Why Petit Bateau clothing and nothing else !

Why Petit Bateau clothing and nothing else !

Petit Bateau spirit

You are not serious when you are 124 years old!

But they ARE serious about quality: T-shirts do not twist, the presstud buttons on their baby bodysuits do not move and their famous cotton retains its softness...
Theirs clothes have been made with 50% cotton and 50% love since 1893.

No irritants, toxic or carcinogenic substances!

Petit Bateau designs newborn, underwear and sleepwear collections carrying the Oeko-Tex® label, which guarantees the absence of harmful substances to the skin.

For added strength, buttons are machine-fastened and withstand up to 7kg of traction.

It’s impossible for children to pull them or swallow them.

Clothes are knitted with extra long cotton fibres that provide a tighter knit which is more resistant over time.

Petit Bateau lasts the whole childhood and is often passed around siblings and down through generations.

Expertise over time

Initially, there is a cotton thread that unwinds like a cocoon. Chosen under Petit Bateau's strict requirements, it is turned into rib knit or jersey in their own knitting machines. This knitted fabric is then immersed for 6 to 12 hours in a dye bath, so that it takes the full depth of colour

Then the seamstresses bring to life the pieces created by their design team. The knitted fabrics and patterns are cut, screenprints are printed and embroidery embroidered! These two delicate steps require great expertise.

Finally comes the manual and precise assembly of different parts and meticulous finishing. From the yarn quality to the final product, each step is strictly controlled. Petit Bateau products are tested from every angle before leaving the factory.

Fabrics and finishes

Petit Bateau clothes are created to a very high quality with elegant, original finishings.

Velour pyjamas were born in 1960 in the Petit Bateau factory. Besides the unrivalled softness, it's convenient and washes well.

Made with 85% cotton, towelling is used for pyjamas and children's clothing, giving them a soft touch and a lot of comfort.

The picot stitch creates a little loop as a delicate finishing touch. We love this refined, elegant detail for babies and girls.

The cocotte stitch is made of tight stitches made by a machine specially invented by Petit Bateau in the 60s.

This two-stripe fabric was invented by Petit Bateau in 1970 and requires special knitting. And why the name 'milleraies'? Because there are a thousand stripes in a metre of this fabric!


Petit Bateau regularly collaborates with fashion designers, including Carven, Tsumori Chisato, Cedric Charlier, Monsieur Christian Lacroix, Maison Kitsuné, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Ines de la Fressange, who have created capsule collections reinventing theirs iconic pieces.