In 1160, William the Conqueror established the village of Saint-James on the Mont Saint-Michel bay. The sheep bred in the local salt marshes provide the ideal strain of wool for knitting sweaters, hats and nautical gear to keep the local sailors and fishermen warm on stormy expeditions.Carrying on a thousand year-old tradition in textiles, the story of Saint James began around 1850 in the city that gave its name to the brand. The company dyed and weaved wool that was sold in the form of skeins and balls in dry goods shops, and as undergarments and socks to hosiery shops.In 1889, the "Moulin du Prieur" workshop takes on the official status of Saint-James Mills Ltd.Under the direction of Julien Bonte & sons, the company gives up its traditional activity to focus on making sweaters and cardigans, among which the "Vrai Chandail Marin Breton", knitted with pure wool.When national paid vacation increases from 2 to 3 weeks per year, French vacationers embrace the pleasures of seaside holidays. They pack their bags with breton striped shirts, sailor caps and nautical sweaters. The brand is ackowledged and acclaimed by sailing buffs. The company bolsters its leading position on the market of nautical style clothing.The company devotes itself to knitting authentic nautical sweaters.Saint James is one of the oldest French garment houses to have taken on the international market. It began with Tokyo as early as 1980 and expanded to the rest of the world. The brand is the French maritime tradition ambassador.