Did you know: A string vest by any other name...

The Marcel is an iconic piece of French clothing with a name which is far more evocative than the English term, string vest or singlet. 

It was named after a clothes manufacturer, Marcel Eisenberg who started to produce them after he had seen them used by warehouse workers in Paris in the mid-19th century.

At that time, in the 1860s thousands of men were employed to move heavy sacks ...

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