Shirt with button-down collar in ice blue linen

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£110.00 — ex VAT

Shirt, made in London, with lightweight ice blue linen from a mill in Northern Ireland, and tortoiseshell horn buttons from the Midlands.

Sizing

The shirt has a standard shape — not fitted, not loose — and fits true to size. However, with linen, it is worth thinking about going one size down, because — linen being linen — it has a natural tendency to drape away from the body. For this reason, the mannequin, who is the most standard 38 in the world, wears an XS.

XS S M L XL
To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Collar 14½ 15 15½ 16 16½
Pit-to-pit 20½ 21½ 22½ 23½ 24½
Shoulder 17 17½ 18 18½ 19
Sleeves 24 24½ 25 25½ 26
Back length 28½ 28½ 29 29½ 30
The shirt has rounded button-down collar. The small button-down buttons are positioned so that a slight budge — or collar-roll — is formed at the collar points.
The shirt is made with ice blue linen from Northern Ireland. It is lightweight stuff, and — because it has been washed and treated to the limits of what can be done with linen — is exceptionally soft. It has an eight-button front, and all buttons are real horn, light tortoiseshell in colour.
The shirt has a chest patch-pocket with a stitched pen-compartment, and strengthening stitches at the corners (left). The sleeves have curved cuffs — matching the curve of the collar — with a one-button fastening.
The sleeves have curved cuffs — matching the curve of the collar — with a one-button fastening.

As worn

The chap here is 6’3″ and wears M. It is the same shirt as the one on this page, only with a different collar, and of course a different colour cloth.

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.
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."