Standard-fitting shirt in every respect. Fits true to the marked size. Can be tried for size at the workshop (information at bottom of page).
The shirt is made from a wool-cotton twill from Cumbria. It is 80% cotton and 20% wool. The wool component makes the cloth soft and reassuringly warm to wear. Moreover, it is brushed to soften its handle further. The collar is a semi-cutaway; traditionally a formal style, here made more casual.
The buttons on the shirt are all real horn — with all the random flecks and markings that come with that. They are dark tortoiseshell in colour, and are made by a button maker in the West Midlands.
The reverse side of the cloth — the side facing the skin — is even more soft and brushed than the outward-facing side. This side of the cloth will get softer and more comfortable with wear, and with good care the outer side will retain its clean, smooth surface.
The chap here is 5ft 10in (177cm) and wears a size small.
Cloth comes from a British shirting specialist — one of a quarter-handful of such establishments left in the country. They work with a close-knit bunch of producers across Cumbria and Lancashire in the north of England: one specialising in poplin, another pinpoint, another oxford, etc.
The light horn buttons are made — that’s cut, dyed, and polished — by the last remaining manufacturer of horn and corozo button in England. Based in the West Midlands, the factory has been in the hands of the same family since opening in the mid-1800s: five generations of top-quality button-making know-how.
The garment is made and finished in a small factory in North London, which excels with outerwear, shirts, and trousers. It’s a place of meticulous cutters, unflappable seamsters and seamstresses, and a well cared-for and marvellous-looking contraption for making button-holes.