Scrub shirt in linen poplin in buckwheat

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£150.00 — ex VAT

Pullover top with short sleeves, made in London with a deceptively plain but very high-grade linen fair of weight (9oz) from Northern Ireland.


The scrub shirt has a relaxed fit, but fits true to size, and so the effigy here of calico and wood — a 40 chest if ever there was — wears a size M.

To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 19 20 21 22 23
Shoulder 17¾ 18¼ 18¾ 19¼ 19¾
Back length 28½ 28¾ 29 29¼ 29½
Sleeve from centre-back 25¼ 25¾ 26¼ 26¾ 27¼
The scrub shirt is lightweight top with short sleeves, technical in its way, with a number of features which help it provide more comfort and more utility than you might otherwise expect from its ilk.
The pockets aren't quite what they seem. The thinking goes that, being as the scrub shirt is pulled over the head, personal effects will fall easily out of normal pockets, and so these are not only covered with flaps, but have a tight jetted opening, helping keep belongings literally close to one's chest.
The pocket on the right side as worn of the shirt has a gusseted panel — making it "half bellows" in pocket parlance — which makes it stick out, increases its ability to comfortably hold large objects slightly, and mirrors the raised nature of the front pleat in whose shadow it resides.
The scrub shirt has 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 up over the head. It is strengthened at the top, as every other hard-working part of the shirt, with stout and strong bar-tacks.
Like a normal shirt, the scrub shirt has a yoke across the back, below which sits pleats at either shoulder blade — increasing to no small extent the stretch of the shirt in the forward direction. They all add up, these features, on an over-the-head mid-layer.
This linen is meant not for shirts, but rather tailored jackets. It is a very fine, high-count weave of very fine, long-staple yarn, first mercerised for a sleek look, then sanforised to remove potential shrinkage. It is thick and strong, and creases less than most cottons, let alone crumpled, unkempt linens of stereotype.

Makers of

The shirt is made by a shirt-maker in north London. They make shirts and only shirts all day, every day, and so have developed something of a knack for it. They make with time-consuming but strong single-needle lock-stitch seams, and with an out-of-vogue dedication to older "how shirts used to be made" contraptions.
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.