Wool-cashmere charcoal shirt

The pockets of mills in Gloucestershire, south-west England, are a prolific source of good wools. Take the wool-cashmere used this winter: handy for trousers, jackets, and now, for a semi-cutaway shirt.

In terms of shape, it is much the same as the one introduced over here. It has the same semi-cutaway collar atop a fairly high, winter-proof collar stand, the same turned-down patch pocket on the chest, and the same shorter-than-your-average length on the body.

The difference comes with the fabric: a flecked woollen-cashmere medley of black and assorted tonal greys. Substantial, yet smooth, and, quite importantly for a shirt, not in the least abrasive; it’s the cashmere — cashmere cashmere, not the regrettably coarse, scratchy stuff of the same name — that sees to that. It also sees that the shirt will happily hold its shape from wear to wear. Doesn’t ask much by way of ironing, in other words.

It’s in the shop, here, along with the work jacket and trousers cut from the same cloth.