Petit Bateau

The origins of the brand dates back in 1893. Pierre Valton, former hosier in Troyes, is married to Noémie Quincarlet, the daughter of his former employer. At that time, he founded his own hosiery with his three sons. This factory is named Valton-Quincarlet & Fils and is specialized in long johns, jackets and riding pants. Marinette, the heroine on former Petit Bateau advertisements, wearing underwear of the brand in 1934. In 1918, Etienne Valton, son of Pierre Valton invented the modern underpants cutting the legs of the long johns. In 1920, he patented the brand Petit Bateau. According to the legend, Pierre Valton was inspired by the French children's song "Maman, les p'tits bateaux" that his son was singing.[1] At the same time, it is the beginning of the campaigns Petit Bateau with the character of Marinette drawn by Beatrice Mallet. Marinette is a smiling and mischievous little girl who reflects the image of the brand. In the 1970s, the brand is in debt. So in 1988 Yves Rocher (company), No. 1 of the beauty by mail order in France bought the company Petit Bateau. Yves Rocher justifies this purchase by his new career in the textile industry and his love for brands. As of this year in order to start sales, he decided to introduce the brand in supermarkets, with different collections from those in store. Thus the brand becomes the leader in selling underwear in supermarkets and hypermarkets. In 1994, Petit Bateau becomes a fashionable brand thanks to the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Indeed for a fashion show, he dressed the model Claudia Schiffer with a Petit Bateau T-shirt under a Chanel suit. So a lot of women went to the store to buy these T-shirts originally created for children.[2] In 2000, Petit Bateau opens a store on the Champs Elysées in Paris while in 2006, the brand opens its first online store, which is the beginning of its e-commerce. Internationally, in 2001 Petit Bateau comes in English speaking countries with a store in London and two new stores in New York. In 2008 the brand has nearly 400 shops and a presence in over 60 countries around the world.[3] the company has nearly 4000 employees including about 1000 in the region of Troyes. Each year Petit Bateau sells worldwide 4 million T-shirts, 3 million underpants, and 17 million underwear. Source: Wikipedia

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