Tee Time

The marinière has long been a sartorial staple. Brigitte Bardot, Andy Warhol, Jean Paul Gaultier and Kate Moss have all been spotted sporting the famed French striped sailor tee. When paired with large sunglasses or slim-fitting cigarette pants, the look is the epitome of Gallic chic.

Luckily, Francophiles living in L.A. need no longer leave their shores to find the shirt. Petit Bateau, the French brand known for its cotton separates — especially the marinière — has landed smack dab in the middle of Beverly Hills.

Founded in 1893, Petit Bateau has inspired a crazed cult following for its butter soft knit tees, tanks and undies. Fashionistas are sure to bum rush the doors in search of Petit Bateau’s boat neck tees with three-quarter sleeves — perfect for achieving a laid-back hipster look. Count on cool Southern California kids dragging moms to the store for their full line of children’s wear, including saucy silk-screened daywear and printed rompers and polos (all of which secretly makes me wish I was a tween again!).

So, when I heard that the doors to the store opened last Tuesday, I had to see what the fuss was all about. Sure enough, the cotton was extra-cozy, comfortable and soft enough for a baby’s bum — which makes sense, upon viewing the extensive baby line. I meant to just stop by for a quick look around, but wound up leaving with a few super cute striped onesies for my girlfriends with new familial additions, several plain tanks and tees, and of course, the coveted marinière, for a little added French flair.

Petit Bateau, 9661 Brighton Way
, Beverly Hills, Calif.,