Popover in linen poplin in forest green

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£180.00 — ex VAT

Popover, made in London, with linen of middling weight (9oz) from a mill in Northern Ireland, and horn buttons from the Midlands.


Sold out almost if not entirely, this, by the looks of it. However, it might very well come back again some day — albeit likely in different cloth, or with a tweak or two, here and there. To be notified as soon as the time comes around, kindly please send word to .


The popover is true to size, and as such, the wooden and calico gentleman here, who has 40 right there on his chest, is wearing it in size M.

To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 19 20 21 22 23
Shoulder 18 18½ 19 19½ 20
Back length 29 29¼ 29½ 29¾ 30
Sleeve from centre-back 34 34½ 35 35½ 36
Can be many things, a popover, but surely they must always pop over the head (hence the name) and be alike in concept and function to a shirt. This one has an open, one-piece collar, as well as a fairly long, relaxed body, so that it may function as a useful mid-layer — over a shirt, even — from time to time.
There's a patch on the left side as worn, which houses two pockets. The larger but less obvious of the two is accessible from the top of the patch; the other has jetted entry. They're separate pockets, if that's unclear. The former is the more secure of the two, given its proximity to the large flap above.
The popover is open at the front, halfway down the chest, but it can be fastened, for the more conservative amongst us, with the help of a button halfway down, to gently cajole the two sides of the front together. Accordingly, the collar is softly pressed, so rolls out elegantly, rather than with a fixed break.
Bar-tacks abound on the popover: there's about half a dozen on the pocket and pocket-flap alone. They serve to strengthen all points of expected stress on the popover: not only in and around the pockets, then, but also at places like the base of the neck opening.
The sleeves on the popover are, compared to the body, sharply shaped, with a pleat halfway down to taper them to a wrist-gripping cuff. There are also vents at the side, to make it easier to pull the popover on and off. They're deep, these vents, but are trained to sit neatly and out of sight when not open.
There's a yoke running across the back of the shirt, with a hanging-loop built into it, halfway along.
The popover has deep vents at the sides, built into the side seams, which, while only a couple of inches high, increase by miles and miles the ease with which it can be lifted over a head.
Tremendously earthy, this cloth, but subtle in colour and smooth in finish. It is a weave of dark and mid-green yarn — yarn that is long-staple and wet-spun, so that it drapes beautifully and, gloriously for linen, doesn't much crease. It is sanforised, too, so shrinks very little, so is easier to look after than common linens.

As worn

Him, here, is as standard a 38 as ever there was. He is thus wearing a size S.
The popover worn here is identical to the one above, as is the person wearing it.

Makers of

The popover is made by a coat and jacket factory in north London. Rather than being made like a shirt, as you might otherwise expect, the popover is instead made to the same standards, and with much the same structure, as robust outerwear, with heavy fusing and turned seams and the like.
The cloth is woven by a linen mill, a few miles south of Belfast in Northern Ireland. The mill was built at the end of the 1800s, back when Belfast was "Linenopolis". That it's one of the last mills still standing in the area is testament to its exemplary work in the weaving, dying, and finishing of luxury-grade linen.
The horn buttons were cut, shaped, and polished by the last such factory in Britain (now defunct). It was part of a tradition in the Midlands first linked to the meat industry of the 18th century. "It is no easy task," said William Hutton in 1780, "to enumerate the infinite diversity of buttons made in Birmingham."

So they say

The linen popovers are really quite remarkable, for their cut and quality. I wear them very often, and they are a joy.

The proud owner of not one but three popovers — both linen and corduroy — said so in September 2017.

I received the popover this morning and it is beautiful. The material, the construction, and the finishing are fantastic. This was my first S.E.H Kelly piece and I'm thrilled with it.

So said a man who kindly bought the popover in cord in September of 2017.