Tuesday, 2 February 2010

The Shirt Collection

I probably possess too many shirts. They have been accumulated throughout my life and at least two of my shirts date from 1982.

Between 1982 and 1983, I purchased my first three shirts in Turnbull & Asser's shop at Jermyn Street, St James's, London. The Bengal Stripe, white collar blue shirt (top left); and the yellow, blue and black striped silk shirt (top right) were both my first purchases. The Bengal one has a button cuff; while the silk shirt has a double cuff. Click on the image to enlarge it.

My next purchase, about one year later, was the blue and white striped, double cuff shirt (above, bottom middle); then, in 2008, in bought a button cuff blue, purple and red patterned shirt (above, bottom left). This year, 2010, I bought a classic button cuff, light blue shirt.

I like Turnbull & Asser. Their old-fashioned, traditional shop reflects my values. I also have a few ties and a handkerchief of theirs.

I own one shirt from Aquascutum which I am particularly fond of, bearing in mind that it is almost thirty years old! I only wear it occasionally; in fact I wore it about a fortnight ago, at Lady Mairi Bury's memorial service.

I have five country shirts from Cordings in Piccadilly; and some regular Tyrwhitt and Marks and Spencer shirts, too.

The firm intention is to keep the Aquascutum and Turnbull shirts for another thirty years.


Peregrine's Bird Blog said...

One day I am going to buy myself a bespoke shirt or two from Charvet in Paris

Timothy Belmont said...

Funny you should say that, Craig. I was given a book as a gift one birthday called Expensive Habits, by Peter Mayle.

He is a great believer in Charvet apparel, particularly their ties.

Anonymous said...

I agree with your choice of T&A, their products are excellent.

I must recommend their on-line store, has served me well since it fist opened around 3 years ago and has alot of choice.