28.5"

76/30"

77/30"

Armpit-armpit

53/21"

55/21.5"

60/23.5"

62/24.5"

66/26"

Real Aiglon Navy    S - XXL @ $89.50

Réal Aiglon Bleu de Travail

HaVeP Classic 3014 S - XXL @ $84.00

HaVeP Classic 3014

Measurements

S48

M52

L56

XL60

XXL64

Shoulder-cuff

63/24.5"

64/25"

67/26"

68/26.5"

68/26.5"

Armpit-cuff

51/20"

51/20"

51/20"

52/20"

52/20.5"

Top-bottom

73/28.5"

77.5/30.5"

82/32"

83/32.5"

84/33"

Armpit-armpit

59/23"

65/25.5"

67/26"

72/28"

76/29.5"

Accompany your bleu de travail jacket with a beret in Bugatti blue, available in a range of models, styles and diameters. All are made of 100% wool, fitted with the vintage Hispano Basque label, 3 air vents on the side and [apart from the military style berets] the cabilliou in place. $35.00 - $42.50.

Bleu de France - Basque Berets
Bleu de France 29cm - Sized
Bleu de France 31cm - Sized
Bleu de France - Military Style