Petit Bateau, known for their unique and top-secret cotton, refuses to let go of their vintage "French" sailor style. In their children's fashion lines you can find the famously adorned sailor, Petit Bateau, on the majority of their sweaters, t-shirts, dresses and particularly their raincoat and boots. Petit Bateau revisits their classics every season with the little sailors 2.0. Their motto is, "What's the point of making clothing if you can't do anything with it?" Petit Bateau is not only renowned for their underwear but also their Petit Bateau bodysuits and Petit Bateau pajamas. They also offer a trendy, casual and extremely comfortable line of clothing and footwear.
The Petit Bateau story
2018. Petit Bateau celebrates 100 years since its cult creation: the children's brief. Petit Bateau is a French children's clothing and underwear company that has gone down in fashion history like no other brand before. Trans-generational since the 2000s with the launch of an adult collection, it all started at the beginning of the 20th century with an innovative snip of the scissors! Étienne Valton, the son of Pierre Valton, founder of Petit Bateau, decides to cut the legs off the long johns that were worn as underwear at the time. And so cotton briefs for children were born, labelled Petit Bateau. Founded in Troyes, France, the brand becomes international, while remaining "Made in France". Petit Bateau now has more than 3,000 employees who are passionate about cotton jersey knit and the brand's mischievous, playful world.
In addition to its iconic briefs, the Paris-based designers at Petit Bateau conjure up a whole range of underwear basics for children, as well as t-shirts and vests and spring/summer and autumn/winter collections. A specialist in cotton, Petit Bateau stands out in the clothing sector with its unique know-how. Cotton threads are transformed into a rib knit or jersey fabric on the Petit Bateau knitting machines, then dyed in the brand's exclusive colors, crafted, serigraphed, embroidered and then, finally, assembled to become a piece of Petit Bateau clothing or underwear for boys, girls or babies.
The other secret to the French brand's longevity is Petit Bateau quality. Comfortable, durable, resistant and easy-care, Petit Bateau clothes enable children and babies to move around freely and are easy to slip into. From briefs to bodies, through to newborn clothes, all the Petit Bateau basics have been designed to enable children to feel comfortable in their clothes and enjoy freedom of movement. Incredibly soft, the newborn range, which mostly features cotton jersey, benefits from the Oeko-Tex® standard, which guarantees the fabric does not cause skin sensitivity.
The Petit Bateau must-haves
Petit Bateau is also a whole series of iconic items that have clothed children in the past, and will continue to do so now and in the future... Who hasn't worn the famous Petit Bateau yellow raincoat, sailor top, milleraies t-shirt, knickers with a decorative stitch or baby body? Who hasn't slept in Petit Bateau terry velour pyjamas or with one of the brand's cotton comforters? Petit Bateau continues to write its own story by increasing its collaborations, which are loved by adults and children alike.